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The curious thing about most manufacturing processes is that when you dial down to the absolute energy required to form, consolidate, fuse or even move a collection of atoms /molecules from one state to another, they are not very energy efficient at all.  There are of course various ways of calculating this but when it comes down to protons, electrons and neutrons we’re at best talking about low single percentages.

Peel back the cloak of highly optimised automation further and its surprising how often these issues come down to some arbitrary choice made way back when.  Not necessarily any individual element but the sequence itself which triggers a chain reaction of secondary / tertiary attempts to compensate for this initial misdemeanour.  Overcoming parasitic losses requiring more power / time which then has to be removed using yet more power / time.

The maths is often startlingly simple but hidden from view by the fog of corporate structures and accounting policies optimized around projects with incompatible agendas, timescales and priorities.   This inertia chokes in-house innovation but is the catalyst opportunity for breakthroughs.  Much as scientific dogma tends to retire one doctorate at a time, at some point the next generation walks in and questions what’s going on.  No-one can really answer and all of a sudden some very shinny ivory towers look extremely vulnerable.

So if you an industrial designer, NM&P lead or project manager working in aerospace, consumer electronics or automotive engineering and are interested in high volume thermoset or thermoplastic composite production with a sub 2 minute cycle, stay tuned over the next 6 months for regular updates in the run up to the launch of the next version of PtFS.  It will transform carbon & glass reinforced composite production economics for high volume manufacturing. Find out more by following our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages.

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