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          EWF along with its partners developed the first International Additive Manufacturing Qualification System

          PORTO SALVO, Portugal, 28-Nov-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Additive Manufacturing is entering fast into the mainstream since most industries, if not all, are bound to benefit from its nearly endless possibilities of customization and on-demand production. It is already redefining many industries, and it has the potential to disrupt traditional business models and value chains, providing companies willing to fully embrace this technology with a significant competitive advantage. One of the reasons that its growth has not been as fast as anticipated is the lack of qualified professionals capable of dealing and operating in Additive Manufacturing. Essentially, the shift in existing job definitions and the emergence of new skill sets require continuous up/reskilling to meet the needs of an economy that is increasingly blurring the lines between the physical and digital world. That is why EWF has, along with its network of partners, developed the first?International Additive Manufacturing Qualification System?to support the fast adoption of this new market.

          This new qualification system relies on EWF’s expertise in the development of advanced harmonized qualifications that are broadly used and recognized. These qualifications, as with all other developed by EWF, are a result of the cooperative work between the federation and experts representing both industry and education (e.g. training centres, universities, and research organisations), that agreed on the technical and pedagogical structure of the qualifications needed for current and future professionals in metal additive manufacturing. The collaboration with organizations supported by several European projects, ensures that a crucial fast track adoption of this first European/International Qualification System for Additive Manufacturing personnel is made possible.

          EWF currently offers Qualifications in Metal AM, three at the Operator level and three at Engineering level. And they have been gathering momentum, with the International harmonised qualifications for professionals in additive manufacturing already recognized in 33 European countries.?The first countries offering these qualifications are Italy, Germany, France, UK and Spain, and the first course for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) operator started this year in Italy, with the first diplomas already awarded.

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          New York Fire Extinguisher Service

          New York, NY, 2019-Nov-07 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?If you are searching for a local Fire Extinguisher Service and Sales Company providing the complete New York Metropolitan region from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Long Island, Suffolk and Nassau County New York with the highest quality of fire extinguisher inspection, repair and installations across the region. As a licensed and experienced fire protection company we provide many business owners and consumers with fire life safety products. Partnering with Ansul, Buckeye, and Kidde, New York Fire Extinguisher Service is dedicated to serve the New York area with prompt and honest service.

          The licensed New York company –?NY Fire Extinguisher Service?– is experienced enough to not just offer not just fire extinguisher equipment but complete restaurant fire prevention and ventilation solutions for the metropolitan region of NYC.

          “We maintain many portable fire extinguisher and automatic fire extinguishing systems and will notify you so they never fall out of service as they must be maintained and be ready to fight any fire that arises”

          NY Fire Extinguisher Service, is available for free quotes. So give them a call 877-687-0006, or email them at nyfireextinguisherservice@gmail.com for further information.

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          New Online Deck Designer Wowing Pontoon Boat Owners Nationwide

          New Paris, Indiana, United States, 2019-Oct-15 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?Veada Industries recent relaunch of the company’s website focused on Boat Seats and Boating Accessories included the introduction of Veada’s all new, Pontoon Boat Deck Designer application tool.

          The drag and drop designer application allows users to customize their pontoon boat deck with over 20 different pieces in a variety of seating sizes, shapes, features, and color options. A Veada representative said, “We’re already getting positive reviews on the boat seat Deck Designer tool. It gives boat owners the ability to customize the planner to their boat’s length, width and door arrangement, then easily drag and drop the individual pieces to the deck. They can then can rotate and position each piece to visualize how everything will look and fit before they buy.”

          The company collaborated closely with their web developers at Precept Partners in redesigning the website and creating the Deck Designer software. Precept manager, Stephen Antisdel said, “We paid particular attention to making the Deck Designer tool both intuitive and fun to use, with instant pricing calculations as each piece is added to the user’s virtual boat deck.”

          Veada’s redesigned website also features a wide variety of helpful information on installing boat seats, boat seat cleaning, and a marine upholstery guide in the FAQ section, along with fishing boat seats, helm boat seats, seat pedestals, boat cup holders, marine vinyl upholstery, tent and camper coverings, plus payment options that includes Free Shipping offerings and Free Fabric Samples.

          The company also offers free marine vinyl samples sent on request. A summary of applications and helpful tools for all boat owners:


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          ASI Drives: Mark 600 – Heavy Duty Fully Enclosed Transaxle

          MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA, USA, 10-Oct-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — ASI Drives introduces the next generation of heavy-duty, fully enclosed transaxles with their Mark 600, set to markedly transform both indoor and outdoor material handling. An evolution of the industry-standard Mark 400, the company designed the new transaxle as a high-performance replacement for applications typically requiring internal combustion engines. The Mark 600 is part of ASI’s Viking Transaxle product line.

          “The Mark 600 is possible thanks to recent improvements in battery and electronics technology,” explains?John Cross, ASI Drives’ President and CTO. “When combined with our transaxle technology,” he goes on, “these improvements allowed us to develop a new transaxle capable of replacing the internal combustion engine in the outdoor material handling market.” Other markets include outdoor power equipment and floor care.

          High-torque and High-speed Configurations

          With a large 70 mm mount, the Mark 600 produces up to 270 Nm of torque at 60 RPM under high load in high-torque configurations. Under typical load, high-speed configurations produce 60 Nm of torque at 119 RPM. This makes it suitable for many applications, from motorized wheelbarrows, plane tuggers and trailer movers to personal scooters, large floor-cleaning machines and more.

          The Benefits of Thoughtful Design and Engineering

          Distinguishing features of the Mark 600 include: single-piece casting for precision gear alignment and quieter operation; bolt-on tube extensions for multiple widths without retooling; high-strength bevel gear differentials; available robust permanent magnet DC motors; easily replaceable motors and brushes; service intervals exceeding 2,000 hours.

          Highly Customizable Feature Set

          ASI can configure the Mark 600 to meet the demands of a variety of applications. Reduction ratios range from 24:1 to 36:1. Standard widths range from 237 mm to 596 mm, with custom widths available. Motor options include permanent magnet DC 4-pole and brushless AC and DC motors, available in 122 mm and up to 152 mm diameters, respectively. Voltages range from 12 V to 48 V DC. Axles can be hubs or custom.

