19th WETEX highlights projects, investments, and latest energy, water, solar, environment, and green development technologies

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is organising the 19th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA. WETEX will be held from 23-25 October 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. For the 4th consecutive year, DEWA is organising WETEX under the umbrella of Green Week, which includes various environmental activities and events to raise awareness about the importance of using energy and water sensibly, and the key components of sustainable development and green economy.

The 19th WETEX and the 2nd Dubai Solar Show will provide an opportunity to review the latest innovative solutions in energy, water, and the environment. Many of these technologies will be unveiled for the first time, especially in renewable energy, water, sustainability and rationalisation. The two exhibitions will act as an integrated platform for companies and organisations working in these key sectors to promote their products, services and innovative technologies, and meet decision-makers, investors, buyers and interested parties from around the world to make deals, build partnerships, review the latest technologies in these sectors, learn about current and future projects and market needs, and explore opportunities to take part in solar-energy projects and programmes in the region.

Remarkable success of the 18th WETEX and 1st Dubai Solar Show

The 18th WETEX and the 1st Dubai Solar Show in October 2016 were a huge success with large participation from exhibitors, visitors, participants, and government organisations. They attracted 1,975 exhibitors, around 25,000 visitors from 47 countries, and 67 sponsors. The two exhibitions covered 63,700 square metres, and were an important platform for companies and organisations working in energy, renewable energy, water, environment, and sustainability. The two shows hosted a large number of experts, specialists, solution providers, investors, decision makers, and consumers from the government and private sectors. Over three days, around 400 business meetings were conducted as part of the free B2B service to facilitate meetings between sponsors, exhibitors, and trade visitors. This service provides an opportunity for exhibitors to expand and promote their businesses. Participants emphasised that WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show were an ideal platform for presenting and discussing the most important topics and latest developments in various areas including water, energy, environmental management, sustainable development, electricity and water conservation technologies, and renewable energy. Over three days, DEWA organised many workshops and seminars that were very popular among visitors, exhibitors, and specialists.

New technologies and promising opportunities at WETEX 2017

DEWA has noted that it has invited a wider variety of manufacturers and service providers from many subsectors to the exhibition. The move will attract a larger display of new products and technologies to serve wider audience of trade visitors at the exhibition.

“With the accelerated development in the energy, water, the environment, and related industries, new industrial sub-sectors have emerged and demand is increasing day by day. WETEX serves as an important meeting point for manufacturers, service providers, decision-makers, and trade visitors from the UAE and the region. It helps investors to review the latest technologies available in these areas,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, Founder and Chairman of WETEX.

“WETEX has become an annual event to launch new technologies, and a destination for decision-makers, investors, and trade visitors from around the world. Over 18 years, WETEX witnessed the launch of new innovative technologies, many of which made their regional debut through its platform. Major deals and partnerships were signed and major projects announced that have changed the regional and global energy sector. This year, WETEX will continue to present the latest technologies in various energy sectors, while the Dubai Solar Show will cater to increasing demand for solar power,” added Al Tayer.

Latest energy, water, and environmental technologies

WETEX 2017 will have on display the latest tools and equipment, including turbines, compressors, motors, power generators, air cleaning and purification equipment, batteries, high-voltage cables, wiring technologies, calibration measurement equipment, protection systems, centrifuge machinery, communication systems’ equipment, industrial and residential control systems, safety equipment, refrigeration and heating, diesel engines, fire-fighting and safety systems, transducers, control electronic systems, corrosion equipment, energy-efficient home appliances and products.

Latest solar-energy technologies

With the rapid development in the solar energy sector, and the success of the 1st Dubai Solar Show, DEWA is organises the 2nd Dubai Solar Show this year. The show will expand over 14,000 square metres and attracts the biggest companies and organisations in solar power from around the world. The exhibition will be an important platform for government and private sectors to make deals and build partnerships, access the latest technologies in the solar sector, and learn about current and future projects in the region as well as market needs and opportunities to participate in leading solar projects and programmes. This supports the efforts of the UAE Government and governments in the region to increase reliance on renewable and clean energy. The exhibition will be the region’s leading commercial platform for solar-energy production and storage solutions.

