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Haizol on improving supply chain flexibility

LONDON, 29-Apr-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Supply chains worldwide have experienced some level of turbulence in the last 18 month. The pandemic continues to cause disruption, as well as other events such as the obstruction of the Suez Canal in March.

The countless obstacles encountered have been coupled by innovative development and novel means of working in all phases of the supply chain. Digital manufacturing, as a solution to mitigate supply chain risk, is being increasingly implemented by companies globally.

Many companies are looking at ways to improve their supply chain flexibility, here is what we recommend to increase agility.

1. Expect the unexpected
Being prepared for unforeseen situations will stand you in good stead should they occur. It is not uncommon for things to not go to plan. To combat this, planning is key, you know your business better than anyone else, and it will ensure your supply chain will continue working smoothly.

In order to plan ahead effectively, it is important to communicate often and in detail with suppliers. We need to adopt a proactive approach to supply chain, and consider likely future trends and market direction to make preparations for them. As the market and businesses alike are fluctuating at speed, interruptions are also going to keep happening, and likely more often.

2. Stock a little more than you need
Whilst being lean, reducing waste, and being as productive as possible is the aim, one should be conscious to not be too lean. It is beneficial to stock a little more than you need, to account for any eventuality. Having that extra material can still be lean, customers know they can repeat orders rapidly, they can rely on Haizol to produce at speed, and have adaptations to the design put in place which can reduce lifecycle cost.

3. Stay connected to the engineers on the ground
Technology has meant that we can acquire large amounts of data from machines, however having a close relationship to the actual machine operators and factory floor can prove invaluable. It is irreplaceable to be on the ground with the actual machine, to see what is happening, and help to solve the issue. Based on this, it is beneficial to ensure there is someone in manufacturing bases all the way through the supply chain. In this regard, relationships are crucial, supplier engineers are able to find problems that were not apparent to begin with, and they can report this information and adapt the plan when required.

4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Ensuring you don’t rely solely on a single-source supply will help in building a more flexible supply chain. Having more options will mean less of a risk that material will be unobtainable. Keeping your options open means if stock does run short will your supplier you can source from another supplier with ease. Using a manufacturer like Haizol, who partner with over 200,000 factories across Asia, mean risk is mitigated.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digital agility enables manufacturers to quickly pivot when faced with disruption

LONDON, 22-Feb-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — We are moving more and more into an on-demand world, where the companies who embrace digitalization and agility thrive. We have witnessed that the companies surviving in this new era of manufacturing are the ones who go digital, be agile, and mitigate risk.

The recent pandemic has resulted in new ways of working, highlighting the importance of getting immediate access to products and services. As manufacturers navigate the new normal, realizing digital agility has never been more important.

Having a responsive supply chain proves essential. Once you take a product to market, it is key to safeguard the supply chain. With a constantly changing market, your supply chain should be able to rapidly respond to satisfy demand where that means making more of the same product, or shifting focus to another more in demand item.

When done correctly, automation paves the way to digital agility. Agility results in lower cost and errors, whilst increasing productivity and sales. Digital agility enables manufacturers to quickly pivot when faced with disruption.

When manufacturers get it right, automation provides a path towards digital agility, which ultimately leads to the reduction of cost and errors, while improving productivity and raising revenue. Digital agility is especially important amid COVID-19 disruptions, as it allows manufacturers to quickly pivot.

Digitalization and technology help companies embrace new market trends. Market opportunity is evident in industry, the capture this, companies and their manufacturing partners need to push the existing boundaries and strive to push themselves and digitalize their processes. As products and services are moving more and more on-demand, only those that embrace this will gain competitive advantage.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Haizol’s digital manufacturing platform in the light of COVID-19 supply chain disruption

LONDON, 9-Feb-2021 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — COVID-19 taught us numerous things when it comes to manufacturing. Throughout 2020, we saw countless industries and companies alike struggling to source materials, complete production, and get their product to the end user. When normal supply chains were disrupted, there was a challenge and difficulty sourcing alternative means to achieve supply chain stability during this time, and keep production going.