          To learn more about the about the Mark 600, visit?asidrives.com/Mark600. To learn about other solutions by ASI, visit?asidrives.com/offerings?or call 215-661-1002.

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          Wood and Laminate Flooring Market To Witness an Excellent Growth by Exploitation in 2017 to 2026

          San Jose, CA, United States, 2019-Sep-06 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?Floorings are a key amenity for homes, and their presence enhances the natural appearance of physical spaces. Floorings made of wood and laminates are becoming sought-after for providing a traditional look at affordable prices. This report, compiled by XploreMR, provides in-depth analysis of the global wood and laminate floorings market for the forecast period 2017-2026, offering key insights on the growth prospects of the market.


          The scope of the XploreMR’s report is to analyze the global wood and laminate floorings market for the forecast period 2017-2026 and offer accurate and unbiased insights to the readers. Wood and laminate floorings manufacturers, suppliers, and stakeholders in the global industry can benefit from the analysis offered in this report.

          In-depth analysis regarding the energy saving properties, usage benefits, and long-term maintenance is detailed in this report. The comprehensive study offers insights on various market drivers, trends, and challenges shaping the future of the market, serving as a platform for future study, interest and understanding for the leading industries, trade magazines and journals related to the global wood and laminate floorings market.

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          The report introduces the current scenario of the market for wood and laminate floorings. The executive summary section of the report offers information regarding the future scope of the global wood and laminate floorings market. Brief information on the vital aspects, facts, and statistics on the global wood and laminate floorings market is emphasized in this section.


          This section offers an overview of the global wood and laminate floorings market. This section comprises definition of the product – wood and laminate floorings, along with key insights on dynamics playing an important role towards the growth of the market. The overview also includes market value and year-on-year growth defining the future progress and decline of the global wood and laminate floorings. Data on the year-on-year growth provides readers with an overall view on expected progress reshaping growth during the forecast period.

          In the next section, the report provides insights on major drivers, key trends, and retrains on the basis of demand, supply and macro-economic factors. The report also talks about an impact analysis of drivers and restraints that helps in decision-making and becoming more efficient.

          The report further provides information on various technological advancements in the global wood and laminate floorings market. Latest information and advancements regarding growth opportunities can prove to be beneficial for the leading manufacturers of wood and laminate floorings. With advancements in technology, keeping an eye on the latest trends and developments is important for wood and laminate floorings manufacturers to frame key business strategies. Key insights concerning the list of distributor, supply chain, cost structure, pricing analysis, and raw material sourcing, are also provided in this section of the report.

          Considering the broad-scope of the global wood and laminate floorings market, the report offers in-depth insights on the forecast and segment-wise analysis. The wood and laminate floorings market has been segmented on the basis of product type, end-user, construction activity, and region. This sections offers segmentation analysis, along with a detailed country-wise forecast on all the parameters.

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          Tarps Now? Industrial Divider Curtains in High Demand

          St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Aug-24 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Partitioning a large plant or warehouse with Industrial Divider Curtains is an important part of creating an efficient, manageable workspace where physical barriers are used to create a wide range of benefits including increased efficiencies, temperature control, sound dampening, improved employee morale and workplace safety. To meet this need, Tarps Now? offers numerous options that businesses select to partition facilities to control temperatures, reduce flows of [particulate matter and improve workplace safety.

          An Efficient Workplace Safety Solution

          While permanent walls provide permanent solutions, they’re considerably less flexible, require more time and materials to deploy. In contrast to this more costly and time-consuming process, industrial divider curtains that are easy to install, as well as far more affordable. They offer an ideal level of privacy and physical separation with the added advantage of dynamic flexibility. Tarps Now? Industrial Divider Curtains are typically installed using mounted on steel roller tracks, allowing for partitions to be removed and replaced quickly and easily.

          Additionally, Tarps Now? offers industrial grade curtain tracks are available in a variety of configurations to meet specific business objectives, goals and needs. Divider Curtain placement solutions include straight single-partition tracks, two-, three-, and four-sided setups, which have the capability to efficiently segregate multiple workstations within one large open area. Tarps Now? industrial curtains can be taken down and re-hung as needed, making this solution one of the most versatile workplace applications available.

          Heavy-Duty and Durable

          Noting the flexible nature of the materials used to engineer industrial curtains, they are designed for long lasting durability, and are tough enough to withstand the rigors of the most common environmental hazards and byproducts of warehousing, receiving, and factory-style workplace. Consider the following potential uses:

          • Aircraft hangers and facilities
          • Automotive manufacturing, repair, or painting
          • Climate-controlled storage facilities
          • Factories and manufacturing plants
          • Hazardous material control
          • Sandblasting and spray painting work
          • Warehouses and stock facilities
          • Woodworking and other craftsman activities

          Tarps Now? Industrial Curtains make it possible to contain airborne contaminants which occur regularly in these types of environments, creating defined areas which improve working conditions throughout a facility.

          Other Notable Benefits

          While many applications are traditionally found in industrial environments, these types of curtains are a viable solution for a wide range of needs. Schools, restaurants, and retail establishments are all examples of non-industrial entities which can derive several key benefits of industrial curtains:

          • Confining dust, mist, smoke or sparks
          • Limiting temperature loss or gain
          • Containing humidity
          • Reducing transfer of light, noise, and odors

          When factoring in the relative ease of use and installation, it’s plain to see that industrial curtains are a powerful solution for managing any large space. You can get help with designing and installing Industrial Divider Curtains by contacting Tarps Now at 888-800-1383.

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          Getting The Most Cash At The Scrap Yard

          Houston, TX, USA, 2019-Aug-16 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?You are probably looking for a scrap yard nearby and got to this page, please click the below link if you searched for a scrap yard near me and need a nearby recycling company.?Local scrap yards

          Scrap Yards Nearby

          Scrap yards are local metal recycling centers, they purchase metals including iron, stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminum & lead.

          They will also buy electronics, appliances or cars to dismantle them and sell the steel mill or larger scrap brokers. If you would like to learn how metal is recycled view our article?How scrap metal is recycled?to learn more.

