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GM Uses Drone to Patrol Tech Center
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May 16, 2018
 
Fire at Ford Supplier Forces Stop of F-150 Production
Fire at Ford Supplier Forces Stop of F-150 Production
A fire at a supplier to Ford Motor Co. has forced the automaker to stop production of highly profitable F-150 pickups, the Detroit Free Press said. The blaze occurred at Merdian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, MI, on May 2. That caused part shortages, forcing the company to suspend F-150 output at plants in Michigan and Missouri. The fire affected production at other automakers, including General Motors Co. and FCA. But Ford was hit the hardest. F-Series trucks (F-150 and Super Duty pickups) comprise the main source of profit for Dearborn, MI-based Ford.
From Powder to Polish, We’ve Got You Covered
From Powder to Polish, We’ve Got You Covered
At General Carbide, we have nearly 70,000 square feet dedicated to the production of specialty tungsten carbide preforms, and 50,000 square feet for finishing operations. Because our tooling is made from proprietary carbide grades, it gives you superior toughness, along with exceptional resistance to abrasion, compression, corrosion, deflection, erosion, torsional stress and wear. For tooling used in stamping/lamination, general metalforming and specialized fastener applications, tell us about your needs, and we’ll give you innovative solutions.

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Machine Tool Orders Surge in March
Machine Tool Orders Surge in March
Machine tool orders soared in March amid strong demand across the United States, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (McLean, VA) said. Orders reflected large gains compared with February as well as March 2017. Orders were also up for the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year. Demand was so high, some customers were seeking out used tools. Our story takes you through the numbers.
Rigid Roll Turning and Big Swing Lathes for Large Part Machining
Rigid Roll Turning and Big Swing Lathes for Large Part Machining
For deformation-free machining, Dainichi’s rugged CNC Roll Turning and Big Swing Lathes feature chucks connected to/driven by large diameter helical gears plus spindles supported by super precision thrust ball bearings and large diameter, double-row cylindrical roller bearings. Capacity: 70 tons, 30 meters. Industries include Steel Mill, Power Generation, Aerospace and Oil and Gas. Distributed by SB Machine Tools (IMTS Booth No. S-338470).

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GM Utilizes a Drone to Patrol and Monitor Technical Center
GM Utilizes a Drone to Patrol and Monitor Technical Center
General Motors Co. is using a drone to monitor energy use at its Technical Center in Warren, MI, outside of Detroit. The drone can fly programmed missions or be controlled manually. The Detroit Free Press prepared a video of the drone in action.
The NEW Equator™ 500 gauging system
The NEW Equator™ 500 gauging system
The larger Equator™ 500 system now enables the gauging of larger parts, with a working volume of 500 mm in diameter and up to 400 mm in height. The Equator™ system is a flexible gauge, designed to provide speed, repeatability and ease of use for manual or automated applications on the shop floor. Discover how you can improve your process control with the Equator™ 500 gauging system.

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Smart Manufacturing Experience Looks at Newest Tech
Smart Manufacturing Experience Looks at Newest Tech
The first Smart Manufacturing Experience produced by SME and Association for Manufacturing Technology, was held April 30 to May 2 at the Boston Convention Center. More than 2000 industry professionals attended the trade show and conference, which focused on the latest advanced manufacturing technologies.
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NAFTA Talks Focus on Auto Rules as Deadlines Loom
NAFTA Talks Focus on Auto Rules as Deadlines Loom
The US, Canada and Mexico are concentrating on "rewriting the auto rules at the center of the North American Free Trade Agreement," The Wall Street Journal reported. Negotiators are facing deadlines to complete work on revamping NAFTA.
Perform Surface Measurements on a CMM
Perform Surface Measurements on a CMM
The complete integration of the ZEISS ROTOS roughness measurement sensor on a ZEISS CMM ensures that you capture all the characteristics of your component in one measurement run. You can avoid time-consuming re-clamping on special machines for surface measurements and all data captured will be in one measurement report for quick analysis.

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Textile Company Scraps Clothing to Make 3D Printers
Textile Company Scraps Clothing to Make 3D Printers
When JDeal-Form (Oleggio, Italy) started using additive manufacturing to apply a micronized polymer coating to the underwire tips and bra straps it sold to brassiere makers, CTO Davide Ardizzoia grew frustrated with his AM vendor’s constant lateness. Ardizzoia, a textile engineer, searched for but couldn’t find an affordable industrial-grade 3D printer for his factory, so he designed and manufactured his own machine to bring the polymer coating operation in-house, writes Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff.
Horn USA Offers Precision Solid Carbide Drills
Horn USA Offers Precision Solid Carbide Drills
Precision solid carbide drills for steels and stainless steels are offered in diameters from 4.0 mm to 18.0 mm in 0.1 mm increments. Standard DDP drills for ISO materials in the P range are available in 3xD, 5xD, and 8xD with internal coolant ports or externally supplied coolant. Standard DDM drills for ISO materials in the M range are available in 3xD and 5xD with internal coolant ports.

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Embraer Breakup Complications Delay Deal With Boeing
Embraer Breakup Complications Delay Deal With Boeing
The complicated carving up of business segments of Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA is delaying delaying an accord to combine operations with Boeing Co. Reuters reported, citing three people with knowledge of the situation it didn't identify. The two companies said last month that they were discussing setting up a new company focused on commercial aviation, excluding Embraer’s defense division and possibly its business jet unit.
100% Accurate Sales Order Processing
100% Accurate Sales Order Processing
Save time, eliminate shipping errors, and increase customer satisfaction with Sales Order Automation. Free up time so sales reps can focus on product inquiries and growing your business. Get the Guide and learn how easily you can transform your order processing.

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Smart Manufacturing Celebration Explores ‘Future of Making Things’
Smart Manufacturing Celebration Explores ‘Future of Making Things’
Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) and Paragon D&E (Grand Rapids, MI) hosted the Smart Manufacturing Celebration, April 26-27, at the newly-expanded Paragon D&E facility in Grand Rapids. Attendees heard from industry experts about disruption factors manufacturers are facing, including in the automotive and aerospace manufacturing sectors, and how manufacturers can not just survive in disruption, but thrive in it.
2018 MForesight National Summit
2018 MForesight National Summit
In 2018, MForesight hit the road, conducting roundtables with thought leaders across the United States, to identify actionable recommendations for public and private stakeholders to restore America’s manufacturing capabilities, and capture the full value from our R&D investments. At the summit, MForesight will unveil these recommendations and explore strategies for helping them take hold. We’ll also hear from some of the nation’s foremost manufacturing experts, business leaders, and decision-makers about strategies for creating and sustaining manufacturing jobs, preserving our innovation edge, and maintaining global manufacturing leadership.

Join us at the Summit on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Register now!

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Clemson University Drives to a New Model for Educating Automotive Engineers
Clemson University Drives to a New Model for Educating Automotive Engineers
Clemson University (Clemson, SC) is taking a new approach to educating future automotive engineers. Melding advanced manufacturing research with shop-floor technical skills, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), home to the nation’s only graduate department of automotive engineering, brings together an interesting mix with teaching practical shop-floor skills to both graduate research students and technical students from the nearby Greenville Community College.
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