Schneider Electric | September 14, 2022
Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, is joining HP Inc. at the 2022 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), to announce the commercial availability of its Metal Jet S100 Solution. Accelerating innovative designs and products and digitally printing mass quantities of quality parts, HP's Metal Jet S100 Solution is transforming industries and helping scale 3D metals to mass production.
The manufacturing industry has evolved drastically over the past decade and is currently expected to be worth around $12 trillion1. We are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution, spearheaded by the accelerated growth of 3D printing and its ability to accelerate designs, improve process developments, and now in an industry first, realize true economies of scale.
"We are witnessing entire industries, from industrial to consumer, and healthcare to automotive, looking to digitally transform their manufacturing processes and supply chains in a world where volatility is the new normal, As the promise of additive manufacturing takes hold, HP has become a trusted partner to help speed the path to production. The introduction of our new Metal Jet commercial solution, along with innovative collaboration with market leaders like Schneider Electric, is delivering the blueprint for more sustainable, reliable, and efficient manufacturing."
-Didier Deltort, President of HP's Personalization and 3D Printing business.
New HP Metal Jet S100:
HP's new Metal Jet S100 Solution is opening the doors for a digital reinvention of the global metals manufacturing sector, with a strong focus on end-to-end supply chain solutions in both software and hardware that are customer-centric and design led.
The Metal Jet S100 Solution provides industrial production capabilities, integrated workflow, subscription and service offerings – an unprecedented level of technical and business advantages for customers, helping them achieve their goals for business transformation. The modular solution enables build units to travel between four different stations, meaning users can continually run production at scale for mass metals production.
"Since announcing the breakthrough Metal Jet technology in 2018, we have been working to develop the industry's most advanced commercial solution for 3D metals mass production, 3D printed metal parts are a key driving force behind digital transformation and the new Metal Jet S100 Solution provides a world class metals offering for our customers, from the first designs right through to production, but more importantly helps them to realize the unlimited potential for digital manufacturing."
-Ramon Pastor, Global Head and General Manager of 3D Metals, HP Inc.
HP's unequaled expertise and IP in Thermal Inkjet technology and Latex chemistry delivers cost, quality, productivity, and reliability advantages. HP's Thermal Inkjet printhead dramatically improves the printing speed, part quality, and repeatability. The advanced latex chemistries developed by HP lend significant benefits to the binder itself, enabling stronger green parts, eliminating the need for de-binding, and yielding industrial production-grade quality.
Key advantages of HP Metal Jet technology include:
Innovative New Designs: New geometries, density control and designs to lightweight or consolidate metal parts push the boundaries of what is possible with 3D printing.
Improved Customer Economics: Process steps needed to create parts are shortened whilst costs due to manual labor or complexity requirements are reduced, driving efficiencies across the supply chain.
Increased Productivity: Binder jetting can boost productivity tenfold, allowing for processing layer by layer versus point process. Isotropic properties also require no post-processing and no support removal, and the use of metal powders is also more cost-effective than laser-based 3D printing powder.
Higher Resolution to Drive Part Quality: HP printheads leverage decades of industrial thermal inkjet technology developments, defining geometry and delivering high resolution and system robustness, making mass 3D metal parts a viable option for commercial manufacturing.
Innovative Collaboration, Breakthrough Applications:
Advancements and new production applications highlight the advantages of Metal Jet, including better productivity, low part cost, and outstanding quality.
HP has already built strong momentum with leading partners and customers including GKN, Parmatech, Cobra Golf, Legor Group, and Volkswagen, and more. HP is also collaborating on mass metals production opportunities with new partners and customers around the world, including Domin Digital Motion, an innovative industrial company focused on hydraulic systems and valves, Lumenium, a startup developer of advanced rotational engines, and Schneider Electric.
Schneider Electric is the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation. Their product portfolio includes products, controls, software and services across residential, commercial, industrial and critical applications.
We are excited about the new possibilities for our business as a result of this collaboration with HP, said Michael Lotfy, SVP of Power Products & Systems, North America, Schneider Electric. We are constantly in pursuit of solutions that will enable more sustainable, agile innovations development. Leveraging HP Metal Jet our teams have delivered a proven use case showcasing the benefits of digital manufacturing and 3D printing, and we look forward to uncovering many more applications that meet the evolving demands from our customers addressing the challenges around sustainability and Electricity 4.0.
Together with GKN, a new filter used on Schneider Electric's NSX breaker was produced using HP Metal Jet technology, which could not be achieved with conventional industrial manufacturing capabilities due to the shape & material complexity. HP Metal Jet technology not only facilitated the design of new power filters shapes that reduce gas, pressure, and heat impact in a more limited space, it also resulted in significant productivity gains and environmental benefits.
HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life.
About Schneider Electric:
Schneider's purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.
