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Renewed Competition Between Airbus And Boeing To Fuel Commercial Aircraft Production Growth In 2019

Renewed Competition Between Airbus And Boeing To Fuel Commercial Aircraft Production Growth In 2019

The revival of competition between Boeing and Airbus is expected to result in record delivery of the highly popular narrow-body platforms and a 9.4 percent year-on-year growth in the global commercial aircraft production in 2019. Boeing and Airbus will produce more than 1,750 aircraft this year, up from 1,606 units in 2018, and propel the market towards $258.95 billion, according to a new report from market analyst Frost & Sullivan.

Boeing will receive a boost once it finalises its deal for Embraer’s airliner business in 2019 to counter Airbus’s acquisition of Bombardier’s C Series programme; it will continue to develop its new mid-market aircraft (NMA) platform and position itself for growth in next-generation markets.

“Aircraft OEMs and suppliers will continue to focus on digitalisation of platforms for streamlining flight operations, planning and scheduling, sales and distribution, marketing, disruption management, and technical operations,” said Timothy Kuder, research analyst, Aerospace & Defence, at Frost & Sullivan. “Top aerospace companies as well as entrants are investing in R&D centred on electrical propulsion, generation, distribution, storage, and conversion.”

Kruder said Asia-Pacific will experience the highest growth in terms of aircraft deliveries and will sustain this position in the future. However, North America and Europe will continue to be the largest suppliers of aircraft. “In terms of technologies, advanced composite materials, additive manufacturing, and electrification will disrupt the design and construction of platforms, while digitalisation of aviation has already evolved into a $1.5 billion business,” he said.

For additional growth opportunities, aircraft suppliers and MRO facilities are expected to look to adopt digital technologies like blockchain, which can contribute to the mandated traceability requirements of many aerospace digital services; develop technologies such as fibre metal laminate (FML); seek opportunities to be vertically integrated with suppliers and OEM; and prepare for the servicing of next-generation airframes and engines.

 

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HP Opens 3D Printing And Additive Manufacturing Facility In Spain

HP Opens 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Facility in Spain

HP Inc. has opened a 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, bringing together hundreds of the world’s leading additive manufacturing experts in more than 150,000 square feet of cutting-edge innovation space to transform the way the world designs and manufactures. The centre is considered to be one of the world’s largest and most advanced R&D facilities for the next-generation technologies powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

The facility at HP’s Barcelona campus is dedicated to the development of HP’s industrial 3D printing portfolio and provides a large-scale factory environment to collaborate with customers and partners on the digital manufacturing technologies revolutionising their industries.

“HP’s new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Centre of Excellence is one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development centres on earth—it truly embodies our mission to transform the world’s biggest industries through sustainable technological innovation,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP. “We are bringing HP’s substantial resources and peerless industrial 3D printing expertise together with our customers, partners, and community to drive the technologies and skills that will further unleash the benefits of digital manufacturing.”

The new centre unites hundreds of experts in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design, and 3D printing and digital manufacturing applications in what is believed to be the world’s largest population of additive manufacturing specialists in one location.

Specifically designed for active collaboration across HP engineering and R&D groups, customers, and partners, the new facility integrates flexible and interactive layouts, co-development environments, and fleets of the latest HP plastics and metals 3D production systems to drive more rapid and agile product development and end-to-end solutions for customers. Companies like BASF, GKN Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen and others across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors will continue collaborating with HP on new 3D printing and digital manufacturing innovations at the centre.

HP’s new Barcelona Centre significantly expands HP’s global 3D printing and digital manufacturing footprint and enhances existing innovation locations in Corvallis, Oregon; Palo Alto, California; San Diego, California; Vancouver, Washington; Barcelona, Spain; and Singapore, where HP recently launched a ground-breaking collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) to drive 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, materials and applications, and cybersecurity innovations.

 

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Marposs Joins 5G-SMART Project To Show How 5G Boosts Smart Manufacturing

Marposs Joins 5G-SMART Project To Show How 5G Boosts Smart Manufacturing

Marposs, a provider of precision equipment for measurement and control, has joined 5G-SMART, a H2020 project funded by the European Commission, which aims to unlock the value of 5G for smart manufacturing through demonstrating, validating and evaluating its potential in real manufacturing environments.

5G-SMART will test the most advanced 5G-integrated manufacturing applications such as remote-controlled industrial robotics, wireless process monitoring in manufacturing, and mobile robotics, by bringing first ever 5G deployments into real manufacturing setups: at an Ericsson factory in Kista, Sweden; at the machine hall of the Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany; and at a Bosch semiconductor factory in Reutlingen, Germany.

