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Manufacturing Engineering: August 2019

The August 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
More Profitable Toolpaths

More Profitable Toolpaths

August 7, 2019
Adaptive Milling. Dynamic Motion. hyperMILL. Profit Milling. VoluMill. Waveform machining. If you’re one of the lucky people who machines parts for a living, chances are about 50-50 that you’re using one of these or a comparable high-performance programming technology.
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Breakthroughs Expand Turning Tool Performance Envelope

Breakthroughs Expand Turning Tool Performance Envelope

August 8, 2019
Advances in turning insert technology that promise faster processing, longer tool life and reduced cycle time are always promoted with great fanfare by suppliers and welcomed by manufacturers looking for a competitive edge.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Better Tool Life through Advanced Chemistry

Better Tool Life through Advanced Chemistry

August 9, 2019
Tool coating is ubiquitous. The variations are dizzying. And, we’re at an inflection point in the technology in the U.S. So, whether you’re a tool user or a tool manufacturer, it’s a good time to dive into this topic.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Balancing Gaging Efficiency with Flexibility

Balancing Gaging Efficiency with Flexibility

August 12, 2019
In the world of metrology, lack of variety is not an issue. “You can think of a thousand ways to measure a hole,” said George Scheutz, director of precision gages for Mahr Inc., Providence, R.I. Techniques could include an operator equipped with a simple, custom-built go/no-go gage up to a robot loading a part onto a CMM with a pre-loaded program, and everything in between.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Contributing Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

  • Rapid, Accurate Inspection Meets NASCAR Engine Maker’s Need for Speed

    Rapid, Accurate Inspection Meets NASCAR Engine Maker’s Need for Speed

    August 12, 2019
    Roush Yates Engines is obsessed with speed and understands its importance not just on the race track but also in developing and using the latest technological innovations. For example, the company installed a Nikon iNEXIV VMA-4540 vision system which is now used almost daily for a wide variety of purposes.
    By Roush Yates Engines
  • Shop Prospers By Becoming a House of Horizontals

    Shop Prospers By Becoming a House of Horizontals

    August 12, 2019
    In the past, Magnum Machining Inc. processed most of its parts on vertical machining centers. Unfortunately, that type of machining platform didn’t quite mesh with the shop’s part production needs. Today, Magnum has 16 models of HCN Series HMCs from Mazak Corp., representing about 68 percent of the shop’s manufacturing systems.
    By Magnum Machining Inc.

Up Front

  • Alan Rooks
    Expert Opinion

    Confidence in Manufacturing Equals Expansion

    August 13, 2019
    One of the measures of business confidence is the willingness to invest in new facilities based on anticipated future growth. By that measure, the manufacturing industry is confident.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Automating Measurement on the Shop Floor
    Quality/Inspection/Test

    Automating Measurement on the Shop Floor

    August 13, 2019
    It’s amazing what you can learn at a trade show. Editor in Chief Alan Rooks was reminded of this at the recent EASTEC show. He reflected on his visit with Joe Stanford, vice president, engineering and applications support for Applied Measurement Solutions LLC, Bristol, Conn., the largest metrology distributor for The L.S. Starrett Co., Athol, Mass.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Pat Evans
    Expert Opinion

    Automation and AI Bring Future Closer Than Ever

    August 13, 2019
    As a self-aware millennial, Pat Evans has long been wary of how quickly technology is taking over our lives and quickly dominating the economy. Attending HxGN Live in June, Hexagon AB’s annual digital solutions conference, some of those fears were reinforced, while others were quelled.
    By Pat Evans - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Adam Estelle
    Expert Opinion

    Shops Continue to Rethink Brass and HSM

    August 14, 2019
    The Copper Development Association (CDA) is eager to help shops discover and tap into the high-speed machining advantages of brass. The substantial benefits of doing so have an increasing number of shops rethinking their part materials and, when possible, converting those parts to brass.
    By Adam Estelle - Director, Rod & Bar Council, Copper Development Association
  • Cary Rosenberg
    Quality/Inspection/Test

    Metals Testing Requires Escalation-Based Strategy

    August 14, 2019
    At Cary Rosenberg’s company, Watts Water Technologies, validating material properties to ensure they are composed of the correct elemental composition is an important part of their work.
    By Cary Rosenberg - Senior Manager, Global Supplier Quality & Sourcing and RAB/QSA Lead Auditor, Watts Water Technologies Inc.

SME Speaks

  • Graham Hargreaves
    SME Speaks

    Be an Advocate for Manufacturing

    August 14, 2019
    As a marketer for software serving the manufacturing industry, Graham Hargreaves partakes in routine communication with peers, customers, prospects and industry insiders. He hears a similar sentiment echoed by attendees at trade shows and industry events that he also hears from customers on a regular basis: The skills gap is not shrinking.
    By Graham Hargreaves - Marketing Manager, Mastercam/CNC Software Inc., SME Member Since 2016

Workforce Pipeline

  • The Time is Now for Another ‘Great Generation’
    Workforce Development

    The Time is Now for Another ‘Great Generation’

    August 15, 2019
    It’s been more than 75 years since the “Greatest Generation” earned their title. With World War II raging, a generation of Americans rolled up their collective sleeves to step in and step up for the preservation of their beloved country.
    By Dr. Ray Dick, RD Solutions LLC

Viewpoints

  • Rick Peters
    Controls

    Securing OT in the Energy and Utilities Sector

    August 15, 2019
    Convergence-enabled cyberattacks—where criminals exploit traditionally isolated operational technology (OT) devices through their new connections to the IT network—may be motivated by the desire to hijack and demand ransom for services, steal trade secrets through industrial or national cyberespionage, or commit cyberterrorism or engage in cyberwarfare.
    By Rick Peters - Operational Technology Global Enablement Director, Fortinet

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