Latest water technologies at WETEX 2017

Scarcity of drinking water around the world imposes challenges that encouraged many companies to invest in research of new technologies for water production and storage. This coincided with broad awareness campaigns for rationalisation and waste reduction. Researchers took different paths in their quest to find new sources of water supply. These include enhancing desalination capabilities of seawater, reducing costs of treated waste water, and desalination using solar energy. This year’s WETEX attracts the largest number of industry players from around the world under one roof. This year, WETEX will cover all related aspects, including water treatment, desalination plants, pipes of all kinds, coolers and heaters, and related products and solutions. It will also display tools, equipment and accessories for digging technologies, pumps, valves, and tools to ease pressure and others. WETEX will show the latest advances in irrigation systems, agriculture and horticulture equipment, and water extraction equipment. With a focus on water conservation, WETEX will showcase products for detecting and treating water leakages, reservoir lining, and various materials used in the water sector and water transportation.

 

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Why you should participate at WETEX

  • Position your brand as a key player in the field of Water, Electricity, Oil & Gas and Environment industry sectors
  • New business opportunities for multinational companies to engage with strategic partners and other stakeholders
  • Promote your business by presenting your latest technologies
  • Share best practices and expertise with national and multinational exhibitors.
  • Benefit from Sponsorship packages for media and marketing
  • Opportunity to network with government decision-makers, business leaders, investors and country delegations from around the world
  • An ideal place to meet members of various internationally-acclaimed supporting bodies and organizations
  • A cost-effective and targeted medium to meet senior-level decision makers
  • Unrivalled access to promote your products and services to key environmental professionals and energy experts
  • Opportunity to renew and reaffirm contacts within a large conference and exhibition environment
  • Build on opportunities in Dubai, the region’s hub for finance, business and tourism
  • Opportunity to share expertise in specialized seminars

WETEX has been growing steadily over the past years in terms of the number of participants and area, which emphasises the key role of the exhibition which witnessed launching several new technologies over the years. It also witnessed the announcement of major projects that have changed the energy sector regionally and globally, in light of the huge developments in the energy and water industries and associated fields.

For more information, please contact organizer:
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
+971 50 625 4791
sales_general@wetex.ae
http://www.wetex.ae

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Oil markets firm on rising refinery demand, falling U.S. rig count

Oil markets were firm on Monday and remained near multi-month highs reached late last week as the number of U.S. rigs drilling for new production fell and refineries continued to start up after getting knocked out by Hurricane Harvey.

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U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $49.89 a barrel at 0232 GMT, unchanged from their settlement last Friday and still close to the more than three-month high of $50.50 briefly reached on Thursday.

Thomson Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao said WTI was poised to break above $50 per barrel.

“U.S. oil is poised to break resistance at $50.43 per barrel, as suggested by an inverted head-and-shoulders, the wave pattern and a Fibonacci projection analysis,” he said.

Brent crude futures LCOc1, the benchmark for oil prices outside the United States, were at $55.67 a barrel, up 5 cents and not far off the almost five-month high of $55.99 on Thursday.

“Demand forecasts from OPEC and IEA… continued to improve sentiment in the market. Refineries are also reporting a much better recovery from the recent hurricanes,” ANZ bank said on Monday.

Oil refineries across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean were restarting after being shut due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which battered the region in the past three weeks.

Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) Deer Park refinery in Texas was among the latest, beginning its restart on Sunday. The plant can process 325,700 barrels per day.

The refinery restarts are occurring “as signs emerge of stalling growth in the U.S. shale industry. The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. fell sharply last week,” ANZ said.

U.S. energy firms cut seven oil rigs in the week to Sept. 15, bringing the total count down to 749, the fewest since June, energy services company Baker Hughes said on Friday. RIG-OL-USA-BHI

Despite these signs of a tightening market, analysts warned that the distortions of the recent hurricanes made it hard to identify more long-lasting supply and demand fundamentals.

“This week’s crude inventories data will almost certainly still show the distortions of Harvey and Irma and significant increases may be looked at by traders as outlier data,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA.

Hedge funds and other money managers cut their bullish bets on U.S. crude futures and options in the week to Sept. 12, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission reported on Friday.

