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Advanced Manufacturing Now
October 25, 2017
 
A Simple Solution for CNC-Controlled Processing Machines
A Simple Solution for CNC-Controlled Processing Machines
Alpha Laser, based in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany, specializes in laser-based processing technology, and Schneider Electric, headquartered in Andover, MA., is Alpha Laser’s automation partner for its semiautomatic and fully automatic machines, including a CNC-controlled universal machine for manufacturing sensors. To be able to convert design data into automated processing sequences, Alpha Laser’s machines have controllers that understand G-Code, also known as NC-Code. Equipping machines with NC-capable controllers initially raised some issues at Alpha Laser.

 
Intuitive build software for additive manufacturing
Intuitive build software for additive manufacturing
With an intuitive workflow and easy navigation, the QuantAM build file preparation software accepts CAD exports in the form of STL data and allows you to prepare your model for the AM process. QuantAM is designed specifically for Renishaw AM platforms, allowing tighter integration into the machine control software and the ability to accurately and rapidly review all build files for Renishaw AM systems, including those from third party packages.

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For Heavy Vehicles, Self-Driving Is Old Hat
For Heavy Vehicles, Self-Driving Is Old Hat
In the auto industry, self-driving vehicles are all the rage. But makers of heavy vehicles, such as Caterpillar Inc. and John Deere have already put self-driving (and driver-assisted) vehicles into service. For example, self-driving Cat trucks work in mines. Senior Editor Bill Koenig has more from the October cover story of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.
Explore smart factory solutions at Integr8™, Automation Alley's Industry 4.0 conference, Nov. 9 in Detroit
Explore smart factory solutions at Integr8™, Automation Alley's Industry 4.0 conference, Nov. 9 in Detroit
Learn from the world’s foremost Industry 4.0 thought leaders as they discuss the smart technologies shaping our future at Integr8™, Automation Alley’s one-of-a-kind, global conference focused on the eight technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry, including IIoT, robotics, AI, big data, the cloud, additive manufacturing and advanced materials, MSV and cybersecurity. The day before the conference, on Nov. 8, Automation Alley will host an Integr8™ kick-off reception at the new Little Caesars Arena.

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NAFTA Talks Extended to 2018, Failure Looms
NAFTA Talks Extended to 2018, Failure Looms
Negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement have been extended to the first quarter of 2018. The next negotiation session won't occur until mid-November. Things aren't looking good for an accord that greatly affects manufacturing. ʺThe three countries, which will meet again on Nov. 17, have been unable to reach agreement on a range of issues,ʺ according to The New York Times. The extension may signal a ʺslow, painfulʺ demise for NAFTA, The Times said.
The New IoT Discovery Toolkit: A Game-Changer for Simplifying IoT for Manufacturing OEMs
The New IoT Discovery Toolkit: A Game-Changer for Simplifying IoT for Manufacturing OEMs
Did you know that by 2020, industrial IoT will comprise 16% of global GDP? With this rapid change, every manufacturer needs a smart, connected product strategy.

Join this webinar to learn about:
  • The new IoT Discovery Toolkit: purpose-built for manufacturers to test ideas on improving product design, enabling predictive maintenance, or streamlining service operations
  • What’s in the kit, what you can do with it, and the best-in-class IoT platforms that power it
  • How the Toolkit empowers manufacturers to get products connected and collecting data in 15 minutes
  • An overview of the Toolkit’s silicon-to-cloud security, scalable connectivity, and device and security maintenance

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Honda Details Work With Dassault
Honda Details Work With Dassault
Honda Motor Co. partnered with French software giant Dassault Systèmes "on planning structure, including a new model process development (NMPD) project," writes Brett Brune, editor in chief of Smart Manufacturing magazine. Ron Emerson, a Honda engineer described the work they are doing together at a Dassault event.
Protecting Your Workforce Starts with Knowing Who’s On-Site
Protecting Your Workforce Starts with Knowing Who’s On-Site
To keep your people safe in an emergency, you must know where they are and be able to quickly verify their safety. In this webinar learn about invaluable and innovative tools that keep those on-site safe and give first responders critical information about who cannot be accounted for before they put their lives at risk.

