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World's Third Largest Economy, Japan, Sank into Recession

World's Third Largest Economy, Japan, Sank into Recession | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
On an annualized rate, the economy shrank 1.9% against the initially estimated fall of 1.6%. Two consecutive quarters of negative growth is commonly considered a recession.
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Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces
Experts in Vacuum Furnace Manufacturing VAC AERO designs, builds and retrofits advanced vacuum furnaces, hot zones and process controllers with the highest quality standards that will fulfill any of your specialized processing needs. From small horizontal laboratory units to large vertical models VAC AERO vacuum furnaces are ideal for a broad range of vacuum processing applications such as hardening, tempering, stress relieving, brazing, normalizing, annealing, and sintering of metals, specialty alloys, and engineered materials. VAC AERO vacuum furnace systems operate worldwide in diverse applications in aerospace, power generation, medical, nuclear, tool & die, research and other high-tech industries.
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Ford Celebrates 10 Millionth Mustang

Ford Celebrates 10 Millionth Mustang | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it

The Ford Mustang -- an iconic American symbol of cool -- reached a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolled off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant. 

Ford marked the occasion for the car, celebrated in American song and film and recognized the world over as a quintessentially American cultural export, with a big party and parade at the Michigan headquarters -- complete with a flyover from World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter jets that are the car's namesake.

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Engineers Taught a Drone to Herd Birds Away from Airports

Engineers Taught a Drone to Herd Birds Away from Airports | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Engineers at Caltech have developed a new control algorithm that enables a single drone to herd an entire flock of birds away from the airspace of an airport. The algorithm is presented in a study in IEEE Transactions on Robotics.

The project was inspired by the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of geese shortly after takeoff and pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles were forced to land in the Hudson River off Manhattan.
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Boeing Faces New Production Snarls for 737 Jetliner

Boeing Faces New Production Snarls for 737 Jetliner | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Boeing Co. is working through cascading supplier problems that will hamper third-quarter deliveries of its 737 jetliner, the planemaker’s largest source of profit.

Hiccups at the makers of fuselages and engines, combined with record 737 output, have contributed to a production logjam at the planemaker’s Seattle-area factory. Like Airbus SE, Boeing is starting to feel the consequences of its fastest-ever tempo for narrow-body aircraft as suppliers struggle to keep pace.
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From Cobalt To Tungsten: How Electric Cars And Smartphones Are Sparking A New Kind Of Gold Rush

What’s in your stuff? Most of us give no thought to the materials that make modern life possible. Yet technologies such as smart phones, electric vehicles, large screen TVs and green energy generation depend on a range of chemical elements that most people have never heard of. Until the late 20th century, many were regarded as mere curiosities - but now they are essential. In fact, a mobile phone contains over a third of the elements in the periodic table.
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Rolls-Royce jet engine problems prompt £1.3bn loss | Business | The Guardian

Rolls-Royce jet engine problems prompt £1.3bn loss | Business | The Guardian | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Rolls-Royce has slumped to a half-year loss and admitted fixing cracks and other problems with two jet engines would cost more than £1bn over the next three years.

Problems with the Trent 1000 engines, which power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and its sister Trent 900 engine have forced the company to carry out costly inspections and repairs and to redesign some parts. Several aircraft have been grounded, leading to flight cancellations and forcing airlines to lease other planes.
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Move over, graphene: Iron ore mineral becomes newest 2D material

When it comes to new materials, thin is most definitely in. Brazilian researchers have created a new two-dimensional material called hematene, which is made up of sheets of iron ore just three atoms thick. And as is often the case with 2D materials, hematene seems to have different properties to its regular form.
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Materials | Free Full-Text | Microstructure Evolution in a 6082 Aluminium Alloy during Thermomechanical Treatment

