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Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Invest in New Technologies

Press Release - SME

3/18/2015

More than half of manufacturing leaders are planning to invest in advanced manufacturing technologies in the next two years, according to SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media. The findings are part of the organization’s Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities Report, which highlights results of a survey of manufacturing executives, engineers and managers on why companies are investing in and using advanced manufacturing technologies such as industrial robotics and additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Full Article

Aluminum Joining Manual Proves a Hit



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

3/5/2015

The automotive industry’s current emphasis on lightweighting—and the introduction of the aluminum intensive 2015 Ford F-150—has focused a lot of attention on substituting aluminum for ferrous metals. One of the apparent hurdles facing that substitution is how to join aluminum, both to itself and to dissimilar materials. Full Article

Not Going Down the Drain



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/1/2015

Metalworking fluids have never been the most glamourous part of manufacturing. That’s been reserved for areas such as additive manufacturing, where complete parts are printed from a digital file, one layer at a time. However, most manufacturing today still consists of parts being cut, shaved or otherwise machined. Full Article

Shop Solutions: HBA Inserts are Cost Cutters for Hard Metals



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2015

As part of its Lean Manufacturing Initiative, Mike Alfonso, president, Grand Traverse Machine (GTM; Traverse City, MI) established a regular Thursday morning meeting to discuss tooling issues and opportunities. The family-owned shop specializes in high-precision manufacturing applications and has grown from a three-man operation in a 2000 ft2 (185 m2) facility in 1966 to a 29,000 ft2 (2694-m2) plant employing 70 people on two shifts seven days a week. Full Article

Advanced Technologies for Machining Oil-Field Parts



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/23/2015

Despite falling oil prices, the investment valve in the oil and gas industry remains on—for now—as manufacturers continue their race to provide large, precision parts for fracking, subsea drilling and other related activities. But as anybody in the energy sector knows: this is the land of boom or bust. So when the going is good, the industry can’t source pumps, drill bits and drilling equipment, tubular stock, and valves fast enough. Full Article

Never Out of Style in the Shop: Classic Lean Techniques



Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

2/1/2015

About five months ago, a member of the Lean Business System group on LinkedIn posed the question: “Can you describe lean with one word? Or at most three?” The most common answers were things like “waste-free” or “efficiency,” plus phrases that echo “continuous improvement.” But perhaps the most popular submission—and there were over 400—was “focused common sense.” Full Article

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