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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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Global Forging Market To Reach US$96B By 2025

Global Forging Market To Reach US$96B By 2025

The global forging market is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4 percent between 2017 and 2025 to reach US$96.4 billion by the end of the forecast period, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research.

Mainly driving this growth is the rising application in multiple industries such as construction, wind, aerospace, automotive, and power generation, to name a few. Further driving the growth of the forging market are the high demand for ferrous metals and high-strength metal components, along with cost-effective methods of metal forming. Moreover, use of novel and advanced technologies by key market players is expected to provide a significant push and expand the global forging market.

There are a few challenges seen to deter the growth of the forging market, however. Factors such as the volatile nature of several end-use industries and the expensive high-quality forged steel products are projected to hamper growth in this market. The uncertain partnership between material producers and forging units is also estimated to obstruct growth in this market, so do the increasing environmental concerns, high demand for plastics as a substitute, and growing usage of stamping and casting process. Still, the rapid pace of industrialisation that boosted various industries in emerging economies might help in overcoming these challenges.

Asia Pacific will remain the largest market with impressive growth due to the rapid increase of construction and automotive industries in the region. Furthermore, the huge number of global players in the region also contributes to its growth.

 

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EOS Presents New Materials And Processes For Series Additive Manufacturing

EOS Presents New Materials and Processes for Series Additive Manufacturing

EOS presents four new metal materials—EOS StainlessSteel CX, EOS Aluminium AlF357, EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5, and EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23. They have been tailored to suit a broad array of applications, ranging from automotive to medical applications.

The company offers comprehensive data on the material properties of all four metals—such as the number of test specimens on which the mechanical properties are based on—as well as detailed scanning electron microscope (SEM) images that provide an insight into the material quality. Thus, this documentation and transparency makes it easier for them to compare DMLS 3D printing with traditional manufacturing technologies and other 3D printing technologies. Such data and openness are a requirement for the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in series production.

Hannes Gostner, Director Research and Development, EOS said: “At EOS, the development of systems, materials, process parameters, software, and services have always gone hand in hand. All of the elements are perfectly aligned to each other. The result is reproducible high-quality parts at a competitive cost per part. This combination is of crucial importance, particularly for series manufacturing.”

The New Metal Materials In Detail

EOS StainlessSteel CX is a new tooling grade steel developed for production with the EOS M 290 that combines excellent corrosion resistance with high strength and hardness. Components made from this material are easy to machine and enable an excellent polished finish.

EOS Aluminum AlF357 is the ideal material for applications that require a light metal with excellent mechanical/thermal strength. Components made from this material are characterised by their light weight, corrosion resistance and high dynamic loading. EOS Aluminum AlF357 has been specially developed for production with the EOS M 400, but it is planned to also make the material available for the EOS M 290 system in the near future.

EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5 has been specially developed for its high fatigue strength without hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Suitable for production with the EOS M 290, the material also offers excellent corrosion resistance, making it ideal for aerospace and automotive applications.

EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23 has also been specially developed for its high fatigue strength without hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and for production with the EOS M 290. Compared to Ti64, Ti64 Grade 23 offers improved elongation and fracture toughness with slightly lower strength. Thanks to these properties, it is particularly well suited to medical applications.

Reliable Component Characteristics As Basis For Series AM

The technological maturity of all its polymers, metals, and processes are classified in the form of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). The TRL concept was developed by NASA and is established in numerous industries. Level 5, for example, refers to a verification of the technical solution, while the highest, level 9, refers to full production capability with extensive statistical data documentation. With validated parameters for part properties, the company is both facilitating and accelerating the transition to series production using additive manufacturing.

Furthermore, for easy orientation, materials and processes are divided into two categories: TRL 3–6 refer to CORE products, whereas TRL 7–9 refer to PREMIUM products and address the usage for series applications. One of the aims here is to make new materials available on the market with a clear value proposition.

The new materials belong to the following categories:

  • EOS StainlessSteel CX: Premium, TRL 8
  • EOS Aluminium AlF357: Premium, TRL 7
  • EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5: Premium, TRL 7
  • EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23: Premium, TRL 7

 

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Global Metal Cleaning Equipment Market To Reach US$ 1.75B By 2027

Global Metal Cleaning Equipment Market To Reach US$ 1.75B By 2027

The global metal cleaning equipment market is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.75 percent from 2018 to 2027, to reach a value of US$ 1.75 billion at the end of the forecast period, according to a report released by Transparency Market Research. In terms of volume, the market stood at around 1.24 million units in 2017. Metal cleaning equipment are used to decontaminate metal parts or metal pieces which helps manufacturing industries—such as aerospace and defence, general manufacturing, and automotive—to ensure safety, reliability, and top performance in their products.

From a regional perspective, Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period both in terms of value and volume, mainly driven by the increasing manufacturing activity breakthrough for metal cleaning equipment in Japan, China, and India.

In terms of chemical type, the aqueous metal cleaning segment is anticipated to gain the largest share with total value of US$ 506.8 million by 2027, reflecting a CAGR of four percent annually. However, stricter implementation of environmental and workforce safety regulations are the major challenges restraining the growth of the market. Nevertheless, the growing manufacturing sector in the Asia Pacific region is expected to boost the market.

By washing type, the vapour phase metal cleaning equipment segment accounted for a relatively smaller market share in terms of both value as well as volume, as the adoption is not as much as the pickling/immersion type. The vapour phase metal cleaning segment is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 3.9 percent to reach US$ 503.1 million by 2027.

In terms of technology, the open tank multistage segment is anticipated to reach US$ 582.2 million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 3.9 percent. Open tank multistage segment is estimated to be the fastest growing segment during the forecast period due to the benefits of having all the stages involved in the cleaning process—such as washing and drying—in one equipment, leading to cost savings as well as process streamlining.

 

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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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ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions Launches New Thailand Facility

ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions Launches New Thailand Facility

Anca Sheet Metal Solutions has launched its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Thailand. The company offers a comprehensive set of service in the metal fabrication industry. “The business has grown significantly over the last couple of years as we gained customers in the automotive, food processing, construction and aerospace industries. We have invested in new equipment and refurbished the building to meet this growing market demand,” said Frank Holzer, ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions General Manager.

“We have taken a dynamic approach, using vibrant colours and punchy angles, to ensure we stand out immediately in the sheet metal and fabrication industry.  Having a strong brand is one of the most effective business tools you can have, and I am confident that with our new identity we will see great success. We pride ourselves on our service, quality and global network servicing customers across the world,” he continued.

The new facilities boast:

•     Qualified manufacturing engineers
•     Laser cutting
•     Waterjet cutting
•     Folding and forming equipment
•     Welding and painting
•     Assembly and testing
•     A lean manufacturing approach

 

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