Latest NSK spindle bearings feature high-speed, high-precision machining

The recent EMO 2017 exhibition in Hanover, Germany provided a platform for NSK to showcase a number of innovations for the machine tool market.

Principal among them was the Robust series of angular contact ball bearings, which features NSK’s new SurSave cages that have been developed specifically to match the application profile of main spindle drives.

Robust bearings with SurSave cages create the condition for spindles to achieve high rotational accuracy, thus facilitating high-precision machining even at very high speeds.  Continue reading Latest NSK spindle bearings feature high-speed, high-precision machining

Valmet goes digital with Dassault Systèmes to improve its engineering and sales for paper and pulp

 

Valmet, a manufacturer of large-scale paper and pulp production machinery and automation systems, has selected Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform to digitalise its operations.

3DExperience is a digital platform which includes many features that can typically be found in product lifecycle management software suites.

Valmet says the implementation of 3DExperience is helping the company to provide more innovative customer-oriented experiences at each service and sales opportunity.  Continue reading Valmet goes digital with Dassault Systèmes to improve its engineering and sales for paper and pulp

Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

 

Teradyne, the industrial giant which owns Universal Robots, has standardized its simulation tasks using technology from Cadence Design Systems.

Teradyne’s standardization uses Cadence’s Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulator, which is claimed will accelerate the development of application-specific integrated circuits.

Teradyne uses ASICs for delivery of its automation equipment for test and industrial applications.  Continue reading Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

Chinese companies planning to bid for German industrial giant FFT, says Reuters

 

Chinese firms including the Jiangsu Hagong Intelligent Robot Company are planning to make a bid to buy German industrial giant FFT, according to a report on Reuters.com

Other companies said to be interested include state-owned Shanghai Electric and equity firm AGIC Capital, says Reuters.

FFT, which builds manufacturing facilities for automakers and other industrial companies, is said to be valued at around $712 million.

FFT is owned by an equity investment company called Aton, and any deal is not likely to cause any political controversies, according to people Reuters quotes.  Continue reading Chinese companies planning to bid for German industrial giant FFT, says Reuters

IAS uses Visual Components to speed up robotics and automation systems design process

 

Robotics and automation integrator IAS says it has accelerated its proposal and design process using Visual Components, a 3D manufacturing simulation application. 

The company says it had been considering using 3D simulation software as a way of communicating its ideas to clients for quite some years.

And, after a demonstration of the software at its facility, the company chose Visual Components.  Continue reading IAS uses Visual Components to speed up robotics and automation systems design process

Siemens selects Blue Software for proofing and artwork annotation in its product lifecycle management software

 

Blue Software, a provider of design collaboration software, says its proofing and artwork annotation technology is now available as “advanced proofing” in the Siemens Teamcenter portfolio.

Siemens claims its Teamcenter is the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software.

Anyway, it’s part of Siemens’ product lifecycle management software business. A list of popular PLMs can be found hereContinue reading Siemens selects Blue Software for proofing and artwork annotation in its product lifecycle management software

Lufthansa Technik unveils robot that can scan and fix a plane’s outer layer tiles

 

Lufthansa Technik has demonstrated a robot which can scan the outer later of aeroplanes and work at odd angles to help with any necessary maintenance and repair jobs. 

Lufthansa Technik generally fixes planes for its parent company Lufthansa, one of the world’s largest airlines, and undertakes work for a variety of aerospace companies.

The new robot is part of the Caire project – short for Composite Adaptable Inspection and Repair – which includes airline industry companies such as Airbus and Lufthansa Technik. Continue reading Lufthansa Technik unveils robot that can scan and fix a plane’s outer layer tiles

Fanuc reveals new RoboShot range for precision injection moulding

 

Fanuc has revealed its new RoboShot range for precision injection moulding. 

The company will be showcasing its RoboShot technology at the forthcoming Fakuma trade fair, in Germany, later this month.

Fanuc says that, in recent years, injection moulders have shown an increasing interest in all-electric injection moulding machines with particularly economic energy balance as well as in fully automatic production systems.  Continue reading Fanuc reveals new RoboShot range for precision injection moulding

Stibo Systems launches new version of its Spire product lifecycle management software

 

Stibo Systems has launched the latest version of its product lifecycle management software.