Materials | Free Full-Text | Microstructure Evolution in a 6082 Aluminium Alloy during Thermomechanical Treatment | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Thermomechanical treatments of age-hardenable wrought aluminium alloys provoke microstructural changes that involve the movement, arrangement, and annihilation of dislocations, the movement of boundaries, and the formation or dissolution of phases. Cold and hot compression tests are carried out using a Gleeble® 3800 machine to produce flow data as well as deformed samples for metallography. Electron backscattered diffraction and light optical microscopy were used to characterise the microstructure after plastic deformation and heat treatments. Models based on dislocation densities are developed to describe strain hardening, dynamic recovery, and static recrystallisation. The models can describe both the flow and the microstructure evolutions at deformations from room temperatures to 450 °C. The static recrystallisation and static recovery phenomena are modelled as a continuation of the deformation model. The recrystallisation model accounts also for the effect of the intermetallic particles in the movements of boundaries.
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Intel Exec Addresses Heat Treat Industry on Factories of the Future – Heat Treat Today

Intel Exec Addresses Heat Treat Industry on Factories of the Future – Heat Treat Today | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
A Special Report from Heat Treat Today Publisher, Doug Glenn
Nearly 100 top level heat treat and finishing professionals have gathered in Atlanta to discuss future trends in the heat treating industry. The event kicked off last night with an opening reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead, Georgia (see photographs at the bottom of this post). Representatives from Mexico, Europe, and the United States are present to hear what an excellent panel of speakers has to say about the future of heat treat as well as share ideas with each other. (Listen to Heat Treat Radio’s interview with heat treat consultant Thomas Wingens as he discusses future MegaTrends in the heat treat industry. Click here.)
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Decarburization | 2016-05-06 | Industrial Heating

Decarburization | 2016-05-06 | Industrial Heating | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
There is a group of recurring questions asked of The Heat Treat Doctor, all of which are centered around: “How much surface oxidation is allowable on a steel part?” The latest was an innocent enough request for “a ‘decarburization’ chart (or article), which shows the effect on steel, if normalized, in a non-inert-gas environment.” The fulfillment of this request provides some valuable information for the heat treater. Let’s learn more.

While the question appears straightforward, there are a number of important issues that arise from it, and some interpretation is needed to fully understand what is being asked. For example, what type of steel is involved, in what form is it being purchased and what is the manufacturing sequence used to create the component parts? From a metallurgical perspective, are we talking about total or partial decarburization? How will it be measured, and what is the application end use of the product so that an evaluation can be made of the impact of decarburization on the design?
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Harley-Davidson Plans Line of Electric Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson Plans Line of Electric Motorcycles | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it

The company will roll out LiveWire, its first electric bike, in August 2019, and will introduce as many as five more electric models -- including lightweight, urban bikes -- by 2022.

Facing slow sales in the U.S. and rising costs from recent tariffs, Harley-Davidson Inc. is sprucing up its global lineup, including the company’s first electric motorcycles.

The Milwaukee-based manufacturer will roll out LiveWire, its first electric bike, in August 2019, according to a promotional video.

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Additive Manufacturing Focus for $52M Center | Carpenter Technology

Additive Manufacturing Focus for $52M Center | Carpenter Technology | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it

An Emerging Technology Center opening next year in Alabama will focus on developing additive manufacturing, soft magnetics, and meltless titanium powder technologies.

Carpenter Technology Corp. will build an Emerging Technology Center in Athens, AL, where it will develop additive manufacturing technologies, initially, and later soft magnetics and meltless titanium powder. The $52-millon project is part of a strategy to offer “end-to-end solutions” for additive manufacturing, Carpenter said.

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The Truth About Manufacturing

The Truth About Manufacturing | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Ask anyone outside the industry about the state of manufacturing in America, and they will likely tell you that it's long dead. And who can blame them? After decades of news coverage of the fall of Flints and Detroits, or watching local plants shutter and rust, or the constant noise about trade imbalances and Chinese imports, it seems like a solid conclusion to draw.

