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GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digital future in serial Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digital future in serial Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy announces further steps in Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy has announced further steps in its course towards Industry 4.0 with a new dedicated digital area for Metal Additive Manufacturing (Metal AM) during an event at its plant in Bonn, Germany.

At a meeting with key customers and partners, the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products recently shared plans to start a Metal AM digital enterprise in Q2 2017 using best-in-class workflow, taking the most important aspects of the Industry 4.0 agenda from theory to practice.

Based on intelligent, connected systems, it will benefit from reduced lead times, enabling stronger customization of products. On the process side, business partners will be much more involved in development and production.

GKN is working to drive innovations across the whole Metal AM value chain, from production of metal powder materials, AM design and manufacturing services. It will also provide the first fully digitized AM process chain in serial production for automotive, industrial and consumer products.

Actively shaping the future as innovation leader

As an innovation leader in Metal AM serial production, we are fully committed to taking a pioneering role in the industry in terms of digitalizing our company and our offers. We will actively shape the future and demonstrate that we can do this with the next step we take with our Metal AM serial production plant,“ says Guido Degen, Senior Vice President Business Development & Advanced Technology.

Benefitting the complete value chain

By concentrating on the implementation of digital and production processes, all work steps along the entire value chain will be substantially leaner and more efficient in the future. For example, this promises a noticeable reduction in development and production times in prototype construction in the automotive area. In addition, digital processes allow for considerable advantages compared to conventional process chain and production methods. The plant in Bonn will fulfill the ISO 16949 (automotive), AS 9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical devices) certification norms.

Mix of technology and individual consulting remains the maxim

Individual consulting will continue to play a large role in product development and the optimization of processes. „The combination of personal contact and technical pioneering spirit makes us successful. This is an indispensable part of our corporate DNA and naturally of our new corporate Metal AM strategy,“ says Guido Degen.

Interested in more news about how Metal AM is revolutionizing production methods and business models? Then visit our Innovation Blog: www.gknsintermetals-blog.com.

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and about 6,600 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 7.7 billion GBP in the year to 31 December 2015.

Firmenkontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
Susanne.Huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

Pressekontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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Walther Trowal: A new era for high gloss polishing of ceramic surfaces

Vibratory finishing of ceramic components: Perfect surface finishes at surprisingly low costs

Walther Trowal: A new era for high gloss polishing of ceramic surfaces

The new polishing paste PKC is also suitable for finishing orthopedic implants.

The recently developed polishing paste trowapast PKC produces flawless mirror finishes on ceramic work pieces with surface roughness readings of ra = 0.002 – 0.005 µm. These are values, which to date could only be achieved with costly manual polishing. The new finishing process opens entirely new surface finishing possibilities in the fields of decorative ceramics and medical engineering.

Mechanical high gloss polishing on metallic work pieces has been around for many years. To date similar finishes on ceramic components were considered as impossible.

But, because they offer a substantially higher wear resistance compared to metal alloys, the significance of ceramic materials has been growing steadily. When it comes to designer, optical and consumer products, high luster finishes are a key element for their market acceptance. But smooth, shiny surfaces also have a functional dimension for components requiring low frictional resistance. Ceramics made from zirconium provide the required hardness, but smoothing and polishing them by mechanical means was so far an unsolved problem.

Generally, mass finishing is a cost effective method for polishing of a variety of work pieces. The process usually starts out with an aggressive grinding powder followed by a polishing paste that creates a high luster on the work pieces. These polishing pastes contain extremely fine abrasive particles. Unfortunately, on very hard surfaces their material removal rate is often insufficient. For instance, creating a surface reading of ra = 0.02 µm would take such a long time that it would be absolutely uneconomical.

Walther Trowal offers a range of polishing pastes or powders containing minerals with different hardness values and initial grain sizes allowing a wide spectrum of polishing applications on all kinds of materials.

The secret: Sharp edges are becoming rounded

A suitable paste product for the economical polishing of ceramic had yet to be developed. Since for several industrial sectors in recent years this challenge had become more urgent, in 2012, a cooperative of eight companies and research institutes, among them Walther Trowal, was organized with the goal to develop a process for high gloss polishing of ceramics. The project, named KeraOpt, was financially supported by the „NRW-EU-Ziel 2“ fund for industrial research.

