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Are machine tools safe? Depends on it!

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The EMO Hannover 2017 will be hosting an EMO Safety Day

The safety of machine tools is a major issue. Complex machinery, high speeds, and high power levels can be a dangerous mixture for the operator. Nevertheless, machine tools are very safe products. Many stakeholders have been collaborating for a long time to reach the current safety level: machine tool manufacturers, operators, health and safety experts, EU policy-makers and international standardisation groups. At the Safety Day for Machine Tools at EMO Hannover 2017, top experts will present their insights on the requirements and challenges entailed by the current state of the art, mapping out how practical solutions ensure high levels of safety and elucidating what remains to be done in the future.

It is a remarkable story: “For many decades, our companies have proven that they can handle the risks that come with the operation of machine tools”, explains Heinrich Mödden, a machinery safety expert at the EMO organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). Certainly there is a lot of work still needed, but, as Mr. Mödden continues, “it pays off, as the number of accidents is continuously declining.” This shows that a high level of safety has already been achieved with traditional design practices.

 

Heinrich Mödden, machinery safety expert at the EMO organizer VDW

Heinrich Mödden, machinery safety expert at the EMO organizer VDW (photo. VDW)

 

Machine tools: Safety Inside!
A large contribution to this gratifying trend has to be attributed to European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (MD), which was issued in 1993 and aimed at levelling the safety standards for machinery across the European Union. ”The EU Machinery Directive has been a success story, making working envi-ronments significantly safer and reducing hazards”, says Felicia Stoica, policy officer for the Machinery Directive at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Growth. “The involvement of all stakeholders in the machinery sector, especially manufacturers and their equipment suppliers, has ensured that the actions taken are practicable and beneficial.”

The MD takes manufacturers of machine tools into its focus, too, and they have to conduct risk assessments for their design. Since the first version of the MD was established, there have been considerable alterations in the standardization environment covered by this directive and in particular to risk assessment. As a result, the safety requirements are still being animatedly discussed, e.g. the reliability of mechatronics in safety functions.

Following strict subsidiarity, such rules for safety measures are formulated by expert panels in standardisation processes. For machine tools, this work is being performed on a global ISO level. Hence, many of the international mar-ket actors are negotiating about the state of the art. “Machine safety evokes strong involvement of companies or authorities. It can be a tough job to find a consensus”, states Christian Neumeister, secretary of the ISO working group for safety of milling machines. “But in the end, we usually find compromises to satisfy the demands of health and safety authorities and keep the effort in-volved for the industrial sector to an acceptable level.”

 

Functional safety: the next big thing
Functional safety means that safety has to be proven by quantification of failure probabilities. For machine tools, this is quite difficult, as hazards can be high, even though they occur very rarely. In a scientific study that the VDW organized on behalf of its member bodies, Nika Nowizki from the University of Stuttgart analysed the running times of 578 multi-spindle automatic lathes with a total of 3951 spindles using mostly standard PLC controllers. These produced not a single safety-related accident in over 93,333,000 machine hours of operation evaluated since 1992. “We were happy to see that our gut feeling was scientifically reconfirmed” smiles Eberhard Beck, Head of Machine Con-trol Design at the lathe manufacturer Index in Esslingen, Germany. “It shows that our high safety level is attributable not only to single components, but to our long-term empirical design principles according to product safety stand-ards, which are proven-in-use.”

Still, many safety subjects need further insights. For example, the recent development of turning operations on milling centres is causing uncertainty among manufacturers and their customers as to whether the proven-in-use argument for machine tools remains valid for the future. An intermediate con-clusion is that this is only possible when the suppliers of clamping devices are involved.

Another subject is market surveillance. Machine tools are complex products, usually custom-built, and too large and expensive for lab testing. This means it is difficult to determine on-site if the design is compliant with safety regulations. In particular, market surveillance authorities lack qualified personnel and time to investigate. One concept to help market surveillance authorities in doing their job is the CE Guides on Machine Tool Safety published by Cecimo, the European Machine Tool Association. In simple words, with instructive illustrations, they spotlight the important aspects involved. “If we want to have a level playing field with all market participants, we need to assist market surveillance authorities in doing their job better”, points out Maitane Olabarria of Cecimo. After sawing and EDM machines, the recently finished safety standard for milling machines, ISO 16090, triggered the publication of a new guide to be presented at EMO Hannover.

