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Shiloh Industries Acquires Radar Industries, Expands Stamping Business into Central Mexico



Press Release - Shiloh Industries

10/1/2014

Shiloh Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of lightweighting, noise and vibration solutions, today announced its acquisition of Warren, Michigan based, Radar Industries. The purchase leverages Radar Industries’ tooling technologies, strong stamping capabilities, key customer relationships and expands Shiloh’s existing manufacturing capacity to include Central Mexico and Michigan. Full Article

America Makes Honors Howard A. Kuhn with Distinguished Collaborator Award



Press Release - America Makes

9/24/2014

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is pleased to announce today that it honored Howard A. Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. with the inaugural presentation of the America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award, for his dedication and contributions to the Institute. Full Article

TechFront: New Laser-Like Polariton Beams Show Promise for Electronics, Medical Uses



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

9/1/2014

Researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) have developed a new laser-like beam, called a polariton, that is said to be the first polariton laser powered by electrical current instead of light. The invention, which technically isn’t a laser, also works at room temperature instead of at below-zero temperatures. Full Article

Mix and Match for Lightweight Autos



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

9/1/2014

It is common sense—a vehicle that weighs less requires less fuel to move it. A number of studies show that reducing the mass of a vehicle by 10% results in anywhere from 4.5 to 6% better fuel economy—well worth the effort. The dilemma for automakers is that mass reduction needs to happen without compromising safety, NVH, styling, or size. 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

Viewpoints: Think About IMTS 2020 Before You Attend IMTS 2014



Scott Walker, President, Mitsui Seiki USA Inc.

8/1/2014

IMTS is the manufacturing world’s “big box” superstore. For those attending, knowing your objectives in advance is wise. Before you prepare your IMTS 2014 “must see” list, I suggest asking yourself and your team: “What do we want to be working on five years from now? What types of parts? What industries? What technologies do we want in place by then? What do we want our factory floor to look like? How will we manage all the data?” Full Article

Tech Front: Research Team Develops New Ultralight, Ultrastiff Additive Materials



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

8/1/2014

A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL; Livermore, CA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) has developed a new material for additive manufacturing processes that is as dense and light as an aerogel, but has 10,000 times more stiffness. This material is described in the researchers’ paper published in a June 20 article in the journal Science. Full Article

Searching Toolboxes for the Right Solution



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2014

Suppliers of advanced tooling and workholding solutions are an innovative lot who like doing nothing better than trying to one-up the competition on behalf of their customers. That involves paying careful attention to where the opportunities for advanced technologies lie and how to expand their offerings of products and services. Full Article

Glued & Screwed



Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

8/1/2014

In many ways Command Technology (Baltimore, MD) has always been like any other thriving contract manufacturer: Dozens of CNC machining centers, excellent QC, and a good team. But twenty years ago, Command’s founder and owner, George Braswell, challenged himself to create a capability that would set the company apart. Ironically (for a machine shop), the answer relied on glue and a torque screwdriver. Full Article

BIG M 2014: Why Manufacturers Ought to be Institutionalized



Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor

6/12/2014

National Network of Manufacturing Institutes leaders answer questions at The Big M event Full Article

Altana More Than Doubles Production Capacity for BYK Additives in the US



ALTANA

6/5/2014

The specialty chemicals group ALTANA announced today the grand opening of its BYK USA Inc. expanded facility in Wallingford, Connecticut. With this state of the art plant, BYK more than doubles production capacity in the U.S. and increases worldwide supply chain security for its additives. The expansion project represents a $50 Million investment from ALTANA, the largest single investment the Group has made outside of Germany. Full Article

SME Speaks: From a Miracle to Just Another Tool



Kevin L. Ayers, Industry Manager--Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, SME

6/1/2014

I remember the day I saw my first stereolithography machine in action in 1987. We all gathered around to witness this new technology, and I was overwhelmed to see the part rise up out of the machine, almost as if it had been transported in the Star Trek “replicator.” I knew then that this was a going to be a huge and revolutionary part of the future of manufacturing. All around the world, there were many who felt the same. Full Article

Tech Front: New Process Allows Nanofibers to Grow at Room Temperature



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

6/1/2014

Researchers at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) have devised a safer method of growing vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNF) with ambient air, rather than using toxic chemicals like ammonia at very high temperatures in a vacuum chamber. Full Article

