The field of robotics and artificial intelligence is rapidly expanding in 2023, with tungsten emerging as a crucial element for their success.
Robotics is a field that encompasses the design, development, and operation of robots, with a history dating back to ancient times. The modern era of robotics began in the 20th century, and the industry has progressed rapidly with new advancements and breakthroughs being made every day. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar industry with a broad range of applications in manufacturing, healthcare, space exploration, and military operations. Recent advancements in artificial intelligence and the growing availability of rare metals such as tungsten have enabled robots to perform increasingly complex tasks.
Tungsten is a rare metal with excellent physical and chemical properties, including a high melting point, high density, high strength, and good conductivity and thermal conductivity. In the past, China has been the world’s major supplier of tungsten due to its large reserves of the metal. However, in recent years, there has been a growing demand for tungsten from outside of China. This has led to a more diversified supply chain, including the reopening of the Sangdong Mine in South Korea, which is driving significant development in the robotics industry.
One of the main reasons why tungsten is becoming an essential component in the production of EV batteries is its ability to improve the energy density of the battery. Energy density is a measure of how much energy a battery can store per unit of volume, and a higher energy density means that a battery can store more energy in a smaller space. This is important for EV batteries, as it means that the battery can be made smaller and lighter without sacrificing performance.
Smaller and lighter EV batteries increases space, weight and performance in electric vehicles.
In addition to its use in manufacturing, tungsten is also an essential material for the production of robotic arms and other heavy machinery. Tungsten heavy alloys are often used in the production of these parts, due to their high density and strength. These alloys are composed of tungsten and a small amount of a binder material, such as nickel or iron, which helps to maintain their shape and form. Tungsten heavy alloys are also highly resistant to wear and corrosion, which makes them ideal for use in robotic arms and other heavy machinery that is subject to frequent use and exposure to harsh conditions.
Another area where tungsten is commonly used in the robotics industry is in electrical discharge machining (EDM) processes. EDM is a manufacturing process that uses electrical discharges to shape and cut metal parts, and tungsten wires are often used as the electrode in these processes. The high melting point and good conductivity of tungsten make it an ideal material for EDM processes, which require high levels of precision and control.
EDM – Electrical Discharge Machining
Tungsten is used in the production of sensors and other electronic components used in robotics. Its high thermal conductivity and stability at high temperatures make it an ideal material for use in these applications. Tungsten is commonly used in the production of high-temperature sensors that are used in the aerospace and defense industries, as well as in robotics applications where extreme temperatures are present.
As the demand for advanced robotics, aerospace, and electric vehicles continue to grow, so too does the demand for tungsten and other essential materials used in their production. The growing availability of tungsten outside of China, such as from the Sangdong Mine, is good news for these industries as it ensures a more stable and diversified supply chain for this crucial material. Tungsten’s exceptional physical and chemical properties make it an essential material for the production of advanced robotics, and its importance will only continue to grow as the industry continues to evolve.
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Almonty Industries Inc. through its wholly-owned South Korean subsidiary, Almonty Korea Tungsten Corporation (“AKTC”), is pleased to announce that it has received a fully executed Utilization Request for US$13.7 million.
The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain.
The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate.
The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp.
Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain.
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