Natural exoskeletons provide animals such as spiders and insects with protection, structural support, and an area to attach muscles for powerful movement. Artificial exoskeletons can provide humans with protection from physical strain and enhanced strength in the workplace.
Is Recycling the New Manufacturing? How Companies Who Take a Green, Circular Approach are Saving Money and the Environment
Impacts of this waste are widely understood, with rotting items contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, general pollution, and microplastics littering our waterways and infiltrating the food chain. What many don't seem to understand, however, is the economic impact of waste.
Plastic injection moulding is a difficult application for machine vision. The highly reflective surface of plastics is hard to illuminate, and the fact that the same production line can create items of different colours and shapes is problematic for traditional solutions.
It's a common misconception that manufacturers must purchase entirely new and expensive equipment to build the factory of the future. Instead, manufacturers should consider how they can modernize legacy equipment to make it Industry 4.0 ready and compatible with new tech.
Every operation has different goals and resources, so what lean looks like will vary. Still, there are some general concepts you can follow to create a lean assembly line.
Wherever there is electrical current, there are always electromagnetic pulses. They can have an extremely disruptive effect, e.g. on the ubiquitous electronic devices that surround us. This is why vehicle manufacturers need to verify the EMC of their products.
We are entering a new manufacturing era defined by AI, machine learning and vision, enabling us to teach machines to adapt and learn plans and move us toward a true "Lot Size 1" utopia. Automation's next era will be defined not around volume, but around intelligence.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of long, complex supply chains. It has also shown how reliant many US and European companies are on the overseas supply of critical items, bringing to the fore a long-debated issue-are we ready to reshore?
Due to the ever-evolving demands and critical and complex nature in the bio-industry, VA meters commonly used in this application are no longer suitable and bioreactor manufacturers are now turning towards mass flow
During these unprecedented times, it is of utmost importance to keep packaging lines moving, especially for manufacturers of essential consumer packaged goods (CPGs). There's no way around it.
One of A3D's engineers met with the individual to best understand their specific situation and designed a handle that could attach to standard milk and juice cartons. A3D then used Simplify3D to print the handle.
Products are becoming more and more complicated-and manufacturers are having a harder time keeping up. 92% of manufacturers have reported that their products have become more complex over the last half-decade.
It has been over 6 months without any in person events. With that in mind we are putting together a special feature article for the fall to highlight some of the new products and services our partners have rolled out during that time.
In the wake of the global COVID-19 supply chain nightmares, additive manufacturing has significant implications for improving supply chain resiliency for many manufacturing companies. This is especially the case for companies using a just-in-time methodology.
Microfluidics is an extremely dynamic niche today, and will continue for many years to cement the importance of micro molding as a technology used to drive innovation in the medical sector in such applications as drug delivery devices, implants, and diagnostics
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