          The metal that scrap yards generate will get melted and reused, that being the case they are a must for our environment.

          Here are some tips that will help you to get the most cash from your metal when recycling:

          1. Research.

          Knowledge is power, and this is the case even at the scrap yard.

          Whatever kind of metal you are going to sell will need to be graded by the scrap yard.

          As an example, insulated copper wire or any other copper will be (#1 or #2) depending on a combination of the gauge of copper, insulation type, copper coatings including tin, silver & shellac.

          If you have scraps such as plate, sheet or any other for it will depend on if the copper is painted or has other metals attached to it.

          #1 copper that has no insulation or coating will always be worth more than #2 copper, that’s why you need to know what you have before you call or go to the scrap yard.

          2. More is better.

          Bringing larger amounts of weight to the scrap yard will give you more negotiating power.

          So figure you have a huge amount of aluminum, the scrap yard is going to really want your business more than they would from someone bringing in a small pick up load.

          Local recycling centers make their profit by the ton working on any where from $50 to $400 depending on how much they have to invest in the metal.

          By gathering a large amount of weight you maybe able to get $100 more on a ton of your scrap then if it was 500 lbs. and 4 trips to the yard not to mention you save on fuel, also keep in mind that when at a yard there is a 50/50 chance of getting a flat so unless you have $500-$600 or more worth of scrap metal its just not worth it.

          3. Separate Your Scrap Metal.

          Prior to going to the scrap yard, separate all your metal.

          By doing this you will get better scrap metal prices which is an important key to getting the most money for your scrap.

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          Tarps Now Expands Offerings of Flame Retardant Grade Welding Curtains, Welding Screens

          Tarps Now Expands Offerings of Flame Retardant Grade Welding Curtains, Welding Screens

          St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Aug-12 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?Tarps Now? is pleased to announce the expansion of its proprietary lines of flame resistant Welding Curtains, Welding Blankets and Fire-Retardant Tarps that are engineered to improve the workplace safety where welding and industrial heat process takes place and pose an ongoing risk to worker safety.

          The new lines of Industrial Grade Welding Screens, Welding Curtains and Welding Blankets now offered by Tarps Now? are engineered to significantly reduce the hazards associated with welding and related industrial processes involving sparks, UV flashes, spatter, and heated dust from manufacturing processes.

          In addition to these new lines of welding fabrics, Tarps Now? also announced the release of a wide variety of PVC welding curtains that includes fire resistant, transparent vinyl. While light duty welding blankets typically used for general welding provide protection against light sparks and spatter, these can also be used vertically.

          For applications requiring customization, Tarps Now? is the leader in the production of custom Flame Retardant and Fire-Resistant fabrics and related heat resistant fabric materials.

          Tarps Now? Flame Resistant Welding Screens, Curtains and Blankets:


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          How is scrap metal recycled

          • Metal Recycling How Scrap Metal Is Recycled
          • Scrap metal recycling is one of the largest industries in the Country
          • For the original post please visit?How Scrap Metal Is Recycled

          Dallas, TX, USA, 2019-Aug-01 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?Metal Recycling is the process of reusing old scrap metal to manufacture or fabricate another item, this can be done over and over again with the same metal that was once used in a bridge 100 years ago can be the same metal that is now used in the car your driving today.

          Video courtesy of The Discovery Channel


          Types Of Scrap Metal:

          There are many different types of scrap metal you will encounter in the metal recycling process.

          Typical metals include iron, aluminum, brass, copper & stainless steel, of these scrap metals copper is the most sought after and is part of?scrap metals classified as non ferrous, non ferrous meaning no iron or minimal iron present and non magnetic “Iron is magnetic”, non ferrous metals include copper, brass and aluminum.

          Where these metals can be found:

          • Iron can be found in most anything including cars, heavy machinery, structural steel & more.
          • Aluminum can be found in Aircraft frames and parts, automobile engines, heads and transmissions, commercial window frames and window frames.
          • Brass can be found in water meters, ammunitions, fixtures, faucets and plumbing supplies.
          • Copper can be found in washing machines, automobiles “engine harness, alternators & starters, electrical equipment, electric motors and transformers.
          • Stainless steel can be found in the food and restaurant industry prep stations, chemical plants for storage of chemicals and many other products.

          The Scrap Yard:

          Once the metal is gathered it will find it’s way to the local metal recycling center “Scrap yard” where the metal will be unloaded usually using a crane with a magnet or hydraulic grapple attachment, smaller pieces of scrap metal can be unloaded by hand. It will then be separated and then shredded, torched or made into smaller pieces by any other means necessary.

          The scrap will then be separated into different piles and non ferrous metals will be further separated into various categories.

          The Steel Mill:

          When ready the scrap metal will be loaded onto trucks that will haul it off to it’s final destination, “the steel mill” or aluminum foundry etc. where the metal will be recycled and melted into new iron/steel plates, blocks, beams etc. the metal is melted by high voltage electrodes, flux and other chemicals maybe added to purify/clean the metal, pressurized air may also introduced to help achieve high carbon steel which is much stronger than cast iron.
          Other metals maybe introduced in very small amounts as well such as nickel, chrome or molybdenum to make an even stronger high strength steel such as chrome moly steel or 4140 steel.

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          ASI Drives President John Cross named chairman of the American Gear Manufacturers Association

          MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA, USA, 6-Jun-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — ASI Drives, a leading manufacturer of custom engineered gear drives since 1985, has announced that its President, John Cross, has been named chairman of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA).

          An AGMA board member since 2013, Cross assumed the role of chair in April. He will hold that position for a two-year term.

          The AGMA, which celebrated its centennial in 2016, is active in standards development of gears and power transmission products, offers a range of in-person and online courses, and hosts events, expositions and trade missions. Many of these activities drive the development of new technology to further the role that manufactured gears play in the ever-expanding industrial sector.

          AGMA member companies currently number more than 470. They include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world.

          “ASI is honored to have John playing such a key role in a group as important as the AGMA,” said ASI CEO?Doug Fastuca. “His work on the board has already done a great deal to benefit the industry as a whole, and as chairman he is in a position to really drive change and improvement among its membership and the industry as a whole.”

