Sandvik Coromant (Fair Lawn, NJ) was a sponsor at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) Machining Research Day, held recently at their facility in Prince George County, VA. With a focus on current machining technologies and challenges, the day included an impressive speaker lineup and panel of industry experts from manufacturing, academia and government.
The first of four machining focus days for 2018, CCAM’s Machining Research Day attracted manufacturers from aerospace and other industries for an opportunity to hear from industry experts about machining technologies and challenges. After the morning speaker series, the afternoon session included a panel discussion that included Sandvik Coromant’s William Durow, Manager, Global Engineering Project Office.
According to Durow, “CCAM’s Machining Research Day was a great opportunity to gather industry leaders and academia together in one room so that we can hear and understand each other challenges. New technologies are often developed in the academic world but they struggle with finding an avenue for that new concepts. Connecting academia with manufacturing allows us to identify opportunities to bring that technology into the manufacturing world. Connecting people is important and this is a forum was a perfect place to do that.”
The afternoon panel was moderated by Dr. Sydney G. Roberts, Director of Strategic Partnerships at CCAM and was comprised of industry experts from GF Machining Solutions, Kyocera and Sandvik Coromant as well as academics from UNC Charlotte, Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) and the Air Force Research Library. Topics included education and the future workforce, how to determine the biggest opportunities for process optimization in machining, handling new materials with low machinability, the role that process modeling will continue to play and how hybrid machining fits into the future.
The next focus day for CCAM is Automation Research Day on April 25, which will address the Intelligent Factory and challenges implementing Industry 4.0/Industrial Internet of Things concepts. The use of data analytics and collaborative robotics for applications that benefit manufacturing will be highlighted during the day. CCAM’s mission is to solve advanced manufacturing problems for our members. Dr. Jaime Camelio, CCAM’s Chief Technology Officer noted that CCAM “delivers value and ROI through process optimization, advanced sensing and modeling, and simulation for enhanced manufacturing.”