The January 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
It’s much easier than you think. As industry veteran Andy McNamara would have it, “getting customers to move into five-axis machining is all about giving them confidence. Changing their notion that going to a five-axis automatically makes things much harder.” And according to McNamara, director of sales for Doosan Machine Tools America, the most important tools in that effort are features within the control that make it simple to create, understand and prove out machining programs.
Achieving optimum cubes per minute is a function of the total machining system. It’s not too difficult to understand the importance of machining aluminum for aerospace applications. High volumes of aluminum are used, principally for structural components. Machining systems are purpose-built for high metal removal rate (MRR) production because of the overwhelming amount of material that must be removed quickly.
For certain machining applications, off-the-shelf cutters come up short. Learn how to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve part quality with a custom cutting tool solution.
Makers of workholding devices face a moving target. The machine tools they work with are changing. There’s more high-speed machining, more high-feed machining, more multi-axis machines, and new uses of coolant to reduce temperatures during cutting operations, and that’s on top of other challenges.
In a small town in northwestern Wisconsin, a dedicated group of engineers, designers, and machinists are working with a visionary management team on a concept that could have a revolutionary effect on general aviation and impact other forms of flight. EPS is developing a diesel-powered engine that can power private aircraft.
Technology came to the aid of Detroit Tigers management when they hoped to recapture some of the magic of the 1968 Detroit Tigers’ World Series-winning season. The 50-year anniversary celebration, held September 7-9, 2018, included on-field festivities in which the 16 surviving members of the 1968 team were presented with replicas of the World Series’ trophy. To make those replicas, Tigers’ management turned to the 3-Dimensional Services Group.
When the heat is on production equipment, threatening to shut production down, enclosure cooling systems can get parts out the door, eliminating loss of future production and downtime. That’s exactly what happened to Lasercraft Inc.(Fairfield, OH), a manufacturer of precision laser-cut metal parts.
Alan Rooks, editor in chief, tracks five manufacturing trends from 2018 and beyond that Manufacturing Engineering will continue to cover. Trends include workforce diversity, digitization, automation/robotics, cybersecurity and blockchain.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
There is a lot of promise in the coming adoption of Model-Based Definition (MBD) in industry. MBD is the practice of attaching useful information to a 3D CAD model, such as tolerances or material properties. This should be especially good news for manufacturing engineers. The goal is a consistent source of information that is traceable, from design to manufacturing and beyond.
Nobody knows just yet how the auto industry will adopt 3D printing. But Desktop Metal Inc. (Burlington, MA) is in a better position than most to make an educated guess. Both Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG are among Desktop Metal’s investors. The company also works with Volkswagen AG.
One of the key advantages of additive manufacturing is its digital thread, which allows for rapid communication, iteration, and sharing of a design model and its corresponding physical representation. While this enables an efficient design process, the flow of data opens vulnerabilities to cyber-attack. In manufacturing, these attacks are a threat to ensuring that products conform to their original design intent and to maintaining the safety of equipment, employees, and consumers.
Mark L. Michalski, 2019 SME president and SME member since 1992, reflects upon all his experiences working as an SME volunteer in many capacities; as a Member Council chair, traveling the country as a part of the Leadership Series team meeting with members and now as the 2019 SME president. He has learned many things along the way, and his most important reflection on SME is about the people he has met and how they have changed his life.
Boeing’s $1 billion investment and its impact as a driving force behind South Carolina’s $24.8 billion aerospace sector would not be possible without a powerful talent pipeline. readySC, South Carolina’s customized workforce training program, offered at little or no cost to companies, has trained 3,000-plus people for Boeing.
Organizational complexity is strangling innovation, productivity, and engagement. The time is ripe to crush complexity and simplify work. But simplifying is not easy. It is a lot easier to add complexity, like new structures, processes, and rules, than it is to strip something down to its core to deliver the intended function. Based on our experience, an effective simplification approach consists of three steps: get clear on purpose; organize; and reduce.