Within the group Walther Trowal assumed the task of developing a mass finishing process that allows creating the desired high gloss polishes on ceramic work pieces in a cost effective manner.

Another project of KeraOpt was the development of ceramic inlays for injection molds that produce very fine geometrical structures combined with extremely smooth surfaces.

After comprehensive test trials Walther Trowal could identify a mineral that is suitable for these kinds of applications: Besides producing high gloss polishes on metallic components, it also produces the same type of finish on zirconium ceramics. With the new polishing paste trowapast PKC Walther Trowal has at last a product that can successfully be used for high gloss polishing of all kinds of ceramic components.

The new polishing paste contains a mineral with a relatively large grain size with an initially very high grinding effect. During the process the mineral grains wear down to smaller sizes transforming the process from intensive grinding to fine polishing.

Angelika Helten, managing the chemical lab at Walther Trowal, explains why the new paste is so effective for polishing ceramic components: „The secret is that the PKC paste is changing its technical characteristics during the course of the finishing process. While conventional mineral grains are breaking up into smaller grains with sharp edges, the new minerals are becoming rounded. Expressed simply, they do not create micro scratches on the surface but truly polish, thus producing very shiny surfaces. The result, with surface readings of ra = 0.002 to 0.005 µm, has even surprised us.“

For the ceramic mold inserts mentioned above the same approach was taken that had proven so successful for polishing metallic surfaces. Since the removal rate on ceramic is lower than that on metal, the process lasts longer and requires two different ingredients. With an initial surface roughness of ra = 0.3 µm the first stage with a grinding powder takes about 20 hours. This is followed by a second stage with trowapast PKC that lasts about 40 hours.

The result: A member company in the KeraOpt cooperative now produces the mold inlays for plastic injection molding no longer with tool steel but with ceramic. The surface readings could be reduced from ra = 0.011 to 0.002 µm.

A real success story

Another member of the cooperative is also utilizing the new polishing technology. This company produces decorative components used in the interior of vehicles, for example, gear shifters and control elements for car radios and air conditioners.

All these components, for which the final customer demanded high gloss polishes, consist of zirconium ceramics. To date these parts had to be manually polished. Now, with trowapast PKC they can be mechanically polished with a fully automatic process.

The ceramic components undergo a 72-hour grinding process followed by a 48 hour polishing step and 2 hours for the final brightening. This results in absolutely scratch-free work pieces, which after a subsequent cleaning process can be directly installed.

Christoph Cruse, the general sales manager at Walther Trowal, sees significant advantages for the customers: „The duration of the finishing process may appear very long. But it takes place without any supervision and requires a minimum of operator intervention. Since the new process allows the treatment of batches of 5,000 pieces, the costs per piece a re significantly lower than before.

New possibilities

First feedback from the customers indicates that the new polishing process represents a significant progress towards creating smooth, shiny surfaces on ceramic components. It opens a brand new field of new applications, for example for producing
-Thread guiding parts for textile machinery
-Ceramic coatings of metallic components
-Orthopedic implants
-Components for optical electronics
-Mirrors

Walther Trowal offers interested companies to test the new technology at the Trowal test lab in Haan. This ensures that the technical specifications of potential users are met, before they have to make a purchase decision.

Since 1931 Walther Trowal is developing and producing modular as well as custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface finishing applications.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Walther Trowal supplies customers in various industries around the world. These include automotive and aerospace, medical engineering and wind power generation.

Firmenkontakt
Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Georg Harnau
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
+49 2129.571-209
+49 2129.571-225
g.harnau@walther-trowal.de
http://www.walther-trowal.de

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+49.241.89468-24
+49.241.89468-44
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BHS-Sonthofen Appoints New Mixing Division Sales Manager for U.S. Site

Mixing technology for concrete

BHS-Sonthofen Appoints New Mixing Division Sales Manager for U.S. Site

Mike Kerins, the new Mixing Division Sales Manager at BHS-Sonthofen Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolin

Mike Kerins is the new Mixing Division Sales Manager at the American subsidiary BHS-Sonthofen Inc. based in Charlotte, North Carolina. BHS-Sonthofen has appointed him to further strengthen the sales team, which has quadrupled the number of mixers installed in North America since 2011. Moreover, BHS is now offering its customers the option to carry out material and field tests at their own facilities by providing laboratory mixers on a rental basis from the Charlotte location.

