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A Third of UK Jobs May Be Lost to Robots
 
Advanced Manufacturing Now
March 29, 2017
 
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Conference to Focus on 'Crisis' in Auto Toolmaking
Conference to Focus on 'Crisis' in Auto Toolmaking
The auto industry may be constrained in introducing new models because of a labor shortage to make dies, molds, jigs, fixtures and other tooling, writes Senior Editor Bill Koenig. The Center for Automotive Research says the situation amounts to a "crisis" because up to 75% of tool and die makers at some companies may retire in the next five to seven years. The situation will be the focus of a conference next month.
Break through the CAD engineering bottleneck
Break through the CAD engineering bottleneck
ANSYS SpaceClaim® is a flexible, intuitive tool that enables users to work directly with STL files and leverage many automated prep tools for 3-D printing applications. These optimization tools smooth rough STL files, enable hybrid modeling with CAD and STL files, shell models to minimize waste, scale models and help create in-fills for ideal strength-to-weight ratios. To find out how SpaceClaim simplifies 3-D printing, try it now.
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Border Tax May Divide Boeing and Its Suppliers
Border Tax May Divide Boeing and Its Suppliers
A proposed US tax overhaul could divide Boeing Co. and its many suppliers, Reuters reported, citing suppliers and tax and trade experts. Proposed changes, including taxing imports at a 20% rate, "would heighten existing tensions in the aerospace industry," writes Alwyn Scott of Reuters.
Verisurf Software Quality Inspection Suite
Verisurf Software Quality Inspection Suite
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Trump, Brexit Helping Recruit Startups to Germany
Trump, Brexit Helping Recruit Startups to Germany
The UK's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as US president are being used to recruit startup companies to Germany, writes Brett Brune, editor in chief of Smart Manufacturing magazine. Stefan Franzke, CEO of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, discussed the matter with a small group of journalists Germany Trade & Invest hosted on a tour of manufacturing companies.
Digital Journeys. Real Transformation
Digital Journeys. Real Transformation
PLM pushes the envelope in product lifecycle management with new tools simulating manufacturing processes in richer detail than ever before. This webinar will cover organizations that have transformed their design processes and pushed the limits of their industries. Learn more.
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UK Manufacturing, Transportation Jobs at Risk to Robots
UK Manufacturing, Transportation Jobs at Risk to Robots
Almost one-third of existing UK jobs may become automated over the next 15 years, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a PwC study. Over 40% of manufacturing jobs and more than half of transportation jobs are at risk to robots, the Journal said. The figures are better than the US and Germany but worse than Japan, according to the Journal.
Grow Your Business By Successfully Selecting an ERP Solution
Grow Your Business By Successfully Selecting an ERP Solution
Growing and managing a manufacturing or distribution business in today’s global economy is complex and challenging. Learn how to choose the right ERP solution for your company by downloading this exclusive White Paper. Download now.
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Arconic to Supply Aluminum for Lexus RX
Arconic to Supply Aluminum for Lexus RX
Arconic announced a multi-year supply agreement with Toyota Motor Corp. Arconic is supplying aluminum to Toyota for its "all-new Lexus RX," the company said in a statement. "The vehicle debuted last year and became Toyota’s first vehicle in North America to prominently feature aluminum exterior panels."
3D Printed Jigs & Fixtures for Better Production Floor Efficiency
3D Printed Jigs & Fixtures for Better Production Floor Efficiency
The advances offered by 3D printed jigs and fixtures can add up to major advantages for your company. Accelerate time to market by employing this ground-breaking technology. Get the answer to the manufacturing of jigs and fixtures optimized for better production floor efficiency. Learn More.
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FCA US Opens New Training Facilities in Indiana
FCA US Opens New Training Facilities in Indiana
FCA US has officially opened its World Class Manufacturing Academy inside its Tipton, IN, transmission plant. FCA, in a statement, said it "showcased the state-of-the-art technology and unique hands-on curriculum that was developed to meet the needs" of its 8200 powertrain employees in north-central Indiana.
Design For Manufacturing in NX
Design For Manufacturing in NX
Design for manufacturability (DFM), at its simplest, is the art of designing products in such a way that they are easy to manufacture. The effects of a well-implemented DFM process can be seen in overall productivity, improved quality, reduction of scrap and manufacturing downtime, and a mechanism for continuous product improvement. Get More Information.
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PODCAST: Role of Small Manufacturers in Aerospace
PODCAST: Role of Small Manufacturers in Aerospace
Dimitrije Milovich, president and CEO of Radius Engineering Inc. (Salt Lake City), discusses the role small manufacturers play in aerospace. His company has fewer than 40 employees but has established a niche in aerospace. Milovich was at SME’s AeroDef Manufacturing Manufacturing Show in Fort Worth, TX.
Top Challenges to Widespread 3D Printing Adoption
Top Challenges to Widespread 3D Printing Adoption
To today’s engineer, the list of technical advantages is endless. And yet, companies still struggle to incorporate the technology into their product development and manufacturing operation. We surveyed 700 serious, professional users to uncover what users of 3D printing perceive as the top challenges their company faces in using AM now and will face in the future. Learn more.
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Alabama's Auto Boom Includes Crushed Limbs
Alabama's Auto Boom Includes Crushed Limbs
Alabama's auto parts industry employs 26,000 people. However, "Pay is low, turnover is high, training is scant, and safety is an afterthought, usually after someone is badly hurt," writes Bloomberg Businessweek's Peter Waldman. The writer describes the case of Regina Elsea, who died after being crushed by a robot.
RAPID + TCT 2017 - Accelerating 3D Manufacturing
RAPID + TCT 2017 - Accelerating 3D Manufacturing
RAPID + TCT is your destination for discovery, education, collaboration, and networking in additive manufacturing. What’s new for 2017? The two industry leaders in 3D technology events, SME and The TCT Group, are teaming up to bring you RAPID + TCT starting in 2017, ensuring North America continues to host a truly world-class event for 3D technologies. Learn more.
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Shop Upgrades Latest Tool, Cutter Grinder Technology
Shop Upgrades Latest Tool, Cutter Grinder Technology
Pro-Cut Tooling Ltd., a Hull, UK-based manufacturer, supplies and services a wide range of woodworking cutting tools. Senior Editor Jim Lorincz looks at how skilled craftsmen and the use of the best available precision manufacturing technologies have enabled Pro-Cut to efficiently produce and service woodworking cutting tools and to promptly deliver them to all parts of the UK.
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