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Can Carbon Fiber Composites Be the Future Material for Shipping Containers? | Composites Manufacturing Online

Can Carbon Fiber Composites Be the Future Material for Shipping Containers? | Composites Manufacturing Online | Aspect 2 - Robotics | Scoop.it
Companies have used shipping containers for decades and for most of this time steel containers were responsible for moving millions of products around the (Can Carbon Fiber Composites Be the Future Material for Shipping Containers?
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Companies have used shipping containers for decades and for the most of this time steel containers were responsible for moving millions of products around the world.  Stephan Lechner of the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Italy, gave a detailed description of how carbon fiber composites could change the way we use shipping containers for trading.  A composite container is 42 percent lighter than aluminum. 

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Bell Helicopter opens a new composite manufacturing plant in Broussard, La.

Bell Helicopter opens a new composite manufacturing plant in Broussard, La. | Aspect 2 - Robotics | Scoop.it
Bell Helicopter today said it has opened a new composite manufacturing facility in Broussard, La. with about 30 employees.
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Bell Helicopter opened a new composite manufacturing facility in Broussard, La.  The new plant will make composite panels and repair and overhaul existing panels for much of the Bell helicopter fleet.  Bell produces manned and unmanned helicopters for the military and private industry.

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Robotics Online

Robotics Online is the premier resource from RIA, Robotics Industries Association, for industrial robotics and automation. Call (734) 994-6088 to join RIA.
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Companies are adding QR codes to packages so when they are scanned, it takes consumers to a website that can help the person understand more about the product.  Information on food nutritional values, how products are made, and other vital information. This can be instantly available on smart phones with a simple picture.

 

Robots are now being used to strip materials from products.  From wood to jet engine parts, robotic material removal is use to cut, grind, burr, and polish all kinds of materials.  One of the world's most famous bridges is getting stripped.  Grit blasting robots are removing paint the old paint.

 

Technological advances in recent times have helped bridge the gap between CNC machining and robotic material removal.  Some people would say that robotic finishing is a step up from CNC.  There is still a long way to go though before it hits the mainstream industry.

 

The robotics industry has worked hard to overcome the lack of rigidity in the robot arm and the inability to easily translate CAD into robot paths.  Most of the major robot manufactures have robots designed just with greater rigidity in mind.  Robot software designers offer simulation and CAD-to-path software that make programming the robot easier.

 

Big mobile platforms and advanced technology are able to open doors into the untapped part of the distribution center when it comes to maneuvering through aisles.  Today, workers have to walk up and down aisles pushing carts or driving forklifts when having to fill orders.  There is a lot of travelling and it is pretty labor expensive.  

 

With this new technology, we have the ability to put a robot on a mobile platform and use perception to go down aisles to move products.  A robot handling cases is not new, but being able to pick something up directly off a pallet is significant.  This gives companies the ability to spend less on precise racking or an expensive mechanism that would have to feed the robot a case.

 

Something new for robots is applying them to the growing food and packaging market. The food market is expanding in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific Rim. A lot is related to the Food Safety and Modernization Act.

 

Contamination and sanitation are issues in the food world.  Things have to be cleaned with high pressure spraying and washing.  That's not a good environment for automotive welding robots.  The Staubil robot is made to be clean and sterilized so it can clean food without having nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide.

 

NASDAQ welcomed the the first ever robotics stock index in November 2013.  A robot  rang the closing bell for the first time , that is usually done by humans.  This was broadcast on a seven story video tower in New York's Time Square.  It was the headlining moment when robotics joined the commercial mainstream.

 

The robotics industry is going through a noticeable shift at the moment.  Other sectors are gaining ground on the automotive robots.  There has been tremendous growth in the electronics sector in 2013.  For the first time, electronics was bigger than automotive.

 

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Sticky Composites Enhance Lithium Ion Batteries - Lab Manager Laboratory News

Sticky Composites Enhance Lithium Ion Batteries Lab Manager Laboratory News Bingqing Wei leads a research team that has discovered that fragmented carbon nanotube films can serve as adhesive conductors in lithium-ion batteries.Photo courtesy of the...
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Lithium -ion batteries power a vast array of modern devices.  These arrange from cell phones, laptops, and laser pointers to thermometers, hearing aids, and pacemakers.  The batteries are compromised of three components; active materials, conductive additives, and binders.

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Strong growth for composites industry in the Americas over next five years: JEC - Canadian Plastics

Strong growth for composites industry in the Americas over next five years: JEC - Canadian Plastics | Aspect 2 - Robotics | Scoop.it

Strong growth for composites industry in the Americas over next five years: JEC Canadian Plastics There's strong growth ahead for composites industry in the Americas through 2018 as the result of macro trends that are generating demand for advanced...


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There's a strong growth in the future for the composite industry in America through 2018.  Macro trends are generating demand for advanced composites across multiple sectors.  This is according to the JEC  Composites industry organization.

 

The projected growth of the overall market for composites will continue to exceed the previous total of US$37 billion for America in 2012.  The growth of this industry will be driven by investments in new and refreshed infrastructure and sustainability initiatives.  These include wind energy generation, energy conservation in the automotive and aerospace industries, and rapid urbanization.

 

Composite materials that can be used to create lighter, stronger products with reduced costs and energy consumption  are involved in a growing market pull by global manufacturers in many sectors.  These materials have increased in use  in such applications as automotive door panels and seating.  For the building and construction market, composites are used in load bearing walls, flooring , windows, roof systems, doors, and replacements for steel beams in buildings and bridges.

 

Since the 1930's, high-performance composite materials have been used in the automotive industry.  The market for composite products such as interior headliners, fenders, pickup, boxes, and door modules exceeded US $2 billion in 2012.  Fuel efficiency through reduced overall vehicle weight, improved safety, crash worthiness and stronger parts are all unique solutions provided by composites.

 

Composite materials have been widely adopted because they help overcome obstacles encountered by competitive materials in the aircraft industry.  They provide structural strength comparable to metallic parts, but are lighter in weight.  The industry will continue to search for new opportunities to reduce part weight because of high fuel costs.  

 

The increasing size of blades used for wind turbines is driving demand for new materials that offer a better strength to weight ratio and improved stiffness and tensile strength.  Mixtures of carbon fiber and fiberglass show promise for these applications.  Another key growth for composites is that they can also play a role in lower lifecycle costs for wind farms.

 

A growing middle class, urbanization, and population growth are all driving new growth for composites in infrastructure applications in the Americas.  Infrastructure is one of the top three growth industries for composites, which offer weight reduction, weatherproofing, easy installation, durability, corrosion resistance, and flexibility.  Carbon fiber reinforced plastic panels, rebars, door and window profiles,as well as carbon-fiber-filled cement, which helps reduce weight for buildings, roads and bridges while maintaining high strength are all key applications.

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