 

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-markets-firm-on-rising-refinery-demand-falling-u-s-rig-count-idUSKCN1BT019

[EMO Hannover 2017] E-Tech Machinery will introducie new CNC cylindrical grinder

The Taiwanese company E-Tech Machinery will be introducing a new CNC cylindrical grinding machine from its EGP series. The grinder is equipped with an interactive Fanuc control unit and is deemed ideal for the production of small to medium components.

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The EGP-3260 CNC precision CNC cylindrical grinder from E-tech is fitted with a graphic conversational programming interface based on Fanuc controller technology. The new machine has been specifically designed to perform grinding operations on small- and medium-sized parts. Thanks to a range of special features, it has reportedly been possible to increase the grinding accuracy for parts by up to 30 percent. These enhancements include a high-rigidity Meehamite casting-box base with reinforcement ribs, the NN bearing design work spindle with its high loading capacity and an X-axis with double-Vee guide way design. Also highlighted by the exhibitors are the high rotation accuracy, the small range of temperature rises, and the environmentally friendly bearing-type wheel spindle.

You are welcomed to visit our booth: Hall 11, Stand D70 to find out more.

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Or contact us directly:

E-tech Machinery Inc.
No. 36, Ln. 686, Sec. 4, Changping Rd., Daya Dist., 42850 Taichung City, Taiwan
Phone: +886425686418
Fax: +886425686481
Website: www.etechtw.com

Boeing Talks 3D Printing for Aerospace

On the ground floor of 3D printing technology for years, aerospace manufacturers first began adopting the various additive manufacturing (AM) processes for use in prototyping. With each advance in the technology, they have been there as AM was used for the creation of tooling to, most recently, the mass manufacturing of end parts.

GE increased its role in the industry dramatically when it acquired two metal 3D printer manufacturers and formed GE Additive. GE, however, isn’t the only aerospace company that’s taken AM to the skies. Also ahead of the pack is Boeing, which has been flying 3D-printed parts since 2003.

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As a manufacturer with a leading role in the 3D printing space, Boeing may be able to offer key insight into the various platforms that make up AM and how they are currently being used in aerospace, as well as how they can and will be used in the industry in the future. To gain some of this insight, ENGINEERING.com spoke to Leo Christodoulou, director of Structures and Materials, Enterprise Operations and Technology at Boeing.

Back in 2003

As the number two federal contractor, behind Lockheed Martin, Boeing was awarded over $16 billion in taxpayer funds in 2015. Being so closely tied to the federal government has historically given the aerospace manufacturer access to some of the Department of Defense’s leading projects.

In 2003, for instance, Boeing was a part of a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory effort to qualify and fly a metal 3D-printed part on the F-15 fighter jet. The project arose when a replacement part was needed, but the lead time for tooling would be too long. Additionally, the part was going to be made from titanium, rather than with aluminum forging, as had been the case in the past. This would reduce corrosion fatigue associated with the aluminum part.

To produce the titanium pylon rib, a laser powder feed deposition process, a form of directed energy deposition (DED), was used. The part became the first 3D-printed metal part to qualify and fly on a military aircraft. Almost 14 years later, Boeing now has over 50,000 3D-printed components of various types flying on aircraft today.

DED in 2017

As if reliving the past, Boeing is turning to DED once again to produce structural components for its 787 Dreamliner. Working with Norsk Titanium and its rapid plasma deposition technology, the company will 3D print what could be the first titanium structural components for an aircraft.

Boeing and Norsk have been working together since 2016 to first see if the parts produced by Norsk could meet Boeing’s requirements, and then whether they could meet those of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program. The companies are anticipating that additional FAA approval for the material properties and manufacturing process will be obtained this year.

DED processes do not offer the same geometric complexity as selective laser melting, but, by 3D printing near-net-shape parts and then machining them to their final shape, it’s possible to speed up turnaround time, reduce material waste and reduce costs.

Christodoulou explained, “Some technologies offer better complexity than others, but even though some [like DED] don’t offer as much complexity, they still provide value in terms of buy-to-fly ratio. If you have an expensive material like titanium, for example, you can reduce the cost of how much you have to machine away and the buy-to-fly ratio tends to be very high. Even with a technique where the processes do not give you the buy-to fly ratio, you can gain a lot of value by not having to buy all the material that you machine away.”