Tech Front: Graphene-Based Light Detectors Add Thermal Vision to Contact Lenses



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

5/1/2014

New research into graphene-based light detectors that can use the full infrared spectrum has the potential to put heat-vision technology into a contact lens or other devices. And unlike the mid- and far-infrared detectors currently on the market, the detector developed by University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) engineering researchers doesn’t require bulky cooling equipment to work. Full Article

Plastics Flow into the Medical Device Industry



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

5/1/2014

Although the North American medical device industry continues to grow, its players are under an extraordinary number of constraints. FDA requirements top the list, of course, controlling what, how, and from what materials a device can be made. On top of that are cost pressures brought on by international competition, safety and sustainability concerns, and, finally, manufacturability issues. This is not a field for the timid. Full Article

Improving Laser Technologies Driving Big Changes in Little Stents



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

5/1/2014

For about 20 years, medical device manufacturers have used continuous wave lasers to make permanent metal stents, first out of stainless steel and then out of alloys like nitinol and cobalt chrome. Doctors implant the devices to prop open blood vessels or help with other medical conditions.  But during the last two decades ultrafast, pulsed lasers have been perfected that can also produce stents made of polymers, which are bioplastics that dissolve in the body once they’ve done their job. Full Article

Hard Hips



Patrick Loughney, Product Specialist, Sandvik Coromant

4/21/2014

Hip replacement surgery is currently the most common and most successful orthopedic operation in the United States. In 2013, more than 332,000 people traded in their painful hips for ceramic or metallic joints. And that number is rising steadily due to the needs of our aging population, innovative surgical techniques and recent material advancements. Full Article

Johnson Controls Develops Stain-Resistant, Antimicrobial Coating for Automotive Seats



Johnson Controls

4/4/2014

Johnson Controls, a global industrial company with core businesses in the automotive, building, and battery industry, has developed a coating for fabrics that keeps automotive seats clean and hygienic. The coating repels dirt and liquid, and protects passengers from microbes and static. Full Article

A Pathway to Approval for Additive-Made Devices



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

4/1/2014

Additive manufacturing is now producing all manner of medical devices, and new ideas for the process—ranging from printed surgical tools and bone replacements to human tissue—are coming from designers and engineers daily.Even the best idea, though, has little value in the United States unless the Food and Drug Administration gives its go-ahead for putting the device on the market. Full Article

Tech Front - New Carbon Nanotubes Outperform Copper as Electrical Conductors



Patrick Waurzyniak, Senior Editor and Ellen Kehoe, Senior Editor

4/1/2014

Carbon nanotube-based fibers created at Rice University (Houston) show that on a pound-per-pound basis, the nanotube fibers have more capacity to conduct electrical current than copper. Although individual nanotubes can transmit nearly 1000 times more current than copper, the same tubes coalesced into a fiber using other technologies fail long before reaching that capacity. Full Article

Additive Joins Subtractive on Advanced All-in-One Machines



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2014

The path of precision machining has taken a decidedly unexpected change in direction. Yes, machining centers, in their various configurations of horizontal, vertical, and universal, continue to hold their preeminent positions in shops for their ability to create value-added benefits to individual workpieces or parts in serial production. Full Article

Ford Invests $500 Million in Ohio Engine Plant, Creates 300 Jobs



Ford Motor Company

3/28/2014

Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® specifically engineered for the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150. Full Article

NewsDesk: Manufacturing Network Takes Shape



Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

3/1/2014

During his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama on Jan. 28 again made manufacturing a centerpiece of his economic agenda—calling for the creation of a total of six manufacturing innovation institutes.   We have the chance, he said, “to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs.” he effort is part of Obama’s broader vision for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) that strengthens US industry. Full Article

KT Engineering Thinks Ahead



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

3/1/2014

Visitors to KT Engineering (Rancho Dominguez, CA) find a clean and orderly manufacturing area with an undercurrent of purpose-driven energy: CNC machinists clearly know the nuances of the equipment and the minutia of their tasks. Engineers walk briskly carrying SPC reports, slight furrows at their brows—countenances of concentration. Assemblers work adroitly, handling freshly finished parts with care. Machine tools buzz, coolant splashing their interior windows. All the elements—place, procedure, people, production—pulsate. Full Article

