As other countries embark on initiatives to encourage the adoption of automated technologies, Ryan Gutherie, executive vice president of six-axis and SCARA robot supplier TM Robotics, investigates America’s relationship with robots.
Numerous large companies have been increasing their state in 3D printing materials manufacturing, but BASF is the largest chemical producer in the space. The German chemical giant has continued to throw its weight around, mostly recently investing a massive $25 million in Materialise, the nearly 30-year-old Belgian 3D printing software developer and service provider.
Numerous large companies have been increasing their state in 3D printing materials manufacturing, but BASF is the largest chemical producer in the space. The German chemical giant has recently invested $25 million in Materialise, the nearly 30-year-old Belgian 3D printing software developer and service provider.
For engineers, new skills are needed in a world of smart products. A new survey finds that to capitalize on new service-driven opportunities, manufacturers will need to improve their digital capabilities.
FANUC America Corporation, the leading supplier of robotics, CNC systems, ROBOMACHINEs and Industrial IoT solutions has announced plans to construct a new facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, that will be used for engineering, product development, manufacturing and warehousing.
Daimler AG is planning to manufacture battery-powered Smart cars in China with a local partner, in a push to boost sales of the tiny-car brand in cities around the world where parking and emissions are becoming a challenge, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Schaeffler will acquire drive-by-wire technology Space Drive from Paravan, which the German supplier said would play a key role in future self-driving cars. Space Drive was developed by Paravan to help people with physical disabilities. It allows vehicles to be steered and stopped by purely electronic means, eliminating the need for a steering wheel or steering column.
Digital manufacturing is rapidly changing the fundamentals of how products are developed, scaled and manufactured. By digitizing traditional manufacturing methods and leveraging newer technologies, companies are optimizing their supply chains, reducing development cycles, increasing efficiencies and driving down costs.
Ford has signaled its dedication to the development of autonomous vehicles by announcing its plans to spend $4 billion on the sector through 2023. The carmaker has created a Limited Liability Company (LLC) called Ford Autonomous Vehicle LLC, which will host the company’s self-driving systems integration, autonomous vehicle research and advanced engineering, AV transportation-as-a-service network development, user experience, business strategy and business development teams.
The MIT’s Self Assembly Lab is inventing entirely new ways to create a new generation of objects, including Rapid Liquid Printing, where an object is printed inside a vat of gel, allowing designers to rapidly print flexible, complex shapes.
BASF is expanding its cooperation with Materialise, a supplier of 3D printing technologies, working together within the framework of an open business model to improve materials and software for various 3D printing technologies. The companies are focusing on applications in the consumer goods, automotive and aviation industries and the partners intend to accelerate the development of innovative applications and new materials.
Defects in 3D printed parts can cause tremendous failures in a finished component. Luckily, new research from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, has gleaned a new way of detecting faults. By introducing gold nanoparticles into the 3D printer material, researchers can now quickly scan parts to help predict failures before they happen.
Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and RWTH Aachen University have won an award for development of Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition (EHLA). In place since 2000, the Berhold Leibinger Innovationspre is is one of the most prestigious awards in laser technology, and is presented every two years by a panel of experts from science and industry.
When it comes to new materials, thin is most definitely in. Brazilian researchers have created a new two-dimensional material called hematene, which is made up of sheets of iron ore just three atoms thick. And as is often the case with 2D materials, hematene seems to have different properties to its regular form.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of the oil and gas industry. As the Internet of Things’ (IoT) network of devices, sensors and software brings about change in consumers’ daily lives, this particular industry is lagging behind. Oil and gas have been facing challenges, largely attributed to the antiquated and inefficient approach that many companies take to maintain assets and collect data. This article looks at five ways that IIoT will revolutionize the oil and gas industry.
Blockchain technology is moving into more and more commercial and enterprise applications — from supply chain to energy production and even potential automotive applications. The ever-expanding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is going to require solutions for automation and security alongside its solutions for connectivity and blockchain, with its promise of facilitating encrypted, automated and verifiable transactions between systems, looks poised to be the answer.
