- Sonja Herger
...have been just as successful if our cave-dwelling ancestors had access to a drive-in at every corner. But what we definitely know: neither mammoth hunting nor roasting burgers is possible without tools Well, at least we suppose so, because we haven't shot that many mammoths yet. However, if we ever had to hunt a mammoth, it would only be with the right tools.
Trends always come back, not only in fashion
One of the most remarkable advances in human history is due to the development and use of tools. Tools allowed early humans to become rulers of their environment. They used stone tools to protect themselves from animals, to build houses, and to collect food. They made simple hand axes out of stone. Antlers and bones were also used. Our ancestors used stones to make fire, hack, hunt - they used tools made of stone simply for almost everything they did. But then the discovery of the metal came and stone tools were suddenly no longer in.
Is metal the mammoth of the manufacturing industry?
The further humanity developed, the more efficient, scarce - and above all more expensive - metallic cutting materials became. It is well known that metal suffers from a certain problem called natural scarcity. At some point the ore mines are empty and the CNC machines stand still. The manufacturing industry should therefore test alternative products sooner rather than later in order not to suffer from an acute shortage of cutting tools in the future. After all, it is not only the natural limitations of metal that are causing prices to skyrocket. Production also suffers from the framework conditions associated with the production and storage of metal. For example, available deposits are now concentrated in only a few countries in Asia and Africa.
Software for the Stone Age? - Why MySolutions deals with stone
You know MySolutions as a reliable supplier of manufacturing solutions, whose portfolio includes everything from integrated ERP systems to the carefree ALL-IN-ONE package. You rarely hear from us about our research and development efforts. On the one hand this is because there is rarely anything sensational to report and on the other hand because we do not want to be looked into the cards. Today we make an exception, because the topic of material shortage affects us all. We would therefore like to draw your attention to a promising field of research in which there has recently been considerable progress. At the Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Machine Tools in Hanover, a team led by researcher Philipp Wolters produced indexable inserts from various rocks and successfully used them to machine ENAW 2007 aluminium. So is the manufacturing industry about to make the leap into the Stone Age?
ISO, non-ISO, stone and all that? - Alternative solutions for manufacturing
The machining industry produces a wide range of components made from a wide variety of materials. On the one hand we have the ISO range with metals, on the other hand the non-ISO range, which includes thermoplastics, thermosets, glass-fibre reinforced, hard rubber, graphite and many non-metallic materials. However, it looks as if we will soon have to add another element to this list. We may even have to introduce a new category, because rock cutting tools are already a reality today. And what about your company? Have you already dealt with the problem of the shortage of metal and thought about how you want to deal with it? In any case, now would be an ideal time. At MySolutions, we dealt with the topic of alternative products for cutting tools - not only made of rock - and are happy to share our knowledge with you. We look forward to hearing from you.