• Theme: Production Machines

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    Imagine being able to predict the future of your machines. This is now possible thanks to predictive maintenance. A leading theme at EMO Hannover, PM is more accurate than any fortune teller and a real money saver. At the Siemens fair booth we spoke to Bernd Hufragel from customer service. “Predictive maintenance...

    At this year’s Hannover Messe, tech giant Siemens revealed plans to develop a web-based collaborative platform for on-demand product design and 3D printing. Available to manufacturers and buyers worldwide, the new system will use Siemens product lifecycle management software to share additive manufacturing expertise...

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    Is a laser revolution underway? Whatever the answer, the winds of innovation were blowing last month at the Comau facility in northern Italy. The company unveiled Lhyte, a hybrid device combining a diode laser and a fiber laser. We were invited to attend the world premiere. Watch our video report to discover the new...

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    The German industrial mastodon has successfully made 3D printed power generation gas turbine blades using a metal-based powder consisting of high-performance polycrystalline nickel superalloy. The goal was 13,000 revolutions per minute at temperatures above 1250°C, for what is already being called a “breakthrough” by...

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    Cloud ERP is one of the most sweeping upgrades in manufacturing technology. At a time when on-site systems often have trouble dealing with sensor data and the new challenges of the IoT, the cloud offers a solution.   Cloud ERP has become one of the most radical, sweeping upgrades in manufacturing technology. For Pat...

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    From connected cows to vegetables that stay fresh for weeks, Fujitsu is developing a cloud-based platform that uses IoT technology to increase efficiency and modernize agriculture.   Agriculture used to be guesswork. Once crops were sown, fertilizer was spread and fingers were crossed for a good harvest. Cue the smart...

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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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    An increasing number of U.S. manufacturers are embracing the concept of smarter machining and the Industrial Internet of Things.   The IoT is fundamentally reshaping the industrial landscape, according to Beth Parkinson, director of market development at Rockwell Automation’s Connected Enterprise. Machine and equipment...

    Showcased at IMTS, the AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy) project from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated how AM can be used to create a symbiotic relationship between energy and the way humans live. The modular house is a single room that incorporates inexpensive...

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