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24-12-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Abstract Plymetal is the term used here to describe a composite structure where more than one solid metals are joined or pressed to gain unique set of properties. Mostly flat plates are used, which are then bonded together to form sheets for further forming processes. In this work, a novel plymetal is designed to create a structure with alternating layers of metals both in radial and in axial directions. In the radial direction, the plymetal was conceived by having a cylinder surrounded by annular structure of alternate material. In the axial direction, the centre cylindrical material is changed, followed by annular structure of alternate material. Such a plymetal is realised by laser-assisted direct metal deposition additive manufacturing technology. Two different metal powders, AISI H13 ...

19-12-2016 04:34  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 4 Author(s): Stefan Baumeister, Tiina Onkila Air travel plays a vital role in today's life because it makes remote destinations accessible and short getaways possible. Despite its benefits, air transportation contributes heavily to climate change. Behavioral change is seen as a key driver in mitigating the environmental impacts of air travel. One way to encourage behavioral change is to use eco-labels. This study explores how an eco-label could be developed for the airline industry to function as a potential driver for behavioral change. 12 interviews with airline industry experts were conducted and thematically analyzed. Empirical results were then combined with prior research and the following five c...

01-12-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Investing in additive manufacturing industrialization Pfäffikon, Schwyz, Switzerland – November 30, 2016 – Oerlikon today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire citim GmbH, Germany (citim). citim is a leading company in additive manufacturing design and production of metal components. The acquisition expands Read More »

30-11-2016 16:19  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Adira combines both laser-based additive manufacturing technologies in conceptual machine - TCT Magazine TCT Magazine Adira combines both laser-based additive manufacturing technologies in conceptual machine TCT Magazine Sheet metal machinery supplier, Adira has developed machine tools to produce big-sized metal Additive Manufacturing components, based on powder bed fusion (PBF) and directed energy deposition (DED) technologies. The tools use Tiled Laser Melting ...

30-11-2016 12:47  |  Robotics
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30-11-2016 12:43  |  Robotics
Audi is developing a “Smart Factory” where robots will work together with humans to build cars. The German automaker first talked about its Smart Factory last year, envisioning a plant with human-robot collaboration, 3D printed parts, drone material transport and piloted cars that drive themselves off the production lines. A new video has been released that gives us a glimpse into that factory, proving that it’s not as far-fetched as you might think. In fact, Audi appears to be making great progress with drones transporting steering wheels, although it may not seem very effective in the video. SEE ALSO: Watch the Nissan GT-R Face a Drone on a Race Track The company also previews other high-tech features like using virtual reality headsets and metal 3D printing to enhance the p...

29-11-2016 23:04  |  Clean Factory
IMG - France Still Considering Ban Of New Diesel Car Sales, Environment Minister Segolene Royal Says The French government may still end up banning the sale of new diesel cars in the country following the completion of its criminal investigations into the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and recent news concerning Renault, according to the country's Environment Minister Segolene Royal France Still Considering Ban Of New Diesel Car Sales, Environment Minister Segolene Royal Says was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

28-11-2016 17:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - New Solar Cell Efficiency Research Breaks 30-Year Logjam New research from Israel's Technion demonstrates how a solar cell can break the theoretical maximum efficiency limit by harvesting heat as well as light. New Solar Cell Efficiency Research Breaks 30-Year Logjam was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

25-11-2016 02:37  |  Clean Factory
Highlights • Clean manufacturing determines environmental quality in four of its forms. • CO2 emissions per capita are reduced with clean manufacturing. • Change in forest area is enhanced with clean manufacturing. • Consumption of ozone depleting substances is reduced with clean manufacturing. • Lack of access to improved sources of water is reduced with clean manufacturing. Abstract The present paper investigates the relationship between the quality of the environment and clean manufacturing industries in Egypt over the period 1990–2013. The chosen estimation technique is the error correction model. For that purpose, the effect of clean manufacturing industries, per capita income and technology on the quality of the environment are examined. Clean manufacturing ...

24-11-2016 02:49  |  Clean Factory
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18-11-2016 17:35  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Siemens and Stratasys Partner on Volume Additive Manufacturing - ENGINEERING.com ENGINEERING.com Siemens and Stratasys Partner on Volume Additive Manufacturing ENGINEERING.com The partnership is intended to lay the foundation for the two companies to fulfill their shared vision of incorporating additive manufacturing into the traditional manufacturing workflow, helping it to become a universally recognized production ... iot iiot industrial internet of things digital manufacturing smart ...Smart Industry Stratasys, Siemens partner to advance AM into volume production ...CompositesWorld los 4 artículos informativos »

12-11-2016 01:24  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Discrete element simulation and experimental study of powder spreading process in additive manufacturing Publication date: Available online 9 November 2016 Source:Powder Technology Author(s): S. Haeri, Y. Wang, O. Ghita, J. Sun Powders used in additive manufacturing (AM) are spread into a compact layer of particles for sintering and this process is repeated layer by layer to form the final products. Spreading of rod-shaped particles in realistic AM settings is simulated using the discrete element method (DEM) to investigate the effects of particle shape and operating conditions on the bed quality, characterised by its surface roughness and solid volume fraction. It is discovered that larger particle aspect ratios, Ar, or higher spreader translational velocities result in a lower bed quality, i.e. a larger surface roughness and a smaller volume fraction. The surface roughness increases monoton...

09-11-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
EOS’ M 290 brings increased part quality and parameter optimization to Sintavia’s aerospace and defense customers November 7, 2016 – EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, announced that Sintavia, LLC, a leading developer of 3D metal printing solutions Read More »

03-11-2016 01:27  |  Additive Manufacturing
Publication date: 2016 Source:Procedia CIRP, Volume 55 Author(s): G. Benenati, R. Lupoi Cold Spray (CS) is a rapidly developing metal deposition technology, which allows for the formation of coating layers in a melt-free manner and is starting to replace existing technologies at industrial level. New developments in the field of CS as well as optimization of spraying strategy permit to elaborate freeform 3D objects with reasonable precision. Residual stress is among the most important factors affecting coating integrity in fact they can lead to peeling and/or delamination of coatings. In this study two different types of simulation were performed: at the microscale, using ANSYS-AUTODYN, a high impact simulation in order to study the mechanism of formation of residual stress in the cold-spr...

03-11-2016 01:27  |  Additive Manufacturing
Publication date: 2016 Source:Procedia CIRP, Volume 55 Author(s): Filippo Montevecchi, Giuseppe Venturini, Antonio Scippa, Gianni Campatelli Wire-Arc-Additive-Manufacturing (WAAM) is an Additive-Manufacturing (AM) process, allowing to produce metal components layer by layer by means of Gas-Metal-Arc-Welding (GMAW) technology. The advantages of this technology are the capability to create large parts with a higher deposition rate with respect to other AM technologies. Despite these great benefits, WAAM components are affected by severe distortions and residual stresses issues. Finite element process simulation provides an efficient way to study mitigation strategies for such issues. In this paper, a WAAM modelling strategy is proposed based on a novel heat source model that takes into accou...

18-10-2016 01:42  |  Clean Factory
Highlights • Database of experimental results on recycled aggregate concrete beams compiled. • Database filtered by different parameters—concrete strength, anchorage, etc. • Database analyzed to identify clear failure types—flexural or shear. • Sub-databases formed for flexural and shear failure (with and without stirrups). • Applicability of Eurocode 2 provisions to recycled aggregate concrete beams tested. Abstract A comprehensive database of recycled aggregate concrete and companion natural aggregate concrete beams’ flexural and shear strength was compiled from 217 experimental results. Strict criteria were applied to determine the failure type. Sub-databases were formed with beams failing in flexure and shear with and without stirrups. On each sub-database...

14-10-2016 12:02  |  Additive Manufacturing
New 3D printers to be presented at formnext in November - Focus on industrialization considering the whole process chain - Solutions for external powder and parts management - Breadth of technology with LMF and LMD solutions

14-10-2016 09:41  |  Additive Manufacturing
Abstract We demonstrate how lasers can be applied for processing of sapphire. Due to its hardness, sapphire is difficult to process with mechanical tools and laser processing is the tool of choice. Based on this example, we show how novel laser material processes are being qualified and how different material qualities as well as process requirements regarding speed and accuracy define an applicative solution consisting of a combination of laser source and processing optics. Thus, one thing becomes particularly apparent: application know-how matters.

13-10-2016 13:39  |  Additive Manufacturing
PUNE, India, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Global Aerospace Additive Manufacturing Market poised to grow at a CAGR around 21% over the period of 2016 – 2021. The key factors driving the growth are weight reduction & fuel consumption, feasible & eco-friendly manufacturing process, growth in utilization and acceptance in the aerospace industry, and ease of manufacturing for complex parts & freedom in design. (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161010/426918) As per the MRFR analysis, issues related to its commercialization, expensive AM materials, slow adoption of this technology against convention manufacturing process are the factors restraining the market growth. Metal-based addictive manufacturing is growing at a rapid speed and is expected to lead the ...

12-10-2016 16:20  |  Clean Factory
IMG - GE Plans Acquisition Of Turbine Blade Manufacturer LM Wind Power For $1.65 Billion One of the world’s largest industrial companies and leading wind turbine manufacturer, GE, has announced the planned acquisition of wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power for $1.65 billion. GE announced on Tuesday its intention to purchase Denmark-based LM Wind Power, a manufacturer and supplier of wind turbine rotor blades, for a healthy $1.65 billion [&hellip GE Plans Acquisition Of Turbine Blade Manufacturer LM Wind Power For $1.65 Billion was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

09-10-2016 23:13  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Germany Steps It Up, Calls For Ban On Gas/Diesel Cars By 2030 Originally published on Gas2. Last week, Germany’s Bundesrat approved a resolution that calls for a ban on new internal combustion engine cars by 2030. What does that mean? First of all, the Bundesrat, or federal council, is a deliberative body composed of representatives from all 16 of Germany’s states. Its resolutions do not have the [&hellip Germany Steps It Up, Calls For Ban On Gas/Diesel Cars By 2030 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

06-10-2016 15:55  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Renewable Energy Experts Call For A “Grand-Challenges” Strategy An international group of renewable energy researchers have called for what they are describing as a “grand-challenge” strategy — a “global clean-energy initiative to set priorities that galvanize researchers to deliver breakthroughs.” Writing in a Comment in this week’s science journal Nature, a group of seven researchers — including Alan Bernstein, President and Chief Executive of the [&hellip Renewable Energy Experts Call For A “Grand-Challenges” Strategy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

04-10-2016 09:27  |  Additive Manufacturing
Highlights • The internal porosity of the powder feedstock is analysed. • X-ray tomography is introduced and used as non-destructive testing tool. • Quantification by image processing is applied. Abstract The deployment of additive manufacturing processes relies on part quality, specifically the absence of internal defects. Some of those defects have been associated with porosities in the powder feedstock. Since the level of porosity in the powder is generally very low, standard characterization techniques such as pycnometry and metallography are not suitable for quantification. However, the quantification of such micro sized porosity in metallic powders is crucial to better understand the potential source of internal defects in final components and for quality control purp...

