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Fast, Lightweight Robots Help Factories Go Faster

Robots have joined the lightweighting craze. The newer lightweight designs and materials of many robots, and their end-of-arm tooling, are helping manufacturers boost production times as robots pick up their pace, all while lowering energy costs.

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: Hybrid Machines, Standard CNC Work Together

When additive machining emerged a bit more than two decades ago, it quickly became a prototyping marvel. As design changes were made to a part or product, the result could be quickly visualized in a 3D solid part. Manufacturers also appreciated the tool, as it enabled them to see potential process problems in the actual cutting of the part.

Quality

Precise, Clean, Lightweight Joining with Laser Welding

Welding with lasers is a key enabler for a growing number of applications, such as lightweighting. Take, for example, tailor welded blanks (TWB), in which sheets of steel are tailor welded with different thicknesses, strengths, or coatings prior to stamping into formed parts. TWB was first introduced using lasers, and it allows designers to put thicker material where needed for strength, with thinner gages elsewhere.

Controls & Software

The CAD/CAM Challenge: Keeping the Complex Simple

To stay ahead in the game, manufacturers constantly seek an edge over the competition. With today’s CAD/CAM software, the builders of aircraft, automobiles and other complicated systems get the innovative programming tools needed to coax the most performance from complex, expensive machine tools.

AeroDef

Okuma Aerospace Center of Excellence Open to Manufacturers

Okuma America Corporation’s Aerospace Center of Excellence in Charlotte, North Carolina is open to aerospace manufacturers for use as a testing and proving ground for advanced CNC machining technology. Customers can perform test cuts and productivity trials to solve unique challenges and productivity issues.

Event Coverage

NAMRC Research Event Upcoming June 8-12

Session schedules and activity details are taking final form for the North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), the flagship annual event of SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI/SME). NAMRC and the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) of ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Div. are hosted together June 8-12, 2015, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. .


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