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Mazda Innovates Automotive Electrical Systems Using Siemens’ Model-Based Generative Design Tools

Mazda Innovates Automotive Electrical Systems Using Siemens’ Model-Based Generative Design Tools

Mazda Motor Corporation has adopted the Capital electrical design software suite from Mentor, a Siemens business, to help maximise innovation in the design of next-generation automotive electrical systems. Recognised worldwide for its successful launch of innumerable innovative technologies, Mazda uses Capital for model-based generative design for the electrical and electronic systems of the entire vehicle platform. The Capital automated generative design flow helps Mazda automotive design teams manage design complexity and changes across the entire vehicle platform, minimising errors and reducing costs.

The development of safe and efficient electrical designs has become a critical task as the automotive industry moves towards large scale system developments such as electrified powertrains and autonomous driving. These designs are often based on entirely new architectures and have become so complex that advanced software tools are needed to enable development efforts.

Capital tools deliver real time feedback against target metrics such as cost, weight, and network bandwidth consumption. This allows engineers to explore alternative design approaches, which is extremely important for large scale system developments represented by electric and autonomous vehicles. Capital software also provides Mazda with extensive simulation and verification functionalities.

At Mazda, from system design, harness design and verification down to manufacturing and service documentation, outputs of each process have been generated in its natural language, requiring designers to translate between processes and fill in the missing pieces using their talents and skills. “In order to remove ambiguity while maintaining the diversity of expressions that are characteristics of these natural languages, we applied formal methods to eliminate the loss in information transfer and set a goal to build a development environment that is consistent and connected all the way through the manufacturing phase,” said Kazuichi Fujisaka, Technical Leader, Mazda Motor Corporation.

“Furthermore, we also aim to shift to a development methodology that allows us to optimise the vehicle as a whole, with all possible variations being considered in the early development stage. To make this happen, we needed a development environment to visualise the entire vehicle circuitry and standardise our language, tools, and processes without compromise, creating standard models across the company. Mentor’s Capital technologies provide this environment and make Mazda’s electric development much more efficient.”

 

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Modular Power Package For Demanding Benders

Modular Power Package For Demanding Benders

With the Xpert Pro, Bystronic presents a high-end press brake that sheet metal processing companies can adapt to their requirements on a modular basis. The new model in the Xpert series of machines meets the highest demands in terms of process speed and flexibility.

Modular design has long since established itself in the automotive industry. Manufacturers offer a model in various editions and in addition to the standard specifications, customers can choose from a wide range of optional features. Bystronic was inspired by this principle when developing the new Xpert Pro: Customers can choose between three editions and customise them with optional extras.

The three editions of the Xpert Pro will appeal to a wide variety of users: The Classic Edition is ideal for job shops with small batch sizes or for prototype builders. With the Performance Edition, medium-sized companies can produce larger series quickly and reliably. And the Dynamic Edition with bending speeds of up to 20 millimeters per second is ideal for companies that need even more speed to efficiently handle batch sizes of 1000 pieces and more.

Maximum Flexibility

The Xpert Pro’s press capacity can also be adapted to a wide range of requirements. The spectrum ranges from 100 to 320 tons. This enables sheets up to a thickness of 15 millimeters to be bent effortlessly. In terms of bending length, there is a choice of three or four meters. Companies that require even more flexibility can connect two machines together to process extra-long parts.

The modular concept enables the press brake to be adapted very specifically to the requirements of the production environment – and in this respect Bystronic goes one step further than the car manufacturers: If the requirements change, the configuration can be flexibly adapted. The exchange of individual modules, for example of the backgauge, is straightforward and all optional equipment can be easily retrofitted.

The Xpert Pro is also flexible with regard to the use of bending tools, because this press brake eliminates the usual compatibility problems. The developers designed the tool clamping system to be so open that, in addition to the large selection of Bystronic equipment, tools from other suppliers can also be used. This provides users with more freedom for the bending of a wide variety of parts.