25-09-2016 08:15  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Nithin Tom Mathew, L. Vijayaraghavan There is an increasing attempt to implement green manufacturing in almost all fields of engineering. Minimum quantity lubrication is considered as a relevant and promising candidate in promoting environmentally friendly machining since it bridges the gap between dry and wet condition. It can keep the work material temperature lower than those in a dry environment by reducing the frictional heat generated during the machining processes and deliver certain amount of cooling effect in the tool-workpiece contact region. The present work is focussed on the drilling of this intermetallic titanium aluminide alloy at low and high aspect ratio under minimum quantity lub...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Johannes Auer, Niki Bey, Johannes-Marius Schäfer The objects of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) case studies are often individual components or individual products. Studies focusing on larger industrial manufacturing systems are relatively rare. The purpose of this case study was to assess environmental and cost-related performance of an updated complex manufacturing system for glass containers (i.e. jars, glass bottles, etc.) compared to the predecessor manufacturing system. The objective was also to identify the most relevant drivers for the environmental and the cost profile of the system solution in application context by the means of Life Cycle Assessment, as well as Life Cycle Costing (LCC). Th...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Jéssica de Aguiar, Luana de Oliveira, José Oliveira da Silva, Danielle Bond, Régis Kovacs Scalice, Daniela Becker Product development with a high potential for materials recycling is a way to contribute to the conservation of natural resources. Therefore, issues such as product reuse, remanufacturing and reprocessing must be considered during the product design stage. This paper proposes a diagnostic tool to evaluate product recyclability to be applied during the product design phase, acting as a supporting tool for designer decision-making. The potential for recyclability is connected to two factors: materials recycling and disassembly process. For disassembly process, the number, type and acc...

14-09-2016 10:20  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - ORNL – Electron Beam Microscope Directly Writes Nanoscale Features in Liquid with Metal Ink | Additive Manufacturing (AM) By Dawn Levy | ORNL News OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 9, 2016—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first to harness a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to directly write tiny patterns in metallic “ink,” forming features in liquid that are finer than half the width of a human hair. The automated process is controlled by weaving a STEM instrument’s electron beam through a liquid-filled cell to spur deposition of metal onto a silicon microchip. The patterns created are “nanoscale,” or on the size scale of atoms or molecules. To direct-write the logo of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists started with a gray-scale image. They used the electron beam of an aberration-corrected scanning transmis...

14-09-2016 10:01  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Optomec Launches Line of Low-Cost, High-Value 3D Printed Metal Machine Tools - 3D Printing Industry Loads of new innovations are being announced at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2016) in Chicago by a number of industry heavy hitters this week. Among those yesterday (September 12) was Optomec, leading global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals. They announced the launch of a new tool series that allows for low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing. The LENS Machine Tool Series. Image: Business Wire The new LENS Machine Tool Series integrates Optomec’s robust LENS metal additive manufacturing technology into conventional CNC Vertical Milling platforms, resulting in breakthrough price points as well as the industry’s first Hybrid VMC Controlled-Atmosphere System. “Optomec’s Machine Tool series leverag...

12-09-2016 21:40  |  Robotics
IMG - Aggressive Quadrotors Zip Through Narrow Windows Without Any Help No window is safe from a quadrotor incursion

12-09-2016 13:49  |  Robotics
IMG - Mercedes Tries to Conquer the Last Mile With Cute Delivery Drones and Bots - IEEE Spectrum Mercedes-Benz is experimenting with small bots to carry cargo over that last, pesky mile to the customer, using a human-driven van to ferry the them over the previous stretch. The two kinds of bots, aerial and terrestrial, are being supplied by companies we’ve already written about. Matternet is providing its slick M2 quadcopter, several of which would perch on the van’s roof. Starship Technologies is providing its six-wheel robot, eight of which can fit inside a van. The idea is that the driver of the Mercedes Sprinter van would load up the bots with their various payloads, take an optimized route from one customer to the next, and unleash the automatons. Then, after the bots have made their rounds, the van would pick them up again at some convenient point, carry...

12-09-2016 13:27  |  Robotics
IMG - Robotics News - ABB to Bring the “Factory... ABB Inc. Posted 08/30/2016 Over twelve demos to showcase the Collaboration, Simplification and Digitalization that are the hallmarks of the flexible, agile and efficient factory of the future Auburn, Hills, Mich. - ABB will feature more than a dozen innovative robotic demos at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 12-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Occurring every two years, IMTS is one of the largest industrial fairs in the world, featuring the widest range of the latest manufacturing technology under one roof, for six full days.  The theme of the ABB booth (# N-6251) is Collaboration, Simplification and Digitalization, as ABB showcases its latest technology designed to provide manufacturers the flexibility and agility necessary to truly build the ...

12-09-2016 13:25  |  Robotics
IMG - Factory Automation: ISO/TS 15066 and collaborative robot safety - ISA Guiding collaborative robot design By Bélanger-Barrette Mathieu In recent years, many disruptive technologies have emerged. For example, driverless cars have gathered a lot of attention, because they are so different from what we are used to seeing. In fact, driverless cars have a bunch of sensors that make them safe. All these sensors allow the car to predict upcoming dangers and avoid crashing into other objects. However, even if they appear to be really safe, they are not yet completely allowed on the roads. They need to be tested and approved first. The same thing is happening for collaborative robot technology. In fact, these robots have been on the market for a couple of years now and just recently have been the main subject of an International Organization for Standardization (I...

12-09-2016 13:24  |  Robotics
IMG - Co-bots collaborate with humans on Ford Fiesta assembly line | FourByThree Source: Engineering and Technology Magazine Workers at Ford’s production plant in Cologne, Germany, now have some new colleagues assisting them on the Fiesta assembly line: collaborative robots. The collaborative robots, known as co-bots, are working directly alongside human workers, helping to fit shock absorbers to Fiesta cars. The task requires pinpoint accuracy, strength and a high level of dexterity, so the Ford human employees work hand in hand with the robots to ensure a perfect fit every time. The trial at Ford’s assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, is part of the company’s investigations into Industry 4.0, the term coined to describe a fourth industrial revolution embracing automation, data exchange and manufacturing technologies. Ford sought feedback directly from over 1,0...

12-09-2016 09:47  |  Maintenance & Support
Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, Dept of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, 26500, Rio Patras, Greece Received 16 December 2014, Revised 4 September 2015, Accepted 15 December 2015, Available online 19 February 2016 Maintenance and its cost continue, over the years, to draw the attention of production management since the unplanned failures decrease the reliability of the system and also the return of investments. Advanced maintenance techniques that capture and process shop-floor information can reduce costs and increase the sustainability of an enterprise. This paper presents a condition-based preventive maintenance approach integrated into a machine monitoring framework. The latter acquires data from shop-floor machine tools and ana...

12-09-2016 09:46  |  Maintenance & Support
Highlights • We integrate production, maintenance, and quality. • We evaluate all the expected costs. • Our model allows for a joint selection of the optimal values. • A solution algorithm is developed. • Increasing PM level will decrease quality control costs. Abstract This paper integrates production, maintenance, and quality for an imperfect process in a multi-period multi-product capacitated lot-sizing context. The production system is modeled as an imperfect machine, whose the status is considered to be either in-control or out-of-control. When the machine is out of control, it produces a fraction of nonconforming items. During each period, this machine is inspected and imperfect preventive maintenance activities are simultaneously performed to reduce its age, ...

12-09-2016 08:50  |  High Precision Manufacturing
A high-resolution transducer of linear displacements is presented. The system is based on semiconductor laser illumination and a diffraction grating applied as a length master. The theory of the optical method is formulated using Doppler description. The relationship model among the interference strips, measurement errors, grating deflection around the X, Y and Z axes and translation along the Z axis is built. The grating interference strips' direction and space is not changed with movement along the X (direction of grating movement), Y (direction of grating line), Z axis, and the direction and space has a great effect when rotating around the X axis. Moreover the space is little affected by deflection around the Z axis however the direction is changed dramatically. In addition, the str...

12-09-2016 08:35  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd will stop offering contracts to suppliers that fail to meet its zero-defect policy as part of the nation’s largest car maker’s efforts to avoid frequent and costly vehicle recalls. “About quality, we worked in terms of percentage for two decades and then we moved to PPMs (parts per million). But now, we tell all our suppliers that PPM is no longer acceptable. Zero-defect is what we want from you. It should become a norm. Only those vendors with us will go to Gujarat who have the quality levels we want them to deliver,” said Deepak Sethi, executive director (supply chain), Maruti Suzuki India. The Gujarat plant will also cater to overseas markets, which demand very high standards, making it critical for Maruti to have top-quality vendors. “This ...

12-09-2016 08:25  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
Johannesburg - The implementation of the latest Ford production system at its plants in Silverton, Pretoria, and Struandale, Port Elizabeth, has contributed significantly towards making Ford’s plants in South Africa among the most productive and efficient in its global manufacturing plant network. Ockert Berry, the vice-president responsible for operations at the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, said the system was not only streamlining production and cutting costs but also unlocking potential in employees. Berry said an indicator of the improvement by the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa was that it took 60 hours to build a vehicle 10 years ago, but now only took 27 hours and the Silverton plant also produced more complex models than a decade ago. He added that Ford’s lat...

12-09-2016 08:20  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
A hi-tech manufacturer recently reduced recall costs by $20M annually and reduced test cycle times by 50 percent. A fuel-injection pump manufacturer reduced pump calibration times by 30 percent. A global steel manufacturer identified up to $1.3M of annual savings once they managed to aggregate data from over 20 different sources. This is the emerging and lucrative market for advanced analytics in manufacturing operations — and we’re just at the tip of a very large iceberg. Manufacturers are constantly striving to improve their performance — and over the past 20 years — have employed innovations into their operational strategies, such as continuous improvement (Kaizen), six-sigma/statistical process control, lean synchronisation and Total Quality Management. However, there is still...

12-09-2016 08:14  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
In the not too distant future, automakers won’t be evaluated just on the physical, safety and performance characteristics of their vehicles.  Instead incumbent and next-generation automakers will be evaluated based on the completeness of their solution along five dimensions: Electric, Autonomous, Connected, Mobility Services (EAC+MS), and Information.  We read about the progress automakers and their suppliers are making along the first four dimensions.  There is much less conversation about the fifth dimension.  In this two-part series, we will discuss the big data challenge facing the automotive industry.  The pieces are the result of my work in the industry helping corporations with their innovation and big data strategies.  The first post provides the why and makes two points: ...

09-09-2016 01:51  |  Maintenance & Support
... is critical to preserve the food quality over time. Predictive and preventive maintenance can dramatically increase the percentage of times a train is in use rather than sitting in a ...

08-09-2016 17:12  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Textile fiber waste helps improve the sustainability of materials ... - Science Daily Science Daily Textile fiber waste helps improve the sustainability of materials ... Science Daily Researchers have developed a panel with textile waste that improves both the thermal and acoustic conditions of buildings and reduces the energy impact ... UPM Researchers Develop New Panel for Enhancing Sustainability ...AZoM all 2 news articles »

07-09-2016 15:15  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - big data helps German trains run on time - Financial Times Financial Times big data helps German trains run on time Financial Times Now, Siemens believes it can change all that, by combining two industrial disciplines: “big data” analysis and predictive maintenance. By fitting hundreds of sensors to its locomotives, which feed back data on the condition of components, it can ensure ...

07-09-2016 00:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
  This tool is used for on-line process monitoring and analysis of the build processes in industrial 3D printing: for every spot, every layer, and every part Krailling, September 6, 2016 – At the end of last year, EOS, the global technology and quality leader Read More »

05-09-2016 04:01  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - The emerging Darwinian approach to analytics and augmented intelligence - TechCrunch TechCrunch The emerging Darwinian approach to analytics and augmented intelligence TechCrunch Another area of rapid algorithmic evolution is predictive maintenance. Now that the industrial Internet of Things provides streaming sensor readings from most equipment, it's critical to immediately analyze those readings. That analysis predicts when a ...

