Spot welding continues to be a major application area in automotive and robot manufacturers are improving the tech to make that happen as efficiently as possible.
Gary S. Vasilash
Transportation Editor, Gardner Business Media
Data collection, networking and machine design options are driving notable improvements and cost savings.
To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.”
There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability.
“We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.
#Siemens #BASF #Jaguar
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says the company’s machining facility in Toledo, Ohio, will produce the power electronics module for the plug-in hybrid variant of its new Jeep Wrangler SUV.
#Fiat #Jeep #FiatChryslerAutomobiles
Andra Rush, who founded Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC (DMS) in 2012, has sold her majority stake in the firm to Bruce Smith, the co-owner and CEO of Marysville, Ohio-based tooling maker BTM Co.
#DSM #people #Faurecia
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