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Philippines Starts Construction Of First 3D Printing R&D Centre

Philippines Starts Construction of First 3D Printing R&D Centre

The Philippines will soon have its 3D printing R&D institution as construction is underway for the Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMCen). Spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the centre is aimed at promoting research and development in additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing technology.

AMCen will feature two state-of-the-art research facilities that will focus on additive manufacturing R&D. AM allows rapid fabrication of various three-dimensional objects, ranging from small parts to automobile and aircraft, and even structures as big as bridges.

The DOST tapped Dr Rigoberto Advincula, a Balik Scientist and Case Western Reserve University professor,  as consultant for AMCen.

“The AMCen presents a unique position for the Philippines as it will be one of the first government-led centers in the ASEAN region that aspires to be a game-changer leading to Industry 4.0 goals,” said Dr Advincula.

With the support of DOST-PCIEERD (Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development), Dr Advincula will lead the development of the centre together with researchers from the DOST- Industrial Technology Development Institute and the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Centre.

AMCen is likewise seen to strengthen the country’s capabilities in 3D printing and advanced design and manufacturing in the following areas: aerospace and defence; biomedical and healthcare; printed electronics; agricultural machinery; and automotive.

 

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Asia To Soar In The Commercial Aircraft MRO Market

Asia To Soar In The Commercial Aircraft MRO Market

The commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market is estimated to register a CAGR of 4.35 percent during the forecast period, 2019-2024, according to a report released by Research and Markets.

With the growing air traffic, carriers are more inclined toward maintaining the health of their current fleet, going for new aircraft only if they have no other option, since the cost of buying a new aircraft is considerably higher than the cost for the maintenance of the current fleet. Different airports have introduced improvement processes to enhance efficiency, and several are using new technological systems to gain additional upgrades and prepare for the bigger data requirements of next-generation aircraft, and this shall lead to the growth of the market in the near future.

Asia Pacific is expected to see the highest growth in the MRO market. At present, Asia Pacific is generating the highest revenue in the commercial aircraft MRO market, with Singapore dominating the market in the region. In the recent years, several other Asian countries have also increased their investment in MRO facilities. The market for aircraft maintenance is also changing, as companies in countries like Indonesia and Thailand are also entering the market to challenge the dominance of established Singaporean players.

Government policy also plays a key role, and the Singaporean government has been very forward-looking in supporting the aerospace industry. With the growing frequency of flights to and from the Asian countries, the demand for MRO centres is expected to rise in this region in the coming years. Moreover, due to the huge potential of the Asia-Pacific aviation market, several global players are establishing new centres in the region to cater to the growing demand.

 

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Makino Asia’s Smart Factory Meets Sophisticated Precision Engineering Capabilities

Makino Asia’s Smart Factory Meets Sophisticated Precision Engineering Capabilities

Makino Asia, a leading provider of machine tools used across various industries including automotive, aerospace, medical, semiconductor and electronics, has recently showcased its smart factory at its regional headquarters in Singapore. The facility is designed to meet the growing demand for high-quality products and sophisticated precision engineering capabilities in Asia by adopting Industry 4.0 and the principles of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The smart factory consists of an assembly factory and state-of-the-art machining factory, leveraging seamless automation and digital technologies to achieve high levels of productivity and connectivity between its robots, machines and other peripheral systems.

The combined facility is expected to increase machine production capacity to almost double its previous capacity. The new machining factory and existing assembly factory are connected by a link bridge for staff, and a canopy area for the transfer of materials between the two factories using automated guided forklifts (AGF).

The facility is also fitted with energy-saving and efficient solutions: green energy from installed solar panels within the compound helps to generate about 2,400 megawatt hours of energy annually. This is equivalent to taking 200 cars off the road, avoiding 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over the same period. In the machining factory, a chilled ceiling system is used to ensure maximum energy efficiency of its air-conditioning system while maintaining high quality, reliability and optimum performance of Makino Asia’s manufacturing operations.

Neo Eng Chong, CEO and President of Makino Asia said, “Makino strives for a ‘Quality First’ mindset across the organisation, from the manufacturing of our products to the development of our people and the business. We are extremely proud of our expanded smart facility in Singapore that will enable Makino Asia to better support our Customers in the region and Singapore’s vision to become a global Advanced Manufacturing hub.”

He added, “The automation and digitalisation of the entire facility serves as a way for us to achieve increased productivity, capacity or energy efficiency. More importantly, it embodies our vision to provide more than just machines for our Customers, by providing the most effective and efficient solutions that meet their needs. The establishment of the IoT Centre to provide real-time support is another milestone to enrich partnerships with our valued Customers.”

