Submitted by Joe Feeley on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 17:18
Here's a quick update about two of the many exhibitors that caught my attention at September's IMTS 2012 in Chicago. I'll do more as I can. The event now includes an Industrial Automation North America (IANA) conference and exhibitor component produced by Deutsche Messe, the folks who do the Hannover Fair.
Sorry, but I have sustainability on the brain, all because of April's upcoming "Green is No Gamble" cover story. Anyway, many machine builders report that designing and building greener machines, running more sustainable applications and facilities, and producing greener products requires participants to adopt some better practices.
The green/sustainable machine cover article in the upcoming April issue of Control Design is going to be a humdinger. Not only will it include packaging and printing machines from builders that have made them much more sustainable, but it will also feature plastic recycling equipment from two cutting-edge builders, who...
Hydraulics, as the primary source for metal-forming machines, has been dependable, does its job, and is well understood within the industry. However, machine builders are losing new business opportunities because of noise problems and environmental concerns. What's out there to overcome these issues?
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Tue, 10/12/2010 - 14:34
After doing a bit more snooping around to try to confirm the freshness of the joint project between MAS-IAS; Creare, the cryogenics experts; and the U.S. Navy, to build a titantium machining center that doesn't use tool coolant [that's what I said, it doesn't use coolant], and doubles the rate...
Sustainable manufacturing is a convenient word to collect all the energy and material saving initiatives that are applicable to manufacturing. Many initiatives already are routine as part of the mandate to build machines that are more efficient, more productive, and more flexible.
Energy efficiency and environmental concerns top the list of green issues these days. Which of these opportunities can you or will you implement on your machines because of enabling automation and technology?
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 10:52
Over the last few years, green has become an all-encompassing and often meaningless marketing buzzword. But in the real engineering-based world of machine builders, robot builders and their customers – greening the environment is inseparable from saving some green.