          For his part,?Cross?says this marks the culmination of his more than 20-year involvement with AGMA.

          “I have used AGMA standards since I began my career in 1985,”?Cross?said. “I began my association with AGMA in 1997 when I started working at ASI Drives, who is a 30-year AGMA member.

          “Since I joined the board in 2013 I’ve been fortunate to have developed deep, lasting relationships with many high-level business leaders across various industries. Being the Chair of AGMA‘s Board of Directors affords me the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with industry leaders throughout the world about their strategic and business plans. Learning from their experience and knowledge allows me to better address the needs of the association and its members, as well as ASI and our customers.”

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          SLM-XL project: Printing large-scaled parts with Laser Powder Bed Fusion process

          LISBON, 31-May-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Additive manufacturing technologies are increasingly used, as they allow the manufacturing of parts with geometries not achievable by traditional processes, leading to increasingly more efficient parts for the intended applications, but mostly for smaller build envelopes and rapid prototyping. In the case of Laser Powder Bed Fusion technology, the SLM-XL project has taken the parts size shortcoming head-on and it has managed to produce large stainless steel parts of over one meter compliant with the 316L specification (image 1). To achieve this milestone, the project included the development of a prototype machine for larger parts using LPBF technology with a new, breakthrough technology, tiled laser melting, that is paving the way for the seamless production of small to large parts for the most demanding usage scenarios.?Printing large-scaled parts with laser powder bed fusion process provides a fast and efficient way to create low volume parts of any length and height, allowing flexibility in design and overcoming disadvantages of traditional manufacturing technologies.

          The project experiment has produced samples on the customized LPBF machine with relative densities above 99%, with the best result at 99,655%. This is a positive indicator towards the ultimate goal of zero-defect manufacturing in producing large components with LPBF. The?SLM-XL projectwas led by an equipment manufacturer (Adira Metal Forming Solutions) with the collaboration of research organizations (Instituto Superior Técnico,?Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciência e Tecnologia, INEGI – Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) and one end user (MCG – Manuel Concei??o Gra?a).

          There is a growing market demand for this type of machines and this specific prototype includes a unique TLM (Tiled Laser Melting) printing process technology developed by Adira. By being able to produce larger parts, the project has brought the broad utilization of Laser Powder Bed Fusion into the mainstream, with clear benefits in efficient resources utilization, cost effectiveness for customized smaller production runs and overall flexibility on the production. The project’s outcomes included a methodology for selection of parameters to fabricate large metal parts in stainless steel 316L, as well as contributing for the development of the final prototype machine.

          Empowering industry with large parts production capabilities

          Laser powder bed fusion is one of the metal additive manufacturing technologies available. It is a layer by layer process in which a defined powder thickness is melted by the laser allowing the manufacture of functional complex-shaped objects, with high structural integrity for low volume and affordable costs in different materials. Being able to deliver parts produced through this technology is not a novelty, and has already been used, among other, for biomedical devices. But ensuring the production of larger parts, retaining the expected features of materials made from traditional subtractive manufacturing, has proven elusive so far. The consortium tested the ultimate ability to reach the highest possible density for a larger part, which in turn would reveal the type of potential applications.

          By showing the capability of producing large build envelopes of 316L stainless steel samples, the project has paved the way for other materials to follow in the near future. To achieve the results of 99% plus density in all the part, it was required to adjust the parameters at the outer zones, and a methodology to perform this adjustment has also been proposed as an outcome of this project.

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          The SLM-XL – 3D project consortium was tasked with the production of 316L stainless steel materials with a prototype SLM machine developed by ADIRA

          The SLM-XL – 3D project puts together leading research and industrial organizations to develop a prototype capable of coping with the most demanding real-life scenarios

          LISBOA, 9-May-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Utilization of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) technology has been confined to the production of small parts with up to 99,9% relative density and with clear economic benefits, yet the difficulty to increase parts size while keeping its mechanical and other properties have prevented its utilization for large scale parts production. This is the challenge addressed by the?SLM-XL project?lead by an equipment manufacturer (Adira Metal Forming Solutions) with the collaboration of research organizations (Instituto Superior Técnico,?Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciência e Tecnologia) and end user (MCG – Manuel Concei??o Gra?a). The consortium was tasked with the production of 316L stainless steel materials with a prototype SLM machine developed by ADIRA, and the project’s outcomes included a methodology for selection of parameters to fabricate large metal parts in stainless steel 316L, as well as contributing for the development of the final prototype machine.

          Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF9 also known as selective Laser Melting (SLM) or direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), is a layer by layer process in which a defined powder thickness is melted by the laser allowing the manufacture of functional complex shaped components, with high structural integrity for low volume and affordable costs in different materials. Printing large-scaled parts with selective laser melting process provides a fast and efficient way to create low volume parts of any length and height allowing flexibility in design and overcoming disadvantages of traditional manufacturing technologies as eg. casting where modifying casting molds when the component design is changing is time consuming and cost-intensive. Especially in case of prototyping, additive manufacturing enhances the flexibility of manufacturers in design iterations.

          The challenges are due to the microstructure and mechanical properties of additive manufactured parts, which can show anisotropy and position-depending properties. For large-scaled LPBF machines the position depending changes in microstructure and mechanical properties are more pronounced as compared to LPBF machines with reduced build volume. There is a market demand for this type of machines and as such several manufacturers are commercializing equipment with increased build envelopes.

          Adira is addressing this market and has moved from design to prototype. The machine, used to produce the samples for the SLM-XL project, has been displayed in several exhibitions and is gaining market recognition, including being awarded on the Product Innovation category by COTEC-ANI in 2017, due to its unique TLM (Tiled Laser Melting) printing process technology.

          Bringing the machine design into real-world usage scenarios

          The present investigation has focused on the influence of an enlarged build envelope on porosity, and mechanical properties of 316 L stainless steel samples.

          There is still significant lack of knowledge and understanding about the correlations between process parameters and mechanical properties and for high-power LPBF systems with increased build rates. As a result of extended laser powers of up to 1 kW the solidification conditions significantly affect the resulting microstructure in terms of size of dendrites and grains. Consequently, the SLM-XL project focused on the investigation and correlation of process parameters (e.g., laser power, scan speed, layer orientation, hatch distance, vector length, etc.) on the density of the samples (Archimedes, imaging technique), microstructure (scanning electron microscopy) and resultant mechanical properties (hardness, tensile and compression tests) for 316 L stainless steel parts with different geometrical characteristics and produced in different areas of the powder bed.