BHS-Sonthofen has appointed Mike Kerins to further capitalize on the continually increasing acceptance of BHS mixers in North America. Kerins has over 10 years of experience in the concrete industry through his time with CEMEX and Pavestone and certifications from the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Kerins has managed the design, start-up, operation and quality control of plants throughout the US. He graduated magna cum laude with a B. Sc from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Kerins will provide customers with expert technical consulting on all topics concerning BHS mixing technology. He will also draw upon his expertise to oversee tests with laboratory mixers that customers can rent from BHS to run trials at their own facilities.

At BHS-Sonthofen Inc., Kerins will support project management in ensuring even shorter delivery times for mixers and spare parts in the United States.

Dennis Kemmann, the Managing Director of BHS-Sonthofen GmbH, has the following to say of Kerins: „Mike is a recognized specialist who knows his way around concrete plants and construction sites. He has familiarized himself with all different kinds of mixers over the course of his career. We are happy that he has chosen to come on board with BHS-Sonthofen and bring his wealth of expertise to the table.“

Ever since BHS-Sonthofen Inc. established the Mixing Division in 2011, the company has successfully established the German mixers on the American market. For instance, twin-shaft batch mixers make up the lion“s share of the 220,000 m³ of in-situ concrete required to construct the New NY Tappan Zee Bridge. They are also producing tens of thousands of cubic meters of concrete for the bridge“s precast structural elements, some of which weigh over 300 tons. BHS-Sonthofen single- and twin-shaft batch mixers are also becoming increasingly popular for use in dam stabilization projects and for conditioning backfill material in mining applications.

Mike Kerins“ contact information:
-Tel.: (+1-704) 845-1190
-E-mail:michael.kerins@bhs-sonthofen.com

About BHS-Sonthofen Inc. (USA)
BHS-Sonthofen Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, was founded in 1998 as the first BHS-Sonthofen subsidiary in order to address the growing demand for BHS filtration technology in North America and provide local customers with in-depth support. Since 2011, BHS-Sonthofen Inc. has also been responsible for selling mixing technology in North America and started selling recycling technology in the region in 2015.

The Mixing Division established in 2011 supplies single- and twin-shaft batch mixers for continuous and batch operation. The sales team consults North American clients on selecting and dimensioning plants, guaranteeing quick service all the while. Alongside an extensive warehouse for spare and wear parts, the Charlotte site is also home to laboratory mixers available on a rental basis to companies interested in carrying out their own material and test mixing.

BHS-Sonthofen Inc. is also a certified member of the Concrete Plant Manufacturers Bureau“s (CPMB) Mixer Manufacturers division.

About BHS-Sonthofen
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH is an owner-operated group of companies in the field of machinery and plant engineering based in Sonthofen, Germany. The company offers technical solutions for mechanical process technology, concentrating primarily on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration. With more than 350 employees and several subsidiaries, BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence.

The Mixing Technology division produces batch and continuous mixers and offers a full range of process technology for mixing applications. The twin-shaft batch mixer, which is considered a global benchmark in the concrete industry, is a key product.

For further information, please visit: www.bhs-sonthofen.de

Firmenkontakt
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Roland Schmid
An der Eisenschmelze 47
D-87527 Sonthofen, Germany
+49 8321 6099-231
press@bhs-sonthofen.de
http://www.bhs-sonthofen.de

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Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

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GKN and EOS collaborate to transform Metal AM into digital manufacturing

Qualification of new materials and parts and strengthening market position are key goals

GKN and EOS collaborate to transform Metal AM into digital manufacturing

GKN and EOS collaborate to transform Metal AM into digital manufacturing

Qualification of new materials and parts and strengthening market position are key goals.

GKN Powder Metallurgy, the world leader in powder metallurgy, has joined forces with EOS, the global technology and quality leader in high-end additive manufacturing (AM), to lead the way in business-to-business industrial 3D printing. The two technology leaders agreed on a collaboration, primarily aimed at the automotive market, that integrates both companies‘ excellent positions in their markets.

