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3D printer public procurement market price rises this year, supply rises

This year 3D printer public procurement unit price and supply amount are rising. 300mm class 3D printer products have been introduced for educational purposes. The demand for 3D printers for education ......

  • Korea North
  • Printing & Publishing
  • 09 May 2018
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Description This year 3D printer public procurement unit price and supply amount are rising. 300mm class 3D printer products have been introduced for educational purposes. The demand for 3D printers for education is growing mainly in Seoul. The 3D printer supply market is forecast to double by supply. According to the National Public Procurement Service (NPS) on the 3rd, the unit price of supplying 3D printer this year as of May 3 was an average of 2.47 million won, up 15% from 2.13 million won last year. Compared to last years rate of increase of only 2% in 2016, the rate of increase is steep. SINDORICO 3DWOX 2X was registered as a procurement product last November, raising the product price. 3DWOX 2X has a procurement price of 4.95 million won, which is more than twice the procurement average. Shindoriko took up nearly half of the 3D printer public procurement market. 3DWOX 2X is a dual nozzle type Fusion Multilayer Modeling (FDM) 3D printer capable of molding up to 30 mm in height. Flexible metal bed materials are also available. The frontline school supports various types of 3D printer products. The 3D printer public market this year is also steeply rising supply. It was recorded at 2,351 million won in April. At present, 3D printer supply amounted to 67% of 3.665 million won last year. The effect of enlarging 3D printers has been great in Seoul. 77 percent of the total supply, 1,826 million won, was supplied to the Seoul suburbs. The city plans to distribute 3D printers to 100 schools every year from this year to 2022. 3D printers are expected to be a major demand in the public procurement market.
Industry Printing & Publishing
Source http://www.etnews.com/20180503000301
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Gas prices likely to increase temporarily

GasBuddy is warning motorists of an impending noticeable increase in gasoline prices as oil markets surged Thursday on the largest decline in oil inventories ever reported by the Energy Information Ad ......

  • United States
  • Oil & Gas
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description GasBuddy is warning motorists of an impending noticeable increase in gasoline prices as oil markets surged Thursday on the largest decline in oil inventories ever reported by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Thursday’s report from the EIA showed a decline in crude oil inventories of 14.5 million barrels (609 million gallons), along with a Gasoline pump nozzle artwork 8-20164.2-million-barrel decline in gasoline inventories, causing oil prices to almost immediately jump $2 per barrel. The decline in inventories was likely fueled by delayed offloading of imported oil from crude carriers as a result of Hurricane Hermine.

While the drop in oil inventories is likely to reverse as oil shipments are offloaded again, there is still likely to be an increase in gasoline prices coming due to Thursday’s reaction in oil markets.

Gasoline prices are likeliest to rise in the Great Lakes region, an area that typically sees among the quickest reaction to drastic changes in the price of petroleum. Gas prices may rise 10-35 cents per gallon as soon as tomorrow morning throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and portions of Wisconsin and Illinois.
The uptick in gas prices will likely be temporary until oil inventory numbers reflect the flow of oil resuming, which will eventually bring falling gas prices back. GasBuddy is still expecting plenty of sub-$2 per gallon gasoline this autumn and winter.
Industry Oil & Gas
Source http://www.thevwindependent.com/news/2016/09/gas-prices-likely-to-increase-temporarily/
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PKL Services, CAE, Rockwell Collins

US-based PKL Services, Inc. has been selected by the US Air Force for the F-15 S&SA aircraft maintenance works. PKL Services will provide maintenance upgrade training services for the Royal Saudi A ......

  • United States
  • Airports & Aviation
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description US-based PKL Services, Inc. has been selected by the US Air Force for the F-15 S&SA aircraft maintenance works.

PKL Services will provide maintenance upgrade training services for the Royal Saudi Air Force’s F-15 S&SA type aircraft, as part of the $495m-worth contract.

The contractual work will be performed in Saudi Arabia up to August 2021.

CAE USA has been awarded a contract modification, valued at $37.89m, to train flight crew of remotely-piloted aircraft.

CAE will provide training and courseware development services in support of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircraft, under the one-year contract modification.

The New Zealand Defence Force has awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins for a DKET SATCOM system.

Rockwell Collins’ DKET terminal enables transmission of high-bandwidth data over long distances.