          The results show that to assure 99% plus density in all the building envelop of a system with 1 m3 of volume, the user needs to adjust parameters as the outer zones are reached. A methodology to perform this adjustment is proposed.

          The microstructure analysis indicates a preferential elongation of the grains in certain directions which leads to anisotropy of the mechanical properties relative to the direction of build. The mechanical tests resulted in hardness, elongation, tensile strength characteristic of 316L full hardened stainless steel.

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          Prometheus project to bridge the existing gap between niche and mainstream applications for high power ultra-short pulse laser surface processing

          PORTO SALVO, 4-Apr-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Prometheus’ project will bridge the existing gap between niche and mainstream applications for high power ultra-short pulse laser surface processing. This advanced technology enables the production of materials with advanced properties such as non-stick, low wear/friction, oleophobic or hydrophobic, but through this unique project will deliver a broad range of surface functionalities onto metals, polymers and ceramics by way of high throughput, high spatial resolution Direct Laser Interference Patterning (DLIP) surface processing. It is expected to deliver unprecedented surface texturing speeds of up to 5 m2/min and enable high resolution features down to 1 μm to be produced with minimal heat impact on work pieces. This ambitious project represents a pan-European EU consortium of world leading organizations, from industrial and research partners to four manufacturers – Maier, Johnson and Johnson, Fiat Chrysler Automobile group and Arcelik – that will be able to assess the project’s outputs against current industrial processes. Wrapping up the thee-year project, and through breakthrough developments in laser sources, optics, process setup, control and monitoring, the consortium will deliver an integrated laser processing demonstrator system to showcase its capabilities according to the established goals.

          Beyond the expected improvement on accuracy, the Prometheus project qualitative objectives include better resources utilization from raw materials to energy and waste. It is also expected a quantum leap on the speed of materials’ processing, as mentioned, by reaching 2-5 m2/min, while also minimizing heat impact on sensitive materials. The project aims to achieve improved flexibility and allow for a simpler product customization – all of this at a fraction of existing solutions’ cost. The case studies being developed include a dishwasher, a tumble dryer, a cylinder piston liner, and high strength aluminium pressing for automotive.

          The unique ability of this technology to deliver precise periodic arrays of surface features at an unprecedented processing rate will contribute to its entrance into mainstream manufacturing processes, from its current usage in niche ultra-high value applications. The DLIP (Direct Laser Interference Patterning) technology enables the full utilisation of the high-power laser systems delivering profound productivity gains versus current technologies. Also, by being digital by default, the system enables rapid reconfiguration to deliver customised surface functionalities and patterns on a component by component basis.

          Keeping Europe at the core of innovation and environmental leadership

          This unique project will bring to light a high potential high power ultra-short pulse laser processing system. Prometheus will address some of the key European 2020 societal challenges, both by ensuring that European companies and research organizations stay at the leading edge of the new
          manufacturing technologies and by creating new jobs opportunities. At the same time, the project will minimize environmental impacts.

          Prometheus will also contribute to support the goal of increasing investment in innovation up to 3% of the EU’s GDP. The new approaches to surface engineering made possible by this technology will have an impact on the increase in R&D spending, both in photonic component development
          necessary to control the increased power densities and in widespread application development.

          The exceptionally high processing rate enables cost-effective processing to price-sensitive industrial sectors such as the consortium partners, spanning automotive, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), white goods and consumer durables. The effect will also be felt on the overall value chain, given the expected technology transfer and training across manufacturing sectors, as it becomes mainstream.

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          ASI Drives will present its innovative, self-driving, material-handling vehicle FRED2500 at ProMat 2019 in Chicago

          MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA, USA, 2-Apr-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — ASI Drives, a leading manufacturer of custom engineered gear drives since 1985, has announced a major rebranding, the enhancement of towing functionality with its breakout FRED2500 AGV, and an upcoming opportunity to meet FRED in person.

          After nearly 35 years, ASI Technologies recently rebranded itself as ASI Drives. The change captures the company’s focus on delivering world-class gear drive solutions to its target markets and providing superior product value for customers.

          ASI does not simply design and manufacture battery-powered gear drives for machines up to one ton; ASI Drives solutions, value, and gear technology.

          “ASI has developed an industry-leading ability to solve problems and offer value to our customers,” said?Doug Fastuca, CEO. “We continue to innovate our gear and motor technologies with AGMA Standards, and with the introduction of our FRED AGV, we’re driving new areas of performance and automation.”

          The change further establishes ASI within the AGV and warehouse automation markets, as does the introduction of FRED, ASI’s innovative, self-driving, material-handling vehicle.

          FRED is not your typical AGV. It’s simple to set up, productive, flexible, safe, and affordable. And with the addition of new towing capabilities, there are a multiple methods and opportunities to move material around your facility. Using empty dollies, a detachable handle, and a quick-release tongue, FRED can easily move between multiple pickup locations with ease.

          If you plan to be in Chicago for ProMat 2019, we hope you’ll stop by to meet FRED2500. You can find it and the rest of the team from ASI Drives in booth #S1061 at McCormick Place.

          About ASI Drives

          Founded in 1985, ASI Drives is a U.S. manufacturer of custom engineered gear drive solutions to the global medical mobility, floor care, material handling, warehouse automation, and robotics industries. ASI’s relentless focus on innovation in engineering and manufacturing has led to the creation of numerous industry-leading products and solutions, as well as compact and efficient gear drives, brushless motor technology, advanced gear processing, lubrications and now, an AGV. ASI is ISO 9001:2015 certified. Learn more about ASI Drives at?asidrives.com

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          Europe seeks to retain its leading position in industrial competitiveness with new project on Additive Manufacturing skills

          PORTO SALVO, 25-Mar-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Technology is evolving at a much faster pace than the development of the workers’ skills to use it. Most of the current initiatives and projects that focus on skills shortages are developing skills for existing needs and shortages, meaning that industry is already demanding personnel with those competences. Looking at a bigger picture, it means that there is no strategical approach to skills in Additive Manufacturing and that the current methodology to answer to skills needs is based on reaction instead of prediction and planning. Adding to this, the time between identification of the skills needs and shortages and the capability of deploying qualification/training modules to address them is not aligned with the industry requirements, since in most cases it takes about 1-2 years to create the required professional profile/qualification or competence unit/training module and to have it deployed.