GKN Powder Metallurgy brings expertise in the transfer of innovative technology from laboratory level to series production, particularly in the automotive sector, capabilities in advanced material and design as well as experience in developing and producing advanced metal powder materials.
As a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in AM, EOS offers all essential elements for industrial 3D printing. Systems, materials and process parameters are intelligently harmonized to ensure a reliable high part quality.

By GKN and EOS combining their know-how and experience and thanks to the global footprint of both partners, companies can fully exploit the revolutionary possibilities and potential offered by Metal AM. This is fully embedded in GKN’s digital factory approach and the next big step towards the future of series Metal AM production for automotive applications.

Tap potential in production, research new materials

„Metal AM has huge potential to shape the future of industrial manufacturing and its products, and elevating this to a new level. EOS and GKN will take on this challenge together. We want to ensure that more and more companies recognize and use the potential of this innovative technology. At the same time, we want to considerably expand the areas of application with new materials by testing and ultimately using them in series production,“ says Dr. Peter Oberparleiter, CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy.

Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS, states: „The collaboration between GKN and EOS is another important step towards integrating industrial 3D printing into existing and future production lines and to leverage the benefits of AM technology for series production. With GKN we have the right partner who offers a high degree of experience with its global presence and its high-performance production for the automotive industry.“

Joint „AM Experience Days“ planned in Europe and North America

End of 2016 GKN Powder Metallurgy and EOS held a first joint „AM Experience Day“ in GKN’s Innovation Centre in Radevormwald, Germany. Based on the huge interest the partners now are planning for 2017 to run eight additional „AM Experience Days“ in Europe and North America for innovative thinkers and decision-makers in the automotive and industrial industry. The goal is to show potential customers the new and nearly limitless possibilities in Metal Additive Manufacturing created by extensive geometrical freedom combined with considerable cost advantages already for small batch sizes.

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and about 6,600 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 7.7 billion GBP in the year to 31 December 2015.

About EOS
EOS is the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Founded in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in additive manufacturing. Everything EOS does is founded on the cornerstones of corporate responsibility and sustainability, both inward- and outward-facing. Whereby EOS embraces a deep commitment to customers and their needs.
Like no other company, EOS is mastering the interaction of laser and powder material. Additionally, EOS provides all essential elements for industrial 3D printing. System, material and process parameters are intelligently harmonized to ensure a reliable high quality of parts and thus facilitating a decisive competitive edge. Furthermore customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.
EOS nurtures a vibrant ecosystem of partners and, by means of venture investments, helps incubate promising start-ups. It’s this interaction along the whole industrial value-chain that enables the development of extensive solutions for 3D printing. Hence contributing to the further digitization and automation of manufacturing.

Firmenkontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
Susanne.Huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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A year rich in variety at SKIDATA

International growth, major events and highlights

A year rich in variety at SKIDATA

A year rich in variety at SKIDATA

Stagnation? Unthinkable for SKIDATA, a leader in access solution innovations! This past year was full of surprises in many areas and the company convinced with its constant growth. Among other milestones, SKIDATA celebrated the opening of two new locations.

New subsidiaries in Dubai and Mexico, additional international growth in the US

Since its founding in 1977, SKIDATA has been characterized by its stable growth and has had an international focus from early on. International markets are better served with our branches and partner companies and customers benefit from faster support on-site. The proximity makes both the coordination with customers and service considerably easier. In 2016 the SKIDATA network grew with two new locations: Dubai and Mexico.

Business in the US was also marked with especially large growth in 2016. SKIDATA continues to pick up speed in the US through company acquisitions and the implementation of major projects, including equipping over 30 parking garages in San Francisco and ten parking garages with over 6,000 parking spaces in the city of Miami Beach.

2016’s major event: European Championship in France

When Europe’s soccer elite gather for an extra special tournament, SKIDATA is also a big player. A total of four European Championship stadiums in France used SKIDATA access solutions, allowing 630,000 fans to quickly and safely enter the stadiums through SKIDATA access systems. Operators of stadiums, convention centers and amusement parks around the world rely on access technology from SKIDATA and a variety of our installations can even be found on every continent.

