Plant production levels are expected to increase this year, according to a survey by Chromalox®, manufacturer of industrial heat and control products. Seventy-five percent of respondents expect production volume increases; 35 percent report an increase due to a new product line; and 25 percent expect an increase because of plant expansion. The downside is that 50 percent of the respondents don't expect any additional staff increases this year. To read more survey results, go to http://rbi.imc.ca/3848-517.
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.
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