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Rethinking PLM

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

10/3/2014

Change is good, but it’s rarely an easy undertaking. To fully realize the digital manufacturing vision, developers and users of product lifecycle management (PLM) tools must rethink how PLM is used today and find new ways to employ current and new software for manufacturing. Full Article

Taking the Factory's Pulse with Shop-Floor Monitoring



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

10/1/2014

To run factories at optimal efficiency, plant managers need to mine real-time shop-floor operational data as fast as possible, to quickly determine where and when any manufacturing process bottlenecks occur. With today’s shop-floor data management software and related hardware solutions, manufacturers can leverage more key production performance data than ever in order to fine-tune their manufacturing processes. Full Article

Software Update: Dynamic Toolpath Technology Offers Shops Faster, More Efficient Machining



Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

10/1/2014

Gary Hargreaves is vice president, business development, for CNC Software Inc. (Tolland, CT), developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software. Full Article

Factory-Floor Data Drives Auto Efficiency



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

8/19/2014

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

9/1/2014

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

9/1/2014

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

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