Additive manufacturing helps Eaton achieve zero landfill waste

Eaton | August 20, 2019

Additive manufacturing helps Eaton achieve zero landfill waste
American multinational power management company Eaton Corporation has recognized additive manufacturing as a valuable method for achieving Zero Waste to Landfill status for a number of its sites. Eaton’s ZWTL initiative involves reuse, recycling, composting, and waste incineration for energy generation. Thus far, approximately 148 of its sites have achieved ZWTL status. The company aims to convert all facilities to this certification by 2030. The concept of ZWTL is to prevent any waste material being disposed to a landfill, facilitating a circular economy. Presently, Eaton’s hose manufacturing plant in Cerkezkoy, Turkey, has reduced its total landfill waste was reduced from 21 percent to zero in four years. This was achieved by its energy recovery incineration process which converts rubber hose edge waste to usable energy. A bio-digestion and methane recovery system is also being used in Cerkekoy to convert cafeteria waste to renewable energy.

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Portwell Selects MaxLinear Multi-Protocol Transceivers and Bridges for Data Center & IIoT Solutions

MaxLinear | November 12, 2021

MaxLinear, Inc. announced today that the company’s multi-protocol transceivers and interface bridges are being used in Portwell’s computing platforms built for Industrial IoT applications and data center monitoring systems. As a leader in embedded computing, compute modules, and Industrial IoT, Portwell requires the flexibility and design advantages MaxLinear delivers to build high-density interconnected systems. With the most extensive portfolio of multi-protocol transceivers, MaxLinear offers products with up to 10 different protocols in a single chip. MaxLinear is a leading supplier of PCIe and USB bridges and provides the broadest serial port expansion capabilities in the industry. When used in conjunction with MaxLinear multi-protocol transceivers, the PCIe bridges offer unique features that give designers the freedom to simultaneously connect a myriad of sensors, actuators, controllers, motors, and more to embedded computers. “We’ve worked hand-in-hand with customers such as Portwell for decades to ensure our solutions meet their design standards,” said James Lougheed, Vice President of Marketing, High Performance Analog. “With the market growth for IIoT and data center monitoring systems, companies look to MaxLinear products to simplify development and provide operational efficiencies that cut costs.” The MaxLinear multi-protocol transceivers and bridges offer many benefits: Versatile Connectivity. Bridges give designers the freedom to select virtually any processor for their edge connected computers without being restricted to the availability of serial ports. Turn any processing platform into a connectivity powerhouse. Fewer BOMs improve inventory control. With software configuration (in design or in the field), the single-chip transceivers support configurations such as RS-485 or RS-232, or both. One BOM to fulfill different SKUs. Fewer parts. More reliable products. One hardware platform provides more reliability in manufacturing and serves different variations of IPCs and edge computing products and provides connectivity to a broad ecosystem of external devices. Innovative Design for efficiency and cost savings of the manufacturing line. MaxLinear serial bridges support pin compatibility between 4ch and 8ch and allow a single PCB layout for the chip. Expansion interface doubles the number of serial ports without additional PCIe bus connections. Flexibility to the end customer. Portwell’s end customers have the same flexibility to modify the configuration to meet their changing needs. “Reliability and time to market are the keys to our success, and MaxLinear’s smart engineering designs deliver so we can deliver,As a long-standing supplier, MaxLinear brings innovation and value to our products and our customers.” Portwell’s Jackie Hsu, co-CEO About American Portwell Technology American Portwell Technology, Inc. is a world-leading innovator in the embedded computing market and a Titanium member of the Intel Partner Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures, and markets a complete range of PICMG computer boards, embedded computer boards and systems, rackmount systems, and network communication appliances for both OEMs and ODMs. American Portwell is an ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 and TL 9000 certified company. The company is located in Fremont, California. Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. All products and company names referred to herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders. About MaxLinear, Inc. MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connectivity and access, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California.

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Oragenics and Avid Bioservices Enter Into Process Development and Drug Substance Manufacturing Agreement

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Fisker Ocean Take Steps Towards Manufacturing Milestones

Fisker Inc | July 06, 2021

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Your goals are clear: high productivity and worker safety, low cost and materials that can withstand the rigors of a manufacturing environment. Traditional manufacturing has its place but it’s not the only path to strong parts. Additive manufacturing using carbon fiber-filled nylon material 3D prints strong, lightweight parts with a high strength-to-weight ratio for rapid prototyping, short run production parts and even production-grade parts.