The February 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
Fracking has led to big changes in the oil patch and big changes in parts machining.
Versatile platforms handle processing with maximum efficiency.
Advancements and shop actions can reduce the difficulty of a challenging process.
Suppliers of metrology equipment are working towards making measurements easier, allowing greater use throughout the manufacturing process.
Waterjet opens up new design and manufacturing possibilities for engineering students.
Additive manufacturing is being used for large parts, energy parts and a lot more.
Two of the essential characteristics of any successful machine shop are speed and accuracy, but depending on the application, they can be relative terms. At EWW Enterprise Inc. speed and accuracy take on a multi-faceted meaning.
Taylor Machine Works Inc. employs some of the best welders in the business to meet customer demands, but even great welders can’t overcome the limitations of their tools. When Taylor decided to try Bernard Semi-Automatic MIG Guns and Centerfire Consumables, it discovered its talented team could take productivity up a few notches—and still produce the best quality.
The U.S. oil and gas industry has been completely transformed by fracking. Once an experimental sideline to traditional drilling, in 2016 hydraulically fractured horizontal wells totaled 69% of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the U.S. and 83% of the total linear footage drilled, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Fracking has only grown since then.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
With a shortage of young workers willing and able to do today’s factory jobs, manufacturers are taking steps to retain the older workforce already punching in. Among those steps is providing wearable robotics—also called “exoskeletons”—that help the body with overhead tasks or lifting from a squat.
Manufacturing automation is trickling down from the massive automotive assembly lines toward the “mom and pop” machine shop. As you take your first look at automation, consider the benefits of and barriers to this technology.
Next-generation lithium-ion batteries are poised to have great impact on power storage and improved performance in several industries, from mobile phones to automotive to satellites.
Junior and mid-level professionals with mentors advance more quickly, earn higher salaries, and are more satisfied in their jobs than professionals without mentors. Also, age and role don’t have to dictate the direction of a mentoring relationship. In engineering, manufacturing and construction, where technology is advancing quickly, senior team members can thrive with opportunities to learn from younger, more tech-savvy employees.
Millennials are technology natives; therefore, many of us are comfortable with and enjoy working within the digital world. We also like to roll up our sleeves and work on challenging problems in the physical world. In this article, Andy Henderson, vice president of Engineering for Praemo Inc. and SME Member Since 2015, uses his experiences to outline an example for a technology-focused career path in manufacturing and present some thoughts about reaching and attracting young talent.
In 2015, Utah announced a program that would have a lasting impact on the state by bringing industry and education together in a new way. Through Utah Aerospace Pathways, industry and education leaders have built a program that increases awareness of the aerospace industry and, in turn, increases the talent pipeline to that industry.