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Machines & Automation

Shops Migrate to Higher Value Parts Making

Following the money trail is a police-drama honored way of sorting out the usual suspects in solving a crime. Keeping an eye on the money is also a good strategy for shops looking to remain competitive, as well as a bigger payday. Today, adopting five-axis machine technology is a tried and true method of producing more complex workpieces with higher value in both the raw and the machined states.

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: Let's Celebrate the Olympians of the Trades!

The WorldSkills Competition was established in 1950. It’s the world’s largest professional education event. Competitors from more than 72 countries and regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa simulate real work challenges that must be completed to international standards of quality. Nearly 1000 adolescents under the age of 24 compete.

Quality

In Defense, a New Focus on Project Management Process

The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in manufacturing engineering and wants its suppliers to be world-class manufacturers. That’s the take-away message from DoD’s adoption of the new SAE standard AS6500, “Manufacturing Management Program.” In fact, DoD recognized the need for a new standard and partnered with SAE International for its development and publication.

Controls & Software

Software Update: Efficiency Software for Any Machine, Any Control

Pete Tecos is Executive Vice President at 5ME LLC. Manufacturing Engineering: What’s new with plant-floor manufacturing software? Tecos: There is demand for scalable, configurable, and comprehensive plant-floor monitoring software that provides meaningful data to drive sustainable productivity improvements.

AeroDef

In Defense, a New Focus on Project Management Process

The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in manufacturing engineering and wants its suppliers to be world-class manufacturers. That’s the take-away message from DoD’s adoption of the new SAE standard AS6500, “Manufacturing Management Program.” In fact, DoD recognized the need for a new standard and partnered with SAE International for its development and publication.

Event Coverage

Can the Maker Movement End the Skills Gap?

We in the manufacturing world have been watching the skills-gap crisis in manufacturing rise up around us. The number of baby-boomers retiring has become a flood while the number of young people interested in manufacturing slows to a trickle. Most of us, however, haven’t been aware that another cultural change is happening at the same time—a change that, if nurtured, could become a lifeline for manufacturers. It's the maker movement.

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