The August 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
Machining HRSAs starts with a stable machine, rigid workholding, and a very stiff interface between spindle and toolholder. For Dale Mickelson, Yasda product manager at Methods Machine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, MA) and author of several books on hard milling, tackling heat-resistant superalloys (HRSAs) requires the perfect combination of machine, workholding, tooling, tool paths and coolant.
About the time that the equivalent of a couple of vertical machining centers are going full bore out in the shop, you’ll know that it’s time to make that commitment to a major investment in horizontal machining center technology to keep up with your order book. Your mix of complex parts and families of parts, in combination with longer and regularly recurring production runs, will make it much easier to justify what four- and five-axis HMC technology can deliver, including a choice of automating technologies for untended machining.
Controlling cost and complexity starts in design. Capturing and applying experience in a disciplined manner is vital, for both design engineers and their manufacturing counterparts.
At Hirsh Precision Products, the culture is based on conducting business with integrity and core values of trust, confidence, and commitment. Machinist Steve Hirsh founded Hirsh Precision Products Inc. in Boulder, CO, in 1979. With a single Bridgeport mill, Hirsh machined small production runs and tooling and fixturing components for a variety of customers. His brother Mike joined the company, and the shop added an LC-10 Okuma lathe and a CNC Wells Index vertical mill with manual tool change.
To stay current with technology and peer into the future of manufacturing, take a look at our preview of IMTS—The International Manufacturing Technology Show, to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 10 through Sept. 15. In the following pages, ME provides in-depth examinations of each pavilion at IMTS, as well as previews of the products you will be able to see displayed at exhibitors’ booths.
3D printing continues its rise as a dominant force in the manufacturing industry.
Discover the latest in manufacturing software and CNC technology at the Controls and CAD/CAM Pavilion.
If you’re looking to take your EDM operations farther and faster, you’ve come to the right place.
The Fabricating & Lasers pavilion of IMTS shows how makers of machine tools have to keep improving their product lineup. For one thing, customer expectations continue to rise.
Makers of equipment to produce gears are highlighting new technology.
Additive, digital, automation, multitasking, hybrid…you will see them all at IMTS.
Reach into the IMTS toolbox for the latest advanced technologies.
Machine Components, Cleaning, and Environmental pavilion focuses on cleaning and green technologies, among other topics.
For applications requiring a high degree of accuracy and precision, this pavilion has the advanced technology needed.
The world of quality measurement devices and software continues to expand, and IMTS years are especially exciting times. If there is a theme in the many offerings—new devices, new software—it might be how quality devices are continuing to burrow their way into the heart of manufacturing on the shop floor.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
Alex Berry and his team at Sutrue Ltd. (Liverpool, England) exploited the benefits of 3D printing prototypes when developing two new automated suturing devices. They also coined a phrase to describe their prototyping technique. “We’ve taken a ‘create, print, test, tweak, reprint’ approach to solving the problem of creating our automated suturing devices and we’ve called it ‘multi-typing,’” Berry explained via email. Multi-typing at Sutrue is the ability to loosely design the same component three or four different ways, print them within a few hours, and test and learn from each prototype.
It’s easy to become dazed by the continuing stream of buzz words such as Industrial Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Thread, and Smart Factories. For those of us in manufacturing, all this buzz creates a sense of impending change, but no clarity on what that change might be. Uncertainty means anxiety. To their credit, the executives at Hexagon AB (Stockholm, Sweden) are trying to help by giving us their vision of how the buzz might turn into something real.
Manufacturing economics should be “Job One” for any plant manager or owner, and this approach should infuse operations all the way down to the shop floor. There should be full understanding that reducing time and increasing throughput are the keys to driving proper and efficient production. Is there a way to do it twice as fast? Is there a way to drive 30% out of your cost? Sometimes the solution is about the cutting tool, how it is held and how it is driven. Sometimes it is about how the part is held.
As a team of four manufacturing engineering undergraduate students from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA), we had our minds blown within seconds of walking onto the RAPID + TCT show floor when we attended the event, April 23-26, in Fort Worth, TX. Hundreds of industry-leading additive manufacturing companies showcased their products, opening our eyes to the different directions manufacturing technology is going in and manufacturing’s infinite possibilities.
Manufacturers, and all businesses throughout Ohio, are looking for talent to compete in a global economy that is rapidly changing. With these changes comes the need for better collaboration between businesses and education and training providers.