• Theme: Production Machines

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    At this year’s Chinaplas—Asia’s largest plastics trade fair—the focus was largely on environmental protection, efficiency and automation. Many Chinese and Asian attendees took the opportunity to showcase cutting edge plastics and plastics-related equipment and processes. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to four...

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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...

    When the orange giant lifts a car it appears to be as light as a feather. Kuka’s KR 1000 1300 Titan PA robot is strong enough to lift up to 1.3 tons. The 1000 kilogram version was introduced as the world’s most powerful industrial robot. Now, the 1300 model goes further, offering a supplementary payload of 50kg. Its...

    German company Keyence won the i-NOVO Tech Award 2016 at Hannover Messe for its Agilista-3000 Series high-resolution, 3D inkjet technology printer. Sven Friedrich, Senior Area Sales Manager 3D-Printer, talked to Directindustry e-magazine about its ease of use and unique features.   DirectIndustry e-magazine: What are...

    “Our ambition is to be able to print every iglide-made product.” At Hannover Messe, igus made it crystal clear that it intends not only to continue developing new materials for additive manufacturing but also to offer its customers the possibility of having their parts produced in an igus printing shop. DirectIndustry...

    Wheels: -29%. Differential: -14%. Diesel pump housing: -18%. Nuts: 6 g each. At Hannover Messe, the Lightweight Forging Initiative, a primarily German consortium of forging companies and steel producers, has been trumpeting an impressive list of weight-saving measures for automotive parts which could result in a total...

    Watch our exclusive report. The real and virtual worlds have begun to merge in production. It is now possible to create digital twins of a product before it is produced and even simulate the production environment. At Hannover Messe, DirectIndustry e-magazine met with two big actors of the digitization of the...

    Watch our exclusive report. What are the materials of tomorrow? Which ones will enable lightweight construction to enhance efficiency and reduce carbon emissions? At Hannover Messe, DirectIndustry e-magazine discovered the materials with a big future, from carbon fiber-reinforced plastics to magnetic fabrics.

    Last November at SPS, Festo presented its motion-in-suspension technology, a patented levitation process based on an ultra-low temperature permanent magnetic field (watch our video report). For this year’s edition of Hannover Messe, the German company showcased three new versions of its technology that could benefit...

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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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