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2023 IDEA Awards: Additive & Material Management Nominees

July 17, 2023

Protolab’s design for additive manufacturability (DfAM) analysis tool is an optimization suite that is integrated with its quoting platform. The tool provides automated feedback that enable users to fine-tune additive designs before parts are printed. The process accelerates product development and is touted for reducing costs associated with engineering complex parts, thereby avoiding unnecessary production costs.

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Phoenix Contact theclipx WIRE assist

Industrial processes harbor a large number of manual tasks. The potential to reduce time-consuming activities can bring relief and time-savings in such tasks as conductor preparation. Phoenix Contact, based in Germany, has addressed this need with the design of a software-enabled workbench for managing and automating wiring tasks. The company characterizes theclipx WIRE assist as a software-aided “tool” for efficient wire preparation and wiring that promises to increase productivity and increase reliability.

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Emerson Branson GMX-HP Ultrasonic Metal Welder

The Branson GMX-HP ultrasonic metal welder is suitable for electric vehicles (EVs), batteries and energy storage systems, where higher power with greater downforce is needed for larger welds. The GMX-HP’s increased weld power is transmitted through a direct-press actuator, equipped with dual linear bearing guides, precision distance sensors and a dynamic pressure trigger that delivers greater part-holding downforce with the high stability needed for repeatable weld quality.

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Ingersoll Rand QX Series 40V Torque Multiplier

The Ingersoll Rand QX Series 40V Cordless Torque Multiplier, an addition to the QX Series, can run up to 83 rpm, which is twice as fast as its 20V multiplier. The 40V battery means fast high-gang-count fastening, and its INSIGHT Connect app offers process control and real-time monitoring.

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