• Theme: Industrial Machines and Equipment

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    3D printing is moving from prototyping to heralding a new era in customized production. This was the message last month at K Fair in Germany.   While it may have been over-hyped as a potential consumer product, 3D printing—better known in industry as additive manufacturing—was all the rage at Düsseldorf’s K Fair 2016....

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    A few years ago, says Tim Shinbara, vice president of technology at the Association for Manufacturing Technology, AM was no more than an attraction in the Emerging Technology Center at IMTS. But it made its way to the main show floor.   At the present time, AM/3-D printing is marginal for most industrial applications,...

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    Watch our special video report. Is the Taiwanese Touch the beginning of a new trend in the industry? Taiwan is the world’s 6th manufacturer and the 5th exporter of machine tools. Seventy-five percent of machine-tools made in Taiwan are exported. At IMTS, the International Manufacturing Technology Show that took place...

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    Concerns about the environmental impact of fluids and lubricants have resulted in new eco solutions. But choosing the best option is not that simple.   Worldwide, more than 50% of lubricants are discharged into the environment, according to the Baden-Württemberg State Environmental Protection Agency. Germany’s RWTH...

    We know 3D printing. We are just starting to appreciate the future benefits of 4D printing. Now, engineers at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs are already talking about 5D printing. This new additive manufacturing method would print from 5 different axes, reinforcing parts in areas where strength is needed. 3D...

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    Airbus announced a patent application for a large-scale additive manufacturing process that could make it possible to 3D print complete airplanes, from the fuselage to the wings and the doors using technologies similar to selective laser sintering. The procedure involves melting together different materials (powdered...

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    Watch our video.The 4-8X Dual ATEX Drone by Xamen Technologies is the world’s first ATEX-certified drone specifically designed to perform in hazardous environments where there is significant risk of fire and explosion. Built primarily of carbon, the eight wooden propellers prevent electrostatic sparks. The drone is...

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    What if engineers could predict when maintenance should be performed on machinery and equipment? Modeling data collected by new sensors inside machines and engines now enable predictive maintenance (PdM). The end-game is maximum efficiency and the complete automation of business decisions.   First Steps: Data...

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    Synergys has introduced the first vibrational analysis camera, the V-SHOOTER VBS1T. After launching a clever leak-detection system, the French company now offers an innovative tool for vibration monitoring and analysis. The portable V-SHOOTER camera takes a machine condition picture. The automatic diagnosis system...

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    The factory of the future is fast becoming a reality. This is nowhere more obvious than in Germany. The rise of automated plants is bringing Industry 4.0 to the forefront of production, with companies like Festo leading the way in automation.   An Intuitive HMI Technology Plant In Scharnhausen, southeast of Stuttgart,...

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