The November 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
Tired of riding the red button? Simulation software is the key to safer, shorter machine setups.
The concept of attaching data to CAD models, such as GD&T, seems to be growing. Using model-based definition, the industry is beginning to take advantage of the technique.
Reconditioning solid tools is usually lower than the cost to replace them. What you must consider when picking an external firm to perform this service versus creating this ability in-house.
Reclaiming, recycling, and removing chips and fluids to maintain machining housekeeping.
High Torque retention knobs from JM Performance Products, along with dual-contact spindles and a combination of high-speed and conventional toolpath approach, have reduced cycle times as much as 40–50% for machining exotic materials like titanium, stainless steel and aluminum for Delta Machine’s aerospace, medical and automotive customers.
Service Mold + Aerospace Inc. is not your typical mold shop. While the shop’s core competence remains
the design, engineering and building of injection, compression, low-pressure, blow molding, glass-encapsulation and forming molds for the automotive industry, it has emerged as a contract build-to-spec supplier of parts for that industry as well as for aerospace and medical customers in North America and Europe.
What do Americans think about manufacturing? Are people aware of the vast number of manufacturing jobs available? Will U.S. manufacturers be able to hire enough qualified workers?
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
In the manufacturing industry, the importance of metrology, or the science of measurement, is often underestimated. However, inspection is critical for ensuring products work and operate safely.
Many folks talk about the future of manufacturing. They use terms like Industry 4.0, 3D printing, digital twin and mass customization to describe this glorious future. Hearing this so often, it might be easy to get cynical and dismiss it. But to get beyond the hype, observing the actual actions of companies helps reveal the reality behind the hype.
Ersin Uzun, Vice President of R&D and Director for System Sciences Laboratory, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), discusses how new representations and algorithms are helping to design, analyze and plan the manufacture of highly complex structures via new technologies.
Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce accelerator committed to solving the growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent crisis, which is fueled by the under-representation of women and ethnic minorities. Base 11 believes that by solving this problem, we can also help to establish a sustainable, inclusive middle class.
On June 22-23, SME hosted a Smart Manufacturing Working Group meeting at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) followed by an international workshop on Smart Manufacturing for the Factory of the Future. The meeting and subsequent workshop were convened to better define smart manufacturing and to develop a roadmap for addressing key issues and findings related to smart manufacturing.
Every manufactured part has a story—including how something is made, how much it costs, how much it can be sold for and if you make it again. A good manufacturing story will be filled with precise detail and accuracy, and will guide your future processes based on a truthful history. And this means your customers will want more.