Company initiatives encourage innovation

In keeping with our „Setting Trends“ corporate value, SKIDATA continuously introduces more initiatives that promote the company’s innovative spirit. The company recognized long ago that in order to produce innovations, it needs an innovation-promoting work environment with a certain amount of freedom. Events such as the three-day „Innovathon“ give employees the opportunity to concentrate 100% on creating new ideas.

Career fairs and exciting insights for IT rookies

In addition to numerous career fairs in which SKIDATA participated as both an employer and a training company, the company also provided the opportunity to take a look at the everyday work of staff at our headquarters in Grödig, Austria. As part of our Summer IT Weeks, IT juniors were treated to an exciting day with plenty of insights into the technology behind our innovative access solutions. Many young men and women used their summer vacation to learn more about careers, as well as professional and training opportunities in the IT sector.

More than 30 young people took the opportunity to gain practical experience in various SKIDATA departments in 2016. Ever more young women are completing internships with our innovative company – this year, nearly half of our interns were female and many of them worked in technical areas. Increasing the appeal of careers in technology for women is an important matter to SKIDATA. For this reason, the company regularly supports initiatives and events geared at getting more women into technology. Events such as our annual Girls‘ Day are a great opportunity for young women interested in technology to get to know more about various technical careers.

Find more behind-the-scenes looks at our current 1,350 employees online: visit https://www.skidata.com/en/corporate/jobs-careers/ and get interesting information, as well as current job vacancies and career opportunities. Here SKIDATA also presents its various departments, introduces you to employees and publishes information about training and apprenticeships at an internationally-successful company.

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. More than 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, shopping centers, major airports, municipalities, sports stadiums, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group ( www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group ( www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

Kontakt
SKIDATA AG
Mag. Belkis Etz
Untersbergstraße 40
5083 Grödig/Salzburg
+43 6246 888-0
jobs@skidata.com
http://www.SKIDATA.com/jobs

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World’s First Intelligent Bluetooth Batteries

Ansmann AG presents Intelligent Rechargeable Battery System to communicate with Mobile Devices

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Ansmann Batteries communicate with mobile devices via Bluetooth (Source: @ Ansmann AG)

Ansmann Industry Solutions – the German experts for rechargeable battery pack system solutions for various devices and eMobility, have developed an intelligent standard battery solution that integrates Bluetooth interface for wireless data transmission in batteries. Prototype and app for the world innovation of those standardized „intelligent batteries“ have firstly been presented in November at Electronica show.
Manufacturers of eBikes, lawnmowers or other rechargeable battery applications now can easily transmit data on the displays of users‘ mobile devices or smartphones. Be it battery charge level, battery temperature, manufacture date, serial number, charge and discharge cycles, charging current, status warnings or remaining actual range: Values and data can be displayed in the form of an oscillograph without any measurement set-up. Graphs for the load pattern of the battery, for example, can be traced via bluetooth in LIVE mode as standard. Optionally, the reverse data transmission direction can be used to control the end application via Bluetooth and data bus with the Smartphone.
A small additional standard add-on board is sufficient. The main advantages for the device manufacturers of Ansmann intelligent bluetooth battery are:
– simpler read-out of battery service data
– wireless read-out of battery and terminal data by the end user on mobile phones and mobile devices
– extension of terminal applications to new functions such as GPS
– simple control via Smartphone, tablet and mobile device
– customer-specific apps are possible — but not mandatory

Alongside the manufacturing of battery packs (including NiMH, Li-Ion, Li-Po, lead acid), Ansmann Industry Solutions develops combined power supply and charge solutions as well as individual integrated charger and power supply units complete solutions for device producers, including licensing in accordance with international standards. Communication integration can be done via CANBUS, SMBUS, PMBUS, I2C etc.

More Details

As a system supplier and based on more than 20 years of experience, Ansmann is expert in producing rechargeable batteries, battery packs, primary batteries, chargers and power supplies.
ANSMANN develops all components for hardware and software as well as mechanical data according to customer requirements. In addition, ANSMANN certifies the systems used (UN-Transport-Test). Amongst others, ANSMANN works for equipment manufacturers in the area of drive systems, medical technologies and gardening tools.The production of complete solutions takes place at locations in Germany and Asia.

