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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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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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