For the latest news, follow us on Twitter: @CI_DesignMag and/or ‘Like’ us on Facebook SCHAEFFLER AND MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC ANNOUNCE GLOBAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

A global strategic partnership, as part of the e-F@ctory Alliance network, has been announced by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. The companies have been partners in the

e-F@ctory Alliance, which is part of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s e-F@ctory Concept, since 2010. The concept supports companies with measures within the framework of the digital transformation, such as the integration of machine and plant data into MES (manufacturing execution systems) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems. Dr. Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial of

Schaeffler AG, commented: “To provide Industry 4.0 solutions with substantial added-value for

the customer, we need collaboration across different companies. With the technological expertise and systems know-how of Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric teamed up in this global strategic partnership, we’ll be able to offer intelligent solutions tailored to customer and market requirements to optimise manufacturing operations and equipment lifecycle costs.” Mr. Noriyuki Shimizu, corporate executive group vice president Factory Automation Systems Group at Mitsubishi Electric, added: “Over the last few years, we’ve successfully carried out joint projects in various countries in Europe and Asia. Now, we intend to intensify and expand our collaboration on a global level.” Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric collaborate

to boost connectivity and to create Industry 4.0 solutions that reduce machine downtime and maximise productivity for the customer.


HP and Siemens have announced an expansion of their strategic alliance to help customers transform their businesses with industrial additive manufacturing (AM). The companies will expand their integrated additive manufacturing solution, incorporating new systems and software innovations including overall product lifecycle management (PLM), AM factory optimisation, industrial 3D

printing and data intelligence, manufacturing execution, and performance analytics. The integration of HP’s new Jet Fusion 5200

Series 3D printing solution with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise offerings will enable industrial companies to bring 3D printed parts to market faster, more cost-effectively, more sustainably, and at higher volumes than before. TR FASTENINGS PASSES GOVERNMENT CYBER ESSENTIALS AUDIT

TR Fastenings (TR) has passed an audit by HM

Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. Given its high standard of base controls in cybersecurity, it is now qualified to bid for Government and other sensitive contracts. The scheme is ‘designed to help

UK organisations improve their defences and demonstrate publically

their commitment to cybersecurity’. Passing the audit requires businesses to show that they conform to a set of ‘baseline technical controls’ and measures to prevent and manage issues such as: hacking, phishing, and password guessing. John Paton, global head of IT

Security at TR Fastenings’ parent business, Trifast, said: “Our customers want to work with

partners that can be trusted to access and handle confidential or sensitive information and that have the measures in place to keep this data safe and secure. Having this certification demonstrates not only our credibility in that respect but also our dedication to quality and integrity when it comes to customer information.”


The skills shortage still

needs to be addressed, with companies having trouble finding employees with the right skills, qualifications or experience. However, one way businesses

can help to close this gap is by engaging with students at a young age, says Renishaw, as ‘employer engagement has a significant impact on a student’s future career aspirations’. Visit outreach for more information. According to EngineeringUK

203,000 engineers will be needed every year until 2024.

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Rittal has announced that its new 250 million-euro plant in Haiger, Germany, embraces the principles of Industry 4.0. According to the company, the smart factory will become the world’s most advanced production plant for compact and small enclosures. The facility’s highly automated production processes, working in

conjunction with the neighbouring distribution centre (GDC), enable seamless order fulfilment, guaranteeing ongoing availability of standard products and accessories. The new factory halls cover 24,000 square metres of floor space and will soon house more than 100 high-tech machines. Around 9,000 AX compact and KX small enclosures will be manufactured every day. The equipment used will be highly automated, producing individual items

which are then assembled efficiently. Both the machines and handling systems will communicate with each other and with higher-level control systems via industry 4.0-capable communication networks. Materials and components will be moved using 20 automated guided vehicles; and packaging, marking and transfer to the distribution centre will be managed automatically. Knowledge-based ‘learning’ systems will enable predictive maintenance, preventing faults from occurring and minimising downtime.


R. A. Rodriguez is now supplying McGill speciality bearings from Regal, which have been specified by the aerospace industry for more than 60 years to reduce weight, increase payload and improve performance. This move will allow R. A. Rodriguez to enhance its ability to provide custom-made bearings to OEMs serving the aerospace sector.

Brammer Buck & Hickman has launched Mecaline, an exclusive new range of power transmission products. These include Mecaline motors,

plus Mecaline helical and helical- bevel gearboxes in units from 50 – 4600Nm. Extensive metalwear is also featured in the Mecaline range including V pulleys, timing pulleys, sprockets and taper lock bushes. In addition, there are 26 different chain types and over 800 size types of V and wedge belts.

Mitsubishi Electric has introduced a new app for iOS tablets and smartphones that provides convenient commissioning, maintenance, troubleshooting, parameterisation and monitoring support for its FR-F800E and FR- A800E inverters. Connecting over a wireless LAN, the Inverter StartApp enables the user to scan for inverters on that network and interrogate them for operational data.

The spherical roller bearing is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Petra Öberg Gustafsson, SKF, said: “We introduced spherical roller bearings in 1919 and have been consistently improving them ever since. Building on Arvid Palmgren’s original design, we now offer engineers the widest range of both open and sealed spherical roller bearings in the industry.”


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