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Over the past few years, there have been significant advances in Information Technology that carry serious implications for PDM systems. It can be difficult to decide which PDM solution combines the right mix of fundamental and innovative features for your particular needs.
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This eBook series was written to educate Machine Tool Vendors on strategies that will help them achieve their ultimate goal of selling more hardware. You will learn how you can achieve your ultimate goal of selling more hardware and increasing your overall profitability. Part One - Software: The Machine Tool Vendor’s Dilemma outlines the challenges software represents to the machine tool vendor.
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When increased quantities of metal parts are needed, metal injection molding (MIM) is often a logical next step. Our free MIM white paper covers the multi-step process involved in molding metal parts, detailed technical specs needed for design, commonly used materials and a comparison to other metal-forming technologies like direct metal laser sintering and die casting.
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Day-to-day activities, such as maintenance, emergency repairs, commissioning new equipment or carrying out on-site checks need to be simplified due to the reduction in personnel and increase in workload. Use of the most advanced on-site instrumentation is imperative in order to maintain and calibrate today’s intelligent, high-precision equipment. GE’s Calibration Guide advises you on having the certainty of a job well done, wherever you are.
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Let Able Electropolishing improve the performance of your parts. Since 1954, Able has solved metal surface problems on millions of parts for a wide range of industries. Electropolishing provides micro-deburring, surface finish improvement, improved corrosion resistance and fatigue life improvement in one low-cost operation. We are capable of electropolishing nearly any metal alloy. From very small parts to vessels, Able is your reliable source for electropolishing, passivating, color anodizing, and laser marking.
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New possibilities are born of new capabilities. The ability to dramatically lower production times and costs on complex, low volume components is a true game changer. That is what 3D printing is bringing to the production of jigs and fixtures. Mainstream manufacturers are adopting additive manufacturing, some of whom are experiencing lead time reductions of 40-90%, and cost savings of 70-90%. Learn how you can improve productivity in manufacturing, engineering and design with additive manufacturing.
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Cloud-based systems reduce the effort needed for ongoing support, cloud users are able to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending to new initiatives. The cost savings, combined with strategic benefits in speed, scalability, and agility, argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud.
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The nightmares in this white paper and the associated prescriptive solutions come from our many years of experience working with quality engineers in manufacturing organizations. Pursuing software solutions to these and other challenges is our purpose as an organization.
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Multisensor systems can improve efficiency and reduce costs of measurement operations, but careful attention to details of system operations can help maximize return on your investment. Download this white paper by Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, for a better understanding of how these operations can result in quicker, more affordable measurement and improved quality and conformity of your end product.
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Machines Italia, a project by the Italian Trade Agency conducted in partnership with Italy's FEDERMACCHINE, the National Federation of Association of Manufacturers of Capital Goods, serves as your NAFTA direct link to over 10,000 Italian manufacturing solutions providers from every capital good industry. When you're looking for the competitive advantage that comes with innovative technologies, take a closer look at Italian-made industrial equipment. We connect you to partners who offer problem-solving, flexible design, expanded functionality, and creative, cost-effective solutions. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals. Explore this edition of Machines Italia and see for yourself how advanced manufacturing technologies from Italian solution providers are helping to fuel a new era in manufacturing.
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Autodesk® Digital Prototyping is an innovative way for you to explore your ideas before they’re even built. It’s a way for team members to collaborate across disciplines. And it’s a way for individuals and companies of all sizes to get great products into market faster than ever before. Read this Tech-Clarity white paper and see how you can design, develop, produce and sell products faster and more cost-effectively by taking Digital Prototyping beyond design and into manufacturing.
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Industry overview of Manufacturing in Taiwan.
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Special Laser Focus Section featuring articles on: Lasers Today: A Light Over All Processes, CNC-Powered Laser Innovation, Laser Use In Manufacturing Grows, Welding Applications Expand
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In the race to become more efficient, to increase innovation and create new and better products, engineers are vital and they are needed in greater numbers than ever before. With much of the existing engineering talent set to retire, employers are finding it harder to find qualified replacements with the right combination of skills and experience. This means big opportunities await new engineers who are keen to learn and innovate.
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Manufacturing Engineering celebrates the 2nd annual 30 Under 30 honorees. These young people have taken the road less traveled—and they deserve recognition for it.
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Robots deliver a host of benefits in a wide variety of applications, and are proven to transform productivity and efficiency for the better. Integrating them into existing facilities results in much faster output, higher quality and greater flexibility in virtually all production processes. Would adding robotic automation to your operation boost your competitive edge? Read the top ten benefits to invest in robots and learn about ten real-world robotic success stories.
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This case study explores how an automobile manufacturer improved workflow processes by installing a G-Force by Gorbel Easy Arm unit. The installation allows for superior control and speed, as well as an easier lift in the fast-paced work environment.
