MONTREAL--Four customer aircraft have entered final assembly at Bombardier’s site at Downsview Airport here. The company says that it’s on track to deliver the first Global 7000 jets in the second half of 2018.
Airline passengers may not be familiar with the manufacturer SAFRAN Landing Systems (SLS). But, for the past decade, the company’s braking, landing and monitoring systems have enabled millions of passengers to arrive safely at their destinations.
PARIS--GE Additive announced here last week during the Paris Air Show that it is developing the world’s largest laser-powered 3D printer that prints parts from metal powder. GE Additive is a new GE business dedicated to supplying 3D printers.
Plastics and polymer composites are essential to a wide range of safety and performance parts in cars today. In fact, the use of plastic and polymer composites in light vehicles has increased from less than 20 pounds per vehicle in 1960 to 334 pounds per car in 2015.
Robots are increasingly being made to mirror humans. The best example of this is the dual-armed robot—such as ABB’s YuMi and Rethink Robotics’ Baxter—designed specifically to work closely with people on the assembly line.
The popularity of cordless tools on the assembly line continues to grow. Battery-operated devices allow assemblers to more easily work on platforms or inside car interiors, tractor cabs, aircraft wings and other tight spaces.