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AERODEF 2015: Getting Aero Performance at Auto Efficiency

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson


In his Keynote Address at AERODEF 2015 in Dallas, Michael Maher, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA, described how the US Dept. of Defense and the auto industry have necessarily had different approaches to light weighting and composites use—but finds common ground.

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FANUC, at Annual Open House, Displays Collaborative Robot

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


OSHINO, Japan – FANUC Corp. last week used its annual open house to display the production version of its collaborative robot – where man and machine work together instead of the robot being fenced off -- as the Japanese company moves into the market with a model that can lift more weight. The CR-35iA has a payload of 35 kg (77-lb). Full Article

Robotic Innovations Automating the Future Factory

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


As manufacturers aim at improving factory process efficiencies, new robotics present perhaps the best and fastest payback for furthering lean goals and boosting plant-floor productivity. The latest innovations in factory automation, which combine robotics, vision systems, metrology solutions and other factory automation systems were on display front and center at Automate 2015, held at McCormick Place March 23-26 in Chicago. Full Article

SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems Top Downloads

Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe


Just announced are the top five downloaded articles published in 2014 in SME’s Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS). Elsevier also publishes SME’s Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters. Full Article

3D Printers Given to Winners of SME Plinko Game

Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff


3D printers, symbol of the future of manufacturing, were given out at SME’s HOUSTEX 2015 show in a format based on a classic game show.An “SME Plinko” game was constructed at the SME booth at HOUSTEX 2015, held Feb. 24 to Feb. 26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Full Article

Ex-Apple, Tesla Executive Urges ‘Disruptive’ Thinking

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


A former executive of Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc., in a motivational speech, urged manufacturers to engage in “disruptive” thinking.“What can you give them (customers) that others won’t or can’t?” George Blankenship, the former executive, said at the MFG Meeting in Orlando. “What can you do that would be unexpected?” Full Article

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