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3D printed polyurethane footwear makes technological strides
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All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing...
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All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing equipment. All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing equipment. $All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing equipment.
Maverix Solutions debuts new mold release coating
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SANTA ANA, Calif.—On the manufacturing floor, efficiency is key. Processes that create a time or cost savings are desired across the board. When one achieves both, with additional benefits...
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SANTA ANA, Calif.—Santa Ana-based Maverix Solutions developed Mavcoat MD-4, a mold release coating for the rubber industry that revolutionizes the molding process. SANTA ANA, Calif.—Santa Ana-based Maverix Solutions developed Mavcoat MD-4, a mold release coating for the rubber industry that revolutionizes the molding process. $SANTA ANA, Calif.—Santa Ana-based Maverix Solutions developed Mavcoat MD-4, a mold release coating for the rubber industry that revolutionizes the molding process.
Ford to restart F-150 output following supplier fire
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DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford Motor Co. will restart production of the F-150 pickup at a Dearborn factory May 18 after more than a week of downtime resulting from a fire at a key supplier plant in...
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DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford will restart production of the F-150 pickup at a Dearborn factory May 18 after more than a week of downtime resulting from a fire at a key supplier plant in Michigan. DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford will restart production of the F-150 pickup at a Dearborn factory May 18 after more than a week of downtime resulting from a fire at a key supplier plant in Michigan. $DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford will restart production of the F-150 pickup at a Dearborn factory May 18 after more than a week of downtime resulting from a fire at a key supplier plant in Michigan.
Parker to combine industrial, hydraulic hose businesses
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Parker Hannifin Corp. is combining its industrial and hydraulic hose businesses into one division, though officials said customers shouldn't see any difference in their...
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Parker Hannifin is combining its industrial and hydraulic hose businesses into one division, though officials said customers shouldn't see any difference in their dealings with the company. MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Parker Hannifin is combining its industrial and hydraulic hose businesses into one division, though officials said customers shouldn't see any difference in their dealings with the company. $MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Parker Hannifin is combining its industrial and hydraulic hose businesses into one division, though officials said customers shouldn't see any difference in their dealings with the company.
Coi Rubber building momentum, growth
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LOS ANGELES—Coi Rubber Products Inc. seemed to spring up out of nowhere in 2013 with a young, experienced industry veteran at the helm. It also had a small plant in China to handle...
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LOS ANGELESóCoi Rubber Products seemed to spring up out of nowhere in 2013 with a young, experienced industry veteran at the helm. It also had a small plant in China to handle manufacturing. That was the good news. LOS ANGELESóCoi Rubber Products seemed to spring up out of nowhere in 2013 with a young, experienced industry veteran at the helm. It also had a small plant in China to handle manufacturing. That was the good news. $LOS ANGELESóCoi Rubber Products seemed to spring up out of nowhere in 2013 with a young, experienced industry veteran at the helm. It also had a small plant in China to handle manufacturing. That was the good news.
Nokian expanding reach of SnapSkan service
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NOKIA, Finland—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is broadening the scope of its SnapSkan digital tire-check service program beyond Helsinki to four additional sites in Finland and one in Oslo, Norway....
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NOKIA, Finland—Nokian is broadening the scope of its SnapSkan digital tire-check service program beyond Helsinki to four additional sites in Finland and one in Oslo, Norway. NOKIA, Finland—Nokian is broadening the scope of its SnapSkan digital tire-check service program beyond Helsinki to four additional sites in Finland and one in Oslo, Norway. $NOKIA, Finland—Nokian is broadening the scope of its SnapSkan digital tire-check service program beyond Helsinki to four additional sites in Finland and one in Oslo, Norway.
Bed-in-a-box mattress market expanding
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The mattress market has undergone a seismic shift in the past few years. High streets and retail parks are still full of department stores and specialist bedding shops where consumers can go and...
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The mattress market has undergone a seismic shift in the past few years as the growing trend for bed-in-a-box products significantly shakes things up. The mattress market has undergone a seismic shift in the past few years as the growing trend for bed-in-a-box products significantly shakes things up. $The mattress market has undergone a seismic shift in the past few years as the growing trend for bed-in-a-box products significantly shakes things up.
Wacky World of Rubber: Benefits of artificial turf
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The playing field is one of the most important elements across all sports. When it's working, it's hardly talked about. But when things go wrong—like say splitting in two or melting because ...
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When it's working, the playing field hardly is talked about. But when things go wrong—like say splitting in two or melting because of extreme temperatures—people notice. When it's working, the playing field hardly is talked about. But when things go wrong—like say splitting in two or melting because of extreme temperatures—people notice. $When it's working, the playing field hardly is talked about. But when things go wrong—like say splitting in two or melting because of extreme temperatures—people notice.
Supplier survey shows slipping relations for North American auto makers
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BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—One more sign that auto makers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges: their relationships with suppliers have worsened. A survey of parts companies...
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BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—One more sign that auto makers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges: their relationships with suppliers have worsened. BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—One more sign that auto makers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges: their relationships with suppliers have worsened. $ BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—One more sign that auto makers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges: their relationships with suppliers have worsened.
Silicone's made great strides in short time
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—The silicone industry has gone a long way, even all the way to Mars, according to Oliver Franssen, global marketing director, elastomers/transportation for Momentive...
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—The silicone industry has gone a long way, even all the way to Mars, according to Oliver Franssen, global marketing director, elastomers/transportation for Momentive Performance Materials. CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—The silicone industry has gone a long way, even all the way to Mars, according to Oliver Franssen, global marketing director, elastomers/transportation for Momentive Performance Materials. $CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—The silicone industry has gone a long way, even all the way to Mars, according to Oliver Franssen, global marketing director, elastomers/transportation for Momentive Performance Materials.
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Published on January 1, 2006

The Vario System--A Modular System for Demand Orientated Automation

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Date Published January 1, 2006
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This Report has been authored by:Mario Menke at WEA Werkzeugbau GmbH & Co.

Today the need for an automated production of rubber articles becomes more and more in focus in the western industrial countries. Beside of the selection of an adequate article regarding a possible technical realization as well as the required article volume to justify an automated manufacturing process, the degree of automatisation plays a decisive role to achieve optimum manufacturing costs. By consideration, different stages of extension of a possible automated solution, the influence of the automation degree on the forecasted unit costs is identified. The consequences of a wrong selection of the degree of automation is pointed out to the participants. As an alternative, the usage of modular concepts to adapt the degree of automation to the actual demand is introduced to the participants, which allows the user an incremental extension of the automation adapted to the required production volume to achieve unit costs on a constant low level. 
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