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Connecting Critical Machines in a Data-Intensive World

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Will MTConnect ultimately succeed in its goal of connecting machine tool equipment on the factory floor with the Internet? Odds are that it will, but it’s going to take time. An executive of a shop-data management and networking company once told me that MTConnect would follow the path of wireless technology—it took quite some time before wireless gained a foothold in the factory, and he estimated it could take as long as 10 years for MTConnect to gain critical mass. Full Article

Connecting the Digital World with the Factory Floor

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


The classic manufacturing conundrum is how to make products quicker, cheaper, and better. Product lifecycle management (PLM) software attempts to help manufacturers answer that question with an approach that enables builders to produce higher-quality parts with improved designs that are more easily manufactured at competitive prices, all while drastically compressing the design-to-manufacturing cycle to beat the competition to market. Full Article

Software Update: SPC Software Helps Manufacturers Detect and Solve Process Problems

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Steve Wise is vice president, statistical methods, InfinityQS International Inc. (Fairfax, VA;, a developer of statistical process control (SPC) software. Full Article

ESAB Releases New Version of Columbus III CAD/CAM Programming & Nesting Software

ESAB Welding & Cutting


ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announces the release of Columbus III™ version 1.2, a powerful CAD/CAM programming and nesting software optimized for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting. This latest version of Columbus III offers many new features and updates to make programming easier and more efficient, improve material utilization, increase productivity, and streamline workflow. Full Article

Delcam Keeps Bloodhound SSC World Record Attempt on Track



Delcam Professional Services has manufactured its first part for the Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic Car) adventure, making the company both an SME Sponsor and a Product Sponsor of the project.  The component is part of the steering support column and so is essential in ensuring that the car remains on track during its world land-speed record attempt. Full Article

Collaborative Robots, Safety Advances Shown at ABB Tech Days

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


ABB Robotics last week celebrated 40 years in the robotics industry with its Tech Days open house for customers and suppliers at the company’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. Some of the robotic automaton innovations shown at the March 13-14 event included the first demonstration in North America of ABB’s collaborative Dual Arm Concept Robot (DACR), as well as technical sessions on new safety standards, robotic cutting and welding techniques, material handling, painting, press automation, and developments in robotic software. Full Article

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