Marposs contributes its expertise in machine and process monitoring and will provide the equipment for the first real 5G trials in manufacturing at the Fraunhofer IPT premises.

5G-SMART will go beyond the trials and develop new 5G features targeting the needs of the smart factory, like the integration of 5G with time-sensitive networking and critical cloud platforms, enabling flexible software development while providing low latency and high reliability.

To further accelerate take-up of 5G in the manufacturing ecosystem, 5G-SMART will explore new business models, identifying the potential for factory owners, operational technology suppliers and mobile network operators.

Over the course of more than two years, a multidisciplinary team consisting of ICT and 5G suppliers Ericsson and Cumucore; network operators Orange and T-systems; wireless communication technologies and components provider u-blox; operational technologies suppliers ABB, Bosch, Fraunhofer IPT, and Marposs; factory operators Bosch; and academia—University of Lund, University of Valencia, Budapest University of Technology and Economics—will show how 5G can boost smart manufacturing.

 

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Nano Dimension And Harris To Develop 3D-Printed Hardware That Will Fly On The International Space Station

Nano Dimension And Harris To Develop 3D-Printed Hardware That Will Fly On The International Space Station

Nano Dimension Ltd, an additive manufacturing solutions provider, has received a grant approval from the Israel Innovation Authority for developing hardware, in cooperation with Harris Corporation, that will fly on the International Space Station (ISS) and communicate with Harris’ ground-based satellite tracking station in Florida, USA. This project will provide a systematic analysis of 3D printed materials for radio frequency (RF) space systems, especially for nano-satellites.

The total approved budget for the Israeli portion of this project is approximately US$416,000 (NIS 1,500,000), of which the Israel Innovation Authority will finance 40 percent. According to the terms of the grant, Nano Dimension will pay royalties on future sales up to the full grant amount.

This unique project is being conducted in collaboration with Harris. The Harris portion of the project is sponsored by a grant from Space Florida. During this one-year project, both companies will optimise the designs of the 3D printing process and RF components and prepare a system for the flight studies at the ISS.

This project has been selected by the Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space, the manager of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, to fly the space flight experiment on the ISS, using the team’s 3D printed materials and circuits. In this project, the companies will pioneer the first of a kind space flight experiment that will fly in space at low earth orbit for one year on the ISS, helping to understanding how 3D printed circuits, systems, and materials will endure in various space environments.

This project will demonstrate innovative methods for manufacturing new RF systems. Until now, manufacturing of RF systems has remained static for the last 30 years with each circuit in its own ‘gold box/boxes’ interconnected with cables and connectors. With 3D printing, the industry can explore a new manufacturing paradigm that eliminates manual labour and streamlines production. Another benefit to this technology is a reduction/elimination of wasted material, making it a ‘green’ process.

 

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Smart Factory Market Outlook: US$275.9B By 2026

Smart Factory Market Outlook: US$275.9B By 2026

The smart factory market is expected to reach US$275.89 billion by 2026, according to a new report by Reports and Data. Smart factory attributes to several fully integrated automation solutions implemented for manufacturing purposes, which help to streamline the material flow during all the methods involved in manufacturing, thus, facilitating the efficient flow of materials across the factory floor.

Easy monitoring, minimization of waste, and acceleration of production are some of the significant benefits of a smart factory. This technology advancement provides enhanced quality, with standardization and reliable products to the customers, within time and at a much economical cost. The emergence of wireless networking technologies is promoting revolutionary improvements in this market along with the growing number of smart factories globally, and also encouraging the use of mobile devices, to observe and manage industrial processes.

From a regional perspective, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest share of the smart factory market—at 29.3%—in 2018.

North America, meanwhile, accounted for the second largest share, with 27.3% of the market. This region is an important market as it consists of some of the most prominent multinational organizations engaging in this market, including the majority of the leading players. The developed R&D in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) for modern and upgraded technologies, as well as the rising demand for enhanced lifestyle, are the two significant factors driving the market in this region. Also, the increasing demand for high-level manufacturing solutions is anticipated to drive the growth of the market in North America.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • Industrial robots have evolved as an essential part of the manufacturing industry. The market for industrial robots is expected to grow at a rate of 9.2% during the forecast period.
  • Robotic installation in the US has expanded to a new peak. The driver for this increase in manufacturing industries has been the continuing trend to automate production, to establish the US industries in both native and global markets.
  • The PLM technology is anticipated to witness the highest CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the growing demand for performance and productivity, along with the increasing need for collaboration across the global manufacturing lifecycle.
  • Adoption of end-to-end PLM solutions across new verticals such as infrastructure and construction, power and energy, and consumer goods among others, and increased manufacturing activities in developing economies such as India, China, and South Korea, are some of the driving factors for the growth of the market.

