Airbus aiming to step up A320neo production

In 2018 “we do expect to deliver around 800 commercial aircraft,” Enders told the European aircraft maker’s annual general assembly in Amsterdam.But he cautioned: “It is not going to be a walk in the park.” “We will not deliver aircrafts without engines, we have many gliders parked today in Toulouse and Hamburg. We talk about many dozens of gliders that need engines in the second part of the year in order to be delivered.”Some 181 A320neo aircraft—a new version of the medium-haul A320 jet with more fuel-efficient engines—were delivered in 2017, up from 68 during 2016.But the new engines have suffered from technical glitches and delays and Enders has admitted that “the A320neo ramp-up remains challenging.”Despite the difficulties, Airbus hopes to boost monthly production to meet market demand, but is also hampered by its supply chain. It is aiming to boost monthly deliveries of the A320neo to 63 in 2019, compared to 60 initially planned. But Enders aimed to go even further.”I just say from a commercial point of view, from a demand point of view, we absolutely see a strong basis to support a rate even going higher, up to 70 or higher,” he said.Airbus is examining its supply chain to see “whether this is realistic and feasible to continue to produce at a significantly higher rate than currently targeted,” Enders added.An Airbus spokesman confirmed to AFP that the company “commits to reaching a rate of 63″ deliveries by the second quarter of 2019.”We have a solid roadmap regarding the industrial capabilities of Airbus and its supply chain,” Enders insisted.A preliminary study has been launched, but any decision to increase production rates will only be taken with the full agreement of all stakeholders. The neo aircraft are equipped with a new generation of engines and have aerodynamic modifications that allow airlines to save 15 percent on fuel, which is a major operating cost.The medium-range, single-aisle Airbus aircraft and similarly upgraded Boeing planes have attracted thousands of orders as airlines seek to ensure they remain competitive in the future. © 2018 AFP Explore further Airbus is stepping up production of its A320neo planes, despite persisitent engine woes Citation: Airbus aiming to step up A320neo production (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-airbus-aiming-a320neo-production.html Airbus aims to boost production of its A320neo aircraft and step up deliveries in the second quarter of the medium-haul carrier despite persistent engine woes, chief executive Tom Enders said Wednesday. Airbus profits soar despite new charge on A400M military plane This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Getting robotic surgical tools from the lab to the operating room

Citation: Getting robotic surgical tools from the lab to the operating room (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-robotic-surgical-tools-lab-room.html The latest ARMA tech—a prototype robot system to remove bladder tumors—shows great promise, having proved successful in animal studies. The research, recently published by the Journal of Endourology, earned a best paper award at the 2018 Engineering and Urology Society conference.Among all cancer diagnoses, the incidence of bladder cancer ranks fourth in the United States and seventh worldwide in males. “Bladder cancer also is very expensive to treat. It requires repeat resections because surgeons remove a bladder tumor ‘piecewise’ and that often results in recurrence and more surgeries,” Simaan said.Simaan and his team developed a transurethral robot platform called TURBot. It is the first endoscopic robotic system to provide full surgical coverage with visibility of the bladder, including the neck and dome, and the first to have been evaluated during in vivo animal experiments.Three 1.8 mm working channels of TURBot’s miniature multibackbone continuum robot use graspers, custom flexible cameras, and other imaging probes to reach all regions of the bladder. Simulated bladder lesions were successfully ablated by laser.Simaan and two former students have co-founded a startup to develop such technologies for robot-assisted transurethral resection of bladder tumors. Yet Nabil Simaan, a mechanical engineering professor who specializes in designing robots to help surgeons perform operations in areas of the body that are hard to reach, does not deter easily. He has years of experience working collaboratively with commercial entities while collecting numerous patents—three in 2017 alone.Simaan’s Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications Laboratory at Vanderbilt leads the way in advancing several robotics technologies for medical use, including miniature robots for single small-incision, cochlear implant and minimally invasive throat surgeries.”A key focus of the research is the design of intelligent robotic devices that can sense and regulate their interaction with the anatomy,” Simaan said. “These robots can be used collaboratively with a surgeon to safely excise or ablate tissue.”Simaan is co-inventor of the Insertable Robotic Effector Platform. IREP—a portfolio of multiple patents—is believed to be the world’s smallest robotic system and was hailed as a medical science breakthrough in 2013. It is licensed to Titan Medical and led to the development of the Titan SPORT system for single-port access surgery.The minuscule robotic surgical tool enters the body through a remarkably small incision—six-tenths of an inch, or 15 millimeters. Once inside the body, it unfolds to reveal a camera system for 3-D visualization and imaging feedback, and two snakelike arms that perform the surgery.IREP has gone through several development stages. First, Columbia University computer scientist Peter Allen devised an insertable camera that tilted, panned and followed the movements of surgical instruments from inside the abdomen, and projected its vision onto a computer screen. Surgeon Dennis Fowler at Columbia performed a number of appendectomies, nephroscopies and other operations on porcine models using the technology. At Vanderbilt, Simaan equipped IREP with two snakelike arms built from a series of push-pull flexible beams that can bend and twist the arms in the required directions. Simaan also gave IREP wrists and grippers to manipulate objects.”Typically, as a research lab, we try to be at least 10 years ahead of industry to help usher in new approaches to surgery via new technologies,” he said. “But university researchers and industry are catching up.” Simaan moved the ARMA lab to Vanderbilt when he joined the engineering faculty in 2012. The path from university lab to commercialization is especially complex in the biotech industry. Challenges range from long lead times, sometimes measured in decades, to the costs of transforming ideas into innovations, as well as issues of intellectual property, patenting and licensing. Explore further Nabil Simaan’s Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications Laboratory at Vanderbilt leads the way in advancing several robotics technologies for medical use. Credit: Vanderbilt University Insertable robot offers new approach to minimally invasive surgery Provided by Vanderbilt University IREP is licensed to Titan Medical. Credit: Vanderbilt University This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more