Seven Siemens S5 PLCs monitor all activities within Muller Weingarten's transfer press. This information comes from the system's many data-gathering components. For example, Mannesmann Rexroth's HED 8 series of pressure switches, which operates in five ranges up to a maximum pressure of 650 bar, monitors hydraulic pressure. VADM and VADMI vacuum suction nozzles and solenoid valves from Festo AG transport freshly minted car body parts from one press station to the next--free from the risk of nicks, bending, or scratches. Non-contacting inductive proximity sensors from Balluff Inc. notify the vacuum system of a part's presence. All told,the Jumbo transfer press employs more than 6,000 actuators and sensors.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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