Tenneco | September 29, 2022
Tenneco ( NYSE:TEN) today announced that it will supply the electronic suspension technology for the upcoming L9 electric luxury SUV from Li Auto. Tenneco's Advanced Suspension Technologies (AST) business will manufacture Monroe® Intelligent Suspension CVSAe™ electronic dampers for the new luxury model. The L9 is the second series model from the Beijing, China-based manufacturer of smart electric vehicles and the third model from a Chinese OEM to feature CVSAe technology.
CVSAe electronic damping technology continuously adapts to changing road conditions based on data provided by multiple onboard ride control sensors. An electronic control unit (ECU) processes sensor inputs and independently adjusts the electronic valve within each of the system's four dampers, resulting in optimal handling and comfort characteristics. Drivers can choose their preferred driving mode, ranging from comfort-intensive to sporty. Already selected by leading global automakers for more than 75 vehicle models, the technology requires minimal electrical power, making it ideal for battery-electric and hybrid models.
"Automakers in virtually every region around the world have recognized the significant advantages of CVSAe technology, This solution provides an uncommonly broad tuning range that enables OEMs to dial-in a precise ride and handling profile for virtually any size or type of passenger vehicle. This is particularly important for electric vehicles, which place unique demands on suspension components due to the weight and positioning of their battery packs."
-Henrik Johansson, vice president and general manager, AST, Tenneco.
CVSAe technology is compatible with coil spring- and air suspension-equipped vehicles and can be deployed with shock absorbers and/or Macpherson struts. CVSAe damper modules for the L9 will be manufactured in Tenneco's plant in Changzhou, China. This all-new facility first began production in 2021 and features the latest development, manufacturing and testing capabilities for advanced suspension systems for both traditional powertrain as well as BEV applications.
Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with full year 2021 revenues of $18 billion and approximately 71,000 team members working at more than 260 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Performance Solutions, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.
Geekplus | July 28, 2022
Geekplus, the global leader in autonomous mobile robots, has expanded collaboration with electronic components manufacturer Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai with the second phase of a smart manufacturing automation project. The expansion introduces more of Geekplus's goods-to-person picking and materials handling robots to the multi-robot configuration and opens up a further 3000m2 of automated warehousing space. The system achieved a delivery accuracy rate of 100%, with materials accuracy of over 99.98% in the production line.
Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai first joined forces with Geekplus in 2019 and successfully built a full-process flexible automated intelligent logistics factory using four types of Geekplus robots: P800R goods-to-person picking robots, MP1000R moving robots, RS2 tote-to-person robots, and X-series four-way shuttles for high-density storage. The entire manufacturing process is now automated with robots, from inbound receiving, to in-store stock management, outbound stock collection, and production line delivery.
"We are very proud of this end-to-end automation success with Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai. The company makes cutting-edge electronics technology, and Geekplus uses robotics technology to power their operations. The result is a beautiful example of how well smart intralogistics can function."
-Junzhe Yang, Vice President of China Region at Geekplus.
With the growth of Siemens Switchgear's business, new demands for storage capacity, material informatization, distribution timeliness, and accuracy have arisen. The implementation of a Plan For Every Part (PFEP) logistics model is a key step for Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai to react to this new reality. Entrusting the running of the site to Geekplus's smart technology and sophisticated software provides the 360° inventory oversight that this strategy requires. Geekplus has created a fully automated, flexible, multi-robot solution that represents a breathrough in intelligent manufacturing.
In this second phase of the project, Geekplus added more MP1000R moving robots equipped with laser-guided simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) capabilities to the production line without interrupting operations. Managed by Geekplus's warehouse management system, these robots autonomously carry out on-time delivery of raw materials to where they are needed in the production line. This precise matching of required materials and delivery times reduces line side warehouse space requirements by half and yields a material handling accuracy rate of over 99.98%.
In realizing this expansion, Geekplus engineers listened to Siemens Switchgear's experiences with the first-phase configuration. To better meet the client's needs, the Geekplus team optimized the paths layout of the four-way shuttle storage system and the layout of the picking workstations. The outbound throughput rate has increased from 500 pallets per day to 1000 pallets per day. They also added a steel platform to create a second storage level operated by the original P800R fleet, with a new cluster of P800Rs equipped with square pallet docking with low-level hoists in the materials receiving area on the ground floor. These additions, along with more MP1000R moving robots, have been seamlessly integrated into Siemens Switchgear's fully automated facility and freed up an additional 3000m2 of storage space.
Geekplus and Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai will further deepen their cooperation, expand application scenarios, explore innovative solutions, and continue to lead the intelligent transformation and upgrading of the manufacturing industry.
Geek+ is a global technology company leading the intelligent logistics revolution. We apply advanced robotics and AI technologies to realize flexible, reliable, and highly efficient solutions for warehouses and supply chain management. Geek+ is trusted by over 500 global industry leaders and has been recognized as the world leader in autonomous mobile robots. Founded in 2015, Geek+ has over 1500 employees, with offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, and Singapore.