 

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Hexagon Highlights New Technologies And Innovations At HxGN LIVE 2019

Hexagon Highlights New Technologies And Innovations At HxGN LIVE 2019

Hexagon AB is hosting HxGN LIVE 2019 this week, a four-day technology conference featuring new technologies and innovations, at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. HxGN LIVE brings together thousands of Hexagon customers, partners, and technology experts from industries and backgrounds around the world.

“Hexagon has a far-reaching vision for putting data to work to reverse the trend of resource depletion and waste overwhelming Earth’s systems,” said Ola Rollén, Hexagon President and CEO. “By empowering an increasingly autonomous future, our ‘do well to do good’ approach will drive sustainability through efficiency gains, increased safety, improved productivity and less waste — the very business outcomes our customers seek.”

Leaders from Hexagon’s business units will be announcing new technology products and industry partnerships during keynote presentations on Wednesday, 12 June. The 2019 Hexagon Honourees will be recognised during the event. This year’s award winners embody a spirit of innovation, partnership, and technological advancement through impact on their businesses, the industries they serve, and communities locally and globally.

Listed below are this year’s honourees with a brief description of why they won:

  • AI: Extending autonomous vehicle technology to benefit vertical markets such as construction, manufacturing and more.
  • Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd (BBAC): Working to create an advanced intelligent quality system for auto manufacturing.
  • Bombardier Aerospace: Implementing virtual assembly techniques that validate components through critical compliance areas.
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd: Supporting projects that develop quality of life and economic health in the communities where it operates.
  • Censeo: Using georadar technology to create less invasive repair and inspection methods.
  • Corbins Electric: Creating and sharing best practices to innovate not only for the company but also the entire industry.
  • CP Police Service: Ensuring one of the best-performing and safest railways in North America.
  • Frequentis: Building solutions to make location-intelligence information available throughout organisations.
  • Fresnillo: Creating an integrated tech portfolio for mine planning, operations, enterprise, and survey and monitoring needs.

“Our customers are change makers and force multipliers, and we are pleased to celebrate this year’s Honourees for their innovative contributions,” said Rollén. “Their stories inspire and motivate all of us at Hexagon.”

 

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Siemens Adds Augmented Reality To Solid Edge 2020

Siemens Adds Augmented Reality To Solid Edge 2020

Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Solid Edge 2020, the upgraded version of Solid Edge, features new functions such as augmented reality, expanded validation tools, model-based definition, and 2D Nesting. With these new functions, the software provides small and medium-sized manufacturing companies with next generation technologies to enhance collaboration and fully digitalise the design-to-manufacturing process.

Solid Edge 2020 delivers new augmented reality capabilities that enable users to visualise design intent in new ways, enabling enhanced collaboration internally, as well as with suppliers and customers during the design process. New and powerful validation tools have been integrated for conducting motion and vibration simulation, which can help customers reduce costly prototypes.

The addition of Model Based Definition enables customers to completely define parts, assemblies and manufacturing instruction digitally from their 3D model. 2D Nesting capabilities have also been added to optimise cutting patterns, reduce waste and costs, and accelerate manufacturing processes. Solid Edge 2020 also delivers hundreds of core CAD enhancements such as new sheet metal capabilities, almost 10x faster large assembly performance, new data migration tools, and others across the portfolio. These enhancements help facilitate a software application that is easy-to-use, deploy and maintain while also helping advance all aspects of the product development process.

“The new Model Based Definition offering for Solid Edge 2020 is exactly what we need,” said Daniel Froehlich, PLM Business Manager, Standardisation Department for Eagle Burgmann. “Not only will it help us go paperless, it’s a huge step toward moving to a completely digital environment. Using our digital model to create 3D PDFs will let us share our designs without having to create extra drawings.”

“The latest enhancements to the Solid Edge portfolio can help small to medium-sized manufacturers digitalise their entire product development process from end-to end,” said John Miller, Sr. Vice President, Mainstream Engineering at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “We continue to work on providing an advanced portfolio of affordable and easy-to-use tools to help our customers with their digital transformation, so they can reduce costs and accelerate product delivery.”

