How Advanced Quality Systems Increase Throughput and Reduce Time to Market

thumbnail-increase-thruput-advanced-quality-systems-short-030118As manufacturing margins shrink and consumers continue to demand high-quality products that can last a lifetime, advanced quality systems are helping manufacturers maintain a competitive edge. Shifting from post-production quality testing and inspection to in-line, automated quality system technologies integrated throughout the product lifecycle results in smarter designs, reduced costs, improved productivity, increased efficiency and less risk.

Implementing advanced quality technologies from concept to design through development also boosts throughput and reduces time to market.

Increase Manufacturing Throughput and Reduce Time to Market with Advanced Quality Systems details the benefits of incorporating advanced quality applications at every stage of the product development timeline, highlighting EWI’s industry-leading tools and solutions, including:

  • Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) during prototype cycles and development of material and manufacturing processes
  • Integrated computational modeling to improve structural integrity and design for inspection
  • Automated defect recognition and other data anaysis algorithms to facilitate process feedback and inform quick repairs or other decision actions

EWI provides industry-leading solutions and technologies to help companies seamlessly incorporate next-generation quality systems into product design, development, in-service and beyond. To learn more, contact Shaun Freed at sfreed@ewi.org.

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EWI Forming Center Consortium Kicks Off Projects and Plans Next Meeting

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EWI launched its Forming Center Consortium (FCC) in 2017 with nine founding member companies, including General Motors, Honda, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Cosmas, Lear, POSCO, ESI North America, Diversified Tooling Group, and AutoForm. At the first FCC meeting held in late 2017, consortium members selected two inaugural, pre-competitive projects:

  • FCC-1: Implementation of Nondestructive Evaluation and Visual Monitoring Tools in Stamping
  • FCC-2: Intelligent Servo-Control Forming Process

The FCC spring review meeting will be held by EWI in Detroit, Michigan, at the Marriott Southfield on April 13, 2018, in conjunction with the SAE World Congress. A members-only session will be held during the morning of April 13th. An open, non-member session will be hosted by EWI from 1 pm to 3 pm. Lunch will be provided to both non-members and members from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Registration to attend the non-members session is required. To register for this open session, please click here. For more information, contact Doug Myers at dmyers@ewi.org.

 

Members of the EWI Forming Center Consortium at EWI for the inaugural meeting in late 2017

Members of the EWI Forming Center Consortium at EWI for the inaugural meeting in late 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EWI Welcomes New Member Bordrin Motor Corporation

Bordrin Motor CorporationBordrin logo has joined EWI as a new member. With five locations worldwide, the company has accumulated experience in the automotive and technology industries. Bordrin’s focus is on creating future mobility products and services through electrification, connectivity and shared driving.

 

 

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Bak-EWI Collaboration Noted in Robotics Industry Association Publication

The EWI and Bak staffers involved in the cobot initiative
The EWI and Bak teams involved in the cobot initiative

The efforts of EWI’s Buffalo Manufacturing Works to help Bak USA integrate cobots into production were recently recognized in an article published by the Robotics Industry Association.

Collaborative Robotics Puts People First,” which appeared in the February edition of ROBOTICS ONLINE, highlights how Buffalo Manufacturing Works introduced Bak to “cobotics” with the joint goals of optimizing the laptop maker’s workshop operations and maximizing the productivity of their skilled staffers.

Bak operators work alongside the Kawasaki cobot in the company's workshop
Bak operators work alongside the Kawasaki cobot in the company’s workshop.

The case of Bak USA is a true success story of human-robot collaboration (HRC) – a win-win for both factory and workers with bottom-line benefits for all involved. For full details on Bak and other HRC examples, you can read the complete article here.

To see a video of the Bak USA workshop, click here.

For more information on how EWI can help you bring successful automation to your production line, contact Ron Brown at rbrown@ewi.org.

 

 

 

 

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How Advanced Quality Systems Reduce Risk and Boost Productivity

linkedin_how_nde_reduc_risk_boost_prod_1080x729_11818Recently, I’ve discussed some of the benefits of implementing quality processes earlier in the product development and manufacturing timeline, including reducing costs and decreasing time to market. Continuing this theme, I’d like to share how advanced quality technologies like ultrasonics, eddy current, x-ray radiography, and computed tomography (CT) can also help manufacturers reduce risks associated with product failure while increasing productivity. These technologies can be automated, customized, and integrated in-line with manufacturing processes to reduce destructive testing and redundant welding practices that are pervasive today.

In addition to nondestructive evaluation (NDE), modern product reliability management methods implemented throughout design, development, and manufacturing life cycles also lead to improvements in product quality and productivity. Knowing how to set reliability goals early in development based on market demands and industry regulations, and managing those goals throughout development allows companies to achieve schedule predictiability, reduce costs, and understand root causes of product failures for prioritizing and implementing corrective actions.

Reduce Risk and Boost Productivity Through Advanced Quality Systems details seven benefits of implementing next-generation quality systems and NDE earlier in the product development and manufacturing process. It also contains information on some examples of this work, including:

  • Advanced X-Ray Inspection for Electronic Devices
  • CT Imaging for Weld Quality Assessments

EWI provides advisory, development, and implementation services to companies seeking to apply next-generation quality systems. If you are interested in learning more about EWI’s advisory, development, and implementation services across advanced quality solutions, contact Shaun Freed at sfreed@ewi.org.

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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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