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Machines & Automation

5ME and Okuma Join Forces to Demonstrate the Advantages of Aerospace Part Processing Via Cryogenic Machining

Two test facilities – in Michigan and North Carolina – invite aerospace manufacturers to present real-world challenges and leverage the advantages of cryogenic machining technology for production applications.

Viewpoints Blog

Not Everything That Can be Automated Should Be

The assembly cell was installed and running in our Mexican factory. We had used the Production Preparation Process (3P) to design this Improved Junction Box assembly area and were happy to see our hard work and ideas in practice. We had a compact U-shaped cell with right-sized equipment and low-cost automation. Machines had no changeover or were designed for single-second-exchange-of workstation (SSEWS) to allow mixed production and level flow. 


Precise, Clean, Lightweight Joining with Laser Welding

Welding with lasers is a key enabler for a growing number of applications, such as lightweighting. Take, for example, tailor welded blanks (TWB), in which sheets of steel are tailor welded with different thicknesses, strengths, or coatings prior to stamping into formed parts. TWB was first introduced using lasers, and it allows designers to put thicker material where needed for strength, with thinner gages elsewhere.

Controls & Software

Software Update: The Value of Virtual Plant Monitoring

Dave McPhail is Chief Executive Officer, Memex Automation (Burlington, ON, Canada). Manufacturing Engineering: What can a plant-floor monitoring system do for shops today? Dave McPhail: The achievable goal is real-time situational awareness and complete visibility of operations, or connected manufacturing. The vast majority of manufacturers today do not measure the results of their shop-floor operational efforts in real time.


The World’s First 3D-printed Jet Engine

Prof. Xinhua Wu, a professor of materials engineering and director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing, has led a team at Monash University that has 3D printed the first jet engine.

Event Coverage

NAMRC Research Event Upcoming June 8-12

Session schedules and activity details are taking final form for the North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), the flagship annual event of SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI/SME). NAMRC and the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) of ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Div. are hosted together June 8-12, 2015, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. .

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