 

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Marshall Aerospace And Defence Using Stratasys Tech For 3D Printing Of Aircraft Parts

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Using Stratasys Tech For 3D Printing Of Aircraft Parts

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned and independent aerospace and defence companies, is now using advanced 3D printing from Stratasys to manufacture, flight-ready parts for several of its military, civil and business aircraft, while producing specific ground-running equipment at a lower cost than aluminium alternatives.

Marshall already has several pieces of 3D-printed ductwork flying on heavily modified aircraft, as well as holders for safety knives and switches for aircraft interiors. 3D printing flight-approved parts on demand enables the company to produce lighter parts than traditional methods, significantly faster and at lower cost.

According to Chris Botting, Materials, Processes and Additive Manufacturing Engineer at Marshall ADG, the ability to create accurate, repeatable and reliable 3D printed parts using aerospace-approved materials are key factors in achieving the performance requirements necessary for use within aircraft.

The company is using the Stratasys Fortus 450mc FDM Printer and ULTEM 9085 resin, a tough, yet lightweight 3D printing material with high thermal and chemical resistance. This has been crucial to overcoming the stringent requirements of the aerospace industry, as they can now 3D print parts with the desired flame, smoke and toxicity properties for use on aircraft interiors.

Marshall is also utilising its Fortus 450mc 3D printer to build final parts on the ground. Marshall recently created a ducting adapter prototype for vital ground-running equipment—essential for providing fresh air to cool the aircraft’s avionics. 3D printing this particular part helped Marshall transition from typically costly aluminium processes.

The group is also using Stratasys 3D printers for a range of complex tooling applications, including drill jigs, masking templates, bonded fixtures and composite mould tooling. The team regularly produces customised, low-volume production tools within just 24 hours of an engineer’s request. In fact, they are driving use of 3D-printed thermoplastic tools to replace heavy metal tools, reducing the burden on the operator, and crucially, reducing cost and lead times on urgent operational tasks.

Botting foresees the use of Stratasys FDM additive manufacturing to increase across all elements of the business and to drive new applications.

 

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Iscar Expands Range Of Solid Carbide Milling Heads For The Aerospace Industry

Iscar Expands Range Of Solid Carbide Milling Heads For The Aerospace Industry

Iscar Expands Range Of Solid Carbide Milling Heads For The Aerospace Industry with new interchangeable models featuring a 100° point angle. The solid carbide milling heads are suitable for chamfering, countersinking, and spot drilling applications.

The Iscar new interchangeable heads are available in four diametre sizes: 9.525mm, 12.7mm, 15.875mm, and 19.05mm. They are designed mainly for countersink holes for head cap screws according to ISO 5856, DIN EN 4072, IS 15437 standards; and for rivets according to MIL-STD-40007. The Iscar heads can also be applied for machining countersink holes for general-use 100 deg flat countersunk head machine screws, in accordance with ANSI B18.6.3-1972 standard. Most aircraft countersunk screws require a 100° angle countersink.

 

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Hexagon To Showcase Digital Transformation Of Aerospace Manufacturing At Paris Air Show 2019

Hexagon To Showcase Digital Transformation Of Aerospace Manufacturing At Paris Air Show 2019

Hexagon will demonstrate how it is innovating to meet the fast-evolving needs of the aerospace and defence industries with a range of connected software and hardware systems at the Paris Air Show 2019, which is being held on June 17–23.

Visitors to the aerospace exhibition will see first-hand how discrete software and hardware solutions from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division connect to form tool chains that lay the foundations for data-driven aerospace manufacturing ecosystems. On Hexagon’s stand, a continuous digital process, using digital twin and equipment monitoring technology, will show the development of an aeroengine blade from the design and engineering stages, through production, to the final quality inspection of the finished blade by the GLOBAL S HTA CMM solution.

Hexagon’s software and hardware systems underpin aerospace manufacturing at every level of design, production and final assembly on all sizes of parts and types of aircraft. They also support aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul. A Leica Absolute Tracker ATS600 on the stand will display the benefit of using large-volume 3D measurement for large structural assembly.

At the Paris Air Show, there will also be an opportunity to see Hexagon’s Geospatial division’s demonstration of a 3D flight training simulator based on Luciad technology. It combines static flight plans and dynamic aeronautical data, and provides real-time and post-training feedback and evaluation of any deviations from the designated flight plan and the disruptions that might cause.

Hexagon will be on hall 2B, stand D157.

 

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