The Welding Inspector – Bad Guy or Consultant?

How to make the grade as a Wärtsilä supplier – and how to remain one. Approximately 100 days per year, Raimo Mäki-Reini is on the road visiting more than 40 different countries around the globe. He’s not a tourist: if you happen to find him at the…

Big Data and Million-cycle Machines

Big data is put to use more and more to offer customers a better service. But in the off-highway industry it will soon drive the way products are designed and manufactured. by Dr. Rafal Sornek, Senior Vice President, Fortaco Technology ------- In…

Still Waiting for the Robot Rapture

The popular press may lead you to believe that the Singularity is right around the corner. But a Fortaco welding engineer explains why robots used on big structures must dramatically improve before they’ll completely replace human welders. by Jari…

Engineering with Glass?

Lund University offers new ways of thinking about glass. Glass is generally treated by engineers as, well, glass. It offers protection from wind, insects, rain, heat, and cold, but many engineers don’t consider its mechanical properties when…

The New Reality of R&D

In the race to reduce costs, traditional outsourcing of engineering tasks may lead to higher R&D costs. But to stay competitive the OEM must still outsource. Fortaco Technology's Rafal Sornek shows how to improve R&D efficiency through…

How OEMs can get the most out of a supplier

"An OEM-supplier relationship is like a marriage", says Marcus Engman, Senior Vice President at Fortaco. We asked him to play marriage counselor and answer tough questions about OEM-supplier relationships. If we look at the OEM-supplier relationship…

Pay attention to these design challenges related to ergonomics

Functional cabin ergonomics is a result of many optimized factors. Basically, ergonomics means all interaction between operator and working environment. What comes to a cabin, it simply means that good ergonomics can maximize operator's…

How cabins reflect evolution of working environment

Working environment has always been there. Driver cabins have become part of it, as an essential part of working environment. One might say that the cabin is the working environment of the driver. Yes, it is, but one should also see it in a larger…

Well-designed cabin is an interface between driver and machine

Cabin design has advanced a long way since cabins were only to protect users during the bad weather and to provide just a functional working station. Today, an emphasis is also on the other criteria, like safety and working ergonomics, which means…