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Automotive Improves Automation
Advanced Manufacturing Now
March 13, 2019
 
Auto Suppliers Face Shakeout Amid Industry Drive for Electrification
Auto Suppliers Face Shakeout Amid Industry Drive for Electrification
Auto suppliers may confront a shakeout as the industry shifts to more “electrified” vehicles. Suppliers are “all groping around in the dark,” Michael Robinet, managing director of automotive for research company IHS Markit, said at a media briefing. “We know electrification is coming. Nobody has a real pulse when it is happening.”
Eliminate the Bottleneck with Zero Point Mounting
Eliminate the Bottleneck with Zero Point Mounting
Slash setup and changeover times to seconds with fixturing systems from Roemheld. Now you can maximize throughput, and easily process rush orders without disruption to your current batch. Don’t buy another machine. Achieve more capacity at a fraction of the cost. Easily adapts to existing fixtures, offering highly accurate positioning and repeatability.

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Auto Industry Improves Automation, Adopts Advanced Technology
Auto Industry Improves Automation, Adopts Advanced Technology
The auto industry is adding more sophisticated robots, looking to 3D printing, and integrating other advanced technologies.The industry is embracing collaborative robots and working directly with additive manufacturers. “There are many ways the new automation differs from what automation looked like back in the 1980s,” said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research.
LOGIQ4Turn
LOGIQ4Turn
LOGIQ4Turn or (CXMG) is a performance and economical upgrade to the high positive CCMT type inserts. The economic advantage is that this insert has four cutting edges, which is double that of a CCMT. The LOGIQ4Turn insert will also have superior performance due to the dovetail style clamping that improves the rigidity of the insert to pocket connection. There are two different sizes available, which are the CXMG 4(12) and the CXMG 3(09) sizes.

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Manufacturing Adds Only 4,000 Jobs in February But Outperforms Total Economy
Manufacturing Adds Only 4,000 Jobs in February But Outperforms Total Economy
Manufacturing added a modest 4,000 jobs in February. But it did better than the overall economy, which added only 20,000. Essentially, manufacturing punched above its weight. Senior Editor Bill Koenig goes through the numbers.
Bluco Modular Fixturing for Welding and Machining
Bluco Modular Fixturing for Welding and Machining
Established in 1990, Bluco is the leader in precision modular fixturing for welding, machining, and assembly. We deliver the highest quality components, tables, services and customized solutions in the industry. Bluco’s application engineers work directly with our customers throughout the ordering process; delivering a comprehensive modular fixturing solution. We are committed to providing exceptional products, outstanding customer support, and unparalleled service. Visit bluco.com or call 800.535.0135 for more information.

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Dassault Systèmes Tackles Tech Adoption Problems
Dassault Systèmes Tackles Tech Adoption Problems
Dassault Systèmes thinks it has a way to help companies maximize the use of advanced virtual technologies. How much better could it be? Executives would like to see companies develop complex equipment in a few months rather than a few years, writes Contributing Editor Bruce Morey. Airbus developed a new thrust reverser in record time using the tools available through a Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Center. 
Manufacturing Applications for Additive: Processes & Benefits
Manufacturing Applications for Additive: Processes & Benefits
Thermoplastics are the strongest choice for 3D printing. Manufacturers can truly unlock their strengths by using 3D printing and FDM technology. Learn how your manufacturing business can benefit by using FDM for primary applications by joining this webinar.

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LIFT Reaches Accord With U.S. Defense Department
LIFT Reaches Accord With U.S. Defense Department
Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a Detroit-based national manufacturing innovation institute, said the U.S. Defense Department has extended its cooperative agreement for another year. LIFT said negotiations are underway for a new long-term partnership. LIFT, which began five years ago, is intended to bring academics and industry together to advance lightweight materials for manufacturing.
Impact of Digital Transformation on the Employee Experience
Impact of Digital Transformation on the Employee Experience
The manufacturing industry is undergoing a transformation. Digitization of plant floors – from the internet of things, to artificial intelligence, mobility, and machine connectivity, brings technology to the forefront of operational strategies. Smart factories are no longer a competitive distinction – they’re a must for any manufacturer. This webinar will discuss how technology affects the employee experience and how to manage the shift to new practices to ensure a highly engaged and productive workforce.

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FMS for Hybrid Manufacturing on the Horizon
FMS for Hybrid Manufacturing on the Horizon
Companies are "looking to automate their hybrid manufacturing processes (combined additive and subtractive processes) to take advantage of the main benefit of any flexible manufacturing system (FMS)," writes David Suica, president of Fastems LLC. "The aerospace industry will be among the first to adopt the hybrid manufacturing FMS. The medical industry is surely close behind.
Delaying Your ERP Decision Is Costing You Money
Delaying Your ERP Decision Is Costing You Money
Today’s modern cloud-based ERPs help businesses function more efficiently and provide greater security against outside malicious attempts to access their data. Your competition has most likely already made the leap to a cloud-based ERP since 64% of SMMs are already using it. This means if you haven’t made the move yet you’re probably already losing money.

Learn more about the urgency of the ERP decision and why you should stop putting it off.

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A Personal Look at NASCAR Driver's Manufacturing Business
A Personal Look at NASCAR Driver's Manufacturing Business
Alan Rooks, editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering, recently wrote about NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski's new metalworking business. Here, in his regular column for the magazine, Rooks provides a more personal recollection of what he saw.
Ceramics Expo 2019
Ceramics Expo 2019
Explore uses for ceramics within the aerospace industry, from thermal barrier coatings in propulsion systems to carbon matrix composites in engines at Ceramics Expo 2019. Ceramics Expo is the leading supply chain exhibition and conference for advanced ceramics and glass materials, manufacturing and components. Participating companies include: Lockheed Martin, NASA, GE Aviation, Corning, 3M, SCHOTT and Honeywell. Register online for your free pass today.

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