Global 3D Cell Culture Market Is Expected To Reach US$ 2,734.3 Mn By 2025

According to latest market report published by Credence Research, Inc. “Global 3D Cell Culture Market – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2017 – 2025”, the global 3D cell culture market was valued at US$ 456.8Mn in 2016, and is expected to reach US$ 2,734.3 Mn by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 20.0% from 2017 to 2025.

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With advent in research and technology, 3D cell culture is the most fast growing segment in life science experiments. 3D cell culture basically mimics the tissue and organ microarchitecture, with the help of three dimensional structure of micro-assembled devices facilitate cell differentiation and tissue organization. With use of scaffold and new matrices, advancement in cell imaging and analytical system, cells are grown in three dimensional models.

Such cell culture models are more close to in vivo environment, thus useful in varied application. In 3D cell model the cells are subjected to more physiological and morphological changes as compared to the 2D model as there is more cell- cell interactions, cell-ECM interaction and cell population. This helps in providing more relevant physiological information and precise data of in vivo test.

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3D Cell Culture model as wide application in drug discovery, stem cell research, cancer cell biology and other cell based analyses. Various research institute, hospitals, biopharmaceutical and biotechnological companies are using 3D Cell culture model and its adoption rate is increasing in the forecasted period.

Global 3D cell culture market are segmented by technology type as scaffold free and scaffold based. Scaffold free is further sub segmented as microfluidic, 3D bioreactors, hanging drops plates, 3D petrisidhes, ultra-low attachment plates, magnetic levitations & 3D bioprinting. Scaffold based is also further sub segmented into hydrogels/ecm analogs, solid scaffolds and micropatterened surfaces

Global 3D cell culture market are segmented by application type as drug discovery, screening and development, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cancer and biotech research, stem cell application, 3D printing microfluidics and others.

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As of the current market scenario, North America is the largest regional market for global 3D cell culture market, largely dominated by US. The key market drivers for North America are the research and development activities in cell culture and oncology, rising awareness of organ transplant and favorable regulatory environment.

Europe is an early adopter in 3D cell culture market due to extensive research activity taking place at university and industrial level, rising investment in cell culture and awareness about benefits of 3D cell culture and it ability replace animals during toxicity testing. Asia-Pacific is fastest growing market in 3D cell culture especially Japan, China and India.

Emerging economies are becoming lucrative market with development of healthcare and biotechnology infrastructure, government funding and investment in R&D in areas of cell biology, oncology and drug development and outsourcing to developing countries.

Market Competition Assessment:

Key players in the 3D cell culture market are 3D Biotek LLC, 3D Biomatrix, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Bell Brook Labs, Corning Incorporated, Cosmo Bio, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Global Cell Solutions, Inc, Kuraray Co. Ltd., Hi Media Laboratories, Nano 3D Biosciences, Inc, Nanofiber Solutions, Reprocell Incorporated, Insphero, Lonza AG, Merck & Co., Sigma Aldrich Corporation, Synthecon, Neuromics, Reinnervate Ltd, Nordion, Promocell GmbH

Key Market Movements:

Rise in investment for research and development in 3D Cell Culture for biopharmaceuticals and therapeutics, drug screening and development, stem cell and cancer research

Advancement in technology of 3D cell culture engineering to create in vivo environment, coupled with cell imaging techniques and analytical systems

Focus on regenerative medicine to heal or replace tissue and organs damaged by age, trauma or disease, to normalize congenital defects

Increased awareness and demand of organ transplantation and tissue engineering in case of chronic diseases is anticipated to drive the market in future


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Who is an Ideal Shop Floor Manager| The Machine Maker

Who is an Ideal Shop Floor Manager?

To answer this question, we first need to identify the broad parameters that will establish his effectiveness. These are:

  1. Knowledge of his Job and Objectives
  2. Knowledge about his Resources
  3. Knowledge about his people (actually the most important resource and hence listed separately)
  4. Awareness of Safety, Environmental and various Statutory Rules & Regulations
  5. Updated knowledge/information on New Developments
  6. Awareness of performance benchmarks
  1. Knowledge of his Job & Objectives

An ideal shop floor manager must have a comprehensive knowledge of all the aspects of the allocated job. The manager must have all the responsibilities completely embedded in the mind.  These are:

  1. What are his specific responsibilities?
  2. Who are his customers and what are their needs and priorities?
  3. Who are his suppliers (Purchase, Stores, Shops prior to his in the manufacturing sequence) and what are their limitations and what support/ clarifications they need from him so that they can serve him better?
  4. His work targets – both quantity and time
  5. What are the work methods or methodologies to be used/ deployed to achieve the desired output in the time and cost specified? This will typically decide make-buy decisions
  6. What are the parameters for evaluating performance and information collection & reporting necessary for doing so
  1. Knowledge about his Resources

What are his resources? Classically, these are the 5 Ms – men, materials, machines, methods and money.