Precise And Convenient Bending

Precision is the most important performance factor of every production environment. Thanks to the tried-and-tested dynamic crowning, the Xpert Pro achieves precise and consistent bending results from the very first part. Bystronic’s patented compensation system automatically adjusts the curvature of the lower beam during the bending process. For even higher process reliability, the LAMS angle measuring system is available as an option. In addition to sheet thickness fluctuations, this system also compensates for springback and rolling direction variations.

Thus, the Xpert Pro reduces the need for tedious manual corrections while also reducing the operators’ workload during programming: The ByVision Bending software solution determines the ideal bending process for every material thickness and bending angle. Thus, the high-end press brake leaves nothing to be desired in terms of convenience. Bending has never been faster and more precise than with the new Xpert Pro from Bystronic.

 

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TRUMPF Is Expanding The Scope Of 3D Printing

TRUMPF Is Expanding The Scope Of 3D Printing

With global interest in additive manufacturing technologies on the rise, TRUMPF presents its new 3D printing applications that can drive advances in various industrial sectors.

Additive manufacturing processes enable the creation of unprecedented complex shapes that are both light and stable. With the benefit of digital connectivity, they fit seamlessly into state-of-the-art manufacturing systems in use today. The 3D printer is a key tool for many manufacturing processes ranging from mass customisation to one-off builds. It can print anything from bespoke facial implants to special parts for cars or airplanes. Able to print components in one piece, these systems often spare vendors the effort of multiple manufacturing steps.

“Interest in additive manufacturing technologies remains high because the process’s benefits are proving their merits in more and more practical applications. This applies as much to conventional metalworking companies as it does to future products in the aerospace industry,” said Thomas Fehn, general manager at TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing.

Three examples of TRUMPF 3D printing in industrial manufacturing:

  1. Personalised Craniomaxillofacial Implants

Russian medical device manufacturer CONMET has been using a TRUMPF 3D printer to produce craniomaxillofacial implants since early 2018. 3D printed implants are ready for insertion, precisely fitted and cleaned, before the procedure begins. This enhances patient safety while cutting costs and speeding up surgery. Furthermore, it can print parts that are sturdy and durable while still cushioning against blows. The implant’s porous structures facilitate the ingrowth of healthy tissue. CONMET has managed to reduce the cost of manufacturing craniomaxillofacial implants by around 40 percent.

  1. A Lightweight Mounting Bracket For Communication Satellites

TRUMPF has been commissioned by the space company Tesat-Spaceroom to produce a 3D-printed mounting structure for Germany’s Heinrich Hertz communications satellite, which will be used to test the space-worthiness of new communication technologies. In collaboration with the company AMendate, TRUMPF engineers succeeded in optimising the geometry of the mounting structure and reducing its weight by 55 percent. This optimised mount is both lighter and more robust. During the launch of the satellite the new mounting structure will withstand the same high forces and will hold its shape better.

“This is just one example of how we can use additive processes in satellite construction to reduce weight and increase payload capacity,” says Matthias Müller, industry manager for aerospace and energy at TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing.

  1. Easy-To-Make Sewer Cleaning Nozzles

TRUMPF joined forces with USB Düsen and Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences to demonstrate the benefits of 3D printing in the fabrication of cleaning nozzles for sewers.

The 3D-printed variant eliminates the need for milling and gluing. The component can be printed without any supporting structures, so there is no finishing work to be done afterwards. The software-driven process is far more accurate than manual gluing. Measurements have shown that printing cuts production time by 53 percent. For the first time, this will allow up to 10,000 parts to be manufactured per year. Another benefit is a smoother flowing jet of water. TRUMPF engineers expect the new nozzles to reduce water consumption and boost cleaning performance.

 

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FTI Releases FormingSuite 2019 Feature Pack 1 For Sheet Metal Applications

FTI Releases FormingSuite 2019 Feature Pack 1 For Sheet Metal Applications

Forming Technologies (FTI) has announced the release of the FormingSuite 2019 Feature Pack 1. Designed for sheet metal cost estimators, design engineers, tooling designers, and advanced planning engineers in the automotive, aerospace, consumer product and electronics industries, this feature pack introduces numerous enhancements that ensure the best quality results and performance for all users.

