Stanley Black & Decker to open advanced manufacturing training centre in Connecticut

Stanley Black & Decker is planning to open an advanced manufacturing training centre in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, near the north-eastern coast of the US.

The company says the “centre of excellence” to accelerate its global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” initiative.

Called “Manufactory 4.0” – after the original Stanley Bolt Manufactory founded in 1843 – the 23,000-square-foot center will be located at One Constitution Plaza and will employ approximately 50 Industry 4.0 professionals.  Continue reading Stanley Black & Decker to open advanced manufacturing training centre in Connecticut

Kyocera breaks ground on new manufacturing plant

Kyocera has ceremonially broken ground on a new manufacturing plant for ceramic structural components in Kagoshima, Japan. 

The new facility will produce durable, high-precision components for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing equipment, says the company.

Kyocera held a groundbreaking ceremony last week, attended by the company’s president, Hideo Tanimoto.  Continue reading Kyocera breaks ground on new manufacturing plant

‘Experience, tradition and passion’ forges business partnerships for Buhler

According to its owners, “experience, tradition and passion” are the values which ensure the five-star quality at the five-brother company Bühler Bedachungen und Bauspenglerei from Romanshorn in Switzerland, a business specializing in roofing and architectural sheet metal.

Quality is the top priority for the family business – particularly when it comes to selecting its partners and suppliers.

Among these is the Swiss company Jorns, which supplied the new double bending machine, model TP-150G-RH-UV-SL-1250-CP200-6.4-mp, including safety concept for the architectural sheet metal area as well as the manufacturer for optical sensors, which ensures the corresponding safety at work for man and machine, Leuze electronicContinue reading ‘Experience, tradition and passion’ forges business partnerships for Buhler

Digital manufacturing: An overview of an increasingly complex scenario

Digitalisation is, in essence, simple. It means exactly what the word implies – the digitalisation of everything. 

But as simple as it sounds, digitalisation can be applied to any business in any sector, and that is what makes it difficult to provide a simple overview.

If we stick to one sector – manufacturing – that might make it more manageable.

But since manufacturing is already a hugely complex endeavour, the process of digitalisation – even in this one single sector – encompasses so many different disciplines that it’s difficult to think of it as being, essentially, simple.

But enough complaining about having to do some work for a change, let’s get on with the show.  Continue reading Digital manufacturing: An overview of an increasingly complex scenario

OR Laser launches new hybrid metal additive and subtractive manufacturing platform

OR Laser has launched its new hybrid metal additive and subtractive manufacturing platform, the ORLas Creator Hybrid, and unveiled its new cloud manufacturing services at this year’s FormNext event.

FormNext, is into its final day in Frankfurt, and it’s where the great and the good of the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry congregate.

Traditionally the latest additive manufacturing developments are unveiled at FormNext, and this year has been bigger and better than years gone by, according to some visitors.  Continue reading OR Laser launches new hybrid metal additive and subtractive manufacturing platform

Adient breaks ground on ‘largest-ever’ automotive seats prototyping and testing facility in India

Adient, a provider of automotive seating, has broken ground on a new automotive seating prototyping and testing facility in Pune that the company says will be “the largest of its kind ever to be built in India”.

Construction of the new facility marks a major expansion of Adient’s existing technical center in Pune, already a world-class facility with the largest workforce among the automotive seating suppliers global network of tech centers.

The new facility, which is scheduled to open in late 2018, will provide physical testing to augment the capabilities of the existing technical center in Pune, a global Center of Competence at Adient for computer-aided engineering, computer-aided design automation and finite element analysis simulation expertise.  Continue reading Adient breaks ground on ‘largest-ever’ automotive seats prototyping and testing facility in India

Huawei partners with PCITC to develop smart factory technologies

Huawei is partnering with Petro-Cyberworks Information Technology Company to develop what the companies call “Smart Factory 2.0” technologies.

The aim is to contribute to the progress made in energy conservation and emission reduction.

In a statement, Huwaei says: “Our Earth faces increasingly grave environmental problems.

