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.
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
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 Averna‘s informative case study on production testing for automotive radar, and discover the solution to wide-ranging test needs in the automotive industry.
This case study explores:
- Industry changes dictating test system evolution
- Optimizing the test system design
- Expanding business opportunities
- Automated EOL test sequence
- Automated RF signal processing
- Automation innovations and benefits
- Key RF tests and measurements
These are a few of the key topics that Averna reviews in this latest case study. Download the full PDF here.
A worldwide Test & Quality leader, Averna delivers innovative solutions for clients –including many Global 1000s – in numerous industries. Averna’s talented team includes hundreds of engineers, system architects, developers, project managers, and other professionals, as well as a network of partners such as National Instruments, Keysight Technologies, and JOT Automation.
We’re happy to have Averna attend our American Automotive Summit, 2016, on November 10-11th, to share further insights with our attendees. Tap into Averna’s Test & Quality know-how, products, and custom solutions to get ahead in your market today!
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 . 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:
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 needs can be met by a single provider will allow you to streamline your supply chain and simplify your manufacturing process. A reliable partner will remove the stress of delivery.
- Capabilities such as live tooling that will allow parts to be made out of a bar stock. Pointe Precision has seen “numerous examples of savings” for their customers as a result of live tooling capabilities.
Establishing a partnership with a CNC Machining company that has the required in-house technological capabilities will result in reduced lead times, a streamlined supply chain and consistent, quality parts.
Quality & Precision
There is no margin for error when it comes to manufacturing parts for aerospace. Precision and quality are essential to “life-critical” elements that require high tolerances. But how do you assess and identify the CNC Machinists who are able to consistently deliver?
- Look for an organization that has experience manufacturing aerospace parts and has the appropriate certifications to undergo aerospace parts manufacturing (ISO, NADCAP, and AS9100).
- Assess the delivery, precision and quality track record ( for example has received multiple awards from a large tier one Aerospace company for the 100% on time delivery and 0 PPM parts per million).
- The length and extent of the company’s supply chain is also a factor when assessing quality capabilities. Reliably sourced materials and supply chain control are paramount for an organization to guarantee on time delivery or quality parts. “We’re responsible for everything and we want it that way. Our only supply chain consists of the different departments within our four walls; that’s how we guarantee quality” explains Scot Barton, VP of Sales at Pointe Precision.
- Identify partners with single-operation applications. Single-operation applications result in higher quality as the part can be completed on a single machine.
Internal Operational Excellence
The Internal operations of a CNC Machining partner will influence all aspects of output, from the reliability, quality and consistency of parts, to the on time delivery. Besides the equipment, a major factor influencing efficiency is the caliber and productivity of the work force. “Without the people, the best equipment is not a competitive edge” notes Scot, “we have the expertise to use our machines to their full potential, where some of our competitors may not.”
Skilled labor has been aging out of the manufacturing workforce resulting in increased concerns about the growing “skill-gap”. In response, progressive Machining organizations are taking it upon themselves to guarantee and develop a qualified workforce for years to come. “We home-grow a lot of our own machinists; approximately 20 of our employees have already gone through the program. We’re investing our knowledge in future operators” Sam Crueger explains. As the 2015 Young Adult Employer Champion (National Fund for Workforce Solutions), Pointe Precision is doing its part to ensure that young generations are exposed to and are developing the skills needed to pursue a career in manufacturing.
Cost Effectiveness, Reliability & Turn-Around Speed
Receiving the necessary parts on time is critical for any manufacturer. Delayed delivery times and insufficient parts will slow down total operations and threaten the buyer organization’s ability to meet its customer’s service commitments.
The least expensive parts to machine are those that can be completed in a single setup, i.e., they do not have features on the sides or on the back that require the parts to be flipped over and repositioned. Additional setups add considerable time and expense to parts. Pointe Precision’s Mill-turn machines can do parts complete that other shops would use 3 axis lathes and vertical mills to complete. Less setup means less variability (higher quality) and less cost.
Parts made correctly to print within lead time enable Pointe Precision’s parts to go from dock to stock and directly into production which saves inspection time and buyer issues.
Collaboration with Pointe Precision‘s engineering department can help you achieve your design goals to help improve existing products and new part introductions to limit machining risk factors and cost effective work holding.
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!
OpenVPX is a COTS technology, used in rugged C4ISR designs, which reduces risk, so why are delays and overruns so common during the design phase?
There are a number of common pitfalls that, unless avoided, can wreak havoc on OpenVPX designs. Atrenne Integrated Solutions, an organization that has over 40 years of experience in COTS designs for military and aerospace rugged computing, has identified the 4 most common pitfalls in designing an OpenVPX System.
These errors and misconceptions can throw off your schedule, overrun your project budget and knock your well-conceived VPX project off the rails.