Fabio Boiocchi

Protecting machine tools from cyber attacks

Data security is gaining in importance as Industry 4.0 takes shape. Automation, cloud applications and globally networked machines and components play key roles when it comes to shielding systems from external threats. As…

If machines could smell

What, if robots could smell? Sniffing explosives at the airport, diagnosing diseases based on a patient’s breath, locating gas leaks and much more? As part of its lighthouse topic “Biological Transformation“, the Fraunhofer…

Performances and quality in the manufacturing of compressed air tanks

For SEA Italian Quality Tanks, the unceasing innovation of its processes represents an irremissible element to meet the various market requirements in more and more competitive way. A precise orientation that this year…

Specialty coatings extend service life of cutting tools used for non-ferrous materials

A variety of special coatings can significantly enhance wear resistance and life when machining highly-abrasive materials such as CFRP, GFRP, graphite, Al alloys and ceramics Because machine tools constantly cut and grind away…

Direct diode lasers: how technology evolution is opening new markets

The evolution of diode laser price and performance is rapidly opening new markets. In this article, the technology consulting firm IDTechEx Research demonstrate how advances in semiconductor laser technology enable novel applications in laser material…

New coating process provides effective protection for brake discs

More than many other auto parts, brake discs are subject to repeated mechanical loads. As a result of this continual abrasion, they produce fine particulate matter, which pose a substantial environmental burden. Now,…

Economic and steel market outlook 2019-2020

The manufacturing sector in the EU may have not seen the worst yet: a deepening escalation of the trade war between the US and several of its main trading partners and a no-deal…

Sharp decline in machine tool orders – Many sectors reluctant to invest

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the second quarter of 2019 were 22 per cent down on the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 28 per cent….

3D printing on the threshold to mass production

Additive processes are now on the threshold of breaking into mass production within the manufacturing industry. Nevertheless, the use of generative manufacturing processes is still in its infancy in industrial production and many…

Digitization in the die casting technology

Different digitization activities enable die casting foundries to make their working processes more efficient with respect to costs and productivity. Moreover, die casting foundries can exploit the obtained data and thus open up…

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