The first, i.e. men, is very important and in a class by itself, so it is discussed separately, below. Methods have already been alluded to in the first point, above, whilst Money we are excluding from the discussions here because it is assumed that the Shop Floor manager is operating under a sanctioned budget where the required money is already allocated.

The following is what he needs to fully know about his other resources, i.e. machines & materials:

  1. His plant and machinery and their state of fitness for operation

For example, he must ensure that all machines are in working condition at their optimum parameters – if a machine is working but can run only at half its speed, then that is not working at its “optimum parameter” and should not be called or understood as  working machine.

He needs to ensure that the operators carry out routine maintenance every day (e.g. cleaning, oiling, greasing etc.) and that the Maintenance (or Engineering) Department carries out the scheduled Preventive Maintenance regularly.

  1. Availability (physical and operational) of auxiliary equipment, tools, jigs, fixtures, dies, spares etc.

Very often machines are available and working but the required Jigs/ Fixtures/ Tooling are not available or cannot be found!  This renders the working machine absolutely impotent – it simply cannot be used.  Hence, a great deal of attention is required to ensure proper and full availability of such auxiliary equipment/tools.

  1. Input Materials used and required by him – their availability, scarcity and caution to be exercised in their handling and use

Again, if machines and tooling are available but the input material is NOT, then once again no output can be achieved.  So while keeping attention on his own machinery and tooling, the shop floor manager also needs to constantly check and regularly follow-up for timely and adequate availability of required input material as per budgeted production plan.

  1. Knowledge about his People (his most important Resource)

Knowing your people is not confined to just recognizing their faces or knowing their names – a pity that many managers do not even know that!  “Knowing your people” in this context means much more as listed below.

  1. Names, sections where working, in which shift
  2. Age, experience and qualification,
  3. Strengths (Skills and special competencies)
  4. Shortcomings (limitations) both in terms of skills as well as attitude/behavior
  5. Hence, areas where he/she needs training, guidance, counselling
  6. Potential for growth

As can be seen, knowing really means knowing their strengths, weaknesses and potential so that they can be assigned the right jobs/ responsibilities and taken off from assignments where they are likely to falter or make mistakes.  It also requires inputs of training, guidance and counselling so that they can grow to their full potential and thus get motivated to perform at their peak capabilities.

  1. Awareness of Safety, Environmental and various Statutory Rules & Regulations

Safe working conditions and adherence to Environmental regulations is an extremely important area even though this may fall under the conventional area of “hygiene standards”.  The fact is that no one can perform to his full potential unless he/ she feels fully safe in the work environment. Take a very simple example of a slippery floor,  either due to water or oil spill.   In such a case, people will walk very slowly and carefully instead of walking briskly or running across in case o emergency.  As a result, pace of work will distinctly slow down leading to fall in output and lowering of productivity, simply because he floor is slippery!

To ensure that people feel safe and untroubled by any environmental/ecological disaster, the following points need to be taken care of:

  1. Use of PPE (Helmets, Safety Shoes, Masks, Goggles, Ear Plugs, Slings etc.)  by all employees in his work section
  2. Proper execution of all safety and precaution measures while operating machines in his shop – this requires properly planned training to be given to all employees on the respective machines they operate and to every worker when he/she shifts to a machine that he/she is going to operate for the first time. The training itself can be a 15 min to half-an hour session; but it must be given, without exception.
  3. Proper earthing of all electrical machines/equipment in his shop and regular check of the same as per recommended practice
  4. Full and free access to Fire Extinguishers and Electrical Switchboards in his department – this is extremely important and, sadly, the most violated.
  5. Regular training and Mock Fire Drills ensuring that sufficient (ideally, all) employees know how to use the Fire Extinguishers and other such equipment – Mock Fire Drill does not mean that a fire is lit and the instructor puts out the Fire – that is demo, not training ! Training in this case means that each and every attendee actually take the Fire extinguisher off the hook on the wall, rushes to the Fire and then operated the Fire extinguisher himself to put out the Fire.  Only then will they get the familiarity and the confidence to put out a fire when it happens for real.
  6. Aisles, Staircases and Emergency Exits always kept fully free for speedy movement/ exit and prevention of accidents
  7. Promptly attend to any leakage (air, water, gas, steam, oil, coolant) to prevent accident and pollution
  8. Ensure proper and adequate lighting in all areas especially staircase, corners and blind turning to avoid accident caused by poor visibility
  1. Must keep himself abreast of changes and developments  in his sphere of working and all related areas

Without doubt this is the most important requirement for a successful Shop Floor Manager because only careful attention to this aspect will save him from obsolescence.  The areas where he needs to constantly update and keep himself abreast are:

  1. Technological
  2. Regulatory / Statutory
  3. Competitive
  4. Environmental / Safety / Societal

All technological developments do not immediately translate into a product or even a prototype – hence, one will not come to know about them in newspapers and magazines. You will need to institute a conscious search (which is now easy through the internet) of developments, in areas of your interest, in technical magazines or in the work of well-renowned Industrial Product Development & Design Labs or reputed Technology Institutes.

