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Manufacturing Sizzles in August
Advanced Manufacturing Now
September 12, 2018
 
Promise and Peril in a New Era for Automakers, Suppliers
Promise and Peril in a New Era for Automakers, Suppliers
The auto industry is confronting a new era that brings the most change in more than a century, Senior Editor Bill Koenig writes in the cover story for the September issue of Manufacturing Engineering. The new era of self-driving vehicles, formally known as autonomous vehicles, electrification (electric vehicles and hybrids) and ride-sharing services (expected to reduce the need for everyone to own a car or truck) are projected to shake things up massively. All will require investment. The peril part of the equation is that not all of the investment is going to pay off.
Avoid Replacement (and Tariffs) with Ball Screw & Cover Repair
Avoid Replacement (and Tariffs) with Ball Screw & Cover Repair
Dynatect offers repair through its facilities nationwide. All brands of telescopic covers and precision ball screws (even acme or lead screws) can be restored, tested, and quickly returned. Evaluations are thorough and free, and replacements are always quoted as an option. Expedited/Emergency service options are available. Visit Dynatect.com and choose “Repair” to learn more.

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Supply and (Uncertain) Demand for Electric Vehicles
Supply and (Uncertain) Demand for Electric Vehicles
What are the potential costs of the manufacturing upheaval likely to accompany mass replacement of internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles should EVs become "a thing"? Contributing Editor Geoff Giordano writes that the price of re-engineering—or even scrapping—some or all of the established automotive supply chain and its traditional machining equipment and machined parts is one of the great unknowns in the electric vehicle equation.
Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
EXAIR’s Super Air Knife delivers a uniform, high volume, high velocity sheet of air for blowoff, cooling and drying applications. Energy use is 1/3 that of typical blowoffs. Dramatically reduces air usage and noise when compared to other blowoffs – noise is under 70 dBA at 80 PSIG. Eliminates costly downtime of blowers. Large selection of sizes and materials available. Website offers detailed information, video.

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Changes in Industry Have an Impact on Center for Automotive Research
Changes in Industry Have an Impact on Center for Automotive Research
It’s not just automakers and suppliers that are being shaken by a new automotive era. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR; Ann Arbor, MI) also is feeling the impact of self-driving and electric cars as well as ride-sharing services. A new CEO, Carla Bailo, has revamped CAR's operations and focus. Senior Editor Bill Koenig talked to the CAR chief to find out more.
Advanced Simulation to Leverage the True Additive Manufacturing Potential
Advanced Simulation to Leverage the True Additive Manufacturing Potential
With more than 30,000 additively manufactured parts a year going into production aircraft, trains and high end automobiles, Additive Manufacturing has now become an effective industrial production technique. While AM brings valuable opportunities to the industry (weight saving, customization, decreased time-to-market), it still faces the same challenges other manufacturing processes face to meet high requirement applications. These challenges call for advanced, customized simulation techniques to optimize the design to print workflow and determine the optimal process flow much faster and at a dramatically lower cost.

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Manufacturing Goes Into Overdrive in August
Manufacturing Goes Into Overdrive in August
Manufacturing went into overdrive in August, a month when the sector normally eases off, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM;Tempe, AZ) said. The group’s manufacturing index, known as the PMI, was 61.3% last month, according to a monthly report. That was up from an already strong 58.1% in July. Manufacturing usually cools off a bit during the summer month. Senior Editor Bill Koenig looks at why.
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Digitalization Boosts Auto Parts Cell Production By 20%
Digitalization Boosts Auto Parts Cell Production By 20%
Increases in size and quantity of its orders led Wisconsin-based auto parts manufacturer Felss Rotaform LLC (New Berlin, WI) to expand operations through a new dual-robot machine-tending cell. To meet the continuous process improvement goals of the company, the new cell had to be safer, faster and more flexible than its previous manufacturing cells. Here's how it was done. 
2018 Italian Technology Awards Call for Papers - Deadline September 21st
2018 Italian Technology Awards Call for Papers - Deadline September 21st
ME is once again partnering with the Italian Trade Agency to announce its "Call for Papers" for the 2018 Italian Technology Awards. The Italian Technology Award Program is comprised of a competition asking upper-level students attending premier U.S. universities to submit a paper on the relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering related industries and the issues they face. Winners of the Italian Technology Awards, per each of the three award programs, selected as having the best submissions, will be awarded an ONE-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled Nov. 4-11.

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Cobot Fuels Plastics Manufacturer’s Growth
Cobot Fuels Plastics Manufacturer’s Growth
Step inside Pride Solutions LLC’s bustling shop floor in Hutchinson, MN, and you’ll see a shiny new CNC lathe turning out tube after tube of aluminum. While Pride’s machinists do more important things, a Universal Robot model UR10 collaborative robot (cobot) does the grunt work, loading and unloading the machine to keep up with high-volume orders. This is the story of a how a shop used a cobot to increase its growth.
5 (Easy) Tips to Improving Your Factory Floor By Poka
5 (Easy) Tips to Improving Your Factory Floor By Poka
In this White Paper, we’ll outline how the old way of training is falling short and how a shift in mindset towards continuous learning, combined with the right ‘factory-first’ technology can make all the difference.

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Manufacturing Loses 3,000 Jobs in August
Manufacturing Loses 3,000 Jobs in August
Manufacturing lost 3,000 jobs in August, the first decrease in sector employment in almost a year.Durable goods posted a loss of 4,000 jobs while non-durable goods, such as food and textiles, had a collective gain of 1,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Manufacturing last reported a monthly job loss in September 2017. Senior Editor Bill Koenig goes through the numbers.
 
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