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A True Precise, Economical, Future-Oriented 4-AXIS

A True Precise, Economical, Future-Oriented 4-AXIS

With the development of the new 4-axis machine series, GROB provides the solution for the market demand for a robust but also dynamic 4-axis horizontal machine.

Article by GROB.


The 4-axis machine series has been optimised for practically ideal static and dynamic behaviour with the aid of a multiobject simulation of the complete machine from the beginning, and will perform with a high level of reliability, accuracy and dynamics in a highly competitive environment. The modular configuration also allows the machines to be completely adapted to work with existing production systems, while providing the freedom to break new ground.

With the expansion of the product range by the 4-axis machine series,the GROB can meet the ever-increasing demands of all target markets in addition to the 5-axis market segment. The modular machine design and range of options allow the G440, G640 and G840 4-axis machining centers to be configured in accordance with specific customer requirements. As with the GROB 5-axis universal machining centers, the 4-axis machine series impresses with its high productivity and maximized stability. In addition to being perfectly suited for the automobile industry, is also ideal for the Mechanical Engineering, Bus & Truck, Rail, Agricultural and Construction Machinery, and Fluid Technologies sectors. The new 4-axis machine stands out among its market competitors with its high loading weight, and high thrust and acceleration capabilities of the main axes.

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Ericsson To Support Malaysia’s Digital Transformation

Ericsson to support Malaysia’s digital transformation

Malaysia and its economy are poised to benefit from a 10-year 5G partnership between Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) to drive the nationwide deployment of the next-generation wireless cellular technology in Malaysia.


Ericsson enters 10-year partnership with Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) to deliver a nationwide 5G single wholesale network for Malaysia.

5G’s speed, low-latency, and large-data-handling capabilities will digitally transform the nation, while creating a 5G ecosystem that will power innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and automation across a range of enterprise, industry and multi-sector Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.

By utilizing the capabilities of 5G and accelerating the deployment of Malaysia’s nationwide 5G network and ecosystem, DNB will provide access and services to mobile service providers and others licensed by the regulators, to enable a world-class 5G experience and make Industry 4.0 a reality in Malaysia.

Ralph Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, DNB, says: “DNB is committed to delivering the best technology and innovation opportunities for Malaysians, businesses and government to ensure that Malaysia takes its place at the forefront of the global digital economy. We identified Ericsson to offer the best next generation 5G technology and professional services available to suit DNB’s specific and unique requirements.”

Ericsson’s participation in the national 5G project will see direct and indirect socio-economic contributions in areas such as job creation, partnership with Bumiputera and other local contractors and ecosystem players, and knowledge and capacity building in Malaysia.

David Hägerbro, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, says: “5G is a platform for open innovation and is becoming the cornerstone upon which a country’s competitiveness is built. Malaysia’s and DNB’s commitment to accelerating the deployment of 5G is to be congratulated, as it will speed up the adoption of 5G nationally, bridge the digital divide and transform the nation. 5G will help to facilitate the government’s ambition to promote Malaysians to become technology creators through development of 5G applications and use cases.”

He adds: “With a 56-year legacy of contributing to Malaysia’s development, we are excited to be extending our commitment to the nation. Ericsson is confident that with our global 5G leadership and strong deployment capabilities, we will meet the deployment targets set by DNB.”

DNB’s exclusive partnership with Ericsson spans delivery of energy-efficient Ericsson Radio System products and solutions, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, a software for wide-area 5G coverage.

The scope also includes cloud-native 5G Core and 5G Radio Access (RAN) nationwide. Ericsson will also manage the unique requirements of a single wholesale network with its leading Managed Services offering, Ericsson Operations Engine. The solution will enhance the performance of DNB’s network using AI , automation and cognitive software to predict and prevent issues.

Ericsson’s end-to-end scope also includes operational support systems (OSS) and business support systems (BSS) solutions.

DNB is tasked with helping Malaysia to achieve its digital aspirations as outlined in the government’s MyDIGITAL blueprint, which plans to transform Malaysia into a digitally driven, high income nation and a leader in digital content, cyber security and digital economy in the Southeast Asia region.

DNB also supports the modernization of the nation’s mobile networks as part of the national digital infrastructure plan, Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela), to ensure every Malaysian has quality internet connectivity.

DNB aims to launch Malaysia’s first 5G network in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya in the initial phase. Ericsson’s local presence and deployment expertise are key to meeting DNB’s target of 80 percent 5G nationwide population coverage by 2024.