Similarly, you can keep your self-updated by becoming member of Professional Associations related to your work.

Constantly scan newspapers and government websites to know if any new laws or restrictions are being contemplated by regulatory/ statutory or Environmental/ Ecological authorities. Examine if it affects you.  If any of these bodies invite public views before enacting a new law, send them your views.

Constantly read about what your competition is doing or what it has achieved, where it has clipped; only this alertness will help you keep ahead of them.

  1. Must constantly benchmark himself against best performance parameters, internationally, and strive to attain and surpass them

This calls for self-motivation which pushes you to strive to be the best.  For this you need to know “what is the current best”, where do you stand in relation to that and how do you reach there or, even, surpass it.

This will call for extensive reading, meeting with people in the profession and exchanging notes, calling up friends and colleagues in similar or related business o know “what is going on” – in other word taking a lot of interest in the world around and making conscious efforts to understand and spot the direction in which the world is moving.

While the above may sound a theoretical ideal, it is not impractical.  There are countless examples of managers, across industries and countries, who are living embodiment of the above principles and you can also become one of them, should you wish so.  Best luck to you on an exciting journey towards excellence.

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Global Ceramide Market 2018 – Top Players, Revenue, Opportunities and Forecast by 2023

The market research highlights fundamental frameworks on Global CeramideMarket gives the exhaustive affiliation between past and current market trends to predict future market values and tendencies of the market. The report is a well-defined and in-depth research of market along with the market status, growth rate, and trends. The market report comprises historical, current, and projected revenues for each sector, segment, end-user segment, and region. The key manufactures/business entities covered in the report Evonik, Croda, Doosan, Vantage, Toyobo, Macrocare, Unitika, Ashland.

The report begins with introducing the global Ceramide market and segmentation analysis such as depend on the most significant dynamics containing drivers of the market, constraints, risks, opportunities, current trending factors, PEST and PROTER’S Five Forces survey, applications, topographical region markets, and competitive landscape. Macroeconomic and microeconomic features that currently overcome and also those that are witnessed to appear are involved in Ceramide report. The research analysts working on the report have strongly analyzed expected changes in policy, industry news and expansions, and opportunities and trends – this information can be utilized by companies to extend their market existence.

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The report is actually made up of a combination of the important and the pertinent info of the worldwide market, for instance, key things responsible for the variation of demand with its services and products. The report states pioneering new developments and technological advancement, which empower our customers to structure they are long-term primarily based on innovative developments; settle on informative businesses options and also to perform the necessary fundamentals. The report provides the main region, market conditions with the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand, and market growth rate and forecast etc. This report also Present new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.

Geographically, this report is portioned into a few key Regions, with generation, utilization, income (million USD), piece of the pie and development rate in these areas, from 2018 to 2025 (gauge), covering United States, China, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Rest of World.

Ceramide Market Analysis by Product Type Segmentation: Fermentation Ceramide, Plant Extract Ceramide.

Ceramide Market Analysis by Application Segmentation: Cosmetic, Food, Pharmaceutical, Other.

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3) Market strategies that are being adopted by leading respective organizations
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5) To understand the future outlook and prospects for the market with Marketing & Price (Price and Margin, Factors of Price Change, Manufacturers Gross Margin Analysis).

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From all of this Ceramide market information, the report serves guidance and strategies to the following Ceramide market players: New players, stakeholders, marketing unit, administrative authorities and Ceramide distributors/manufacturers. The market research analysis has been structured using vital data from industry expertize. Further, the comprehensive primary and secondary research information with which the report has been prepared helps provide the key statistic forecasts data, in both terms revenue and volume. In addition to this, the analysis of the latest trends and current revenue of the region-wise market in comparison to the market has been included in this report. This will provide a clear view of the readers that how the market will progress globally over the forecast period 2018-2023.

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Global and Chinese Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Industry, 2018 Market Research Report

The ‘Global and Chinese Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Industry, 2013–2023 Market Research Report’ is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global Industrial X-ray Testing Machines industry with a focus on the Chinese market. The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Industrial X-ray Testing Machines manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.

Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology. Then, the report explores the international and Chinese major industry players in detail. In this part, the report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2013–2018 market shares for each company. Through the statistical analysis, the report depicts the global and Chinese total market of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines industry including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and Chinese import/export. The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.

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The report then estimates 2018–2023 market development trends of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines industry. Analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out. In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Industry before evaluating its feasibility. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2013–2023 global and Chinese Industrial X-ray Testing Machines industry covering all important parameters.