The contract is part of the Strategic Bearer Network Phase 1 programme.

Chromalloy San Diego will rebuild nozzle segments of the F108 Stage 1 low-pressure turbine as part of an $11.64m-worth contract awarded the US Air Force.

The contractual work will be performed in Mexicalli, Mexico, US, until September 2021.

An aerial gunnery training contract has been awarded to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions in support of the Swedish Armed Forces’ aircrew.

Swedish military personnel will undergo helicopter aerial gunnery training at the Kratos Aircrew Training Center in Orlando, Florida, US, under the contract.
Industry Airports & Aviation
Source http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsdeals-this-week-pkl-services-cae-rockwell-collins-4999940
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Mimaki TX300P-1800 direct textile inkjet printer available for order in the Americas

Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced availability of the TX300P-1800 roll-to-roll, direct-to-textile inkjet printer. This 75-inch wide printer ......

  • United States
  • Textile, Printing & Publishing
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced availability of the TX300P-1800 roll-to-roll, direct-to-textile inkjet printer. This 75-inch wide printer is engineered exclusively for direct-to-fabric applications and will be on display in the Mimaki USA booth 1961, at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, September 14-16, 2016 in Las Vegas.

The TX300P-1800 printer includes many features found in high-end direct-print models and has been purpose built to accommodate direct-to-textile applications. Capable of utilizing five types of textile-specific inks that can be direct printed on a wide variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, this printer is suitable for creating samples, one-offs, or individualized production runs that include custom fashions, runway designs and quick-response orders.

Key features

• High gap printhead. The TX300P-1800 printer includes advanced piezo electric printheads that enable printing on various types of textiles. The high gap setting gives users the ability to print on textiles ranging from fine to heavy denier, woven patterns or raised fiber surfaces, while maintaining accurate ink droplet placement.

• Ink versatility. A choice of sublimation dye, disperse dye, textile pigment, reactive dye, and acid dye inks will be available to meet a wide range of application needs. Two-liter ink packs are available for uninterrupted printing on longer runs.

• Textile handling system. A reliable textile feeding mechanism – including front and rear tension bars – ensures stable textile transportation. The TX300P-1800 printer uses a combination of tension bars and drive rollers to maintain the appropriate tension, for any textile used. The Auto Media Feeder applies calibrated tension to the media, maintaining stable and precise media feed and take-up on rolls.

Mimaki technologies for assured production of high quality transfer prints

• Waveform control. Each ink color has its own specific gravity and viscosity. To achieve precise placement of the ink droplets onto the media, Mimaki designed an optimum waveform, enabling the printhead to jet each ink color at the appropriate jetting angle without losing precise ink droplet circularity.

• Variable dot printing. Variable ink droplet sizes are precisely placed using three different ink drop sizes. Smaller droplets create smoother gradients and quartertones for high quality reproduction while large droplets produce uniform solids and accommodate for high-speed printing.

• Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4). This technology prints passes in a gradation-like method by dispensing ink drops between passes. This Mimaki-exclusive imaging technology reduces banding, uneven ink drying and bi-directional stripes, resulting in smoother images with no distinct bands.

• NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). These two functions work together to provide continuous or unattended printing and minimize waste by ensuring any clogged nozzles do not reduce the print image quality. The NCU automatically checks for and cleans clogged nozzles before printing. The NRS enables mapping of unrecoverable nozzles, so that printing can continue.

• Bulk ink system standard. The TX300P-1800 printer includes the Mimaki Bulk Ink System 3 (MBIS3) that features two-liter ink packs. This system reduces ink costs when compared to ink cartridges used in competitive products, and enables unattended printing, freeing staff to work on other projects. When used in four-color mode, the Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS) delivers continuous imaging by automatically switching from an empty ink pack to the full container of the same color.

• TxLink3 RIP software for textiles available. Mimaki’s TxLink3 Lite software delivers exceptional color management, color replacement, and advanced step and repeat
Industry Textile, Printing & Publishing
Source http://whattheythink.com/news/82108-mimaki-tx300p-1800-direct-textile-inkjet-printer-available-order-americas/
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GE offers $1.4B to acquire Arcam, SLM Solutions Group

GE plans to acquire two suppliers of additive manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG for $1.4 billion. Both companies will report to David Joyce, President & CEO of GE Aviation. ......

