The big buzz at the upcoming Fakuma injection molding show in Germany is energy efficiency. Because of soaring hydrocarbon prices, that’s what OEMs are emphasizing. Austrian OEM Engel is showing what is describes as energy optimized, powerful machine designs. Engel will show three fully electric machines and the e-victory hybrid machine. Arbug says it has a “holistic” approach. “On one hand, the goal is to produce the Allrounder machines using as little energy as possible,” says a spokesman. “On the other, Arburg seeks to use its products and expertise in order to efficiently minimize energy consumption among its customers.” Four Arburg machines at the Fakuma bear the “e²” energy efficiency label: two from the electric Allrounder A series and two hydraulic Allrounder S series machines with electromechanical dosage drive.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
This year's Dupont-sponsored WardsAuto survey of automotive designers and other engineers shows lightweighting dominates the discussion. But which materials will help them meet the 2025 CAFE standards are not entirely clear.
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