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Auto Suppliers Face a Changing Landscape
 
Advanced Manufacturing Now
August 14, 2019
 
How Digital Tech Is Revamping Auto Manufacturing
How Digital Tech Is Revamping Auto Manufacturing
Digital manufacturing technology is changing life on the automotive factory floor, executives said at a conference panel. Among other things, makers of cars and trucks are looking to expand their use of 3D printing, learning to work with small startup companies and seeking talent with new skills. “Additive manufacturing is a huge priority,” said Mike Mikula, chief engineering of advanced manufacturing at Ford Motor Co. He was part of a panel at the annual Management Briefing Seminars held in northwest Michigan.
Verisurf Inspection and Measurement Software With Universal CMM Compatibility
Verisurf Inspection and Measurement Software With Universal CMM Compatibility
Verisurf Software is universally compatible with all new and legacy CMMs, providing a single inspection and measurement platform for:
  • Automated Inspection and Quality Reporting
  • 3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering
  • Tool Building and Guided Assembly
Verisurf Software is built on a CAD platform and supports all digital measuring devices and CAD files, ensuring compatibility, flexibility and reduced training costs.
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Breakthroughs Expand Turning Tool Performance Envelope
Breakthroughs Expand Turning Tool Performance Envelope
Advances in turning insert technology that promise faster processing, longer tool life and reduced cycle time are always promoted with great fanfare by suppliers and welcomed by manufacturers looking for a competitive edge. Manufacturing Engineering spoke with several cutting tool experts about recent advances in insert design and manufacturing technology, as well as developments in grade, geometry, chipbreakers and coatings that are expanding the envelope of turning performance.
TANG F GRIP
TANG F GRIP
As the newest advancement in single ended parting technology, the TANG F GRIP is designed to part-off in the X axis with very high feed rates. The insert has robust edge structure providing extra strength to the cutting edge to allow for reduced parting off times on all types of machines. The new TANG F GRIP X axis parting system has robust square blade with 4 pockets for superior finish and part straightness.
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Auto Suppliers Face Major Revamping Amid Industry Changes
Auto Suppliers Face Major Revamping Amid Industry Changes
Auto suppliers are likely to revamp as the industry shifts to self-driving and electric vehicles, two consulting firms said in separate reports. “This is not about economic cycles,” said Neal Ganguli, a managing director at Deloitte Consulting LLP and an author of one of the reports. “As a result of converging forces and macroeconomic headwinds, some automotive supply segments will face commoditization and decline, while others will experience significant growth,” Deloitte said in its study. Meanwhile, PwC said at a lunch event at the Management Briefing Seminars that major industry shifts are spurring an increase in mergers and acquisitions among suppliers.
Concentric Vises for Easy 5-Axis Machining
Concentric Vises for Easy 5-Axis Machining
Carr Lane Roemheld's high precision MCP-Z self-centering vises are ideal for 5-axis machining, and are repeatable up to 0.0004". In a range of sizes, MCP-Z vises are capable of 7 operations in a single pass. Benefits include high clamping repeatability, compactness, easy maintenance, stability under high forces, quick clamping without retrofitting, and availability of a wide range of jaws. Link: More on MCP-Z vises...
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How to Harmonize New Technology
How to Harmonize New Technology
Before harmonizing new technology onto the manufacturing floor, critical steps include determining the business problems to be solved and securing buy-in from all stakeholders, industry leaders said recently during an AeroDef conference panel talk on manufacturing production harmonization. As part of the harmonization process, open standards and open-source software need to be embraced to help offset the costs and reduce the risks associated with proprietary software solutions. Brett Brune, editor in chief of Smart Manufacturing magazine, has more.
Vitrek High Voltage Test & Measurement Equipment
Vitrek High Voltage Test & Measurement Equipment
Vitrek is the leading manufacturer of High Voltage Test and Measurement equipment. Vitrek products are used by national testing labs, R & D departments and engineering labs in a variety of industries including compliance testing, photovoltaic, medical equipment, power conversion, electrical component and appliance manufacturing. Our products include Hipot & Ground Bond Testers, Insulation Resistance Testers, Power Analyzers, High Voltage Measurement and High Voltage Switching. Vitrek’s recent acquisition of the XiTRON brand of high performance instruments expands the company’s portfolio to include portable calibrators for thermocouple and millivolt DC calibration, ballast testers, LED illumination spectral analyzers, programmable DC electronic loads, phase-angle voltmeters and digital milliohmmeters.

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Cobots, End-of-Arm Tooling Minimize Automation Barriers
Cobots, End-of-Arm Tooling Minimize Automation Barriers
Metal manufacturing tasks are still some of the dominant applications for cobots, writes Kristian Hulgard, general manager of OnRobot's Americas division. "But, thanks in part to new gripper technologies and simplified integration, we’re also seeing an increase in new applications, such as food and beverage and electronics," he says.
Carr Lock® System for Fast Fixturing, from Carr Lane
Carr Lock® System for Fast Fixturing, from Carr Lane
Accurately locate and clamp at the same time, with just the twist of a hex wrench, when mounting quick-change tooling on a subplate. Entirely made in the USA, the Carr Lock® System consists of a clamp, a liner bushing and a receiver bushing. Carr Lock is available for horizontal and vertical machining centers. Carr Lock® can be ordered alone or in kits combined with mounting plates. Link: Get more...
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Better Tool LIfe Through Advanced Chemistry
Better Tool LIfe Through Advanced Chemistry
Tool coating is ubiquitous. The variations are dizzying. And, we’re at an inflection point in the technology in the U.S., writes Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora. "So, whether you’re a tool user or a tool manufacturer, it’s a good time to dive into this topic," he says.
AR, VR, MR, xR in the Manufacturing World
AR, VR, MR, xR in the Manufacturing World
When should we use augmented reality? Will AR achieve the same benefits as VR? What extended reality (xR) platform best addresses your engineering needs? In this session, we will define these disparate technologies and work together to identify where they apply to your enterprise.
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Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing, Elementum 3D Team Up in Additive Manufacturing
Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing, Elementum 3D Team Up in Additive Manufacturing
Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM) announced a partnership with additive materials company Elementum 3D. The duo will collaborate to create new opportunities for entry into the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. Elementum 3D is supplying KAM with advanced materials for additive manufacturing. Kam was founded by NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski.
Demystifying 3D Printed Metal
Demystifying 3D Printed Metal
What kind of parts can you expect from a metal 3D printer, and do they vary from system to system? Stratasys Direct Manufacturing helps you make the right choice by breaking down popular metal 3D printing methods and their inherent strengths and differences in this webinar.
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