A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices. The low-cost process, developed by Purdue University researchers, combines tools already used in industry for manufacturing metals on a large scale, but uses the speed and precision of roll-to-roll newspaper printing to remove a couple of fabrication barriers in making electronics faster than they are today.
3D printing has enabled the creation of complex components with reduced costs and turnaround times in the highly-regulated environment of aerospace. Especially in the field of 3D printing of service parts, the aerospace industry can benefit from the increased asset uptime, reduced costs, lighter components, more durability, and increased customer satisfaction.
As one of the leading industries that was an early adopter of process automation, manufacturing is often ahead of the curve when it comes to seeking ways to improve processes – yet still has work to do in the technology adoption realm. While the trend for cloud adoption is increasing over on-premises solutions overall, some organizations are hesitant to make the transition to the cloud.
German OEM Audi has officially initiated series production of electric motors for e-tron in Gyor, Hungary. For the production of electric motors, the Audi Hungaria facility installed the innovative production equipment and islands within just one year. The departments for the development of electric motors and for production planning cooperated closely with the prototype manufacturing/ production technology center in Gyor to develop the required expertise.
Initially revealed back in early 2016, the Microlino promised a new electric interpretation of the classic 1950s bubble car, the BMW Isetta. After some unexpected design delays they stylish little EV has finally been approved as street legal, with production to commence immediately and first deliveries expected by early 2019.
Going beyond the initial collection of connected device or sensor data to deride actional insights is essential in today’s highly competitive, digital business landscape. In order to optimize operational efficiency, satisfy customer demand and maintain security, manufacturing organizations must continually monitor and understand all of the data their machines are constantly producing.
As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has evolved, manufacturing organizations have gained access to more information than ever before. At the same time, global supply chains and production processes have become more complex in order to support increasingly sophisticated products.
One of the most noticeable differences between today’s factory floors and those of yesteryear is the evolution of machines as machine-as-a-service. With IIoT connectivity, machine-as-a-service fulfills the traditional capabilities of a factory floor machine while also contributing to larger business goals.
As head of commercial vehicle powertrains solutions for global advanced technology supplier Robert Bosch LLC, Ron Ritz needs to predict where the market is headed. Since moving into the commercial vehicle and off-road space in January, Ritz has witnessed how much of Bosch’s passenger car expertise is flowing into heavy trucks.
Artificial intelligence is transporting us into unimaginable mind spaces. Countries are testing “smart” intelligent highways, roads which will be paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers, and will charge electric cars from the ground up.
Dana Incorporated announced that the company has been collaborating with Mecalac to develop a customized e-Drivetrain system for the new Mecalac e12 electric compact wheeled excavator. This version is the world's first compact wheeled excavator powered entirely by electricity.
Imagine getting a full night's sleep during planting season while an unmanned tractor works the land. That scenario is no longer a dream as driverless technology created by an Idaho company is now a reality.
David Farb, a seed potator farmer, inventor and owner of Farb Guidance Systems of Post Falls, ID., says his unmanned farm equipment is already working fields across the U.S. and Canada.
It's important to realize that, while many robots are designed for automating tasks, there are others that are designed to augment human capabilities rather than automate tasks. This post will take a look at a few examples of how robotic technology is enhancing human operators rather than automating tasks.
For decades there have been five basic types of manufacturing processes. They are distinct. Great design engineers understand the nuances of these processes and tailor their designs accordingly.
There are economic considerations that precede design engineering. Is sales forecasting high volumes? Do we need a continuous production line(s), or will we make the product in discrete lots or batches? All the decades of “familiar decisions” that answered such questions quickly are about to get shaken up. If the choice of manufacturing process type was complicated before, that complexity is about to get multiplied.
New research out of UC Berkeley is making learning way easier on both the human and machine: By drawing on prior experience, a humanoid-ish robot called PR2 can watch a human pick up an apple and drop it in a bowl, then do the same itself in one try, even if it’s never seen an apple before. It’s not the most complex of tasks, but it’s a big step toward making machines rapidly adapt to our needs.
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) has awarded $1.4 million in project funding to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of its first round of funding to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. ARM selected projects that will generate timely impact on the national manufacturing landscape and serve as examples of ARM's mission.