“The proximity to the EMO exhibition makes it possible to see how the design concepts of modern machine tools have been enhanced once again”, Mr. Mödden concludes. As a consequence, not only the aspects of machine man-ufacturers are to be discussed, but also the vital connection to the equipment suppliers, as well as the reflections of occupational safety executives arising from their field experience.

The expected conclusion of the EMO Safety Day is also an appeal to all worldwide manufacturers to ensure that machine tools which are being de-signed in accordance to the relevant product safety standards and which are also being operated in accordance with their intended use can be considered safe!

hordon kim / hordon@icnweb.co.kr

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Hyundai Mobis to Launch an ‘Open Innovation Center’ in Silicon Valley

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Hyundai Mobis begins to make a full-fledged commitment to discover promising global startups and invest in them… Another center to be opened in Shenzhen, China during the first half of next year

Hyundai Mobis has established an “Open Innovation Center,” M.Cube, at Silicon Valley in the U.S. to speed up the search and investment in global startups that have new vehicle technologies such as self-driving.

Also, the company will expand its research branch in Shenzhen, China into M.Cube by adding an investment role to it. M.Cube embodies the company’s commitment to open innovation activities, creativity and incubation.

Hyundai Mobis will use M.Cube as its core base to discover and invest in startups with strong growth potential in the areas such as self-driving (sensors, logic, software platforms), connectivity (Infotainment, biometrics) and innovative new businesses (AI, vehicle security), to strengthen its technologies for future vehicles. To this end, it has appointed as the head of M.Cube Dr. Sean Ryu, who has more than 20 years of experience in startup investments in the US, and will continue to expand the organization.

The M.Cube that is being readied to launch in Shenzhen next year will become its base with a focus on AI and Big Data. Hyundai Mobis is expecting, together with Chinese startups, to secure core technologies for autonomous driving and connectivity optimized for the local market. Shenzhen, which used to be the Chinese mecca of manufacturing industry and has now been transformed into the hub of the 4th industrial revolution, is considered as the best place to discover outstanding startups.

Hyundai Mobis believes that M.Cube will be a win-win for both itself and startups. The company will invest in startups possessing creative ideas, and startups can explore their growth potential with the help of the company’s expertise in core auto components and infrastructure.

“We’ll not just simply invest in startups, but also actively support them with our R&D capabilities such as self-driving and connectivity,” said Jeong Soo-kyeong, Sr. Vice VP of Hyundai Mobis. “Collaboration will be facilitated so that the ideas of startups can be effectively developed into vehicle optimization.”

Meanwhile, Hyundai Mobis is actively promoting open innovation with Korean startups by carrying out events such as M.Start contest. It has recently invested in StradVision which features world-class, deep learning-based image recognition technology and also announced that it is considering engaging in joint research and development with Genesis Lab and Linkflow.

● Strengthening the strategic collaboration with Hyundai CRADLE… as many as a dozen investments will be made into global startups by next year

Hyundai Mobis M.Cube is strengthening its strategic collaboration with Hyundai CRADLE. Through this, it plans to make around a dozen investments in global startups by next year.

Hyundai CRADLE focuses on integration between technologies for future vehicles such as mobility service and smart city and finished vehicles, and M.Cube on investments in startups that possess core technologies such as self-driving and connectivity. It is a strategy where they will establish a value chain that starts from core technologies, auto components, finished vehicles to future vehicles, and increase investment efficiency.

Hyundai Mobis will expand its investment in startups by collaborating with Hyundai CRADLE in areas where M.Cube has not been established such as Israel, Europe and Asia. In particular, Israel has many startups that are strong in areas such as vehicle security and sensors, and support from the government and universities there is abundant. In France and Northern Europe, where entrepreneurial activities per capita are higher, auto component and mobility startups are expected to be the main investment targets.

● The synergy between open innovation and research centers in both Korea and overseas are expected to be increased

Hyundai Mobis is expecting notable synergy effects between M.Cube and research centers located in Korea and overseas. It aims to integrate R&D capabilities gained from these research centers and core technologies acquired through investment in startups.

Of particular note, last August, Hyundai Mobis invested in StradVision which has world-class image recognition technology, and announced that it plans to develop a deep learning-based camera by 2020. It will be an upgraded next-gen AI camera made through integrating ADAS, the self-driving technology of Hyundai Mobis and image recognition technology of StradVision.

