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BASF establishes new Group company to pursue business opportunities in 3D printing

BASF SE plans to establish a new Group company, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, as of September 1, 2017. This wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH will be headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, at the site of InnovationLab GmbH. It will focus on establishing and expanding the business with materials, system solutions, components and services in the field of 3D printing. The company will work closely with researchers and application engineers from BASF and external partners, such as universities and potential customers, in order to develop the right solutions for a wide array of requirements.

  • BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH to start operations in September 2017

“The field of 3D printing for industrial applications is highly dynamic and still emerging. This means there is a need for agile, startup-like structures with interdisciplinary teams and quick decision-making processes. Combining the customer-focused 3D printing activities in one location at a dedicated business is an important success factor,” says Volker Hammes, Managing Director at BASF New Business and future Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, explaining the reasons for founding the new company.

2017 08 02 111658In the chemical industry, BASF has the broadest product portfolio of materials that can be developed for 3D printing. The photo shows two airless tires that were created with 3D printing technologies using thermoplastic polyurethane from BASF.

The new company’s customers will mainly be firms that want to use 3D printing for industrial production. Typical industries will include, for example, automotive, aerospace and consumer goods. In order to be able to develop and test a variety of solutions, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH will take over and expand the 3D printing application technology center in Heidelberg belonging to Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF New Business. The new company will initially employ around 30 experts, many of whom were already working for BASF in the field of 3D printing.

About BASF New Business
BASF New Business GmbH (BNB) searches out long-term trends and innovative topics in industry and society as well as future markets, analyzes their growth potential and checks whether potential new business areas are suitable for BASF. The activities are focused on the client sectors transportation, building and construction, consumer goods, health & nutrition, electronics, agriculture and energy & resources where new business opportunities outside of the existing businesses of BASF are identified. The most promising topics are built up as new business areas for BASF by the subsidiary. BASF New Business concentrates on new chemical-based materials, technologies and system solutions. BNB also promotes technological progress through the development of new products. To evaluate the technology and the market, BNB works closely with BASF‘s global research platforms and the divisions. In addition, BASF New Business cooperates with research institutes, universities, startups and industrial partners. The subsidiary BASF Venture Capital invests directly in startups that work in strategically relevant technology fields. More information at  www.basf-new-business.com.

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at:  www.basf.com.

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ÅF acquires Eitech’s automation business

ÅF has acquired Eitech’s automation business, thereby strengthening our range of services in the field of automation for industrial clients throughout Sweden. This acquisition is part of ÅF’s strategy to meet the strong demand in this area.

af logo newEitech’s business currently offers automation services to customers in automotive manufacturing, the pulp and paper industry, mines and steel mills, as well as infrastructure and energy companies. Eitech works with customer’s such as ABB, Teracom, Olofsfors, Trafikverket and Wipro. Eitech has specialist competence in automation and at the same time a large proportion of project commitments. This complements ÅF’s current business and creates opportunities to continue to commit to large projects.

“We are pleased to welcome Eitech’s automation specialists to our organisation. The acquisition will further reinforce our position in the fields of industrial digitalisation, automation and robotics. We look forward to working together and to exchanging expertise and experience,” says Jonas Gustavsson, President and CEO of ÅF.

“In ÅF, the automation division will find an owner with high ambitions and the potential to develop the business. At the same time, ÅF is considered to be an attractive workplace that offers engineers excellent development opportunities, something that has been an important aspect in our decision to choose ÅF,” explains Olle Backman, CEO of Eitech.

Eitech’s automation business has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 90 million and 42 employees based in Umeå, Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg.

The company will be consolidated from 1 September 2017 and integrated with ÅF’s Industry Division.

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ÅF is an engineering and consulting company for the energy, industrial and infrastructure markets, creating progress for our clients since 1895. By connecting technologies we provide profitable, innovative and sustainable solutions to shape the future and improve people's lives. Building on our strong base in Europe, our business and clients are found all over the world.

