Notes from the Winter 2018 AMC Meeting

ASUThe Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) held its 2018 Winter Meeting February 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ. The meeting was jointly hosted by Honeywell and Raytheon with over 140 consortium members and invited guests in attendance.

honeywell-aerospaceThe 3-day event featured tours of Arizona State University’s (ASU) material characterization labs hosted by Dr. Nikhilesh Chawla and of Honeywell’s newly opened AM production facility hosted by Mr. Donald Godfrey. The meeting also included a networking event hosted by local AM equipment reseller Interlink Engineering and sponsored by Raytheon.

raytheon_logoDuring the members’ meeting, the AMC voted to initate six new projects with more than $800K in funding. These 2018 projects focus on the development of AM materials, software, and post processing . The general meeting (open to both AMC members and guests) had a wide variety of presentations featuring industry experts from Honeywell, Raytheon and Navy Nuclear Laboratory; researchers from ASU, NIST and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and other AM vendors like Additive Industries, BeAM machines and ESI Group.

The AMC, established in 2010 by technology innovator EWI, is a national consortium of industry, government, academia, and non-profit research organizations with the mission of accelerating and advancing the manufacturing readiness of metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Members include leading players from the aerospace, space, defense and heavy industry along with AM material and technical services providers as well as academia and government labs.

amcThe AMC will hold its Spring Meeting May 9-10 in Pittsburgh, PA. This meeting will be jointly hosted by LPW and GE and include tours of GE’s CATA facility, ExOne, and LPW’s new powder production facility in Pittsburgh.

For more information about joining the AMC contact Rhonda Lombardo at rlombardo@ewi.org, or Frank Medina at fmedina@ewi.org.

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EWI Welcomes New Member J.M. Canty

CantyLogoJ.M. Canty, Inc. is a process engineering company with facilities in Buffalo (NY) and Dublin (Ireland). This new EWI member manufactures lighting, sight glasses, cameras, sight flow indicators, quick opening closures, glass to metal seals, vision-based process control systems, and particles sizing systems for a variety of industries including the pharmaceutical, cement, oil & gas, chemical, glass and mining industries.

 

 

 

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New Paper – Unique Visual Inspections Solutions in Applied R&D

visual inspectionThere are many off-the-shelf commercial systems that offer sufficient image processing intelligence for successful visual inspection in manufacturing. Some applications, however, require capabilities that are not yet available in standard systems.

EWI has been at the forefront of tackling complicated inspection issues for customers by innovating upon commercially available inspection and vision systems. In Unique Visual Inspection Solutions in Applied R&D, Principal Engineer Connie Reichert LaMorte discusses three specialized adaptations to standard systems that were developed at EWI to solve novel inspection problems.

To view or download Unique Visual Inspection Solutions in Applied R&D, click here.

To learn how EWI can help your company address your manufacturing inspection issues, contact creichert@ewi.org.

 

 

 

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Astronics Corporation is New EWI Member

Astronics horizWe are pleased to welcome Astronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, to EWI membership. The company’s products and services include advanced, high-performance electrical power generation and distribution systems, seat motion solutions, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification, and automated test systems. Astronics is based in East Aurora, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

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New article — Electron Beam Melting: From Powder to Part

Over the past decade, additive manufacturing (AM) technology has shifted from a prototyping tool to an accepted production method. To achieve production-quality results, however, it is important to use specially developed materials for AM builds. In recent years, EWI has been at the forefront of helping clients bring new AM materials to market for technologies such as laser and electron-beam powder bed fusion, powder and wire direct energy deposition, and binder jetting. Square RT 2018

EWI AM engineers Rutuja Samant and Frank Medina have written “Electron Beam Melting: From Powder to Part.” This paper focuses on what it takes to develop a new metal material to build parts using the electron beam melting technology. To download the paper, click here.

To reach the authors of this paper, contact rsamant@ewi.org or fmedina@ewi.org.Frank Medina

To learn more about EWI’s AM capabilities, visit ewi.org/technologies/additive-manufacturing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost-Saving Benefits of Implementing Advanced Quality Systems

linkedin 5 ways reduce man costs quality systems 1080x729 11817 3Implementing advanced quality systems throughout the product development timeline enables smarter design, reduces waste, and ensures compliance with regulations—all of which are valuable cost-saving measures for manufacturers.

For example,

  • Computer modeling and design integrated with inspection development allows you to transition quickly to testing and production phases.
  • Real-time monitoring identifies failure through immediate feedback, so production problems can be addressed early.
  • Automated inspection processes lessen the need for human inspection, thus reducing manpower and human error.

EWI has helped companies across industries implement quality processes earlier in their manufacturing cycles to achieve these benefits. Our approach starts with asking questions that include:

  • How do we make quality a repeatable part of your manufacturing process to ensure quality for every single product and part?
  • How do we move quality inspection up the line?
  • How do we inspect at manufacturing speeds?
  • How can we avoid sacrificing devices due to destructive testing?

To learn more about how EWI helps companies save costs through first-time quality, view our new infographic, Five Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Costs Through Advanced Quality Systems. We introduce specific areas where manufacturers can find savings and highlight three mini case studies in successful implementation of advanced quality systems.

Cases include:

  • Reducing material waste
  • Reducing destructive test specimens for validation
  • Automating for greater reliability and cost savings

 

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If you are interested in learning more about EWI’s advanced quality and inspection services, contact Shaun Freed at sfreed@ewi.org.

