Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

 

Company says the new high torque brushless DC motor offers improved thermal characteristics and reliability for orthopedic large bone applications

Portescap has launched its newest surgical motor solution for large bone orthopedic powered hand tools. 

The company says this new size 12 (31.5 mm diameter) mini motor is available in 9.6V, 12V and 14.4V versions with cannulated and non-cannulated options, these motors can deliver peak torques of up to 1,720 mNm in a compact envelope.  Continue reading Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

Adidas launches first trainers made at its advanced manufacturing plant SpeedFactory

 

Adidas has launched the first major project to be created at its SpeedFactory facility in Ansbach, Germany.

The SpeedFactory features high levels of robotics and automation technology combined with 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing methods.

Adidas says the launch of the AM4 series heralds a “significant moment” for the brand in terms of the future of manufacturing, with SpeedFactory being a facility that will allow Adidas to explore, test and co-create with consumers, as well as constantly invent and reinvent design and define the future of how the brand creates.  Continue reading Adidas launches first trainers made at its advanced manufacturing plant SpeedFactory

vPersonalize launches ‘first’ integrated 3D design and manufacturing automation software for one-off, small batch and on-demand manufacturing

 

vPersonalize – which is backed by venture capital company Accel – says its patented 3D design-to-manufacturing automation software enables mass adoption of a new way of manufacturing

A US company called vPersonalize is claiming to have become the first company to launch a unified design-to-manufacturing software solution. 

The company says the new application is aimed at brands, designers and manufacturers to enhance operational efficiency, optimize product development, and help bring innovative products to market quickly.

Utilising a portfolio of patented technologies, vPersonalize says it has delivered “the only design to manufacturing automation solution that makes small batch and custom manufacturing viable at regular price points”.  Continue reading vPersonalize launches ‘first’ integrated 3D design and manufacturing automation software for one-off, small batch and on-demand manufacturing

Software in manufacturing: A list of the most well known

 

Software Advice, a business unit of Gartner, has produced a list of manufacturing software applications which would be worth perusing if you’re on the market for such things. 

Even if you’re not looking to buy, it’s worth noting that the manufacturing sector is gradually being digitised, or digitalised. It’s increasingly about how well you know

Nowadays, it’s increasingly about how well you know software. Having said that, making things remains the fundamental activity, of course.  Continue reading Software in manufacturing: A list of the most well known

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

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

The growing importance of software in the manufacturing sector

 

It’s not just manufacturing – it applies to all industries. But manufacturing is the sector that outside observers might expect to be the least affected by the digital world. 

Nothing could be further from the truth of course, especially now.

Some people might think that everything in a factory is entirely mechanical, and maybe just has some electrical components – with a chip or two for the industrial robots.

But increasingly, factories are becoming a hive of hi-tech activity, and the new buzz is almost entirely about the software.  Continue reading The growing importance of software in the manufacturing sector

ABB launches ‘world’s first’ digital automotive robotic painting system

 

ABB has launched what it claims is the world’s first digital and robotic automotive painting system which it says can be totally controlled during operation. 

The company says the most fundamental part of its new painting system is the “revolutionary new connected paint atomizer”.

The ABB Ability Connected Atomizer (video below) enables quality and efficiency “like no other”, claims the company.  Continue reading ABB launches ‘world’s first’ digital automotive robotic painting system

Denso to invest $1 billion in electric vehicle manufacturing in the US

 

Denso, one of the world’s largest automotive technology suppliers, is expanding its US footprint with a $1 billion investment in its Maryville, Tennessee location.

Denso says the investment is part of its commitment to advancing automotive innovation in North America, and will significantly increase the role North America plays in the global trend toward vehicle safety and electrification.

Denso will create more than 1,000 jobs in Maryville, Tennessee to make it a primary manufacturing center in North America for electrification and safety systems.  Continue reading Denso to invest $1 billion in electric vehicle manufacturing in the US

Tesla finding manufacturing tough as it struggles with too many orders

 

The new Model 3 saloon car from Tesla is way too popular for its own good and the company is struggling to cope with the number of orders it’s being asked to deliver. 

Despite the “bottlenecks” in manufacturing, the electric carmaker says it is on course to sell 100,000 vehicles this year for the first time in its 14-year history.

And if things go to CEO Elon Musk’s forecasts, Tesla will be manufacturing 500,000 vehicles a year by the end of next year, according to Business InsiderContinue reading Tesla finding manufacturing tough as it struggles with too many orders

Fanuc selects Greenerd as tier 1 robot integrator

 

Fanuc has selected Greenerd as a tier 1 industrial robot integrator, according to Modern Machine Shop

Greenerd specialises in supplying hydraulic press technology.

The company is planning to showcase its latest innovations at the FabTech industry event this year.  Continue reading Fanuc selects Greenerd as tier 1 robot integrator

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

Toyota investing $400 million to manufacture hybrid powertrain in the US

 

Toyota is to build hybrid powertrains at plants in the US for the first time.

The company claims it has “just upped the stakes” to remain the top manufacturer of hybrid vehicles worldwide.

Its investment in the US will total $373.8 million, spread across five US manufacturing plants.  Continue reading Toyota investing $400 million to manufacture hybrid powertrain in the US

Electronics industry boosting sales of industrial robots

 

The global growth in the number of data centres, and the corresponding growth in the manufacturing of servers, could provide opportunities for robot makers 

The electrical and electronics sector is one of the fastest-growing markets for the industrial robotics and automation industry. 

The sector bought almost as many industrial robots as did the automotive sector, traditionally the biggest buyer of industrial robots.

This is partly confirmed by new data and analysis by the International Federation of Robotics, but mostly, it can be gleaned from anecdotal evidence all around. Continue reading Electronics industry boosting sales of industrial robots

Automated precision milling in the medical technology sector

 

Fetzer Medical employs tailored yet universally flexible Hermle machining centres in its role as an original equipment manufacturer, partner building a wide range of surgical instruments and medical technology components to customer specifications.

“From the idea to the finished product, or: All-in-one inclusive labelling” – is the mission statement of Fetzer Medical, a medium-sized company based in Tuttlingen, in Germany, established in 2008 by Peter Fetzer.

In order to build further on the family business’ long-standing tradition in the development and manufacture of surgical instruments and medical devices, Peter Fetzer took the decision.  Continue reading Automated precision milling in the medical technology sector