Firmenkontakt
Ansmann Industry Solutions
Thilo Hack
Industriestr 10
97959 Assamstadt
+49 6294 4204-0
info@ansmann.de
http://www.ansmann-energy.com

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Ansmann Industry Solutions
Max Dunkel
Industriestr 10
97959 Assamstadt
+49 6294 4204-0
info@ansmann.de
http://www.ansmann-energy.com

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GKN Sinter Metals hosts collaborative additive manufacturing workshop

Experts from the automotive industry came together in the GKN Sinter Metals Innovation Center for the first AM Consulting Day

GKN Sinter Metals hosts collaborative additive manufacturing workshop

Experts from the automotive industry came together in the GKN Sinter Metals Innovation Center

Experts from the automotive and manufacturing technology industries came together at a workshop in November to learn more about the new possibilities of Metal Additive Manufacturing in series production. GKN Sinter Metals invited experts to its Innovation Center in Radevormwald, which is also home to the MetalFAB1, the world’s first Additive Manufacturing machine in the automotive industry that enables series production of design-optimized parts for engines and transmissions.

After two intensive days, Ümit Aydin, Global BD Additive Manufacturing, said, „There is no stopping the advancement of Metal AM. We all agree on this future technology’s huge potential. But on the threshold of series production, we must carefully consider the pros and cons in each and every case. We are happy to support our partners and customers in this process.“

Unique bundling of expertise and experience

GKN Sinter Metals invited the workshop participants to bring parts with them, either physically or virtually, to highlight both the technical and commercial aspects (pain points) of possible AM manufacturing in the framework of a „Part Screening“. The know-how provided by EOS GmbH, the global market and technology leader in the area of AM series production, perfectly complemented GKN Sinter Metals“ design and material expertise. „This bundling of expertise and experience is absolutely unique on a pioneer market that is changing so rapidly,“ says Ümit Aydin.

The participants agreed: „The workshop was extremely well organized and provided genuine added value for potential users of Metal AM! In addition to the technical basics, the focus was on creating tools for application – oriented potential analysis of parts in terms of suitability for additive manufacturing and directly applying them“, said Thomas Meyer, Head of Engineering at HEGGEMANN AG.

The possibilities to positively influence volume and thus weight, handling and especially also price with stress optimization (topology optimization) and material selection are an important step towards using AM parts. For GKN Sinter Metals it is clear that the next AM Consulting Day will take place soon; it is already planned for the first quarter of 2017.

Anyone interested in participating can contact uemit.aydin@gkn.com.
Early registration is recommended, as the number of participants is limited.

About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality, and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing, and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 6,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 7.7 billion GBP in the year to 31 December 2015.

Kontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Anne Lohoff
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (228) 9335 237
anne.lohoff@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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Online Clothing Rental Market Revenue is expected to reach US$ 1,952.4 Mn by 2026

In terms of value, the global online clothing rental market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.8% during the forecast period owing to various factors, which are analysed in detail in this report.

Online Clothing Rental Market Revenue is expected to reach US$ 1,952.4 Mn by 2026

Online Clothing Rental Market

Future Market Insights delivers key insights on the global online clothing rental market in a new report titled, „Online Clothing Rental Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026“. In terms of value, the global online clothing rental market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.8% during the forecast period owing to various factors, which are analysed in detail in this report.

Growth of the global online clothing rental market is driven by increasing preference for fashion and brand consciousness among people across the globe along with rising internet penetration. Consumers are preferring online purchase of clothes due to availability of a large variety at a discounted price. This is fuelling the demand for online rented clothes globally. Changing consumer lifestyles and increasing demand for designer dresses, party wear, and dinner suits is expected to intensify the growth of the global online clothing rental market in the next 10 years. Increasing urbanisation along with rising personal disposable income in regions such as the Asia Pacific are driving the overall growth of the global online clothing rental market.

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High profitability margins, ease of resource availability, and rising economic opportunity in developing nations are some factors encouraging new players to venture into the global online clothing rental market. Established players in the global online clothing rental market are expanding their product portfolio and are focussing on product innovations and change in target segments, which is creating robust competition in the market.

