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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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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

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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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie setzt auf V6

Academic Paket im Rahmen einer Vereinbarung mit der WiGeP

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie setzt auf V6

(Bildquelle: Dassault Systèmes)

Das Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) hat sich ein hohes Ziel gesetzt. Es soll die Institution der Spitzenforschung und der exzellenten wissenschaftlichen Ausbildung sowie eine herausragende Stätte für akademisches Leben, lebenslanges Lernen, umfassende Weiterbildung, unbegrenzten Wissensaustausch und nachhaltige Innovationskultur werden. Um diesem Ziel ein Stück näher zu kommen, wurde die Transcat PLM GmbH als Partner für die Implementierung von 300 PLM Discover Lizenzen ausgewählt. Das gesamte Innovationspotential des Instituts kann so ausgeschöpft werden, denn die vernetzte V6 Plattform bietet beste Voraussetzungen für eine effektive und effiziente Konstruktion.

Mit PLM Discover profitiert der Anwender vom umfangreichen Grundmodul mit Elementen zum virtuellem Design, Digital Manufacturing, Realistic Simulation und Collaborative Innovation System Engineering. Ergänzend wurde ein erweitertes Zusatzmodul implementiert. Es umfasst CATIA Master, CATIA Design Advance, CATIA COMPOSER und CATIA System Advance, DELMIA Master, ENOVIA Master und SIMULIA Master.

„Den Ausschlag für den Umstieg auf V6 gab das enorme Innovationspotenzial einer vernetzten Entwicklungsplattform“, erläutert Thomas Maier, vom Institut für Informationsmanagement im Ingenieurwesen. „Und durch die Rahmenvereinbarung zwischen WiGeP (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Produktentwicklung) und Dassault Systèmes war die Investition realisierbar.“

Transcat PLM war in diesem Projekt in alle wichtigen Elemente für die Phasen der Beratung und Planung, der Umsetzung und Betrieb bis zur Produktentstehung eingebunden. Außerdem wurde die Lösung in die KIT IT-Infrastruktur implementiert. Zusätzlich wurde das Teachers Dashboard, eine Lösung speziell für Hochschulen zur einfachen Administration der User im Lehre-Umfeld eingebunden.

Die Datenverwaltung wird künftig über die voll integrierte ENOVIA Datenbank erfolgen, die eine zentrale Plattform für alle Prozessbeteiligten bildet und somit einen Datenaustausch in Echtzeit ermöglicht. Das schafft eine verbesserte Kommunikation zwischen den Standorten und zwischen den einzelnen Fachbereichen.

Aber auch die Zusammenarbeit der Fachbereiche untereinander wird künftig eine neue Effizienz im Informationsaustausch erfahren. Hier wird beispielsweise Zeit eingespart, indem Entwicklungsstände schneller eingesehen werden können, ohne in die Methodik von CATIA einzusteigen.

Eingebettet in die Forschungsumgebung des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) erarbeitet das Institut für Informationsmanagement im Ingenieurwesen (IMI) in enger Zusammenarbeit mit dem Lifecycle Engineering Solutions Center (LESC) interdisziplinär Lösungen auf den Forschungsgebieten Lifecycle Engineering (LE), Knowledge Engineering (KE) und Smart Immersive Environments (SIE). Das Fundament dieser innovativen und internationalen Forschungsaktivitäten bilden: Lehre, Grundlagenforschung, angewandte Forschung, Transfer von Innovationen sowie Kooperationen mit der Industrie, Bildungseinrichtungen und gemeinnützigen Organisationen auf internationaler Ebene.

Transcat PLM verbessert die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit seiner Kunden durch den Einsatz und die Nutzung von innovativen IT Lösungen zur virtuellen Produktentwicklung. Die daran beteiligten Prozesse können vernetzt und abgesichert werden. Transcat PLM verfügt über eine hohe Kompetenz bei der Umsetzung dieser Projekte; ökologische Faktoren werden dabei immer berücksichtigt. So erreichen die Kunden ihre wirtschaftlichen Ziele schnell und effektiv. Über 25 Jahre Erfahrung und Kompetenz sind hierfür der Garant.

Transcat PLM ist seit 1987 im CAx/PLM-Geschäft tätig und bietet als einer der führenden Spezialisten das gesamte Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Portfolio von Dassault Systemes basierend auf CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA, 3DVIA und EXALEAD an. Darüber hinaus verfügt Transcat PLM über ein breites Angebot an Dienstleistungen: von der Beratung, Projektkonzeption, Schulung bis hin zur Anwenderbetreuung vor Ort. Eigenentwicklungen von Standard- und Individualsoftware für CATIA, ENOVIA & JT sowie die Absicherung und der Betrieb der vorhandenen PLM-Anwendungen & Infrastruktur ergänzen das Portfolio.

Die regionalen – und weltweiten Projekte führt Transcat mit seinen rund 200 Mitarbeitern durch, die an acht Standorten in Deutschland, Österreich und der Slowakei vertreten sind: Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, München, Dortmund, Saarbrücken, Hannover, Linz (A) und Zilina (SK).

Firmenkontakt
Transcat PLM GmbH
Anne Janson
Am Sandfeld 11c
76149 Karlsruhe
07 21 / 9 70 43 – 22
AJanson@transcat-plm.com
http://www.transcat-plm.com

Pressekontakt
wyynot GmbH
Claudia Birk
Rüppurrer Str. 4
76137 Karlsruhe
0721-6271007-77
birk@wyynot.de
http://www.wyynot.de