03-09-2016 02:30  |  Maintenance & Support
At the International SAP Conference on Asset Management, customers will show how they are achieving operational excellence, enhancing quality and compliance, and ultimately maximizing return on assets. - Sep 2016

02-09-2016 11:25  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Additive Manufacturing of Sn63Pb37 Component by Micro-coating Volume 157, 2016, Pages 193–199 Selected Papers from IX International Conference on Computational Heat and Mass Transfer (ICCHMT2016) Edited By Jan Taler, Abdulmajeed Mohamad and Ali Cemal Benim Abstract Micro-coating is a novel technology to build near-net component layer by layer, which uses a crucible and nozzle instead of a weld head and wire feeder to supply material compared with shaped metal deposition. A pneumatic system is adopted to adjust liquid metal flow rate and the layer height is controlled by the distance between nozzle and substrate. Height and width of a single channel are measured by confocal microscopy, it is found that the error between numerical results and experiment are 5.5% and 1.1%. Tensile stress vertically to the deposition layers reaches to 40.89Mpa, ...

02-09-2016 08:30  |  Maintenance & Support
Thu, 09/01/2016 - 3:56pm Comments by Sundeep Sanghavi Before the Internet of Things emerged, automobile data was highly limited and hard to gather. For manufacturers, informed decisions were difficult to make — and it was nearly impossible to act ...

02-09-2016 07:06  |  Additive Manufacturing
OR Lasertechnologie (Dieburg, Germany) has launched a direct metal deposition additive manufacturing technique that enables reliable protection of sensor elements by means of a hard alloy. This technique makes it possible to significantly extend sensor elements' lifetimes in, for example, pipelines of the oil and gas industry.Each day, about a million barrels of crude oil, or 160,000m3, pass through a pipeline with a 1m diameter. Gas pipelines have an extremely high internal pressure of 100 bars, which can even reach 200 bars or more in offshore pipelines. Sensor elements used to monitor the flow suffer considerable wear as a result of corrosion and abrasion. This shortens their lifetimes and necessitates costly repairs, according to a statement.[Native Advertisement] The company's inno...

30-08-2016 04:44  |  High Precision Manufacturing
The $148 billion medical device market in the United States is the largest in the world and is expected to grow to $155 billion by 2017. Demand is high for contract manufacturers that can meet the machining, micro machining, and laser processing demands for smaller and more complex surgical implants, orthotic devices and medical instruments that are being made from newer materials. To help OEMs save time and money and get medical devices into the marketplace faster, contract shops must be able to deliver very small burr-free features (<50 microns) with tolerances as tight as ±1.0 micron that require no secondary processing. Here is some of the newest equipment and tooling that is available to help these shops quickly deliver accurate, dependable components that meet all validation and ...

24-08-2016 15:24  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): O. Pereira, A. Rodríguez, A.I. Fernández-Abia, J. Barreiro, L.N. López de Lacalle In recent years, the need for more efficient machining processes has notably increased, both in terms of productivity and eco-efficiency. In this paper, the use of combined techniques based on cryogenic cooling and minimum quantity of lubrication is proposed and compared with other near-to-dry coolant alternatives. To evaluate the success of the proposed technique, technical feasibility on the one hand and ecological footprint on the other should be analyzed. Results show that this combined solution implies a tool life improvement (more than 50%) and the possibility of increasing the cutting speed (more than 30%)...

23-08-2016 12:27  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Volume 22, Issue 4, October 2016. Purpose This paper analyses the effects of condition-based maintenance based on unscheduled maintenance delays that were caused by ATA chapter 21 (air conditioning). The goal is to show the introduction of condition monitoring in aircraft systems Design/methodology/approach The research was done using the Airbus In-Service database to analyse the delay causes, delay length and to check if they are easy to detect via condition monitoring or not. These results were then combined with delay costs. Findings Analysis shows that about 80% of the maintenance actions that cause departure delays can be prevented when additional sensors are introduced. With already existing sensors it is possible to avoid about 20% of t...

21-08-2016 22:01  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Eleonore Loiseau, Laura Saikku, Riina Antikainen, Nils Droste, Bernd Hansjürgens, Kati Pitkänen, Pekka Leskinen, Peter Kuikman, Marianne Thomsen For the last ten years, the notion of a green economy has become increasingly attractive to policy makers. However, green economy covers a lot of diverse concepts and its links with sustainability are not always clear. In this article, we focus on definitions of green economy and related concepts and an evaluation of these concepts against the criterion of strong and weak sustainability. The article serves three purposes: Firstly, we identify and describe diverse theories, concepts, approaches and tools related to a “green economy”. Among these are...

17-08-2016 21:28  |  Robotics
IMG - Midea’s masterplan to become China’s robot powerhouse Chinese consumer manufacturer Midea, after having spent over $4 billion to acquire 94% of German robot maker Kuka, is planning to spend an additional $1.5 billion to turn itself into China's preeminent robot powerhouse.  It plans to build a factory located in Foshan City to expand its capacity to manufacture and assemble robots and robot components. Much of the production will be to produce automatons for homes and individuals - robots similar to SoftBank's Pepper - which consumers appear to be enamored of. Midea expects to ramp up production at the new facility from an initial 7,000 robots annually to 17,000 or more within 10 years. Midea is China’s biggest manufacturer of air conditioners, refrigerators and home appliances, employing around 135,000 people...

15-08-2016 16:41  |  Robotics
IMG - SRI Spin-off Abundant Robotics Developing Autonomous Apple Vacuum Abundant Robotics is sucking apples right off the tree

13-08-2016 12:58  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Loredana Pintilie, Carmen M. Torres, Carmen Teodosiu, Francesc Castells Water scarcity is one of the major problems of the 21st century and one of the most sensitive environmental issues in the coming decades due to the uneven distribution of resources, treatment and climate change events. Wastewater reclamation is considered as an alternative source of fresh water in areas with problems of water availability or increased consumption.The objective of this study is to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology to identify and quantify the main environmental contributors derived from the treatment of urban wastewater and water reclamation opportunities in Tarragona, Spain. The wastewater treatment...

10-08-2016 15:01  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - Mit Opex auf dem besten Weg zur vollkommenen Fertigung Descargar adjunto http://images.vogel.de/vogelonline/bdb/1059500/1059510/5.jpg Perfektion ist der Inbegriff von Vollkommenheit und Unfehlbarkeit. In der Industrie heißt Perfektion Operational Excellence und bedeutet im Hinblick auf die Fertigung die <u>Optimierung der kompletten Prozesskette</u> und minimierten Energieverbrauch, aber auch die Vermeidung von Stillständen durch vorausschauende Instandhaltung.

04-08-2016 19:59  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Additional €8.3 Million For Northern Ireland Energy Storage Project An energy storage project in Northern Ireland which will use compressed air has received an additional €8.3 million in funding from the EU. The site location is near the town of Larne on the Islandmagee peninsula, and the project developer is Gaelectric. (Larne is a port town with a population of about 32,000.) Based on this extra [&hellip Additional €8.3 Million For Northern Ireland Energy Storage Project was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

03-08-2016 16:18  |  Clean Factory
New European Commission Emissions Reduction Proposals Fail to ... Energy Collective Key new European Commission climate proposals, covering 60 per cent of EU greenhouse gas emissions, fail to match the aspirations of the Paris Agreement to ... y más »

02-08-2016 00:31  |  Additive Manufacturing
Publication date: 2016 Source:Procedia Engineering, Volume 150 Author(s): A.O. Cherniavsky, K.V. Gorbunov Technological parameters of selective laser melting determine the quality of the parts produced: porosity, residual stresses and so strength and plasticity. Numerical modeling can help understand this dependence. The modeling process must account for the fact that typical sizes of metal powder particles, used for selective laser melting, are comparable (near equal) to the diameter of the laser beam, so considering powder a continuum is not fully correct. It is shown that LS-DYNA finite element code has enough capability to model important features of the process – heat exchange, melting, contact interaction of the particles.

01-08-2016 08:30  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - How Do We Move from Metal Rapid Prototyping to Metal Additive Manufacturing? > ENGINEERING.com There are many factors that will play into the ultimate shift of 3D printing as a technology for rapid prototyping to one of end-part manufacturing, but the one area of additive manufacturing (AM) that may stand in the way of mass adoption of 3D printing within the larger manufacturing supply chain is that of metal AM.Metal AM has the ability to produce intricate, streamlined components with physical properties that can sometimes exceed those of parts manufactured by traditional means. Consequently, the technology has the potential to completely shift the way that we fabricate critical components. With it, we can create lightweight objects with unique geometries capable of decreasing material waste and energy consumption.The paragon example now used to demonstrate the power that metal 3D p...

31-07-2016 23:00  |  Robotics
To enable safe and efficient human–robot collaboration in shared workspaces, it is important for the robot to predict how a human will move when performing a task. While predicting human motion for tasks not known a priori is very challenging, we argue that single-arm reaching motions for known tasks in collaborative settings (which are especially relevant for manufacturing) are indeed predictable. Two hypotheses underlie our approach for predicting such motions: First, that the trajectory the human performs is optimal with respect to an unknown cost function, and second, that human adaptation to their partner's motion can be captured well through iterative replanning with the above cost function. The key to our approach is thus to learn a cost function that “explains” the motion of ...

19-12-2016 04:34  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 4 Author(s): Marileena Mäkelä Previous content analyses of corporate reporting have typically focused on annual reports of one reporting year of board samples. This paper focuses on one industry (the forest industry) and on its environmental performance reporting over a 15-year period from 1998 to 2012. The aim of this research is to analyse the reporting trends. The research is a case study of three Finnish forest industry companies’ reporting. Seven major trends emerged from the content analysis. For example, the companies report on a massive number of indicators, focusing mainly on input and output indicators. Also, the number of reported environmental performance indicators is decreasing in eac...

17-12-2016 18:00  |  Clean Factory
IMG - How Europe Can Deliver On Energy Efficiency The European Commission’s recently released Clean Energy Package, has a 2030 target of 30% energy savings. An important policy instrument to deliver these are Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) schemes How Europe Can Deliver On Energy Efficiency was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

01-12-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
  Dale, IN – November 29 2016: — Thermwood has added thermographic imaging as a standard feature on its LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing) systems. This addition makes it easier to adjust and control the printing process, resulting in the best possible printed structures. In Read More »

30-11-2016 12:51  |  Robotics
IMG - Video: Industrial robots market | Robotics & Automation News The industrial sector is currently the largest market for robots – with applications in automotive; electronics or electrical; metal fabrication; and other segments. According to the International Federation of Robotics, the market for industrial robots is at record levels. In 2015, robot sales increased by 15 per cent to just over than 250,000 units sold worldwide. China was estimated the biggest buyer.  The automotive sector is by far the biggest customer for industrial robots – around half of all industrial robots sold are bought by the automotive sector. Cars themselves are increasingly becoming robotic, in the sense that they are being equipped with more autonomous features, and can now drive themselves. But that aside, if we look at the traditional industrial robot manufactu...

30-11-2016 09:21  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
aFraunhofer Joint Laboratory of Excellence on Advanced Production Technology (Fh J_LEAPT)bDepartment of Chemical, Materials and Industrial Production Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio 80, Naples 80125, Italy Available online 26 April 2015 In the cutting zone of a machining process, several variables are influenced by process conditions: cutting force, vibrations, temperature, acoustic emission, power absorption. Some variables, useful for process monitoring, can be measured by sensors installed on the machine tool. However, when assessing a particular process variable, a single sensory source may not be able to meet all the requirements. A solution is sensor data fusion, the purpose of which is to combine sensory information from disparate sources so t...

30-11-2016 07:14  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Schaeffler partners DMG MORI for additive manufacturing of rolling bearing - ETAuto.com ETAuto.com Schaeffler partners DMG MORI for additive manufacturing of rolling bearing ETAuto.com Schaeffler partners DMG MORI for additive manufacturing of rolling bearingSchaeffler partners DMG MORI for additive manufacturing NEW DELHI: Global technology company Schaeffler and machine tools manufacturer DMG MORI have signed a cooperation ...

