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FANUC Launches New IoT System for Smart Manufacturing Era

TOKYO – An enthusiastic Yoshiharu Inaba, President and CEO of FANUC Corp., the world’s leading supplier of robotics and factory automation, on Wednesday unveiled a wide range of new products -- collaborative robots, CNCs and easy-to-use human-machine interfaces -- at an invitation-only event for engineering and other executives from American manufacturing companies. But the big highlight of the day was clear: an all-new Internet of Things technology called FIELD that will undergird the company’s vision for the smarter factory of the future.

Viewpoints Blog

Lasers Advance Medical Device Miniaturization

The trends in medical devices today are clear: smaller, more effective, more reliable and less invasive. Breakthrough devices are continually being developed with the potential to raise the quality of treatment and produce better outcomes for patients. The challenge facing the industry, however, is developing the manufacturing techniques to allow dramatically miniaturized devices to be produced in sufficient volume and at attractive enough prices so they are available to the majority of people requiring them.

Quality

The Ins and Outs of Inspecting Threads

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.

Controls & Software

Two New Devices Focus on Securely Accessing Data in Legacy Machines

A trio of Mazak, Memex and Cisco is beginning to sell SmartBox, a device meant to securely manage manufacturing data—information on axes, spindles, temperatures, cutting times, downtimes and part counts, for starters—culled from machines that have been laboring in a sort of silence for decades. At the same time, a pairing of Forcam and Wago plans to release a similar device it calls the PFC100 Industrial MTConnect device before July.

AeroDef

P3 Automotive Unveils Mobility Innovation Center in Metro Detroit

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 20, 2016 – Representing the continuation of its significant North American growth over the past 11 years, P3 Automotive unveiled its Mobility Innovation Center (MIC) in Southfield, Michigan, announced plans to hire 100 employees by year end and committed to investing in research and development of new and advanced technology solutions to address the dynamic changes in the industry.

Event Coverage

GE Global Research Saves Big with Additive Manufacturing, Crowdsourcing

GE recently found a way to cut to three from 31 the number of parts used to make the fuel nozzle for its new LEAP engine—by turning to additive manufacturing. “That’s essentially because we’re getting around certain design constraints in traditional manufacturing,” Stephan Biller, chief manufacturing scientist at GE Global Research, told a standing-room-only crowd at the opening of the Mfg4 conference today in Hartford, CT.

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