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The Ins and Outs of Inspecting Threads

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


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. Full Article

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Announces Partnership with Hendrick Motorsports

Press Release - Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence


Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and Hendrick Motorsports,winner of a record 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, today announced a landmark technology partnership. The two-year agreement effectively merges metrology expertise and technology with the brightest engineering minds in auto racing. The relationship will expand Hendrick Motorsports’ in-house capabilities with additional measurement systems, training and expert technical support. Full Article

Hexagon Acquires FTI, a Provider of Manufacturing Software Solutions

Press Release - Hexagon


Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, today announced the acquisition of Forming Technology Inc. (FTI), a provider of innovative manufacturing software solutions designed to reduce the development time and material costs of sheet metal components. Full Article

Optical Metrology and Automation – a Natural Fit

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Automation in manufacturing is more important than ever, reducing costs and improving quality. While it is important in assembling cars, machining engines, or drilling holes in airframes, is it important to metrology operations as well? “Absolutely,” explained Michael Kleemann, engineering manager VRSI (Plymouth, MI). “The evolution of automated measurement is tightly linked with the evolution of automated manufacturing in general. As manufacturing automation becomes more powerful and flexible, it requires more measurement and closed-loop control. Full Article

For Honda, NSX Is More Than Image

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Honda Motor Co. is using the new NSX super car to experiment with manufacturing Full Article

Consistent Networking Must Reach the Shop Floor



Many terms but just one trend: Industry 4.0, smart factory, or the Industrial Internet of Things. The future of machining will be a more networked one due to increased challenges in the machining sector, not just in terms of high volumes, but because even a batch size of one has to be produced to a high standard of quality, and procedures must be documented. Full Article

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