29-11-2016 19:40  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - 3ders.org - Rotterdam's huge 'Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing' 3D ... - 3ders.org (blog) 3ders.org (blog) 3ders.org - Rotterdam's huge 'Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing' 3D ... 3ders.org (blog) The new RAMLAB additive manufacturing hub is almost ready to open its doors at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. The lab will contain a Wire Arc Additive ... RAMLAB to open world's first additive manufacturing lab for maritime ...TCT Magazine Netherlands ramp up maritime 3D printing projects with RAMLAB ...3D Printing Industry los 3 artículos informativos »

25-11-2016 19:14  |  Clean Factory
IMG - UK Chancellor Announces £390 Million In New Funding To Support EV Industry + Adoption An additional £390 million in funding for the support of electric vehicle and self-driving tech adoption in the UK has been announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, as part of an Autumn Statement that also revealed that the government would be extending the current tax breaks for electric vehicle charge points UK Chancellor Announces £390 Million In New Funding To Support EV Industry + Adoption was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

25-11-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Machines, software, peripherals, materials – all new from Concept Laser Sales launch of the new machine architecture M LINE FACTORY Lichtenfels (Germany), Wednesday, November 15, 2016: Just the announcement of the new machine architecture at formnext powered by TCT 2015 created a stir in the Read More »

22-11-2016 18:34  |  Clean Factory
IMG - New 'Landfillament' lets you 3D print with trash - 3ders.org (blog) 3ders.org (blog) New 'Landfillament' lets you 3D print with trash 3ders.org (blog) North Dakota materials company 3D-Fuel has introduced “Landfillament,” a new 3D printing material made from recycled waste. To create the material, municipal solid waste (MSW) is subjected to pyrolysis, which produces a char byproduct that can be used ... 3D-Fuel™ Introduces New 3D Printing Material Made From TrashPR Web (press release) all 4 news articles »

16-11-2016 19:09  |  Clean Factory
The first industry trials are planned for the Exergyn Drive, which generates power from hot water and could reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions

12-11-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
EOS continues with success and growth, as industrial 3D printing shapes the future of manufacturing through increased automation and productivity Frankfurt, Germany, 9 November, 2016 – EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, will present its latest portfolio of Read More »

06-11-2016 23:32  |  Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing enables fast modification of moulds ETMM Online Now a new additive manufacturing method is combining DMD with a coaxial powder nozzle. In contrast with conventional laser cladding, which usually requires a welder to feed filler wire almost entirely by hand, the new approach is fully automated and ...

03-11-2016 01:27  |  Additive Manufacturing
Publication date: 2016 Source:Procedia CIRP, Volume 55 Author(s): Klaus Dröder, Jakob K. Heyn, Roman Gerbers, Birk Wonnenberg, Franz Dietrich Additive manufacturing meets the demand for highly customized and flexible production. However, the physical limitation of the material application rate causes that large volume production of such workpieces is not attractive yet. In order to push additive manufacturing towards large volume production, the impact of this limitation has to be minimized while the advantages have to be maintained. For this purpose, it is proposed in this article to combine partial additive manufacturing with other production technologies. In such a production concept, standardized base workpieces are made in large volume production first and then finalized by additive ...

03-11-2016 01:27  |  Additive Manufacturing
Publication date: 2016 Source:Procedia CIRP, Volume 55 Author(s): Xuewei Fang, Jun Du, Zhengying Wei, Xin Wang, Pengfei He, Hao Bai, Bowen Wang, Jian Chen, Ruwei Geng, Bingheng Lu This paper proposes a novel fused-coating based additive manufacturing (FCAM) that builds three dimensional metal parts by depositing the material in a layer by layer manner according to the CAD model. It provides a good method to build metal parts with the advantage of using cheap and easy-get material, building parts with high efficiency and without high equipment costs. To study the effect of different processing parameters, the FCAM experimental system is established. It included a molten metal generator, a fused-coating nozzle, a three-axis motion platform, an inert atmosphere protection and process control ...

18-10-2016 14:50  |  Additive Manufacturing
The main hall of the GE Power plant in Greenville, South Carolina, has 65-foot-tall ceilings and is the length of several football fields. Here workers assemble heavy-duty gas turbines that are over 10 feet wide and 30 feet long, and which weigh up to 560,000 pounds. The largest of these turbines installed in a typical power plant can generate enough electricity for 500,000 U.S. homes. The complex job of assembling one turbine can take six weeks. In a corner of a nearby building, something far smaller is being made. One of hundreds of parts that go into a GE turbine, this one, called a flex tip, is no bigger than a can of soda. This part, which is key in the fuel system of a turbine, is important as much for how it was designed and manufactured as for the role it will play in a turbine...

18-10-2016 01:41  |  Clean Factory
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14-10-2016 11:14  |  Clean Factory
New Sustainability Challenges for UK Food and Drink Manufacturing FoodIngredientsFirst 14 Oct 2016 --- New commitments to reduce the environmental impact from food and drink manufacturers as well as protect natural capital and contribute to sustainable food systems for the future, have been set by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF ...

14-10-2016 09:14  |  Additive Manufacturing
The Additive Manufacturing Standards Development Structure is a framework to help meet the needs for new technical standards in this fast-growing field. Cleveland, Ohio – ISO and ASTM International have jointly crafted the Additive Manufacturing Standards Development Structure, a framework which will help meet the needs for new technical standards in this fast-growing field. Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the process of joining materials layer upon layer, as opposed to "subtractive manufacturing" methods such as machining. The new structure will help: Guide the work of global experts and standards development organizations involved in AM standardization Identify standards-related gaps and needs in the AM industry Prevent overlap and duplicative efforts in AM s...

11-10-2016 15:50  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Low-Carbon Sectors Growing, Encouraging Productive Economies A new study has found that low-carbon sectors are outpacing their less-productive, higher carbon-intensive sectors and the general economy in terms of growth, while increasing jobs and skill levels. Dr Baron Doda from the London School of Economics analyzed 34 developed and developing countries for their carbon intensity, defined in terms of the volume of carbon [&hellip Low-Carbon Sectors Growing, Encouraging Productive Economies was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

07-10-2016 18:12  |  Clean Factory
Brewery wastewater transformed into energy storage Science Daily This unique pairing of breweries and batteries could set up a win-win opportunity by reducing expensive wastewater treatment costs for beer makers while providing manufacturers with a more cost-effective means of creating renewable, naturally-derived ... y más »

06-10-2016 15:45  |  Clean Factory
IMG - WindEurope Unveils Five Pillars Of Research & Innovation For Wind Energy The European wind energy trade organization WindEurope has published a report unveiling what it believes to be the five key pillars of research and innovation for the European wind energy industry. In a report published this week, WindEurope — formerly known as the European Wind Energy Association — highlighted the need for new study on [&hellip WindEurope Unveils Five Pillars Of Research & Innovation For Wind Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

03-10-2016 13:46  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Robert Hofmann GmbH 3D Prints Production-Ready Cylinder Block for Volkswagen Automobile | 3DPrint.com Those of you who have been following 3D printing closely know of the immense benefits that additive manufacturing has provided to the automotive industry. Most uses have been confined to functional prototyping, which has helped make automobile production more time efficient and less costly. Companies like the Poland-based BORG Automotive have even utilized 3D printing to produce aftermarket parts, while 3D printing specialist voxeljet has made their own leap towards the automotive industry in a recent partnership with ART Robotics. Needless to say, it seems that 3D printing technology is inching closer and closer towards being considered a primary manufacturing tool for end-use car production. Now, the Lichtenfels, Germany-based automotive company Robert Hofmann GmbH has utilized 3D...

25-09-2016 08:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - A study on the evaluation of product maintainability based on the life cycle theory Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Xiaogang Jian, Shuaibo Cai, Qianfeng Chen The maintainability evaluation of a product is an efficient way to optimize product design and improve product quality. While there are some problems in the existing research, for example, the evaluation procedure is not standardized and is practically too complicated to operate. Therefore, there is a need to establish a new method to evaluate product maintainability. In the presented study, a concept and connotation of product maintainability combined with actual demand is proposed. Based on the theory of product life cycle, the evaluation index system of product maintainability and its calculation model are established considering its inherent attributes...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Meriem Kouki, Olivier Cardin, Pierre Castagna, Celine Cornardeau Any manufacturing activity creates product and energy flows whose management provides an overview of how a manufacturing system interacts with its environment. Recently, simultaneous management of these flows using discrete event simulation is increasingly being discussed in literature. However, the reliability of such projects basically depends on the method used to model energy consumption and quality of input data. Mindful of these challenges, this work reviews some existing energy related discrete-event simulation projects and discuss the issue of energy related input data management. Against this background, it proposes an opera...

14-09-2016 23:57  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Adriana Reis de Andrade Silva, Amanda Sodré Bioto, Priscilla Efraim, Guilherme de Castilho Queiroz Currently, food market appeal for sustainable and/or organic agriculture have grown worldwide as a way of promoting sustainable development. Brazil has developed sustainability projects (certification as organic, sustainable farming certified by Rainforest Alliance, products with designation of origin, among others) in the cocoa and chocolate industry, once the country stands out as one of the largest producers of cocoa. Labeling is an important tool for consumer's perception of sustainability and quality of a product. In this context, this study aimed to investigate the impact of sustainability lab...

14-09-2016 10:15  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMAGE: Jonathan Claussen is one of the researchers using lasers to treat paper to make printed graphene electronics. The process improves conductivity and enables flexible, wearable, and low-cost electronics. (Image credit: Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) Nanoengineers in Jonathan Claussen’s lab at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) are finding ways to use graphene and its amazing properties in their sensors and other technologies. Just an atom thick, the carbon honeycomb is great at conducting electricity and heat and is both strong and chemically stable. But researchers have struggled to move beyond tiny lab samples for studying its material properties to larger pieces for real-world applications. RELATED ARTICLE: University at Buffalo researchers lead 'frozen' synthesis of 3...

14-09-2016 09:59  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Stratasys Manufacturing Aids Package Can Help Users Speed Development of 3D Printed Manufacturing Tools | Additive Manufacturing (AM)   MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–September 13, 2016 –(BUSINESS WIRE) –Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, announced that it is introducing a new Manufacturing Aids Package for the Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer, aimed at helping users get a head-start in creating custom tools on demand. 3D printed custom manufacturing tools, like jigs and fixtures, is one example of how additive manufacturing is being used to augment conventional production environments. Stratasys’ Manufacturing Aids Package offers assistance to manufacturers seeking to create custom manufacturing tools. The materials-and-services package includes 40 hours of design work from Stratasys Professional Services to make producing a first tool easy. Custom...

13-09-2016 10:55  |  High Precision Manufacturing
This 1st edition of PHOTOPTICS will feature 3 different tracks on Optics, Photonics and Lasers, covering both theoretical and practical aspe

12-09-2016 16:53  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - Case study: Siemens reduces train failures with Teradata Aster - RCR Wireless News RCR Wireless News Case study: Siemens reduces train failures with Teradata Aster RCR Wireless News According to a case study provided by Teradata, Siemens is moving toward a more cost-effective, condition-based and predictive maintenance model. The condition of components is measured using transfer and remote monitoring of diagnostic sensor data; ...

12-09-2016 13:46  |  Robotics
IMG - Swarms of Robots Manage to Not Run Into Each Other - IEEE Spectrum Image: Georgia Tech Georgia Tech researchers are teaching robots how to avoid collisions. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re very, very pro-more-robots around here. As journalists, we don’t really think through the consequences of always wanting more robots, which (if left unchecked) can lead to an unfortunate case of having too many robots. This becomes particularly problematic when you have so many robots that they spend all of their time trying not to run into each other, and none of their time doing anything productive. At Georgia Tech, Li Wang and professors Aaron D. Ames and Magnus Egerstedt have been developing ways to allow infinitely large teams of mobile robots to move around each other without colliding, and also without getting in each other’s way. This is very impo...

