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AMT: US Manufacturing Tech Orders End Sour 2015 With a Gain

US manufacturing technology orders surged in December while posting a sizable decline for all of 2015, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today.

Viewpoints Blog

Are You Ready for the Digital Decision Makers?

The world is in the midst of another major industrial evolution—a digital one that continues to impact manufacturing at levels comparable to those of the driven conveyor assembly line, interchangeable parts concept and computer numerical control (CNC). But most significantly, it has altered the dynamics of the industrial purchasing process. Customer expectations have changed, especially as younger generations enter the manufacturing sector.

Quality

Medical Metrology Advances

Devices manufactured for the medical community have always presented unique challenges. Medical devices tend to be small and intricate, human compatible, and need to follow strict regulatory guidelines. Adding to the challenge today is that demand for these devices is growing, as are pressures to make the devices in the most cost-effective manner. “We are seeing two trends in medical device manufacturing right now,” said Jeff Petersen, vice president, sales for Fowler Precision (Newton, MA).

Controls & Software

Cisco Buying IoT Developer Jasper for $1.4B

With its $1.4-billion move this week to purchase Internet of Things (IoT) software developer Jasper Technologies (Santa Clara, CA), networking giant Cisco (San Jose, CA) will add a major asset to its arsenal in the race to compete in the world of enterprise IoT software.

AeroDef

GKN Aerospace Goes with the (Natural Laminar) Flow: Company Delivers Clean Sky Wing Structure

Less drag, less fuel burned. That’s the argument for “natural laminar flow” (NLF) wing designs on future fixed-wing aircraft. A successful NLF wing is expected to reduce wing drag by 8% and improve fuel consumption by approaching 5%. That argument is now a step closer to being put to the test in Europe. In January, GKN Aerospace announced the delivery of novel wing components to be used on an Airbus A340-300 flight test aircraft.

Event Coverage

CIMdata to Host Free Webinar on The Internet of Things

CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, “Internet of Things – Hype or Value?” The webinar will take place on March 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) and will cover the issues and concerns related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and how best to achieve value while avoiding the pitfalls and hype.

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