Overall changes to the software’s workbenches and processes allow for Material Utilisation (MUL) and Design for Manufacturability (DFM) concepts to fully be realised. These concepts help customers reduce material waste through virtual tryouts replacing test stampings and addressing formability issues that could threaten the integrity of a part long before the part makes it to the shop floor. New blanking processes in the software allow parts to be nested and created faster, and with much less waste than before, by considering multiple factors in the stamping process. Changes to pilot holes and addendum features integrate real world solutions into the digital process, allowing for increased accuracy, and robust parts and operations.

With this latest release, FormingSuite’s ProcessPlanner module continues to add support for the most specialised processes in sheet metal forming.  The Line Die Plan workbench now allows users to detail the process for blanking in multiple operations (for both online and offline blanking). This new capability improves the visual description of the blanking process as well as the die load, die cost, die size and die weight calculations.  New options for the calculation of cam costs increase flexibility and provide more precise estimates for custom and standard cams for progressive dies and line dies.  Rounding out the changes to this workbench, a new display option in the ProgDie Process summary display shows the die size along with the process layout.

The COSTOPTIMISER module now boasts substantial improvements in nesting solver speed as well as two new display options to show carrier condition and the 3D part along with the layout.  Cost Optimisation of nesting layouts now allows users to choose if the part is cropped while maintaining the addendum offset, or if the addendum is cut without affecting the part. This change gives users the tools needed to effectively evaluate material cost savings opportunities on parts formed with addendum. Extending upon FormingSuite’s unique capabilities for introducing and evaluating web and carrier geometry, the pilot hole tool now provides the option of adding material around pilot holes as is common in real world strip designs. This allows engineers to ensure the integrity of their strip layouts in the software and on the shop floor.

Finally, significant updates have been made to trimming in FastIncremental. Automatic mesh refinement during trimming ensures that results of trim operations are precise. Automatic trimming now provides quicker solutions and more accurate results.

“We’re very excited to be announcing our latest release around HxGN LIVE with the focus being on data driven sustainability this year.” Says FTI’s CEO and President Michael Gallagher. “One of the main tenets of our software is to maximise Material Utilisation, which not only saves our customers millions of dollars, but uses data to reduce waste and make the stamping process more sustainable.”

 

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OMRON Releases E2EW Series Durable Full Metal Proximity Sensor

OMRON Releases E2EW Series Durable Full Metal Proximity Sensor

OMRON Corporation has launched the E2EW Series Full Metal Proximity Sensors, which boast the world’s longest sensing distances. The sensors enabled both detection stability for different material components and durability with the full metal body. They help enhance productivity in the automotive industry, where downtime leads large production opportunity losses, by reducing risks of sudden stoppages due to sensors occurred in the welding processes for automobiles.

Automotive industry needs lighter weight of automobiles in accordance with the trend of electric vehicles and low fuel consumption, encouraging the material change in automotive components from iron to aluminum. This will increase mixed production lines containing iron and aluminum. Full metal proximity sensors are mainly used in harsh welding processes. However, previous full metal proximity sensors have short sensing distances. In particular, the sensing distance for aluminum is shorter than the one for iron. Therefore, higher accuracy is required for installing proximity sensors for aluminum than iron, making the design, start-up, and maintenance of production lines complicated. With skilled labor shortages becoming severer, however, demand is growing for ways to maintain and enhance facility operation rates without relying on human experience or skills.

The sensing distance are approximately twice as long as previous models for iron, and six times as long as previous models for aluminum, meaning equivalent sensing distances to detect iron and aluminum components. In addition, OMRON’s technologies prevents coating abrasion which allows 60 times longer-lasting spatter resistance than previous models. The E2EW Sensors with its durable body and long sensing distance increase sensor installation flexibility, and they help enhance productivity by streamlining production lines which require skills from the start-up, operation, to maintenance.