  • United States
  • Defence
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description GE plans to acquire two suppliers of additive manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG for $1.4 billion. Both companies will report to David Joyce, President & CEO of GE Aviation. Joyce will lead the growth of these businesses in the additive manufacturing equipment and services industry. In addition, he will lead the integration effort and the GE Store initiative to drive additive manufacturing applications across GE.

“Additive manufacturing fits GE’s business model to lead in technologies that leverage systems integration, material science, services, and digital productivity,” said Joyce. “It will benefit from the GE Store and our core engineering capability.”

In July, GE Aviation introduced into airline service its first additive jet engine component – complex fuel nozzle interiors – with the LEAP jet engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. More than 11,000 LEAP engines are on order with up to 20 fuel nozzles in every engine, thus setting the stage for sustainably high and long-term additive production at GE Aviation’s Auburn, Alabama, manufacturing plant. Production will ramp up to more than 40,000 fuel nozzles using additive by 2020.

GE Aviation is also using additive manufacturing to produce components in its most advanced military engines. In general aviation, GE is developing the Advanced Turboprop Engine (ATP) for a new Cessna aircraft with a significant portion of the entire engine produced using additive manufacturing. GE is branding itself as the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive, and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the GE Store, through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure, and intellect.

GE expects to grow the new additive business to $1 billion by 2020 at attractive returns and also expects $3 billion to $5 billion of product cost-out across the company over the next 10 years.

Arcam and SLM will bolster GE’s existing material science and additive manufacturing capabilities. GE has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies since 2010. The investment has enabled the company to develop additive applications across six GE businesses, create new services applications across the company, and earn 346 patents in powder metals alone.

Arcam AB, based in Mölndal, Sweden, invented the electron beam melting machine for metal-based additive manufacturing, and also produces advanced metal powders. Its customers are in the aerospace and healthcare industries. Arcam generated $68 million in revenues in 2015 with approximately 285 employees. In addition to its Sweden site, Arcam operates AP&C, a metal powders operation in Canada, and DiSanto Technology, a medical additive manufacturing firm in Connecticut, as well as sales and application sites worldwide.

SLM Solutions Group, based in Lübeck, Germany, produces laser machines for metal-based additive manufacturing with customers in the aerospace, energy, healthcare, and automotive industries. SLM generated $74 million in revenues in 2015 with 260 employees. In addition to its operations in Germany, SLM has sales and application sites worldwide.

“We chose these two companies for a reason,” said Joyce. “We love the technologies and leadership of Arcam AB and SLM Solutions. They each bring two different, complementary additive technology modalities as individual anchors for a new GE additive equipment business to be plugged into GE’s resources and experience as leading practitioners of additive manufacturing. Over time, we plan to extend the line of additive manufacturing equipment and products. Ultimately, as we develop more productive machines, we can build additive manufacturing ‘as a service’ for our customers.”

The additive effort will utilize GE’s global ecosystem, but be centered in Europe. GE will maintain the headquarters locations and key operating locations of Arcam and SLM, as well as retain their management teams and employees. These locations will collaborate with the broader GE additive ecosystem including the manufacturing and materials research center in Niskayuna, New York, and the additive design and production lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

They will also complement the technologies brought on by other key acquisitions such as Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing.

Each acquisition is structured as a public tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of stock of each company. The closing of each public tender offer is subject to various conditions, including minimum acceptance thresholds and regulatory approvals. GE is in the process of making the necessary filings with authorities with respect to such tender offers, and, upon approval, the documents will be made publicly available.

The Board of Directors of Arcam unanimously recommends that the shareholders of Arcam accept the offer made by GE.

The offer represents a premium of 53.23% to the closing price of SEK 186.00 per share on Nasdaq Stockholm on Sept. 5, 2016, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the offer.

In terms of the company’s long-term prospects, the Arcam board believes that the demand for the company’s technology for additive manufacturing of aerospace and orthopedic implant products and components will increase dramatically, meaning that the market has favorable long-term growth opportunities. As the market develops, more advanced technology is required, which benefits Arcam.

