Achilles was a great warrior of ancient Greece and the hero of Homer’s Iliad, but despite his legendary invulnerability, an arrow to the heel led to his downfall. Likewise, something as small as a washer can become the Achilles heel of any design if not considered carefully. Stamped parts like washers – found in everything from recliners, to kitchen blenders, to cars, and much more – come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. With so many options, design engineers might pick the first material and form that meets their basic requirements, but this can lead to a sub-optimal…
Thirty seven representatives from twenty six New Zealand and four Australian manufacturing companies, two business organisations (The Manufacturers’ Network and the EMA) and two government funded innovation agencies (Callaghan Innovation and the Australian IMCRC) have all combined into a study group to investigate advanced manufacturing technology at the Internet of Manufacturing Conference in Chicago and through visits to a number of U.S manufacturing companies.
Robotic handling raises sawing productivity, Volker Bühler, group manager for robotics at German sawing machine and storage system manufacturer, Kasto, describes the widening choice of automation systems on offer to minimise labour costs and increase production output from the company's circular sawing and bandsawing machines. The production solutions are available in the UK and Ireland through the firm's subsidiary in Milton Keynes.
" The ability to adopt new technologies and embrace change is key to succeeding in today’s fast paced, manufacturing environment. Digital transformation is changing processes, systems and business models, enabling greater connectivity, which ultimately results in greater productivity.
A cost-benefit study published by Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities found that a walking and cycling programme in two New Zealand cities has shown a good return on investment.
The Manufacturers' Network on Budget 2018, released today by the Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, ticked some boxes for the economy, particularly around health, with some investment in infrastructure, education and R&D spending. There was, however, little else for the manufacturing sector to get excited about and not much focused on addressing productivity and skills shortages.