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In Defense, a New Focus on Project Management Process

David Karr, Technical Advisor for Manufacturing & Quality, Engineering Services Directorate, USAF Life Cycle Management Ctr., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

7/1/2015

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. Full Article

Shops Migrate to Higher Value Parts Making



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

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. Full Article

Polytechnique Montréal Researchers Develop Ultra-tough Fiber that Imitates Structure of Spider Silk



Press Release: Polytechnique Montréal

6/23/2015

  Polytechnique Montréal researchers have produced an ultra-tough polymer fibre directly inspired by spider silk. They believe that composites obtained by weaving together tough fibers of the type they're currently developing could, for example, make possible new, safer and lighter casings for aircraft engines, which would prevent debris from dispersing in case of explosion. Full Article

Supply Chain Opportunities in Aerospace Manufacturing



By Scott Walker President Mitsui Seiki USA Inc. Franklin Lakes, NJ

6/5/2015

Airlines will need more than 35,000 new airplanes valued at $4.8 trillion between 2014 and 2032. The major aerospace OEMs are currently outsourcing about 40% of the machining to their suppliers, and that percentage will increase. Airplane factories want to build aircraft like automotive plants build cars. This means they require consistent, predictable output from their assembly bays. The demand on the supply chain is to provide exceptional quality parts and subassemblies exactly when the OEMs need them. While this paradigm is developing suppliers must be smart and agile to manage the peaks and valleys in their businesses. Full Article

SME Speaks: Lasers Grow Manufacturing



Geoff Shannon, PhD, Manager, Advanced Technology, Amada Miyachi America

6/1/2015

Today, laser technology in manufacturing touches all of our lives on a daily basis; lasers cut air bag material and weld air bag detonators for our in-car safety; lasers weld the batteries in many of our mobile devices; lasers drill aero-engine components for planes; lasers cut the glass for our smart phones and tablets screens; lasers weld the drivetrains in our cars and trucks; lasers cut medical stents that increase and enhance our lives, just to name a few. Full Article

Made in Space Says 3D Printing Will Lead to ‘Real Exploration of Space’



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

5/19/2015

3D printing will lead to the “real exploration of space,” the chief technology officer of Made in Space said today during RAPID 2015 in Long Beach, CA. Full Article

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