Stibo says its new SpirePLM 8.2 is a comprehensive PLM solution enabling organizations to reduce the time required to introduce new products to market, compete efficiently and meet market and consumer expectations.

The company says it realised that new product introduction and product updates must be managed effectively in today’s digital world to achieve success.  Continue reading Stibo Systems launches new version of its Spire product lifecycle management software

Yamaha Motor opts for Siemens product lifecycle management to digitalise industrial processes

 

Yamaha Motor has selected Siemens to provide product lifecycle management software to support its digitalization initiative.

Yamaha will deploy the Siemens’ Teamcenter portfolio across all development divisions of their key business, motorcycle products.

Siemens claims Teamcenter is “the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software”.  Continue reading Yamaha Motor opts for Siemens product lifecycle management to digitalise industrial processes

Siemens to establish global robotics research and development centre in China

Engineering giant Siemens is establishing a robotics research and development centre in China. 

The company says the facility will be a global research centre in autonomous robotics, and is part of its innovation strategy to “master technology fields that are critical for future success”.

Worldwide, Siemens is planning to spend $6 billion this year on R&D, and China is likely to represent a significant portion of that budget.

Siemens says the global research community in its China R&D centre will comprise experienced experts from around the world will focus on:

  • the research and development of new mechatronics systems,
  • human-robot collaboration; and
  • the application of artificial intelligence in robotic controllers.

Continue reading Siemens to establish global robotics research and development centre in China

Synova launches five-axis CNC for 3D machining and hole-drilling

Synova, a provider of advanced laser cutting systems, has developed a new Computer Numerical Control machine with 5-axis capability to satisfy stringent technical requirements in the aerospace and energy sectors.

As engine manufacturers continuously seek to improve performance, high-quality machining of turbine engine components and process stability in production are critical to success.

The new MCS 500 with water jet guided Laser MicroJet technology allows precise and fast 2D and 3D laser cutting and drilling of hot section components used in modern jet engines and industrial gas turbines with high repeatability.  Continue reading Synova launches five-axis CNC for 3D machining and hole-drilling

Quest Global partners with Siemens to develop digital manufacturing solutions

Quest Global and Siemens have reached an agreement to build and deliver a suite of digital manufacturing solutions for customers across verticals.

By adding the Siemens digital twin offerings, Quest – which likes to write its name as QuEST – says it can now showcase a complete range of connected manufacturing solutions.

This will be further bolstered by the establishment of two Digital Factory Innovation Labs, in Bengaluru and Belgaum, India.  Continue reading Quest Global partners with Siemens to develop digital manufacturing solutions

Rimac Automobili accelerates its next electric supercar with Dassault Systèmes’ product lifecycle management platform

Rimac Automobili, a maker of electric supercars, has selected Dassault Systèmes to provide the product lifecycle management platform for the company’s expansion. 

Rimac Automobili wants to scale its business from European startup to major supplier to the global automotive industry as market demands for electric vehicles increase.

Rimac Automobili is using Dassault Systèmes’ Electro Mobility Accelerator to design and develop high-performance electric vehicles, drivetrains and battery systems, including the next generation of its Concept One fully electric super sports car.  Continue reading Rimac Automobili accelerates its next electric supercar with Dassault Systèmes’ product lifecycle management platform

Opinion: Automation ‘engineer to order’ solution reduces rejects by almost 11 percent for electroplating company

By John Murdoch, Alfacon Solutions

Lloyd Betcher, vice president of operations and services with Kuntz Electroplating (KEI), recently shared that the firm will celebrate 70 years in business next year.

A family owned and operated business since 1948, KEI boasts North America’s largest and most advanced metal finishing operation for original equipment manufacturers of steel and aluminum components.

As the first metal finisher to simultaneously achieve ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 certification, Kuntz set the industry’s benchmark for quality and service.  Continue reading Opinion: Automation ‘engineer to order’ solution reduces rejects by almost 11 percent for electroplating company