The December 2017 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
Solid fundamentals support a 2% growth rate for the US economy in 2018; prospects for aerospace, automotive, energy and medical vary.
With the right cloud-based security tools, manufacturers can lock down and seal off factory-floor equipment from would-be hackers.
If you’re trying to optimize metalcutting speeds, especially in difficult-to-machine materials, “Heat transfer is the name of the game.” But what if you can’t use conventional coolant? Or it doesn’t do enough? Or you need to harden the part? Cryogenic cooling may be the answer.
The elements that lead to effective “smart” tool applications can be intimidating unless you engage with companies that can sort out exactly what is needed, what should be avoided, and what else is coming down the pike.
New materials for additive manufacturing are used for a diverse range of applications, including 3D paints for making human tissue-like cells; a hardenable stainless steel powder for surgical instruments; and a sustainable composite reinforced with bamboo fibers that resembles wood when printed.
To produce tight tolerance parts at a faster rate and remain profitable in a competitive market, machine shops constantly look for creative ways to improve on overall cycle time, including speeding metal finishing operations.
A modular toolholding system from Horn USA Inc. is helping Premier Industries, a specialty part maker, cut cycle time by 65% and cost per part by 79% in manufacturing precision pressure regulators.
When Hyundai Powertech prepared to launch a new eight-speed transmission at its Westpoint, GA facility, it turned to custom pushback racks from Steel King Industries Inc. to improve parts storage density and safety.
Virtual reality and augmented reality are advanced manufacturing technology tools—just like robotics, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things. And they’re being used by manufacturers in innovative ways, such as virtual assembly and improved process design.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
Tool presetting machines are a wise investment for machine shops that want to increase their machine utilization. Idle machine tools are often indicators of inefficient machining operations, and stopping a machine tool for any reason is synonymous to losing profits.
NASA is looking at 3D printing, using on-site materials, to manufacture humanity’s first deep space home.
Dassault Systèmes has been expounding on “platforms” and “experiences.” Close and rapid collaboration is required between different disciplines, such as mechanical engineers talking to electrical engineers. This is where the platform concept enters the picture.
As manufacturing companies become digital, they’ll accelerate right along with the pace of innovation. This is an exciting time for manufacturing, with challenges and many, many opportunities.
VKS [Visual Knowledge Share] develops an electronic work instruction solution designed to improve quality, productivity, and efficiency. Learn about the results of implementing such instruction solutions.
Scientists at Rice University (Houston) have found that high-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects, and then capitalizing on them.
How Delroy Nyren, instructor at White Bear Lake High School, started a new Manufacturing Career Pathway program.