Segmentation highlights

The global online clothing rental market is segmented on the basis of Demography (Women, Men, Kids); Price Range (Premium, Mid, Low); Type (Western Wear, Ethnic Wear, Others); End User (B2C, B2B); and Business Model (Peer-to-Peer Model, Standalone Model, Hybrid Model).

The Women demography segment is expected to register a CAGR of 9.5% during the forecast period

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The Peer-to-Peer business model segment was valued at US$ 656.4 Mn in 2015 and is expected to account for US$ 712.2 Mn by the end of 2016, witnessing a Y-o-Y growth rate of 8.5% over 2016-2020

Regional projections

The global online clothing rental market is segmented into the seven key regions of North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, APEJ, Japan, and MEA. Markets in North America, Western Europe, and APEJ are expected to record high growth rates in terms of value between 2016 and 2026. Amongst all the regions, North America is estimated to account for a comparatively higher value share in 2016. Western Europe is another major market for online clothing rentals. The entry of online luxury fashion due to rising internet penetration is expected to drive market growth in this region. In the APEJ region, increasing personal disposable income is a key driver for sustained growth of the online clothing rental market, and the APEJ market is expected to register a CAGR of 10.1% during the period 2016-2026. The online clothing rental market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period in countries such as India, the ASEAN countries, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Vendor insights

This report covers detailed profiles of key players operating in the global online clothing rental market. The report presents key strategies, key developments, product offerings, and market performance of leading companies. Some of the top companies profiled in the global online clothing rental market report are Rent the Runway, Poshmark, Elanic Services Pvt Ltd., Dress & Go, GlamCorner Pvt Ltd., Envoged, Etashee, Secoo Holdings Ltd, and Secret Worldwide.

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Processed Superfruits Market Value to Reach US$ 70.9 Bn by 2026

In terms of value, the global processed superfruits market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period.

Processed Superfruits Market Value to Reach US$ 70.9 Bn by 2026

Processed Superfruits Market

Future Market Insights delivers key insights on the global processed superfruits market in a new publication titled, „Processed Superfruits Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016 – 2026“. In terms of value, the global processed superfruits market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period. In this report, Future Market Insights analyses the factors and trends impacting the growth of the global processed superfruits market.

According to Future Market Insights analysts, significant demand for superfruits based antioxidants is expected to drive the growth of the global processed superfruits market during the forecast period. An increasing demand for ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages is further likely to boost overall growth of the global processed superfruits market. The global processed superfruits market is also driven by several other factors such as increasing demand for antioxidants, rising income levels in emerging economies, substantial demand for multi-use food ingredients in the food and beverage industry, and increased awareness of the nutritional attributes of superfruits. The multiple uses of superfruits as natural food colouring, natural food flavouring, and other purposes besides dietary food and functional ingredients is another key driver for the global processed superfruits market growth.

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However, high costs associated with the production, processing, and preservation of processed superfruits and a lack of consistency in terms of superfruits flavour is likely to pose challenges and restrict the growth of the global processed superfruits market over the forecast period.

„Consumers are increasingly inclined towards natural food products due to various health issues associated with artificial additives and ingredients in food processing. This preference for natural food products globally is expected to fuel the demand for processed superfruits in the food and beverages industry.“ – Analyst – Food & Beverages, Future Market Insights

Segmentation highlights

The global processed superfruits market is segmented on the basis of Form (Liquid, Frozen, Powder, Canned) and Application (Food, Beverages, Cosmetics).

The Powder form segment is anticipated to reach a market valuation of US$ 49.42 Bn by the end of 2026 and is likely to register a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period. The Liquid form segment is expected to account for 25.5% market share of the global processed superfruits market by the end of 2016

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The Beverages application segment is estimated to be valued at US$ 26.39 Bn by the end of 2016. The Food application segment is expected to hold a market value share of 30.8% by the end of 2016

Regional market projections

The global processed superfruits market is segmented into the seven key regions of North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, APEJ, Japan, and MEA. The Latin America and APEJ processed superfruits markets are expected to register high growth rates between 2016 and 2026 in terms of value. In terms of volume, the North America market is expected to reach 4,943,563 tons by the end of 2026, registering a volume CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. Latin America is anticipated to represent absolute $ opportunity of US$ 224.5 Mn in 2016 over 2015. The APEJ processed superfruits market accounted for US$ 6,475.1 Mn in 2015 and is expected to increase to US$ 6,809.5 Mn by the end of 2016, reflecting a growth rate of 5.2%. The Japan region is anticipated to reach 867,546 tons in terms of volume by the end of 2026, witnessing a volume CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period.

