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The Farnborough Airshow 2016 draws near, and key trends from predictive maintenance to WiFi are set to dominate discussions on the show floor
There is more computing power on a modern aircraft than in an average organization, and two years ago we saw $204 billion change hands at the Farnborough International Airshow. As one of the premier events in the Aerospace and Defense calendar draws near and the industry prepares to descend on the Hampshire airfield, what are some of the key trends that are set to dominate discussions on the show floor?
There's expected to be lots of discussions at Farnborough around how companies can better manage the supply chain through risk sharing partnerships. Also on deck are the following:
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To no one's surprise, BMW, an HP ecosystem partner, intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. But it may be news to some that the carmaker has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz trucks.
BMW, an early adopter of AM in cars, says it's been using 3D-printed components for end production parts since 2012 in the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The company's plans to expand the role of 3D printing in series manufacturing are based on expectations of much faster production speeds from newer planar additive technologies.
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GE is working on a modeling platform that will allow it to create a "digital twin" of all of its manufacturing products by the end of 2017.
Whether it's a jet engine, a windmill turbine, or a locomotive, the physical asset will be duplicated digitally through a series of models, which can be operated in a virtual environment. This will allow for establishing a condition-based maintenance schedule, according to GE.
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Why? Green manufacturing saves big money in the long run. Manufacturers do well by doing good.
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Industrial output declined 0.4 percent last month after a downwardly revised 0.6 percent increase in April.
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Optimism among Britain’s manufacturers has slumped since the Brexit vote to its lowest level since the depths of the global recession more than seven years ago, the CBI has reported.
The employers’ organisation said the “cloud of uncertainty” hanging over industry was causing firms to mothball investment plans and expect recent strong output growth to ease.
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