This may be clearly demonstrated with the 787 Dreamliner. By leveraging plasma deposition from Norsk, Boeing aims to cut costs by $2 to $3 million.

Other AM Tools in the Toolbox

Although DED may have been one of the first technologies that Boeing leveraged for the production of an end part, it has become just one of many within the company’s repertoire, according to Christodoulou.

“AM for us is a toolbox in a toolbox. AM is not really one single technology. It’s a range of technologies. These technologies are applied differently in polymeric systems, composites, metals, and potentially ceramics. Different classes of material employ different processes, and each material class has multiple processes that one might consider,” Christodoulou said.

“The largest toolbox is the whole manufacturing or production system,” Christodoulou continued. “That production system has all of the traditional processes that we currently use, whether it’s fiber placement machines or machining of aluminum, whether it’s casting, forging, rolling, resin infusion—AM is one part of an entire manufacturing system. It’s never going to replace them all. It might not replace any of them.”

Among the other AM tools in Boeing’s toolbox is fused deposition modeling from Stratasys. The company has been working with Stratasys to develop its Infinite Build technology, which has a hypothetically infinite build direction on the horizontal axis.

“If you talk about AM, people think of a 3D printer somewhere in a box. What we did when we worked with Stratasys was we worked to take AM out of the box, creating a system by which we could remove parts and, in a sense, make them infinitely long,” Christodoulou said.“We’re not constrained by the volume now of a box, but our ability to have a stable process that will work for maybe three weeks, 24/7,nonstop. It’s all about that stability of the process.”

The aim for using a technology that is capable of producing such large components may not be for 3D printing end parts necessarily, but also manufacturing aids. Last year, Boeing and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) won a Guinness World Record for producing the largest solid 3D-printed item. It wasn’t an aircraft wing that the partners printed, but a large piece of tooling used to secure the 777X composite wing skin for drilling and machining.

Christodoulou said,“That part doesn’t have any mechanical requirements for flight, but it has very strict requirements in terms of dimensional control because it’s the tool on which we build parts that do fly.”

3D Printing That Meets Boeing’s Standards

The machine used to produce the part was the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) system from Cincinnati Inc. Although the BAAM is relatively new, Boeing doesn’t just use any new 3D printer to make parts for the sheer novelty and marketability of it. According to Christodoulou, every technology and part goes through a rigorous quality control process.

“The adoption of a given technology is commensurate with its maturity. Some technology is more mature than others, so it’s more likely to meet our requirements than others,” Christodoulou explained. “We have full intention to capture the benefits of new technologies as they come along, but our implementation is based on using technologies and processes that are stable so that they are reproducible.”

One of the key elements in Boeing’s development and adoption programs is the ability to demonstrate reproducibility. This holds true not just for AM, but for all of its manufacturing tools. Christodoulou said that Boeing has very stringent process specifications for how to build a given part and the settings on the machines. Once stability has been demonstrated across processes on multiple machines and in multiple installations across the globe, the company develops a database compiling the properties of parts. This enables Boeing to have data that supports the use of a particular process to manufacture a specific component.

This is true not just for processes, but for materials as well. Among the most recent materials Boeing is experimenting with OXPEKK, a form of laser sintered polyetherketoneketone developed by Oxford Performance Materials (OPM). OPM will be supplying over 600 parts for the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft, which is meant to carry up to seven passengers—or a combination of crew and cargo—to low-Earth orbit destinations like the International Space Station.

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And while Boeing is qualifying processes on the production front, one of the biggest challenges according to Christodoulou is in the culture of manufacturing and design. This is because industry has become accustomed to designing for existing production technologies. 3D printing, however, opens up the ability to produce parts that were impossible to make with traditional techniques, such as complex geometries with internal structures.

Boeing’s AM Strategy

Unlike other aerospace companies adopting AM technology, Boeing doesn’t rely entirely on in-house production, Christodoulou pointed out. Instead, Boeing tries to strike a balance between in-house work and leveraging its supply chain.

