This issue of Advanced Manufacturing TOE profiles key developments and advancements in robotics for improved welding, welding that helps enable less expensive 3D printing of metals, rotational friction stir welding, and acoustic monitoring and deep learning for machine health. Innovations covered include a robot arm for improved welding efficiency, additive and subtractive manufacturing in a single device, an environment-friendly friction stir rotational welding process, improved productivity using automated welding robots, sound-based predictive maintenance and deep learning for machine health monitoring and the industrial Internet of Things.
The Advanced Manufacturing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software).
The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries.
Keywords: Rotational friction stir welding, robotic arm, welding robot, additive manufacturing, subtractive manufacturing, metal inert gas welding, predictive maintenance, deep learning, ultrasonic sensors, acoustic predictive analysis, machine health