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Huawei Connect 2021: Diving Into Digital

Huawei Connect 2021: Diving Into Digital

Huawei unveiled breakthrough innovations in several different domains, providing a first look at its comprehensive digital infrastructure range. Several of these innovations are completely new and have never been seen before outside of Huawei’s labs. The release highlighted how these products and solutions are set to shape digital infrastructure for the next decade.


Huawei’s annual flagship event for the global ICT industry – HUAWEI CONNECT 2021 – officially kicked off on September 23, 2021 at Shenzhen, China. This year’s event, themed “Dive into Digital”, explores how digital technology can better integrate with business scenarios and industry know-how to address critical business challenges, and how stakeholders can work together more effectively to foster an open industry ecosystem and drive shared success.

The event schedules four keynotes, five summits, and 66 sessions, featuring more than 200 speakers, including industry visionaries, business leaders, top tech experts, and ecosystem partners. It is live-streamed in 11 languages on Huawei’s corporate website and by its media partners. The event also featured online exhibitions, remote visits to exhibition halls, and open panel discussions, enabling online interaction and one-stop experiences.

Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu graced the event with a keynote speech titled “Innovating Nonstop for Faster Digitalization”.In his keynote, Xu spoke about how helping industries go digital is a critical aspect of Huawei’s mission to bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Xu said, “Digital development relies on digital technology. For digital technology to stay relevant, we must continue to innovate and create value. Cloud, AI, and networks are three critical digital technologies.” Xu then shared some of the progress Huawei has made in these three areas, what Huawei is doing to enable low-carbon development, and where the industry as a whole is heading.

At the event, Xu launched the industry’s first distributed, cloud-native service called UCS – a ubiquitous cloud-native service available on HUAWEI CLOUD. With UCS, Huawei plans to provide enterprises with a consistent experience while using cloud-native applications that are not constrained by geographical, cross-cloud, or traffic limitations, thereby accelerating digital transformation in all industries.

Xu also introduced Huawei’s innovations in the network domain. As organizations go digital, they tend to see exponential growth in network complexity. To tackle this, Huawei has been innovating solutions for global networks based on the concept of autonomous driving network (ADN). The company has been working with customers in the finance, education, and healthcare sectors to innovate and deploy new applications, and build networks that are self-fulfilling, self-healing, self-optimizing, and autonomous.

Xu went on to explain how Huawei is using digital technology to support low-carbon development, as part of global efforts to achieve peak CO2 emissions and carbon neutrality.

Specifically, Huawei focuses on three key initiatives:

  1. Investing and innovating in energy-saving technologies to deliver more energy-efficient ICT products for a low-carbon ICT industry;
  2. Investing in innovations where power electronics and digital technologies converge to promote clean energy and the digitalization of traditional energy; and
  3. Providing digital technology to help all sectors go digital and low-carbon.

Zhang Ping’an, CEO of Cloud BU and President of Huawei Consumer Cloud Service, elaborated on HUAWEI CLOUD’s strategic initiatives and launched new services and products at the event. “HUAWEI CLOUD joins our customers and partners to dive into digital and explore the potential of Everything as a Service – Infrastructure as a Service for global accessibility, Technology as a Service for flexible innovation, and Expertise as a Service for shared excellence,” says Zhang.

Zhang also announced two new Regions in Mexico and China’s Ulanqab, and launched 10 new HUAWEI CLOUD services. The announcement included MacroVerse – HUAWEI CLOUD aPaaS, OptVerse AI Solver, HUAWEI CLOUD Stack 8.1, SparkRTC – a real-time audio and video service, and Pangu, a large model for drug molecules.

Customers and partners in attendance included Christophe Ozer, Head of Orange Cloud (Orange Flexible Engine) APAC; Wu Qiang, Vice President of Tianjin Port Holdings; Chen Haining, General Manager of IT Dept from Shanghai Pudong Development Bank; and Jiang Chuanrong, Chairman of Shanghai Mirror Pictures.

Xu concluded his speech with, “Nonstop innovation has been the driving force behind digitalization thus far. Moving forward, if we hope to reach more ambitious goals for digitalization, nonstop innovation will continue to be key. So let’s innovate nonstop for a better future.”

Huawei hosts HUAWEI CONNECT 2021 online from September 23 to October 31. 

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Mouser And STMicroelectronics Develop New Content Stream Devoted To The Latest In Industry 4.0

Mouser and STMicroelectronics Develop New Content Stream Devoted to the Latest in Industry 4.0

Mouser Electronics, the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, and STMicroelectronics (ST), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, have partnered to create a new resource site highlighting the products, insights and strategies required for smart industry designs.


