The December 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
U.S. economic growth is expected to continue in 2019, while outlooks for the aerospace and defense, automotive, energy and medical industries vary.
Powerful trends will push manufacturing close to complete automation by 2050, while the people still working in the industry will be empowered to rapidly innovate like never before.
Large corporations have IT departments with considerable resources. SMMs need all the help they can get to guard against and ward off cyber-attacks.
As metals and other materials get more complex, knowing what you are getting from your supplier, or what you have in stock, is more important than ever.
Chuck Fanslow founded Safety Technologies Inc. (Red Wing, MN) in 1994 to manufacture the AutoFlagger automated flagger assistance signs for work zone traffic control. AutoFlagger traffic control assistance devices are welded fabrications with their own self-contained power and solar power units.
With his substantial background in grinding, Glenn Bridgman bought the company he had been working for and created what is now Bridge Tool & Die. And with the purchase of the shop came decades of grinding experience, particularly with grinding carbide, which remains the shop’s specialty.
We tend to think of the manufacturing industry as an abstract concept, describing it in terms of trends, growth rates and output. And that’s a good thing! But, at its core, manufacturing is a large collection of people, all using the tools, ideas and other resources at their disposal to do their jobs each day. Of course, this is not exactly news to anyone in the industry, but many people make extraordinary contributions to manufacturing and those contributions can help to improve our society.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
For a glimpse of advanced manufacturing that’s out of this world, look 240 miles up in the sky to the International Space Station (ISS). Two entities are taking steps to form an interstellar economy with the ISS as an orbiting manufacturing hub—the Center for Advancement of Science in Space in Melbourne, FL, (managers of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory) and Made In Space, a Moffett Field, CA, firm.
Today’s machine tool builder has read many articles and papers about the emerging concept of digitalization. Here are three ways OEM engineering and management teams can view this technology and its impact as it shapes the production and sales process of the future.
As IIOT-enabled devices usher in a new era of connected factory floors, manufacturers must protect critical equipment at the edge of their production networks. Companies are rapidly investing in edge computing, which enables data and analytics gathering at the source, pushing computing applications, data, and services away from centralized locations. While managing operational technology (OT), security has traditionally been a major organizational headache, innovation in manufacturing has helped establish a go-to set of best practices for securing the edge.
As a graduate student, participating in NAMRC-XXII was an eye-opening experience and has been an outstanding memory throughout Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet’s professional career. By the end of the conference, she knew that NAMRC was one of the events she wanted to participate in repeatedly.
Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) is the regional workforce development board in North Central Connecticut; its objective is to help individuals overcome barriers to employment and build the necessary skill sets to meet business hiring needs. Through the American Job Center network, CWP invests in youth development, develops sustainable career pathways for adult workers and assists employers, all with a focus on sector initiatives.