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Chapter One Introduction of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Industry
1.1 Brief Introduction of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines
1.2 Development of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Industry
1.3 Status of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Industry

Chapter Two Manufacturing Technology of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines
2.1 Development of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Manufacturing Technology
2.2 Analysis of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Manufacturing Technology
2.3 Trends of Industrial X-ray Testing Machines Manufacturing Technology

Chapter Three Analysis of Global Key Manufacturers
3.1 Company A
3.1.1 Company Profile
3.1.2 Product Information
3.1.3 2013–2018 Production Information
3.1.4 Contact Information
3.2 Company B
3.2.1 Company Profile
3.2.2 Product Information
3.2.3 2013–2018 Production Information
3.2.4 Contact Information
3.3 Company C
3.2.1 Company Profile
3.3.2 Product Information
3.3.3 2013–2018 Production Information
3.3.4 Contact Information
3.4 Company D
3.4.1 Company Profile
3.4.2 Product Information
3.4.3 2013–2018 Production Information
3.4.4 Contact Information
3.5 Company E
3.5.1 Company Profile
3.5.2 Product Information
3.5.3 2013–2018 Production Information
3.5.4 Contact Information
3.6 Company F
3.6.1 Company Profile
3.6.2 Product Information
3.5.3 2013–2018 Production Information
3.6.4 Contact Information
3.7 Company G
3.7.1 Company Profile
3.7.2 Product Information
3.7.3 2013–2018 Production Information
3.7.4 Contact Information
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The Future of Women in Manufacturing industry seems Promising

“Comfort” is the most sought-after phenomena in the world. While majority go by the easier path to ensure comfort, there are personalities who opt for the less trodden path, stepping out of comfort zone and discovering the beauty of the journey. Same is the case with Ms. Darshana Tikle, a young, high spirited entrepreneur who chose a different path for herself. While mechanical is almost assumed to be a dirty, shop floor and strenuous job, she quit the comfortability of electronics and delved into the labor of machines!

After acquiring her degree in electronics engineering, Ms. Darshana Tikle worked as an automotive electronics engineer at a firm. She kick-started her career quite well and learned a great deal in those five years of her career; the post which she joined her family business. She explored the new field that she subjected herself to and eventually mastered the new technologies that were trending in. A constant support from a well learned professional and father, Mr. Arun Tikle and the team at TISA accompanied by her own well thought determination, resulted in her success. Now she runs the company as the Managing Director.

Women leader receiving apprehensive faces is not unusual in our society, but Darshana Tikle has always had her knowledge on the subject, answers the skeptical minds around her.   She holds a vision of having a better future for women where each woman is independent and capable of earning her own bread, irrespective of her social and economic background.

Could you tell us what does Tisa Enterprises specialize in and what are your major consumer segments?

Tisa Enterprises is a manufacturing company specializing in the manufacture of Clamping Solutions like Clamps, Clamping Elements, Screw Jacks and Clamping Devices. Our products are used in all engineering segments like Machine tools, Plastic Moulding, Press-shop, Fabrication, Automotive, Textiles, FMCG, Aerospace Engineering, Power Generation-Flow Control, etc.

Tisa participated at the IMTEX 2017. What was the response like and how satisfied are you as the Marketing Manager of the company with the event?

IMTEX expositions have been grown bigger and better over the years. Tisa has been participating at IMTEX/TOOLTECH from the last 27 years. The response at the expo was positive as we got to meet our existing as well as potential customers and were able to assist many customers with their specific clamping needs. The customers get to see the products, the quality, and their applications first hand. We have received many new leads and have converted most of the inquiries into orders. The growing international interest in Indian manufacturers has helped us forge many new partnerships, local as well as foreign, at IMTEX.

What are your views about the gender disparity at the helm of businesses in India?

The Mechanical industry has dominantly had a male presence. However, it is encouraging to see that many second-generation women are foraying into the business and making their mark, both technically and in the administrative capacity. The future of women in this industry seems promising and I hope to see many more women like me breaking old notions about the male dominance in the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing and engineering have always been thought of as a man’s area of expertise. What motivated you to join the manufacturing world?

Tisa Enterprises was started by my parents Mrs. and Mr. Arun Tikle. From a young age, I have seen both of them working hard for the company and shaping it into what we see today. Hence, the notion of manufacturing being a man’s world was never formed in my mind.  The motivation definitely came from both of them. I worked as an automotive electronics engineer for 5 years to get some experience of the real world before joining the business. This helped me appreciate better the nuances of the manufacturing industry.

As a woman entrepreneur, what according to you are the major challenges and achievements you have faced along the way so far?

When I joined the company 9 years ago, there was some apprehension from many customers as well as shop floor workers towards a woman being in the lead. However, slowly I was able to pave my way by proving myself to them. Today, we work with mutual respect. With the exponential growth in women excelling in all sectors, the industry now is also more approving of women in the lead than before.

How far helping are the government schemes for women entrepreneurs in India?

The Government has many subsidies for women entrepreneurs to encourage their growth from assistance in buying new machinery and raw material for participation in exhibitions. However, the fine print and elaborate paperwork is a deterrent to applying for these subsidies.

Please throw some light on how Tisa Enterprise encourage ensure gender parity in decision making and planning under your leadership?