For years, scientists have seen silicon as a hugely promising materials in the world of lithium-ion batteries. Scientists at Norway’s Institute for Energy Technology are now claiming to have overcome this problem with a new material they call SiliconX.
It might not be the quickest vehicle at the event, but Swedish transport company Einride has chosen the Goodwood Festival of Speed to reveal the T-log, an autonomous, electric logging truck. Incorporating some unusual purpose-built design for the niche logging market, the vehicle is designed to go off-road and to navigate forest roads with and without loads.
China’s Electric motor producer, Wolong Electric Group Co. has acquired the Small Industrial Motor (SIM) division of General Electric Company. The company will pay $160 million all in cash to GE, effective as of June 30, 2018.
Manufacturers in several different industries are already using physical robots to assemble, test and package their products. Despite the improvements these robots have made in streamlining the assembly line, the manufacturing industry continues to face significant issues when it comes to automating back-office and operational processes. These include problems in keeping up with new regulations and finding skilled labor, as well as issues surrounding inventory management, procurement, and customer communications.
Esben Østergaard, CTO of Universal Robots and the youngest person to win the Engelberger Robotics Award for technology, talks about why humans will always be valuable to manufacturers and the impact of robots on society.
Cummins is acquiring Silicon Valley-based Efficient Drivetrains, which designs and produces hybrid and fully-electric power solutions for commercial markets, as part of its strategy to become a global electrified power leader.
Located 90 minutes west of Tokyo in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Oshino, Japan, is home to 9,000 people—which means that in any given year, the robots produced at the town’s FANUC plantoutnumber humans by roughly seven to one. But as for how many humans it takes to construct those 5,000 banana-colored robots a month, don’t bother counting: The robots build themselves, test themselves and inspect themselves.
One man and a 3D printer have saved General Motors Co. $300,000 over the last two years. GM’s largest 3D printer, which costs roughly $28,000, is housed in a room near the cafeteria at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant, which builds the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. It’s manned by Zane Meike, who says his skills with the 3D printer are mostly self-taught. Meike’s job is to provide the plant with what’s known as “additive manufacturing’ parts.
A year ago, BASF focused on 3D printing with the announcement of a new division, BASF 3D Printing Solutions. The new company has grown quickly, acquiring other companies expanding its expertise. Now it has acquired two more companies to be integrated into BASF 3D Printing Solutions.
ABB announced it completed its acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions (GEIS), GE’s global electrification solutions business, on June 30. The transaction was announced on September 25, 2017, and is expected to be accretive to operational EPS in the first year.
Autonomous trucking, though sometimes described as a potential job-killer, will actually create an abundance of opportunity for truck drivers, shippers, hauling companies, and the American consumer economy.
When most C-suite executives think about better, faster decision making, they usually think it’s up to them, the leaders. In traditional organizations, questions go up the chain of command and decisions come down, a painstakingly slow process. Smart manufacturing is challenging that approach, just as it has upended other conventional business strategies and tactics.
Manufacturing has not yet hit a plateau, and productivity is continuing to evolve. According to a recent report from UPS, over 50 percent of executives said their operating models were still evolving digitally, with only 10 percent saying their business models were fully transformed. As these manufacturers continue to evolve, the next iteration of manufacturing will depend heavily on a combination of technology, strategy, and process, all within a new collaborative environment.
Technology is being developed that could see electric aircraft in our skies within just 10 years. Magnetic gear manufacturer, Magnomatics’ CEO, David Latimer explores how pressures to reduce noise and carbon dioxide emissions is driving the innovations that will make this possible.
In the world of supply chain, there’s an abundance of hype around the potential of emerging technologies promising to transform the core of how supply chain professionals work. The trick is to see through the hype and ensure that any new technology makes a real difference in your organization. Let’s take a look beyond the hype at the potential of several emerging technologies for the modern supply chain.
The creators of the Rally Fighter and Olli announced the formation of LM Industries Group Inc., a technology-enabled manufacturer focused on mobility products headquartered in San Francisco. LM Industries is the world’s first digital OEM – which can take concepts to deployed products in under one year, all on its unique digital thread.
