The October 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below:
For the most part, EDMing is an unattended, or at least lightly-attended process. Unlike CNC lathes and machining centers, where a broken cutter during the night can make for a truly bad morning, sinking a mold cavity or cutting a trim die requires little in the way of babysitting—why wouldn’t you let the machine run on its own after everyone’s gone home for the day?
From cutting various thicknesses of sheet metal and metal plate or different widths of tubing to navigating intricate materials or process issues, laser supplier offer novel solutions.
New technologies can produce the ‘holy grail’ of laser welding: spatter-free, no porosity joins. We asked laser suppliers to speak in-depth about a particular aspect of their systems or process development and provide real-world tips for users—or at least illustrate the power of current laser welding systems for those not yet using them.
Waterjet technology—cutting materials with a jet of water—is expanding. Use of waterjets is moving to smaller shops, where there may only be one or two such machines. As a result, makers of waterjet machines are looking to boost uptime and simplify how they operate.
For thousands of aspiring engineers, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is the highlight of their student careers. The competition invites high school and college teams to design, build and test technologies that enable rovers to operate in a range of harsh environments.
Manufacturing specialty parts to spec, as well as supporting youth-based manufacturing programs, has kept Marten Machining Inc. (Stevens Point, WI) strong and growing in the U.S. for more than 30 years. This now-large job shop continues to invest in equipment and area youth, crediting its use of five-axis machining as a key part of its success.
I just returned from IMTS in Chicago and my first thought was, “where will I be able to rack up all those bonus steps I got last week?” On the easiest day, I walked 7.9 miles, and I topped 10 miles on two other days. It’s easy to understand why. The show ran from Sept. 10-15, filled 1.4 million sq. ft. of exhibit space and had 2,563 exhibitors. And there were a record 129,415 registrants, up from the previous record of 121,764 in 1998.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW
More durable and versatile therapeutic wearable material, more accurate part measurement and improved automation and 3D printing were among the many technologies on display at this year’s Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East conference, June 12-14, in New York City.
Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. (Rockford, IL), which made its reputation with colossal machines, had a big week at the end of July. Early in the week, Ingersoll introduced a giant Mongoose (automated fiber placement-tape laying) machine it recently built. The next day, Tino Oldani, Ingersoll’s president and CEO, emailed his partners at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL; Oak Ridge, TN) that the University of Maine had ordered the company’s Wide and High Additive Manufacturing (WHAM) machine.
Manufacturers and fabricators build their reputation on the quality of the products they produce. A vital part of the quality process is regulating Foreign Object Debris (FOD), defined as any substance, debris or article alien to a vehicle or system which could potentially cause damage or prevent proper functioning of the system.
A look at what are the key cyber threats to manufacturing in the era of the IIoT/Industry 4.0 and the proliferation of digital manufacturing systems, and the worst threats, such as ransomware, denial of service, botnets, computer worms, and Stuxnet type zero-day threats, for manufacturers.
In Indiana, we make stuff. Diesel engines and generators. Caskets and hospital beds. Car parts and automobiles. Pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The list is as diverse as it is extensive. For 200 years, we have prided ourselves on our state’s ingenuity and determination. Hoosiers work hard and innovate. But manufacturing is more than our heritage. It is our livelihood. It gives us purpose, provides us with careers and helps us support our families and communities.
In manufacturing, the Internet is getting quite a bit of attention lately—and for good reason. The Internet is bringing our industry to new frontiers, to the promised land called smart manufacturing.
Forward-thinking CAD/CAM companies are addressing the emerging shift in manufacturing towards Industry 4.0. Where does CAD/CAM fit into this picture? Specifically, where does the software program you use fit into these goals at your company? These are important questions to ensure that your shop or factory is robust from a data gathering and managing perspective.