“65 percent of our work is done outside of Boeing by our suppliers,” Christodoulou said. We have 20 sites within our walls that perform some form of AM—from Puget Sound to St Louis to Mesa to overseas, in the UK and Germany—but we have to balance between our internal activities and our supply chain. In many cases, the value proposition for us is to work collaboratively with our supply base and exploit their expertise and their capital investment. For example, Norsk has made a lot of capital investments in its technology that we don’t necessarily want to duplicate. I would rather work collaboratively with them. We value and appreciate the contributions of our suppliers.”

Additionally, Boeing is not a machine manufacturer, like GE. So, while it may make sense for GE to acquire 3D printer manufacturers like Arcam and Concept Laser, Boeing does not plan to build and sell AM machines.

Christodoulou drove home the point that, for Boeing, AM adoption is not a marketing strategy. “We are very deliberate and thoughtful in our use of AM,” he said. “I personally—and the whole company—we don’t buy into all of the hype. We use AM where it best makes sense for performance reasons, for schedule reasons, for cost reasons. We will not put a part on an aircraft just because it’s by AM.”

 

Source: ENGINEERING.com

Americans Are Using Less Electricity Today Than A Decade Ago

Recently, SCANA Corporation, a major utility company in South Carolina, announced it is suspending construction on two nuclear power plants. Part of the problem was spiraling costs to complete the project. But another equally important reason was that the demand for electricity has not increased the way planners expected when the project was first proposed in 2008. That’s not surprising. A new report reveals that demand for electricity in US homes all across America is down from what it was 10 years ago.

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This startling finding seems counterintuitive, given the rise in the number of appliances and digital devices in American homes over the last decade, but major advances in efficiency — especially in flat-screen televisions — as well as a shift to smaller and smaller devices for much of our entertainment — TVs to laptops to tablets and smartphones — mean less total electricity is being used even though the number of items powered by electricity has increased substantially. Overall, residential electricity sales declined 3% from 2010 to 2016, and 7% on a per capita basis according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Americans are watching less TV, preferring laptops and tablets instead. The use of smartphones, which use very little electricity, is also rising. Although people are spending more time online, they are using Chromebooks and tablets more frequently, both of which use less electricity than the dinosaurs that used to take up space in our living rooms. ENERGY STAR–rated appliances represent another area in which the items we rely on for refrigeration, washing, and drying of clothes use less electricity than their predecessors.

The EIA says residential energy use will likely increase in the coming years as Americans adopt more and more digital devices that need to be plugged in. The finding by the agency does not address the energy needed to power the cloud computing centers run by Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and other large internet companies, however, because that is deemed commercial versus residential use. Yet many of those companies are now using renewable sources to meet their electrical need rather than relying on the traditional electrical grid.

One factor the EIA findings do not address is the demand for electricity needed to recharge electric vehicles in the future. Some alarmists are predicting electric cars will overload the grid, causing it to fail. Those Cassandras are usually funded by the Koch brothers, Exxon, etc.

Demand for electricity overall should increase as the electric car revolution takes hold, but the good news is that utility companies more and more are turning to renewables like solar and wind to meet the needs of their customers in the future.

 

Source: CleanTechnica

Rollomatic previews EMO Hannover 2017 offerings

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Industry 4.0/Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity technologies to dominate 2017 show.

Rollomatic S.A., based in Le Landeron, Switzerland, is one of the companies setting a course for an interconnected future for machinery. Precision is still a top priority, but monitoring machinery and production processes from anywhere in the world are growing more important.

September 18-23, 2017, manufacturers and technology companies will meet in Hannover, Germany, at the EMO Hannover 2017 trade show to see the latest innovations, including Internet-assisted tool-grinding.

Connectivity will allow manufacturers call up the status of a grinding machine while it is in operation, making sure that it is running smoothly from any computer connected to the Internet or company network.

Rollomatic plans to demonstrate key innovations, showing how easy it is to set up communication between the Rollomatic RMonitor and RConnect systems. RMonitor is monitoring software that can be used to check the efficiency of production. The system visualizes the status and historical performance of machinery and reports any needed preventative maintenance steps.

RConnect software links to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, i.e. via OPC, and offers the opportunity to analyze production statistics and plan processes.