SLM Solutions’ executive and supervisory boards also approve the merger with GE Aviation, which is offering shareholders 38.00 euros in cash per share, a 36.7% premium to the previous day's XETRA closing price. SLM Solutions has its initial public offering in 2014.

Hans-Joachim Ihde, founder and chairman of the of SLM Solutions Group’s supervisory board, said, “General Electric has already accompanied us as a user and customer since our inception. They assumed a pioneering role in aerospace technology and were early to identify the benefits of selective laser melting – for example in terms of savings in the weight of components. They are entirely familiar with SLM Solutions’ multi-laser technology and its advantages vis-a-vis our competitors.”

CEO Dr. Markus Rechlin said, “We expect the takeover to accelerate SLM Solutions’ evolution into a comprehensive systems supplier. For this reason, the takeover offers great opportunities for our employees and customers.”

Both Arcam’s and SLM Solutions’ management issued statements that welcomed the promise of improved global product and service distribution the merger would allow.

“Additive manufacturing is a key part of GE’s evolution into a digital industrial company. We are creating a more productive world with our innovative world-class machines, materials, and software. We are poised to not only benefit from this movement as a customer, but spearhead it as a leading supplier,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE. “Additive manufacturing will drive new levels of productivity for GE, our customers, including a wide array of additive manufacturing customers, and for the industrial world.”
Industry Defence
Source http://www.aerospacemanufacturinganddesign.com/article/ge-acquires-arcam-slm-solutions-090716/
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GE to pay $1.4B for two 3D printing companies to expand manufacturing

General Electric today announced plans to spend $1.4 billion to acquire two of the world's top suppliers of metal-based 3D printing manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG. Bot ......

  • United States
  • Metals & Minerals
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description General Electric today announced plans to spend $1.4 billion to acquire two of the world's top suppliers of metal-based 3D printing manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG.

Both companies will become part of GE's Aviation division, where the technology will be used to increase GE's production of aircraft components and other parts through additive manufacturing.

GE said it expects to grow the new additive manufacturing business to $1 billion by 2020 "at attractive returns" and also expects $3 billion to $5 billion of product cost-out across the company over the next 10 years.

"This is very big news!" Terry Wohlers, president of industry research firm Wohlers Associates, said in an email reply to Computerworld. "It could definitely help advance the development and adoption of metal additive manufacturing technology."

As a whole, the additive manufacturing (3D printing) industry grew 25.9% last year to $5.1 billion in sales and services, according to the 21st edition of the Wohlers Report.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the previous three years was 33.8%; over the past 27 years, the CAGR for the industry has been 26.2%.

Worldwide revenues from additive manufacturing and 3D printing are expected to reach $12.8 billion by 2018, according to Wohlers Associates. By 2020, Wohlers forecasts revenues from all products and services in the 3D printer industry to exceed $21 billion.

In 2015, 62 manufacturers sold industrial-grade additive manufacturing systems that were valued at more than $5,000, compared to 49 in 2014. That's twice as many as the 31 companies that sold industrial systems in 2011.

"European companies dominate the metal [additive manufacturing] space," Wohlers said. "Arcam and SLM Solutions are among the top companies in the business of offering machines that produce metal parts by additive manufacturing. Arcam is different from most other metal [additive manufacturing] machines because it uses an electron beam as the energy source, whereas SLM Solutions and most others use a laser."

Arcam AB, based in Mölndal, Sweden, invented the electron beam melting machine for metal-based additive manufacturing, and also produces advanced metal powders. Its customers are in the aerospace and healthcare industries. Arcam generated $68 million in revenues in 2015 with about 285 employees, according to GE.

In addition to its Sweden site, Arcam operates AP&C, a metal powders operation in Canada, and DiSanto Technology, a medical additive manufacturing firm in Connecticut., as well as sales and application sites worldwide.

SLM Solutions Group, based in Lübeck, Germany, produces laser machines for metal-based additive manufacturing with customers in the aerospace, energy, healthcare, and automotive industries. SLM, with 260 employees, generated $74 million in revenues in 2015. In addition to its operations in Germany, SLM has sales and application sites worldwide.

Last year, GE completed a multi-year project to 3D print a working jet engine.

The engine, small enough to fit in a backpack, was built by a team of technicians, machinists and engineers at GE Aviation's Additive Development Center outside Cincinnati. The lab is working with additive manufacturing as a way to produce next-generation jet parts using a technique known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLM).

