Technological Frontiers

Wire-HR automatic optical inspection of wire production

    Fraunhofer IPM has developed an inline inspection system that fully examines the wire surface at feeding rates of up to 30 m per second, thus detecting and classifying defects in real-time…

Using submarine cables to detect earthquakes

Seismologists at caltech working with optics experts at google have developed a method to use existing underwater telecommunication cables to detect earthquakes. the technique could lead to improved earthquake and tsunami warning systems…

New fiber optic temperature sensing approach to keep fusion power plants running

A collaborative group led by nuclear science and engineering (nse) doctoral student took a step forward in this area with a promising new method for quick detection of a disruptive abnormality, quench, in…

Engineers create a programmable fiber

MIT researchers have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze, and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. Yoel Fink, who is a professor in the departments…

From Quality Control to Process Control through the Application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

This paper describes two determinant aspects in the technological development of machines and production systems: the evolution of quality control systems from “passive” aimed at the rejection of nonconforming product to “active” systems…

The future of optical fibres

Optical fibres, conceived for fast communications on long distances, are developing also in manifold other industrial and commercial sectors, widening the applicative potentialities of photonic technologies. Aldo Cavalcoli The more and more widespread…

Productive technologies of flux-cored wires by welding

2017-year is the sixtieth anniversary of the invention of the Flux-Cored Wire, or FCW, by Arthur Bernard and dating back to 1957. In these first 60 years, the flux-cored wire has lived a…

Imprinting cables and wiring as fast as a hunting lion

When hunting, a lion can run at speeds of more than 60 km/h. Modern cable extruding machines operate at a similar pace. The problem: marking systems run the risk of creating bottlenecks in…

Smart forming for the fastening and fixing industry

Nedschroef Machinery presented at WIRE 2018, April 16-20 in Düsseldorf, Germany, a new concept called smart forming for the fastening and fixing industry. Intelligent forming brings greater flexibility, intelligence and efficiency to the…

Manufacturing the future the evolution of industrie 4.0

The future and prosperity of entire countries depend on the production of goods, just as many jobs in the USA and worldwide. The future of digitalized manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 rests entirely upon…

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