Ask a politician the same question and you'll likely get exactly the opposite response. Their eyes will glaze over in hope, they will talk about all the new jobs added in the last report, they will talk about the hundreds of thousands of openings left to fill, they will conclude that manufacturing is healthy and well and on the rise.
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30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing (Sponsored by Markforged)

30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing (Sponsored by Markforged) | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Manufacturing Engineering’s 2018 Class of 30 Under 30 honorees are in a class all their own. This is the sixth year Manufacturing Engineering is recognizing 30 individuals under the age of 30 that are leading the manufacturing industry into the future. These individuals exemplify extraordinary promise in manufacturing and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills that underpin the discipline, plus much more.

“This year’s Class of 30 Under 30 is a very impressive group,” said Manufacturing Engineering editor emeritus Jim Sawyer, who conducted interviews and wrote the individual profiles of the 30 Under 30 honorees. “It’s great to see such an outstanding and diverse group of people being showcased for their accomplishments and talents in the manufacturing industry.”
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The 5 Coolest Things On Earth This Week

The 5 Coolest Things On Earth This Week | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
What is it? A team at the University of Michigan is on a race to create the world’s smallest computer. Earlier this summer, the team created a computer that measured just .3 millimeters across — “dwarfed by a grain of rice,” according to the university.

Why does it matter? The latest computer was designed at Michigan as a “precision temperature sensor” — that is, it reads temperature and converts the data into time intervals, communicated via electronic pulse. Such a minuscule device could be used within the body, for instance, to take the temperature of tumors, allowing oncologists to determine how hot they’re running relative to surrounding tissue, and evaluate the efficacy of therapies. The team presented its study in June at the 2018 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits.
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How to Inspire Our Next Generation of Manufacturing Leaders

How to Inspire Our Next Generation of Manufacturing Leaders | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
In early July I dropped by Cleveland State University to check out the Advanced Materials for 3D Printing conference presented by the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster.

Industry experts and materials technologists had come together to talk about advancements in materials used for additive manufacturing, as well as to speak about market opportunities.
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Stemming the Tide with Manufacturing Training

Stemming the Tide with Manufacturing Training | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Sandvik Coromant (Fair Lawn, NJ) once offered a home study course for machinists. It was an orange 13-chapter series where people could study on their own time. They’d do the exercises, take the test at the end, and mail it to their friendly neighborhood training administrator for grading. That was me. Assuming you studied hard, you’d receive a certificate of completion from Sandvik Coromant; if not, I’d send it back, with notes, and tell you to study more and try again.

That was nearly 40 years ago. Sandvik Coromant is still training people, but the coursework is now online, and a human no longer has to do the grading, nor try to figure out people’s handwriting. Progress is a wonderful thing.
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Selecting the Right Vacuum Pump Oil Starts with Knowing Your Pump – Heat Treat Today

Selecting the Right Vacuum Pump Oil Starts with Knowing Your Pump – Heat Treat Today | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
“‘Oil’ is a bit of a misnomer because modern pump oil technology has evolved well beyond the original distilled petroleum products. There are now double- and triple-distilled oils available, as well as hydro-treated oils, low sulfur oils, silicone-based synthetic oils, and flushing oils used to clean the pump. Due to the wide variety of formulations available, these are often now referred to as pump ‘fluids’ rather than pump ‘oils’.” — VAC AERO International
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Operations begin for the 14.4GW Egypt Megaproject | Leadership | African Business Chief

Operations begin for the 14.4GW Egypt Megaproject | Leadership | African Business Chief | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, in partnership with Siemens, announced the launch of the Egypt Megaproject on 24 July.

The project was developed by a consortium including Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric.

The completion of the projects marked the launch of operations at the Beni Suef, Burullus, and New Capita power plants.

The stations, which have a combined capacity of 14.4GW, were completed in a record time of 27.5 months.

The project can generate enough energy to power 40mn people through the grid and save Egypt more than US$1bn per annum in fuel costs.
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Six Reasons Copper Demand is Set to Soar

Six Reasons Copper Demand is Set to Soar | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
The estimated global market for copper in 2023 is about $172 billion, according to analysts at Matmatch, a materials database company in Germany. They have determined that demand for copper is on a major upswing, and as more applications for it are found, demand for it will rapidly increase. But what is spurring this surge in demand? Melissa Albeck, Matmatch CEO, outlines six reasons why copper is critical to the future of technology, industry, and our planet.
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India aerospace: ′Nothing can stop us′ | Science| In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW | 30.07.2018

India aerospace: ′Nothing can stop us′ | Science| In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW | 30.07.2018 | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it

India may not necessarily spring to mind when you think of aerospace manufacturing and precision parts. But perhaps it should. Take a company like Aequs. You may not know them, but when you fly, you rely on them.