Hyundai Mobis is currently operating a technology research institute in Korea and a total of four overseas institutes in areas such as North America, China, Germany and India. The institutes, where a total number of 3,000 researchers are working now, play a role in establishing a roadmap for overall R&D of the company. Its leading role is vital in the entire scope of R&D such as self-driving, eco-friendly products and chassis components.

The overseas institutes are carrying out customized R&D activities for each region. The institute in North America is developing prior art such as self-driving, the one in China is developing auto components for local vehicles, the one in Europe is making sensors and chassis components and the one in India is increasing its research capability specializing in software. Aside from this, the company also has a research institute in Vietnam that conducts analysis on self-driving data.

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Mitsui Chemicals POLYMETAC to Be Used in Lightweight Frames of New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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Aerosense's New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Lightweight and reduction of the number of parts lead to simple structure using metal resin integrally molded technology

Mitsui Chemicals Inc.(President & CEO: Tsutomu Tannowa) announced that the Group’s unique metal resin integral technology, POLYMETAC has been selected for use in the frames of new autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles which are currently being developed by Aerosense Inc. (CEO: Hisashi Taniguchi), a joint venture of Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and ZMP Inc.

POLYMETAC is Mitsui Chemicals’ completely new technology for strong adhesion and bonding of various metals and resins that was not possible using conventional methods.

Aerosense's New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Aerosense’s New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Out of Mitsui Chemicals’ numerous lightweight solutions, POLYMETAC cuts weight and helps to reduce the number of parts and steps in the manufacturing processes as well. It is a completely new technology that provides totally new hybrid solutions.

Mitsui Chemicals provides Aerosense with hybrid product of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum joint parts made by its POLYMETAC technology and provides full support in shaping and designing the parts which will be used in the frame of aerial vehicle.

The new joint parts greatly enhance the structural rigidity of aerial vehicles while significantly reducing weight and providing simpler designs by eliminating the need for fasteners such as bolts.

“Our autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles provide solutions to various industrial needs. It is important that we are able to provide greater flight distances and improved performance by reducing weight and the number of parts while ensuring durability and strength of our aerial vehicles,” says Hisashi Taniguchi, CEO of Aerosense. “Mitsui Chemicals’ POLYMETAC technology makes it possible to extend flight distance by 40% providing our customers with greater added value.”

“POLYMETAC allows adhesion and bonding of various metals and resins, and for the current project, CFRP and aluminum parts were integrated by its technology,” says Akio Hirahara, General Manager of Mitsui Chemicals’ New Market Development (Automotive Materials) Division. “Mitsui Chemicals used its cutting edge simulation technology to design simple joint shapes with a single part which were originally composed of approximately 20 pieces. The technology contributes to a 50% weight reduction of joint parts while improving rigidity.”

Mitsui Chemicals will continue to pursue new uses and development of POLYMETACTM technology for state-of-the-art lightweight solutions in automotive and electrical applications.

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Arm launches Neoverse, infrastructure IP portfolio for 5G and cloud to edge infrastructure

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Delivering the world-class performance, security, and scalability required to support the diverse compute requirements of the next-generation infrastructure from hyperscale to edge access

Last week at Arm TechCon, Arm disclosed details on a dedicated roadmap and new brand of infrastructure-class IP for 5G networks and next-generation cloud to edge infrastructure. Arm® Neoverse® solutions are uniquely designed for higher-levels of performance, security, and scalability not seen today. Innovation from microarchitecture design up through silicon, software, and systems will enable best-in-class solutions to address the diverse and evolving requirements across the entire compute spectrum.

Arm also provided a first look at its Neoverse processor IP roadmap, with early details on upcoming platforms optimized for leading-edge process nodes. The new roadmap is designed specifically for infrastructure, beginning with the launch of the “Ares” IP platform in early 2019 on 7nm and delivering staggering performance gains of 30 percent per generation through 2021. The Neoverse IP roadmap has been specifically architected for the unique performance, efficiency, and scalability requirements needed to keep up with changing data patterns, new workloads, and the ever-increasing demands of an infrastructure evolving to support a trillion intelligent devices.

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arm 네오버스(neoverse)

“Today Arm is sending disruptive shockwaves across the cloud, networking and storage world as Arm Neoverse delivers the foundation for the new global infrastructure to enable a trillion connected devices,” said Drew Henry, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “Arm Neoverse IP will enable a broad set of our ecosystem partners to transform infrastructure from cloud to edge and push compute to where it’s most needed, store data where most appropriate, and evolve networking to securely connect this complex world.”