12-09-2016 13:25  |  Robotics
Abstract Human–Robot Interaction challenges Artificial Intelligence in many regards: dynamic, partially unknown environments that were not originally designed for robots; a broad variety of situations with rich semantics to understand and interpret; physical interactions with humans that requires fine, low-latency yet socially acceptable control strategies; natural and multi-modal communication which mandates common-sense knowledge and the representation of possibly divergent mental models. This article is an attempt to characterise these challenges and to exhibit a set of key decisional issues that need to be addressed for a cognitive robot to successfully share space and tasks with a human. We identify first the needed individual and collaborative cognitive skills: geometric reasoning...

12-09-2016 09:55  |  Maintenance & Support
AuthorsBernard Schmidt School of Engineering ScienceUniversity of Skövde Lihui Wang Department of Production EngineeringKTH Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering ScienceUniversity of Skövde ORIGINAL ARTICLE First Online: 05 June 2016 Received: 25 November 2015 Accepted: 26 May 2016 DOI: 10.1007/s00170-016-8983-8Cite this article as: Schmidt, B. & Wang, L. Int J Adv Manuf Technol (2016). doi:10.1007/s00170-016-8983-8 AbstractMaintenance of assembly and manufacturing equipment is crucial to ensure productivity, product quality, on-time delivery, and a safe working environment. Predictive maintenance is an approach that utilises the condition monitoring data to predict the future machine conditions and makes decisions upon this prediction. The main aim of the present...

12-09-2016 09:47  |  Maintenance & Support
Manuf Rev (Les Ulis). Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 Aug 12. Published in final edited form as: PMCID: PMC4981924 NIHMSID: NIHMS804438 1Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA 2Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 560 Baldwin Hall, 2600 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA 3U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8230, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, USA 42300 Hayward St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and rep...

12-09-2016 09:40  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - Not just for maintenance: How CMMS benefits other functions | Plant Engineering Smartware Group 07/18/2016 It's true that Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is typically designed for maintenance operations. With the advancement of cloud-based CMMS/EAM, however, well-designed platforms have become an essential system for other departments within, and outside of, the organization. A Spend Matters interview with Michael Croasdale, senior project manager at Source One Management Services, relays that MRO service providers should be lock-step in line with client companies, to the degree that they're sharing "specific data to benchmark pricing, [ensuring] service levels exceed industry standard and [helping] to institute industry best practices." One way to maintain this alignment, of course, is through supplier access to the client's CMMS. Internally, ...

12-09-2016 08:49  |  High Precision Manufacturing
[1] van der Bijl, R.-J.M., Fähnle, O.W., van Brug, H. and Braat, J.J.M. (2000) Inprocess Monitoring of Grinding and Polishing of Optical Surfaces. Applied Optics, 39, 3300.http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.003300 [2] Fan, K.-C., Lee, M.-Z. and Mou, J.-I. (2002) On-Line Non-Contact System for Grinding Wheel Wear Measurement. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 19, 14-22.http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/PL00003964 [3] Lim, H.S., Son, S.M., Wong, Y.S. and Rahman, M. (2007) Development and Evaluation of an On-Machine Optical Measurement Device. International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, 47, 1556-1562.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmachtools.2006.11.007 [4] Ji, Z. and Leu, M.C. (1989) Design of Optical Triangulation Devices. Optics & Laser Technology, 21, 339-...

12-09-2016 08:33  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
IMG - Bosch digitized shop floor to bring change in manufacturing operations   Bosch India has initiated Industry 4.0 approach to produce two wheeler parts across India. Set to transform India into a global manufacturing hub, Bosch India has introduced class leading Industry 4.0 solutions. Bosch India, a leading user and supplier of Industry 4.0 solutions for a digitized shop floor will have the advantages of higher productivity with digitally supported continuous processes along with integrated fault management and better use of resources. It will also benefit the company where fast and efficient decision-making processes are concerned while added transparency in production along with real-time access to necessary data will be provided. Industry 4.0 solutions are time saving as it eliminates the process of manual data collection and analysis while it include...

12-09-2016 08:24  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
IMG - 5 Ways Industry 4.0 Will Impact Machine Tools > ENGINEERING.com What will the manufacturing landscape of tomorrow look like? Will human workers be replaced by robots? Will 3D printing become the dominant production technology? Will all of our sugary treats be manufactured in Mexico? Whatever the case, Industry 4.0—the catchall term for the trend toward automation and big data in manufacturing—is coming, and manufacturers the world over are doing their best to prepare. At this year’s IMTS, leaders from Taiwan’s machine tool industry plan to unveil a series of smart manufacturing initiatives during a press conference to illustrate part of the county’s overall efforts toward Industry 4.0. Presenters will include representatives from the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the e-...

12-09-2016 08:19  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
IMG - Seven Strategies for Improving Supplier Quality Management | iBASEt For complex manufacturers, their definition of quality is predicated on how well they stay aligned with the demanding, diverse and unique requirements of their customers while staying in compliance with regulatory requirements.  Keeping the entire value chain of a business well-orchestrated and focused on supplier quality needs to start with a clear, consistent strategic plan about suppliers as co-creators of a series of product generations, not just selectively sourced from based on cost alone (Szwejczewski, Goffin, Lemke, Pfeiffer, Lohmuller, 2001).  Suppliers need to be chosen more for their orchestrated role in delivering auditable, consistently high performance, not just cost reductions alone (Szwejczewski, Goffin, Lemke, Pfeiffer, Lohmuller, 2001) Studies of successful Supplier ...

12-09-2016 08:03  |  Maintenance & Support
Even though big data may seem like a buzzword that has permeated almost every industry on the planet, this near limitless source of information can drive unprecedented company growth and efficiency. Unfortunately, a large part of this potentially useful ...

09-09-2016 01:38  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
Highlights • We propose a novel method to improve process robustness in Industry 4.0 factories. • The method uses quantile regression to find improved process tolerance limits. • Likelihood ratio and bootstrap are used to quantify uncertainty. • The method is generic and can be applied to solve the tolerance synthesis problem. Abstract The cyber-physical systems of Industry 4.0 are expected to generate vast amount of in-process data and revolutionise the way data, knowledge and wisdom is captured and reused in manufacturing industries. The goal is to increase profits by dramatically reducing the occurrence of unexpected process results and waste. ISO9001:2015 defines risk as effect of uncertainty. In the 7Epsilon context, the risk is defined as effect of uncertainty on ...

08-09-2016 01:00  |  Maintenance & Support
Der neue Live-Park Instandhaltung auf der Maintain (18. bis 20.Oktober in München) zeigt anschaulich, was derzeit technisch möglich ist The post Maintain zeigt Technologie zum Anfassen appeared first on B&I.

07-09-2016 13:04  |  Clean Factory
Energy efficiency and energy reduction technologies can offer real ... Out-Law.com The latest energy technologies offer manufacturers the chance to secure their own future energy supply and reduce their reliance on, and costs of, accessing ... y más »

07-09-2016 00:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Expands design envelope to substantially reduce product cost Enables productive new model for services cost and delivery Lead in design and manufacture of highly valued parts Enter a fast-growing industry where GE can build a competitive position Leverages GE Store: key strengths in materials, software, Read More »

05-09-2016 02:00  |  Maintenance & Support
Smart elevator efforts by Huawei, Schindler, and ThyssenKrupp are discussed, with uses in predictive maintenance and efficient dispatch. According to Transparency Market Research, the smart elevator market is expected to grow from $9.54 billion in 2015 to ...

02-09-2016 17:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Advanced energy management - Rail Engineer Rail Engineer Advanced energy management Rail Engineer ... GI Energy and NG Bailey worked together to create a solution that exceeded the 20 per cent target reduction in CO2. The workshops that took place for the development of the M&E design followed the London Plan's policy of Be Lean> Be Clean> Be Green.

02-09-2016 10:40  |  Additive Manufacturing
Advanced manufacturing technology developer EWI (Columbus, OH) has purchased an electron beam melting system from Arcam AB (Mölndal, Sweden), which provides metal additive manufacturing solutions.The Arcam A2X is an electron-beam powder bed fusion machine that additively manufactures large parts. This technology is capable of delivering a high volume of material quickly, so it has utility in creating parts for the aerospace and space exploration sectors. Its platform offers a 200 × 200 × 380mm build envelope.[Native Advertisement] The Arcam A2X system processes titanium alloys and materials that require elevated process temperatures, such as titanium aluminide and Inconel. The system can maintain a scan speed that allows melting at multiple points simultaneously. By sustaining a redu...

02-09-2016 07:15  |  Additive Manufacturing
EVO MOBILE LINE DIODE laser welding system with powder nozzle and a rotary axis Coating a sensor using Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) Coating a sensor using Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) Strategy creation in the CAD / CAM software ORLAS SUITE An additive manufacturing technique called DMD (“Direct Metal Deposition”) developed by O.R. Lasertechnologie in Dieburg, Germany enables reliable protection of sensor elements by means of a hard alloy. It makes it possible to significantly extend their lifetimes, for example in pipelines of the oil and gas industry. Industrial sensors are very sensitive components. They are deployed to precisely and reliably monitor temperatures, flow rates, and pressure over long periods of time, for example in oil and gas pipelines. They ar...

02-09-2016 07:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Additive manufacturing to redefine aircraft wings - The Manufacturer Renishaw is contributing its additive manufacturing expertise to a new £17.7m project to develop an innovative way of designing and manufacturing aircraft wings, which will encourage a “right first time approach” and reduce development time. Renishaw will provide its expertise in metal additive manufacturing and precision measurement to a project that will be led by a team from Airbus in Bristol, a global centre of excellence for wing design, development and testing. Approximately 100,000 jobs are supported in the UK by Airbus wing manufacture. More than 30,000 new aircraft are expected to be required in the next 15-20 years, replacing existing in-service models and also to expand airlines’ fleets as the number of air travellers increases. The project, called Wing Design Methodo...

27-08-2016 09:08  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Cheng-kang Gao, Meng-hui Zhang, You-xuan Wei, Hong-ming Na, Ke-jing Fang The shortage of water resources has become a huge bottleneck in the development of the iron and steel industry in China. Many studies on water-use by iron and steel enterprises focus only on the volume of water used, however, the water environment and water treatment process of different water qualities are more critical. Therefore, borrowing the concepts of “energy carrier” and “energy value” from the theory of systemic energy-saving, new concepts of “water carrier” and “water value” are introduced to construct the water value model in iron and steel production. Based on the water production or treatment cos...

24-08-2016 13:50  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - Increasing production while reducing maintenance costs: #PredictiveMaintenance promises huge benefits -> https://t.co/5aK8r8oMI3 Increasing production while reducing maintenance costs: #PredictiveMaintenance promises huge benefits -> https://t.co/5aK8r8oMI3 2016-08-24 12:50:24  |  @hannover_messe

23-08-2016 12:19  |  Robotics
49th International Symposium on Robotics

18-08-2016 23:07  |  High Precision Manufacturing
In Booth E-5532, The L.S. Starrett Company (Athol, MA) will display their AVR300 CNC vision system that offers 12 in x 8 in x 8 in travel, Z-axis measuring, a powerful MetLogix software control system, 6.5:1 (optional 12:1) zoom optics and several LED illumination options. These systems are general-purpose CNC video-based measurement systems, ideal for quality assurance, inspection labs, manufacturing, assembly and research facilities. A precision mechanical bearing X-Y-Z stage and column translates data accurately and with repeatability to the MetLogix software. This compact bench top system is precise and powerful. Also on display will be their innovative HDV300 Horizontal Digital Video comparator that combines the best features of a horizontal optical comparator and a vision metrology ...