ÅF – Innovation by experience

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AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE offers battery pack manufacturing capabilities for hybrid and electric vehicles, power tools and energy storage applications

AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE announces a wide range of resistance and laser welding capabilities for manufacturing battery packs for hybrid and electric vehicles. AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE helps customers select the right tab to terminal connection welding system for batteries used in power train electrification of cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes. Also available are systems for welding battery packs used in cordless power tools and energy storage, including power walls.

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AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE offers six laser welding technologies, four resistance welding technologies and micro-arc welding (also known as pulse-arc). Application experts recommend the right system based on the battery type, tab material and thickness, and required production volume. These systems are suited for integration into production lines. They help customers develop a stable and reproducible process and improve quality control.

AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE has supplied systems for welding battery modules to a variety of German and Central Europe manufacturers, including high-performance lithium battery module manufacturers located in The Netherlands and Germany.

Among the available technologies is the new MIYACHI EAPRO Jupiter Battery Welding system, ideal for welding cylindrical and prismatic batteries, pouch cells, and ultra-capacitors. The new module combines the advantages of resistance welding and laser welding into one complete battery tab welding system. The battery welding head uses an integrated tab down holder to ensure zero air gap between the tab and the battery pole. No additional tooling is required, resulting in fast, reliable welding of highly conductive materials like copper and aluminium. With weld speeds of less than one second and an integrated shielding gas and fume extraction nozzle, the module can be integrated into AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE’s systems platforms and automated in-line systems. An OEM version of this module is offered for integration into third party production lines.

More information on AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE battery manufacturing capabilities is available at http://www.amadamiyachieurope.com/applications/batteries/

About AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE

AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE is a leading manufacturer of equipment and systems for Laser Welding, Laser Marking, Laser Cutting, Resistance Welding, Micro Arc Welding, Hermetic Sealing and Hot Bar Reflow Soldering & Bonding.  We customize our products around specific micro-joining applications for all our customers around the globe. AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE product markets include medical devices, battery, automotive, solar industry, electronic components and aerospace.  We are an ISO9001 certified company. Contact AMADA MIYACHI EUROPE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find out more about the company’s products and services at www.amadamiyachi.eu.

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Complete measurements, complete portability

Yokogawa launches new DL350 ScopeCorder - a compact, portable combination measuring instrument. 

The Yokogawa DL350 ScopeCorder is the most comprehensive fully portable measuring instrument available for capturing, displaying, recording and analysing a wide variety of electrical and physical parameters in industry sectors including automotive, electronics, energy, transport and mechatronics.

Like other models in Yokogawa’s ScopeCorder family, the DL350 combines features of a general-purpose oscilloscope and those of a high-performance data acquisition recorder in a single, portable instrument. Unlike alternative portable measuring solutions such as oscilloscopes and combined oscilloscope/multimeters, it adds exceptionally high levels of precision and accuracy to field measurements, isolated inputs for measurements at high voltage levels, and long-memory capabilities that allow long-term recording for many hours or even days.

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Another key feature of the DL350 ScopeCorder, which is not offered by other portable instruments, is its plug-in modularity, which allows it to be configured to suit a variety of user applications. Whether carrying out straightforward high-precision voltage measurements or handling a blend of signals coming from such things as current probes, temperature sensors, strain gauges, accelerometers and serial buses, the DL350 can deliver, without extra boxes or cables.

This flexible input capability is achieved by incorporating two slots which are populated with any of 18 different types of user-swappable input modules. This means, for example, that four isolated 16-bit voltage inputs can be measured at speeds of one megasample per second (MS/s) alongside 16 temperatures or two separate CAN or LIN buses each containing 60 signals. Changing a single module enables measurement at 100 MS/s with 12 bits and 1 kV of isolation. Meanwhile there are 16 logic inputs always available, with even more available by swapping a further module.

Among other modules are AC measurements using an RMS module in real time and a mathematics channel for signal processing and analysis after the recording is finished.

