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Cloud-Edge And 5G Set To Propel Post-COVID-19 Value Creation

Cloud-Edge And 5G Set To Propel Post-COVID-19 Value Creation

More than ever, cloud compute and intelligence platforms should be as close to the source of data at the outer ‘edges’ as possible. The importance of cloud-edges is further highlighted in their relationship with 5G, which forms a symbiotic association with cloud-edge as a technological evolution of the cloud. Cloud-edge implementations promise new growth for the telecom industry. Revenue from cloud-edge AI chipset sales is set to grow from US$2.6 billion in 2020 to US$12 billion in 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36 percent , finds global tech market advisory firm ABI Research.

The synthesis of cloud-edge and 5G presents an opportunity for communications service providers (CSPs) to provide complete end to end solutions for enterprise verticals. For example, with their robust connectivity and 5G assets, the likes of AT&T, Telefonica, Verizon, and Vodafone could move up the value chain to service enablement layer for IoT, analytics, and other horizontal capabilities. “A combination of cloud-edge compute and 5G ultra-reliable low latency connectivity is going to be the bedrock to propel post-COVID-19 growth. This growth is not just for telecoms, but also for a multitude of asset-heavy industries as they embrace digital-first processes and operations,” says Don Alusha, Senior Analyst at ABI Research.

At present, there is no “right” business model for cloud-edge deployments. A key strategy for vendors like MobiledgeX, Ericsson, and Nokia is to target their products at the circumstances in which enterprises find themselves, rather than to enterprises themselves. In other words, the critical unit of analysis must be existing operations and associated commercial circumstances, not the customer. There is a mass of enterprise requirements that must be satisfied with cloud-edge implementations that do not fit the ‘one-size-fits-all’ profile. The ability to deploy edge-clouds across dispersed sites and supply chains in a uniform fashion is bound to be the defining feature to accelerate edge-cloud diffusion. This is particularly significant in a post-COVID-19 world where local compute, 5G, and fiber will continue to be the foundation for continued innovation and value creation.

As telecoms look closely at current market dynamics for cloud-edge opportunities, the key is to understand where it stands in terms of existing assets and complementary control points. The market for cloud-edge deployments promises growth, but it is composed of a plethora of players and technologies which must be intimately understood. At present, the industry does not have all the answers but should realize the choke points in the near term to obtain growth in the long run. For example, CSPs need a clear sense of the industry or industries) they currently serve and what additional opportunity falls within the boundary of cloud-edge as they take the lead to rejuvenate the global economy post-COVID-19.

“Lastly, hyper scale providers like Amazon and Microsoft are taking advantage of their lean operations to launch their cloud-edge offering. They have the vision to build capabilities close to the edge, but they do not necessarily have the penetration and distribution of network capabilities that CSPs have. Clearly, there is an opportunity to be addressed by somebody, but the jury is still out on who captures what parts of the emerging cloud-edge and 5G ecosystem,” Alusha concludes.

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API Partners With NM3D IBÉRICA For 3D Metrology Solutions

API Partners With NM3D IBÉRICA For 3D Metrology solutions

To improve consulting for industrial customers with a need for mobile measurement technology in Spain and Portugal, Automated Precision Europe GmbH (API) has signed a reseller agreement with NM3D IBÉRICA. Both companies specialise in innovative laser-based instruments for measurement, calibration and services. NM3D will sell API’s measurement systems in Spain and Portugal in addition to API’s existing reselling partner, HIWE SQS. This includes API’s state-of-the-art Radian Laser Tracker series and full accessory line.

“Through our teams and our combined know-how, customers on the Iberian Peninsula receive the marketleading best consultancy and support for 3D metrology solutions,” says Nuno Costa, General Manager of NM3D. And Jan-Hendrik Lott, Managing Director of API in Europe adds: “Our strengths and products complement each other perfectly. Aligning API’s global network through local presence and partnership in Spain and Portugal provides ‘globally-local’ support and coverage for our customers.”

API offers innovative mobile 3D metrology, on-site measurement services, Laser Tracker calibration and an attractive rental program for immediate availability. Thanks to a Virtual Showroom, online demos of the products are also available at short notice for customers in Spain and Portugal and worldwide.

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EuroBLECH 2020 Postponed To March 2021 In Hanover, Germany

EuroBLECH 2020 Postponed To March 2021 In Hanover, Germany

EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit to take place in October 2020

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has announced the postponement of EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 27 to 30 October 2020. The new dates for the next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, are 9 -12 March 2021. This decision was taken after extensive conversations with all exhibitors and partners over recent weeks and months who have expressed their preference not to hold the show in October, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Uncertainties around travel restrictions in order to maintain the truly international character of the EuroBLECH event were also a concern to many participants.

