Global rail companies continue to face growing challenges to build and maintain trains faster and at lower costs. Striving for engineering and design excellence, strict material and functionality regulations in the rail industry add additional levels of complexity to producing new or spare rail parts. In order to meet industry requirements, Europe’s leading transport companies – Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn ESG and Siemens Mobility – have all invested in additive manufacturing technology. In this interview, experts from these companies each provide their insights into the rail industry’s inherent production challenges and how their adoption of additive manufacturing helps to address them.
Wherever there is electrical current, there are always electromagnetic pulses. They can have an extremely disruptive effect, e.g. on the ubiquitous electronic devices that surround us. This is why vehicle manufacturers, among other things, need to verify the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of their products. What's more, the vehicles themselves are packed full of sensitive electronics and are tested in specialised EMC labs. The conditions there are unpleasant for humans. Camera systems are used in order to keep an eye on everything during the tests. mk-messtechnik specialises in such systems. Motors from FAULHABER used in the swivel heads ensure exact positioning of the remote-controlled modules.
Musculoskeletal disorders are a common occupational disease in the EU and North America and are one of the most common causes for long- term absence from work. Work-related upper-limb disorders annually cost 2.1 billion eurosacross the EU and are responsible for 45% of all occupational diseases. Wearables, clothing enhanced through technology, offer an approach for reducing these injuries. Ironhand® from the Swedish company BIOSERVO TECHNOLOGIES is a soft robotic glove that strengthens the human grip with help of the company’s patented SEM technology. The gripping force support of the individual fingers is made possible with FAULHABER drives.
Always more, always faster, always further everything needs to arrive at the right time at the right place – the global goods cycle keeps the economy running and is a challenge for everyone involved. This only functions through the use of extensive automation within the logistics chain, which would be unthinkable without an armada of high-performance micromotors. These motors often need to generate considerable forces under extremely confined conditions and, above all, must always work reliably in continuous operation. This is why drives from FAULHABER can frequently be found in these challenging applications.
The year 2020 has transformed the way many of us work. While makeshift desks and digital collaboration have been commonplace for many office workers, surely manufacturing employees couldn’t set-up a shop floor from the comfort of their own kitchens — or could they? Digitalising a production facility typically takes years of development, but one Sandvik tube site brought remote manufacturing to its stay-at-home workers in just two days. Here, Thomas Froböse, product unit manager at global engineering group Sandvik, explains how.
Countless samples are tested daily in analytical laboratories. The benefits of automation in this area is obvious: They make it possible to achieve faster results, higher throughput, fewer errors and lower personnel costs. In order to ensure smooth operation, high dynamics and precision are extremely important for the drive systems. We spoke to Dr. Aihua Hong about the requirements and developments in this market segment, for which she is responsible at FAULHABER.