Don’t overlook this important webinar. Learn how you can keep your workforce safe and accounted for.

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Heading Off the Inevitable Hack Attack
Heading Off the Inevitable Hack Attack
Manufacturers have to step up efforts to block inevitable attacks by computer hackers. Manufacturing companies "must turn to a strong combination of cybersecurity software solutions and “hardened” hardware in their factory automation controls and networking equipment, and also deploy newer cybersecurity standards and best practices," writes Senior Editor Patrick Waurnyziak in a feature story in Manufacturing Engineering's October issue.
Data-Driven Manufacturing: Providing foundation for Continuous Improvement initiatives
Data-Driven Manufacturing: Providing foundation for Continuous Improvement initiatives
In this 50-minute webinar you'll:
  • Get an overview of the history of Continuous Improvement and understand how various systems, including Kaizen, Lean, and Six Sigma came into being and relate to each other.
  • Learn how Data-Driven Manufacturing provides the necessary support for any Continuous Improvement program.
  • Find out what is required to make a Data-Driven Manufacturing implementation successful.
  • See how a manufacturer can create a plan and process that will drive a Continuous Improvement initiative.

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Airbus Acquires Majority Stake in Bombardier CSeries as Tariff Conflict Continues
Airbus Acquires Majority Stake in Bombardier CSeries as Tariff Conflict Continues
Airbus said it will acquire a majority stake in Bombardier's CSeries jetliner program. Under the deal, the CSeries would be built at an Airbus plant in Alabama. The intent is to avoid large tariffs the US plans to levy on the CSeries. Boeing Co., meanwhile, said not so fast, according to Reuters.
Transforming Factory Data into Actionable Business Insights
Transforming Factory Data into Actionable Business Insights
Is your business leveraging the full value of your factory data?

Download our latest white paper to discover how an IIoT solution can help.

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Milling Machine Races Through Thoroughbred Parts
Milling Machine Races Through Thoroughbred Parts
Carbide Products Inc. (Georgetown, KY) is in the middle of the state's horse country. The company is "adept at producing small runs of very small parts to exacting tolerances with superior surface finishes," writes Senior Editor Jim Lorincz.
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:

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GM Closes Holden Plant, Ending Auto Manufacturing in Australia
GM Closes Holden Plant, Ending Auto Manufacturing in Australia
General Motors Co. closed its GM Holden Plant in South Australia, ending an era of almost 100 years of auto manufacturing in the country, according to Reuters. GM is moving to cheaper locations. Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. ended Australian operations last year, Reuters said.
Plugging the gaps: Improving your manufacturing leak test with data
Plugging the gaps: Improving your manufacturing leak test with data
Growing expectations for product quality and reliability are making accurate leak testing an essential requirement in the production line.

By better incorporating data into your leak test and making the test “smarter” with sensors, software and analytics, quality engineers and front-line workers can manage variables far faster and more reliably than they ever could before.

In this e-book, you will learn:
  • What data you should be collecting on your production line
  • The information delivered from a waveform / digital process signature
  • How to analyze and use this data to improve your leak test
  • The power of this data to improve your entire production line

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Unusual 3D Printed Objects, From Buildings to Bikinis
Unusual 3D Printed Objects, From Buildings to Bikinis
The Coolist website compiled a list of seven unusual 3D printed objects, which included everything from buildings to food to bikinis.
Automation: The Path to Survival
Automation: The Path to Survival
Maintaining the status quo is not an option for manufacturers who struggle to secure quality labor. Join us to learn how robotic systems enable manufacturers to deliver higher quality parts and maximize throughput, all while keeping their workforce numbers consistent and employees safe.

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