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Surviving the downturn: keep calm and carry on producing

Tim Heller explores how additive fabrication technology can help big and small manufacturers to add efficiency to design and production without stifling innovation



New generation of rapid manufacturing equipment

Significant advances in producing large numbers of parts simultaneously at speed and with high accuracy have been made using a radical new exposure system. Ole Hangaard reports



Multi-material printing

Tough economic times mean that manufacturers are increasingly squeezed on time and cost, even as products become more complex



The advantages of using an in-house SRP machine

There are significant reasons why a product design company would use an external subtractive rapid prototyping company instead of buying its own CNC milling



Closer integration of reverse engineering and CAD techniques

Both reverse engineering and three-dimensional CAD are established techniques, but using the two together has not always been as easy as it could be. Jon Severn reports on a development that combines solid, surface and triangle modelling to enable reverse engineering and CAD to be more closely integrated



Laminate shimstock helps companies gain competitive edge

Advances in the bonding and manufacture of laminate shimstock are helping to boost global demand for this product



Focus on fasteners and security

How well a design functions is often a direct result of, among other things, how well the fasteners perform. A design will not be better than its weakest link. Harlen Seow reports



Mobilising machine parts to meet modern manufacturing challenges

Stefan Pulver explains the advantages of getting components from a single source



Smaller version of high-temperature identification tag

Pepperl+Fuchs says the new, more compact version of its drilled metal tag for high-temperature identification applications is easier to mount



VX Corporation launches VX 2009

Unveiled at VX Corporation's reseller conference, VX 2009 offers users expandability and more Show-n-Tell integral tutorials



Heaters have ATEX approval and IECEx certification

Heaters enable a rapid and more complete transfer of contents like waxes, fats and viscous fluids from drums and gas from bottles



Modular conveyor is easier to clean

Habasit Rossi says its new Hyclean modular conveyor belting is easier to clean in food, beverage and pharmaceutical production environments



Interface unit links to HMI/Scada system

Stationportal is GE Fanuc's new hardware for use on discrete assembly systems, enabling I/O to be connected to the company's Cimplicity HMI/Scada system



Refrigeration plant supplies rapid cooling

Star Refrigeration has supplied an energy efficient process cooling plant for Fujifilm, a leader in the development and manufacture of ink jet colorants



Cutting cycle times for sintered parts by more than a half

Superabrasive machining technology is drastically reducing the cycle times for producing parts manufactured from sintered metals.



Dc motors deliver higher performance and efficiency

Dc motors are increasing in popularity due to their performance advantages over ac motors for applications ranging from high-speed automation to electric motorbikes. Jon Severn reports on a selection of recent developments in dc motors and drives



Asset performance management: improving process productivity

Plant operators face ever greater challenges due to the increasing level of automation, rising diversification in product structures and the growing trend towards integrated industrial assets



Linear drives protected to IP64

Parker-Origa's Clean Design system enables its linear drives to be used in dirty environments and those where frequent washdowns are necessary



Improve fuel efficiency and cut automotive emissions

Paul Stevens reviews some of the numerous technologies that are helping automotive manufactures to deliver vehicles that consume less fuel and produce fewer harmful emissions, but without sacrificing performance or comfort



Development of specialist quality materials will dominate in 2009

Europe's focus on bulk chemical manufacture may have faded in recent times, but 2009 is proving to be the year of new advanced materials launches - particularly where high-performance and specialist qualities are demanded by customers



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