STMicroelectronics is a technology leader in enabling designs for Industry 4.0, offering the connectivity and sensor solutions needed to create the next generation of smart designs. The new Industry 4.0 content stream includes more than two dozen articles, flipbooks, and product descriptions to support advanced industrial solutions.

The site also features Industrial Sensing Solutions, a recent eBook from Mouser and ST that explores the different types of intelligent sensors and the technical challenges that may arise when using them in designs. Each article and flipbook includes product information for relevant STMicroelectronics products, allowing engineers to quickly identify and learn about the technology needed for Industry 4.0 applications.

Mouser offers a wide range of ST solutions, including several sensors and development kits for prototyping intelligent industrial applications. STEVAL-MKSBOX1V1 SensorTile.box is a ready-to-use development kit with wireless Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable sensor platform to help engineers use and develop apps based on remote motion and environmental sensor data, regardless of expertise level. ST’s STEVAL-BFA001V2B industrial reference design kit makes it easy for engineers to build condition monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions for industrial applications. The easy-to-use kit includes a specialty industrial sensor board as well as a programming and debugging tool.

Designers and engineers can access the platform by visiting https://st.mouser.com/industry-4-0.

To visit the Industry 4.0 content stream, go to https://st.mouser.com/industry-4-0.

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UNITED GRINDING Presents A World Premiere At EMO 2021

UNITED GRINDING Presents a World Premiere at EMO 2021

The UNITED GRINDING Group, a manufacturer of precision machines for grinding, eroding, lasering, measuring, and combination machining, is presenting a revolutionary innovation at EMO 2021 in Milan: UNITED GRINDING C.O.R.E. Each of the Group’s brands – MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER, EWAG and IRPD – will be on hand to see the innovation presented to the public on the first day of the trade fair (October 4, 2021 at noon local time).

No details about C.O.R.E. are being divulged ahead of the official market launch. Stephan Nell, CEO of the UNITED GRINDING Group, is only willing to reveal this much: “We have invested unwaveringly in research and development both before and during the coronavirus pandemic, to secure the future – not just for us, but above all for our customers. And when we talk about the future, it is inseparably linked to digitalization today and with an increasing work simplification in production.” In this connection, C.O.R.E. is intended to put the focus back on people – and in a truly revolutionary way. The brand name says it all: C.O.R.E. – Customer Oriented REvolution.

Experts from each of the Group’s three technology areas – surface and profile grinding, cylindrical grinding, and tool machining – worked within a joint team on this groundbreaking development. “This project reflects our bundled development expertise,” explains Christoph Plüss, CTO of the UNITED GRINDING Group. “Through C.O.R.E., we are laying the foundations for a new generation of machine tools to pave the way into the digital age.” The result is a world-first that encompasses all of the Group’s brands and machine types.

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ZEISS Applies Artificial Intelligence To 3D X-ray Microscope Reconstruction Technologies

ZEISS Applies Artificial Intelligence to 3D X-ray Microscope Reconstruction Technologies

Two new reconstruction technologies that was introduced by ZEISS use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve data collection and analysis, and speed up decision-making. ZEISS DeepRecon Pro and ZEISS PhaseEvolve modules increase throughput by up to 10x while producing better than ever image quality. They’re designed for research fields including geosciences, pharmaceuticals, electronics, battery and engineering materials as well as for semiconductor failure analysis.

ZEISS PhaseEvolve is a post-processing reconstruction algorithm that enhances the image contrast by revealing the material contrast uniquely inherent to X-ray microscopy, often overprinted by phase effects in low-medium density samples or in high-resolution imaging.

The Advanced Reconstruction Toolkit (ART) on ZEISS Xradia 3D X-ray platforms gives researchers continuous access to the latest technologies for reconstruction, providing flexible workflow strategies as their imaging needs evolve. The toolbox is based on advancing reconstruction technologies beyond the typical “filtered back projection” or Feldkamp-Davis-Kress (FDK) algorithms. It enables acquisition and analysis with even fewer projections, reducing scan times by up to 10x, depending on the sample type and size, thus saving a considerable amount of time. These developments offer real benefits to professionals in academic R&D, high technology industry R&D, and industrial quality control & failure analysis laboratories as well as to university shared (core) facilities and mining/oil exploration (economic GEO) test labs.

