As we move into 2021, lets take a look back at the most popular COVID-19, Fast-Fab and Machining articles in 2020:
The Thailand government has drawn up a roadmap which is set to transform Thailand into a regional electric vehicle (EV) and motorcycle hub for ASEAN in five years. Strategies will be put in place to promote EVs and the government has targeted the production of 250,000 EVs, 3000 electric public buses and 53,000 electric motorcycles by 2025.
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak, its impact can also be felt by automotive and aerospace manufacturers.
Now that markets are slowly opening up and manufacturing activities are gradually restarting, many are wondering how the manufacturing industry would look like, what the new requirements will be—for customers and suppliers alike—and what the manufacturing industry should do in this ‘new normal’. In this Outlook special, six industry leaders share their thoughts on what to expect, and how to navigate through the challenges in a post-pandemic environment.
The Asian economy is set for a rebound in 2020 as some of 2019’s export headwinds ease, policymakers pro-growth policies reinvigorate domestic economies, Southeast Asia continues to emerge as a global powerhouse, and consumption remains a bright spot, according to Deloitte’s latest Voice of Asia report.
In the wake of the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, global light vehicle sales in 2020 are now forecast to drop to 69.6 million units, 22 percent lower than in 2019, with risks to the forecast still skewed to the downside, according to IHS Markit.
Here’s a look at how a tool and die maker reduced time to machine die form plates from 11.3 to 4 hours.
At the recent MTA Vietnam 2019 trade show in Ho Chi Minh City, Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News (APMEN) spoke with Patrick Kemnitz, General Director of TRUMPF Vietnam and Head of Business Development for Southeast Asia, and Edward Yuen, General Manager for Singapore and Vietnam, about the trends shaping the metalworking industry in the region, challenges and opportunities for growth. They also provided their insights on where the Southeast Asian market is headed in the next years.
As the industry moves toward Industry 4.0, EDM machines are expected to become more intelligent as manufacturers incorporate more and more advanced functionality to enhance the productivity and efficiency of the system. Article by Makino.
Machines of GEORG’s “precisioncut robotline” series cut and stack transformer cores by means of a robot in a fully automatic process. The machines can produce complete closed and open cores, with or without top yoke. Available in different sizes and configurations, the machine series covers the full range of distribution transformers from 100 kVA to 10 MVA and up to 2,000 mm center length.
Here’s how one company addressed the challenges of wind tower manufacturing. Article by Stefano Santoni, DAVI Promau.
For 17 years now, tool manufacturers have been successfully implementing Walter’s two-in-one concept in production. Here’s a look at what exactly is behind this concept. Article by Walter Maschinenbau GmbH.
High cutting speed is a natural attribute of high-speed machining. Understandably, a tool should be also precise. However, in the last years, the issue of tool accuracy has become an additional point to consider. What is the reason? Why is high speed machining penetrating more and more into rough processing? How do cutting tool producers formulate their solutions to meet these new industrial demands? Read on to find out. Article by Andrei Petrilin.
Walter AG, one of the world‘s leading providers of precision tools for metal machining, plans to phase out production at its manufacturing and reconditioning site in Frankfurt. The company is thus seeking to consolidate its production footprint in Germany in order to remain efficient in a changing market. The products manufactured in Frankfurt are to be relocated until spring 2021 to other plants within the group.
How does the aerospace industry manage to optimise its manufacturing processes and produce more parts of the highest quality in less time? Simon Côté, product manager at Creaform, explains.
Cutting tools have different design configurations. Some of them are assembled comprising a body with replaceable cutting elements (indexable inserts, for example), another is wholly produced from solid material. Functionally, a cutting tool may be divided into a cutting part that is involved in cutting, and a mounting part, which is necessary for mounting the tool in a holder or a machine spindle.
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