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A*STAR And Arcstone Open S$18M Joint Lab To Accelerate Digital Manufacturing In Singapore

A*STAR And Arcstone open S$18M Joint Lab To Accelerate Digital Manufacturing In Singapore

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and local manufacturing software company Arcstone opened a joint laboratory at A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) to develop smart manufacturing solutions to help businesses speed up digital transformation to make operations more efficient, effective, and sustainable. Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Gan Kim Yong graced the joint lab’s opening.

This era of Industry 4.0 allows for real-time extraction and monitoring of operational data, as well as the ability to control machines digitally and remotely. Today’s manufacturing execution systems (MES) face limits, however, such as in the optimisation of production processes. Against this backdrop, A*STAR and Arcstone will collaborate to give today’s MES added intelligence – or “adding a brain to the body”, as Arcstone says.

With a total investment of S$18 million over three years, the A*STAR-Arcstone joint lab will transform Arcstone’s existing solutions into a next-generation MES suite. The MES will incorporate technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help manufacturers make better decisions – through visualisation, control, optimisation, and sustainability. For example, the MES will not only provide information about what is happening in a production process in real time but also recommend ways to improve that process, such as by optimising production scheduling.

Manufacturers, including local SMEs, will be able to tap on these smart manufacturing solutions to increase manufacturing transparency and improve production scheduling across the supply chain, paving the way for more competitive and robust supply chains. The solutions will also help manufacturers go green by enabling them to optimise energy usage. The joint lab will place special emphasis on the user-interface for the MES, making it easy to configure and use, especially for first-timers. The joint lab will work on projects in the following areas:

  1. Improve production through real-time visibility
  2. Control production using IIoT technologies
  3. Optimise production using simulation and artificial intelligence
  4. Make production greener through data and optimisation

Collaborating with A*STAR will help Arcstone halve the time needed for its own R&D to achieve its goals. The joint lab aims to create about 30 engineering jobs over the next three years.

Professor Alfred Huan, Assistant Chief Executive, Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR, said, “The challenging economic environment sends a reminder to many companies of the constant need for innovation to stay competitive. At A*STAR, we collaborate with companies such as Arcstone to help them build new capabilities to move up the value chain. Such public-private partnerships continue to play an important role in encouraging businesses to adopt technologies to differentiate themselves from the competition. This collaboration with Arcstone is also an example of how local SMEs can deploy their new solutions to help other local SMEs speed up digital transformation in their factories, driving increased digitalisation across the board.”

Mr Willson Deng, Chief Executive Officer, Arcstone, said, “Our goal with the joint lab is to rapidly produce cutting-edge technology to give SMEs and global manufacturers a leg up in efficiency, productivity, and most importantly, long-term sustainability and environmental competitiveness. We are confident about achieving this goal, for we have in ARTC a trusted R&D partner that will bring us results – we know this from years of collaboration with ARTC’s scientists and engineers.”

 

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Metal 3D Printing Revolutionises Valve Design And Manufacturing

Metal 3D Printing Revolutionises Valve Design and Manufacturing

The emergence and maturity of metal 3D printing technology, as well as intelligent software such as CFD and CAE, are driving innovations in valve design and manufacturing. Article by Shining 3D.

A valve is a device used to control the direction, pressure and the flow of fluids (liquid, gas, powder). It is an important controlling component of a fluid power system, and is widely used in mechanical products in areas such as petrochemical, mining, power, health, electronics, robotics industries, and so on.

The emergence and maturity of metal 3D printing technology, as well as intelligent software such as CFD and CAE, are driving innovations in valve design and manufacturing. And one such development is for hydraulic manifolds.

Light-weight Hydraulic Manifold

The hydraulic valve manifold is a complicated integration, with internal passages across each other and complex inlet arrangements.

In traditional models, it is necessary to drill the hole and then to block the unnecessary drilled hole with screw plugs in order to manufacture internal-crossed manifolds.

But there exists the possibility of leakage with this kind of manufacturing method. Besides, internal pathways made by drilling are straight and have 90-degree turn. According to CFD (computer fluid dynamics) analysis results, some areas will have the problem of less flow and some will have the turbulence.