ZEISS DeepRecon Pro

The DeepRecon AI-based technology is in two forms: ZEISS DeepRecon Pro and ZEISS DeepRecon Custom. Both modules provide improved image quality at high speed. DeepRecon Pro is a reconstruction technology that provides up to 10x higher throughput along with image quality benefits across a diverse set of sample types. It is applicable to unique samples as well as to semi-repetitive and repetitive workflows. Users can now train new machine learning network models themselves, working on-site with an easy-to-use interface.

ZEISS DeepRecon Custom is targeted specifically at repetitive workflow applications. ZEISS collaborates closely with users to develop custom-created network models that fit their repetitive application needs precisely.

ZEISS PhaseEvolve

The PhaseEvolve is a post-processing reconstruction algorithm that enhances the image contrast by revealing the material contrast uniquely inherent to X-ray microscopy, often overprinted by phase effects in low-medium density samples or in high-resolution imaging. This new module allows users to conduct more accurate quantitative analyses with improved contrast and segmentation of results.

Dr. Markus Ohl, Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) was one of the first users of ART. He says: “ZEISS DeepRecon Pro provides a straightforward, uncomplicated and powerful application of AI and deep neural network technology for enhancing X-ray tomography results without prior knowledge on deep learning technology.”

Both ZEISS DeepRecon Pro and ZEISS PhaseEvolve modules offer greatly improved image quality for many applications – typically 3D non-destructive sub-µm resolution imaging and 4D in situ studies. The traditional challenge of choosing between either image quality or sample throughput has been resolved with these new capabilities.

ZEISS ART with the optional DeepRecon and PhaseEvolve modules is available for immediate upgrade on existing ZEISS Xradia Versa and Context microscopes, enhancing the capability of installed systems as well as on new ZEISS Xradia X-ray microscopes.

 

 

GM Will Boost EV And AV Investments To $35 Billion Through 2025

GM Will Boost EV And AV Investments To $35 Billion Through 2025

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will increase its EV and AV investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion, representing a 75 percent increase from its initial commitment announced prior to the pandemic.

The company’s enhanced commitment will accelerate its transformative strategy to become the market leader in EVs in North America; the global leader in battery and fuel cell technology through its Ultium battery platform and HYDROTEC fuel cells; and through Cruise, be the first to safely commercialise self-driving technology at scale.

“We are investing aggressively in a comprehensive and highly-integrated plan to make sure that GM leads in all aspects of the transformation to a more sustainable future,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “GM is targeting annual global EV sales of more than 1 million by 2025, and we are increasing our investment to scale faster because we see momentum building in the United States for electrification, along with customer demand for our product portfolio.”

GM first shared its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion nearly four years ago. Key factors changing the landscape include strong public reaction to the GMC HUMMER EV and HUMMER EV SUV, the Cadillac LYRIQ and the Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup; GM and dealer investments in the EV customer experience; public and private investment in EV charging infrastructure; and the global policy environment.

“There is a strong and growing conviction among our employees, customers, dealers, suppliers, unions and investors, as well as policymakers, that electric vehicles and self-driving technology are the keys to a cleaner, safer world for all,” Barra said.

Today’s announcement builds on GM’s initial commitment announced in March 2020 to invest $20 billion from 2020 through 2025, including capital, engineering expenses and other development costs, to accelerate its transition to EVs and AVs. In November 2020, the company increased its planned investment over the same period to $27 billion.

GM’s additional investments and new collaborations are far-reaching and designed to create even greater competitive advantages for the company. They include:

  • Accelerating Ultium battery cell production in the United States: GM is accelerating plans to build two new battery cell manufacturing plants in the United States by mid-decade to complement the Ultium Cells LLC plants under construction in Tennessee and Ohio. Further details about these new U.S. plants, including the locations, will be announced at a later date.
  • Commercialising U.S.-made Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells: In addition to collaborating with Honda to build two EVs using Ultium technology – one SUV for the Honda brand and one for the Acura brand – GM announced June 15 it has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells to Wabtec Corporation, which is developing the world’s first 100 percent battery-powered locomotive.
  • Expanding and accelerating the rollout of EVs for retail and fleet customers: In November 2020, GM announced it would deliver 30 new EVs by 2025 globally, with two-thirds available in North America. Through the additional investments announced today, GM will add to its North America plan new electric commercial trucks and other products that will take advantage of the creative design opportunities and flexibility enabled by the Ultium Platform.  In addition, GM will add additional U.S. assembly capacity for EV SUVs. Details will be announced at a later date.
  • Safely deploying self-driving technology at scale: Cruise, GM’s majority-owned subsidiary, recently became the first company to receive permission from regulators in California to provide a driverless AV passenger service to the public. Cruise also was recently selected as the exclusive provider of AV rideshare services to the city of Dubai and is working with Honda to begin development of an AV testing program in Japan. In addition, GM Financial will provide a multi-year, $5 billion credit facility for Cruise to scale its Cruise Origin fleet. Developed through a partnership between GM, Honda and Cruise, the Cruise Origin will be built at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center starting in early 2023.

