Air Liquide and its American subsidiary, Airgas, on Nov. 28 inaugurated an Advanced Fabrication Center (AFC) at the Delaware Innovation Campus. The event included a panel discussion from representatives of companies and groups.
The AFC is intended to accelerate innovation to improve and develop more efficient fabrication technologies.
The center brings together experts from Air Liquide specialized in plasma and electric arc welding and cutting, in laser and additive fabrication, and in robotic welding. It is equipped with new equipment and technology provided by partners for carrying out tests.
The panel discussion concerned safety, health and sustainability in manufacturing and metal fabrication.
The discussion was moderated by Professor I. Jawahir, director of the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Kentucky. There were presentations by:
–Honeywell (Morris Plains, NJ), which described how digitization will enhance future next generations with “out of mind” comfortable and connected PPE.
–Lightweight Innovation For Tomorrow (LIFT; Detroit), which works with companies and academics to develop advanced lightweighting materials and processes. It is part of the Manufacturing USA network of manufacturing institutes.
–EWI (Columbus, OH), which develops and deploys new technology.
–5ME (Cincinnati) which has developed cryogenic machining technology.
The AFC offers space designed for collaboration with equipment manufacturers to better meet the needs of end-users. According to Air Liquide, it will enable new research with academic institutions for the purpose of using innovation to develop and optimize new manufacturing technologies.