Buzzwords like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 are everywhere, but are often used imprecisely and in a way that lacks substance. As part of the “Digital Implementation” event organised by ARTS in late June, a specialist audience was able to see for themselves, with specific examples from the worlds of space and aviation and best practice demonstrations, what digitalisation can mean in concrete terms. Experts from ARTS and manaTec provided an insight into some of their current projects and were also available for questions and discussions after their presentations.
A single fibre is just a fraction of the thickness of a human hair. When combined, however, carbon fibre is an extremely light yet strong material that is now an essential part of aircraft and automotive construction, offering almost limitless possibilities, particularly when combined with other materials.
Whenever a job involves joining two components, there’s generally no way to avoid welding. The technique is well-proven, with a range of solutions that range from the simple to the relatively complex. Laser welding plays a particularly special role in industry, as it allows the work to be performed on a mobile basis, taking the welder directly where the work is needed to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
It’s almost impossible to imagine everyday life without virtual reality. VR glasses are taking computer gaming to a new level and enable journeys to unknown worlds. In industry, however, the next leap forward is coming from data gloves instead.
3D printers have triggered a new industrial revolution, enabling companies to manufacture complex components more easily and at a lower cost than ever before. At the same time, the process opens up new options for lightweight construction techniques. Car manufacturers, Formula 1, and many other sectors are already making use of this technology, and in the aviation industry, entire engine parts and fuselage sections are made by 3D printing.