The monitoring and tracking of machine conditions in real-time enables Makino Asia to provide proactive and predictive services to Customers. This ensures optimum machine performance at all times so that Customers are able to consistently deliver high quality products.

Lim Swee Nian, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board said, “Global precision engineering manufacturing leaders are accelerating the adoption and deployment of Advanced Manufacturing technologies from Singapore, to better serve the evolving needs of their Customers. We are pleased that Makino will be deepening its 45-year presence in Singapore through the launch of its digital transformation journey. As Makino Asia focuses on building its Industry 4.0 capabilities to develop and scale new solutions, we are confident that it will create value-added roles and upskilling opportunities for Singapore to succeed in the digital manufacturing economy.”

Makino Asia embarked on its digital transformation journey in 2016 with a plan to invest around S$100 million over five years to expand and boost the capabilities of its facility in Singapore. The company also established two new departments focused on automation and digitalisation to catalyse digital transformation in the company.

Besides having “smart” machines and solutions, Makino is committed to upskilling all its employees to keep up with fast and ever-changing developments in the manufacturing landscape. Makino Asia’s new and current employees undergo a Workforce Transformation program focused on equipping them with automation skills, digital literacy skills and safety skillsets. The courses are mandatory for all employees to keep abreast of the digital technologies being used to manage automated equipment.

The manufacturing sector in Singapore remains a key pillar of Singapore’s economy. It accounts for around 21 percent of Singapore’s nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 14 percent of the total workforce. Rapid technological advancements and digitalisation are changing the face of manufacturing. Developments in Advanced Manufacturing presents opportunities for companies to leverage on new technologies to drive productivity and growth.

 

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Better Surface Finish With Linear Technology

Better Surface Finish With Linear Technology

To gain traction in the aerospace industry, Australian manufacturer of rotary shank cutting tools, Sutton Tools, has been using linear motor technology. Article by Anca.

Jeff Boyd, export manager at Sutton Tools said, “By really focusing on how we could improve the surface finish, and with the added capabilities of the linear motor, we have created a product that is delivering significant productivity gains for our customers. The team is now consistently achieving a longer tool life and faster cycle times in some of the higher strength materials such as titanium.”

Mr Boyd added that improvements in the surface finish of the cutting tools have been achieved by moving away from the traditional ball-screw movement on machines to a linear motor. The company also conducted a direct comparison and experimented with different grinding wheel grades and grinding parameters for the best finish.

“A better surface finish has also mean we get better adhesion of the coating and stable performance to the cutting tool which is important for our customers. Tool stability is important because it means our customers can confidently forecast their production schedules and reduce machine down time,” said Mr Boyd.

In order to validate their grinding methods, an optical 3D scanning technique is used to measure the area surface roughness on the rake face and the cutting rake on the tools.

Anca has combined linear motion motor technology from its sister company Anca Motion to its own rigid grinding machines. The LinX cylindrical linear motors prevent loss of preload or rigidity when grinding tools and reversal errors are eliminated and higher contouring accuracy can be maintained due to a unique control algorithm.

Global Linear Motion Systems

According to Market Research Future, the global linear motion systems market is expected to touch a whopping US$8.76 billion mark at a staggering CAGR of 7.8 percent during the assessment period (2017-2023). Various technological advents across the industrial spectrum have given rise to the need for a linear motion system (LMS) to enhance the operational process by having a continuous transfer of products.

With industrialisation on the rise and people having more disposable income in their hand than before, segments such as automotive, food & beverage, packaging, healthcare, manufacturing and others are getting an unprecedented boost. Seamless processing, agility, efficiency in handling shock load condition, and safeguarding against contamination and moisture have made it the foremost procedure for several industrial verticals.

Automotive industry demands an operational technology which can deliver round-the-clock service of the highest level of accuracy without any variance. LMS fits the bill perfectly. Furthermore, advantages such as low maintenance cost and cost-effective production capability have helped it emerge as peerless industrial technology. Its compact size and load capacity help it attain versatility where it gets involved in productions of specialized vehicles such as ambulance, professional vehicles, fire trucks, telescoping trailers, and vehicles for disabled people.

However, lack of product variance can impede the growth rate during the forecast period. Market competitors are offering LMS at an affordable price, but the option remains very limited for the consumers.

