Consolidating 3D Printing Tool Chains to Mitigate Risk in Medical Device Applications
By J Thompson – Use of 3D Printing technology to create medical devices has been widely publicized over the past several years. Most of these stories illustrate the unique ability for 3D Printing (aka Additive Manufacturing / AM) technology to produce highly complex organic shapes.
Despite past success with AM, and very promising growth opportunities, there are significant risks with the current AM practices for workflows in device design and manufacturing. These risks must be recognized and addressed by device makers to fully realize the potential of AM, and avoid failure modes inherent in current practices.
Today, the biggest risks are caused by software “tool chains” in which different, specialized software applications are used sequentially to yield finished devices. A fundamental problem with serial tool chains is rework. What happens when you get off the “happy path”, and issues are discovered in the fourth, fifth, or tenth tool in the chain, and resolution requires a change in the first or second tool in the chain? That typically means serially reworking the entire workflow from the point of change.
This kind of rework should be viewed as expected, normal, necessary, commonplace, and even desirable since it theoretically leads to an improved final result. However, as AM attempts to enter an “industrial” stage of maturity, there are several risks associated a serial tool chain, especially if rework is manual and requires experts to re-do knowledge-intensive rework. more>
Posted in Business, Economic development, Education, Healthcare, Nature, Product, Science, Technology
Tagged 3D printing, Additive manufacturing, Business improvement, Health, Manufacturing, Productivity, Siemens, Technology
Automotive manufacturing and autonomous vehicles
By Dave Lauzun – Automotive manufacturing has been happening for a long time, but when most people think of automotive manufacturing, they imagine a moving assembly line. The moving assembly line revolutionized how vehicle manufacturers produce cars, but it wasn’t always the go-to process.
As vehicles were first beginning to be built at the turn of twentieth century, vehicle manufacturers typically built the whole car at once. It was a time-consuming, costly process that kept cars out of most consumers’ hands.
In 1913, over at Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford wanted to cut down on the time and cost associated with building the Model T. He needed to find an efficient way to build this car, and he came up with idea of being able to “productionize” the Model T through a moving assembly line. In this assembly line, the Model T production was broken down into 84 steps, and employees were trained to do just one step.
The results of this change were enormous for Ford Motor Company. The automaker drastically reduced the time it took to build the Model T from 12 hours to 90 minutes. The cost savings in manpower and time to produce the vehicle on the assembly line also meant the company could drop the price of the Model T from $850 to $300.
How will automakers turn their focus away from research and development and toward the mass production of autonomous vehicles? And, how can that mass production be economically viable for their business and for their customers? more>
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Tagged Business improvement, Industrial economy, Jobs, Leadership, Manufacturing, Organization, Productivity, Siemens, Technology
Build your design on the strongest platform Modeling Technology Platform
Siemens – Convergent modeling technology in NX gives anyone the ability to perform faceted-based modeling without the need for data conversion. By combining facet, surface and solid modeling in a single integrated environment, NX eliminates the need for reverse engineering. You can simply model with the topology optimization results directly. Convergent Modeling, compared with traditional modeling techniques, is 10 times faster.
Modeling is amazingly fast and intuitive with NX – you have the freedom to modify 3D geometry without understanding how models were constructed, using simple push-and-pull methods. For greater versatility, you can use synchronous modeling interchangeably with all other CAD modeling tools – on NX models or geometry from any other source. more>
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Tagged Broadband, Business improvement, Industrial economy, Internet, Jobs, Siemens, Super regions, Technology
What is enterprise PLM? The answer is today’s Teamcenter.
By Margaret Furleigh – As Teamcenter has evolved as the world’s most widely used enterprise PLM software, the challenge has been to explain in simple terms the enormity and complexity of what Teamcenter can do to transform businesses … and help companies become more agile and adapt to disruptions, whether caused by changing technology, regulations, markets or competition.
