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LVD Expands Electric-Drive Press Brake Portfolio

LVD Expands Electric-Drive Press Brake Portfolio

LVD has expanded its line-up of high-speed electric-drive press brakes with the release of the Dyna-Press 40/15 Pro to its Dyna-Press Series. The 40-ton press brake features a 1,500mm working length and a precision five-axis backgauge and can bend at speeds of up to 25mm per second to generate more parts per hour at a lower cost per part.

Dyna-Press 40/15 Pro can be combined with an industrial robot to create a compact, high-speed bending cell (Dyna-Cell) for automated bending operations. The Dyna-Press electric ram offers a smooth transition from approach to working speed and minimises power consumption through the use of an optimal power to inertia motor ratio. The coupling between the ram and the servomotors is made using two heavy-duty ball screws to distribute force and tonnage evenly across the working length. As a result, the press brake provides fast, energy-efficient operation across a range of bending jobs.

The Dyna-Press 40/15 Pro’s five-axis backgauge provides consistent and repeatable accuracy. It uses vertical removal tooling style for simple and quick tooling changeover, even of heavier tools.

Like other Dyna-Press models, the newest Dyna-Press can be operated in a seated or standing position, ensuring a comfortable and safety-conscious environment for the operator. The IRIS Lazer Safe guarding system also provides an added measure of security.

The Dyna-Press 40/15 Pro is easy to operate with minimal training. Dyna-Press 40/15 Pro features a 400mm opening and 200mm stroke. It has a 15-inch Touch-B touch screen control for an intuitive graphical display, which offers additional functionality by enabling the operator to create and simulate 3D designs at the control. The controller is compatible with LVD’s CAM software, CADMAN-B.

 

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ZAYER To Unveil Latest Milling Centre At EMO Hannover

ZAYER To Unveil Latest Milling Centre At EMO Hannover

The newly developed ARION G turning and milling centre from ZAYER is making its German debut at EMO Hannover 2019. This multitask machining centre enables users to perform ZAYER complex turning and milling tasks on a single machine, setting new standards in versatility, flexibility and ergonomics.

According to Iberimex, the importer overseeing ZAYER To Unveil Latest Milling Centre At EMO Hannover trade fair showcase, the ARION G is a highly robust and extremely dynamic manufacturing solution that is both easy to operate and maintain. The use of advanced technologies in the incorporation of materials, processes and mechanisms has resulted in an intelligent machine, with predictive maintenance features enabled by HORUS, a web services platform developed by ZAYER to help users maximise their production, boost efficiency, increase accuracy, and minimise risks.

 

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Outlook For Additive Manufacturing With Copper: 51% CAGR Through 2027

Outlook For Additive Manufacturing With Copper: 51% CAGR Through 2027

Copper additive manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly expanding opportunity within the AM industry, thanks to a wave of technical developments which have begun to enable reliable, high quality printing of copper and copper alloys. As a result, commercial entities have begun to ramp up internal research and investments to capitalise on opportunities in industrial markets for copper components, with long term potential in electronics and medical devices setting the stage for copper materials to become one of the most influential in the broader metal AM industry.

According to a new market study titled ‘Copper Additive Manufacturing 2019 Market Database and Outlook’ by SmarTech Market Publishing, shipments of copper powders to additive manufacturing (AM) users grew by 45 percent in 2018, with an expected 60 percent growth during 2019. Fuelled by key technical developments in copper additive processes and materials, AM has the potential to create disruptive copper component applications in industrial markets in the immediate future, as solutions continue to be adopted and refined. From 2019 to 2027, the copper AM industry is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51 percent.

Copper printing exploration has been ongoing for many years, with published research dating back to at least 2010, according to SmarTech. The largest market catalyst came in 2016 with the development and certification of printing of copper alloys, as well as pure copper, utilising metal powder bed fusion technologies (both laser and electron beam variants) for the production of copper induction coils.

Copper materials are being explored within each of the three primary metal AM print technology families today, but their chemistry does present challenges to processing using established or ‘conventional’ metal AM system configurations in most available technologies. To overcome these challenges, SmarTech believes there are three primary avenues of technical development which are influencing the overall adoption of copper printing:

  • Alterations to or adaptations of hardware architecture of existing printing systems
  • Tailoring of material properties and powder characteristics of copper materials used
  • Development of alternative metal additive printing technologies suited to copper printing

 

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Air New Zealand Teams Up With ST Engineering On Using Drones For Aircraft Inspection

Air New Zealand Teams Up With ST Engineering On Using Drones For Aircraft Inspection

Air New Zealand is collaborating with ST Engineering’s Aerospace arm on using drones for aircraft inspection. The drone inspection trials are taking place at Air New Zealand’s facility next to Changi Airport in Singapore, where its aircraft undergo heavy maintenance checks.