Industry Trends

Minimal errors and accurate positioning of equipment have made LMS a market rage in the healthcare sector. Its easy maintenance has been accepted widely across verticals. Features accounting for its high demand are hygiene standards, high performance, and durability of devices.

The market leaders are trying to customize it according to the needs of the industry. Thomson Industries, Inc., has recently introduced T-Cas Linear Race Shafting that provides various benefits to automation manufacturers and can be considered exemplary.

LMS is currently penetrating other markets such as wastewater management, shale gas exploration, and aerospace & defence. An exponential rise in the use of LMS can be seen in these sectors.

Segmentation

The global market of LMS can be segmented based on type and application. Type-wise segmentation includes single-axis linear motion system and multi-axis linear motion system. Multi-axis linear motion system is leading the market and expects to grow at a rapid CAGR of 8.5 percent to reach a staggering US$5.70 billion mark during the prognosis period. Compared to single-axis, multi-axis is cost effective and can perform in diverse industrial platforms.

Application-based segmentation comprises packaging, machine tools, palletising, robotics, material handling equipment and others. Machine tools dominate the market and are expected to do so during the assessment period with the fastest CAGR of 7.7 percent. The segment stands out owing to its requirement of high accuracy control. LMS also betters the efficiency of machine tools by implementing innovations and solutions. In doing so, LMS has become the favourite of the machine tools segment.

Regional Analysis

APAC dominates the market and generates the maximum market revenue. China leads the region by making US$807.4 million in 2017 and is projected to grow with an impressive 11.1 percent CAGR during the forecast period. Japan and India follow the line. The presence of major sectors has boosted the semiconductor demand in the region owing to which the market is witnessing such growth.

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Global Metal 3D Printer Market Outlook

Global Metal 3D Printer Market Outlook

The global metal 3D printer market is estimated to value US$0.8 billion in 2017 and is projected to register a CAGR of 24.7 percent in terms of value over the forecast period till 2026, according to a report by Market Research.

3D printing is a method of making three dimensional hard substances from a digital file. It is the process of laying down successive layers of material until the object is shaped in the desired form, in an additive manner. Each layer can be seen as a thinly sliced flat cross-section of the eventual object and it is an extremely high-precision manufacturing procedure.

Metal 3D printing offers various advantages over conventional manufacturing processes. With metal 3D printers, a range of products with varying designs can be printed and less materials are used which eliminates waste. Industries like aerospace, automotive, construction, medical device and consumer electronics are increasingly using this technology to produce components and parts.  3D metal printing provides aerospace and automotive industries with lightweight components which increases fuel efficiency and enable customisation in medical device manufacturing. Furthermore, Asia-Pacific is forecasted to be the fastest growing market for 3D printing metal due to rapid industrialisation and economic growth which drives the automotive, medical device, aerospace and defense industries. All these factors contribute to the rising popularity of metal 3D printers.

Key Players in the market include EOS GmbH, General Electric Company, SLM Solutions Group AG, 3D Systems Corporation, Arcam AB, Renishaw plc., DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, The ExOne Company, Wuhan Binhu Mechanical & Electrical Company Limited, Xi’an Bright Laser Technologies Co Ltd (BLT), Wuhan Huake 3D Technology Co Ltd, Optomec Inc.

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Global Metal Stamping Market Forecast

Global Metal Stamping Market Forecast

According to Research And Markets, the global metal stamping market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.9 percent from 2018 to reach USD 289.2 billion by 2023. Contributing factors for this growth include rising urbanisation and industrialisation, growth of the automotive industry, increasing demands from the aerospace and aviation industry and a rise in technological advancements. To add to this trend, the increased adoption of sheet metal across manufacturing industries and the blooming of metal stamping facilities has further supported the metal stamping market. However, the emergence of plastics and composite materials have also hindered market growth.

Blanking processes currently hold a huge market share and this can be attributed to the popularity of the technique among the automotive, aerospace and aviation and consumer electronics sector as this is a process that can mass produce precise and superior quality metal work pieces in large volumes at low costs. Similarly, the application of metal stamping in the automotive industry is highly popular, especially in China and India as both countries are experiencing rapid technological advancements and possess a large number of automotive metal stamping companies.

Growth of the market in Asia Pacific is expected to continue as the region held the largest share of the global metal stamping market in 2017, followed by Europe and North America. This can be attributed to factors such as the displacement of manufacturing from the west to the east, rising regional industrialisation,increased investment inflows and industrial growth across numerous sectors.