The DL350 offers compatibility with many existing ScopeCorder input modules and thereby provides a potential cost saving to existing users. They will also benefit from the features and functions they have come to value which are represented in the DL350 in a more portable package.

For users who are more familiar with chart recorders than with long-memory oscilloscopes, the DL350 offers a choice of operating modes. Recorder mode is suitable for long-term, continuous recording for a specific duration and where the sampling interval is specified. A set-up wizard can be used in this mode to guide the operator quickly through the entire set-up process.

Scope mode allows the DL350 to be used just like an oscilloscope with all the associated benefits, including comprehensive triggering and flexible memory use. Using the history memory enables up to 1000 separate triggered acquisitions to be captured to the internal memory so that the causes and effects of abnormalities can be carefully analysed.

Up to 5 Gpoints of data per module can be recorded directly to an SD card. This means that the DL350 can be used for continuous recording up to 50 days. For high-speed signals, up to 100 Mpoints per module of internal memory is available to capture fast transients. This is up to 10,000 times more than other portable oscilloscopes or oscilloscope/multimeters and allows signals to be captured with higher sample rates or over longer periods.

A high-resolution, high-speed sampling module, unique amongst portable measuring instruments, provides individually isolated 12-bit, 100 MS/s inputs, which can precisely measure and record transient waveforms (superimposed on inverter outputs, for example) and the edges of control signals which cannot be measured by traditional handheld recorders or oscilloscopes.

An 8.4-inch resistive touch screen has been adopted to deliver superior noise-free performance. In environments with the highest levels of electrical noise such as motors and inverters, measurement precision is maintained whilst enabling the unit to be operated using gloved hands or a stylus. Even when the backlight is switched off, and the touch screen is inactive, the user still has access to the START/STOP, manual trigger and data saving keys. For users unfamiliar with state-of-the-art measuring instruments, there is also help at hand via the built-in instruction manual.

The user has a choice of a simple level trigger or enhanced triggers on such things as pulse width, waveform period and across multiple channels. For example, the wave window trigger is ideal for AC power-line monitoring, and enables voltage sags, surges, spikes, phase shifts or drop-outs to be easily captured (available for 40 to 1000 Hz waveforms).

A DL350 can be left unattended with the captured waveform automatically saved to a file, or a notification email sent if and when it triggers.

The DL350 is first and foremost a field tool. However, it still provides the functionality users expect in a bench instrument. The sampling clock, trigger and start/stop controls are all available as external signals, so that a rotary angle encoder or degree wheel, for example, can be used as the sample clock to analyse engine rotation and performance.

The power in single and 3-phase systems can be evaluated. In addition, for fundamental waveforms of 50 or 60 Hz, up to 40 harmonic orders can be analysed. Alternatively, it is possible to use the suite of FFT functions to perform full frequency analysis.

The DL350 is based on an A4-sized compact chassis and weighs less than 2.6Kg excluding battery and under 4Kg when populated with a battery and 2 x 4 channel modules. The built-in rechargeable battery provides three hours of continuous operation which, when combined with either mains or 10-30 V DC power, provides the DL350 with a highly reliable power supply and worry-free recording for tests that are difficult or expensive to repeat.

For further information about the DL350 ScopeCorder please visit:

http://tmi.yokogawa.com/ea/products/oscilloscopes/scopecorders/dl350-scopecorder/

ScopeCorder DL350 indicative use cases

Evaluating EV inverter I/O voltage performance

Combine the DL350 with the high-speed isolation and CAN bus modules and engineers have a great tool to measure EV vehicle drive train efficiency and performance.  It will measure the fluctuation of the input/output voltage of the drive train inverter, trend speed, accelerating and breaking rates translated by CAN communications simultaneously and continuously for up to 2.5 hours at a sample rate of 200KS/s. Add the optional GPS unit to add co-ordinate information to correlate test-track location and measurement data.

