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NASA’s Composite Manufacturing Robot to Build World’s Biggest Rocket Parts

NASA has one of the most advanced composite manufacturing robots ever created in America. The robot will be used to build the biggest, lightweight composite parts ever made for space vehicles.

This latest addition to the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Composites Technology Center in Alabama will low-cost and high-speed composite manufacturing for large composite rocket. The structures this robot will be building will determine whether these special space vehicles are fit and safe for carrying humans on exploration missions to Mars and other places.

The robot’s key purpose is to build the lightest rocket possible. A lighter rocket carries more crew, science instruments, food, equipment and habitats. Lightweight composites have the potential to increase the amount of payload that can be carried by a rocket and lower the total production cost. NASA is conducting composite manufacturing technology tests to determine whether composites can be used to make units for the Space Launch System and other exploration spacecrafts and habitats.

The robot will build structures larger than 26 feet in diameter, some of the largest composite structures ever constructed for space vehicles. NASA’s robot is making huge industrial advances in composite manufacturing for space exploration and increasing affordability of space vehicles.

To make large composite structures, the robot travels along a 40-foot long track, and a head at the end of its 21-foot robot arm articulates in multiple directions. The head can hold up to 16 spools of carbon fibers that look like pieces of tape and are as thin as human hairs. The robot is able to place the fibers onto a tooling surface in precise patterns to form different large structures of varying shapes and sizes. The robot head can be changed for different projects, which makes the system flexible and usable for various types of composite manufacturing.

The first project that the robot will tackle is making large composite structures for a Technology Demonstration Mission by Marshall for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. For the project, engineers will design, build, test and address flight certification of large composite structures similar to those that might be upgraded for an evolved Space Launch System.

NASA is also a partner with the National/Interagency Advanced Manufacturing Initiative and will share its data with American companies to open up the marketplace for increased use of composite manufacturing in every industry.


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Industrial Furnace Industry Statistics

The growing Industrial Furnace Industry is big business both in manufacturing and in international trade. The newly released 2014 industry report listed $3 billion USD in total revenue. The gross profit total was reported at 26.21% with an import value of $.7 billion USD from 60 different countries.

The industrial furnace industry also exported an estimated $.9 billion USD worth of products and other merchandise to 149 countries last year.

Overall, if you add in the 2014 annual import value and subtract the export value, the industrial furnace industry commands a total domestic demand and value of $2.8 billion USD.
These findings come from a recent report on the Industrial Furnace Industry conducted by Research and Markets Ltd. Below is their report summary which includes a link to the full report if you are interested.

“Industrial Furnace Report Summary:

This 167-page report contains unparalleled industry market research in breadth and depth, providing a comprehensive view of the industry within the context of the overall international manufacturing economy. The report’s supply and demand data covers U.S. shipments and international trade while also considering the industry’s capacity utilization. The industry level income statements, balance sheets, and capital expenditure analysis in this report contain all the necessary data for financial benchmarking. In the cost analysis section you will find 35 upstream industries are analyzed to offer insight into the supply chain cost structure. For the channel and pricing structure an additional 5 downstream industries are analyzed. The competitive landscape section reports on the number of firms and their industry revenue share, market concentration, and a list of major players. Related trade associations, industry standards, and additional trade publications are also listed in the report.
Companies listed in this report include

– Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
– BTU International, Inc.
– Chromalox, Inc.
– Graham Corporation
– Instron Corporation
– Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.
– Met-Pro Corporation
– Research, Inc.
– Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company”

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Cleaning an Oil Spill with a Liquid Waste Incinerator?

Cleaning up an oil spill is a complicated venture. While there are several methods currently being utilized to remove the oil and cleaning up the area, there has never been a cleanup that has been 100% successful.

One of the largest oil spills occurred earlier this year in Santa Barbara spill. These spills are highly problematic and the challenges on a cleanup are just as numerous. Cleanup efforts are highly expensive. Oil companies must pay to remove the oil, clean the environment, compensate individuals affected, and then dispose of the dirty oil. The wildlife and ecosystems affected can suffer irreparable damage. Other challenges include the lost use of waterways that are closed off for cleaning. For example, it took Exxon 4 summers and hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up their 2010 oil spill.

The most common methods of clean up include physical barriers called booms, burning the oil off of the top of the water (Situ Burning) or skimming the oil off of the water top. Each of these methods requires thousands of workers, hundreds of millions of dollars and millions of hours to complete and is not 100% effective. What if there was a better and more effective way to collect and dispose of the unwanted oil? One possible solution could be to improve oil spill cleanup is to employ a liquid waste incinerator.