Other Rollomatic products to be displayed in Hannover include:

  • LaserSmart 501

Aluminum and lightweight materials such as carbon-reinforced-plastic and titanium alloys are part of everyday business in the aviation and automotive industries. Tools fitted with PCD, CVD, or CBN, and increasingly those with monobloc designs, are especially suited to withstand the abrasiveness of fiber-reinforced plastics and the difficulty of machining tempered steel and other extremely temperature-resistant materials. The LaserSmart 501 can machine PCD/CVD/CBN tools, supporting extremely sharp and clearly defined cutting edges.

Damien Wunderlin, head of marketing and sales at Rollomatic SA, says, “In the past, key features of a PCD tool, such as its circular land chip breaker edges, had to be produced on separate machinery after eroding. The new LaserSmart 501 completes the entire process in a single clamp.”

  • GrindSmart 629XS, 629XW

Six-axis grinding machines enable grinding wheels to be inclined during grinding, allowing for even larger relief angles and complex tool geometries to be ground. For spherical milling-cutters or partial radii , the sixth axis enables the grinding point to remain constant during the relieving operation and offers better surface finish and more accurate geometric precision.

“We have integrated a self-centering system into the grinding machines, which goes about its work entirely without any adjustment by the operator. Another new development is the addition of extra wheel packs in the wheel changer for the GrindSmart 629XW,” Wunderlin says.

Rollomatic grinding machines come with integrated measuring equipment that provides important data on the success of a grinding process via 3D probing of the tool. Contactless measurement, done without operator intervention, make it possible to compensate for anomalies triggered by sudden temperature fluctuations or incipient grinding wheel wear. Elliptical is the new round If a perfectly round circumference is a major quality feature of shaft-mounted tools, the situation is often somewhat different in the case of stamping and forming tools. “Requests from our customers have shown that demand for elliptical and non-round tools, for example, is growing. That’s why we have integrated the newly patent pending process in the 5-axis

  • ShapeSmart NP5 pinch and peel grinding machine

 The 5-axis machine design, coupled with SmartPunch technology, can grind non-round punches, threading tools, and stamping and forming tools with complex shapes.

Rollmatic will be at Stand H12, Hall 6 at EMO 2017.

 

Source: AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN

New Toyota-Mazda plant will bring Corolla output to USA, not Mexico

Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda confirmed plans Friday to build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant that would create up to 4,000 jobs as part of an extensive new alliance. Toyota said it would make the Corolla sedan at the factory instead of in Mexico as previously intended.

The sweeping partnership between the two companies includes investments in each other and collaboration on development of electric vehicles and self-driving car technology.

The deal marks a symbolically significant shift for Toyota after the company faced withering criticism from President Trump for its plans to locate Corolla production at a $1 billion factory under construction in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.

Toyota said Friday that it would maintain its investment and hiring plans at the Mexican plant, but it will locate additional production of the Tacoma midsize pickup at the Mexican factory instead of the Corolla compact car, which had been set to move there from an operation in Ontario, Canada.

The U.S. factory is set to open by 2021. The companies have not picked a location, which is likely to trigger a bidding war between states seeking to spur economic development.

Trump swiftly heralded the move. “A great investment in American manufacturing!” he tweeted Friday morning.

The Toyota-Mazda plant set to be built at an unidentified location by 2021 would be only the third new U.S. vehicle assembly plant since 2011.

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Toyota spokesman Scott Vazin said the company would continue to make the Corolla at its Mississippi manufacturing plant as well, and no changes are planned there.

The new plant will offer Mazda its first U.S. production since the company ended local manufacturing in recent years after its transition out of Ford ownership.

Mazda said it would make crossover models at the plant for sale in North America. Currently, all Mazda cars sold in the USA are made in other countries, according to Barclays.

Taken together, the plans are likely to be trumpeted as a victory for Trump’s push to manufacture more locally sold vehicles in the USA.. He had threatened Toyota and other car companies for selling cars to American customers that were built elsewhere.

“NO WAY!” Trump said in a tweet about Toyota in January. “Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.” A border tax was never enacted.

Toyota and other car companies vocally opposed Trump’s plans to pursue sweeping changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which bolstered Mexican manufacturing.

The tie-up could pave the way for a broader deal, including possibly a Toyota move to acquire Mazda altogether, which would greatly accelerate industry consolidation for a sector grappling with high regulatory and technology costs.