DW: When we think of airplanes, we think of huge machines that cart us from A to B. But rarely do we think of all the small parts that make up the whole. And that's where a company like Aequs comes in, focused as it is on precision engineering for the aerospace industry. Based at the Aequs Special Economic Zone in Belagavi, in Karnataka state, India, you've expanded with subsidiaries in the USA and France. But let's start with that special economic zone. You've done something interesting there to nurture aerospace manufacturing locally. Tell us about that.

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Inspections find more flaws in fan blades linked to fatal Southwest Airlines accident | Southwest Airlines

Flaws in jet engine fan blades like one that cracked and broke loose in April, killing a Southwest Airlines Co. passenger, have been discovered on planes operated by several carriers, and the manufacturer is moving to further tighten inspections.

General Electric Co., part of a venture that makes the engines, found a cracked blade during post-accident inspections of another Southwest plane, and spotted four or five more in those of other airlines, Southwest Chief Operating Officer Michael Van de Ven said Thursday on a conference call to discuss earnings.
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LTA with Rolls for Aerospace Parts Treatment | Bodycote

LTA with Rolls for Aerospace Parts Treatment | Bodycote | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Heat-treating and isostatic pressing specialist Bodycote plc earned a 15-year contract for thermal processing services with Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace. The supplier estimated the contract would generate revenues of $215 million over the term.

The agreement is designed to support the expansion of Rolls-Royce’s commercial aircraft engine programs, including the Trent XWB, Trent 1000, Trent 7000, Trent 700, and Trent 900.
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Concept Robots to Automate Jet Engine Maintenance | Rolls-Royce

Concept Robots to Automate Jet Engine Maintenance | Rolls-Royce | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it

Four concepts to speed, simplify, and economize engine evaluation and repair, from miniature inspection devices to remote ‘boreblending’ units that repair coating damage.

Rolls-Royce Plc recently outlined a series of robotics developments it is pursuing that it said would “revolutionize the future of engine maintenance,” speeding and simplifying inspection and repair processes, and saving costs for the engine owners and operators. According to Rolls the automation ideas it described are part of the "IntelligentEngine vision" introduced earlier this year, projecting a combination products and services that would enhance engine performance, reliability, and value.

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How Siemens is Kickstarting the Dismantling of Germany Inc.

How Siemens is Kickstarting the Dismantling of Germany Inc. | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it

The risks of innovations such as artificial intelligence and 3-D printing wielded by nimble competitors from Silicon Valley or China are shaking up Germany’s engineering-led economy.

As CEO of Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser serves as the unofficial captain of Germany Inc., the kind of job few would leave voluntarily. Yet when Kaeser was invited to extend his tenure last year, he hesitated. With Siemens’ stock at an all-time high and profits soaring, Kaeser thought he might be able to exit at the top.

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$1.87B Worth of New Engine Orders | Pratt & Whitney

$1.87B Worth of New Engine Orders | Pratt & Whitney | Alan Charky - VAC AERO Vacuum Heat Treating Furnaces | Scoop.it
Jet-engine builder Pratt & Whitney has made a big score with its GTF turbofan engine series at this week’s 2018 Farnborough Air Show in England. With two separate orders, the jet-engine builder is in line to supply 156 engines to power Airbus jets. At the reported book value for the GTF engine, Pratt & Whitney’s revenue from the new contracts can be estimated at $1.87 billion.

In the larger of two orders, Pratt & Whitney will supply GTF engines to power up to 60 Airbus A220 aircraft (the recently re-labeled Bombardier C Series jets) ordered by a U.S. start-up airline. The name of the new carrier was not released. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in 2021.
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