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Trade Group: Robots to Boost US Manufacturing Jobs

An automation trade group says adding industrial robots to factories will boost manufacturing employment. “Robots certainly aren’t job killers but job creators,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation.

Viewpoints Blog

Flipping the Switch on E-Powered Machine Tools

Very few, if any, US manufacturers have embraced the idea of hydraulic-free, electrically powered (e-powered) machines—even though many European factories have been trending in that direction for quite some time. The concept is quite significant because nearly every machine tool has a hydraulic system and would therefore benefit from the switch to e-powered components.


Metrology Gets Connected

“Metrology and its relationship to manufacturing is rapidly evolving,” Ken Woodbine, president, Wilcox Associates, a brand of Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, RI), recently observed. “We are seeing larger quantities and faster speeds of measurement data collection. The next challenge is what to do with all that data.” Hexagon is expanding its focus, building off its base in metrology, toward an increased emphasis on optimizing manufacturing processes. Woodbine describes this expansion in a paradigm of the brand’s Sensing, Thinking, and Acting mantra.

Controls & Software

4-Axis Turning — Double the Output with Two Tools

The expanded contour machining cycle for Sinumerik CNCs now facilitates 4-axis turning on lathes. Two turning tools, opposite one another, machine the workpiece simultaneously enabling the machining time to be significantly reduced.  In addition, the two turning tools, opposite one another, prevent workpiece distortion significantly improving dimensional accuracy particularly on long, thin workpieces.


Technologies that Revolutionize Airframe Manufacturing

Two new types of noncontact laser measurement systems—ring laser hole inspection and laser bond-line inspection—have emerged in recent years to offer airframe assemblers the opportunity to significantly reduce cost, enhance quality, and increase throughput. How each works, how each has the potential to unify the global supply base while greatly improving airframe assembly, is worth examining.

Event Coverage

Methods to Host TechFest2015, 'Manufacturing the Future' November 4-5

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, automation and accessories, today announced they are hosting TechFest2015, "Manufacturing the Future," a major open house event that will take place November 4 - 5, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day at the company's corporate showroom and technology center at 71 Union Avenue in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

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