 

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More Than Half Manufacturers Are Boosting Their Sustainability Agenda With Technology

More Than Half Manufacturers Are Boosting Their Sustainability Agenda With Technology

Manufacturing organizations are setting ambitious sustainability targets for the coming decade with 20 percent aiming for carbon-neutral operations and two in five (40 percent) setting their sights on 100 percent renewable operations by 2030. This is according to a new report from the Capgemini Research Institute entitled, Sustainable operations: A comprehensive guide for manufacturers, which reveals that only 51 percent of manufacturing organizations globally are aiming to align with the temperature contribution target of the Paris Agreement. Within this cohort, Germany (68 percent) and France (67 percent) are leading the pack with respect to their manufacturers being on track to achieve the targets.

The report also reveals that manufacturers are boosting their sustainability agenda with technology, as more than half (56 percent) of organizations are currently prioritising the deployment of digital technologies for sustainability.

According to the report, strong progress in sustainable manufacturing is helping organizations realise the benefits of sustainability initiatives. 89 percent of organizations implementing sustainability initiatives see an enhanced brand reputation and 81 percent noted an improved environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating of their company. 79 percent achieved improved efficiency and productivity and more than half reduced packaging costs and boosted employee motivation levels. The report also finds that 9 in 10 organizations have seen a reduction in waste (98 percent) and greenhouse gas emissions (94 percent) as a result of implementing sustainability practices — both of which are top priorities  for manufacturers.

However, despite high ambitions, only a few are on track to becoming sustainable manufacturers. According to the report, the manufacturing sector lacks a comprehensive focus on sustainability, and the maturity of sustainability practices remains low: only 10 percent of organizations employ a holistic approach to sustainable manufacturing. Across industries, consumer products is the most sustainable sector (15 percent), followed by industrial and capital goods (11 percent) and automotive (10 percent). Furthermore, only 11 percent of sustainability initiatives are actively being scaled across organizations and just one in five agree that sustainability is fully integrated into their manufacturing strategy. While 38 percent of organizations are prioritizing Scope 1 emissions (direct emissions that the organization owns or controls), even fewer are focusing on Scope 2 (indirect emissions such as generating the electricity used by the organization) and Scope 3 (all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain), neglecting other carbon drivers beyond internal processes.

“There is a paradox in the fact that only 11 percent of green sustainability initiatives are actively being scaled across organizations, while the benefits realised by companies adopting sustainability initiatives are huge,” comments Corinne Jouanny, Chief Innovation Scaling Officer at Capgemini Engineering.

“Technologies and data are critical to accelerating the sustainability agenda. We’re seeing growing investments in digital technologies by manufacturers who are forming partnerships with established technology firms and startups to further develop their sustainable solutions. This is leading organizations to a full range of opportunities to reconcile profitable growth and sustainability.”

Addressing the barriers to success

Less than one in three manufacturing organizations have alignment between sustainability executives and business executives on their sustainability priorities.

According to the report, manufacturers need to go beyond existing lean and green practices – reduce, reuse, recycle – to a more comprehensive approach, one that incorporates recover, redesign and remanufacture. While most organizations focus on direct emissions to achieve their carbon-neutrality goal, much of the carbon footprint for manufacturers lies within the indirect emissions of their organization, and that of their value chain.

 

 

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New Opportunities For Aerospace With DED 3D Printing Technology

New Opportunities For Aerospace With DED 3D Printing Technology

5-axis DED 3D printing is opening new possibilities and finding its own niche in the manufacturing industries. ModuleWorks deep dives into its software technology and the applications. 

Directed Energy Deposition (DED) refers to any additive manufacturing process that uses a focused energy source, such as a plasma arc, laser or electron beam to melt and deposit material from a nozzle onto a surface. 

5-axis DED technology is opening new possibilities and finding its own niche in the manufacturing industries. The aerospace industry, for example, relies on DED for cost-effective repair of moulds and turbine blades, and tool makers use DED for manufacturing and repairing sheet metal forming tools. 