Speaking about the announcement, Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions said: “The past months have been challenging, in particular for the sheet metal working industry and its related industry sectors. We have seen a decrease in orders of capital goods and many companies are telling us about their challenges in dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although we have recently received authority approval for our Safety and Security concept to hold EuroBLECH in October this year, we have decided to postpone EuroBLECH to Spring 2021”.

As part of a recent series of industry surveys, the participants of EuroBLECH indicated their requirement to network and conduct business in order to pave the way for the recovery of the industry following the Covid-19 pandemic. EuroBLECH will therefore offer a virtual hub for the global sheet metal working industry in October: “Following feedback from our exhibitors and visitors indicating the need to participate in an event, even if not in a physical form, we will organise a Digital Innovation Summit taking place from 27 to 30 October, our planned event slot. This Digital Innovation Summit will provide our exhibitors with a platform to demonstrate their latest machines and solutions and arrange virtual meetings with international visitors. We believe it is our duty to assist the industry through these extraordinary times by offering a market place this year as a platform for innovations and a starting point for the recovery of the industry”, continued Nicola Hamann.

The EuroBLECH Team will communicate closely with customers and partners over the coming weeks and months and thank their exhibitors, partners, suppliers and visitors for their support during this challenging time. Further information on the Digital Innovation Summit containing details on the Online Presentation Theatre for exhibitors, video on demand options and matchmaking facilities, will be available shortly.

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Wire & Tube China 2020 To Steer Global Economy Recovery As Scheduled In September

wire & Tube China 2020 To Steer Global Economy Recovery As Scheduled In September

At present, the COVID-19 epidemic has been effectively controlled in China, and some overseas countries have managed to stabilise the epidemic situation after several months of travel restrictions. Considering the exhibition industry is important to promote cross-regional economic and trade cooperations, a guideline on the prevention and control of COVID-19 issued by the State Council of China in May declared that all kinds of necessary conferences and exhibitions can be held with a high standard onsite hygiene measures and proper personnel management.

During the pandemic, the organisers of wire & Tube China, Messe Dusseldorf (Shanghai) Co Ltd, Shanghai Electric Cable Research Institute Co Ltd and Metallurgical Council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (MC-CCPIT) pay close attention to the changes in the domestic and international situation. In addition to the establishment of a joint emergency team, the organisers have actively created a new model of an “offline + online” combined exhibitionwhich can not only warm up the exhibition, but also break the boundaries of time and space to network exhibitors with buyers.

On the other hand, many exhibitors still show their trust in wire & Tube China. So far, over 600 companies have confirmed their participation in wire China, and nearly 340 companies have submitted booking applications for Tube China. Country and region pavilions from Germany, France, Japan, and China Taiwan are expected to join the exhibition at the same time.

Ensuring the health and safety of every participant is always the top priority. The organisers will strictly follow the COVID-19 protection guidelines and provide all participants with a safe communication platform. In response to the prevention and control measures on COVID-19 in Shanghai, all participants need to do online real-name registration before the show, then present health code and take temperature onsite.

Visit http://www.tubechina.net/links?id=95 to register and get passes.

 

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KUKA Launches KR IONTEC For The Medium Payload Category

KUKA Launches KR IONTEC For The Medium Payload Category

KUKA is launching the successor to the KR 60-3—the KR IONTEC, setting new standards in terms of flexibility in the medium payload category. It is designed for operation in conventional and digital production worlds and stands out in particular for its large work envelope.

Utmost flexibility and cells with a small footprint

The KR IONTEC can be used in any installation position – on the floor, on the wall or inclined. The option of converting the payload capacity of the installed robot from 30 to up to 70 kg also makes it extremely flexible. Furthermore, with a maximum reach of 3,100 mm, the new KR IONTEC has the largest work envelope in its class. Thanks to its long reach, the ability to work particularly close to the robot itself and the enlarged workspace beneath the robot, the KR IONTEC optimally exploits its work envelope. The reduced space requirements of the robot, with a 30 percent smaller footprint and a 10 percent more streamlined disruptive contour, additionally enable a more compact cell design.

“Powerful, slim, flexible – and fit for the digital production world of the future: With the new KR IONTEC, we are delivering exactly what the market expects from a robot in the medium payload category. And even more,” says Gustavo Moscardo, Chief Sales Officer of KUKA Robotics.

Best values for total cost of ownership (TCO)

The KR IONTEC features the lowest maintenance requirements in its class. The maintenance costs are reduced, for example, by the fact that the robot requires fewer spare parts and that, on average, an oil change is only necessary after every 20,000 hours of operation. Due to the reduced energy consumption, resulting from the improved drive technology and decreased weight of the robot, the running costs are also lower. The new KR IONTEC excels in terms of TCO and life cycle efficiency. Technical availability is over 99 percent and the mean time between failures is around 400,000 hours of operation.