“Although more people have realized the significance of environmental protection and have chosen shared bicycles and electric cars as part of their low-carbon lifestyles, yet we still rely heavily on non-renewable energy such as petroleum.”  Continue reading Huawei partners with PCITC to develop smart factory technologies

Savigent Software becomes first national member of Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute has announced that Savigent Software has joined the Manufacturing USA initiative as its first national member.

In partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, CESMII brings over $140 million in public-private investment to enable smart manufacturing technologies and systems to become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business and energy improvements in US manufacturing.

Jim Wetzel, CEO of CESMII, says: “Savigent is not only our first national member, but will be an important technical partner moving forward.  Continue reading Savigent Software becomes first national member of Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Solar power industry using robotics and automation to achieve productivity gains

The solar energy sector is seeing many advances both in the products it makes and in the way they are made. 

JinkoSolar, which claims to be the world’s largest solar photovoltaics manufacturer, says it has set a new record for solar cell efficiency.

And it has achieved this through “new applications of cutting-edge technology such as IoT devices, intelligent mobile devices, and mobile robots to its manufacturing process”.  Continue reading Solar power industry using robotics and automation to achieve productivity gains

Asahi boss looks forward to ‘fully unmanned’ breweries

The boss of one of the world’s largest beer, spirits, and soft drinks companies says he is looking forward to fully automated breweries in the future. 

Speaking at a Nikkei Global Management Forum, Naoki Izumiya, CEO of Asahi, said it’s no good crying into your beer about the effects of automation – that can only lead to self-destruction.

Izumiya says a “stubborn adherence” to traditional drinking strategies will not be enough to keep up with the competition.  Continue reading Asahi boss looks forward to ‘fully unmanned’ breweries

Robotics and automation reshaping Thailand’s economy, as it looks to sell more industrial robots

Asian country’s government-backed investment organisation talks up ‘Thailand 4.0’, highlighting the industrial robot manufacturing sector, where sales are forecast to increase by 133 per cent from 2,131 units in 2013 to 7,500 units in 2018 – and it’s offering huge tax breaks to achieve it 

Thailand has been doing well as a result of globalisation, but with increasing attention to, and investment in robotics, the country is looking to further accelerate its development. 

Authorities in the country have launched something they call “Thailand 4.0” – based on Industry 4.0 – which essentially refers to the greater levels of internet connectivity in the industrial sector.

And even if the country’s industrial sector has been doing well, greater levels of connectivity would elevate operations to a higher level, or create value, as the authorities see it.  Continue reading Robotics and automation reshaping Thailand’s economy, as it looks to sell more industrial robots

Luxembourg ‘leading the way’ towards the fourth industrial revolution

The tiny country of Luxembourg is claimed to be “leading the way towards the fourth industrial revolution”.

Luxembourg may have one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world but it’s more a city than a country.

It has a landmass of about 2,500 square kilometres and a population of just over half a million.  Continue reading Luxembourg ‘leading the way’ towards the fourth industrial revolution

Tesla buys Perbix industrial automation company

Electric car maker Tesla has acquired Perbix, a provider of industrial automation solutions, including robots. 

Tesla has been working with engineering company Perbix for some time, and lately has faced increased pressure in its manufacturing process.

The company says it has faced manufacturing “bottlenecks” as it attempts to meet the high demand for its new Model 3 electric car.  Continue reading Tesla buys Perbix industrial automation company

Yaskawa breaks ground to build Slovenia factory

Yaskawa has broken ground to mark the start of the construction of a new factory in Slovenia, in Europe. 

The company will spend almost $30 million in building the new facility in Kocevje.

The foundation stone was laid a few days ago.  Continue reading Yaskawa breaks ground to build Slovenia factory

Lincoln Electric to expand automation manufacturing capabilities

Lincoln Electric says it is planning to expand its automation manufacturing capabilities, with the enlargement of its facility at Wayne Trail, Ohio.

The Wayne Trail plant specialises in automated manufacturing solutions for metal forming, fabricating and metal joining processes.

Lincoln says the new investment “nearly doubles the facility’s size” to support larger-scale projects, future growth, and improved operational effectiveness.  Continue reading Lincoln Electric to expand automation manufacturing capabilities