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Checking Blood Pressure with a Phone App is on the Horizon
Advanced Manufacturing Now
April 25, 2018
 
North Dakota State University Engineering Team Wins 3M’s Inagural Disruptive Design Challenge
North Dakota State University Engineering Team Wins 3M’s Inagural Disruptive Design Challenge
College students demonstrated their “stick-to-it-iveness” at a recent competition in St. Paul, MN. Four university engineering teams competed in the inaugural 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Disruptive Design Challenge (DDC) at 3M’s headquarters. Engineering students from North Dakota State University won the competition, becoming the first-ever 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes DDC winner.
Machine Way Cover Restoration
Machine Way Cover Restoration
Stretch your maintenance budget with Dynatect Way Cover Repair Service for any machine make or model. Telescopic covers can be restored to like-new working condition for far less than buying a new cover. Roll-up shades and metal way covers can be refurbished. Quick turnaround and expediting available. Repair facilities in Wisconsin and California.

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Tesla Cuts Corners: Manufacturing Processes at Odds with Best Practices
Tesla Cuts Corners: Manufacturing Processes at Odds with Best Practices
Jim Collins, Forbes Contributing Writer, opines about Tesla cutting corners when it comes to building up to current production, based on a CNBC articled published earlier this month. The article notes Tesla's use of reworked parts in its factories. Collins believes Tesla’s processes are totally at odds with best practices of major automotive manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors.
Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
EXAIR’s Super Air Knife delivers a uniform, high volume, high velocity sheet of air for blowoff, cooling and drying applications. Energy use is 1/3 that of typical blowoffs. Dramatically reduces air usage and noise when compared to other blowoffs – noise is under 70 dBA at 80 PSIG. Eliminates costly downtime of blowers. Large selection of sizes and materials available. Website offers detailed information, video.

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Some Firms Accept Arrival of Age of AI, Seize the Day
Some Firms Accept Arrival of Age of AI, Seize the Day
Remember the boy with endless learning capacities in the 2001 film “AI Artificial Intelligence”? He’s quickly coming to life. Today, AI is no longer fictional; it’s reality. In manufacturing, we can begin to manage increasingly complex supply-and-demand issues and optimize factory utilization by using AI systems.
Accurate and Efficient DFC Double-Sided 90º Milling Cutters
Accurate and Efficient DFC Double-Sided 90º Milling Cutters
Sumitomo’s new DFC Milling Cutter is engineered for exceptional precision and efficiency. The high toughness and special shape of this six-edge insert ensure long-term, stable cutting and high efficiency machining with high feed rates. Cutting edges are optimized to provide excellent surface finishes. Low cutting forces and high wear resistance result in a long tool life. Available in 1″ - 8″ shell mills in standard, fine-pitch and extra-fine pitch styles.

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You May Soon Be Able to Check Blood Pressure with a Phone App
You May Soon Be Able to Check Blood Pressure with a Phone App
One day soon a simple touch of a finger to a smartphone case may be enough to provide instant, accurate blood pressure readings. Researchers have invented a special phone case, using high-tech 3-D printing, that contains an embedded optical sensor on top of a "force" sensor. All a user needs to do is press a finger onto the sensor embedded in the case, "it provides measurable pressure on an artery in the finger in the same way that a blood pressure cuff squeezes an artery in the arm," according to a journal news release.
Olympus MX63 Semiconductor Industrial Inspection Microscope
Olympus MX63 Semiconductor Industrial Inspection Microscope
Olympus MX63 semiconductor industrial inspection microscope systems offer easy, accurate, and comfortable observations of micro-structures on wafers up to 300 mm. The microscopes meet international standards including SEMI S2/S8, CE, and UL. Advanced imaging technology delivers clear micrographs, and an ergonomic design helps minimize user fatigue.

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A Hot Topic at RAPID + TCT 2018: Economics of Metal Additive Manufacturing
A Hot Topic at RAPID + TCT 2018: Economics of Metal Additive Manufacturing
One hot topic at RAPID + TCT 2018 this year is the economics of metal additive manufacturing. Yesterday, Matt Sand, president of 3DEO Inc. helped business leaders understand how to implement AM. He discussed the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of the revolutionary technology, the economics of AM, and explained how to build a winning business case for its adoption.
Speed up Production – Rotary Workholding Solutions
Speed up Production – Rotary Workholding Solutions
Reduce part handling and shorten your cycle times with high-productivity rotary accessories from Haas Automation. We offer a wide selection of workholding solutions for all of your 4th- and 5th-axis applications, from compact air-collet closers to quick-change fixture plates to manual scroll chucks. In this video, the Haas Answer Man walks you through our most popular offerings.

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Research Provides Insights Into How Tungsten May Accumulate in the Body
Research Provides Insights Into How Tungsten May Accumulate in the Body
The once-universal assumption that tungsten poses little or no health risk to the general human population is now doubted. Based on a mouse study that is providing insights into how the metal accumulates in bone tissue, there are now safety concerns. The new research study done by chemists and biologists shows how and where tungsten accumulates in bones of mice exposed to the element through drinking water.
Don't Miss the East Coast's Leading Medtech Event
Don't Miss the East Coast's Leading Medtech Event
MD&M East is the largest and longest-running medtech event on the East Coast. Medical device engineers, R&D managers, and executives from across the Northeast and beyond rely on this event to stay on top of the latest industry advancements, including first looks at innovations yet to hit the market.

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US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.4% for First 2 Months of 2018
US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.4% for First 2 Months of 2018
February US cutting tool consumption totaled $190.12 million according to the US Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 3.5% from January’s $183.61 million and up 8.7% when compared with the $174.98 million reported for February 2017.
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Army Invests in Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center with a Focus on Training Workers
Army Invests in Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center with a Focus on Training Workers
The US Army plans to make a $30 million investment in the Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center that's aimed at bolstering its advanced manufacturing capabilities. The investment means the addition of 3D printers, plus a new focus on training the factory's workforce.
See the Latest Smart Manufacturing Solutions April 30-May 2 in Boston
See the Latest Smart Manufacturing Solutions April 30-May 2 in Boston
The Smart Manufacturing Experience highlights advanced technologies that are revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape. If you’re not using them to improve your operations, you should be. Learn from real people using smart manufacturing and see the real results they’ve achieved. Advance your knowledge by attending visionary keynotes, small-group knowledge bars, technology-focused conference sessions and workshops and much more. Come away with practical solutions for making SMART work for your business. Don’t get left behind.

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Sandvik Coromant, NAIT Extend Machinist Training Partnership to 2022
Sandvik Coromant, NAIT Extend Machinist Training Partnership to 2022
Sandvik Coromant and NAIT are celebrating their decade-long partnership with a new contract extension that will be in effect until December 31, 2022. The NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology is a state-of-the-art facility used for all machinist programs for hands-on training, machine time and course-work. The Center includes four CNC machinist labs, a metrology lab and a centralized tool crib, as well as smart classrooms, computer labs and office for instructors and support staff.
 
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