In July, GE Aviation introduced into airline service its first additive jet engine component -- complex fuel nozzle interiors -- with the LEAP jet engine. The LEAP engine is the new, best-selling engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Safran Aircraft Engines of France.

More than 11,000 LEAP engines are on order, with up to 20 fuel nozzles in every engine, setting the stage for sustainably high and long-term additive production at GE Aviation's Auburn, Ala. manufacturing plant. Production will ramp up to more than 40,000 fuel nozzles using additive manufacturing by 2020.

GE Aviation is also using additive to produce components in its most advanced military engines. In the general aviation world, GE is developing the Advanced Turboprop Engine (ATP) for a new Cessna aircraft with a significant portion of the entire engine produced using additive manufacturing.

"GE's aspirations in additive fits our long-term business model. We have world-class industrial businesses that leverage systems integration, material sciences, services and Predix,"Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, said in a statement. "We want all of our businesses to leverage the GE Store, promote digital differentiation, and drive productivity for GE and our customers. We are excited about the opportunity.

"Additive manufacturing is a key part of GE's evolution into a digital industrial company," Immelt said. "...We are poised to not only benefit from this movement as a customer, but spearhead it as a leading supplier."
Industry Metals & Minerals
Source http://www.computerworld.com/article/3116417/3d-printing/ge-to-pay-14b-for-two-3d-printing-companies-to-expand-manufacturing.html
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GE Plans to Invest $1.4B to Acquire Additive Manufacturing Companies Arcam and SLM; Accelerates Efforts in Important Digital Industrial Space

GE (NYSE:GE), the world’s leading digital industrial company, today announced plans to acquire two suppliers of additive manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG for $1.4 billion. ......

  • United States
  • Information Technology
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description GE (NYSE:GE), the world’s leading digital industrial company, today announced plans to acquire two suppliers of additive manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG for $1.4 billion. Both companies will report into David Joyce, President & CEO of GE Aviation. Joyce will lead the growth of these businesses in the additive manufacturing equipment and services industry. In addition, he will lead the integration effort and the GE Store initiative to drive additive manufacturing applications across GE.

“Additive manufacturing is a key part of GE’s evolution into a digital industrial company. We are creating a more productive world with our innovative world-class machines, materials and software. We are poised to not only benefit from this movement as a customer, but spearhead it as a leading supplier,” said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE. “Additive manufacturing will drive new levels of productivity for GE, our customers, including a wide array of additive manufacturing customers, and for the industrial world.”

GE expects to grow the new additive business to $1 billion by 2020 at attractive returns and also expects $3-5 billion of product cost-out across the company over the next ten years.

Arcam AB, based in Mölndal, Sweden, invented the electron beam melting machine for metal-based additive manufacturing, and also produces advanced metal powders. Its customers are in the aerospace and healthcare industries. Arcam generated $68 million in revenues in 2015 with approximately 285 employees. In addition to its Sweden site, Arcam operates AP&C, a metal powders operation in Canada, and DiSanto Technology, a medical additive manufacturing firm in Connecticut, as well as sales and application sites worldwide.
SLM Solutions Group, based in Lübeck, Germany, produces laser machines for metal-based additive manufacturing with customers in the aerospace, energy, healthcare, and automotive industries. SLM generated $74 million in revenues in 2015 with 260 employees. In addition to its operations in Germany, SLM has sales and application sites worldwide.
“Additive manufacturing fits GE’s business model to lead in technologies that leverage systems integration, material science, services and digital productivity,” said Joyce. “It will benefit from the GE Store and our core engineering capability.”

Arcam and SLM will bolster GE’s existing material science and additive manufacturing capabilities. GE has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies since 2010. The investment has enabled the company to develop additive applications across six GE businesses, create new services applications across the company, and earn 346 patents in powder metals alone. In addition, the additive manufacturing equipment will leverage Predix and be a part of our Brilliant Factory initiative.

“We chose these two companies for a reason,” said Joyce. “We love the technologies and leadership of Arcam AB and SLM Solutions. They each bring two different, complementary additive technology modalities as individual anchors for a new GE additive equipment business to be plugged into GE’s resources and experience as leading practitioners of additive manufacturing. Over time, we plan to extend the line of additive manufacturing equipment and products.”