Here, ModuleWorks provides an insight into the software technology (toolpath generation, simulation and post processing) that is making DED an increasingly attractive manufacturing option and shares how the technology opens new production possibilities.

Understanding the Software Technology

Multi-Axis Tool Path Generation

Like other CAM techniques, DED uses sophisticated tool path calculation algorithms to generate efficient, collision-free machining operations from the initial CAD or mesh data. Taking a free-form machining surface as input, the volume is generated and divided into 3D slices according to the desired layer thickness. Tool paths within the layers are generated using path patterns which can be defined by path curves, intersections of guide surfaces or by automatically generated center axes. 

Propagation of the weld pool layers can be controlled by various sorting parameters. Further parameters optimise the tool path accuracy, point distribution and orientation of the laser head [CIRP Vol. 68/1, 2019, pp. 447 – 450]. The combination of the individual additive paths and the layers is automatically collision-free.

Additional features assist operators with both complex and everyday manufacturing tasks:

  • Path planning on scanned data
  • Orientation along wall structures to print areas with large overhangs
  • Fixed 6th axis to keep the orientation of the nozzle in the direction of movement for WAAM applications
  • Buildup of arbitrary curved shapes such as tube geometries

DED tool path generation software combines these features and takes the operator-defined parameters to automatically generate an additive toolpath optimised for DED manufacturing.

 

Multi-Axis Additive Simulation

Machine simulation is essential for catching collisions and other potential machining problems that would otherwise halt production and require operators to adjust the machining process (e.g. to redefine the workpiece zero point or reset the machine modules). Using an integrated machine simulation prevents this expensive downtime by detecting and avoiding collisions before they occur. Collisions between the part and print head, as well as printing errors, can be predicted and avoided.

DED simulation allows operators to define the shape of the tool (powder nozzle, laser) for each simulation job, and the operator-defined test points ensure a robust in-process model for the machine simulation which can be used for subsequent simulation steps. The simulation also checks for collisions between machine components, clamping devices and the in-process state of the workpiece.

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Manufacturing Sector Maintains Growth Trajectory Amid Challenging Market Conditions

Manufacturing Sector Maintains Growth Trajectory Amid Challenging Market Conditions

Manufacturing business growth has continued to rise over the past year, but at a much slower rate than the previous 12 months. Despite challenging market conditions and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining skilled staff, there has been a marginal one percent rise in the number of businesses reporting growth. These findings are survey results unveiled today from the annual Global Growth Index by Epicor Software Corporation—a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth.

For those companies who have experienced growth, maintaining it hasn’t been easy over the past year. Fifty-three percent admit it has been challenging, whilst a fifth (23 percent) have found it stressful. Thirty-five percent of businesses cite market conditions as having a negative impact on growth, and 32 percent feel that staff skills and experience have also played a detrimental part in maintaining growth.

Political volatility and uncertainty also continue to be a common cause for concern across the globe. Fifty-five percent of respondents cited the China-US trade dispute as likely to have a negative impact on future business growth. A quarter of businesses (26 percent) stated that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is also still a big threat.

“The manufacturing industry plays an integral role in our global economy and people forget that it is responsible for delivering important products we use every day,” said Epicor CEO, Steve Murphy. “As such, the health of the manufacturing industry is something we should all be concerned about. While it’s good news to see that growth in this industry is still taking place, we need to keep a close eye on what factors are contributing to this growth and what factors are causing a lag. The information in the Global Growth Index empowers businesses so they can make strategic plans that will best position them for the future.”

The table below shows the Global Growth Index results for 2019 across six key indicators, compared with figures from 2018 and 2017. Percentages represent the median average number of businesses that have reported growth in each of the key growth metrics.

 

Growth performance indicator % reporting growth
2017 2018 2019
Sales/turnover 65 70 65
Profits 64 68 67
Product range 61 65 63
Exports and overseas sales 49 50 52
Workforce/headcount 48 48 54
Geographic coverage 51 49 53
Average % recorded across all six attributes 56 58 59
Index (year one=base 100) 100.0 103.7 104.7

 

“Investing in the right technology, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, can help businesses better plan for change by improving visibility and insights into current operational workflows. This can help alleviate stress and enable people to deal with challenges more effectively, by providing the flexibility, agility, and adaptability needed to respond to market conditions and customer demands. Technology can also have a positive influence on other factors including work ethic and staff recruitment and retention,” concluded Reid Paquin, research director, IDC.

 

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