ABB and Formula E are teaming up in a ground-breaking partnership to champion e-mobility for a sustainable future. Since its first race in Beijing in September 2014, Formula E has established itself as the number one all-electric international motor sport. In the next level of development, global pioneering technology leader ABB is bringing its name and innovation and technology leadership to the series, which will be now known as the “ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”
For global sheet metal fabricators, the customers – automotive OEMs and retailers – have shown an increased spending pattern across the globe. The international sheet metal fabrication service market is projected to grow at CAGR of 1.4% between 2017 and 2025. The report also points towards the fact that bending, cutting and punching operations are likely to be the most extensively used operations on the shop floor.
The manufacturing industry is experiencing unprecedented change and the convergence of design and manufacturing is creating new opportunities to reduce costs and shorten product lifecycles. Traditional supply chains are being replaced by more flexible supply networks – but only for companies that can adapt to this change. Many still struggle just to keep up with what is happening on their own shop floors. Experts at Autodesk have been working on a thoroughly modern solution that uses the power of the cloud and the Internet of Things to address the new challenge presented by what they like to refer to as the “uberization” of manufacturing.
From 07 to 09 November Okuma Europe welcomed over 200 visitors to its recently-established Aerospace Centre of Excellence in Germany. In keeping with the location, the manufacturer presented the innovations introduced at EMO with a particular focus on aerospace machining. Highlights included Okuma’s award-winning LASER EX series of super multitasking machines, the smart factory solution Connect Plan as well as the manufacturer’s latest automation technologies.
With the groundbreaking ceremony for its new plant in Taicang, the CHIRON Group is emphasising its commitment to China, relying on an expanded, localized machine program and the growth of service capacity. “China is an important growth market for us. We see great potential here, especially in the automotive and medical technology sectors, but also in the aviation industry. In this respect, the new plant is a significant investment in the future,” says Dr. Markus Flik, CEO of the CHIRON Group.
Most commercial aircraft currently in use are powered by turbofan engines, with a small minority powered by propeller engines. The difference between the two is straightforward; a propeller engines’ thrust comes from a difference in air pressure between the front and back of its blades, created by the rotational motion, whereas in a turbofan engine fuel is combusted under very high pressure and thrust is created by the exiting gas (as well as the spinning turbofan).
When choosing a career, it’s important to carefully consider all available options and to gain a clear understanding of where each route could lead. Here, Simon Biggs, Education Outreach Executive at global engineering company, Renishaw, explains why young people no longer have to choose between an engineering apprenticeship and University.