The additive effort will utilize GE’s global ecosystem, but be centered in Europe. GE will maintain the headquarters locations and key operating locations of Arcam and SLM, as well as retain their management teams and employees. These locations will collaborate with the broader GE additive ecosystem including the manufacturing and materials research center in Niskayuna, New York, and the additive design and production lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They will also complement the technologies brought on by other key acquisitions such as Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing.

Each acquisition is structured as a public tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of stock of each company. The closing of each public tender offer is subject to various conditions, including minimum acceptance thresholds and regulatory approvals. GE is in the process of making the necessary filings with authorities with respect to such tender offers, and, upon approval, the documents will be made publicly available.

Additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and laying horizontal cross-sections to manufacture the part. Additive components are typically lighter and more durable than traditionally-manufactured parts because they require less welding and machining. Because additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less scrap material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers. “Additive provides a new palette for engineers to create. Parts are also being designed in GE Power, Oil & Gas, Healthcare and across GE’s services businesses,” said Joyce. “We see value potential to reduce product cost and improve NPI spend. Ultimately, as we develop more productive machines, we can build additive manufacturing ‘as a service’ for our customers.”

In July, GE Aviation introduced into airline service its first additive jet engine component – complex fuel nozzle interiors – with the LEAP jet engine. The LEAP engine is the new, best-selling engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. More than 11,000 LEAP engines are on order with up to 20 fuel nozzles in every engine, thus setting the stage for sustainably high and long-term additive production at GE Aviation’s Auburn, Alabama, manufacturing plant. Production will ramp up to more than 40,000 fuel nozzles using additive by 2020. GE Aviation is also using additive manufacturing to produce components in its most advanced military engines. In the general aviation world, GE is developing the Advanced Turboprop Engine (ATP) for a new Cessna aircraft with a significant portion of the entire engine produced using additive manufacturing.

“GE’s aspirations in additive fits our long-term business model. We have world-class industrial businesses that leverage systems integration, material sciences, services and Predix,” said Immelt. “We want all of our businesses to leverage the GE Store, promote digital differentiation, and drive productivity for GE and our customers. We are excited about the opportunity.
Industry Information Technology
Source http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160905005631/en/GE-Plans-Invest-1.4B-Acquire-Additive-Manufacturing
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Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine Releases CAESAR II® 2017

Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine (PP&M), part of Hexagon and the world's leading provider of enterprise engineering software to the process, power and marine industries, today announced CAESAR II® ......

  • United States
  • Information Technology
  • 03 Sep 2016
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Description Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine (PP&M), part of Hexagon and the world's leading provider of enterprise engineering software to the process, power and marine industries, today announced CAESAR II® 2017 – the industry de facto standard for pipe stress analysis – is now available commercially.

CAESAR II evaluates the structural responses and stresses of piping systems to international codes and standards. This 2017 version includes features that address many long-standing customer requests, as well as some significant industry code updates.

Technical additions include the ability to evaluate creep conditions for all piping codes using EN-13480 guidelines, and a new dialog to specify custom nozzle stiffnesses from the piping input. The version features several interface and usability improvements, including model symbols to show displacements, rotations, forces and moments, and improved display of node numbers and axial stops in piping models.

An update to the 2016 Edition of the ASME B31.4 code for Liquid Pipelines is now included in CAESAR II. This update includes the depreciation of B31.11, which is now included in B31.4. Along with this large code update, the software now aids the analyst in evaluating pipelines even further by providing an option to either let the software determine the restrained or unrestrained state of the pipe elements automatically, or the ability to specify the state themselves.

Other code updates include support for:

2015 edition of the Canadian code Z662 for Oil and Gas Pipelines
2016 edition of API-560 for Fired Heaters
2016 edition of the ASME B31.1 code for Power Piping
2016 edition of the ASME B31.5 for Refrigeration Piping and Heat Transfer Components
"We are dedicated to providing our customers the highest quality tools that improve their workflows," said Rick Allen, president of Intergraph CADWorx® & Analysis Solutions. "CAESAR II now supports even more industry codes for our valued users around the globe. These highly requested features will make using the software more efficient and seamless."

Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions' offerings allow design and engineering to share relevant information seamlessly, thereby maintaining accuracy and improving efficiency. These include CADWorx Plant Design Suite, for AutoCAD®-based intelligent plant design modeling, process schematics and automatic production of plant design deliverables; CAESAR II, the world's most widely used pipe stress analysis software; PV Elite®, for vessel and exchanger design and analysis; TANK™, for the design and analysis of oil storage tanks; GT STRUDL®, one of the most trusted, adaptable and fully-integrated structural analysis solutions in the world; and Visual Vessel Design, a comprehensive pressure vessel, shell and tube exchanger, and boiler design and analysis solution.

Learn more by watching the webinar "What's New in CAESAR II 2017" at http://coade.typepad.com/coadeinsider/2016/07/caesar-ii-webinar.html.

For more information on Intergraph analysis solutions, visit ppm.intergraph.com/analysis.

Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn groups provide an online discussion forum for year-round networking between users. To learn more about CAESAR II and network with other Intergraph users, visit ppm.intergraph.com/technical-user-forums.
Industry Information Technology
Source http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/intergraph-process-power--marine-releases-caesar-ii-2017-300318278.html
9.

State lifts water savings mandate

The state-mandated drought water conservation targets that Hanford and Lemoore have struggled to try to meet are being suspended. Hanford officials got word last week that the state mandate of a 23 ......

  • United States
  • Water & Sanitation
  • 02 Sep 2016
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Description The state-mandated drought water conservation targets that Hanford and Lemoore have struggled to try to meet are being suspended.

Hanford officials got word last week that the state mandate of a 23 percent reduction in water use has effectively dropped to 0 percent thanks to a more lenient approach the state adopted in light of increased rain and snow last winter.

Lemoore officials have also received confirmation that their conservation mandate is now effectively 0 percent.

So does this mean that local residents can go wild, hand-spraying sidewalks and watering lawns whenever they want?

Not on your life, officials say.

"We don't want to go backward," said Deputy Hanford Public Works Director John Doyel. "We don't have any intention of changing any of our rules or relieving any of the restrictions we have in place."

The two-day-a-week watering limitation in Hanford and Lemoore will continue, as will the ban on spray washing sidewalks and driveways, the requirement that you wash your car with an automatic shut-off nozzle and the prohibition against sprinkler water running off lawns onto the sidewalk/into the gutter.

The new state approach is to allow cities to figure out for themselves how much they need to conserve.

The new formula required city officials to calculate if they have enough water to get through three consecutive drought years.

With a huge reserve in the underground aquifer that supplies local residents, it was easy for Hanford and Lemoore officials to demonstrate they had enough to meet the standard.

That doesn't mean that the two cities are off the hook as far as the state is concerned.

State law requires the cities to demonstrate a 20 percent water use reduction by 2020. The baseline years for calculating that reduction are 2005-2010.

Doyel said that if the city maintains about a 15 percent water use reduction going forward, it will likely satisfy the standard by 2020.

Last month, the city conserved by about 18 percent.

"If we don't conserve, we won't achieve our 20 percent reduction, and it could have consequences for the city," Doyel said.

Doyel said the state could easily reinstate a tougher mandate, especially if this coming winter is a dry one.

That point was echoed by Lemoore officials.

"We still want to be cautious," said Lemoore City Manager Andi Welsh. "It's been a very dry summer, and there's no prediction for an El Nino year."

The possibility of more drought isn't the only concern.

The state is slowly implementing a landmark law, adopted in 2014, that will require overdrafted groundwater basins like the one under Hanford and Lemoore to come into a sustainable balance by 2040.

That means officials will have to show that they are replacing the water they are taking out of the ground for homes, businesses and farms.

"That is even more far reaching than the [23 percent conservation mandate]," said Hanford Public Works Director Lou Camara. "We're starting that process. We're going to have to live with less water going forward."

"That's going to be a whole different world," Doyel said. "We don't know what that's going to do to us. Just reverting back to the old way of doing things doesn't appear to be a smart course of action."

"We're not out of the woods yet on saving water," said Hanford Vice Mayor Francisco Ramirez. "The simple fact is, we don't know if we're going to have another drought or if there will be another mandate next year or the following year."
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Source http://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/state-lifts-water-savings-mandate/article_d4914d65-54b5-5a72-ace7-309c2de99e30.html

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