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Trust and Truth: How Blockchain is Forming the Foundation of the Next Manufacturing Renaissance

February 6, 2020
Amid predictions of global economic slowdowns and several recent PMI readings indicating manufacturing contraction, it becomes easy to see how slow production performance and data inefficiencies throughout the manufacturing supply chain contribute to economic uncertainty and concerns for future business.
James Allen Regenor, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
By James Allen Regenor Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
Mike Yost Outreach Advisor CESMII

How much better off would U.S. be during pandemic with smart, connected manufacturing?

March 30, 2020
With automakers turning out ventilators and protective face shields, brewers and distillers bottling hand sanitizer, and garment factories stitching up gowns and masks to fill a yawning gap in personal protective equipment for health care workers, the coronavirus pandemic is shining a million-watt spotlight on the critical role manufacturing plays in society.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
(Left) Dave Fox, CIM Systems, and James Adams, Hitachi Powdered Metals. (Provided by ABB Robotics)

Hitachi Powdered Metals Embraces Robotic Automation, Boosts Volume 400 percent in Tight Labor Market

March 30, 2020
Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA) Inc. began a gradual investment in industrial robots at their Greensburg, Ind. plant in 2005, driven by the emergence of a tightening labor market and the opportunity to produce an extremely fragile product.
By Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA) Inc.
Sencorp’s modified thermoforming manufacturing line producing masks.

Sencorp Thermoforming Modifies Machines to Form Face Masks

March 30, 2020
Sencorp Thermoforming, a division of SencorpWhite and a manufacturer of thermoforming equipment for over 50 years, announced that it can modify its thermoforming machines to form face masks for the medical professionals combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
By Sencorp Thermoforming Press Release
Douglas Decker (middle) with SME Executive Director and CEO Sandra Bouckley, FSME, P.Eng., and 2018 SME President Thomas Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, during his installation into the 2017 SME College of Fellows.

Serving the Composites Community: A Q&A with Douglas Decker

March 30, 2020
We sat down recently with SME Fellow Douglas Decker, an internationally known expert in the field of advanced composites fabrication and assembly, to discuss his background and innovative approaches on several critical military programs.
Douglas D. Decker, FSME The Composites Consultants SME Member Since 2016
By Douglas D. Decker, FSME The Composites Consultants, SME Member Since 2016
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In the March issue, we examine the brave new world of additive manufacturing (AM). In our additive outlook feature, Ray Huff and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates explain how AM is developing rapidly in both capability and use. In “Metal Milestones in 3D Printing”, Kip Hanson notes that, while metal AM is a relative newcomer compared to polymer AM, its popularity for end-use products is growing fast. Also in “New Polymer Applications in AM”, Ed Sinkora says that while the 3D printing of polymers has been around for over 30 years, new applications are coming online—including the mass production of simple plastic parts. And our new Research Update column delves into recent SME research on how manufacturers are using AM to advance their businesses.

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Read the February issue of Smart Manufacturing, which includes an update on CESMII. The institute’s CEO is taking on the competitive standing of U.S. manufacturing, which he describes as being stuck “in a state of pilot purgatory.” Job One for CESMII, he said, is to convince U.S. manufacturers to get additional support from Uncle Sam.

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