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FANUC Becomes Partner of an NFL Team
Advanced Manufacturing Now
October 3, 2018
 
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Toyota Expands R&D Operation in Michigan as Part of North America Revamping
Toyota Expands R&D Operation in Michigan as Part of North America Revamping
Toyota Motor Corp.’s research and development operations in southeastern Michigan have emerged as a key piece in revamping the automaker in North America. The automaker has two R&D campuses in the area. A $154 million expansion included a new center that opened in early 2017 so Toyota could work more closely with suppliers. Senior Editor Bill Koenig interviewed Toyota executives and visited some of the R&D facilities.
Verisurf 2018 Software With Universal CMM Compatibility
Verisurf 2018 Software With Universal CMM Compatibility
Verisurf 2018 delivers true universal compatibility for all new and legacy CMMs without the need to update controllers or add additional software, plus you get quick programming shortcuts, added productivity features, increased CMM probing speeds and more, all through a familiar Windows® interface. Verisurf is the one source you need for complete Measurement Solutions. The power of Verisurf application modules, expertise, training, support and your choice of hardware delivers high quality application suites for:

 •   Automated Inspection and Quality Reporting
 •   3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering
 •   Tool Building and Guided Assembly

Verisurf Software is built on an open CAD platform and supports all digital measuring devices and CAD file formats, ensuring enterprise compatibility, flexibility and reduced training costs.

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Tesla's Chief Elon Musk, Normally a Disruptor, Gets Disrupted by SEC
Tesla's Chief Elon Musk, Normally a Disruptor, Gets Disrupted by SEC
Elon Musk, CEO of electric-car maker Tesla Inc., has been a disruptor of the auto industry. This time, he got disrupted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The agency, which had sued Musk for fraud, announced a settlement on Sept. 29. Musk will step down as chairman for three years. However, he will remain as CEO. Musk and Tesla each will pay $20 million in penalties.
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Auto Tariffs May Cut Industry Jobs, Imperil Profits, Analyst Says
Auto Tariffs May Cut Industry Jobs, Imperil Profits, Analyst Says
If the United States imposes tariffs on vehicles and parts, the move will cut jobs, slow the economy and imperil automaker profits, an analyst for IHS Markit said. Automakers and suppliers “have built a supply chain over North America over the past 50 years,” said Peter Nagle, a senior analyst for IHS Markit. “Those supply chains are at risk." Sales of large pickups, a major profit source, are likely to fall if tariffs are implemented.
NAMRC 47 CALL FOR PAPERS
NAMRC 47 CALL FOR PAPERS
The 47th North American Research Conference (NAMRC 47) is the premier international forum on manufacturing research. This event attracts more than 800 researchers and manufacturers from around the globe to share the latest manufacturing innovations and developments in manufacturing systems and processes, cyber-physical/ smart manufacturing systems, and materials.. Quality papers after review will be recommended to be fast-tracked to SME's Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS) and Journal of Manufacturing Processes (JMP).

To submit a paper to NAMRC 47 select one of the six tracks for submission via EasyChair.
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Durable Goods Orders Rise in August on Updraft for Commercial Aircraft
Durable Goods Orders Rise in August on Updraft for Commercial Aircraft
Durable goods orders increased in August after a surge in orders for commercial aircraft. Orders for commercial aircraft had a 69% updraft. Defense aircraft also scored a monthly gain in orders. Senior Editor Bill Koenig goes through all the numbers.
Gifts From Kenya
Gifts From Kenya
Businessman and Mechanical Engineer, Greg Burns was looking forward to his retirement. He was thinking about selling his manufacturing companies, so he could enjoy the fruits of his many years in business. And then he went to Kenya...

Humans of Manufacturing shares personal stories from the voices of manufacturers, while also showcasing how the industry today is advanced and highly-valued. SME is looking for individuals—from CEOs and technicians to students and apprentices—in the manufacturing industry that have a unique story to tell.

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FANUC Becomes a Partner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars
FANUC Becomes a Partner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars
Robot maker FANUC has become a partner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Fans visiting TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL, on game day this season can interact with one of five new robots located throughout the stadium.
3D Printing Workflow: How To Design and Print With Engineering Materials
3D Printing Workflow: How To Design and Print With Engineering Materials
When designing for demanding tolerances, the time and effort put into CNC machining setup, workloading, and programming gets labor intensive and expensive. Engineers and designers are able to achieve equally demanding tolerances using Laser-based stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing. Formlabs SLA printers create high-resolution parts at a fraction of the cost and footprint of industrial 3D printers.

What you will learn:
 •   How to prepare a design with demanding tolerances and 3D print a model
 •   How to use engineering materials and their respective applications for SLA printing
 •   Overview of SLA printing technology and how it provides high accuracy, precision, and tight tolerances

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EDMs Take a Big Step
EDMs Take a Big Step
Making EDM truly lights-out requires much more than auto-threaders and smart circuitry. It means investment in robots that not only load electrodes into the sinker but transfer them to and from a nearby machining center for processing. It’s a big investment in both time and money, but for anyone willing to tackle it, there’s no reason why expensive EDM assets can’t be kept running around the clock.
Discover the Newest Solutions
Discover the Newest Solutions
Attending the Automation Fair® event equips you with innovative strategies to help you become more globally competitive and productive with The Connected Enterprise. At the event, you will gain in-depth industry knowledge by attending hands-on labs and sessions. You’ll experience the latest technologies at exhibits and be able to network with industry experts and peers.

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SME Hosts IMTS Gathering About Work Skills Gap
SME Hosts IMTS Gathering About Work Skills Gap
SME, the publisher of this newsletter, spearheaded a discussion about developing the digitally savvy professionals necessary to close the skills gap in the 21st-Century manufacturing workplace. The event took place at last month's IMTS show in Chicago.
 
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