Hoping to increase efficiency and decrease waste, ABB Flexible Automation (www.abb.com) is developing a robot that may eliminate paint hoses. The IRB 5400 robot works with the ABB Cartridge Bells System, so paint is filled into the reusable cartridges, and there is no time or materials wasted by cleaning the hoses. As an added bonus, since the paint is isolated in the cartridges, the waterborne paint can be directly charged with electro-statics, creating a more efficient transfer to a vehicle.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.