Industrial Power line performance monitoring

Take the DL350 into the field fitted with a high-voltage isolation module and use the “wave window trigger” function to monitor and capture the power wave degradation caused by voltage sags, surges and interruptions.  In the configuration, the DL350 is capable of measuring high voltage inputs up to 1kVrms, 1.4 kVpeak directly.  The ‘action on trigger’ function enables the unit to save the waveform to a file and send a notification automatically when the trigger event is detected allowing for unattended operation.

Preventative maintenance checks for industrial robots

To ensure the smooth running of automated production lines, engineers can use the DL350 with 4 channel high-speed isolation module and acceleration/voltage module to check the health of production line robots.  Using the FFT analysis function engineers can monitor and check vibration under acceleration data which will give an indication of any potential failure, which will allow them to plan remedial action to prevent it and any production line stoppage. 

About Yokogawa Test & Measurement

Yokogawa has been developing measurement solutions for 100 years, consistently finding new ways to give R&D teams the tools they need to gain the best insights from their measurement strategies. The company has pioneered accurate power measurement throughout its history, and is the market leader in digital power analysers.

Yokogawa instruments are renowned for maintaining high levels of precision and for continuing to deliver value for far longer than the typical shelf-life of such equipment. Yokogawa believes that precise and effective measurement lies at the heart of successful innovation - and has focused its own R&D on providing the tools that researchers and engineers need to address challenges great and small.

Yokogawa takes pride in its reputation for quality, both in the products it delivers - often adding new features in response to specific client requests - and the level of service and advice provided to clients, helping to devise measurement strategies for even the most challenging environments.

The guaranteed accuracy and precision of Yokogawa's instruments results from the fact that Yokogawa has its own European standards laboratory at its European headquarters in The Netherlands. This facility is the only industrial (i.e. non-government or national) organisation in the world to offer accredited power calibration, at frequencies up to 100 kHz. ISO 17025 accreditation demonstrates the international competence of the laboratory.

- Meet the precision makers at http://tmi.yokogawa.com.

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 114 companies spans 59 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.7 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit http://www.yokogawa.com

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UK Productivity figures show that investment in high-tech manufacturing is essential

UK factories must be in a position to compete with technologically advanced rivals on an international stage say World Wide Technology

Today’s productivity statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the manufacturing sector improved its output per hour in the first quarter of this year. This contrasts with a slump in service sector productivity over the same period. The figures, which show a 0.2 percent improvement, do not spell an end to concern around productivity, which still lags behind other G7 nations.

world wide tech logoThe competitiveness of UK industrial firms is likely to be a key talking point as the nation seeks new markets on the global stage. Productivity has long posed a challenge for the UK’s manufacturing industry and remains a hot issue, with commentators suggesting a range of solutions to retain a competitive edge.

Ben Boswell, VP Europe at World Wide Technology comments: “The UK’s most productive sectors are those which develop highly refined products in the pharmaceutical, aerospace, automotive and technology industries.”

“These sectors require both a highly skilled workforce and the factory infrastructure to remain competitive on a global playing field. Technological innovation within the factory will likely be the most important driver of change in the future manufacturing sector. Additive manufacturing, connected robots and increased virtualisation will become the standard in producing better goods more efficiently.”

“Take Tesla as an example. Their factories are the current gold standard in what can be achieved through leveraging digital manufacturing technologies – their next-generation cars could only have been developed in their cutting-edge factories.”

“Increasing productivity in the 21st century is therefore a question of which technologies can be deployed in the correct way to streamline the manufacturing process. For the UK to retain its leadership in the high-tech sectors, firms will need to grasp how they can use the next-generation of factory technologies to improve their existing processes.”

About World Wide Technology

World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with more than $9 billion in annual revenue that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe.

Through its culture of innovation, WWT inspires, builds and delivers business results, from idea to outcome.

WWT works closely with industry leaders including Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO); Dell Technologies (NYSE: DVMT); Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT); NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP); VMware; AT&T Inc. (NYSE: ATT); Boeing (NYSE: BA); and the U.S. Air Force.

WWT employs more than 4,000 people and operates over 2 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world.

For more information about World Wide Technology, visit www.wwt.com.