 

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Industrial Robotics Market Outlook

Industrial Robotics Market Outlook

The industrial robotics market was valued at US$18.05 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach US$37.75 billion by 2024, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.15 percent over the forecast period (2019–2024), according to market analyst Mordor Intelligence. The market has been witnessing a huge demand over the past decade, owing to the rising adoption of smart factory systems, of which these robots play a vital part. The global smart factory market is expected to reach US$388.68 billion by 2024, which provides insights on the scope of the adoption of industrial robots for automation across end-user industries.

In particular, Industry 4.0, the newest industrial revolution, has fuelled the development of new technologies, like collaborative robots and AI-enabled robots, to name a few, and have enabled industries to use robots to streamline many processes, increase efficiency, and eliminate errors. Increased workplace safety and improved production capabilities have further driven industries to invest in robotic systems.

Rising Demand from Automotive Industry

The growing adoption of automation in the automotive manufacturing process and involvement of digitisation and AI are the primary factors driving the demand for industrial robots in the automotive sector.

In 2017, more than 170,000 robots took part in the production process in the European automotive industry. The growing presence of robots and automation in the European automotive industry is expected to fuel the market for industrial robots in the region.

Meanwhile, China has also become both the world’s largest car market and the world’s largest production site for cars, including electric cars, with much growth potential. In Malaysia, there are 27 automotive manufacturing and assembly plants. Overall, the growing automotive industry in Asia is also creating a massive opportunity for the global industrial robotics market.

 

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Tungaloy Boosts Deep Hole Drilling Productivity

Tungaloy Boosts Deep Hole Drilling Productivity

Tungaloy has expanded its DeepTriDrill line of indexable gun drills to include new drill diameters ranging from ø12mm to ø13.5mm. With new drill sizes in the lineup, DeepTriDrill can now address the diverse deep hole drilling needs of automotive and mould set parts for maximum efficiency and stability.

In addition, the drill diameter can easily be altered in increments of 0.01mm to the required hole sizes simply by placing dedicated adjusting shims beneath the guide pads, allowing an overall reduction of cycle time and manufacturing costs in diverse deep drilling applications. The H-class insert features unique cutting edge configuration that provides hole accuracy at greater feed rates, while also ensuring smooth chip evacuation.

The expanded line includes 12 drill bodies and one insert.

 

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Toyota To Open New Vehicle Plant In Myanmar

Toyota To Open New Vehicle Plant in Myanmar

Toyota Motor Corporation will build a production facility in Myanmar, where it will locally produce the Hilux starting February 2021.

The growing economy of Myanmar has driven the demand for new vehicles in the country. In 2018, Myanmar’s automotive market registered 18,000 units, 2.1 times more than the previous year. Toyota currently sells the Hilux, Vios, Rush, and other models in Myanmar by relying on imports. This month, the company will establish Toyota Myanmar Co. Ltd (TMY) and promote initiatives that will allow even more customers to choose Toyota vehicles, in preparation for a market that promises to continue expanding steadily.

The company plans to construct the new TMY plant in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, situated in the southern suburbs of Yangon city, Myanmar’s largest metropolis. Investment is expected to be approximately US$52.6 million. Toyota plans to hire about 130 new employees, and intends to build around 2,500 Hilux vehicles per year using the SKD (semi knock-down) method when operations begin in 2021.

 

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Global 3D Scanning Market Outlook

Global 3D Scanning Market Outlook

The global 3D scanning market was valued at US$1.007 billion in 2018, and is expected to reach US$3.26 billion by the end of 2024, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.2 percent from 2019 to 2024, according to Mordor Intelligence.

3D scanning technology has witnessed considerable adoption from commercial applications. Furthermore, the flexibility of the technology to be customised to meet professional needs in various industries has made it profoundly popular across major end-user industries. For instance, in the medical sector, 3D scanners are used to model body parts in three-dimensions, which is used to create prosthetics. It can also be used to facilitate wound healing and care and generate body implants.