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Building Fiber Optic Strain Sensor into Metal Components — New Article

Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM), a solid-state (no melting) metal 3D printing technology, enables integration of temperature sensitive components, such as fiber optic strain sensors, directly into metal structures. Sensor integration into metal components is of interest for enhanced control and monitoring purposes of cutting edge components. The technology has relevance in aerospace, nuclear, and oil & gas.

The future of embedded fiber optic materials. Built-in connectors are used for usability and robustness. Metal coated fibers are used for higher temperature applications.

The future of embedded fiber optic materials. Built-in connectors are used for usability and robustness. Metal coated fibers are used for higher temperature applications.

EWI and its affiliate Fabrisonic LLC have pioneered a unique system that utilizes ultrasonic additive manufacturing (a hybrid additive and subtractive manufacturing process) to inlay sensors into system parts as they are being built. The early success of the technology is prompting further study and shows great promise for advancements in the manufacture of sensing systems. Adam Hehr of Fabrisonic has written Building Fiber Optic Strain Sensor into Metal Componentswhich shares the fundamental work that has been done so far, and offers some of the key areas to be explored using the technology.

 To download the paper, click here.

To contact the author, email ahehr@fabrisonic.com.

To learn more about EWI’s work in additive manufacturing, visit ewi.org/technologies/additive-manufacturing.

 

 

 

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EWI Promotes Nadine Hartrich to Operations Manager, Hires Sales Director

Buffalo, NY – EWI is pleased to announce that Nadine (Powell) Hartrich has been promoted to Operations Manager and John Conway has been hired as Sales Director. Both will be based at Buffalo Manufacturing Works.

headshotHartrich joined Buffalo Manufacturing Works in 2014 and in her new role will oversee the organization’s three primary technical teams including: Additive Manufacturing; Advanced Automation; and Materials & Testing. EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry.

Nadine earned her B.A. from the University of Buffalo, a certificate in Comparative Political and Economic Systems from Georgetown University and a M.S. in International Business from D’Youville College.

 

001_John_Conway_web_onionstudioJohn Conway, a proven sales leader in Western New York with more than twenty years experience, has joined the Buffalo Manufacturing Works team to continue the impact the organization has on manufacturers in Western New York and beyond. Conway was most recently a sales executive at Applied Sciences Group and prior to that held sales positions at local manufacturing companies including Griffco Valve and Buffalo Filter.

John earned his B.A. and M.B.A from Canisius College.

 

“As one of the first employees at Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Nadine has played a major role in the organization’s success since launching nearly three years ago,” said Michael Ulbrich, President of Buffalo Manufacturing Works. “She has the right skill set to lead our technical teams to deliver measurable results for our clients. With her promotion and the hire of John Conway, a proven sales leader with significant experience in manufacturing, we are looking forward to accelerating our work with manufacturers in 2018.”

Buffalo Manufacturing Works, an advanced manufacturing center of excellence operated by EWI, is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative. Since opening its doors in April 2015, it has invested $18 million on state-of-the-art equipment and has engaged with clients in a wide variety of industries on more than 100 projects.

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About EWI

EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry. Since 1984, EWI has offered applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to leaders in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronic, medical, energy, government and defense, and heavy manufacturing sectors. By matching our expertise to the needs of forward-thinking manufacturers, our technology team serves as a valuable extension of our clients’ innovation and R&D teams to provide premium, game-changing solutions that deliver a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. To learn more, visit www.ewi.org, email info@ewi.org, or call 614.688.5000.

About Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Buffalo Manufacturing Works, operated by EWI, helps innovation-driven organizations across North America excel by partnering with their internal manufacturing, engineering and R&D teams to deliver better products, grow, and compete. Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo, the facility houses state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate applied R&D projects with members, as well as a team specializing in three primary technology focus areas: Advanced Automation, Additive Manufacturing and Metrology & Inspection. For more information, visit www.buffalomanufacturingworks.com.

About the Buffalo Billion

In an extraordinary recognition of Western New York’s potential, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has committed an historic $1.5 billion investment in the Buffalo area economy to create thousands of jobs and spur billions in new investment and economic activity over the next several years. This $1.5 billion commitment to economic excellence is setting a new growth trajectory for jobs and the regional economy. We are creating a region that is admired worldwide, that attracts more people to live, learn, work and visit; where entrepreneurs and businesses want to invest their time and capital; and where all our institutions reflect a transformative culture of inclusion, continuous improvement, adaptation and excellence. To learn more about the Buffalo Billion, visit www.buffalobillion.ny.gov.

EWI Advisory, Technology Development, and Implementation Services

Advanced Manufacturing ServicesDo you have a new product design that requires a different approach to production? Do you want to improve and optimize your process? From assessment and design review through testing and deployment, EWI has resources that help you accomplish your goals at any stage of product development in a manner that is quick, efficient, and cost-effective.

Our services and solutions are designed to address the evolving needs of manufacturers across all industries. These services fall into three important categories: advisory, technology development, and implementation.

Advisory Services

Finding solutions to the challenges of new product development can be complex. EWI has the expertise, knowledge base, and objectivity to help you identify the optimal design and production approaches to achieve your goals, and to connect you with the resources you need to succeed.

Technology Development Services

Creating game-changing approaches to production often requires significant development and testing. Using scientific methodology and a stage-gate approach, our team can help you innovate quickly while minimizing risk and expense.

Implementation Services

A smooth transition between development and implementation requires a responsive partner. EWI engineers can help you specify and select new equipment, train your staff in its application, and assist your through each step toward deployment.

Wherever you are in the manufacturing process, EWI has the systems, solutions, and services to help you address your challenges. To learn more about our Advisory, Technology Development, and Implementation Services, contact Dale Robinson at drobinson@ewi.org.

 

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