Despite the world having a magnitude of advanced manufacturing capabilities, these are difficult to find and access. What has become clearer than ever before, is that current supply chains and manufacturing processes are international, proficient, and well-organised, and at the same time, they are delicate and can struggle delivering transparency to its user when hit with unforeseen instability. This was demonstrated by the shortage of supplies in numerous industries, from medical, to automotive, to digital goods. Not only did raw material become a challenge to source, but key industrial component shortage led to issues with final assembly of goods.

The future of the manufacturing industry requires improved resilience, agility, and supply chain transparency in order to manage any future disruption more effectively. Breaking the existing mold, embracing new technology, and developing a digital supply network which is able to quickly respond and adapt to any situation thrown its way.

This industry requires visible and accessible manufacturing in a digital format. China, in particular, is a country which is at the forefront of this new vision. China boosts advanced manufacturing competences, resources, and has a transparent and accessible infrastructure. Agility and resilience is key, and digital manufacturing platforms, particularly ones that offer an online marketplace at the users fingertips of a multitude of capabilities, is key. This digital core allows high transparency, easy visibility, easy access, and agility when faced with disruption.

Having a digital marketplace which can be accessed at any point from anywhere for any kind of manufacturing requirement allows for a truly agile foundation of digital supply networks. A user can identify manufacturing resources and capabilities at the touch of a button from part designs, features, machine tools, capabilities and more. This essentially breaks down the barriers and reduces effort typically found when sourcing manufacturing resources and capabilities.

The future will see more complex and improved versions of this digital manufacturing marketplace, allowing a user to be able to search for diverse manufacturing resources and capabilities and multiple variables such as manufacturing capacity (such as machine tool / specification) and complex part design. A further development is likely to be a more inclusive service, allowing the user to source based on capability to manufacture components with specific requirements, such as 5-axis CNC turning with horsepower and x/y/z travel metrics with metal additive manufacturing as an option.

Manufacturing is an extensive and multifaceted sphere, therefore a comprehension platform with effective searchable options is something which needs to be continually adapted and upgraded. Haizol’s manufacturing platform provides users with over 200,000 suppliers in Asia with wide-ranging capabilities and the ability to filter based on a variety of criteria. In terms of supplier, the user can select based on manufacturing type, region, industry, factory size, employee number, annual turnover, certification, R&D capacity, and more. They also have the option to filter by product, choosing process, material, and region, to see examples of what factories have previously made, to guide their decision making.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Z3 Technology introduces 4K H.265 IP camera for broadcast, industrial, medical, security and corporate applications

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LINCOLN, NE, 10-Sep-2016 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Z3 Technology, LLC, a leading provider of embedded video compression systems, and Sony Electronics Inc., an international leader in image sensors camera technology, are announcing the availability the Z3Cam-4KTM, a 4K H.265 IP camera leveraging Sony’s FCB-ER8300 4K camera. The Z3Cam-4K brings clarity and detail to high movement and low light conditions with optimized 4K technology. This unit captures stunning video with 20x optical zoom with integrated auto focus. The Z3Cam-4K provides crystal clear images for broadcast, industrial, medical, security and corporate applications while adding the ability to broadcast and analyze your video around the world.

The Z3Cam-4K is the first 4K video system capable of encoding and streaming 4K H.265/HEVC video with ONVIF integration for easy camera management. The innovative Z3Cam-4K has multiple options for your IP transmission. The system can output both H.265/HEVC and H.264 video over IP in 4K resolutions. It can also send a simultaneous HD stream. Camera control can take place remotely with VISCA control commands sent over IP to the Z3Cam-4K from a comm port on your PC. Where seeing sharp lines is key, Sony’s 4K noise reduction algorithm provides the highest quality imaging fit for virtual reality imaging and high detail data analytics.

“Sony is privileged to work with Z3 on providing the 4K optics and image capture subsystem integrated into the Z3Cam-4K. With fast auto focus, 20x optical zoom and electronic image stabilization we expect this new camera to be deployed widely in demanding commercial and industrial 4K applications,” said John Monti, Director, Sony Visual Imaging Solutions.