A liquid waste incinerator works by pumping the liquid waste into the unit which vaporizes the waste. This process is known as atomizing. The atomized waste vapor is then moved into a furnace section where it is super-heated until the vapor is completely burned off. A liquid waste incinerator leaves no residue or waste to be disposed of. Contaminated water can easily be pumped into the liquid waste incinerator system right off of the water and evaporated in a matter of seconds.

With each new environmental challenge that is presented, new answers and more efficient answers are discovered every day. As researchers search for more efficient solutions, could a liquid waste incinerator be the next big revelation in the oil spill world?

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3 Industrial Furnace Manufacturing Trends that are Shaping the Market

The manufacturing world is changing. The entire chain-supply of manufacturers, resellers, and customers is shifting into a new dynamic to accommodate international competition. Staying ahead of the industrial furnace manufacturing evolution is vital to thriving and surpassing customer needs in this new industry atmosphere.

Let’s look at some Industrial Furnace Manufacturing trends

  1. The SMAC Stack (social, mobile, analytics, cloud).
  • SMAC is the new driving force that is revitalizing the industrial furnace manufacturing industry. The SMAC Stack is becoming an essential technological tool for manufactures and represents the biggest opportunity for increasing customer engagement. The need to innovate is forcing industry change within a historically conservative “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” industry, and SMAC is helping early adopters in the manufacturing market increase efficiencies and change. According to an IDC white paper, “The Future of Manufacturing, the popularity of social media continues to force industrial furnace manufacturers to become more customer-centric. The conventional business-to-business model has died and the new manufacturing industry has a customer who is highly informed and expects a highly connected and responsive manufacturer. The industrial furnace manufacturing industry will need to be meeting and surpassing all of these customer’s needs in order to stay at the top of the game. Social media has also become a manufacturer’s most impactful tool for branding.
  1. Automation and the Internet of Things to Do (IoT)
  • A renewed interest in information and engineering education is creating a labor force that can manage highly technical systems and greater automation. More time is then available for research and development as well are career development. IoT creates opportunities for increased efficiency and savings on labor and service costs.
  1. Next-Shoring, bringing outsourcing back home
  • With increases in tech savvy workers, rising wages in Asia, increased shipping costs, and the demand to speed up production times has caused employers to have every department in house. This is leading to faster order processing times, faster order shipments, and lower costs in the warehouse and at the docks.


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Fracking Solutions for Produced Water

Hydraulic fracturing is a process of harvesting natural gas from shale rock by drilling into it and injecting fluids at high pressures until the rock is fractured. Fracking began as an experiment in the 1940’s and has now being used by oil companies as a way to harvest natural gases. While fracking may be a way to gain economic profits by providing jobs and a US-based energy source, the risks of fracking must be addressed by proper pollution-control initiatives.

The main issue is the water contamination caused by the dumped wastewater or produced water. Fracking produces wastewater whose full effect on surrounding water and air supplies are just now being tested.

Currently, California is the only state to have a comprehensive air and water contamination evaluation system in place. This monitoring system tests air and water quality near unconventional drilling sites and reports back the chemicals deposited by produced water.

This new monitoring system has been implemented since 2013 and has found carcinogens, lead, radioactive chemicals, benzene, arsenic and other cancer causing chemicals in 83% of samples.

Monitoring the dump sites is the first step, but the more important issue is being able to find the dump sites since fracking companies are not required to disclose where they dispose of their produced water.

The current solution is problematic as produced water treatment facilities are few and far between. The cost of transporting the contaminated water has proved to be prohibitive to fracking companies.

One solution being used by a few fracking companies is recycling the produced water. These companies have built above-ground water treatment facilities on their fracking sites to be able clean their own produced water as well as to reuse this water for fracking again. This recycling solution not only saves the environment from contaminated produced water, it saves the company the time and money that would be used to transport and clean their water and it also provides an endless supply of injection water for their fracking business.

While produced water is currently one of the greatest local environmental concerns, as with any challenge, it is becoming a great catalyst for the human ingenuity necessary to find a solution to this problem.

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10 Things to Consider in an Enclosed Ground Flare

There are many different types of Enclosed Ground Flare Systems currently on the market. However, all of these units are not created equal. Here is a list of things to consider if you are in the market to buy an Enclosed Ground Flare.

