Registration is open and the staff of Today’s Medical Developments, Aerospace Manufacturing and Design, Today’s Motor Vehicles, and Today’s Energy Solutions, published by GIE Media Inc., wants IMTS exhibitors and attendees to be a part of the inaugural Miles for Manufacturing 5K event.
Chicago – Make plans to attend the IMTS 2014 Conferences to learn about Smart Manufacturing: Transforming the Way to Interact with CNC Machines.
DATE: Wednesday, September 10 from 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM ROOM: W-192A
SPEAKER: Silvere Proisy, General Manager, Spring Technologies Inc.
Let’s have a look into the near future and see what manufacturers across several industries are preparing. In the automotive industry, for instance, cars are now connected to car manufacturers’ online maintenance, to improve pilots’ user experience, aircraft cockpits will become smart and “touch”, while in the consumer goods sector, Google glasses will allow us to make pictures in the twinkling of an eye. To assure the success of these innovations, and to make real and economically viable those smart products, embedding smart technology, we will have to be very smart and be able to build advanced manufacturing processes that will empower smart factories.
Ever-increasing CNC Machines complexity, production capacity or qualified resources shortage – particularly in the Aerospace industry - and cost-control within a global sluggish economy, place a premium on minimizing scrap from machining operations (avoiding shocks, tool breakage, collisions) and maintaining Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) at the highest possible levels and make your production tools as flexible as possible.
However, today’s context shows that in most workshops, there is a shortage of computers close to the machines, and in such cases, hardware is too often-obsolete which prevents from accessing to the state-of-the-art technologies that deliver the game-changing productivity gains. At best, CNC operators get to share a computer, forcing them to make endless round trips to attend their machine and lose valuable seconds worth thousands of dollars.
Within this context, the challenge is to enable manufacturers to set up a robust, streamlined and real-time controlled end-to-end machining process – from CAM output down to CNC machines. Today, CNC operators and managers need real-time NC data access to assure flexible production that will meet demand volatility. The next generation of CNC workers, so called mobile CNC workers, will benefit from rugged tablet PCs and will access the latest NC technologies. Ultra mobility offers a unique user’s experience where CNC realistic simulation, integrating all machine, tools, and material parameters, becomes a day-to-day part of a manufacturer's lifestyle.
SPRING Technologies will explain how latest CNC technologies are transforming the way stakeholders in the manufacturing process interact with CNC Machines, and fully address the upcoming challenges of the “advanced manufacturing” capabilities, paving the way to the 4th industrial revolution: “Industry 4.0”.
The educational and informative conferences run Sept. 8-11, 2014 in the West Building, Level 1. To register for this or any session, visit www.imts.com/education/imtsconference.html.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – A new video from B. Braun’s OEM Division, presents important material compatibility considerations when selecting valves for medical devices. The video appears on the new resource center on B. Braun’s website.
Presented by Joel Bartholomew, innovation manager at B. Braun, the video addresses three important considerations before selecting a valve. First is the interaction between the valve material and the fluid passing through the valve. Second is the material interaction during manufacturing. Third is the sum of chemical and mechanical stresses on the valve. By taking these three areas into consideration, engineers can identify valve options that will meet their requirements.
The video concludes by advocating for open and full communication with the valve supplier to help overcome unexpected problems and ensure ideal valve selection. It is part of a three-video series on valve selection that accompanies a complementary white paper on the same topic.
Source: B. Braun’s OEM Division
Needle-phobia is one of the most common fears, and drawing blood is one of the most ubiquitous medical procedures that nearly everyone faces at some point in their lives. Altamonte Springs-based NoNeedles Venipuncture is working on addressing this common fear with the research backing of Dr. Rodrigo Amezcua Correa, assistant professor of optics at the University of Central Florida. Thanks to the Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s Matching Grants Research Program, they are developing a process that uses laser pulses to draw blood without using a needle, which could have a major impact on the medical field with a particular focus on pediatrics.
The innovative process uses a laser beam that is fired through the skin in one quadrillionth of a second to create a microscopic channel into the vein. The bloodstream is then connected to a port to collect the blood sample before a laser is fired again to seal the channel and stop the bleeding. The result is a quick, accurate and painless procedure for collecting blood.
“Our design of this instrument is intended to improve the process of performing a venipuncture – such that the quality will be better and the cost will be lower,” said Calvin Wiese, president of NoNeedles Venipuncture. “We’re fairly confident that if we can get the technology to work the way we expect it to, it will be universally adopted.”
This research is a prime example of the multitude of applications found within the optics and photonics industry. CREOL, the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers at UCF, conducts cutting-edge research using optics and lasers with applications in a variety of industries in addition to the medical field, including defense, energy, aerospace and more.
“What excites me most about this project is to see the vast potential of lasers. Every day you see more applications,” said Correa. “If you can use lasers to cure some medical conditions or make common procedures easier, that’s very exciting to me.”
NoNeedles Venipuncture’s process also represents a vast improvement over current laser tissue methods, such as those used in laser tattoo removal, which require a large laser pulse that uses a lot of energy and often burns patients’ skin. In addition to the obvious benefits of eliminating pain and the “scare factor” many patients experience, a needleless system would also provide a much lower risk of contamination from blood-borne pathogens.
Initial results have been promising and the team hopes to complete additional studies on real human or animal tissue as the next step toward meeting their research goals.
“The money we’ve received from the Florida High Tech Corridor Council has helped us a lot in our research efforts,” said Correa. “We’ve been able to build a research group and bring students on board to support our efforts. It’s just a great opportunity for the university and for the company.”
Source: From Florida High Tech Corridor 2014 publication (p.22)
Chicago – Make plans to attend the IMTS 2014 Conferences to learn about 3D Scanners and Their Positioning Method: A Guide for Selecting the Right Device.