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In United Grinding Universe, What You See Is What You Grind, Erode

Manufacturers in search of the precision grinding technology, techniques, and turnkey solutions had a chance to explore the latest advanced technologies at United Grinding’s Universe Event in a symposium-style setting at the company’s headquarters in Miamisburg, OH. The latest machine and productivity-enhancing products for ID/OD, match, creep feed, centerless, radius, and universal grinding techniques were showcased in 16 stations in staggered presentations over the two days of the event.

Viewpoints Blog

Flipping the Switch on E-Powered Machine Tools

Very few, if any, US manufacturers have embraced the idea of hydraulic-free, electrically powered (e-powered) machines—even though many European factories have been trending in that direction for quite some time. The concept is quite significant because nearly every machine tool has a hydraulic system and would therefore benefit from the switch to e-powered components.


Metrology Gets Connected

“Metrology and its relationship to manufacturing is rapidly evolving,” Ken Woodbine, president, Wilcox Associates, a brand of Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, RI), recently observed. “We are seeing larger quantities and faster speeds of measurement data collection. The next challenge is what to do with all that data.” Hexagon is expanding its focus, building off its base in metrology, toward an increased emphasis on optimizing manufacturing processes. Woodbine describes this expansion in a paradigm of the brand’s Sensing, Thinking, and Acting mantra.

Controls & Software

Why Manufacturing Needs Real-Time Data Collection

Real-time machine tool data collection isn’t just about helping manufacturers improve productivity and profitability, although that’s certainly a promised outcome. It’s also an essential first step toward a data-driven, high-tech manufacturing sector that is globally competitive. Today’s data-collection and monitoring solutions already help manufacturing operations management to see, analyze and quickly act upon time-sensitive data coming off the shop floor.


On the Horizon in Aerospace Manufacturing

Looking ahead, Dassault Systèmes sees the A&D industry using technology to solve increasingly acute challenges while pursuing new opportunities.

Event Coverage

Academic Provides a 3D Printing Reality Check

The dean of engineering at Canada’s University of Waterloo today provided a reality check concerning 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

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