VOL. 22 September ISSUE YEAR 2021


MFN was able to get an interview with Mike Langtry and his colleagues at Langtry Blast Technologies Inc..

Industry 4.0, the cloud, data analytics, AI – the promise of digital technology is that it makes machines smarter, production leaner, and processes more transparent. So far, shot blast equipment is rarely the focus of attention of digitalization efforts, yet the potential is particularly great – because the blast process all too often is still a black box, as key machine parameters – and important cost drivers – are not routinely monitored. Digital tools can track these cost-effectively and easily, giving machine owners and operators new insights into their processes and, crucially, new room for improvement. Here, we talk to Wheelabrator’s digital project team about how shot blast equipment can be digitally enabled and how digital tools can be deployed strategically to make quick wins. Daniel Häger is part of the Norican Digital Lab and has been working closely with Wheelabrator’s Reinhard Nadicksbernd to develop digital technology that makes a difference to blast machine users. (Wheelabrator is part of the Norican Group, alongside DISA, Italpresse Gauss and StrikoWestofen.)

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Science Update

Author : Hitoshi Soyama

Standards Forum

Author : Christian Tyroll

Good Vibrations

Author : Christoph Cruse

Off the Beaten Track

Author : Giovanni Gregorat

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