“Today’s agreement is a testament to the positive result of two years of collaborative and deliberate discussions between the two companies, and it is a milestone in the journey to further strengthen and accelerate the partnership,” Toyota and Mazda said in a statement.

As part of the deal announced Friday, Toyota is acquiring 5% of Mazda, while Mazda is acquiring 0.25% of Toyota.

In that respect, the deal resembles the global alliance between Japanese automakers Nissan and Mitsubishi and French automaker Renault.

“Toyota and Mazda have been working more closely together, so it is no surprise they will have a plant together,” Autotrader.com analyst Michelle Krebs said, adding that Mazda had been searching for U.S. manufacturing capacity.

 

Source: USA TODAY

THE EFFECTS OF HARD WATER ON REVERSE OSMOSIS FILTRATION SYSTEMS

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Reverse osmosis (RO) can be one of the best ways to treat water for residential and light commercial facilities. But, there can be issues that exist after a RO unit is installed. One issue that arises is the challenges presented with hard water. During the filtration process, hard water can cause scale, making it extremely difficult for RO’s membrane to work and the result is lower quality of water.

Hard water is the result of having high mineral content, usually calcium and magnesium ions. The dissolved rock causes scale, which has been found to impede appliance performance and result in energy inefficiencies and increased utility costs.

“Hardness can cause scaling of the membrane, which over time will defeat the whole purpose,” explains Steve Fox of NEXT Filtration Technologies Inc. “It will reduce the output of the membrane itself and it will reduce the quality of water that the membrane is putting out. Essentially, it slowly kills the membrane.”

Replacing membranes too frequently can be expensive over time. Dealers should, therefore, seek the foundation of the issue for answers. Also, sharing this valuable information with customers is key.

According to Pam McDowell of Scalewatcher, it”s the sticky calcium molecules that affect a RO system. “Calcium in the water is like cholesterol in your blood stream,” notes McDowell. “It sticks to everything, binds, hardens and thickens as more collects. On a RO membrane, the calcium molecules block the membrane, making backwashing necessary on a regular basis.”

While McDowell goes on to say that it is necessary to replace the membranes of an RO system from time-to-time, it”s the dealer”s job to provide customers with a system that will last as long as possible.

How to reduce water hardness before RO

Testing is the best way to deal with water hardness before installation. RO systems are designed to create a lot of pressure to a certain solution to separate out heavy minerals. Knowing what types of minerals are in the water can help when installing a system.

“As with any water treatment system, following the manufacturer”s installation is the most important part of the installation,” notes McDowell. “The second important part is knowing your water. If you know that you have a specific issue such as iron, an iron filtration system should be installed in tandem with the RO.”

After installation, it”s always best to continue to monitor the water to make sure scaling isn”t becoming a major problem in the RO system. If you are changing the membranes of your RO system quite frequently, McDowell suggest that it may be time to find another system and/or hardness solution.

“Carbon filters may be used to remove chlorine, which can have a negative effect on TFC (thin film composite) and TFM (thin film material) membranes,” notes Jan de Baat Doelman, president of Scalewatcher. “Carbon pre filters are not used if the RO system contains a CTA (cellulose tri-acetate) membrane.”

Ion exchange is commonly used to soften water. During ion exchange, hard water is passed through a cylinder filled with resin beads that have been saturated with sodium. When this happens, the hardness ions are attracted to the resin and the sodium ions are released.

Fox adds that softening and ion exchange are used for the removal of hardness ions and that RO can be effective as well, but not if you”re trying to protect its membrane.

Going green

One of the major downfalls of having hard water and its effects on a RO system is that it is not very energy efficient. The minerals that clog the RO and cause scaling make the RO unit work even harder, waste water and run up the utility bill. There are ways to prevent this from happening and in return help the environment.

“The amount of water that”s wasted, the discharge issues that we”re facing all over this country and really all over the world have become serious enough that the water treatment industry is paying attention to the need to reduce discharge, save water and be more environmentally friendly,” asserts Fox. “I would like to see more of a focus on the need to become more efficient on the waste specifically — hopefully eliminating any chemical discharge in the widespread use of reverse osmosis.”

There is little doubt that RO has been an effective filtration technology for several decades. While it does have its waste and energy drawbacks, there are fewer more efficient and practical innovations available at this time for residential and light commercial use. As companies continue to go green with solutions for hard water and scale reduction, the focus will become more conscious of end users, the environment and the bottom line.