Most of the key posts at the Tisa are held by women. Further to my mother, Mrs. Shrimantini and me being part of the business, my sister, Mrs. Rutuparna has also joined the business to our added strength. At IMTEX, one of my customers wanted me to train his operators on the precautions to be taken while clamping. To my surprise and awe, most of his operators were women. While women form an important administrative and commercial role at the Tisa, I look forward to hiring more women on my shop floor too.

What would be your advice to young women entrepreneurs and engineers who want to join manufacturing sector?

The manufacturing sector is ever growing at a rapid pace and there will never be a lull in this sector. If one is interested in the manufacturing sector but see gender disparity / age-old notions as a deterrent, I would encourage them to dispel these notions and follow their dream. The manufacturing space is filled with innovations and we are always on a lookout for fresh ideas. While the sector doesn’t look financially lucrative at first, hard work and commitment can reap huge monetary benefits. I have been on the other side of the industry as well and can confidently vouch for the manufacturing industry.

What are your growth plans and roadmap for your company?

TISA is a well-known brand for clamping solutions in South India. We wish to further strengthen our business in the rest of India. TISA is also exporting to many countries and wish to expand its umbrella of customer coverage. We are working towards developing more effective, less time-consuming clamping technologies to offset job setting time and hence increasing productivity. Investing in more advanced machinery and quality inspection equipment to ensure quicker supplies and growth, without compromising on the quality, remains our mantra as has been for the last 36 years.

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Creating a New Cutting Tool from Concept to Spindle-Jan Bittner

New cutting tools are continuously being added into the market, but what is the process to get a product from concept through to the spindle?

Global manufacturer Dormer Pramet tasks its product management and development department with creating new tools every year. A member of the team is product and development engineer Jan Bittner. In January 2015, Jan joined Dormer Pramet and became part of the company’s project to develop an assortment of high feed milling tools. Almost three years later, a new range of SBN10 cutters and BNGX inserts were launched into the global market. The time taken to introduce a product is an indication of the investment a manufacturer makes to create a new product which will add value to customers for many years. This is Jan’s story.

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At Dormer Pramet, the process of creating a new tool begins with its product management department which identify the market needs and gaps in the company’s current assortment. Karel Tiefenbach is the company’s product manager for indexable milling and he created a concept brief and clear objective for the development team.

Dormer Pramet’s aim was to create an assortment of tools for its double-negative cutters, which allowed high feed rates for increased productivity. The design needed to be for double-sided inserts to maximize the economic value (four-edges) and provide good chip-control, allowing for a higher ramping angle.

At the same time, the tool needed to offer process security and a versatile range for mold and die operations, covering roughing to finishing.

Design concepts

Jan began the process with Jan Vlček from the company’s product design & information department, responsible for all aspects of tool development. This includes creating high-quality data on every tool produced, the design of products and supporting manufacture.

The department’s first task in designing a new high feed milling tool – later known as SBN10 – was to research what products were already available in the market from competitors and how Dormer Pramet could be different, while still meeting the needs of customers.

Jan Bittner said: “We started with a series of preliminary studies and initial prototype designs, putting a number of ideas forward before we could start to produce samples. There are always difficulties and challenges to overcome, but some small changes at this stage can have a big impact.

“For example, with one of the first samples created, we realized there was a conflict with an existing patent from a competitor. With many companies creating new inserts all the time, it is a very crowded market.

“However, we worked with the designer to modify our concept to make it unique, whilst still fulfilling the original brief. This led us to liaise closely with colleagues in Sweden and North America to make sure our designs did not conflict with any patents.

“We discussed with colleagues in Intellectual Property (IP) how we can make our design unique and this was a new experience to me.

“At each stage, we were in discussions with IP over the design and any slight changes being made. We needed to confirm we were within patent pending at every point and not conflicting with others already submitted. Eventually, we were given the ok to proceed.

Product testing

“At the start of the process in 2015, we had a schedule to follow and aimed to launch the BNGX inserts by November 2017. We had pressure from our sales teams who wanted it earlier! Our aim was to keep the process going as fast as possible and we kept to schedule.

“By the second quarter of 2016, we were able to start the testing stage. This included several on-site tests with customers as this is the best way to check how good a product really is.

“We were confident it was a good product, but no amount of in-house testing can match trying it out in the real world. We learned so much from these tests which allowed us to identify areas of further improvement.

“A test we did with a customer in France involved machining a titanium-bearing, austenitic, chromium-nickel, stainless steel. It is an extremely tough and ductile material. It requires a powerful machine, capable of heavy feeds and slow spindle speeds.

“We put it up against a competitor’s high feed milling tool with similar features to our SBN10.

“After machining three-parts the cutting edge of the competitor’s insert was worn, forcing the operator to index the cutting edge to proceed production. After machining eight parts with the SBN10 cutter and BNGX inserts, the cutting edge showed minor flank wear and was still in a good condition to continue cutting.

“In addition to significant longer tool life, the metal removal rate was 20 percent higher. The customer was so impressed, he immediately bought one cutter and pre-ordered seven more by early 2018.