Ready for the production world of the future

The KR IONTEC is ready to use in both conventional and digital production worlds and is equipped with various Motion Modes. These software add-ons can be used to adapt the robot flexibly to different production processes at the press of a button, so to speak: Performance Mode ensures high performance, dynamics and efficiency as standard. Path Mode enables exact continuous-path motion at all velocities with absolute accuracy and precision. Dynamic Mode can be used to minimise cycle times. For Asia Pacific countries, delivery of the first models is scheduled from June onwards.

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Vinfast Opens R&D Center In Australia

Vinfast Opens R&D Center In Australia

Vinfast, Vietnam’s first domestic car manufacturer, has launched its Research and Development Center in Australia to boost international activity.

The establishment of VinFast Office in Melbourne—the industrial hub of Australia is a strategic move, taking advantage of the presence of giant automakers such as such as Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, GM, Melbourne, its complete supply chains and industry experts.

VinFast Australia aims to expand its presence in international markets, connect with leading suppliers and to catch up with the latest technologies and trends. The facility will be focused on research and development of new car models, including both ICE and BEV variants.

Earlier in 2020, VinFast Austrialia has started operations with its Automotive Technology Institute 2. It staffs nearly 100 industry experts and engineers from the world’s leading automakers.

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Global Light Vehicle Market To Decline 17.2 Percent In 2020

Global Light Vehicle Market To Decline 17.2 Percent In 2020

The world’s light vehicle market is forecast by GlobalData to decline by 17.2 percent to 73.6 million units in 2020, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic fallout.

“This is a bigger one-off shock than witnessed in the two years of the global financial crisis,” says Calum MacRae, Automotive Analyst at GlobalData.

GlobalData’s analysis suggests that the damage to the global market will turn out to have been most acute in the second quarter of this year, when strict lockdown measures were in place across the world.

“Our forecast sees Q2 around 34 percent down on last year’s pace and way below the 2008 Q4 low point reached during the last big global downturn,” MacRae says.

“However, vehicle markets are on the turn as we get into the second half of the year. China was first in to the crisis and was first out. China’s light vehicle market was up eight percent in May and South Korea’s was up nearly 10 percent. In Europe we’re seeing some improvement to vehicle markets now, too, helped by government subsidies for new vehicle purchases.”

A combination of pent-up demand and the effects of the government subsidy program saw the French vehicle market surge back to life in June. Light vehicle sales increased by 2.4 percent year-on-year in June to nearly 286,000 units. Passenger car sales increased by 1.2 percent to just under 234,000 units.

However, MacRae cautions that uncertainties remain in this crisis and COVID-19 infections are rising in a number of countries in Asia and the Americas – most notably in the US.

“COVID-19 cases are on the rise in a number of US States, prompting new restrictions on populations. This brings further downside to GlobalData’s US light vehicle sales forecast. Increasing infection rates in three key US sales markets – California, Texas and Florida – means that stronger headwinds are a real threat.

“If tighter social restrictions are introduced or re-introduced in the coming days and weeks, prospects for the US market will suddenly look much dimmer than the 14.5 million (-15.2 percent) GlobalData currently forecasts for the US light vehicle market and will potentially result in a sub-14 million market.”

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Hexagon Brings Asset Performance Management Solution To Laser Tracker Portfolio

Hexagon Brings Asset Performance Management Solution To Laser Tracker Portfolio

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has released a new system software for Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 and AT930 systems. The update, which delivers notable usability improvements to current and future users, is available immediately and allows for integration of these systems within the HxGN SFx | Asset Management platform. New systems shipping with this update will also benefit from a renewed hardware branding concept aligned with the graphic redesign of the Absolute Tracker system software.

SFx Asset Management allows for complete fleet management of manufacturing inspection systems, including remote monitoring based on real-time data streaming. With a centralised, user-friendly dashboard that’s easy to access and use, the platform delivers an accurate way to monitor and analyse how key assets are performing, whether on a single site or in multiple factories around the world. The integration of the flagship Absolute Tracker systems within this platform will give users an easy way to oversee and increase the productivity of their advanced tracker-based large-volume and automated inspection and production setups.

Alongside this system software release, all AT960 and AT930 are now rated with ISO 10360-10 compliant system specifications. The ISO 10360-10 standard has been developed to allow users to make reliable comparisons between laser tracker systems and will soon represent the industry standard for evaluating laser tracker accuracy performance.

“Metrologists from Hexagon’s Absolute Tracker research and development team in Switzerland provided expert technical input to the ISO committee as this standard for evaluating laser tracker accuracy was developed,” says Matthias Saure, Absolute Tracker Product Manager, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. “Soon users will be able to call on this as a reliable measure for comparing the performance of various trackers – something that has been much needed in the world of laser trackers – and we’re very proud to be able to say that the Absolute Tracker is the first laser tracker system to get onboard with what will very soon be an industry standard.”

