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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

Is an Automotive Tooling Capacity Gap Looming?



Laurie Harbour, President and CEO, Harbour Results Inc.

4/1/2014

Will there be a significant gap in automotive tooling capacity within the next five years? If so, how will this affect reshoring or the demand that other industries, such as appliance, aerospace and consumer products, are placing on the automotive tool supplier base? These are the important issues that Harbour Results Inc. (HRI) investigated in its latest research. With HRI’s years of experience in automotive tooling it seemed obvious when looking at the data that there could be a problem but this needed validation. Full Article

Connecting the Digital World with the Factory Floor



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

4/1/2014

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

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

The Aerospace Precision-Machining Race



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

3/1/2014

That huge backlog of aircraft being recorded by the global giants Boeing and Airbus, along with a lengthening list of regional aircraft, is stretching the supply chain’s capabilities to machine the newest difficult-to-machine materials. Components must rotate faster, run hotter, and burn cleaner for new jet engine designs that are claimed to be 20% more fuel-efficient. Engines and designs that are structurally lighter are being developed, using advanced materials that challenge existing manufacturing processes. Full Article

Laser Welding Applications Expand



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

3/1/2014

Lasers for welding have proven their worth in the last 35 years in select applications. Despite their high capital cost, the precise, intense heat source makes lasers the right choice where there are tight tolerances, close fit-ups, and thin materials. These are applications where lasers produce less distortion, with their smaller heat-affected zone (HAZ) around the weld. Full Article

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