In the current scenario, the use of 3D scanners provides dimensional quality control in the manufacturing and production of, both, small and large, critically essential, components. Whether the usage is on-site or at the point of production, it becomes vital to deliver ultra-precise, ultra-accurate, and ultra-resolution result.

However, price is one of the major factors restraining the adoption of 3D scanning solutions as the technology is still in the nascent stage in terms of global and commercial adoption.

In terms of product segment, medium rage 3D scanning is expected to hold a major market share. Phase shift 3D scanners, which capture millions of points by rotating 360 degrees while spinning a mirror that redirects the laser outward toward the object or areas to be 3D scanned, are ideal for medium range scan needs, such as large pumps, automobiles, and industrial equipment. Phase shift scanners are better suited for scanning objects with maximum distance up to 300m or less.

Meanwhile, medium-range terrestrial laser scanners, which measure point-to-point distances in spaces of 2-150m, are increasingly becoming critical for large-scale manufacturing and assembly operations’ applications, such as aircraft and ship assembly.

From a regional market perspective, the United States seen to be one of the most significant and momentous 3D scanning markets across the world, driven by the healthcare, aerospace and defence, architecture and engineering applications.

3D Scanning Landscape Remains Competitive

The 3D scanning market is fragmented. Overall, the competitive rivalry amongst existing competitors remains high. Moving forward, the new product innovation strategy of large and small companies will continue to propel the market. Some of the key players in the market are 3D Systems Inc. and Hexagon AB, and recent developments include:

  • April 2019: Creaform launched the third-generation scanning solution of its Go!SCAN: the Go!Scan SPARK, which is a portable 3D scanner designed for product development professionals.
  • February 2019: 3D Systems released a new version of Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS. With improved workflow, user interface and compatibility to various scanning device and export-import formats.
  • June 2018: Hexagon launched Leica RTC360, a laser scanner equipped with edge computing technology to enable fast and highly accurate creation of 3D models in the field. According to the company, it is the world’s first 3D laser scanner with automatic in-field pre-registration.

 

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Pulsed Laser To Boost Car Manufacturing

Pulsed Laser To Boost Car Manufacturing

A consortium of European scientists is developing a new precision pulsed laser that looks set to boost the car industry with a 10 percent reduction in waste products, a five percent reduction in chassis costs, and a two-third decrease in manufacturing time.

Operating at 1.5km/s, the new laser will be powerful enough to cut the hardest boron steel used in car construction at one cubic centimetre per minute—over a thousand times faster than existing technology that currently ablates steel at one cubic millimetre per minute.

Exerting an average power of 2.5kW, or 100kW in a single pulse, and with repetition rates up to 1GHz (magnitudes higher than the current 1MHz upper limit), the laser will have the control and refinement to etch moulds for vehicle parts at micron-scale accuracy as well as micro-weld dissimilar metals for solar thermal absorbers.

Pulsed lasers send out short blasts of energy, or ‘pulses’, in tiny fractions of a second. For this new laser, the pulses are so fast that their duration is measured in femtoseconds.

Aiming to improve car manufacturing speed and efficiency, while reducing the potential production costs and environmental impact, the new pulse laser system has received a €5 million development grant from the European Commission.

Going by the acronym ‘PULSE’, the consortium behind the new laser draws on expertise from 11 research institutions and industry partners from six different European countries and is coordinated by Tampere University in Finland.

“By harnessing the unique characteristics of patent protected tapered double-clad fibre amplifiers power-scaled multichannel laser, the PULSE project will create unparalleled high-power beam qualities, M2<1.1, and pulse energies 2.5-250µJ,” said Dr Regina Gumenyuk, project coordinator.

The laser system will enable an improved digital design to lighten vehicle chassis weight—benefitting fuel economy and increasing the range of electric vehicles.

A prototype is expected to be ready by 2021.

 

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