The new system software update also delivers a number of new upgrades to the usability of the AT960 and AT930 systems. These include newly modifiable motor parameters to allow customised protection against vibration effects as well as improved functionality of the integrated Overview Camera, which will now offer picture quality at three times the previous resolution and multiple zoom levels. Changes also allow for control of some power and connectivity configuration functions direct from the AT Controller with no PC connected.

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Focus On Reliability

Focus On Reliability

Three-dimensional energy chain ensures long service life and offers ergonomics in high-precision welding systems. Article by igus GmbH. 

Whether in motor vehicle manufacturing or shipbuilding, in precision engineering or general industry, welding is one of the most important joining processes. To guarantee high-quality joints, the components installed in the welding systems must be durable, have a long service life and withstand the harsh manufacturing environment.

For the last 50 years, FPT Industrie S.p.A.  has been manufacturing CNC milling and drilling machines for the general mechanical industry, tool and mould making, as well as for the aerospace industry. Customers can be found on the one hand in Italy, and on the other in the global market. Committed to technology, precision and reliability, FPT began to focus on machines for friction stir welding (FSW) more than a decade ago. The offer also includes its own 4.0 platform and a whole range of positioning and clamping tools.

High-strength and economical joints

The “StirRob” welding robot from FPT works with FSW technology and includes appropriate software and various accessories. A high-speed rotary cutter applies strong pressure during friction stir welding. It creates heat, which makes the two counter pieces malleable. Both materials are mixed in the process and brought into the plastic state. At the end of the process, the welded elements cannot be distinguished. The robot was created in a joint development project with Fanuc and enables the joining of materials such as aluminium, its alloys as well as copper, titanium and steel, which are normally difficult to weld together. In fact, the part on which the joining is done has metallurgical properties that are superior to those of the two raw materials and even withstands bending by 90 deg at the weld seam.

According to Fanuc, the automotive and aviation industries, in particular, benefit from this six-axis robot with FSW welding technology, whereby welding takes place without fumes or radiation. Furthermore, the process requires less energy than conventional welding, thereby reducing costs. The double measuring system integrated in the robot with encoders, which are located both on the motors and on the joints, ensures both the pressure required by the FSW and the desired precision. 

Flexible solutions and fast delivery required

To adapt the high-precision, high-rigidity machine to the requirements of the FSW process, torsional energy chains are used on the robot. Here the choice fell on the three-dimensional triflex R energy chain from motion plastics specialist igus GmbH.

When choosing a supplier, Renzo Vezzaro, Senior Sales and Technical Engineer at FPT Industrie, attaches particular importance to product quality, flexible solutions and fast delivery.

“We have been working with igus for 25 years. They give us precise technical support and safe guarantees, which make life easier,” he says. The service life of the energy chain must last at least 20 years for a machine that is in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An ergonomic structure is also desirable for the operators in order to reduce the time required for the assembly and disassembly of the energy chains.

A study carried out in co-operation with Refa Consult shows the enhanced time savings through effective design of the energy supply chains and their accessories: the optimal design and structure of energy supply systems can save up to 60 percent of the time per work step and increase productivity.

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Aurecon To Design A Shared Facility In Singapore To Support Offshore Module And Equipment Fabrication Activities

Aurecon To Design A Shared Facility In Singapore To Support Offshore Module And Equipment Fabrication Activities

Singapore is a regional hub for offshore and marine companies which require state-of-the-art marine facilities. To further strengthen their offshore and marine-leading position, JTC Corporation intends to construct the Offshore Marine Centre 2 along Singapore’s Tuas Western Coast. Aurecon has been appointed to conduct the feasibility study and conceptual layout design for the shared facility that will support offshore module and equipment fabrication, as well as associated activities. These include:

  • construction and assembly of topside modules and offshore structures
  • manufacture of oilfield equipment such as wellheads, manifolds and pipelines
  • fabrication of mooring equipment like anchors and winches
  • rig conversion, modification or maintenance, repair and overhaul activities
  • fabrication of offshore renewable energy structures
  • offshore project logistics

Offshore Marine Centre 2 will complement the existing Offshore Marine Centre with higher specifications, including heavier floor loading and a deeper draft, to support the fabrication and assembly of larger offshore modules and equipment.

Aurecon has applied its engineering skills to Offshore Marine Centre 2 so that it can accommodate larger vessels and integration-type activities for more complex and heavier topside process modules The challenge in the conceptual layout design stage was balancing the industry demand with the engineering design and financial investment. It’s important that Offshore Marine Centre 2 is a competitive, relevant and accessible facility so its clients can access the waterfront infrastructure well into the future.

The waterfront infrastructure will be a heavy-duty platform to accommodate the vessels of offshore and marine companies in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. With a site size of approximately 7.5 hectares, Aurecon explored, planned and developed conceptual layouts to maximise the placement of facilities within the project site.

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