If you’re a PLM user, where are you in your PLM journey? Are you primarily focused on product data management (PDM), controlling your designs, documents, BOMs and processes … or have you grown from PDM to reach more people, beyond functional boundaries, or outside your company to suppliers, partners or customers? Maybe you’ve extended from product development to manufacturing and service, or brought in requirements and program management. Are you using PLM to transform the way your business manages product costs, quality, safety, reliability, or sustainabilty? more>
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Tagged Business improvement, Manufacturing, PLM, Productivity, Siemens, Skills, Technology
Declarative Configuration when Change is Constant
By Dave McLeish – Change is a double-edged sword. To set the scene let’s first focus on recent change for the good as relates to our own domain of product lifecycle management (PLM). In the past few years, increased mobility with smart phones and tablets has provided new opportunities for mobile access to PLM. Adoption of familiar user interface (UI) patterns from everyday life (shopping cart, smart search) and enhanced possibilities for user experience through touch and virtual assistants have enabled more of the “extended enterprise” to embrace PLM. From the shop floor where there’s touch screen access to work instructions to executives empowered to simply search, sign off and interact with dashboards on their device of choice, increasingly the whole enterprise can contribute to and view the digital thread from product development to delivery.
At the heart of this change for the good is the rich web-based access to PLM that has been made possible by html5. Rich capabilities that have meant we can begin to reimagine how we collaborate and deliver products from inception, through realization and utilization. Zero-install rich, browser-based solutions remove the need for desktop install and reduce the IT deployment overhead through firewall friendly standard https requirements.
But developing in the browser has its challenges when targeting rich capabilities over high latency WAN and with limited memory resources. Arguably the greatest challenge is managing change. Whilst the emergence of HTML5 and CSS3 among other standards have provided a reliable basis for developing web solutions, the same cannot be said for much of the web development space. more> https://goo.gl/NjgcsC
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Tagged Broadband, Business improvement, Industrial economy, PLM, Productivity, Siemens, Technology
Siemens’ comprehensive LNG portfolio in operation
Siemens – For EWC’s planned LNG operation in Sengkang, Siemens has delivered four compressor trains and the associated process automation and electrical solutions. And in Livorno [2, 3], Italy, a boil-off-compressor is at the core of the “FSRU Toscana.”
Siemens’ LNG (liquefied natural gas) portfolio comprises compressors and drives and also products and solutions for electrification and process automation. For the LNG installation planned for Energy World Corporation Ltd. (EWC) in Sengkang [2, 3], Indonesia, Siemens is supplying four compressor trains with electrical drives, each capable of liquefying 0.5 million tons of gas per year, along with dedicated electrification, energy and process automation solutions. more> https://goo.gl/nge08d
Posted in Economic development, Economy, Energy & emissions, Nature, Science, telecom
Tagged Business improvement, Ecology, Industrial economy, LNG, Siemens, Technology
Largest order: Siemens is building ICE 4 trains for Deutsche Bahn
Siemens – The ICE 4 will be the backbone of the Deutsche Bahn’s future long-distance network. In May 2011, the German national railway company concluded a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for up to 300 trainsets. It is the largest train contract that Siemens has ever won in its more than 160 years of corporate history.
In the initial phase, 130 ICE4-type trains have been ordered, and beginning in 2017 they will replace the Intercity and Eurocity fleets put into operation between 1971 and 1991. At a later time, it is planned to replace ICE 1 and ICE 2 vehicles. The ICE 4 will then be responsible for roughly 70 percent of Deutsche Bahn’s interurban transport revenue.
The ICE 4 sets new standards in intercity traffic. A unique train concept has been developed, that means it can be individually adapted to the requirements of various transport tasks. The modular drive concept is based on independent Powercars with identical traction technology, resulting in more flexibility than ever before. High operational availability is guaranteed by a large number of reliable systems with high redundancy. more> https://goo.gl/naMuHv
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Siemens successfully installs offshore grid connection
Siemens – Siemens is supporting a sustainable future as over 410,000 British homes will be powered by renewable energy when the Dudgeon offshore wind farm is fully developed in 2017.