ST Engineering, one of the world’s largest airframe MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) service provider with an extensive global network of facilities in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, has developed an unmanned drone system, known as DroScan, which sees a drone take a planned route around the outside of an aircraft to inspect its surface and produce high definition images. These images are processed using a software with smart algorithms to detect and classify defects, which aircraft engineers can review and confirm, or carry out further inspection for defects if required.

“Using a drone to inspect our aircraft will save time, taking around one to two hours, compared to up to six—depending on aircraft type—which means repairs can start sooner if needed, and our aircraft will be able to get back in the air more quickly,” said Air New Zealand Chief Ground Operations Officer Carrie Hurihanganui. “We’ve trialed using DroScan on a number of our aircraft undergoing maintenance inspections in Singapore now and believe using a drone will also help improve inspection quality. In the future, there may be an opportunity to use the device in New Zealand, for example to conduct ad hoc inspections after lightning strikes.”

Jeffrey Lam, deputy president of ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector, said, “Incorporating innovative technologies into aviation MRO holds great potential in enhancing the way aircraft get serviced. We are happy to be working with our like-minded partner, Air New Zealand which shares the same motivation and belief as us in exploring the full potential of technologies to improve maintenance work. We believe solutions such as DroScan will drive great value for the aviation industry given the huge emphasis it places on safety and efficiency, and we look forward to using it to great effects after we have completed the trials successfully with Air New Zealand.”

Further to the DroScan, Air New Zealand and ST Engineering are collaborating to manufacture a growing number of 3D printed replacement interior parts, and in-data analytics to optimise maintenance activities.

 

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Global Metal Cutting Tools Outlook

Global Metal Cutting Tools Outlook

The global metal cutting tools market was valued at US$22.2 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8 percent to reach US$38.3 billion by 2024, according to a new report by TechSci Research.

The growth is attributed to growing demand for additive manufacturing—the process of creating three-dimensional objects using a digital file. 3D printing in aerospace and automotive industries enables the production of complex geometries that are either arduous or impossible to do with traditional manufacturing techniques. As a result, replacement of traditional manufacturing techniques with 3D printing will significantly reduce the capital costs, raw material costs, and costs to reclaim scrap in the coming years.

Carbide is expected to continue its dominance in the materials category, which also includes ceramics, cubic boron nitride (CBN) and polycrystalline diamond (PCD), amongst others. In the terms of process, milling accounts for the largest share in the global metal cutting tools market.

From the geographical perspective, North America dominates the metal cutting tools industry due to the growing demand for lightweight passenger vehicles and increasing aerospace and defence budget in the region.

 

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Collins Aerospace To Build Aerospace Innovation Hub In Singapore

Collins Aerospace To Build Aerospace Innovation Hub In Singapore

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will develop an aerospace innovation hub in Singapore dedicated to advanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) processes and operations, as well as additive manufacturing processes and capabilities. The innovation hub demonstrates Collins Aerospace’s commitment to developing best practices and a continued effort to digitally transform the aerospace industry.

The 15,000sqft innovation hub will be located at the Collins Changi MRO Campus and feature a lab for automation, smart factory development, and advanced manufacturing for deployment across Collins Aerospace. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held in August and the lab is expected to be open in the first quarter of 2020.

This innovation hub will assist in the digitalisation and automation of its current MRO and manufacturing footprint to further advance Collins Aerospace’s lean manufacturing efforts while delivering a superior quality product to customers. Additionally, the innovation hub builds upon the company’s existing presence in the Singapore region that includes a 24/7 rotable parts exchange pool to meet customer needs. It is Collins Aerospace’s fourth additive manufacturing lab and the first centre outside the United States. This hub will also be Collins Aerospace’s first additive facility with titanium capability and will feature prototyping, development, tooling and ultimately low-rate production of additive materials.

“We’re experiencing tremendous growth and transformation in aerospace globally, and we are focused on innovation in order to remain at the forefront of advanced methods and materials for maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions,” said Ajay Agrawal, president, Aftermarket Services, Collins Aerospace. “We are proud to collaborate with the Singapore Economic Development Board to optimise our customers’ experience through the application of new technologies this lab will produce.”

Gian Yi-Hsen, executive director, Conglomerates, EDB, said, “The Collins Aerospace Innovation Hub is an exciting addition to Singapore’s vibrant aerospace ecosystem and a new growth chapter for Collins Aerospace in Singapore. Its focus on emerging technologies like additive manufacturing underscores Singapore’s regional leadership in advanced manufacturing and innovation. With its added innovation capacity in Singapore, Collins Aerospace will be well-positioned for continued success in the region and beyond.”