          The Wohlers Report 2018 on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing states that the overall additive manufacturing industry grew 21% in 2017 as the industry expanded by more than €1 thousand million. According to Ernst & Young, the demand for AM and related services has increased in the last years and is expected that in 2020 the market volume reaches €10 thousand million.

          As Europe seeks to retain its leading position in industrial competitiveness, there is an urgent need to establish a platform for Additive Manufacturing (AM) skills at European, National and Regional levels.

          To meet this challenge the project Sector Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing (SAM) started in January 2019. The initiative will tackle the current European need for developing an effective system to identify and anticipate the right skills for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) sector demands in response to the increasing labour market needs, thus, contributing for the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the AM sector

          To address the challenges described above the SAM project intends to:

          • Build a sector skills strategy in AM;
          • Assess and anticipate skills (gaps and shortages) in AM;
          • Support with data the AM European Qualification System and foster wideness of its scope;
          • (Re) design professional profiles according to the industry requirements;
          • Develop specific relevant qualifications to be delivered for the AM Sector;
          • Increase the attractiveness of the sector to young people, whilst promoting gender balance;
          • Strengthen education-research-industry partnerships and encourage creativity “in companies and relevant educational and scientific institutions”;
          • Track students, trainees and job seekers and promote match making between job offer and search.

          SAM will promote the AM sector by engaging with different target groups, namely, existing workforce, students from the primary school, vocational education and training and higher education, by putting in place an awareness campaign, stimulating the creativity of the partnership as well as of the audience.

          Project partners

          SAM project consortium is composed of 16 partners of which EWF is the coordinator. It encompasses industrial representatives from the AM sector, organisations involved in the fields of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and/or Higher Education (HE), and umbrella organisations. The consortium is strongly committed with the aim of supporting the growth, innovation, and competitiveness of the AM sector, since all partners have expertise in manufacturing technology and/or in the provision of education, and all of them are recognised players in the field. This ambitious project has a duration of 48 months and ends on 31st December 2022.

          List of partners:

          • MATERIALISE
          • GRANTA DESIGN
          • RENISHAW
          • LORTEK
          • FUNDACI?N AITIIP –

          SAM project is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ (Sector Skills Alliances in VET – Blueprint).

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          Jeroen Schouten will represent AeroGo air bearing products, air cushion vehicles, and wheeled transfer carts in the EU

          SEATTLE, WA, United States, 20-Mar-2019 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — AeroGo, Inc. is pleased to welcome?Jeroen Schouten?to the position of Regional Manager for Europe. Jeroen’s considerable expertise in aviation, aerospace, manufacturing and high-tech will serve him well as he focuses on growing and maintaining partnerships and increasing overall awareness of AeroGo product offerings that solve challenges inherent to moving heavy loads. Jeroen will represent AeroGo air bearing products, air cushion vehicles, and wheeled transfer carts. He will also manage the distributor network in the EU.

          “AeroGo products are used in every major industry in Europe. We are committed to providing local distribution and on-site assistance to this market,” stated?Paul Jakse, Vice President of Sales, “Jeroen is crucial to our continued success in the region.”

          Jeroen can be reached via mobile at +31 (6) 1108.5918 or via email at Schouten.j@aerogo.com.

          Founded in 1967, AeroGo is the world leader in providing innovative machine moving solutions for heavy, awkward, fragile or exceptionally heavy loads. Visit?www.aerogo.com?for more information.

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          7 Belt Storage Tips

          Perth, WA, Australia, 2019-Mar-15 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?Even though most technicians know that the way that belts are stored can have a significant impact on their performance, the appropriate level of attention and care isn’t always paid to belt storage.

          Often, improper storage procedures are the reason for premature belt failure. Improper storage can damage the tensile cord, dooming the product to failure because of damage incurred prior to installation on the drive.

          For belts to retain their serviceability and for optimum reliability and consistent performance, they have to be properly stored. It’s as simple as that.

          Proper storage means:

          • Less likelihood of premature failure
          • Extended service life
          • Improved performance
          • Enhanced safety
          • Better warranty protection

          Here are seven recommendations for proper belt storage:

          1. Store belts in a cool and dry environment. Ensure belts are stored away from windows or glassed areas, so as to avoid direct sunlight and eliminate any risk of exposure to moisture.

          2. Belt performance is halved for every 9.50C above 460C, so if your operation is located in areas where extreme heat is experienced, such as many sites around Western Australia, you need to take extra precautions to maintain moderate temperatures where the belts are stored. The temperature should not exceed 29.50C and relative humidity should be below 75% to prevent the risk of mildew or fungus.

          3. Belts should also be stored well away from any heating device or ozone-generating devices such as transformers and electric motors. They should also be kept well away from any risk of contamination from airborne chemicals.

          4. Store belts on shelves in boxes (preferably the original box) or other protective containers, but don’t force the belts into the boxes and distort them. Avoid crimping or sharp bends in the belts too. You should also limit the contents of each container to prevent the weight from damaging the belts at the bottom of the pile.

          If you can avoid it, keep belts off the floor as they risk getting damaged from traffic as well as from liquid or chemical spills.

          5. When storage time exceeds six months, the belt tension should be relaxed. If stored properly under the right conditions, belts can be stored for up to six years.

          6. Avoid twisting, bending or crimping belts during handling and storage as this may damage them. Always adhere to the manufacturers’ recommendations in terms of bending diameter and tension. Longer belts can be stored coiled in large diameter loops.

          7. Avoid hanging belts from small diameter pegs as they could distort over time caused by the suspended weight of the belt, but if you are storing the V-belt on a wall rack, use a saddle that has a diameter at least as large as the recommended sheave or sprocket minimum for that particular cross-section.