In his TechCon keynote, Henry shared his vision for the new infrastructure and the diverse range of use cases Neoverse will address, including hyperscale cloud datacenters, storage solutions, and 5G networks. Arm Neoverse is based on guiding design principles centered around:

  • World-class high performance, secure IP and architectures purpose-built for cloud native and networked workloads
  • A highly-scalable set of IP optimized for leading-edge process nodes, including “Ares” (7nm), “Zeus” (7nm+), and “Poseidon” (5nm), designed to enable systems across the infrastructure
  • A robust ecosystem empowered to build unique and diverse solutions targeting a wide range of use-cases through leveraged investment in unified software, tools, and silicon platforms

“The modern datacenter is no longer a physical construct, but a center of data and compute residing in the cloud and on the edge. More than ever, organizations must consider distributed, connected datacenter design methods to support the data and devices coming in the 5G world,” said Patrick Moorhead, Principal Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. “Arm is one of those rapidly emerging in the market and with Arm Neoverse purpose-built IP, it should be well-positioned to support many of the compute spectrum needs from hyperscale to edge access.”

Designing IP and system architectures for focused markets such as server, automotive, and networking has been a key priority for Arm over the past year. In the infrastructure space specifically, Arm has already been successful as the largest architecture deployed in the global internet infrastructure with nearly 30%-unit share. This achievement highlights not only a shift in preferred architecture, but the pervasiveness of Arm-powered technologies across the entire infrastructure market.

The announcement of Neoverse underscores the continued investment Arm and the ecosystem are making to deliver more ubiquitous compute from the cloud to the edge while delivering world-class performance and efficiency for the next generation of distributed cloud to edge infrastructure.

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arm 네오버스(neoverse) Roadmap

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Ampere

“Ampere is actively developing high-performance Arm-based server CPUs and platforms for the future of hyperscale, cloud, and edge computing,” said Rohit Vidwans executive vice president of Engineering at Ampere Computing. “We are excited about Arm’s commitment to growing the ecosystem of Arm products into new areas with the Neoverse announcement.”

 

Broadcom

“Combing Arm’s long-term infrastructure roadmap with Broadcom’s best in class networking technology, Broadcom delivers leadership performance products for the datacenter that are still power efficient. Arm’s roadmap enables optimizations that accelerate customer workloads for the evolving compute and connectivity requirements of tomorrow’s datacenter,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager, Compute and Connectivity, Broadcom, Inc.

 

Marvell

“Marvell® Infrastructure Processors are extensively deployed in a variety of leading network products. They are designed to analyze, secure, compute, and transform in both wired and wireless networks from the edge to the core,” said Raj Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Processors BU, Marvell Semiconductor Inc. “As a long term technology licensee, as well as an Arm IP customer, Marvell is very pleased to see this increased focus on the enterprise and 5G markets with Neoverse IP. We believe this will greatly benefit the whole Arm ecosystem in providing high performance and power-efficient solutions for the next generation of network infrastructure and compute.”

 

RedHat

“Choice allows businesses to select the best solution for their needs, and this is true all the way down to the underlying architecture. It’s up to software vendors like Red Hat to be able to support this demand for choice from our customers as they extend operations into the hybrid cloud,” said Stefanie Chiras, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat. “With this emphasis on choice front and center, we look forward to supporting solutions from the Arm Neoverse ecosystem as our customers seek to match their evolving business requirements to the most appropriate enterprise IT solutions.”

 

TSMC

“Time to market in today’s rapidly evolving infrastructure requires proven, scalable IP, development tools, advanced processes, and a complete ecosystem to provide compelling solutions,” said Suk Lee, senior director of Design Infrastructure Marketing Division at TSMC. “The Arm Neoverse ecosystem leverages our most advanced processes to provide the highest performance solutions to a highly connected world.”

 

Xilinx

“High-performance IP, along with a complete ecosystem, enables customers to take full advantage of the flexibility inherent in our Arm-based products, said Gaurav Singh, vice president, architecture and verification, Xilinx. “The evolution of these cores, coupled with the capability of CCIX, provide an ideal platform for smart offload and purpose-driven edge compute platforms. We congratulate Arm on the launch of Neoverse and are looking forward to what it might enable.”

 

more info: https://www.arm.com/solutions/infrastructure

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