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Boston Dynamics Robots Can Now Open Doors
Advanced Manufacturing Now
February 21, 2018
 
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NAM CEO Says Trump Is Good for Manufacturers
NAM CEO Says Trump Is Good for Manufacturers
The head of the National Association of Manufacturers began an eight-state tour by praising the administration of President Donald Trump, saying its policies have given manufacturing more confidence.“Today, we’re going for the gold,” Jay Timmons, president of NAM (Washington) said during a speech at the Troy, MI, headquarters of Automation Alley, a trade association. “Manufacturers and manufacturing workers haven’t had a president so focused on our success.”
Helping Tier 1 & Tier 2 Suppliers Gain a Competitive Advantage
Helping Tier 1 & Tier 2 Suppliers Gain a Competitive Advantage
General Carbide manufactures inserts, punches, fastener components, parts and assemblies requiring a high degree of toughness. Our products feature superior resistance to abrasion, compression, corrosion, deflection, erosion torsional stress and wear. Vertical integration, flexibility and responsiveness to production deadlines of Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers make us the ideal partner. Let us apply 50 years of experience to creating customized tooling for manufacturing the quality products your customers require. Learn more at gencartooling.com or solutions@generalcarbide.com

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Roush Decides to Go Big Into 3D Printing
Roush Decides to Go Big Into 3D Printing
Roush Enterprises (Livonia, MI), active in automotive and aerospace and which fields a NASCAR team, has moved to adopt 3D printing in a big way. The company spent $4.5 million over 14 months on five additive manufacturing machines, software, facility upgrades and engineering personnel and equipment. Roush’s most expensive acquisition was a $2 million Xline 2000R powder-bed metal additive system from General Electric Co.’s Concept Laser. The machine has a build envelope of 800 x 400 x 500 mm, enabling 3D printing of engine blocks and other large parts.
Extra Hard, Durable PVD Coating on Round and Diamond Pins
Extra Hard, Durable PVD Coating on Round and Diamond Pins
LIFE-EX™ PVD coating on round and diamond pins from Carr Lane Mfg. is ideal for very abrasive or hard materials like exotic alloys and carbon fiber, providing a longer service life. LIFE-EX is very hard, and provides extra lubricity over hardened steel. In three sizes of inch or metric pins, these precision locating pins have a chamfered tip for easy part loading, and a shoulder to resist downward forces.

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Boston Dynamics Four-Legged Robot Can Now Open Doors
Boston Dynamics Four-Legged Robot Can Now Open Doors
Boston Dynamics continues to improve its four-legged robots. The company "posted a video of its SpotMini quadruped robot extending an arm out of its head to turn a handle," according to Wired. "With the dexterity of a tray-carrying butler, it uses its foot to prop the door ajar, then elbows it all the way open for its (armless) SpotMini friend to walk through." It's a bit unsettling to watch. You can view it for yourself by clicking the link.
Showcase Your Smart Solutions to Industry Leaders April 30-May 2 in Boston
Showcase Your Smart Solutions to Industry Leaders April 30-May 2 in Boston
Ford Motor Co., Boeing, GM, Smith & Nephew, Stanley Black & Decker and Lockheed Martin are just a handful of the industry-leading companies already registered to attend the Smart Manufacturing Experience. They know that smart manufacturing technologies are integral to their future success and are looking for suppliers and business partners that can help them make the transition to Industry 4.0 efficiently and successfully. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet hundreds of companies ready to embrace the next industrial revolution.

Visit smartmanufacturingexperience.com/exhibit to learn more and apply to exhibit.

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South Korea Shocked by GM Plant Shutdown
South Korea Shocked by GM Plant Shutdown
General Motors Co.'s decision to close a plant in South Korea, cutting 2000 jobs, has shaken the country. "South Korea seeks to prevent further job losses and provide support for a critical part of its manufacturing sector," according to Reuters. The automaker expects to decide the future of its three other South Korean operations within weeks. "The tensions also come at a difficult time for US-South Korean relations given US President Donald Trump’s determination to renegotiate the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement," according to the news service.
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Hardinge Agrees to Be Acquired by Privet Fund Management
Hardinge Agrees to Be Acquired by Privet Fund Management
Hardinge Inc. (Elmira, NY) a provider of metalcutting solutions and accessories, agreed to be  acquired by an affiliate of Privet Fund Management LLC. The transaction is valued at about $245 million. The purchase is expected to close during the second quarter of the year.
[Case Study] How Jabil Sees The Future of Manufacturing with 3D Printing
[Case Study] How Jabil Sees The Future of Manufacturing with 3D Printing
In some applications, the quality and consistency of the HP 3D-printed product actually exceeds that of traditional manufacturing. In addition, the overall part integrity of 3D printed products is improved over products traditionally made from piece parts.

The reason is simple: Traditional manufacturing requires a secondary process to assemble and test products made from piece parts; with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, Jabil is now able to create these former piece-part products as a single printed object.

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Harley-Davidson CEO Seeks Investor Patience Amid Slump in Demand for Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson CEO Seeks Investor Patience Amid Slump in Demand for Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich, in an interview with Reuters, said the company isn't looking to merge with a competitor or be acquired by a private equity firm. Harley is spending millions of dollars on product development and marketing, according to the news service. Levatich has been CEO for almost three years and "investors are getting restless," Reuters said.
The Competitive Advantage of Digital Manufacturing
The Competitive Advantage of Digital Manufacturing
Early adopters of digital manufacturing will gain the competitive advantage in pricing, product quality, and customer satisfaction. In this webinar, uncover how Industrial IoT (IIoT) empowers the digital transformation of factories and how this technology enables manufacturers to improve quality, eliminate waste, and gain the competitive edge. Host Willem Sundblad, CEO & Co-founder of Oden Technologies, will examine use cases for how manufacturing analytics can help your plant perfect production with actionable data.

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Trying to Narrow the Skills Gap
Trying to Narrow the Skills Gap
By 2025, up to 2 million manufacturing jobs are projected to be unfilled. Rather than continue to bemoan the problem, manufacturers are taking a multi-faceted approach to bridge the gap—not only for next year but also for 15 years down the road.
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Boeing's Target: Produce More Than 900 Aircraft Annually by 2020
Boeing's Target: Produce More Than 900 Aircraft Annually by 2020
Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC that the aircraft maker wants to build more than 900 planes a year by the end of the decade. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 commercial aircraft, or one about every 11.5 hours. "We see air traffic growing and passenger traffic growing at about 6% to 7% a year, and that's feeding airplane growth throughout the world," Muilenburg told CNBC.  
 
Machine Tool Orders Post a Monthly Increase for December, Gain for Full-Year 2017
Machine Tool Orders Post a Monthly Increase for December, Gain for Full-Year 2017
Machine tool orders posted a monthly increase in December as well a gain for all of 2017, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (McLean, VA) said in a report. December orders rose 5.5% on a monthly basis. For all of 2017, orders posted a gain of 8%.
 
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