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Overview Of The Global Sheet Metal Market

Overview Of The Global Sheet Metal Market

Sheet metal is widely used in the metalworking industry. Metal such as brass, aluminium, steel, copper, nickel and tin are processed into flat or thin sheets. These thin sheets of metal can then be cut, bent or moulded into different shape and sizes for use in the automobile, aerospace and steel industries.

The major sheet metal markets are the developing regions in Asia Pacific such as China and India due to the large demand for sheet metal in the automobile industry. According to market research by Technavio, Asia Pacific led the market in 2017 with a market share of nearly 45 percent and is expected to dominate the market through 2022, with an increase in market share by nearly three percent.

Aluminium is also a big driver for the sheet metal industry as it is a major raw material used across industries. “The production process for aluminum releases high quantities of carbon emissions, negatively impacting the environment. This has been overcome by new advances in technology to reduce the carbon dioxideemissions and production-related expenses. For the process, inert anodes are used instead of carbon-rich anodes, leading to the production of oxygen instead of carbon dioxide. Thus, the increasing adoption of such manufacturing processes across the globe will increase the production of aluminum, in turn, driving the production of sheet metals in the future,” said a Senior Analyst for metals and minerals at Technavio.

Key players in the global sheet metals market include Associated Materials, ABC Sheet Metal, A&E Manufacturing Company, ATAS International, BlueScope Steel, Bud Industries, General Sheet Metal Works, NCI Building Systems, Nucor Corporation, United States Steel Corporation, Alcoa, Wise Alloys L, Noble Industries, Prototek, Autoline Industries, Humble Manufacturing, Gupta Metal Sheets, Gajjar Industries, Dhananjay Group, Rajhans Pressings, Nimex International, Kay Jay, Samesor, Fabrimech Engineers, Deepesh pressing, Southwark Metal, PROTO-D ENGINEERING, PEPCO MANUFACTURING COMPANY, Northern Manufacturing, Vinman Engineering Private, Aero Tech Manufacturing, Dulocos Conveyors and Moulds, SSR Metals Private, Fabrinox, and Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing.

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Bombardier Releases 2019 Business Unit Guidance

Bombardier Releases 2019 Business Unit Guidance

Bombardier has released its 2019 business unit guidance and confirmed that it remains on track to achieve its 2020 financial objectives. The 2019 guidance reflects the anticipated closing of the sale of both Business Aircraft’s flight and technical training activities and the Q Series aircraft programme as of September 30, 2019.

For 2019, Bombardier is targeting revenues of USD 18 billion or more, representing a year-over-year increase of approximately 10 percent over 2018 guidance. This growth is expected to be driven by: (i) the entry-into-service of the Global 7500 aircraft, which is sold out through 2021; (ii) execution on Bombardier’s strong USD 34-billion rail backlog, which covers more than 80 percent of Transportation’s targeted 2019 and 2020 revenues; and (iii) an increased focus on aftermarket services across the portfolio. Aftermarket revenues are estimated to grow from approximately USD 3.5 billion in 2018 to approximately USD 4.0 billion in 2020 as the company continues to optimise its aftermarket and services operations, leveraging its large installed base which includes over 100,000 rail cars, more than 4,700 business jets and approximately 1,250 regional jets.

Profitability is anticipated to grow faster than the top line, and is expected to be driven by solid conversion on revenue growth and the strategic reshaping of Commercial Aircraft. EBITDA before special items is targeted to grow by approximately 30 percent over 2018 guidance to a range of USD 1.65 billion to USD 1.80 billion, while EBIT before special items is targeted to increase by approximately 20 percent over 2018 guidance to a range of USD 1.15 billion to USD 1.25 billion.

From a free cash flow perspective, 2019 is expected to mark the transition from a heavy investment cycle to a strong growth and cash generation cycle. Sustainable capital expenditures are projected to decrease to approximately USD 800 million or less on an annualised basis, which represents a decrease of approximately 50 percent from the previous five-year average.

On a normalised basis, before one-time items, Bombardier estimates free cash flow in a range of USD 250 million to USD 500 million for 2019. One-time items that are expected to impact free cash flow in 2019 include; (i) a USD 250-million charge for the previously announced restructuring; and (ii) a working capital contingency of USD 250 million largely associated with the intense ramp-up of the Global 7500 program. Free cash flow including these one-time items is targeted to be breakeven plus or minus USD 250 million, resulting in an estimated cash on hand exceeding USD 3.0 billion by year end.