“We are actively working in the field of additive design and manufacturing for aerospace applications,” states Paula Hay, executive director, Additive Design and Manufacturing, at Collins Aerospace. “We are focused on parts across a wide spectrum of materials including aluminium, Inconel, titanium, copper, nickel, as well as other special alloys. The additive lab in the Singapore innovation hub will further our additive capabilities and techniques. It’s a very exciting time for additive technology as it moves out of the research and prototyping realm and into production.”

 

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ST Engineering Expands Component MRO Capability Through Collaboration With Honeywell

ST Engineering Expands Component MRO Capability Through Collaboration With Honeywell

ST Engineering’s Aerospace arm has entered into a long-term collaboration with Honeywell through an agreement that will have ST Engineering acting as a licensed repair centre for Honeywell components. Under this agreement, ST Engineering becomes an official member of Honeywell Channel Partner network and will have access to Honeywell’s maintenance document and technical support for over 2,000 individual part numbers from avionics to electrical and mechanical components.

As Honeywell’s channel partner, ST Engineering will be using Honeywell’s advanced technologies and software solutions to provide one-stop component repair and overhaul services for operators worldwide.

“We are always building on our value proposition to enhance operators’ fleet maintenance experience, and we see long-term collaboration with OEMs such as Honeywell as a way to achieve exactly that. Our expertise in MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services and comprehensive engineering capabilities, together with Honeywell’s parts and technical support, will help ensure reliable and quality services for operators looking for best-in-class component MRO support,” said Lim Serh Ghee, president of ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector.

With over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, ST Engineering’s Aerospace arm provides comprehensive components repair and overhaul solutions that cover over 25,000 part numbers through a global network of distribution centres, satellite stores as well as in-house and external repair workshops. ST Engineering recently expanded its global reach by setting up its first component MRO facility in Vietnam through a joint venture with Vietnam Airlines to cater to the region’s rising needs for component MRO services.

ST Engineering will be showcasing its MRO capabilities and other aerospace solutions this week at the Paris Airshow 2019, Booth D210 Hall 5 and Chalet No. 60.

 

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Tornos To Hold Intelligent Manufacturing Conference

Tornos To Hold Intelligent Manufacturing Conference

Tornos—a leading provider of automatic lathes and multispindle machines—will be holding the Intelligent Manufacturing Conference (IMC), a conference that revolves around mobility, on June 27 at Kraftwerk in Rottweil, Germany.

The turned parts industry faces great challenges due to two main factors. On the one hand, the automotive industry is working hard on alternative drive and mobility concepts. On the other hand, the digital transformation is driving suppliers to rethink. Which strategies are suitable for turned parts manufacturers to master these challenges and to create opportunities? These topics form the core of the Intelligent Manufacturing Conference, which aims to assess whether new opportunities in mobility represent an opportunity or a risk for the lathe industry.

Keynote speeches, expert talks, dynamic workshops and the accompanying exhibition will give participants valuable firsthand know-how from research to application. At the all-day event, leading players from the entire value chain will provide insight into their solution competence.

The goal of the conference is to bring together developers and researchers as well as buyers of turned parts from the automotive industry with suppliers and to initiate an intensive exchange of experience. This will give participants a real advantage in terms of knowledge and enable them to anticipate changes at an early stage.

Tornos has invited four specialists to talk about mobility. Does new mobility need new suppliers? How can the pressure of the market be used to your advantage? These and many other interesting questions are to be answered—and views exchanged—under the direction of journalist and digital economist Katrin-Cécile Ziegler.

Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Thomas Koch, director of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and expert in the Transport and Digital Infrastructure Committee of the German Bundestag in the context of ‘air quality/technical retrofitting of diesel cars,’ will give a keynote address on ‘Emissions, Immissions, Future Potential: A Factual Assessment the Diesel Technology.’

Koch had previously worked as a mechanical engineer for 10 years in commercial vehicle engine development at Daimler AG in various positions. He presents the interesting, but certainly not uncontroversial, thesis that diesel technology itself is now only responsible for a very small part of the development of particulate matter.

For more information on the IMC, click here.

 

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Leveraging Human-Robot Collaboration

Leveraging Human-Robot Collaboration

The industrial automation industry is facing a fundamental change and, according to SCHUNK’s chief innovation officer Prof. Dr. med. Markus Glück, human-robot collaboration in manufacturing is certain to grow dramatically in the coming years. This importance of this trend was reflected in the large turnout for the 4th SCHUNK User and Technology Dialogue on ‘Using HRC Safely in Companies.’ The two-day event featured specialists in automotive, robotics, automation and engineering as well as medium-sized industrial companies from Germany and Europe discussing the applications and opportunities of human-robot collaboration (HRC) and experiencing them up close.