“We did more than 20 tests with customers in France, Brazil, Poland, China, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany. Altogether, five of these tests did not match our expectations, so it allowed us to go back and look at what needed improving. This is an important process and can only help improve product performance and reduce limitations.

“The crucial part is to react quickly during the testing process, speed is crucial. Any issues need to be eliminated and the design of the tool improved as soon as possible, before putting it back in for more tests.

“In July 2017, we returned to Germany to a customer where one of the tests did not go as well as the others. Going back to the same location meant we could perform the exact same trial in the same conditions as before. This was important to verify if the improvements we made had worked. The application ran very successfully and it was great to show the customer the new and improved version!

“We realized at this stage, we were ready to launch the product into the market. We had further discussions with IP to make sure our patent was in place and everything was prepared.

“This led to meetings with production to ensure enough inserts were manufactured for the time of launch and liaising with marketing and communications department on creation of all the support material, such as brochures, images, videos, press releases and online content.”

Launching product to market

Dormer Pramet launched its range of BNGX inserts and SBN10 cutters in November 2017, almost three years after the initial design brief was prepared.

During 2018, the company will manufacture more than 30,000 BNGX inserts, comprising of different sizes and chip breakers, alongside 450 cutters, in three different variants; end mills with threaded shank, end mills with parallel shank and shell mills.

Jan added: “Product development is very much a team effort. There are many people from around the world involved in the creation of new cutting tools. From product management to design, to the technology team, production, testing, through to sales and marketing.

“Each department is not independent of the rest. We are all connected and one area cannot be successful without the support of the rest. They all must work together to get a product to market.

“Also, any new product created will become the future work for our production department. Sometimes we can be focused on today and what is new now, but it is our job to look at the future and what will be important in five to ten years’ time.”

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A flexible cost effective and green solution- Danone water with green manufacturing

Danone Waters optimises handling on the loading platforms at its EVIAN® plant

Danone Waters has opted to make handling pallets of Evian water on platforms —before they are loaded onto trains— safer and more streamlined, using Interroll heavy-duty gravity conveyors.
At the Publier site in the Haute-Savoie department of France’s Amphion-les-Bains region, the largest natural mineral water bottling plant in the world has had a makeover! This historic Danone site spans 130,000 square meters. At the end of the line, the largest privately-owned railway station in France manages 65 percent of production, with the rest loaded onto the many trucks lined up in front of the plant. Every day, seven million bottles are shipped on the equivalent of 7,000 pallets. It takes robust and well-oiled logistics to maintain this pace. No malfunction can be allowed to interrupt this constant flow.

A simple solution to a complex problem
At the end of the production line, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) transport pallets weighing up to 1,200 kg to the railway loading platforms. These ultra-modern AGVs can move two pallets at once. This is where Interroll’s solution comes into play. Accurate to the nearest millimeter, the AGVs place the pallets of water bottles onto heavy-duty gravity conveyors. Sixteen lanes, holding up to 27 pallets, can easily handle the pace. The gravity lanes direct the pallets to the forklift trucks which pick these up four by four to be loaded onto waiting trains. Despite its apparent simplicity, this solution boasts advanced technologies and Interroll’s extensive expertise. Firstly, to ensure the safety of the installation, operators and goods, Interroll’s MSC 80 Magnetic Speed Control rollers maintain a constant pallet speed of 0.3 meters per second. At the end of the line, and for enhanced operator safety and comfort, a mechanical separation solution enables four pallets to be picked up simultaneously for efficient loading.

A flexible, cost-effective and green solution
Preparing for this project required Interroll to operate its testing zone in La Roche-sur-Yon at full capacity. In fact, EVIAN® uses no fewer than 12 different types of pallets for its global markets. The Interroll solution was technically assessed using a series of tests (e.g., the speed of the idler rollers, the number of brake rollers required, the position of the separators); Interroll’s expertise also enabled the company to work with pallet manufacturers to optimize pallet construction and design, to ensure that the pallets rolled optimally on Interroll’s heavy-duty gravity conveyor solution.

The fact that the design of the conveyor solution uses gravity means that the installation does not need to be powered. Apart from a few wear parts, it is also impressively maintenance-free. The operating costs for EVIAN® are almost zero. Interroll’s gravity conveyors generate no carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which is important for a site which in 2017 became Danone’s first carbon-neutral site.

Everything is flowing smoothly — naturally
One year after commissioning, and after a few adjustments, Interroll’s solution has already been tested by some 520,000 pallets. Danone Waters and Evian in particular now appreciate the simplicity and flexibility of Interroll’s application in a very high-tech environment subject to very demanding industrial working conditions. The gravity pallet conveyor — which may have seemed rather rustic at first glance — ultimately provided EVIAN® with a cost-effective and long-term solution for the future development of the brand!

