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Honda Wants Its Mojo Back; Machine Tool Orders Cool
 
Advanced Manufacturing Now
September 20, 2017
 
After Losing Edge, Honda Wants to Regain Its Mojo
After Losing Edge, Honda Wants to Regain Its Mojo
Honda Motor Co. used to excel in Formula One racing and its production of fuel-efficient engines for passenger vehicles. "There’s no doubt we lost our mojo – our way as an engineering company that made Honda Honda,” CEO Takahiro Hachigo told Reuters. Now the Japanese automaker is on a mission and has a plan "to regain its creative spark," according to the news service.
Replaceable Drills Tips in 1.5XD, 3XD, 5XD, 8XD & 12XD
Replaceable Drills Tips in 1.5XD, 3XD, 5XD, 8XD & 12XD
Sumitomo’s SMD Replaceable Drill Tip line has expanded to include 1.5XD and 12XD. SMD hardened steel bodies accept multiple diameters. Four drill tip styles are available to maximize performance, including the new SMDT-MFS 180º flat edge. The carbide tips feature patented wear resistant DEXTM coating and ground serrations for easy and precise assembly. Drill tips can be reground. Website offers detailed information and video.

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Machine Tool Orders Cool in July But Still Outpace 2016 Levels
Machine Tool Orders Cool in July But Still Outpace 2016 Levels
Machine tool orders fell 19% in July compared with June, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said in a monthly report. But July orders were still 23% better than in July 2016. Orders for the first seven months of this year also outpaced the same period in 2016. Senior Editor Bill Koenig breaks down the numbers.
The State of Employee Safety within Manufacturing
The State of Employee Safety within Manufacturing
Due to this ultra-competitive business climate, employee safety, no matter how ugly it sounds, often gets perceived as an unnecessary expense.
Saying that accidents are due to human failing is like saying falls are due to gravity. While true, it does not do much good in helping us prevent them.

This white paper shares how to reduce incidents through hazard awareness and by verifying the safety of people when an incident occurs.


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Car Seat Guy: Novel Way of Researching Autonomous Vehicles
Car Seat Guy: Novel Way of Researching Autonomous Vehicles
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, in a study funded by Ford Motor Co., wants to see how humans interact with autonomous vehicles on the road. A researcher was at the wheel, dressed up as a car seat. (He was dubbed "Car Seat Guy" by Wired.) That way, people wouldn't realize there actually was a driver. Naturally, this caused a stir about the mystery of the Car Seat Guy. Wired has more, including a video of Car Seat Guy donning his gear.
Achieve highest medical product safety with optical metrology
Achieve highest medical product safety with optical metrology
Join the Alicona medical webinar on Sept. 28th and learn more about:
  • GD&T measurement and parametric inspection of bone screws according to FDA guidelines
  • Form and roughness measurements even at the groove ground of an e.g. implant's thread
  • How to numerically verify stability and biocompatibility
  • Full form and cutting edge measurement of surgical drills, bone milling cutters and other surgical instruments

    Learn more and register!

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    China Sends Tungsten Prices Soaring
    China Sends Tungsten Prices Soaring
    Prices of tungsten have soared more than 50% the past two months. That's a big deal in manufacturing. The material is used to harden steel in drill bits. It's also used to harden steel in ballistic missiles. The reason for the surge: China, source of 80% of tungsten, is enforcing production quotas and "clamping down on polluting mines," according to Bloomberg.
    >How to Digitize Your Factory and Achieve Shorter Time to Market and Increased Efficiency
    How to Digitize Your Factory and Achieve Shorter Time to Market and Increased Efficiency
    Industrie 4.0, can be described as the consistent and automated use of every available fact, data and forecast to control the operational processes necessary to engage the market in the best possible way.

    This whitepaper explains how to launch your digital journey and receive the following benefits:
  • Reduction in development time and time-to-market
  • Higher productivity and efficiency of machine development
  • Shorter machine set-up times
  • Greater machine availability
  • Increased profitability of operation and machine
  • Increased flexibility and efficiency of production

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    CAD/CAM Aids 3D Printing
    CAD/CAM Aids 3D Printing
    New CAD/CAM programming and simulation software are helping additive manufacturing processes as 3D printing expands, Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak writes. His feature story, from the September issue of Manufacturing Engineering, discusses how.
    How to Stop Overpaying for Quality
    How to Stop Overpaying for Quality
    Developments in machinery have allowed for the creation of almost dimensionally-perfect products, but nobody can afford the skyrocketing prices.

    Instead of dimensional standards being of utmost importance, new technologies are causing a transition to functionality defining product quality.

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    How Robots, Shop Personnel Collaborate
    How Robots, Shop Personnel Collaborate
    Factories traditionally kept workers and robots apart. "A growing assortment of robots, software and implementation strategies is aimed at closer and more productive interaction between humans and robots," Contributing Editor Bill Kennedy writes.
    The Power of Inventory Control
    The Power of Inventory Control
    Legacy ERP solutions often do not reflect the physical reality of the material handling process. These legacy systems force the manufacturing enterprise to employ resource-intensive data entry that generates inaccurate inventory records.

    Advanced ERP systems improve inventory accuracy and reflect accurate tracking in real time. Download this report to learn more.


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    Factory of the Future to Adopt Over-the-Air Updates, Carbon CEO Says
    Factory of the Future to Adopt Over-the-Air Updates, Carbon CEO Says
    In the “factory of the future,” manufacturers will adopt over-the-air software upgrades, Carbon CEO Joe DeSimone said at SME's Westec manufacturing industry conference in Los Angeles. Carbon already uses such a system for customers. “The more people use it, the better and better it’s getting," he said. Brett Brune editor in chief of Smart Manufacturing, has more.
    Italy will be Exhibiting at Leading US Manufacturing Events this Fall

    Italy will be Exhibiting at Leading US Manufacturing Events this Fall

    The Italian Trade Agency via its Machines Italia project will taking part at a number of US events this fall. So Visit us at these shows to see for yourself how digital manufacturing technologies from Italian solution providers are helping to fuel a new era in manufacturing:

    World Maker Faire 2017
    Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017
    Fabtech Expo 2017

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    Colorado, Michigan Companies Develop EV Drive for Ford Transit
    Colorado, Michigan Companies Develop EV Drive for Ford Transit
    Lightning Systems (Loveland, CO) and New Eagle (Ann Arbor, MI) have developed an electric drive system that can be added to Ford Transit van, converting them to EVs. The system will be marketed under the name LightningElectric and is aimed at corporate fleets.
    Experience Cutting-Edge Manufacturing at CMTS 2017
    Experience Cutting-Edge Manufacturing at CMTS 2017
    Join thousands of manufacturing professionals, industry experts, and global leaders in machine tools and tooling, metalworking, and advanced manufacturing at Canada’s largest event for manufacturing technologies, best practices and industry connections.

    Experience a diverse mix of live technology on display, unrivaled keynotes, technical sessions including the Advanced Manufacturing Canada and RAPID Canada conferences, and signature networking opportunities.

    Special Offer! Register now and receive a FREE Exhibit Hall Pass ($50 value).

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    Boeing Stuffs $3.5B in Shares Into Pension Plan
    Boeing Stuffs $3.5B in Shares Into Pension Plan
    Boeing Co., facing a $20 billion pension shortfall, has transferred $3.5 billion of its own shares into its pension plan. "Boeing is betting it can keep producing the kind of earnings that push shares higher," according to Bloomberg. But pension experts told the news service the plan is risky.
     
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