Thursday, September 24, 2009

Improving the Production of Turbine Blades

A new science news page called Futurity.org offers this story
IOWA STATE–Researchers are working to develop new, low-cost manufacturing systems that could improve the productivity of turbine blade factories by as much as 35 percent.


“The current manufacturing methods are very labor intensive,” says John Jackman, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State University. “We need to improve throughput—we need to get more blades produced every week in order for it to be economical to continue to produce wind energy components in the United States.”

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