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Factory-Floor Data Drives Auto Efficiency

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


It’s a given that automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers need to get components delivered on time, every time, in order to quickly and efficiently turn around parts to their own customers. With today’s enterprise resource management (ERP) systems, auto OEMs and suppliers alike depend on ERP developers to give them needed mobile access to data that’s often residing somewhere out on the cloud, and automotive customers also need their ERP systems to provide reliable part traceability, particularly in the case of product recalls. Full Article

Robots in the Auto Plant: What Are They Up to Now?

Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora


In its latest commercial for the Cadillac SRX, General Motors shows a bevy of robotic arms happily dancing around the car as part of its summer sales event. Robotics have certainly come a long way from GM’s multibillion dollar attempt to go lights-out in the '80s, when robots infamously painted each other and welded doors shut. Full Article

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


A new era has dawned in motorized vehicle manufacturing. Until recently the dominant trend has been the implementation of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes to make automotive production more efficient. The new trend also stresses efficiency, but now there is a sharp focus on fuel efficiency driven by government regulation. Full Article

Interpreting the Language of GD&T in Metrology

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


The industrial world is continuing its adoption of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), the advanced tolerancing methodology. The symbolic language is intended to be both more precise while providing more latitude in allowable variations, replacing the simpler method of adding tolerances to each dimension. Full Article

Software Update: Programming the Next Generation of Multitasking Machines

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Bill Gibbs is the founder and president of Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, CA), developer of GibbsCAM software. He is also president of Cimatron North America (Novi, MI) and vice chairman of Cimatron Ltd. (Givat Shmuel, Israel).  Full Article

IMTS 2014: Machine Controls, CAD/CAM Software Build Factory Efficiency

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


With new CAD/CAM and controls technologies, machine shops find the fastest, most efficient ways to cut metal and mold their manufacturing processes. At the Controls & CAD/CAM pavilion in the Lakeside Building at IMTS, visitors will see the latest CNC tools and manufacturing software aimed at refining part programming and improving machining processes. Full Article

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