Video: Integrated system benefits, screwdriver leads to design changes
By integrating systems, designs can be less complex and more energy efficient. Here are examples. Also learn how a screwdriver resulted in design changes that decrease downtime later.
Integrated systems offer advantages, and Aarnout Kant, general manager of the Siemens Industry mechanical drives unit, explains some of them.
Kant also talks about an initially humbling experience at a customer site where a screwdriver led to design changes subsequently decreased downtime. Video also shows a finished gear being tested for size with an automated machine that compensates for temperature. A difference of 1 F can translate into a 10-micrometer size difference. Several other areas of the Siemens Tollgate plant in Elgin, Ill., also are shown.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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