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ecom presents new industrial tablet TabEx 02-The Machine Maker

The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom will be presenting the next generation of its groundbreaking tablet series for hazardous areas Tab-Ex at the HANNOVER MESSE 2018 (from April 23 to 27) in Hall 9, stand D76.
The industrial tablet Tab-Ex 02 combines top performance with innovative applications such as augmented reality. It is ideally suited for IoT-capable applications and simplifies data exchange with SCADA / DCS systems, enterprise resource planning systems (SAP, IBM Maximo), project management systems and computer-aided system planning. As a compact lightweight tablet, the Tab-Ex 02 is the perfect companion for a wide range of tasks such as inventory, material tracking, maintenance, and supply chain or asset management. At HANNOVER MESSE, ecom will also show how companies can economically implement and profitably establish IIoT-solutions: including innovative solutions for real-time localization and an efficient, interconnected asset management.

Based on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2, the Tab-Ex 02 commands the high-performance Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and features a powerful Octa Core processor with 1.6 GHz and 3 Gigabyte RAM. Thereby ecom provides the technological basis for complex applications that connect people, processes and systems through the Internet of Things and will be a decisive factor for a company’s success in the coming years. The improved hardware of the Tab-Ex 02 enables, for example, to identify objects in an installation via augmented reality applications. The software delivers all the underlying, existing data directly into the user’s field of vision in real time, while also making it shareable within the company network. Augmented reality ensures greater transparency, higher availability and faster as well as safer processes – from the planning to the operation and maintenance of a plant.

The Tab-Ex 02 is part of ecom´s wirelessly interlinked, explosion-proof Mobile Worker Ecosystem that includes smartphones, tablets, peripherals as well as software applications. With Pepperl+Fuchs as an umbrella brand, customers benefit from a consistent and future-proof solution and global service portfolio for hazardous areas that opens up completely new possibilities along the entire supply chain. Visitors can get an inside look into the comprehensive Mobile Worker Ecosystem with a large selection of hardware and partner software products at the ecom and Pepperl+Fuchs exhibition stand (Hall 9, Stand D76).

Automation is our world. A Perfect application solution is our goal.
A willingness to take entrepreneurial risks, a pioneering spirit, and a firm belief in their own inventive powers – these were the assets that Walter Pepperl and Ludwig Fuchs started out with when they opened their Mannheim radio repair shop in 1945. Their invention of the proximity switch a few years later proved their strength. It was also the starting point in a successful history defined by close customer relationships as well as innovative automation technologies and procedures. Then as now, our focus is directed squarely on the individual requirements of each customer. Whether as a pioneer in electrical explosion protection, or as a leading innovator of highly efficient sensors – the close communication with our customers is what allowed us to become the leader in automation technology. Our main objective is combining state-of-the-art technologies and comprehensive services to optimize our customers’ processes and applications.

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Standardized plugin IE4 drives for baggage handling systems | The Machine Maker

One baggage handling system OEM came to greatly appreciate certain features of the NORD DRIVESYSTEMS products they had chosen to include: encoder connectivity, positioning capability, and plug-in connectors that ensure fast and safe installation and commissioning. In addition, versatile interfaces enable efficient networking and remote monitoring of the devices in the field as well as the use of drives as distributed I/O nodes. On top of that, they were able to benefit from a variant reduction that greatly simplified spare parts management.

Though passenger numbers and luggage volume at Victoria Airport in British Columbia, Canada, are nowhere near the numbers at large international hubs, it was exactly for this reason that the baggage handling system (BHS) posed major challenges to the handling system OEM. This airport did not have a lot of room to accommodate all the usual modules – from check-in through security screening to sorting. The airport company commissioned Glidepath, a manufacturer specializing in baggage conveying, parcel sorting, and freight logistics technology.

Lots of technology in little space
The new handling system has a capacity of 750 pieces of luggage per hour. “The baggage handling system is made up of 85 conveyors with a total length of some 250 m,” says Jason Williams, project engineer at Glidepath. “It comprises two in-line screening CT machines. It has two decision points for sortation, and it has two separate infeed lines. It has four-way sorters, spiral power curves, bag alignment devices, a luffing conveyor, and Glidepath’s proprietary ploughs and power curves.”

All in one
All drive tasks are carried out by IE4 AC vector drives from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS. Each drive unit consists of an IE4 permanent-magnet synchronous motor, a motor-mounted NORDAC FLEX frequency inverter, and a two-stage gearbox. The hollow shaft gearboxes are secured on the drive axis with a Gripmaxx bushing. This attachment ensures safe, easy-maintenance fitting without keys. The drive systems achieve excellent efficiencies even in the partial load range and at low speeds. They therefore pay for their initial cost within a few years or even only months, and total expenses over the product lifespan are significantly reduced. The frequency inverters are configured exactly to Glidepath’s specifications – with plug-in connectors for power, communications, encoders, and sensors. They feature an internal EtherNet/IP interface and are designed for easy feed-through installation.

Easy, intelligent networking
The pluggable drives saved Glidepath a lot of time during installation and commissioning. The coded connectors enable speedy, error-free networking. Williams appreciates the versatile interfaces: “Thanks to the field I/O capability of the NORD drives, we were able to connect the majority of our field devices directly to the frequency inverters.” Featuring Industrial Ethernet communications, the drives enable not only remote monitoring and control of all drive axes, but also seamless monitoring of connected sensors and actuators. For Williams, this was a crucial factor: “The real advantage here is, the drives support high-speed Ethernet, which allows for reliable bag tracking on our system.”