          By adhering to the guidelines and recommendations above, you will gain the maximum life and optimum reliability and performance from your V-belt or synchronous belt.

          For any other information about belt storage and handling procedures, or for any other technical equipment query, get in touch with the professionals at Nexxis.

          Nexxis is a leading Australian supplier of world-class technical equipment for a wide cross-section of industries and their experienced team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch with them on 08 9418 4952 or visit?nexxis.com.au.

          Via?EPR Network
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          DIGIWELD to develop an open and innovative digital learning system (SIMTRANET) and education materials in welding technology

          PORTO SALVO, 22-Jan-2019 — /EPR Industrial News/ — Embracing the learning challenges of the new digital era is the main goal of the?DIGIWELD?project, which aims at providing digital tools for education and innovative practices for students from Vocational Education and Training Schools, as well as for welders who want to keep abreast of the new skills and competences required for new welding technologies.

          This project comes at a critical juncture, with the pace of change for businesses and the global economy accelerating and new digital and manufacturing technologies reshaping entire industries, a challenge to existing workforce qualifications, who have to adapt or risk obsolescence. To address these new requirements, broader access to education and training for skills development is fundamental, coupled with new, flexible learning options. Together, they are reshaping both traditional education and Vocational and Educational Training. A workforce able to cope with the new manufacturing and digital technologies becomes a driving force to competitiveness, since improved workforce skills triggers innovation and growth, move production up the value chain and are fundamental to shape the future labour market.

          Online learning platforms are one key asset to provide broad education to all those looking to improve their skills or gain new ones, and that is the unique position of?DIGIWELD?project, whose aim is to develop an open and innovative digital learning system (SIMTRANET) and education materials in welding technology. The benefits of this digital learning tool include reduced time and cost for industrial partners, a flexible learning tool for those looking to improve their existing skills, a better fit to the new generation of welding apprentices who are, by definition, digital natives, a set of new technologies and teaching methods for trainers and teachers and, finally, an improved education and training process, one that focuses both on apprentices need and employer’s requirements.

          The project’s key deliverables over the course of its two-year duration include the development of:

          ? Curricula for training welders using simulators and updating EU Guidelines for the European/International Welder IAB – 089r5 – 14
          ? Digital tool to be inserted in simulators as modules dedicated to the training of apprentices (16-20 years old)
          ? Training 24 trainers and involving min 60 apprentices in the welding profession

          Once fully developed, it is expected that new project will provide a unique insight to propose the transfer of innovation to the other 27 countries of the EWF network. As a result, it is expected that at least 5 new training courses will be provided to the market.

          Closing the gap between traditional and Vocational Education and Training

          The shift to a knowledge-based economy implies a workforce with higher skillsets.?CEDEFOP?– European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training – forecasts that the proportion of jobs in the EU requiring tertiary level qualifications will increase from 29% in 2010 to 34% in 2020. This comes in a context in which European education and training systems continue to fall short in providing the right skills for employability and are not working adequately with business or employers to bring the learning experience closer to the reality of the working environment. These skills mismatches are a growing concern for European industry’s competitiveness.

          Welding is one such case, in that it is both highly technical on its execution and increasingly digital, but the number of Initial Vocational Education and Training apprentices, in spite of efforts to lure more young students, still fails to meet the expected business and industry requirements to ensure long-term needs. And work-based learning (e.g. apprenticeships in a real company environment) has not been as widely accepted by students and companies as expected, which means new and more enticing ways to use WBL need to be developed. Given the diversity of applications in industry, even students undergoing formal welding qualifications need to follow other study programmes to be qualified in specific procedures and then to pass an additional exam to be certified by a national/international body.

          These unique circumstances and environment were the driving force behind the creation of?DIGIWELD?project, whose consortium represents a strategic partnership between international education and training entities with the main goal to offer an adequate platform for acquiring and developing basic skills and key competences for apprentices, as well as for teachers/trainers in the field of welding and digital learning based on simulators.

          On the first part of the project, the 6 partners will develop the new system and training courses and seminars will be offered to the labour market. Once developed and approved by the EWF members, the curricula will become part of the Guideline and?Italy,?Romania,?Portugal?and?Spain?will become the core implementers of the new Guideline inside the 31 countries of EWF, with apprentices using the new training courses to become qualified welders at least in 3 countries. As a growing number of courses start being requested by the labour market, partners will continue their work dedicated to the improvement of the system. Once fully tested and implemented, it is expected that the system will become widely available to the remaining 27 countries of EWF and help the technical schools to build the training system for their apprentices.

          Project partners

          The DIGIWELD project brings together six organizations from?Romania,?Belgium,?Spain?and?Italy. The consortium partners include?ASR – Asociatia de Sudura din Romania;?EWF – European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting;?CESOL – Asociacion Espanola de Soldadura y Tecnologias de Union;?IIS Progress s.r.l. – Istituto Italiano della Saldatura;?Colegiul Tehnic “Domnul Tudor”; and?ATS – Augmented Training Services, S.L.

          The project’s associated partners include the?General Directorate of Training;?University of Cracovia;?Pronanomant Association;?Astra Rail S.A.;?ISIM Timisoara;?Goierri Scola;?University of Cadiz;?Masa Huelva;?Ministry of education of the Junta de Andalusia;?Salesian educational community of Huelva; and lastly, the?Directorate General for Social Assistance and Child Protection.

          DIGIWELD project has received funding from the European Union’s?Erasmus+?(Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training).

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          Automotive Paint Robots Market: Collaborative Robots to Steer Future Trajectory of Automotive Industry

          DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 08-Nov-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS?— Robotics in the automotive industry has been acclaimed as the impetus behind driving optimization and rethinking of production and process through innovative measures. Prospect of artificial intelligence is promising, with the ability to eliminate various inefficiencies in the automotive manufacturing, ranging from design and planning to maintenance and sales.

          Robots have become increasingly palpable in supporting repetitive operations of car manufacturers, with the consensus that the robotics process automation (RPA) has translated into a proven technology, providing tangible benefits to automakers who deploy it. As in case of most technologies, with time, expenses linked with implementation and maintenance of RPA have diminished sharply – gaining significance as a manufacturing efficacy and capability enhancing option among small and large businesses alike.