Glück is confident that co-acting, meaning unrestricted interaction with robots, is on the verge of a breakthrough. The main driving forces are ergonomic relief, greater flexibility of work processes, increased efficiency as well as the expansion of logistics, loading, handling and retrofitting.

“It’s all about bringing together the strengths of humans and robots,” said Glück. Combining the speed, power, repeat accuracy and high quality of robotics with the human strengths of perception, improvisation, reaction and adaptation, will create synergy toward maximising automation.

Meanwhile, first-time projects require a substantial amount of work that should not be underestimated, according to Glück. “The usual amortisation periods of less than two years will be difficult to achieve at the beginning,” he said. He recommended a systematic approach in which the suitability of the HRC application is first assessed based on specific eligibility criteria, such as the programming cost or the ability to implement operator guidance, the cost of integrating the application into the process chain, options for intuitive training, handling and acknowledgment, moderate cycle requirements as well the employees’ relationship with technology.

He also recommended conducting a business assessment that takes into account the costs of robot procurement, commissioning and integration as well as costs for safety precautions and certification. Conversely, however, the assessment must also consider the savings achieved by lowering personnel costs and increasing productivity. Above all, first-time projects should be thoughtfully approached, carefully planned and implemented with less complexity.

The 4th SCHUNK User and Technology Dialogue featured presentations from SCHUNK product manager Benedikt Janssen, who discussed SCHUNK’s options for cobot peripherals; Jochen Vetter, team leader for robot safety at PILZ, who gave an overview of standards-compliant use of HRC as well as reliable measurement of applied forces; Dr. Alfred Hypki, senior engineer at the Department of Production Systems of the Ruhr University Bochum, who presented a standardised questionnaire, which enables fast, objective and reliable assessment of HRC potential in companies; Sebastian Keller, production specialist for the BMW Group at the Leipzig plant, who explained how HRC is successfully employed in day-to-day production; Jens Kotlarski, managing director of Yuanda Robotics in Hanover, Germany, who gave an impressive presentation on the creative potential and dynamism of start-ups in the field of HRC; and Uwe Schmidt, head of the COBOT World division of HLS Ingenieurbüro GmbH in Augsburg, who demonstrated how HRC scenarios can be implemented in the real world.

 

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Global Stainless Steel Market Outlook

Global Stainless Steel Market Outlook

The global stainless steel market is projected to reach US$133.84 billion by 2025, up from US$93.69 billion in 2018, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. It is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2 percent from 2019 to 2025. Rising demand from end-use industries such as automotive, oil and gas, and the construction sector is anticipated to propel growth. Moreover, increasing investments in R&D for steel manufacturing is also projected to contribute to the growth of the industry.

According to the report, the 300 series grade steel is anticipated to reach US$71.9 billion by 2025 at an estimated CAGR of 5.1 percent during the forecast period. In terms of revenue, the long products segment is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.7 percent over the forecast period.

From a regional market perspective, Asia Pacific is projected to witness a significant CAGR of 4.7 percent over the forecast period, owing to rise in infrastructure investments and demand vehicles in the region. For instance, as per the 13th five-year plan of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), China is aiming to build around 74 more airports by 2020. It is also planning to construct 30,000km of highways and one million kilometres of rural roads. Further, this plan is also created to achieve cumulative sales and production of five million electric vehicles by 2020.

Europe accounted for 17.6 percent of the global market share in terms of revenue in 2018. Growing automotive sector in countries such as Germany and France is projected to assist the regional demand. Rise in demand for consumer goods supported by manufacturing of electromechanical components is expected to buoy the regional market over the next seven years.

Growing Automotive Sector

The automotive sector is expanding at a greater pace owing to easy access to credit facility and increasing necessity amongst people to own a vehicle. Stainless steel’s ability to absorb the energy during collision makes it a key material in automotive components. The demand for products such as frame, exhaust system, wheel rim, engine cradles, floor panels, gaskets, and suspension systems is also expected to rise.

However, the increasing use of aluminium and carbon fibres in automotive components is projected to restraint the market growth for stainless steel. The advantages of aluminium such as fuel efficiency, recyclability, durability, performance, and environmental safety make it suitable in vehicles. In addition, the increasing government pressure on manufacturers to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals is projected to boost the demand for automotive aluminium in the coming years. In particular, around 90 percent of aluminium can be recovered from the products and again recycled for further processing. It is believed that 1kg of aluminium can replace around 2kg of cast iron or steel in the manufacturing process.

 

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