Positioning function a welcome bonus
The drive systems take on various tasks at the conveyor modules. They move luggage at different speeds from one belt to the next. They ensure accurate height adjustment when conveying diagonally. Glidepath only came to realize the full potential of the integrated positioning function of NORDAC FLEX inverters once the drives were commissioned. As they gathered parameters for various applications, NORD engineers soon found that the positioning function was the optimal solution for the luggage sorters. “On our four-way sorters, we took advantage of the NORD positioning system. We are very happy with the result.”

Great service ensures smooth processes
Glidepath project engineer Williams is more than satisfied with the professional service. A NORD specialist for their industrial sector provided significant support to Glidepath through efficient standardization. “On this project, we have just five different gear ratios for a job that has 90-odd motors in total and three different motor sizes”, Williams says. “That is a huge advantage. As a consequence, we need only one spare drive per gear type and engine size.” The high service level was maintained throughout the project. “We did not have any issues with commissioning NORD products. They were probably the best thing to commission on the whole job, to be honest. We did pre-commissioning on our own, but we also had the benefit of getting a NORD commissioning engineer on-site with us over the four-day commissioning phase, and he was just fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and very happy to share information, teaching us how to use the NORD CON software and the hand-held programmers. In particular, he helped us with setting up the position control with which we were not yet familiar. All of that was so valuable… it was really good. And the service did not cease with installation and commissioning. I know NORD is just a phone call away, and they have folks close-by in Seattle who can come to the airport quickly when we ask them to.” After several months, Williams expanded on the drive performance in regular operation: “We are very happy with the NORD products. There is nothing I can say that is negative about them. Everything is running. We have not had any problems with drives. We have not had to replace anything. It has been a very good project, showing proof of a great collaboration between Glidepath and NORD.”

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS develops, produces and sells drive technologies with around 3.600 employees, and is one of the international leaders in the industry. In addition to standard drives, NORD supplies application-specific concepts and solutions, even for special applications, for example with energy-saving drives or explosion-protected systems. Gross sales amounted to approx. EUR 630 mn in the 2017 business year. The company founded in 1965 now has over 36 subsidiaries worldwide. The closely meshed sales and service network ensures optimum availability for short delivery times and customer-oriented services. NORD produces a wide variety of drive units for torques from 10 to 200,000 Nm, electric motors with powers from 0.12 kW to 1,000 kW as well as the necessary power electronics in the form of frequency inverters and servo controllers. Inverter solutions are available for classical installations in the switch cabinet and for decentralised and fully integrated drive units.

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Matrix to unveil Extreme series of NVR at Safe South Hyderabad-The Machine Maker

This year Vadodara based Matrix Comsec Private Limited is exhibiting their recently launched Extreme series of NVR along with Video Surveillance, Time Attendance, and Access Control Solutions at Safe South held at Hyderabad. A regular participant at Safe South Matrix is a leader in Telecom and Security solutions for modern businesses and enterprises.

Matrix will be unveiling their new Extreme series of Network Video Recorder (NVRX) at the event. This NVR is equipped with 4K decoding capacity and characteristics like Cascading (up to 20 NVRs), Camera-wise Recording Retention and Database Level Integration. It also has plenty of other distinct features like High-Resolution Recording, Playback, and Simultaneous Local and Remote Monitoring along with Storage Retention for Higher Number of Days. Moreover, these latest NVRs are also backed with an intelligent software that helps detect threats and send instant notifications for Real-time Security. All in all, these comprehensive, flexible, reliable, integrated NVRX provide a proficient, persistent and preventive security solution, suitable for enterprises and multi-location offices. Additionally, Matrix will also be exhibiting their wide range of IP Cameras and Video Management Software – SATATYA SAMAS.

From their Access Control and Time-Attendance domains, they will showcase Aadhaar Based Biometric Device. This device allows secured attendance marking through dual authentication – biometric/ RFID card and Aadhaar number. Apart from this, Matrix intends to display their high-end cloud-based Time-Attendance and Access Control solutions. Mobile being the next generation of technology in the security domain, they will showcase Mobile based Access Control solution whereby the user can either scan QR Code or just twist his/ her phone for authentication. The user can mark attendance automatically using GPS or Wi-Fi through the mobile application. Matrix will also present its Standalone Access Control solution where one can connect up to 255 devices and 25,000 users. Additionally, to enhance the security Matrix biometric solutions can be integrated with any video surveillance solution. It will capture real-time images when any pre-defined event occurs.

“At Safe South 2018, we look forward to meeting system integrators and other business associates who can help us expand our business footprints. We aim at using the event as a platform for hosting numerous meetings in the future and get a clear idea of present market needs”, commented Ganesh Jivani, Managing Director.

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