 

Source: Water Technology Online

E-tech Machinery, Inc. Launching CNC Conversational Cylindrical Grinders

CNC Angular Type Cylindrical Grinder
CNC Angular Type Cylindrical Grinder

Taking a comprehensive view of the worldwide machine tool market, it’s an industry that demonstrates a tendency towards speed, practicality, precision and diversity. With years of providing excellent services to well-known machine tool companies under OEM and ODM agreements, while utilizing the latest innovative technologies in our full range of grinding machine product lines, E-tech Machinery, Inc. thrives in the competitive global market since its founding in 2009.

E-tech is continuing to develop new type machine. The new CNC Conversational Cylindrical Grinders featuring superb grinding ability, rigid box-type Meehanite machine bed and a user-friendly conversational program. With a choice of plunge type or angular type wheel heads, various applications can be resolved with our inclusive solutions.

CNC Conversational Cylindrical Grinders are specifically designed for small to medium size work pieces. An on-line gauging device with gantry type auto loading/unloading system and customized fixture/chuck can be equipped on demand to increase efficiency in mass production. CNC Conversational Cylindrical Grinders possesses even more remarkable features with delicate, caring designs. The tailstock hardened alloy steel sleeve is housed in the well-structure casting. Air-float designed for light and smooth movement. Oil bath lubrication also ensures high accuracy for the tailstock. Our conversational system is built on Fanuc controller with explicit custom/graphic system. It is capable of carrying out auto-dressing with compensation for OD/End Face/Form grinding. Parameters can be saved and reused for multiple grinding cycles.

E-tech CNC cylindrical grinders are not only advantageous to precise grinding, efficiency and productivity, but also are designed for easy maintenance, stability and long serving life. It is clear that e-tech cylindrical grinders are the most suitable machine for mold, auto-parts, aerospace and electronics industries.

 

Source: Business Wire

SIGMA CNC Won the Taiwan Excellence Award of 2016

SLG-3HS – CNC High Precision Double Column type Profile Grinding Machine
SLG-3HS – CNC High Precision Double Column type Profile Grinding Machine

SIGMA CNC Technology Machinery is a specialized CNC machining center manufacturer. With scientific management, we strive for high efficient production, stable quality control, complete sales and after-services of machines.

The Grinding Machine is designed with 3 Grinding spindle Heads (2 vertical grinding spindle and 1 horizontal grinding spindle), SIGMA CNC structure Patent and totally with 7 axial by CNC control.

The main purpose of design is to grinding three surfaces in one process for Rails’ Profile that could save time & cost, reduce the grinding errors and improve the efficiency of grinding for Operators and Customers.

In addition, this machine’s outline design is based on mechanical aesthetics and ergonomics that give greater perception and more convenient operations for operators and customers.

This grinding machine is Custom-Made by customer’s request that could grinding any kinds of rails, widely suitable for machine tools, industrial robots, electronic equipment industry, logistics rails, automotive rails and linear motors etc.

This patented grinding machine is a two-column-type, multi-axis simultaneous servo-controlling moving, three-grinding- heads mechanism. This machine can be vastly used in the important six areas: tool machinery, industrial robotics, electronic factory equipment, cargo-transportation rail, car-used rail, and linear motor. This machine features with:

  1. Simultaneously multi-face grinding, position error can be eliminated.
  2. Door-type high stability structure, very small vibration and deformation.
  3. High extension ability- fitted for grinding different rails with a wide range variation in length when it matches with a proper size bed.
  4. Simultaneously 7-axis servo-control grinding- providing the whole-length as well as whole-face sub-micro-level grinding of the work piece, largely reducing time and saving money.
  5. Unique and fashion design all over the world.
  6. Design under the consideration of humanity, ergonomics, and safety.
  7. High usability design with ergonomic consideration. Providing safe and convenient work piece loading and unloading. Humanizing HMI design- the control box is adaptive in its height and can be arbitrary rotated into a suitable and comfortable position.
  8. Fashionable and aesthetic form design, leading the tool machinery industries all over the world.

Further information, please feel free to visit our website to learn more about SIGMA High Precision Grinding Machine