Along with announcing its 2019 business unit guidance, Bombardier reaffirmed its 2020 objectives of revenues in excess of USD 20 billion, EBITDA before special items over USD 2.25 billion, EBIT before special items over USD 1.6 billion and free cash flow between USD 750 million and USD 1 billion. In addition to generating strong cash flow from operations, Bombardier anticipates ending 2020 with strong liquidity, including more than USD 3.5 billion of cash on hand and a significantly improved leverage ratio.

“Three years into our turnaround plan and Bombardier is a much stronger company,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “We are confident in achieving our 2020 objectives and see tremendous opportunities beyond 2020. As we continue to execute our turnaround plan, we are building a company with great products, strong backlogs and an efficient cost structure, capable of delivering superior financial performance well into the future.”

2019 Guidance And 2020 Objectives (in USD)

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Additive Manufacturing: Outlook For 2019

Additive Manufacturing: Outlook For 2019

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to feature an article provided by Terrence Oh, Senior Vice President (Asia Pacific) of EOS Singapore on the future of additive manufacturing (AM) in APAC.

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“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going,” aptly describes the manufacturing sector within APAC this year and even the next.

The manufacturing industry has experienced a steady growth within the ASEAN region especially during the first-half of 2018. The AM market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 27 percent between 2018 (US$1.73 billion) and 2023 (US$ 5.66 billion). In fact, AM in APAC is expected to have the highest CAGR due to the region having the fastest growth for automotive and printed electronics sectors. This offers more opportunities for AM adoption.

As the manufacturing industry continues to ride the economic wave, the following are some predictions and trends we can expect in AM, also known as industrial 3D printing for 2019 and beyond:

AM Presents Another Opportunity For Economic And Productivity Growth

  • Rising protectionism and trade conflicts will have an impact on global supply chain to move toward decentralisation and regionalisation of manufacturing.
  • The manufacturing sector in Asia is at risk of incurring high operating costs if trade tensions continue due to higher trade tariffs.
  • As such, the digitalisation of manufacturing and AM will serve as an enabler for distributed manufacturing. This is a good opportunity for companies to tap on AM to grow and transform their businesses.
  • Businesses that adopt smart technologies like AM to 3D-print parts and components are able to reduce production costs, processes, and time through part redesign and integration. This also makes manufacturing domestically more practical than importing from abroad.

Continued Innovation And Adoption Of AM Across Industries

  • Aerospace: AM is reported to have a global economic impact of US$ 250 billion by 2025 if industries continue to increase its adoption, with the aerospace and defence industry taking the lead. Moreover, the global aerospace AM market is reportedly expected to register a CAGR close to 22.3 percent during the forecast period of 2018-2023. This also presents an opportunity for talent growth and development.
  • Healthcare: AM has already made its name in the healthcare industry due to its ability to custom-make 3D-printed prosthetics based on the individual’s needs. With the aging population, this trend is set to continue due to an expected increase in demand for personalised healthcare and treatments, as well as customized 3D-printed medical devices.
  • Automotive: The industry has embraced AM to decrease production lead time, increase efficiency in logistics management, and ensure effective use of components/materials. This trend is set to continue with. Currently, the global automotive 3D printing market is predicted to be valued at over US$ 8 billion by 2024.
  • Tooling: Together with robotics, tooling is will be one of the main industry drivers within the AM market in APAC from 2018 to 2023.

More Talent Development In AM

  • AM usage in various industries are increasing but there continues to be a gap in skills due to the niche expertise required.
  • If this is not addressed sooner, this could jeopardise the growth within the AM industry and eventually, other sectors that deploy AM.
  • To keep up with digital disruption and the need for business transformation to keep pace, more will be invested into educating future and current workforce on AM.
  • Launched in September 2018, EOS partnered with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster’s (NAMIC) to develop the Joint Industry Innovation Programme. Targeted at advancing 3D printing capabilities in the aerospace sector, the training programme aims to produce specialists skilled in AM technology and design of parts. The programme addresses the need to reskill and upskill the current workforce as AM adoption increases.

 

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ST Engineering Drops Dormant Subsidiary From Aerospace Arm

ST Engineering Drops Dormant Subsidiary From Aerospace Arm

ST Engineering has announced that a dormant subsidiary from its Aerospace arm, iShopAero Pte Ltd (formed in 1992 to provide parts exchange services), has applied to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority in Singapore to remove its name from the Register pursuant to the Section 344 of the Companies Act, Chapter 50. This is part of ST Engineering’s ongoing effort to streamline its business portfolio.

The application is not expected to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of ST Engineering for the current financial year.

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