Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, leverages award winning technology to expand its line of pallet solutions with the launch of the LD7 Half PAG pallet shipper. The Half PAG solution is designed to ship multiple pallet loads, while reducing the cost and operational complexity of bulk shipments by optimizing the use of aircraft ULDs (LD7 air pallets). The Half PAG is available for 2-8°C or 15-25°C temperature ranges with durations in excess of five days. Each solution has a universal pack-out design to be used in both hot and cold seasons while also accommodating the demands of cross-hemispheric shipments. To learn more about LD7 Half PAG Pallet Shippers, Check out this article by Sonoco!
Single use powder containment practices are still in their infancy but keeping your product from cross contamination and reducing airborne particulates is important. Understanding how more modern bag designs can increase safety and speed is a concern to the industry. We looked at the ease of fill along with dispensing times and product loss. ILC Dover’s EZ-Biopac shows a 71% decrease in filling times when measured against an industry standard 2D bag. Due to the non-static film we saw an almost 20% reduction in powder discharge times. In addition, it demonstrates a 33.3% improvement in powder recovery showing reduced waste. Choosing the proper containment system can have a significant impact on plant productivity and profitability. This case study by ILC Dover will delve into: the issues of powder handling; the keys to efficient powder transfer and containment; evaluating potential systems; results; and discharge trials. Find out more about ILC Dover’s EZ-Biopac below!
As manufacturers struggle to fill highly skilled production positions—according to NAM (National Association of Manufacturers), “80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly skilled production positions”—technology may need to step in to fill the gap. As the article “Automation Today” by FARO Technologies states: “It’s no secret that manufacturing continues to become more automated, and manufacturing output per worker is on the rise.” Smart factories are sought after because they are quickly becoming the “factories of the future,” while growing changes in automation become difficult to ignore. Find out more about the latest advancements in optical 3D measurement and automation technology in the article below including: Advanced Manufacturing; Automated Metrology; and Cobalt.
When Nissan Motor Company built their new production facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico they looked to Automated Precision, Inc. (API) to assist them in providing CMM inspection for the stamping shop, body shop and tooling departments. Initially, Nissan purchased nine dual horizontal arm API Galaxy-H multifunctional CMMs. These coordinate measuring machines are manual-controlled horizontal arm layout and measuring CMMs that are designed specifically for measuring thin-walled components such as automotive car bodies and sheet-metal panels. The Galaxy-H CMM is a double-arm design that features the table installed in a foundation at floor level so components and fixturing can be easily moved on and off the table for fast inspection. In the article below, find out more about the dual horizontal arm API Galaxy-H multifunctional CMMs and how the arms are being used in the Nissan Mexico Plant today. Nissan engineers even said that API was able to meet the schedule for production in a small window of time, despite the demanding requirements of the task. Check out the full article below!
Check out Averna’s informative case study on production testing for automotive radar, and discover the solution to wide-ranging test needs in the automotive industry.
Precision machining techniques are needed to produce aerospace components that are instrumental throughout an aircraft. These components are often ‘life-critical’, intricate parts that need to meet very precise specifications with high tolerance thresholds. “Quality is a given, because these parts are going in jet engines and landing gear, all across an airplane. It’s what we call ‘life-critical’. There is no room for failure.” explains Scot Barton, VP Sales at Pointe Precision. Given the vital nature of the components, selecting the right CNC Machining partner is a critical aspect of an aerospace manufacturers’ process. When selecting a CNC Machining partner there are a couple of key factors to consider: Technological Capabilities When it comes to machining high quality precision parts, the first and most important aspect is the in-house equipment that your potential partner is utilizing. The ideal machining partner will have: A full complement of high-quality machines with the ability to process large volumes quickly and seamlessly. Multi-tasking capabilities to allow machining in a single operation as opposed to only offering multi-fixture operations. This machining capability will allow for greater reliability in the generation of aerospace parts. Multi-tasking capabilities also allow for improved internal flexibility as operators move from machine to machine, going where the work is. Sam Crueger, Engineering Manager at Pointe Precision explains that “the quality is (also) better when a part can be completed on a single machine.” ‘One-Stop-Shop’ offerings: Ensuring that all of your CNC Machining …
With the American Aerospace & Defense Summit 2015 less than 6 weeks away, we took a moment to gather some of the key thought leaders presenting at the event, and asked them to share their insights and opinions on the current state and future outlook of the aerospace and defense industry in the U.S. We posed the questions: How would you describe the current state of the aerospace and defense industry in America? What do you perceive as being some of the biggest challenges for defense or aerospace companies over the few years? How can these challenges be overcome? What are some effective techniques in driving innovation amongst suppliers? What is the next big trend in terms of supply chain management for aerospace & defense companies? How has aerospace & defense manufacturing changed over the last decade? What do you think is the next ‘big thing’ in terms of aerospace & defense manufacturing? Explore strategies to optimize aerospace and defense manufacturing with us in Arizona this December at the American Aerospace & Defense Summit 2015!