There was recently an article in DesignNews about advances in nanowire technology for solar applications. Sol Voltaics is using gallium aresenide (GaAs) to create a film to add to solar panels to increase their efficiency. The Swedish company has been successful with the challenging process of aligning and orienting .00008 inch nanowires to create the film, called SolFilm. This breakthough promises to allow solar panels to achieve 28% and greater efficiency, a significant increase over current silicon-based technologies. Samples of this promising technology should be available within 18 to 24 months. For more information, visit Sol Voltaics website or read the original article on DesignNews.com.
In February 2016’s issue of Assembly magazine, Austin Weber delves into a promising alloy called Nitinol. Medical companies are exploring new avenues for device assembly with the alloy of nickel and titanium which was discovered at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, hence the name Nitinol.
What makes Nitinol unusual is the combination of superelasticity, the ability to return to a preformed state, and response to variations in temperature or application of electrical current by changing length or shape.
In the current age, the rise of Internet-enabled connectivity has pushed advancements in various fields, in particular the medical industry. For medical products manufacturers in the field, you likely know the use of “smart assets” for medical devices has changed the industry and increased its reliance on technology. But what about security? Our team explores this topic and its implications for the industry below.
In part one of our blog, we explored the various benefits that the increased use of robotics in contract manufacturing brings to the industry with a focus on the service side of things. In this blog, we’re shifting our focus more to the business side of things to examine the evolving market of robotics. With more and more advancements being made in the industry each day, its is beginning to garner the attention of investors and those noticing its rapid expansion, as we explore below.
For those working in the robotics manufacturing industry and dealing with contract manufacturing services, it’s certainly an exciting time – between the year 2010 and 2014, average worldwide robot sales shot up at a combined annual growth rate of 17 percent, as reported by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). With the IFR predicting a continued increase in global robot installations, further advancements will continue to help manufacturing services.
With the recent rise of robots and automation in the manufacturing industry, many people are worried that they are limiting the job potential for human workers. However, recent research is still unclear as to whether this is true and some point to robots as actually having a positive impact on job growth. Our experts at MiQ Partners explore this issue and the role of custom automation companies in it in our blog below.
For those working in the field of machining services, you probably know that loading and unloading your cutting and molding machines can be accomplished in many different ways. At MiQ Partners, our experts outline some of these techniques below and the things that you need to consider when going through this process.
Human-machine interfaces are currently undergoing an evolution due to the influence and increased prevalence of touch-screen technology – from tablets to smartphones, this technology is making its way into the design of industrial operator interfaces in the precision machining sector and changing the way things are done. At MiQ Partners, we explore the impact that touch technology has had on the market and how its changed the design of operator screens.
If you’ve been paying attention to the automation and manufacturing world, you’ve probably noticed the increase in flexibility when it comes to production operations. For the last five years, we’ve been moving closer to a new era of manufacturing that focuses on customization and flexibility. This is possible due to the increase in mass production processes built upon e-commerce platforms and make-to-order product configurations. Our MiQ Partners experts explore the challenges that this new landscape poses to manufacturers below.