“The Z3Cam-4K camera provides high quality, low bit rate video to be streamed over IP networks at 4K resolutions,” Aaron Caldwell, CEO Z3 Technology said. “In the past the bandwidth requirements for 4K were too high for many of our customers to make the switch to 4K. The Z3Cam-4K solves this dilemma by taking advantage of state of the art H.265 compression technology that uses very low power and low bandwidth. Z3 is excited to be collaborating with Sony to offer the industry this 4K H.265 IP camera solution to allow 4K imaging to be sent around the world with no distance limitations.”

Z3Cam-4K Features:
H.265/HEVC and H.264 encoded video
4K (Ultra-HD) and HD resolutions
High sensitivity image processor
20x optical and digital zoom
Integrated auto focus zoom and optional manual focus
Visibility enhancer ICR (Day and Night)
Noise reduction algorithm for high frequency and high detail areas
GigE interface for IP output
IP control and configuration
Supports Sony VISCA camera control over IP and ONVIF Profile S
Microphone input
Composite output
Device recording options via USB 2.0 interface
Network recording options over IP
PoE power or DC power

About Z3 Technology:
Z3 Technology is a Sony Authorized Integrator and is a leader in the embedded video market with focus on OEM ready system-on-modules and technology transfer licensing.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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Free Industrial Reference Guide Now Available on iPhone

Industrialfocus.com, a website dedicated to providing relevant information about industrial equipment and services, today announced the release of its iPhone application.

The Industrial Focus application is packed with information about a wide variety of industrial topics, including agriculture and forestry equipment, construction equipment and supplies, electrical and test equipment, and manufacturing equipment and tools.

According to Marilie Doman, editor at Industrialfocus.com, the new iPhone application provides unique value. “Consumer guides, reviews and detailed articles are added on a regular basis, allowing consumers of industrial products and services to use their iPhones as a source for detail research, or as a handy industrial reference guide.”

Industrial Focus is the first iPhone application for industrial equipment available in the app store.

Industrial Focus allows a user to see the latest articles, browse articles by category, or search for articles by keyword. The application provides the user with an intuitive interface, leveraging the iPhone’s unique features and capabilities. The user will have access to the following functionality in the free application:

•  Browse – Explore hundreds of articles by browsing an intuitive category tree
•  Search – Users can find specific content by utilizing the keyword search function
•  Latest articles – See the latest content, updated on a regular basis

The Industrial Focus iPhone application was developed in-house by D4DR Media. More information and a link to the iTunes download can be found at www.industrialfocus.com/iphone/.

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Leading Developer Of Individualized Solutions For Siphonic Roof Drainage Chooses Chicago Representative As First US Presence In The All Important Manufacturing Belt

After many successful years developing and distributing individual software solutions to plumbing manufacturers around the world, German-based Keidel Software announces a new US agent, Johannes Lenzhofer, Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Lenzhofer has a wide network of contacts, as well as years of experience representing German companies in the US.

“As a center of the manufacturing belt, Chicago is a strategic city for us” explains Rolf H. Keidel, founder of the company. “The DrainStar® Siphonic Calculator helps American roof drain and pipe manufacturers precisely calculate a planned drainage network using their own product information and relevant data. However, it also adds value to the manufacturer’s products by providing the data and drawings for construction of the drainage network that their customers can use. The manufacturer becomes a system provider that offers solutions– not just a seller of drains and pipes. This adds great value to the manufacturer’s products and brand.”

The precision of the DrainStar Siphonic Calculator software also results in cost savings of about 30% on average because the exact drainage performance of the roof runoffs is calculated. The manufacturer easily enters any product information with other key figures about the planned drainage network, and the network plan appears on the computer screen, including all the needed components. The manufacturer decides whether to create bills of material with or without prices, while the data can be converted into estimates or tender offers instantly. The network drawing can easily be transferred to CAD. All country-specific variables can also be used.

