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Manufacturing Tech Orders Surge on Monthly Basis, Fall From a Year Earlier

US manufacturing technology orders surged on a monthly basis in March but were still down compared to the same month last year, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today.

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It’s a Journey: Get Smart About Manufacturing

Whether they realize it or not, many manufacturers already employ some, if not all, of the strategies and technologies necessary to operate as a smart factory. In addition to lean principles, practically every manufacturer has implemented to one degree or another, advanced manufacturing cells and systems—i.e., multitasking, full five-axis machine tools and some level of automation. However, they often lack one key component: full digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing in terms of process control and operation monitoring.

Quality

The Ins and Outs of Inspecting Threads

Screw threads may be one of the most important of industrial fasteners. Found practically everywhere, smooth operating threads that connect parts under intense stress and strain are vital to most industrial pieces of equipment. They are getting more critical in certain applications where failure equals catastrophe. Leads, pitches, diameters, tapers, and angles must be uniform with tight tolerances as well as free of occlusions or defects. Manufacturers need to prove they meet quality requirements, and that the need to ensure quality is just as important upstream with the cutting tool itself.

Controls & Software

Smart Manufacturing in the Age of Digitalization

At this week’s Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series: The Digital Transformation event put on by SME (Dearborn, MI) at the NextEnergy Inc.’s (Detroit) headquarters, manufacturing executives and attendees got a glimpse of what it takes to reach cutting-edge smart manufacturing levels today, and how to gain competitive advantages in the IIoT-fueled future.

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Bell Helicopter Announces Program Relocations

Bell Helicopter announced plans to relocate several programs in order to optimize manufacturing capabilities across multiple plants. Effective immediately, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly in Lafayette, LA, will relocate to the company’s Mirabel Assembly and Delivery Center in Canada.

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Smart Manufacturing in the Age of Digitalization

At this week’s Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series: The Digital Transformation event put on by SME (Dearborn, MI) at the NextEnergy Inc.’s (Detroit) headquarters, manufacturing executives and attendees got a glimpse of what it takes to reach cutting-edge smart manufacturing levels today, and how to gain competitive advantages in the IIoT-fueled future.

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