Harpak-ULMA | August 18, 2022
Harpak-ULMA, the industry leader in smart, connected packaging solutions, has been selected by a major medical device producer to provide automated flow wrap packaging lines for pipette tip production. The move will ensure reliable, US-based production of a vital tool utilized to dispense precise amounts of liquid in disease research and diagnostic labs.
Harpak-ULMA will deploy smart, connected packaging platforms outfitted with highly automated product loading and secondary/tertiary pack-out operations in the partnership project. The company’s solutions will meet or exceed the high levels of scalability, medical device packaging quality, and overall throughput demanded at extreme production levels. A key selection criterion was Harpak-ULMA’s ability to deliver an end-to-end, integrated solution, from upstream product handling and product tracking through primary and secondary packaging to integrated pack-out stations. This total line solution enables tracking of Line OEE in addition to individual equipment OEE, enabling a centralized control system to optimize the communications between equipment.
The key to sustaining high-volume, mission-critical packaging output is a focused approach to OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) optimization, including minimizing all variations of line downtime. Moreover, the digital transformation of packaging operations can dramatically improve line uptime.
“Our smart, connected packaging platforms enable innovative technologies to achieve these outcomes — all while maximizing line output, scalability, and flexibility.”
-Nick Kirichkow, Harpak-ULMA Medical Industry Product Manager.
Harpak-ULMA’s multi-year, multi-phase strategic plan addresses advanced machine self-diagnosis, remote OEE monitoring, and analytics deployment, augmented reality (AR) experiences for training, work instructions and maintenance routines, and real-time digital twins. The approach enables real-time performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and predictive maintenance solutions. Proactively identifying OEE variations and associated root causes uplifts overall line performance and throughput. Introducing front-line worker tools such as augmented reality (AR) experiences can accurately guide staff through complex repairs that may previously have required OEM field support - reducing overall mean-time-to-repair (MTTR). Smart, connected platforms also enable predictive maintenance capabilities – introducing the potential to all but eliminate unplanned line downtime.
Harpak-ULMA’s digital transformation strategy focuses on developing and deploying information-centric, next-generation packaging solutions, providing an additional strategic rationale for this high-profile government initiative. In addition, Harpak-ULMA's end-to-end proven automation experience and capabilities offer a single point of accountability that helps to ensure on-time, on-budget solution commissioning.
We are extremely proud to have been selected for such an important program. If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that bringing technology and automation to bear in packaging operations, or any aspect of production, can be the difference between hitting the pause button on production — or not — during a public health emergency, Roach added. The combination of smart, connected machines and automation helps ensure supply chain availability for products that are key to public health and safety. If there was any remaining doubt about that value proposition in the minds of m anufacturing executives, the recent pandemic put that to bed.
Harpak-ULMA is the North American arm of ULMA, a $1B industry leader in complete packaging line solutions for Food, Medical, Bakery, and Industrial products. Harpak-ULMA provides smart, connected packaging systems utilizing Rockwell Automation’s controls and information platforms to deliver greater efficiency, uptime, and throughput, as well as better package quality and reduced waste. Well-designed, reliable solutions reduce customers’ total cost of ownership, help them overcome the challenges of an aging and evolving workforce, and improve control of maintenance expenses with competitive parts sourcing. In addition to offering ULMA primary packaging systems and comprehensive automation solutions, Harpak-ULMA is the exclusive North American distributor of G. Mondini tray sealers. Harpak-ULMA joined the Rockwell Automation Partner Network in 2018 as part of its initiative to build and deploy smart, connected packaging solutions.
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.
MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY,DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Cepton | July 21, 2022
Cepton, Inc. (“Cepton” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CPTN), a Silicon Valley innovator and leader in high-performance MMT® lidar solutions, today announced that it has selected Fabrinet (NYSE: FN), a leading provider of advanced precision optical and electronic manufacturing services, for the production of its Vista®-X90 lidar, which will be deployed in the industry’s largest ADAS lidar series production program.
Cepton selected Fabrinet for its deep expertise in advanced optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical and electronic manufacturing services for the production of high-performance, proprietary assemblies of its Vista-X90 lidars. Trusted by the world’s most demanding OEMs, Fabrinet is known for its delivery of high-quality complex optical, mechanical and electrical assemblies for optical communications and automotive applications. A strategic move, the partnership furthers Cepton’s goal of making lidar an essential and standard auto part in everyday consumer vehicles.
The Vista-X90 lidar features Cepton’s patented MMT (Micro Motion Technology), a highly efficient lidar imaging mechanism that enables long-range and high-resolution 3D imaging through a unique, dense scan pattern. Free of rotation, mirror and friction, MMT was specifically designed to address the need of the automotive industry for scalable lidar solutions that achieve the right balance between performance, reliability and cost.
In addition to MMT, Vista-X90 also packages Cepton’s proprietary lidar engine ASICs, designed for optimal illumination control, detection and signal processing. Utilizing Fabrinet’s expertise in high-volume optical and opto-electrical manufacturing, Cepton will be able to deliver high-quality and cost-effective assemblies to ramp up production and achieve scalable growth.
“At Cepton, our goal is to be the world’s go-to supplier of automotive lidar solutions, and working with an OEM-trusted and validated manufacturing partner is a crucial part of that effort, Fabrinet has earned a strong reputation within the automotive industry with its excellent service and precision-manufacturing expertise. We are excited to work with Fabrinet to accelerate the production of our Vista-X90 lidar, as the partnership is a crucial step towards getting our lidars into an unprecedented volume of automobiles through our flagship ADAS lidar program.”
-Dr. Jun Pei, Co-founder and CEO of Cepton.
We are excited that Cepton has chosen Fabrinet to manufacture their flagship lidar program, said Seamus Grady, CEO at Fabrinet. With our advanced manufacturing capabilities and significant expertise, Fabrinet is well-positioned to support Cepton in ramping production of their ADAS lidar program. We look forward to our continued partnership with Cepton in pursuit of their long-term ambitions.
About Cepton, Inc:
Cepton is a Silicon Valley innovator of lidar-based solutions for automotive (ADAS/AV), smart cities, smart spaces and smart industrial applications. With its patented Micro Motion Technology (MMT®), Cepton aims to take lidar mainstream and achieve a balanced approach to performance, cost and reliability, while enabling scalable and intelligent 3D perception solutions across industries.
Cepton has been awarded the largest known ADAS lidar series production award in the industry to date, based on the number of vehicle models awarded, to support General Motors’ Ultra Cruise program. Cepton is also engaged with all other Top 10 global OEMs.
Founded in 2016 and led by industry veterans with decades of collective experience across a wide range of advanced lidar and imaging technologies, Cepton is focused on the mass market commercialization of high performance, high quality lidar solutions. Cepton is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has a center of excellence facility in Troy, MI to provide local support to automotive customers in the Metro Detroit area. Cepton also has a presence in Germany, Canada, Japan, India and China to serve a fast-growing global customer base.
Fabrinet is a leading provider of advanced optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical, and electronic manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers of complex products, such as optical communication components, modules and subsystems, automotive components, medical devices, industrial lasers and sensors. Fabrinet offers a broad range of advanced optical and electro-mechanical capabilities across the entire manufacturing process, including process design and engineering, supply chain management, manufacturing, advanced packaging, integration, final assembly and testing. Fabrinet focuses on production of high complexity products in any mix and any volume. Fabrinet maintains engineering and manufacturing resources and facilities in Thailand, the United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, Israel and the United Kingdom.