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Vendor insights

The global processed superfruits market report profiles some of the leading players operating in the global processed superfruits market. Companies featured in the report are Symrise AG, SunOpta Inc., Kerry Group plc, Agrana Beteiligungs-AG, Del Monte Pacific Limited, Ocean Spray Cranberry Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., Dabur India Ltd., Uren Food Group Limited, and Frutarom Industries Ltd. Top companies dominating the global processed superfruits market are focussing on diversifying their product portfolio and expanding their businesses in emerging markets through strategic mergers and acquisitions.

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Photonic Sensors and Detectors Market expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% by 2016 – 2026

The global photonic sensors and detectors market was valued at US$ 22.5 Bn in 2015 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period (2016-2026).

Future Market Insights delivers key insights on the global photonic sensors and detectors market in a new report titled „Photonic Sensors & Detectors Market: Global Industry Analysis & Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026“. The global photonic sensors and detectors market was valued at US$ 22.5 Bn in 2015 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period (2016-2026).

According to Future Market Insights, increasing investments in telecommunication infrastructure and various government initiatives to implement fibre optic communication are major factors driving the growth of the global photonic sensors and detectors market. Additionally, increasing adoption of industrial automation solutions to address the global shortage of unskilled labour and to reduce operating costs, and continuous development and implementation of new technologies in medical devices are some of the other factors propelling the growth of the global photonic sensors and detectors market.

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„Leading players in the global photonic sensors and detectors market are faced with major challenges that force them to reduce profit margins from image sensors, thereby affecting profitability. Also, a lengthy regulatory approval and technology assessment process pertaining to new product development is likely to restrict growth of the global photonic sensors and detectors market during the forecast period.“ – Analyst – Electronics and ICT, Future Market Insights

Segmentation highlights

The global photonic sensors and detectors market is segmented on the basis of Sensor Type (Fibre Optic Sensors, Biophotonic Sensors, Image Sensors, Others); Detector Type (Photo Transistors, Single Photon Counting Modules, Photodiodes, Photocells, Others); and End use Sector (Defence & Security, Medical & Healthcare, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Consumer Electronics & Entertainment, Industrial Manufacturing, Aviation, Research & Development, Others).

The Fibre Optics Sensors segment is estimated to account for a market share of 37.7% by the end of 2016 while the Biophotonic Sensors segment is expected to be the second largest segment in terms of market share in 2016, accounting for 29.9% value share by the end of 2016

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In terms of sales volume, the Single Photon Counting Modules segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period. The Photo Transistors segment is estimated to witness a CAGR of 7.0% between 2016 and 2026

The Aviation segment is anticipated to register high Y-o-Y growth rates from 2016 to 2026 and is expected to register a CAGR of 10.2% during this period while the Defence & Security segment is estimated to account for the highest market value share of 26.3% by the end of 2016

Regional market projections

The global photonic sensors and detectors market is segmented on the basis of region into North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, APEJ, Japan, and MEA. The North America market accounted for the highest market value share in 2015 and was valued at US$ 7.4 Bn in 2015. North America is estimated to account for 32.7% value share of the global photonic sensors and detectors market by the end of 2016. The APEJ market is projected to be the most attractive market in the global photonic sensors and detectors market during the forecast period. The APEJ market is anticipated to be valued at US$ 4.4 Bn by the end of 2016 and this is expected to increase to US$ 11.4 Bn by the end of 2026.

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Vendor insights

The report features some of the leading companies operating in the global photonic sensors and detectors market. Key players profiled in the report are Hamamatsu Photonics K.K, OMRON Corporation, ON Semiconductor, SAMSUNG, Sony Corporation, KEYENCE CORPORATION, Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, Prime Photonics, LC, Banpil Photonics, Inc., and NP Photonics, Inc. Leading companies in the global photonic sensors and detectors market are expanding their presence in emerging markets and are diversifying their product portfolio to strengthen their market share and enhance their customer base.

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