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The distinction between touch-trigger (single point) measurement and contact scanning is well known. And there are two types of contact scanning technologies: passive and active. Both record surface data based on the movement of a stylus connected to a scanning head. The difference is what goes on inside the scanning head. The more complex a measured surface becomes, the greater the advantage of an active scanning system.
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After decades of losses—of work, factories and jobs—the US manufacturing industry has clear momentum again, no matter how moderate it might be and how uncertain it might feel to those still feeling the sting of the Great Recession.
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Just as the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries was facilitated by the development of the steam engine and coal-fired plants, it could reasonably be said that technology-assisted manufacturing has been fundamental in the current technological revolution. At the heart of this transformation are CAD and CAM systems that employ cutting-edge technologies. Traditional CAM systems are no longer suited to the fast-paced demands of today's manufacturing industry. Efficiency and speed of delivery are paramount in the quest for reducing the time to market. The need of the hour is to actively apply tools and techniques that will shorten or overlap steps, minimize decision-making time and automate activities, from design prototyping to actual production, and from order placement to actual delivery.
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Manufacturing software supplement covers the many software technologies—CAD/CAM, product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and factory data management—employed today to create the innovative new products that fuel the manufacturing industry.
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The job shop is often a small business, started with just a garage, a machine and a single customer. As the business grows, the range of parts expands, and different industries are served. But with this growth there’s a nagging side effect: the owner becomes busier and busier. Buying more machines can help, but that also means more to manage.
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Companies often fail to innovate because it requires individuals to think differently, and often in ways that are counter to organizational culture and norms. Innovation implies difference, and difference is scary. For leaders of global organizations, the writing is on the boardroom wall: companies in the post-2008 economy must re-engineer their workforce models to become the innovative organizations of the future.
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“Lean” is always a moving target. In addition to optimizing the efficiency of processes you must also maximize high-volume production with minimum downtime. And if you’re standing still, you’ll soon be slipping backwards in the competitive race. Are you aware of the latest CNC machining technologies that can propel your lean agenda?
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Opportunity is knocking in today’s aerospace markets, especially in hot sectors such as landing gear parts and engine components. But since hot markets tend to draw a crowd, competitive bidding for jobs is heating up too. As a result, finding ways to reduce costs (and maximize productivity) is mission-critical for aerospace parts manufacturers. Also high on the list of needs is finding ways to streamline parts accountability and traceability.
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Using the wrong tool for the job almost always causes problems. And that goes for your masking tapes, as well. Edge bleed. Blow by. Seepage. Surface damage. Slivering. Bleed through. It reads like an injury report after an auto crash. But it’s actually a partial list of all the things that can happen when you use the wrong masking tape.
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Over the past 30 years, one of the most important changes in metrology has been the development of portable measuring devices. This has brought inspection right into the production line, as close to the part as possible. The change—sparked by the development of portable measuring arms in the early 1990s and the emergence of laser trackers shortly after—turned conventional industry inspection methods completely upside down.
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You may have noticed that more and more industry analysts have been writing about “the factory of the future” and the movement towards demand-driven, Pull-based manufacturing systems. Such systems provide a competitive edge in today’s environment because of their customer-demand focus and ability to drive velocity and on-time production while effectively managing the inevitable constraints.
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With an estimated 600,000 unfilled manufacturing positions across the country, the shortage of advanced manufacturing engineers, technologists and technicians is already impacting most industries. With the retirement of much of the core workforce over the next 10 years, and new generations not prepared to — or even interested in — taking their place, the manufacturing industry is facing a crisis.
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The MQL Handbook is a straightforward and informative introduction to the fundamentals of Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL). For a limited time, the handbook is free to download courtesy of MQL solution provider Unist, Inc. Unist’s Tim Walker explains: “One of the greatest challenges that MQL faces as a relatively new technology is lack of understanding in the market. We wanted to promote MQL in an educational and un-biased way. Our ultimate goal is to win converts to MQL once people understand the technology exists and the benefits and the basic principles behind it.”
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This report is intended to dispel the notion that an adequate supply of skilled employees is beyond the reach of American manufacturers. In fact, there are several choices that American manufacturers can make to ensure a pipeline of talent for the foreseeable future. However, manufacturers must be strategic in their thinking and rigorous in their execution of these options. With that in mind, America’s SMMs can fill their skilled worker gaps before they become insurmountable challenges.
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Medical device manufacturing while being driven by innovation and regulation, faces many challenges with both. The focus of this survey was on the actual manufacturing of devices. Conducted in January and February through online surveys, this report is based on 291 responses. The respondents represent the many different roles in the medical device manufacturing industry; from finished goods manufacturers to equipment suppliers in the US and Canada.

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