This issue of Advanced Manufacturing TOE identifies advancements in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and data aggregation technology, large build volume fused filament fabrication 3D printers, horizontal machining centers for machining aircraft parts, pulsed fiber laser welding, and autonomous mobile robots enabling improved material handling.
The Advanced Manufacturing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software).
The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries.
Recent Developments in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies:
- Data aggregation Solution for Manufacturing Industries
- Expanding the Build Volume of 3D Printing
- More Productive Machining of Aircraft Parts
- Pulsed Fiber Laser Welds a Range of Metals and Plastics
- Mobile Robots Connect Islands of Automation
- Industry Contacts