3D-printing firm Rize Inc. and Production Services Management Inc. (PSMI), a metal removing and engineering company, have formed a partnership that may result in a business model unique to the additive manufacturing (AM) landscape. PSMI formed a new company, Azoth, that will use Rize’s 3-D printing technology to provide 3D-printed tooling and spare parts to its industrial customers, which include companies as large as John Deere, GM and Ford.
Production may well be the next breakthrough after automation that artificial intelligence (AI) can bring to new heights of efficiency and productivity. While this is not a new concept, certain recent developments have demonstrated that this future may be approaching far more quickly than we think.
The easiest way to explain Industry 5.0 is that it takes the automated and efficient concept and injects it with a traditional, personalized human touch. Adopting more conventional human-based setups might sound like a step back, but there’s a good reason for it. It’s less a move backward or transformational shift — such as 4.0 — and more a merger or collaborative operation.
Two fierce competitors in the automotive industry are teaming to create innovative electric vehicle (EV) batteries for their North American electric (EV) models. The companies hope that economies of scale will help lower costs. Under the agreement, development work will focus on GM’s next-generation battery system. Honda will then source battery modules from GM. This will allow both manufacturers to continue to roll out distinct EV models while reducing their costs.
Power management company Eaton has created an eMobility business to address increasing demand for high-voltage electrified vehicle technologies. eMobility is poised to capitalize on a global vehicle electrification market projected to grow 15 million pure battery-electric vehicles and another 30 million hybrids, from mild to plug-in, by 2030.
For a robot to be safe, it must also be secure. Savvy manufacturers are using networked robots and the insightful data they generate to simplify robot maintenance, maximize production efficiency and improve product quality.
For a robot to be safe, it must also be secure. Savvy manufacturers are using networked robots and the insightful data they generate to simplify robot maintenance, maximize production efficiency and improve product quality.
Toward the end of last year, global adhesives manufacturer Henkel announced that it would be expanding its facility in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland, to include a new additive manufacturing operation. Today, Henkel officially announced the opening of the new facility, called the Innovation and Interaction Centre for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). The center will become Henkel’s European regional hub for technology presentations and demonstrations, training, testing and customer service.
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D-printing, is set to grow exponentially in the coming years as its use spreads across sectors and costs come down. Industry commentators expect the market to triple from $5 billion in 2015 to $14 billion by 2020.2 The overall impact could be even greater if we could overcome the shortcomings across the additive manufacturing value chain.
Back in February, Electric GT Holdings Inc. confirmed that its Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) racing series had been sanctioned by the world motorsport governing body, the FIA. Now the first stripped down, race-ready Tesla P100DL has been delivered to a team in Barcelona, Spain.
It is no longer a secret that adopting IoT technologies is critical to maintaining and optimizing industrial equipment and performance. How do manufacturers begin the journey of connecting brownfield equipment to industrial IoT offerings? Plant managers and their teams would weigh all their options, do their homework and make sure they find the best fit for their needs now and in the future.
A nuclear technology company says it will start developing products in Alabama which include a propulsion system that could send rockets to Mars. News outlets report BWX Technologies Inc., opened an office Thursday in Huntsville.
The research goals of this new study from Capgemini include examining how manufacturers are balancing the two priorities of using digital technologies to get legacy products to market quicker while investing in new smart products to enable them to drive revenues from services. Capgemini estimates the size of the connected products market globally will range between $519B to $685B by 2020.
Between 2016 and 2017, the global sales of industrial robots rose by 29 percent from 294,300 units to 380,550. The rise in sales were driven by China, which saw a growth in industrial robot sales of 58 percent.
Nural networks are the crown jewel of the AI boom. They gorge on data and do things like transcribe speech or describe images with near-perfect accuracy. The catch is that neural nets, which are modeled loosely on the structure of the human brain, are typically constructed in software rather than hardware, and the software runs on conventional computer chips. That slows things down.
Rize Inc., manufacturer of the Rize One Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) 3D printer, has announced a partnership with manufacturing optimization specialist Production Services Management, Inc. (PSMI). Under the Azoth subsidiary, PSMI, with the help of Rize, has launched the Additive Indirect Supplies Crib, a new type of business model to provide manufacturers with a combined additive and subtractive manufacturing tools.
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