“US companies who want to take advantage of government and other incentives for ‘green’ building projects will recognize the opportunities presented by calculating siphonic drainage networks,” adds Mr. Lenzhofer. “By using a siphonic design, LEED™ points are awarded, signifying energy efficient and environmentally friendly construction practices. These points can translate into increased profitability.”

The LEED™ green building rating system encourages design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing negative environmental impact on buildings. The environmental benefits of siphonic roof drainage are clear. Properly calculated siphonic drainage networks can result in reduced site disturbance and preparation, as well as a reduction in the use of construction materials. Pipe diameters are much smaller, the number of roof runoffs and downpipes is greatly reduced, and fewer ground lines need to be laid. These and other desired results are eligible for valuable LEED credits, and offer significant cost cutting for builders.

About Keidel Software
Keidel Software was founded in 1993 to develop and provide software solutions for the building industry around the world. Keidel Software is the market leader in Germany and has customers throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

Contact Information Keidel US
For more information visit: http://www.keidel-software.com/us/index.php 

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High-Speed, Reliable, And Affordable Metrology Solutions For Every Class Of Thin-Film Photovoltaic Material Used In Today’s Industry

Filmetrics announces the launch of its thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) dedicated measurement systems. With the release of the F10-PV and the F37-PV Filmetrics now offers commercially available tabletop and in-line metrology solutions for industries utilizing all classes of TFPV materials.

Typically built on or under transparent conductive oxides (TCO) on glass, plastics, or metal substrates, the properties of TFPV films are notoriously difficult to measure due to their special optical properties. Filmetrics has SOLVED this problem for all classes of films used in today’s industry.

The Filmetrics F10-PV and F37-PV products are capable of monitoring the film thickness of active layers such as amorphous Si, CdS, CdTe, copper-indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), TCOs, and buffer layers. These types of devices are intentionally designed to absorb rather than reflect light creating many unique challenges for performing metrology on these layers. Surmounting these challenges the F10-PV and the F37-PV can accurately measure the thickness and optical properties of even the most complex structures on TCOs adding unrivalled value in terms of production quality, efficiency, and cost control for TFPV device manufacturers.

Strong market demand, and working closely with our existing TFPV customer base, led Filmetrics to undergo extensive collaborative research in the past months to develop these products. The addition of non-destructive thin-film thickness metrology to the TFPV environment is expected to greatly enhance production efficiency and yields, help develop new processes, and facilitate rapid transfer these new ideas to the production floor.

With years of experience in the thin-film measurement field, Filmetrics provides a simple-to-understand user interface and unparalleled support. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Filmetrics has a full line of thin-film measurement systems and is continually developing new products and technologies that bring greater efficiency to thin-film metrology. Filmetrics was founded in 1995 and has quickly established itself as the foremost innovator in the thin-film measurement industry. 

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The new T-LSR series of computer controlled motorized linear stages extend the range of Zaber’s extensive line of stepper motor based motion control devices

Zaber Technologies has recently announced the launch of its T-LSR series of computer controlled motorized linear stages. These stages extend the range of Zaber’s line of precision motion control products offering travel up to 300mm with resolution down to 0.25 um. Zaber’s fastest and strongest stages, the T-LSR series can handle loads up to 20kg at speeds up to 20mm/s.

Multiple T-LSR stages may be mounted in x-y or x-y-z configurations without any additional hardware. They are also compatible with Zaber’s T-LS series of precision motorized ball bearing stages which offer higher resolution over shorter travel.

Integrated motors and controllers allow T-LSR stages to be daisy chained with all other T-series products and controlled from a single USB or RS232 serial port. Demo control software for a variety of programming environments is available for free download from the Zaber website.

A knob at the end of each T-LSR units permits smooth manual control. For manual operation, the stage need not be connected to a computer. However, if connected to a computer, stage position can be tracked and displayed during a manual move. T-LSR stages may also be controlled by Zaber’s T-JOY series of programmable 3 axis joysticks.

For more information on the T-LSR and compatible products please visit the links below:

T-LSR Motorized Linear Stages


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