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Getac Launches 5G-Compatible B360 Rugged Laptop

Getac Launches 5G-Compatible B360 Rugged Laptop

Getac has unveiled its B360 fully rugged laptop, setting a powerful new benchmark for innovation in the rugged computing industry. Fully engineered for 5G, the B360 features best-in-class computing speed, brightness, and rugged reliability, resulting in a highly advanced mobile solution that excels in challenging working conditions.

Fastest, brightest, most rugged

The B360 runs on the 10th Generation Intel Core Processor, making it capable of running large numbers of applications simultaneously without any impact on performance. Furthermore, it features a 1,400 nits Full HD display as standard—the brightest in Getac’s computer line-up.

The IP66 rating ensures it is completely protected from dust ingress, as well as high pressure water jets and spillages. Not only can the device withstand drops of up to six feet when in operation, it is also MIL-STD 810H certified.

Available in two sector-specific models at launch

It is available in two distinct models at launch: The B360, ideally suited to the public safety, manufacturing, and utilities sectors, and the B360 Pro, optimised for the defence sector.

  • The B360: It is the thinnest and lightest fully rugged laptop in its class. At just 34.9mm thick and weighing 2.32kg, it can be carried and operated for extensive periods of time without causing user fatigue. Despite such a compact form factor, the B360 features an expansive 13.3” LumiBond 2.0 display for maximum usability in all situations and weather conditions. The latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi delivers wireless speeds up to three times faster than previous generations. Dual hot-swappable batteries as standard ensure full-shift functionality between charges, while optional GPS makes mapping, surveying, and tracking in the field quick and easy.
  • The B360 Pro: The B360 Pro includes all the core technology specifications of the B360, along with a number of additional features and build options that are vital for military personnel. High-capacity hot-swappable batteries deliver even more operating time between charges, while additional serial ports allow legacy and/or customised military equipment to be connected directly to the device. Customers also have the option to spec a PCMCIA, ExpressCard, or a discrete graphics card, as well as a DVD or Blu Ray drive as required.

 

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HP Launches New 3D Printing Solution, Industrial Alliances, And Global Production Network

HP Launches New 3D Printing Solution, Industrial Alliances, and Global Production Network

HP Incorporated has unveiled a series of innovations and partnerships helping its customers accelerate their digital manufacturing journey. The company is expanding its industry-leading 3D printing portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, an industrial 3D printing system bringing new levels of manufacturing predictability, efficiency, repeatability, and quality to customers scaling to full production.

To further enable customers digitally transforming their manufacturing, HP is also expanding its strategic alliances with industrial leaders BASF, Materialise, and Siemens, and launching the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a new global community of proven, large-scale 3D printed parts providers.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the most transformative forces in our lifetime. New technology innovations will be required, new partnership models will emerge, and new modes of doing business will unfold,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc.

HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Printing Solution

The new HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution brings together new systems, data intelligence, software, services, and materials innovations enabling customers to scale their 3D production and target business growth.

HP also introduced a new certified thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ULTRASINT developed by BASF, to expand the breadth of final-parts applications for customers on the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series systems.

Numerous companies across the automotive, industrial, consumer goods, and manufacturing sectors are exploring new applications for the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, including Avid Product Development, BASF, Jaguar Land Rover, Kupol, Materialise, Sculpteo, Prodartis, and Vestas.

HP Deepens Industrial Alliances To Drive The Future Of Digital Manufacturing

The company has also unveiled expanded alliances with a number of industrial leaders to help customers on their journey to digital manufacturing.

Siemens and HP are expanding their alliance to deliver an end-to-end additive manufacturing solution integrating HP’s 3D printing and data intelligence platform with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise software portfolio. The alliance brings together the power of both companies to expand the market and help customers create unique product designs, bring high-quality 3D parts to market faster, and set up digital factory environments that unleash the full potential of additive manufacturing.