17-08-2016 14:49  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - Not just for maintenance: How CMMS benefits other functions, Part II In the first part of our series, we examined how engineering and quality personnel interface with CMMS to correct an issue with a volumetric feeder before a breakdown occurs leveraging predictive maintenance. Now Part II delves into how other areas of an organization, like Sales and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), can also gain from routine CMMS access along with Engineering, Quality, Operations, Supply Chain, Maintenance and Human Resources with different CMMS user type roles. The scenario Say a facility tour was hosted the other week by your sales team. A sales manager noticed a potential “nip point,” and wanted to react quickly to this safety hazard. He submits a maintenance request into your CMMS, which becomes automatically routed to your maintenance scheduler to rev...

14-08-2016 13:00  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Shaozhuo Zhong, Yong Geng, Wenjing Liu, Cuixia Gao, Wei Chen Natural resource accounting plays a critical role in sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources. This paper aims to review research progress on natural resource accounting for the period of 1995–2014. The main research methods for this study include bibliometric analysis and social network analysis, covering publications’ performances, characteristics of related journals, countries, institutions, authors and keywords. The results show that the total amount of publications on natural resource accounting has increased rapidly since 2001. The most productive journal, country, institution, and author are Journal of En...

13-08-2016 12:58  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): C.A. Griffiths, J. Howarth, G. De Almeida-Rowbotham, A. Rees, R. Kerton Direct digital manufacture and additive manufacture has expanded from rapid prototyping into rapid production and has the possibility to produce personalised high quality products with the batch size of one. Affordable additive manufacturing machines and open source software enables a wide spectrum of users. With a populace empowered with the possibility of producing their own products, this disruptive technology will inevitably lead to a change in energy and material consumption. With such an unpredictable impact on society it is timely to consider the economic and environmental issues of growth in this sector. This work dem...

05-08-2016 00:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Siemens invests in innovative manufacturing technology Acquisition of Materials Solutions in UK continues Siemens strategy for digitalization in manufacturing One of the world leaders in materials and Additive Manufacturing processing and production Siemens has acquired a majority stake (85 percent) in Materials Solutions Ltd., one Read More »

04-08-2016 14:38  |  Clean Factory
A new $130,000 printer from HP Inc. is expected to be able to make parts at half the expense and at least 10 times faster than rivals — which could be both a competitive blow and help expand the market for 3D mass production. read more

03-08-2016 11:16  |  Robotics
Beginning with the production of flow regulators in 1976, Dr. Werner Wittmann laid the cornerstone for a success story like no other in the plastics processing industry - and one that continues to this day. On June 8 and 9, 2016, customers and business partners of the WITTMANN Group were invited to Vienna to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company. 1,650 guests were welcomed.

01-08-2016 14:37  |  Clean Factory
IMG - 3-D Printed “Whispering Gallery” Concentrating Solar Power Coming To A Rooftop Near You…Eventually A new concentrating solar power system based on the "whispering gallery" effect could shrink CSP plants down to rooftop size -- and 3-D print them, too 3-D Printed “Whispering Gallery” Concentrating Solar Power Coming To A Rooftop Near You…Eventually was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

01-08-2016 08:30  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Integrating Additive Manufacturing without Inhibiting Machining : Modern Machine Shop Mitsui Seiki is a machine tool builder that aims to excel in the area of precision. It provides machines, often custom-engineered, to meet machining challenges related to high-value parts with particularly demanding tolerances. Therefore, the company’s introduction of additive manufacturing as a capability it can now deliver might seem like an odd fit. Additive manufacturing—building up parts or features through a controlled process of adding material in layers—cannot by itself achieve anything like the fine tolerances that machining can. But Robb Hudson, technology and business development manager for the company, says additive manufacturing is an addition to machining that brings both design freedom and process efficiency to complement machining’s precision. And by consolidati...

31-07-2016 19:58  |  High Precision Manufacturing
In Booth S-9119, Methods 3D, Inc. (Sudbury, MA) will be showcasing their new ProX™ DMP 320 direct metal 3D printer from 3D Systems Corporation (Rock Hill, SC) that sets a new standard in metal 3D printing. It is designed for high precision, high throughput direct metal printing and is optimized for critical applications requiring complex, chemically-pure titanium, stainless steel, or nickel super alloy parts. The ProX DMP 320 is designed for production manufacturing, with exchangeable manufacturing modules that support rapid material change or replenishment, allowing shops to keep pace with demanding production cycles and enabling efficient powder recycling. It offers a large 10.82 in (275 mm) x 10.82 in (275 mm) x 16.53 in (420 mm) build volume and is designed to handle critical industr...

19-12-2016 04:34  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 4 Author(s): Unai Tamayo-Orbegozo, María-Azucena Vicente-Molina, Oskar Villarreal-Larrinaga Eco-innovation has been analysed from a variety of perspectives in different disciplines. However, there is a shortage of studies at a microeconomic level, especially from a management and strategic perspective. A gap has been identified in the literature for comprehensive, in-depth qualitative analyses of the dynamics of eco-innovation which take into account different firms and sectors (particularly service industry, where there is a lack of studies), in order to contribute to theory-building, considering simultaneously different levels of analysis (macro, meso and micro) and different types of agents who col...

16-12-2016 17:36  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Z3DLAB Signs Joint Venture with Semiconductor Expert HS HI-TECH to Make Z3DFAB Digital AM Production Center - 3DPrint.com 3DPrint.com Z3DLAB Signs Joint Venture with Semiconductor Expert HS HI-TECH to Make Z3DFAB Digital AM Production Center 3DPrint.com z3dfab-logo French company Z3DLAB, formed in 2014 and specializing in metal additive manufacturing by SLM, has signed a joint venture with Korean semiconductor expert HS HI-TECH. It's called Z3DFAB, a new digital additive manufacturing production ...

30-11-2016 22:27  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Additive Manufacturing and Machine Tool 4.0 - ENGINEERING.com ENGINEERING.com Additive Manufacturing and Machine Tool 4.0 ENGINEERING.com KG, a supplier for rolling bearings, linear guides and drive technology, have signed a cooperation agreement to develop additive manufacturing processes for rolling bearing components. “Both partners complement each other perfectly to drive the future ...

30-11-2016 12:49  |  Robotics
IMG - Collaborative Assembly with Baxter Robot Using Kinect | FourByThree Source: Robotic Gizmos In the past few months, we have covered plenty of interesting projects involving the Baxter Robot. This video shows how this robot can cooperate with humans to complete assembly tasks. The robot can pick parts and hold them in place to help the operator screw. A Kinect 2 is used for gesture and speech recognition. The code for Kinect 2 Server is available online.

30-11-2016 12:47  |  Robotics
Robotic Industries Association Posted 11/02/2016 (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) – Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.   A total of 23,985 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of seven percent in units and three percent in dollars over the same period in 2015, which held the previous record. Robot shipments to North American customers through September totaled 22,050 robots valued at $1.3 billion, breaking the previous record set in 2015 by three percent in units and 11% in dollars. The record sales levels were driven primarily by strong growth in demand from automotive OE...

30-11-2016 09:21  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
A plant manager’s dream come true: machines at optimum efficiency with planned maintenance and zero defects. Is it too good to be true? In a recent blog post “SPC 2.0: How IoT Predictive Analytics Gives You Psychic Powers” I outline how SPC is a great tool for looking back at historical information to make changes in manufacturing, but if you want to get ahead, IIoT is needed to take the first steps into the world of predictive analytics to begin looking into the future of manufacturing and taking action in the present. Today, I want to take that one step further and answer the question “Is a zero-defect factory too good to be true for manufacturing?” There is a dramatic shift taking place: a move from statistical process control (SPC) usually used to reduce defects in manufact...

30-11-2016 00:29  |  Additive Manufacturing
TRUMPF, Siemens driving industrialization of additive manufacturing Control Engineering Asia Laser system manufacturer TRUMPF and engineering technology leader Siemens announced a new partnership to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production ...

29-11-2016 15:12  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 2 Author(s): Kuo-Jui Wu, Ching-Jong Liao, Ming-Lang Tseng, Ming K. Lim, Jiayao Hu, Kimhua Tan Rapid market changes aimed at sustainability have led to supply chain risks and uncertainties in the Taiwanese light-emitting diode industry. These risks and uncertainties can be captured by social media, quantitative and qualitative data (referred to herein as big data), but the industry has been unable to manage this information boom to respond to customer needs. These various types of data have their own characteristics that affect decision making about developing firm capabilities. This study aggregates the various data to undertake an extensive investigation of supply chain risks and uncertainties. Specif...

25-11-2016 09:15  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - OR Laser launches new metal additive manufacturing system - Robotics and Automation News (press release) (subscription) Robotics and Automation News (press release) (subscription) OR Laser launches new metal additive manufacturing system Robotics and Automation News (press release) (subscription) OR Laser has launched a new direct metal additive manufacturing system which it says is “more accessible and more affordable for more companies”. The company says the Orlas Creator metal additive manufacturing platform is “smarter, simpler, faster and ...

24-11-2016 22:13  |  Clean Factory
IMG - OPINION: A good Canada-wide climate policy means growth for Nova Scotia - TheChronicleHerald.ca TheChronicleHerald.ca OPINION: A good Canada-wide climate policy means growth for Nova Scotia TheChronicleHerald.ca We are now home to at least 30 clean-tech companies that are exporting to countries on six continents, with products and expertise ranging from renewable energy and smart cities to green building and pollution abatement. And business is growing ... y más »

22-11-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Powerful medium format machines with tool change cylinder concept for industrial-scale LMF production – industry-ready periphery for external part and powder management – TruConnect solution range and monitoring for connected manufacturing includes additive manufacturing as well Ditzingen, November, 2016 – TRUMPF, the laser systems manufacturer Read More »

12-11-2016 01:24  |  Additive Manufacturing
Publication date: Available online 10 November 2016 Source:Composites Science and Technology Author(s): Kate Pitt, Omar Lopez, Austin D. Lafferty, Iain Todd, Kamran Mumtaz In contrast to subtractive manufacturing techniques, additive manufacturing processes are known for their high efficiency in regards to utilisation of feedstock. However the various polymer, metallic and composite feedstocks used within additive manufacturing are mainly derived from energy consuming, inefficient methods, often originating from non-sustainable sources. This work explores the mechanical properties of additively manufactured composite structures fabricated from recycled sustainable wood waste with the aim of enhancing mechanical properties through glass fibre reinforcement.In the first instance, samples wer...

12-11-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing materials Pfäffikon, Schwyz, Switzerland – November 11, 2016 – Oerlikon announced today that it will be building a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Plymouth Township, Michigan, USA, dedicated to producing advanced materials for additive manufacturing and high-end surface coatings. This investment is another key step Read More »

03-11-2016 10:07  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Partnership with PSA Group Brings Together the Automotive Industry and Metal Additive Manufacturing — A Few Questions For: Divergent 3D | 3DPrint.com Partnerships are a critical ingredient to success in any growing industry — as well as in those industries that are somewhat more established. As we’ve seen illustrated with increasing frequency in the additive manufacturing arena, partnerships can lead to great things, from the introduction of new technologies to the development of application-specific solutions to the advancement of space-age manufacturing to equipment entering new markets. Last month, a new partnership was announced that is set to bring metal additive manufacturing capabilities deeper into the automotive industry, as Divergent 3D and PSA Group set out on a long-term plan to work together for more efficient automobile manufacturing. In mid-September, Los Angeles-based Divergent 3D and Paris-based PSA Group signe...

03-11-2016 01:27  |  Additive Manufacturing
Publication date: 2016 Source:Procedia CIRP, Volume 55 Author(s): Marijn P. Zwier, Wessel W. Wits Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is an emerging type of production technology that is seen as the core technology for future high-value engineered products. Due to the additive nature of stacking and unifying individual layers, the part and process design is substantially different from conventional production methods. This paper addresses one of the challenging design aspects for additive manufacturing, namely the determination of the build orientation. The build orientation has a large impact on the final part quality and must therefore be chosen wisely. This paper presents an approach to support the build orientation selection by a feature-based design algorithm. After automated part...