  • Will the Enclosed Ground Flare unit meet BACT (Best Available Control Technology) criteria for destroying Hydrocarbons including Methane? BACT is a pollution control standard that equipment operators are required to meet based on energy consumption, emissions and environmental impact based on their location.
  • Are destruction efficiencies guaranteed? When paying for any Enclosed Ground Flare, you should always discuss the efficiency of the unit including CO emissions.
  • What is the Burner Turndowns ratio? The turndown ratio compares the max to minimum amount of heat that is put out. You want to make sure that your burner turndown ration is not too limited.
  • Does the Enclosed Ground Flare unit light and adjust automatically to the fuel and ratios or does this need to be done manually? Time is money so the more that can be done automatically, the better.
  • What will the upkeep cost you? Some Enclosed Ground Flare systems require expensive replacement matrixes. Make sure you ask about these maintenance costs with the manufacturer and factor them into your budget.
  • What is the construction material? The most durable material is heavy rolled steel. The manufacturer’s materials will determine the quality and lifetime value.
  • Will the Enclosed Ground Flare unit be trailer mounted or skid mounted?
  • What kind of control system and interface does the Enclosed Ground Flare unit come with? Are these components going to be UL classified?
  • Will the manufacturer assist you in acquiring the necessary permits? Determining what permits you need and applying for them is not an easy process so having help with this will save you time and money.
  • Will you be provided with drawings, an operating manual, and installation for the Enclosed Ground Flare system? Are these items included in the purchase price?
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Meet Tim Bacon, Director of Operations & Industrial Oven Guru

As a part of my research into Industrial Ovens, I had a chance to interview a gentleman who has spent his life in the Industrial Oven business.

Tim Bacon has been officially involved with industrial oven building  for 20 years although he has grown up working in the shop at his father’s business. Tim’s father is Ernie Bacon, the owner of Baker Furnace. Tim has been learning the trade and working in the shop since he was a teenager. Naturally, Tim’s love for the industrial oven business and the creation process led to his current career as the Director of Operations at Baker Furnace, Inc. in Southern California.

The following is my interview with Tim Bacon.

How did you first get your start in the business Tim?

“Just like every teenager, I got my start making industrial ovens because I wanted to earn some money. My parents paid me to work in the shop during summer vacation”.

What do you love about the industry and your job?

“I really love the versatility! I love the different industry challenges. Each industrial oven is its own puzzle to solve and to design for the customer.  Each company has its own specifications and applications that they need to have accommodated. Rarely are any two heat treating ovens, afterburners, or thermal oxidizers the same. The randomness of the variables makes each project exciting and different”.

What, if any, are your dislikes?

“Well, it’s not really a dislike, but the growing amount of different heating application in the industry makes things a lot more complicated. It used to be that Baker Furnace only manufactured a few types of industrial ovens. Now, we custom manufacture everything from conveyer ovens to composite curing ovens and even liquid waste incinerators. It is a lot more challenging to reinvent the wheel every time”.

What has been the biggest change that you have seen in the industry over the past two decades?

“Actually not much has changed. Lots of the concepts and construction methods are the same because there are only a few different ways to make an industrial oven. The parts and controllers have become more sophisticated and software based, but the classic oven design is still the best”.

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Thermal Oxidizers, Bringing You Clear Blue Skies

The average person has never heard of thermal oxidizers. But whether you have heard of them or not, these machines are essential to the way we live and to our safety.

A thermal oxidizer is a combustion device used to control air pollution by destroying VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The hazardous gasses are heated at extreme temperatures until the pollutants breakdown into a harmless gas. Thermal Oxidizers are also known as industrial afterburners.

The main reason for thermal oxidizers is to eliminate harmful VOC’s. Volatile Organic Compounds are the byproduct of the heating process where these harmful chemicals are released into the air. The majority of these harmful compounds are hydro-carbon based. Some VOC’s occur in nature and some are manmade. Scents and odors are VOC’s, like those of flowers, for example, which are harmless. The problem is that the majority manmade VOC’s are extremely harmful, both to the environment and to the lungs if inhaled. The effects of inhaling VOC’s compound and cause damage in your body and in the atmosphere over time.

The paint and protective coating industries are some of the largest producers of VOC’s. Over 12 billion liters of paint are manufactured every year. Benzene, created from tobacco smoke as well as auto exhaust is a large VOC creator. Methylene chloride is one of the most harmful VOC’s found in aerosol sprays which are known to cause cancer. Other VOC creating industries include chlorofluorocarbons which are used to make cleaning materials.

Thermal oxidizers work by connecting to the manufacturing machines at the processing plants. As the VOC’s are created during the heating process, the gases are funneled through ducts into the thermal oxidizer. The oxidizer then heats the gases to extremely high temperatures until the dangerous contaminants are reduced to CO2and H2O.and nontoxic air is left. The harmless gases are then released into the air.

Each country and state have their own codes and regulations for the amount of VOC’s that are allowed to be dispersed into the air, water, and land. For the specific regulations in your area, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website for more information.

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