The July 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
Designing and manufacturing plastic injection molds is a difficult way to earn a living. This feature takes a look at what the industry is doing to make it a little easier.
Advanced machining processes, tooling, controls and programming have moved the needle on the improvements possible in surface finish, accuracy and productivity for moldmakers.
With the latest enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, manufacturing engineers and managers get key operational data delivered quickly in order to optimize manufacturing processes.
Not only do tool presetters help keep machine tools operating, more advanced models provide data for use in smart factories and shops.
Van Dam Custom Boats machines various components for its high-quality boats in-house. The company relies on Mastercam CAD/CAM software to produce higher-quality parts and the software makes even the most challenging cuts simpler.
Peterson Machining invested in a Speroni FUTURA presetter, and with the new machine, setups have become so accurate and reliable that the shop has been able to set tools and use them throughout the shop, in different machines and operations.
Anthony Screw Products Ltd. installed a new PRAB chip processing and fluid recovery system at its plant. Costs associated with metal scrap and coolant were a major concern before Anthony received the new system, but now the shop has realized more than $212,000 a year in oil savings alone with the PRAB system.
After years of covering the manufacturing industry as a journalist, when someone tells Manufacturing Engineering Editor in Chief Alan Rooks about something new in the industry, his usual thought is, “We’ll see.” So when he got an invitation to visit the new “MTEC” space at Richard J. Daley College, a public, two-year community college, he figured it would be another institution with a somewhat interesting manufacturing technology program. But this time, he walked in and said, “Wow, this is amazing.”
Advanced Manufacturing Now
We all know the buzzwords circulating around digital data and the factory. You have heard them—Industry 4.0, smart factories, data analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI). The question we all have is how will this impact workers in the long term? What do these terms really mean?
When manufacturers envision the future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for their own operations, they’re likely to focus on its potential within the walls of their own factories. But with this approach, industry decision makers and their field teams are missing the full potential of sensor technology. Manufacturers can use IIoT technology and the sensors that enable it not only within their factories, but to fundamentally change their business models as well.
Laser welding is a superior technology for repairing defects in tooling, plastic injection molds, stamping dies, blow molds, turbine blades, and nearly any tooling component made of stainless steel, aluminum, copper alloy, cast iron, and all tool steels. Now, pulsed laser welding is being used to repair 3D printed parts as well.
BIG Kaiser’s “Breakfast and Learn” event, hosted at its Hoffman Estates, Illinois, headquarters, is by now, an annual event not to be missed for a great breakfast and technical presentations on the latest developments in precision tooling. The event is held in May, just a parking lot and a grassy parklike setting away from DMG Mori’s headquarters, where “Innovation Days” is held at the same time as the BIG Kaiser event.
When it comes to the production of high-precision parts for industries ranging from aerospace to medical, grinding remains the best, most cost-effective approach to obtaining fine surface finishes and tight tolerances. However, as skilled operators grow scarcer and demanding customers make high-mix/low-volume (HMLV) part production strategies necessary, the traditional approach to grinding these parts with multiple machines and multiple setups has become impractical.
Andrew Stucker, 2018 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Winner, and SME Member since 2018, shares how he came to want to be an engineer and why he would encourage others to follow the same path.
Manufacturing Engineering talks with Gene Granata, Vericut Product Manager for CGTech, about how simulation, verification and optimization has become critical for high-performance manufacturing operations.
The Charlotte, N.C., area has been successful in attracting internationally owned manufacturing concerns. Officials have also used a German-style apprenticeship program as a way to increase worker skill levels.
From August 22–27 in Kazan, Russia, something spectacular will happen relevant to all the talk and angst about the skills gap in manufacturing—the WorldSkills competition. More than 1,600 young people from over 75 countries will compete in over 50 trade skills—15 of which are in the Manufacturing & Engineering Technology group. This year, 22 young people (the most ever) will represent WorldSkills USA. But just five are competing in four of the 15 manufacturing contests.
Medical Special Section
AM, AI, automation and more are driving medical manufacturing advances.
The most demanding medical manufacturing applications are driving interesting innovations in workholding, tooling, and measurement.
As health care becomes more personal and portable, traditional machining of precision components is being married to 3D printing and “black” marking of medical devices.