IMTS Attendees To See Car Being Built by Additive Manufacturing



James D. Sawyer, Senior Editor

2/28/2014

Local Motors (Phoenix, AZ) is preparing to build the first direct digital manufactured vehicle later this year. The effort will be made at IMTS. The show runs September 8-13, 2014, in Chicago. The vehicle will be manufactured on a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine from Cincinnati Inc. (Cincinnati). Full Article

Ohio’s EWI, OSU and U-Michigan To Launch New National Manufacturing Institute



PRESS RELEASE

2/25/2014

A leadership team from EWI, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan has been chosen by the Department of Defense to lead its new institute to advance lightweight and modern metal manufacturing technologies. The institute will ensure that the U.S. is the world leader in the application of innovative lightweight metal production and component/subsystem manufacturing technologies.  Full Article

Bringing it Home: New Hubs Aim to Make Manufacturing Technologies Relevant



Debbie Holton, SME Director of Industry Strategy & Events, Former Deputy Director of Technology Transition at the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, now known as “America Makes.”

2/25/2014

As the White House announces two more innovation institutes today--one for lightweighting in Michigan and another for digital manufacturing in Illinois--a national manufacturing network is taking shape that has the potential to create new businesses and jobs. While technology is certainly cool, especially technology in manufacturing, this isn’t technology for technology’s sake alone.  Full Article

WPI's Metal Processing Institute is a Core Facility for LM3I



Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2/25/2014

The Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is one of four core academic facilities for the American Lightweight and Modern Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I), a new $148 million initiative to be announced by the White House today that is aimed at helping to revitalize the nation's manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness.
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SME Contributes Workforce and Education Expertise in Support of Digital Lab for Manufacturing



SME

2/25/2014

In support of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a grant to UI Labs in Chicago to create the Digital Lab for Manufacturing. This lab will be part of a consortium to develop and demonstrate digital manufacturing technologies and deploy and commercialize these technologies across key manufacturing industries. Full Article

President Obama Announces Two New Manufacturing Institutes, Launches Competition



The White House

2/25/2014

A Detroit-area based consortium of 60 companies, nonprofits, and universities and a Chicago based consortium of 73 companies, nonprofits, and universities are partnering with the federal government to launch two new manufacturing innovation hubs. The first new manufacturing innovation institute competition this year is launching today, one of four the Administration has committed to launching this year.   Full Article

The Latest News About the US Manufacturing Network



Edited by Assistant Editor Katelyn DaMour

2/24/2014

Click here for the latest news on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. President Barack Obama announced the formation of a NNMI to strengthen US industry in March 2012 and renewed calls for it in his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union addresses. Full Article

CMCs Make the LEAP to Production



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

2/1/2014

It’s not breaking news that GE Aviation has developed a material that has the desired qualities of ceramics—namely its light weight and ability to withstand the ultra-high temperatures generated by modern jet engines—without that material’s most serious drawback: brittleness. GE’s version of ceramic matrix composites (CMC) weighs a third of advanced alloys but reacts to stresses like a metal and can perform at temperatures as high as 2400° F (1316° C). Full Article

Ford Hopes to Revolutionize Pickup Manufacturing with Aluminum Alloys



Senior Editor James D. Sawyer

1/13/2014

Ford is hoping to redefine the way pickup trucks are built with the 2015 F-150. Introduced Jan. 13 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new truck will weigh up to 700 pounds less than its predecessor thanks to high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys currently already in use in the aerospace, commercial transportation and energy industries. Full Article

Reducing Cost, Complexity with New Lightweighting Solutions



Ramzi Hermiz, President and CEO, Shiloh Industries

11/13/2013

It is the suppliers' job to provide a solution that is seamless to the process, beneficial to both design and manufacturing, and adds value to the product. Full Article

Punching Holes in Conventional Lightweighting Techniques



David Mason, Vice President of Global Automotive, Altair Engineering

11/6/2013

Optimization technology can recommend multiple ways to extract material from a product.
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Grinding Toward Perfection



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

11/1/2013

Precision grinding is evolving incrementally to better handle old challenges and new. These include manufacturing, regrinding and finishing tools and eccentric parts—such as nonround or nonpolygon shapes—made of a wide range of materials. Full Article

Keeping an Eye on Design



James D. Sawyer, Senior Editor

10/29/2013


While much of the news coming out of the auto industry is about ways to meet upcoming CAFE standards, that doesn’t mean that OEMs and vendors have taken their eyes off the ball when it comes to designing appealing, attractive vehicles that consumers will want to buy. One such company is Lear Corp. (Southfield, MI). Lear, a global supplier of seating and electrical distribution systems, has unveiled a new line of automotive interior fabrics and leathers. Full Article

