‘Robotic blacksmithing’: A technology that could revive US manufacturing

By Glenn S. Daehn, Fontana Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University Although it may not be obvious, there’s a close link between manufacturing technology and innovation. Elon Musk often talks of the “machines that build the machines” as being the real enabler in both his space and automotive businesses. Using less-expensive,…

K-Tig signs first South East Asian welding as a service customer

High-speed welding technology developer K-TIG (ASX: KTG) has signed its first South East Asian customer for its welding as a service (Waas) licensing model. Singapore’s Steel-Ti Precision Welding will build a new manufacturing facility in Singapore to be completed in 2020. This will build high value tanks and vessels for oil & gas, aviation and…

Orica and Epirock to automate explosives delivery

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) and equipment manufacturer Epiroc Rock Drills AB will jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines. The Australian company, a world-leader in blasting technology and commercial explosives, is pursuing automation which is necessary as mines go deeper and ore…