“Lean engineering is the removal of waste from the engineering process. Lean manufacturing is don’t do anything that your customer isn’t willing to pay for,” said Kevin Gingerich, director of marketing services for BR’s Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies. Lean engineering is the same thing except it applies to setting up conveyor and assembly systems on the factory floor.
Newish MTPro software promises to simplify conveyor system planning and layout using 3D tools and electronic catalog technology. The company also showed FMSsoft, an AutoCAD add-on for designing and laying out a factory floor.
BR also rolled out a number of new lean information resources and conveyor products, but it was unclear if these were brand new products at the show – BR did not date its press releases and some of the following products appeared to have been introduced several months ago:
A new merge/divert unit for BR’s VarioFlow pallet transport system.
DesignLine die-cast coated connectors for polished aluminum framing systems.
ED02 pressure regulators for a variety of applications and industries.
eLINE Cam Rollers runner blocks promising smooth quiet transport of light loads.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
While many larger companies are still reluctant to rely on wireless networks to transmit important information in industrial settings, there is an increasing acceptance rate of the newer, more robust wireless options that are now available.
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