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Solutions Come in Many Sizes and Shapes

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2014

Manufacturers want to make parts and hit their schedules with a minimum of problems. Job shops, in particular, have their own need for a great deal of flexibility, enabling them to switch from one job to another with the minimum of wasted time. For medium volume, high mix production, manufacturers can benefit from the latest automation on multipallet single machines or in multiple machine cells. Full Article

Real-Time SPC Software Drives Bottom-Line Benefits



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

7/1/2014

Widely used by the automotive, aerospace and other mission-critical industries, statistical process control (SPC) software offers its users a simple way to monitor and analyze quality data from their manufacturing processes and machines using sophisticated statistical tools. Full Article

Automating the Future Factory



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

6/10/2014

Global competition in automotive, aerospace and many other industries is heating up, dictating a more forward-looking approach to automating new advanced manufacturing systems. At automation systems integrator Comau Inc. (Southfield, MI), a subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (Turin, Italy), the Global Solutions Development (GSD) team tests out its new approaches in flexible automation systems at the Comau Innovation Campus, where on Monday attendees of SME’s BIG M conference got a glimpse of the latest new developments. Full Article

Heller Looks To Pump Up the Energy



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

5/30/2014

Motorized vehicles were frequently mentioned during Heller WerkTage (literally Working Days) 2014 held at company headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany. That’s not surprising for a number of reasons. For one Nürtingen is not far from Stuttgart, where Karl Benz invented what is considered to be the first automobile. Benz was granted a patent for his invention in 1886. Eight years later the company now known as Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH was founded in Nürtingen.In the intervening 120 years both companies have grown and most often prospered. That’s illustrated by a little-known fact: since 2004 about 80% of the machining for heavy truck engines has been done on Heller machines.
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Keeping Automated Manufacturing on Track



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

6/1/2014

Automation systems are much more than just using robots to weld, cut or finish components. Today’s part-handling automation choices are expanding, with new or enhanced robotic and non-robotic material-handling solutions that can improve cycle times, optimize factory floor space and help lower overall manufacturing costs. Full Article

Machine Builders Dig Deep into Their Bag of Tricks



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2014

The challenge for manufacturing today is to meet the demand for tighter tolerances, better finishes, and shorter leadtimes for workpieces—all at a lower cost. Grinding results have always seemed to depend on the skill of operators who were privy to the mysteries described as some mythical “black art.” Full Article

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