          A sample of the report is available upon request?https://www.factmr.com/report/2232/automotive-paint-robots-market

          Automotive paint robots are already a standard practice in the industry, wherein robotic arms spray bodywork – depriving the need for proficient manual painters and providing a more even, faster, and smoother finish.?Automotive paint robot sales?worldwide are foreseen to bring in revenues nearly US$ 700 Mn in 2018, recording a Y-o-Y growth of approximately 8%. Automotive paint robots have evolved over the years to become faster, lighter, and integrated with several activators and sensors.

          Collaborative Robots to Steer Future Trajectory of Automotive Industry

          Automotive industry continues to remain one of the largest and quickest adopters of the industrial robotics technology. Carmakers have huge plans for next-generation development of their factories, with smarter designs, collaborative robots and artificial intelligence emerging as secret ingredients to the flexible manufacturing – humans. For example – GM’s plant in Shanghai will soon produce electric vehicles with the aid of machines that work quietly in self-directed harmony.

          Collaborative robots, or “cobots,” unrestrained by steel cages are being programmed in GM’s plant for working abreast humans on production lines – one unusual operation being handling installation of gears in transmissions. Automakers worldwide are embracing industry 4.0 and the concord alludes lesser intervention of humans. Focus is currently on improving efficiency and flexibility between humans and machines, while automakers concentrate on development of multiple models that are powered by electric motors or gas engines or both.

          Approaches toward using collaborative robots and relevant digital tools will determine future layout and size of automotive manufacturing facilities. Ford Motor Co.’s future vision for electric vehicle production alludes the requirement for lower investment, fewer workers, and relatively compact floor area. The company has installed few collaborative robots in its recently renovated truck plant at Louisville, Kentucky. Digital tools such as augmented reality and predictive analytics for mapping new assembly lines and scheduling maintenance & repairs prior to machine breakdowns are also being deployed by this leading automaker.

          Reluctance to Enormous Infrastructure Investment and Scarce Skillset Undermine Permeation

          Most artificial intelligence systems and robotics are witnessing slow rate of adoption among leading players. For instance, Ford Motor Co has been reluctant to investing more on dedicated electric vehicle manufacturing unless there is consistent and sufficient demand for justifying the expense. Even Tesla, which long acclaimed implementation of robots to translate into an “alien dreadnought,” recently concluded at the fact that human intervention is underrated and excessive automation could involve more technical glitches.

          Request methodology of the report at?https://www.factmr.com/connectus/sample?flag=RM&rep_id=2232

          Automotive companies are partly cautious in huge infrastructural investment, sensing future production orders might fall in line with new vehicle sales in the next economic downturn. Manufacturers currently favor lower debt loads to rid huge loan payments in case of stagnant revenue generation in the down market.

          Scarce skillset is a key challenge being addressed by the automotive industry when it comes to RPA-driven plants. This can be attributed partly to Millennials’ distaste for manufacturing work as robots steadily replace humans against the backdrop of pressures on automakers to reduce the overall vehicle cost.

          The report is available for direct purchase at?https://www.factmr.com/checkout/2232/S

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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          Global Crawler Cranes Market: Demand for crawler cranes continues to rise, with sales estimated at over 3,600 units in 2018

          DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 26-Oct-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ —?Fact.MR recently announced the launch of its report that provides detailed assessment on the crawler cranes market. A comprehensive analysis has been offered on the key factors that are likely to shape the crawler cranes market’s trajectory. The report also profiles key stakeholders in the automotive fuel injectors market, along with assessment on their product portfolio and key developments. Production and sales of crawler cranes have been tracked across key markets including Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), North America, Japan and Europe.

          Request the sample of the report at?https://www.factmr.com/connectus/sample?flag=S&rep_id=2236

          Key Takeaways from the Report:

          • Demand for crawler cranes continues to rise, with sales estimated at over?3,600 units in 2018
          • Greater China is the largest market for crawler cranes; the region accounted for over?30% of the global crawler crane sales in 2017
          • Gains are significant in the U.S. and India – collectively, these two markets account for nearly?one-fourth volume sales of crawler cranes
          • Crawler cranes with <150 tons load capacity are the top-selling category; volume growth is likely to be 2X as that of 300-600 tons category
          • Construction industry accounted for the highest demand for crawler cranes; wind farms are an upcoming avenue

          Greater China – The Manufacturing Hub of Crawler Cranes

          Crawler crane sales in Greater China are likely to surpass 1,200 units in 2018—this is 2X greater than sales in the second most lucrative market – India. Greater China’s position as the largest manufacturing hub for construction machinery continues on an upward spiral, complemented by the Dragon’s ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. While these trends continue to pose significant impact on crawler cranes production and sales in the country, regulatory bodies such as EPD have imposed emission regulations that delay approval of these equipment being sold or leased.

          Crawler Cranes Production by Key Countries (Units)
          2016 A2017 A2018 A2022 F2028 F
          Greater China1,1601,1961,2321,4071,706

          To get more information on redacted data,?speak to the report authors

          “The crawler crane industry in India is at crossroads, as the market has matured in recent years and shed its skepticism on utility of highly advanced machinery. End-users are now willing to invest in premium equipment, thereby providing an impetus to manufacturers to introduce high-tech products,” says Mr. Shambhu Nath Jha, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR.

          “The transition phase of the construction equipment industry in India alludes a cascading effect on crane rental cost, if there is any slack in demand. However, presence of manufacturers that sell counterfeit products at lower cost continues to pose adverse impacts on productivity, reliability and performance of crawler cranes. This will confine future growth prospects of the industry,” concludes Mr. Jha.

          The report is available for purchase at?https://www.factmr.com/checkout/2236/S

          About the Report

          Fact.MR’s report titled ‘Crawler Cranes Market?Forecast, Trend Analysis, and Competition Tracking – Global Market Insights 2018-2028,” gives a comprehensive analysis on production and sales of crawler cranes across key regions. Prominent trends impacting growth of the crawler cranes market have been identified and analyzed in detail. The study also offers a segmental analysis and forecast on the crawler cranes market.

          SOURCE: EuropaWire

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