BASF and HP are also expanding their alliance to deliver innovative BASF materials certified for HP’s new 3D printing solutions. The two companies will partner to grow the market and help customers design and develop new applications with this unique combination of materials science and 3D printing capabilities.

HP Launches Digital Manufacturing Network

Many companies look to digital manufacturing service providers to help speed development of new products, shorten time to market, create leaner supply chains, and reduce their carbon footprint. To meet those needs, the company has introduced the new HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a global community of HP production partners to help design, produce, and deliver both plastic and metal parts at scale leveraging HP 3D printing solutions. Members of the Digital Manufacturing Network possess high levels of advanced additive manufacturing expertise, robust quality management and end-to-end manufacturing processes, and a proven capability for volume job production. The Digital Manufacturing Network includes partners in the United States, Asia, and Europe, including Forecast 3D, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GoProto, Jabil, Materialise, Parmatech, and ZiggZagg NV.

 

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How Additive Manufacturing Will Transform Digital Manufacturing

How Additive Manufacturing Will Transform Digital Manufacturing

Since the 19th century, manufacturing has rapidly evolved the creation of goods and given us highly complex supply and value chains. Article by Terrence Oh, Senior Vice President (Asia Pacific), EOS.

Now, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing are on the tip of everyone’s tongue, representing a whole new industrial revolution in the thick of the digital age. Even though most are talking about it, there are very diverse thoughts about the whole picture of Industry 4.0 and a few examples have already shown success. One common aspect all approaches have in common is their focus on data, its evaluation, interpretation and usage to improve metrics like overall equipment efficiency (OEE).

The next wave of transformation in manufacturing will be due to and combination of intelligent components and digitalised production. These combine to achieve intelligent, digitally produced components for smart applications. The outcomes will be unique market winning smart applications, that are produced in efficient and effective smart factories.

Moving from Industry 3.0 to 4.0 requires huge efforts in digitising complex supply chains. It usually focuses on implementing all technologies and supply chain steps into one digital thread ideally. In order to increase the flexibility of such digital supply chains, additive manufacturing (AM) can significantly reduce the complexity. This leads not only to the opportunity of a digital thread, but also to the reduction of production time, assembly steps and scrap.

Powder bed-based AM technologies allow production flexibility to be increased due to their nature – a generative production process with almost no geometric limitations. This production flexibility is the basis for a future, fully digital production, enabling global manufacturing of intelligent parts, with a digital thread throughout the full lifecycle. Data will be generated from each batch of base material onward to the data collection during the final performance of a produced part.

The ‘3igital’ concept will enable additive production of intelligent components, with digital production chains, for smart and integrated applications.

3igital: Intelligent Components

Even today, additively-produced components are meeting requirements from a wide variety of industries to generate substantial added value. A next step will be to expand the advantages of additively produced components. For example, by integrating sensors to create intelligent components. The goal is to completely integrate data generation and sensor systems, which turn additively produced components into smart applications that are highly tailored to customer-specific requirements.

3igital: Digital Production

Once the intelligent component has been defined, a next step will be the integration of additive production into the digital factories of the future. The goal: Highly flexible and adaptable digital production that combines industrial 3D printing with conventional production technologies in existing and still-to-be-constructed production environments.

3igital: Intelligent, Digitally Produced Components for Smart Applications

The component data is now available from design to production, to the ‘intelligent’ part and can be collected throughout the life cycle of the component. In the end, we have a chain of innovation comprising of intelligent components produced in a digitalised 3D printing production chain. In the last area when the parts are used, they will provide valuable information that can be used to improve the use of the parts, the production chain and the component design. This opens up completely new perspectives for end-to-end linking of the design, production, and utilisation of the component, thus also permitting continuous optimisation. This can result in efficiency gains beyond the boundaries of the company, resulting in changes in entire value chains.

In other words, the future of manufacturing is not only linked digitally and additively, but, above all, it is integrated – becoming a true disruptor in digital manufacturing. By channelling our efforts into growing this technology and through integration, AM is already tapping the next technological dimension for the future: intelligent components – additively produced by a digitalised production cell – for smart applications.

 

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