The November 2017 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
Automation to change out pallets, verify workpieces, simplify job setups, and enable fine generator control are making EDMs more effective and easier to use.
Technology advances with updates, but low-cost models also added.
Laser cutting, a well-established industrial process, has seen major changes in recent years as solid-state lasers dominate new equipment purchases. The push now is better integration and speed.
With the latest software for nesting parts, fabricators and metalcutters significantly boost manufacturing productivity.
Manufacturing operations frequently leave workpiece edges ragged and part surfaces rough. Metalcutting tools produce burrs, casting processes create unwanted parting line flash, and welding generates built-up areas and splatter, thus, finding ways to remove burrs and improve part finishes is the subject of massive amounts of effort and expense.
Urschel Laboratories has come a long way since its founder William E. Urschel introduced the gooseberry snipper to Michigan canneries in 1910. One of the continuing challenges at Urschel is exploring new ways to streamline and improve the existing manufacturing process.
Within a little more than two years, all of ARS’s existing work centers had gone through Lean manufacturing events and all production employees had participated in at least one project.
Laser Specialists has grown into a manufacturing center and warehouse, equipped with a variety of laser cutting systems. Equipped with both three-axis (2D), and five-axis (3D) laser cutting services, the company has established itself as a laser cutting service center by providing modern, cost-effective cutting technology and services.
The vast majority of observers say we need millions of people to fill the skills gap, and that manufacturing jobs in the US are going unfilled due to lack of training and lack of skilled people. However, Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the Chinese search engine giant, has a different point of view.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
In manufacturing, new technologies are driven by faster, cheaper computing power that enables data sharing, more robotic automation, and smart factories. But other areas are moving rapidly as well, such as lasers used for material processing like cutting and welding.
Desktop Metal attracted attention earlier this year with its innovations in metal 3D printing, and there are other interesting aspects to the company and its technology too.
Measurement technology has become the “smart eye” for production, and 3D measurement must become an integral part of the production chain.
Innovative submissions are currently being sought for SME’s 2018 AeroDef Manufacturing Poster Challenge. The poster challenge is designed to foster interest and provide the aerospace and defense manufacturing engineering community with new perspectives and innovative ideas.
Master data itself is transforming from archival to transactional. Transactional data supports and tracks day-to-day operations and innovation.