Technology is required to enable real-time detection of defects during the welding process. This could be achieved by a system that monitors parameters during the welding process and then analyzes changes, ascertains the presence and location of a weld defect, and if possible, its nature. Potential solutions should be suitable for industrial production lines and could be added on to new welding equipment such as welding robots and industrial welding stations. The detection of a defect should take about 10 seconds.

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A company is seeking a method for reducing the amount of water used in the production of 2-piece beverage containers. The main areas of water usage in the process are in cleaning the cans and in removing metal-forming process heat. The current multi-stage process involves a series of spray nozzles followed by a drying oven. Possible solutions include novel water treatment methods, reduced energy input to processes, and an alternative etching process. The technology should improve the cooling process and produce a clean surface on an aluminum can.

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