JCI Looks to Batteries and Seats to Help Promote Fuel Savings



James D. Sawyer Senior Editor

10/18/2013

There were many areas Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI; Milwaukee) focused on during its Automotive Day October 15 at its facility in Plymouth, MI, but the two that stood out most can be summed up as electric and chairs. A large diversified company (workforce: 168,000) with a footprint in more than 150 countries, JCI supplies two-thirds of the lead-acid batteries consumed by automakers and the aftermarket. Also, it was the first company to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass production hybrid vehicles. Full Article

Problem-Solving Helps Thermoformer Grow



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

10/1/2013

With a customer list that includes heavyweights such as John Deere, Caterpillar, Johnson Controls and GE Oil & Gas, Hampel (Germantown, WI) is a leading thermoformer that specializes in medium to heavy gage products. Full Article

A Large Helping of Carbon: The High-Fiber Diet



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

9/1/2013

As stringent fuel economy and CO2 emissions requirements loom, the auto industry is on a binge to cut weight. Full Article

Grinding Roots



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

8/22/2013

Grinding of turbine blade fir-tree root-forms improves at aerospace supplier JJ Churchill. Full Article

Filling in the Gaps



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

8/22/2013

A novel method for honeycomb core manufacturing adds new benefits to an already successful material. Full Article

A New Automotive Body In Light



Bruce Morey, Contributing Editor

8/19/2013

Automakers need to deliver lighter future vehicles to get better fuel economy. While exotic materials, from magnesium to carbon-fiber reinforced plastics, are creating a lot of buzz, the case for advanced steels is strong.A study commissioned by NanoSteel (Providence, RI) and conducted by EDAG (Auburn Hills, MI), showed the potential for the company’s Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) to offer a 30% (100 kg/220 lb) reduction in Body-In-White weight from a 2011 Honda Accord. Full Article

Auto Heavyweights Meet to Discuss Best Way to Make Lightweight Vehicles



Senior Editor James D. Sawyer

8/8/2013

In the past when talk turned to materials at the annual Management Briefing Seminar (MBS) put on by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR; Ann Arbor, MI) it invariably came down to a discussion of steel versus aluminum. This year was different. It was not that the two materials didn’t have supporters waving their banners this year as they have in the past. The difference was that the people who make the decisions about what materials will go into automaking have come to a consensus that the future will be a multi-material one as automakers scramble to meet increasingly stringent and fast approaching fuel economy and emission standards. Full Article

Tackling Titanium Costs



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

7/1/2013

Titanium is expensive to procure, difficult to machine. While one company developed a process to use Ti far more efficiently, Boeing continues its quest with a joint research agreement in South Africa. Full Article

Medical Manufacturing: Living in the Materials World



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

5/1/2013

A look at the qualities and challenges of some medical metals with ATW Companies' Tracy MacNeal  Full Article

Buckypaper: Whatever Happened to the Aerospace Material of Tomorrow?



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

3/1/2013

It’s real, it’s as good as you’ve heard, and it’s coming soon—if not quite yet. What we’re talking about is the aerospace material of tomorrow, carbon nanotube (CNT) sheets with awe-inspiring properties and the less-than-awe-inspiring name of “buckypaper.” Full Article

No Paint! BASF and Ford Develop Tough Piano-Black Resin



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

2/13/2013

New BASF resin gives new Ford Fusion interior component the desired high-gloss appearance while saving production costs.  Full Article

Dip-Coating pieces large and small



Molded Devices Press Release

1/14/2013

Dip coating refers to any process where a part is dipped into a polymer, such as Plastisol, for applying a coating directly onto the product.  The process delivers non-slip cushioned gripping surfaces to products, protects against abrasion and corrosion, provides electrical insulation, and enhances a product’s appearance for sales appeal. Recently, dip coating manufacturers have expanded their operations to dip coat not just small parts, but products as large as 55” x 55” x 8”.

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Plastic Connectors Provide Benefits for Critical Laboratory and Industrial Applications



Riley Phipps, Technical and Design Services Manager, Value Plastics Inc., a Nordson Company

12/11/2012

The latest generation of plastic connectors enable more versatile, user-friendly and cost-effective options for the design of instrumentation and equipment used in mission-critical laboratory and industrial applications   Full Article



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