02-11-2016 15:08  |  Clean Factory
On 1 December 2016 the FoF-Impact coordination action project will hold a major workshop: Factories of the Future – Making Innovation Happen. The workshop will take place in the Diamant Building (Brussels). This event, organised by EFFRA through the FoF-Impact Coordination Action aims at: Showing the tangible outcome of the FoF-7-2014 CSAs, in particular in terms of services that stimulate industrial exploitation Promoting services offered by other service providers (including CEN-CENELEC, IPR-Helpdesk, etc.) Indicating how project consortia can address ‘impact success factors’ in the earlies stages of a project, not the least during the project proposal preparation phase Promoting exploitable results (around 14 ‘pitch’ presentations are scheduled) As such the event is a servi...

18-10-2016 01:42  |  Clean Factory
towards a more sustainable system by reusing, remanufacturing and recycling. Adopting circular economy principles measures like an EU-wide 65 per cent municipal waste recycling target by 2030, incentives for circular product

17-10-2016 18:13  |  Clean Factory
Rob Zimmerman, Kohler Company Kohler's sustainability efforts are a springboard to innovation. read more

14-10-2016 11:07  |  Additive Manufacturing
Youmin Rong Yu Huang Guojun Zhang Gaoyang MiEmail author Wenjun Shao ORIGINAL ARTICLE First Online: 13 October 2016 Received: 12 May 2016 Accepted: 16 September 2016 DOI: 10.1007/s00170-016-9501-8Cite this article as: Rong, Y., Huang, Y., Zhang, G. et al. Int J Adv Manuf Technol (2016). doi:10.1007/s00170-016-9501-8 AbstractAustenitic stainless steel 316L is welded by laser beam with T-joint in this paper. Microstructures of fusion zone consist of a large amount of austenite and a small amount of ferrite; heat-affected zone (HAZ) width is about 10 μm. The fine-equiaxed dendrites existing as network morphology locate at the center of fusion zone, and columnar structures are near HAZ. Microhardness at the top of the cross-section of welded joints is higher than that at the bottom, and...

14-10-2016 09:12  |  Additive Manufacturing
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--(Marketwired - October 13, 2016) - SmarTech Publishing has just published "3D Printing Software Markets 2016: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast", a new 109-page report that identifies and quantifies the commercial opportunities presented by software for 3D printing/additive manufacturing (3DP/AM). According to this report, such software will reach $741 Million by 2021 and go on to achieve $2.2 Billion by 2025. Further details of this report can be found at https://www.smartechpublishing.com/reports/3d-printing-software-markets-2016-an-opportunity-analysis-and-ten-year-fore About the report: We believe that this is the only major industry study to analyze and forecast the 3DP/AM software markets: By defining the critical software functionalities in 3DP/AM, ...

12-10-2016 19:00  |  Clean Factory
From bronze to steel, alloys are the backbone of the modern world. Now a recipe that shouldn’t work is creating metal mixtures with totally unexpected abilities

10-10-2016 16:44  |  Clean Factory
Main image:&nbsp; CIVIL aviation accounts for perhaps only 2% of man-made carbon emissions. Add in other pollutants, such as contrails and nitrous oxide, and the industry’s overall contribution to climate change might be twice that figure. That may not seem much. But the sector is growing rapidly. Since the 1970s, global air traffic has doubled in size about every 15 years. Rising prosperity in developing countries and massive backlogs of aircraft orders means that the growth will continue for decades. Without regulation, the world’s airlines could quickly choke the skies.Last week, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations agency, announced a framework for mandatory carbon-offsetting on all international flights. The agreement was backed by 65 countrie...

06-10-2016 19:42  |  Clean Factory
Efficient life cycles for buildings Deccan Herald Green in today's context refers to any process adopted to achieve savings in energy consumption; reducing dependence on non-renewable resources; adopting natural processes and being environmentally responsible. ... Select sustainable construction ...

04-10-2016 10:07  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Concept Laser Presses Home the Point in 3D: In parallel rather than sequentially – economical series production in the “AM Factory of Tomorrow” | Additive Manufacturing (AM) Concept Laser launches new modular machine architecture with numerous innovations that can be interlinked however you want Unique features: Up to 4 x 1,000 W laser power, build envelope 400 x 400 x >400 mm3, automatic tool changeover and time-saving coating process Lichtenfels (Germany), September 15, 2016: The Industry 4.0 strategy is having a tangible impact on 3D metal printing. With the new 3D metal printing machine technology and the vision of the “AM Factory of Tomorrow” that lies behind it, Concept Laser is raising the Additive Manufacturing of metals to the level of a “smart factory”. This fundamentally new, modular and flexible approach enables automated, digitized and interlinked industrial series production. The basic idea is to decouple “pre-production” and “p...

28-09-2016 09:09  |  Additive Manufacturing
Mazak’s VC-500 AM hybrid multitasking machine combines full five-axis machining capability and additive technology in a compact, cost-effective system intended to enhance product design, reduce time to market and cut R&D costs. Designed for optimum part finish and high accuracy, the machine builds part features to near-net shape quickly and easily without wasting expensive material or losing time by subtracting large amounts of metal from a solid material using normal multitasking machining technology, Mazak says. The multitasking machine features laser cladding heads for direct metal deposition alongside the subtractive machining spindle. During additive operation, the machine uses fiber laser heat to melt metal powder and apply molten material layer by layer via the cladding head....

23-09-2016 01:04  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity - Energy Harvesting Journal Energy Harvesting Journal Wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity Energy Harvesting Journal North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics. The experimental prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far ...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Krzysztof Danilecki, Małgorzata Mrozik, Piotr Smurawski In this paper, we use life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to determine whether the strategy of material composition in a popular Volkswagen Golf model has reduced its environmental load over the last 30 years. The main parameter of our simplified model of LCA was the weight of the materials used to build the car, with the impact on the environment assessed in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The obtained results indicate a systematically increasing impact on climate that is 49% greater in the Golf Mk6 than in the oldest model, the Golf Mk1. The increased load associated with the production stage is only compensated to a small degree du...

14-09-2016 10:21  |  Additive Manufacturing
By CRP Group Three High-Performing sectors, three new challenges; CRP Group invests in the next generation of High-end machines for AM (Additive Manufacturing), CNC Machining, DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) and confirms itself as the right partner for High-Tech markets. Innovation and High-quality production are key drivers of business success in High-Performing sectors, and CRP knows that. The Group is acting as the spearhead for its target sectors including Additive Manufacturing and High Precision CNC machining; CRP strengthens itself and expands its arsenal of tools with three High-performance machines. ******* CRP Technology – CRP Group’s specialized division and world leader in Additive Manufacturing with its WINDFORM® family of high-performance composite materials – has...

14-09-2016 10:05  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - 3D Platform Set to Unveil the Future of 3D Printing at IMTS 2016 | Additive Manufacturing (AM) Uncovering the Future of 3D Printing at IMTS 2016, West Hall CHICAGO, IL [September 12, 2016] — To realize large-scale adoption of additive manufacturing, the market has shown a demand for cost-effective machinery that provides increased scalability and throughput, and open-market enabled solutions delivered in a robust industrial tech package. At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 in Chicago, 3D Platform (3DP) is excited to unveil two new concepts that not only answer the demands of AM customers, but also pave the way for the future of 3D printing. 3D Platform large format additive manufacturing machines will handle material throughput as high as 55kg/hr per gantry. The Excel Series of machines are configured with multiple gantries, with additive and...

13-09-2016 10:55  |  High Precision Manufacturing
International Conference on Advanced Research in Mechanical Engineering

12-09-2016 13:55  |  Robotics
IMG - Disney Robot With Air-Water Actuators Shows Off Photo: Disney Research Meet Jimmy, a robot puppet powered by fluid actuators. Like other Disney creations, Jimmy looks rather magical. While humanoid robots can be painfully slow, Jimmy moves with lifelike speed and grace. A video posted earlier this year shows the robot waving at people, doing a little dance, drumming on a table. Just as impressive, Jimmy can safely operate near people, and by “near” we mean in contact with them. In the video, the robot plays patty-cake with a kid and even pats her cheeks—something you don’t see very often in human-robot interaction experiments. There’s no magic, of course, just beautiful engineering. Jimmy is not powered by the bulky electric motors and gears commonly used in humanoid robots; instead, it relies on a new kind of actua...

12-09-2016 13:27  |  Robotics
IMG - Robotics News - Kawasaki Robotics Release... Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc. Posted 09/07/2016 The next generation duAro robot is designed to work alongside humans on material handling, assembly, machine tending and dispensing applications. Kawasaki introduces the “duAro”, an innovative and collaborative robot, to the North American market to expand the breadth of applications that can efficiently and cost-effectively be automated with a robot. The dual-arm horizontal articulated robot has the flexibility to be applied to production lines with a short product cycle and frequent changeovers, and it can safely collaborate with humans in work operations. With a small footprint and low price tag, it offers robot automation possibilities to companies of all sizes. The duAro is the first dual-arm SCARA robot to operate on a single axis...

12-09-2016 09:53  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
Abstract One of the most significant advances in the development of computer science, information and communication technologies is represented by the cyber-physical systems (CPS). They are systems of collaborating computational entities which are in intensive connection with the surrounding physical world and its on-going processes, providing and using, at the same time, data-accessing and data-processing services available on the Internet. Cyber-physical production systems (CPPS), relying on the latest, and the foreseeable further developments of computer science, information and communication technologies on one hand, and of manufacturing science and technology, on the other, may lead to the 4th industrial revolution, frequently noted as Industrie 4.0. The paper underlines that there a...

12-09-2016 09:46  |  Maintenance & Support
An analytical multiobjective maintenance planning model that maximizes reliability while minimizing cost and human error is proposed. In order to incorporate human error, the model minimizes the maximum human error over the planning horizon. Human Error Assessment and Reduction Technique (HEART) is used to quantify the human error. Maintenance activities include adjustment and replacement activities, in which each of them consumes a certain amount of human resource, spare parts, and budget and brings about a specified level of reliability and human error. Economic dependence is also considered, in which grouping maintenance activities reduces total cost. However, this may increase human error probability due to operator fatigue or time pressure. The main purpose is to investigate the rel...

12-09-2016 08:52  |  High Precision Manufacturing
Established in northern Italy in 1961, Sisma is a global player in the design and production of high precision manufacturing machinery and also the country’s largest manufacturer of laser systems. More specifically, being located in the historical Italian district of Vicenza, known for its goldsmithing and home to one-fifth of the country’s gold and jewellery industry, Sisma is rooted in the perfect place for making its mark one of its three key areas of focus: jewellery. Sisma first started developing additive manufacturing systems in 2011. In that time, awareness of direct 3D printing processes with precious metals has grown for both jewellers and customers in the luxury products market, and so too have Sisma’s technologies. Being active in the jewellery sector for such a long ...

12-09-2016 08:37  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
The Toyota Production System (TPS), also known as the Lean management system (Lean), is already helping health care organizations provide high-quality, low-cost care, and it promises to do far more. However, the potential benefits of TPS/Lean are endangered by a failure of many to understand it. For example, Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman claimed in a recent article that TPS/Lean was a direct descendant of “The Principles of Scientific Management,” a monograph published by Frederick Winslow Taylor in 1911 that described his theory of workers in manufacturing processes. Equating Taylorism and TPS could not be further from the truth. Hartzband and Groopman go on to state that the principles of TPS, as applied to create near zero defects in manufacturing, don’t work when caring f...

