The March 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
But robots may never completely run production.
A single operator can sometimes tend multiple robots, each of which are tending multiple machines—it all adds up!
The auto industry is adding more sophisticated robots, looking to 3D printing, and integrating other advanced technologies.
Fast, smart controls make short work of tall tasks.
Coatings, materials and geometries create innovative combinations, challenges.
IMCO Carbide Tool Inc. views micro geometry as being so critical that they desired a measuring technology tailored for only those types of measurements. Alicona Corp. delivered that with its EdgeMaster system.
The University of Michigan’s Formula SAE team designs, builds and races open-wheel prototype cars with the help of sponsors such as Seco Tools. The process gives students a hands-on, real-world perspective on manufacturing.
Metalworking is a great industry that makes a major contribution to the U.S. economy, but it doesn’t typically attract movie idols or sports stars. That changed when NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski joined the ranks of metalworking entrepreneurs.
Advanced Manufacturing Now
Providers of automation equipment and software are anticipating a new trend: customers are not just automating their traditional subtractive methods, they are also looking to automate their hybrid manufacturing processes (combined additive and subtractive processes) to take advantage of the main benefit of any flexible manufacturing system (FMS): establishing a reliable, consistent process and production flow that can operate 24/7.
Today’s virtual technology enables faster and better product development. Planes, trains and automobiles are defined in CAD, subjected to virtual tests to see how they might fail, re-designed, virtually manufactured and virtually shown to customers to confirm market acceptance. Yet, it still takes three to five years to develop planes, trains and automobiles (or their subsystems).
Most anyone who’s worked in a machine shop for any length of time has at some point attended a trade show or machine tool distributor’s open house. There they see canned demonstrations of CNC machines busily carving up chunks of brass, mild steel, or aluminum. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see some real parts being machined, preferably from a difficult-to-machine material?
Manufacturing got smart when companies figured out how to make products in one market and sell them in another. Today, we call this supply chain logistics. But somewhere along the way, the innovation chain connecting supply (manufacturing) and logistics (the supporting infrastructure) started to diverge.
Technology is improving at a rapid pace, and these developments are being incorporated into the manufacturing industry. In this article, Hai Doan, mechanical engineering research assistant at University of Alberta and SME Member since 2018, talks on how pursuing a master’s degree could benefit the careers of engineering students or young professionals by increasing their experience and technical knowledge.
Manufacturing Engineering talks with CNC Software Inc. about what to expect with the release of Mastercam 2020 and the latest news from the company. Also, read about what’s new with other software suites including Siemens PLM Software, NanoCAM4, hyperMILL 2019.1 and DFMA 2019.
SkillsUSA wields a large shovel, but we have a big hole to fill. That hole is in the American economy and it is called the skills gap—the widening gap between the jobs available and the skilled workers ready to fill them. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s workforce by helping students develop personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
When Montez King, executive director, National Institute of Metalworking Skills tours a manufacturing company, he always asks, “What makes this department thrive?” It’s a hopeful, positive question that initially lights the eyes. Sometimes that light dims almost instantaneously as the question can reveal ways in which the department is not performing up to its potential. The kernel for improvement is often training.