The crucial grid connection, which enables the energy generated by the wind turbines to be transported to shore, has reached another milestone as the topside to the substation sails from Sembmarine SLP in Lowestoft to be installed on site 32 kilometres (km) north of Cromer off the coast of Norfolk.
The offshore 1,500 ton steel substation jacket was designed and fabricated at Sembmarine SLP in Lowestoft and is fitted with suction bucket technology – a first for any UK substation project.
The design and construction of the Dudgeon topside was also completed by Sembmarine SLP including the installation of internal services on behalf of STDL, which commenced in August 2015 and all primary equipment was delivered and installed within a six week period from October 2015. The plant comprises of two 200MVA 132/33kV power transformers, two 132kV GIS (8DN8) and two boards of nine 33kV GIS (8DA10), as well as numerous secondary equipment including LVAC, LVDC, UPS, control & protection and a back-up diesel generator.
The platform is designed for decades of operation in the rugged North Sea and will be monitored and controlled from land when it has been commissioned. With the Dudgeon platform, Siemens has completed the 14th installation of an offshore substation.
Siemens will manufacture, deliver, install and commission 67 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines rated at 6 megawatts (MW) each and equipped with a 154-meter rotor for the Dudgeon wind power plant. more> http://goo.gl/c3N4rk
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Tagged Business improvement, Climate change, Industrial economy, Manufacturing, Siemens, Super regions, Technology, Wind turbine
Siemens tests Intercity train for Deutsche Bahn in the Climatic Wind Tunnel in Vienna
Siemens – Rail customers expect to be served by trains that function perfectly from the very first day of service.
This is particularly true for the new Intercity platform that will be operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB). Expected to account for around 70 percent of revenue, the ICE 4 will be the backbone of DB’s future long-distance service.
Two ICE 4 trains will enter passenger service in the fall of 2016 as part of a twelve-month period of trial operations. Until then, the trains will be subjected to rigorous testing.
Before the first passengers board the train, however, the ICE 4 has to prove that it can operate even under the most extreme weather conditions, in blazing heat as well as freezing cold.
The tests, conducted at the Climatic Wind Tunnel operated by Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) in Vienna, subject the train to conditions far more stringent than required by European norms. Deutsche Bahn commissioned supplementary tests that are specifically designed to ensure that the train’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) operate faultlessly. more> http://goo.gl/Cymovl
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Tagged Business improvement, High-speed rail, Industrial economy, Siemens, Super regions, Technology, Test & measurement
First installation of Siemens’ 6 megawatt wind turbine in Germany
Siemens – In Wehlens, the wind conditions are nearly the same as out at sea. The rotor of the 6 MW turbine from Siemens covers an area of 18,600 square meters – more than three soccer fields. Project owner Bioenergie Nord GmbH and planning engineering agency Pommer & Schwarz selected the Siemens 6 MW wind turbine for this location near the coast on account of the great energy yield that it promises.
With a weight of only around 230 tons, the SWT-6.0 nacelles are able to be transported by truck. This low tower head mass gives Siemens a strong, competitive edge.
The entire electrical system is located in the nacelle of a D6 platform wind turbine, including power unit and transformer. This allows fast commissioning. The spacious and ergonomic nacelle design offers an improved working environment with safe and easy access to all key components.
Designed as an offshore wind turbine, the Siemens D6 sets new standards in regards of safety: The lighted nacelle helihoist platform is highly accessible – also in rough weather conditions.
After commissioning in late 2014, the two Siemens D6 wind turbines will deliver sufficient electricity to supply more than 14,000 average German households with clean energy.
Rated at 6 megawatts, the Siemens SWT-6.0-154 is among the largest wind turbines worldwide. In Wehlens, the total height of each turbine – an impressive 195 meters – is taller than all other wind turbines found in the area.
The hub of the SWT-6.0-154 measures four meters in diameter. When three 75-meter long Siemens blades are joined to it, a rotor with a diameter of 154 meters is created.
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