12-09-2016 08:31  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
NEW DELHI: Just weeks after the high-profile launch of Startup India, the Centre is looking at rolling out yet another major initiative, dubbed ZED, which was first mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 2014 Independence Day speech and yet again last week. The acronym stands for zero defect, zero effect (on the environment) — high quality manufacturing that's also green. Expected to be launched in March, the programme is to be widely discussed at Make in India week next month. Officials said the initiative is meant to raise quality levels in the unregulated micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, the engine of growth for the Indian economy, driving almost 38% of the nation's GDP and employing 110 million Indians. It's thereby seen as a cornerstone of the flagship Mak...

12-09-2016 08:24  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
IMG - Ensuring zero defects on internally threaded fasteners - Aerospace Manufacturing and Design High-speed sorting technologies, including vision-based hole and thread detection, are making traditional methods obsolete.It is critical to inspect formed metal fasteners used in aerospace to ensure zero defects whether for safety, mission-critical performance, or to optimize the manufacturing process. Conventional methods to do this exist, such as sorting mechanically for size or hand sorting with optical comparators. Yet traditionally, it has been difficult to inspect internal threads for tiny defects such as chips, tears, weld spatter, or short or missing threads. Inspecting the vertical walls of a fastener hole and its threads is difficult for the human eye due to their small size, as well as lighting and viewing issues. Not only is such an inspection process slow, labor intensive, an...

12-09-2016 08:14  |  Zero Defect Manufacturing
IMG - How To Tackle Supplier Quality Management in the GEC Meeting It’s no secret that suppliers have become increasingly vital to quality and organizational success. Increases in outsourcing, globalization, and product complexity are three long-term drivers that have increased the role of suppliers as well as the assumption of increased supplier-generated risk. Click here to speak with Dan LNS Research has published research on this important topic for several years, both to identify important Supplier Quality Management (SQM) trends and considerations as well as to determine best practices. These topics will be further explored in our upcoming Quality Global Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 1:00 pm EDT. We’re excited to welcome our guest speaker, Michael Bennett, GSM Systems Analyst for Nexteer Automotive. Michael has been integr...

11-09-2016 23:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Study: The Stricter The Emissions Testing Requirements In The EU, The More Testing Results Diverged From Real-World Results While the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has been the face of insufficient emissions levels enforcement in the EU in the past year, the problem is a wide-ranging one involving nearly every manufacturer operating in Europe. While most manufacturers have (apparently) not been brazen and arrogant enough to use “defeat devices” as obviously deceiving as Volkswagen [&hellip Study: The Stricter The Emissions Testing Requirements In The EU, The More Testing Results Diverged From Real-World Results was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

09-09-2016 01:03  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Recycling energy to improve battery life - Energy Harvesting Journal Energy Harvesting Journal Recycling energy to improve battery life Energy Harvesting Journal The PowerStic and Exodus are USB plugin devices that harvest waste energy in computer systems, and recycle it back into the system for an overall lower system power profile. According to Current RF, these devices allow users to save kilowatt hours of ...

07-09-2016 16:58  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Machinery at IMTS 2016: Additive Manufacturing, Waterjet and More - ENGINEERING.com ENGINEERING.com Machinery at IMTS 2016: Additive Manufacturing, Waterjet and More ENGINEERING.com Here are just a few of the machine tool products you can expect to see on the show floor. Concept Laser 3D Metal Printer. (Image courtesy of Concept Laser.) The M2 cusing is intended to be the workhorse of the Concept Laser system fleet and has been ...

07-09-2016 08:33  |  Maintenance & Support
Every device, no matter how connected, has the potential to break. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to permeate every sector of manufacturing, from transportation and logistics to automotive and utilities, businesses are turning to predictive ...

07-09-2016 00:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
City of Chicago to host March 2017 conference MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept. 6, 2016 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced that its 29th annual users group conference will be located in Chicago, Illinois, from March 19 – 23, 2017. The five-day event will Read More »

05-09-2016 01:00  |  Additive Manufacturing
Abstract The sintering densification behavior and microstructural evolvement of W-Cu-Ni alloys (90 wt% W, 5 wt% Cu, 5 wt% Ni) were investigated via selective laser sintering (SLS). Through the analysis of the surface morphology and microstructure obtained by different laser sintering parameters, revealing that the sintering mechanism evolves from solid state sintering to liquid phase sintering depends on the laser input energy. The sintered density initially increases with the laser input energy then decreases; the poring and balling phenomenon cannot be eliminated drastically. The SLS of W-5Cu-5Ni (wt%) alloys is a complete process of molten liquid phase spreading and solidifying, which is determined by the intrinsic properties of W/Cu and the laser sintering parameters. Se...

02-09-2016 16:27  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - The Impact of the Connected Vehicle - Tire Review Tire Review The Impact of the Connected Vehicle Tire Review Predictive maintenance takes this one step further by predicting future failures and recommending preventative action through the use of on-board fault detection systems. But collecting and storing FDI data until it's transmitted through the telematics ...

02-09-2016 10:24  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - Thermwood Announces 3D Additive Manufacturing Program – Names New Machines “LSAM” | Additive Manufacturing (AM)   Dale, IN August 31st 2016: — Thermwood Corporation, located in Southern Indiana, manufactures a broad yet extensive line of CNC Routers has announced it is now offering a line of Additive Manufacturing Systems for the production of large to very large reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. Thermwood’s new machine line, called LSAM (pronounced L-Sam, short for Large Scale Additive Manufacturing), uses a two-step, near-net-shape production process. First the part is 3D printed, layer by layer, to slightly larger than the final size, then it is trimmed to its exact final size and shape using a CNC router. The process operates in free space and does not require molds or tooling. Thermwood’s new LSAM is targeted for the production of tooling, masters, molds, fixtures, patterns and ...

02-09-2016 07:13  |  Additive Manufacturing
Direct metal deposition (DMD) can be up to 250-330% faster than manual laser cladding. New Additive Manufacturing 2.0 (AM 2.0)-capable laser welding systems can now be equipped with a recently developed powder nozzle from O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH that permits fully automatic layerwise buildup. This solution holds enormous potential for tool and mold making applications at small and midsized companies.   Since the start of the 21st century, laser cladding has become established as a highly effective process for modifying and repairing injection molds and dies.   Now a new additive manufacturing method is taking it to the next level: DMD with a coaxial powder nozzle. In contrast to conventional laser cladding, which usually requires a welder to feed filler wire almost entirely by hand, ...

02-09-2016 01:00  |  Maintenance & Support
Auf der 6. Jahrestagung, die vom 28. bis 29. September 2016 in Berlin stattfindet, werden Lösungsansätze aufgezeigt, um das interne Ersatzteilwesen weiterzuentwickeln und dadurch messbare Verbesserungen in den Bereichen Anlagenverfügbarkeit, Produktivität, Qualität und Kosteneffizienz zu realisieren. The post Modernes Ersatzteilmanagement in der Instandhaltung appeared first on B&I.

25-08-2016 10:00  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - Wartungs- und Analysetool für Feinschneidpressen Descargar adjunto http://images.vogel.de/vogelonline/bdb/1064800/1064840/5.jpg Das Technologieunternehmen Feintool präsentiert auf der Euroblech 2016 in Halle 27, Stand J104 sein webbasiertes Wartungs- und Analysetool Feinmonitoring. In Verbindung mit dem Wartungskonzept Smart Maintenance soll damit eine maximale Verfügbarkeit von Feinschneidanlagen ermöglicht werden.

24-08-2016 08:00  |  Maintenance & Support
IMG - Zustandsüberwachung der Intralogistik Descargar adjunto http://images.vogel.de/vogelonline/bdb/1064200/1064297/5.jpg Systeme für das Condition Monitoring von Industriemaschinen optimieren die Instandhaltung. Für Geräte wie Stapler oder Kräne existierte dieser Weg bisher noch nicht. Wissenschaftler wollen nun Sensornetzwerke und Algorithmen auch für die Erfassung des Zustands von Maschinen der Intralogistik entwickelt haben.

22-08-2016 11:02  |  Maintenance & Support
Cutting costly false alarms and increasing the reliability of Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) monitoring will be crucial to tackling long-term maintenance budget overruns and boosting asset performance, a report from Finland's Vaisala highlights.

18-08-2016 18:49  |  High Precision Manufacturing
Grinding very small-diameter instruments for use in medical procedures is a niche business for this micro-grinding machine manufacturer. The company makes machines that use a variety of grinding techniques to manufacture guidewires for the medical industry.

16-08-2016 21:06  |  Robotics
IMG - IDC awards 5 warehouse robotics innovators International Data Corporation (IDC) has awarded five pioneering players in the warehouse robotics market with the 2016 IDC Innovators Award. Companies selected met the following criteria: revenue of less than $50 million with an innovative technology, or a groundbreaking new business model, or both. IDC is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. Each year they award hundreds of innovator companies in trending industry segments. 2016’s broad trending segments included:     Internet of...

14-08-2016 08:04  |  Clean Factory
US should end wind subsidy, double basic energy research funding Knoxville News Sentinel Just as remarkable are the opportunities available in clean energy research — lowering the cost of energy, cleaning the air, improving health, reducing poverty and helping address climate change. The biggest problem we have with increasing ... By ...

10-08-2016 18:01  |  Robotics
IMG - How Locus Robotics Plans to Build a Successor to Amazon's Kiva Robots Locus Robotics founder Bruce Welty explains how his company is developing better warehouse robots from scratch

04-08-2016 21:06  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Clean Transport & Energy News Roundup (Autopilot & Transit, 26K MPGe Car, Electric Motorcycle Tour, Ukraine…) In this edition of the clean transport and energy news roundup, the question over autopilot’s threat to transit, a Pokemon Go Tesla hack that wasn’t, a 26,135 mpg(e) car, a transcontinental electric motorcycle tour, plug-ins are a dead end, and Trump talks out of the side of his head, as well as articles on the [&hellip Clean Transport & Energy News Roundup (Autopilot & Transit, 26K MPGe Car, Electric Motorcycle Tour, Ukraine…) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

04-08-2016 05:00  |  Maintenance & Support
Harald Großmann, service centre manager for Sulzer's Neuss Service centre in Germany looks at the maintenance challenges facing petrochemical refineries and how to improve asset performance and reliability.

02-08-2016 02:01  |  Maintenance & Support
The Machine Intelligence debate goes on, with the latest topics including predictive maintenance. The implication seems to be that if a machine can predict equipment failures and eliminate them by ...

01-08-2016 08:30  |  Additive Manufacturing
IMG - XJet Demos Metal Jet 3D Printing Live at RAPID 2016 > ENGINEERING.com While RAPID 2016 was abuzz with the possibilities of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology, an equally formidable force at the convention was Israel’s XJet, which occupied a large portion of the showroom floor with its massive liquid metal 3D printer. This was the first time that the machine had been shown in public, and the public was impressed and intrigued with this new NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology, which is unlike anything seen in the industry before. XJet’s NPJ technology makes its public debut at RAPID 2016. (Image courtesy of the author.) Using a novel inkjetting technique, XJet’s technology is capable of achieving a level of detail and finish unmatched by other metal printing approaches. Avi Cohen, markets development manager for XJet, described the process in an inte...

31-07-2016 23:00  |  Robotics
During collaborative object manipulation, the interaction forces provide a communication channel through which humans coordinate their actions. In order for the robots to engage in physical collaboration with humans, it is necessary to understand this coordination process. Unfortunately, there is no intrinsic way to define the interaction forces. In this study, we propose a model that allows us to compute the interaction force during a dyadic cooperative object manipulation task. The model is derived directly from the existing theories on human arm movements. The results of a user study with 22 human subjects prove the validity of the proposed model. The model is then embedded in a control strategy that enables the robot to engage in a cooperative task with a human. The performance evaluat...

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