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Manufacturing Engineering: July 2019

The July 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Meeting Moldmaking Challenges

Meeting Moldmaking Challenges

June 26, 2019
Of all the different manufacturing disciplines, plastic injection moldmaking is perhaps the most challenging. Part accuracies are best measured in microns. Surface finishes often approach optical levels.
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
New Technology Powers Performance at U.S. Mold Shops

New Technology Powers Performance at U.S. Mold Shops

June 26, 2019
There’s growing evidence that some of the moldmaking business that fled the U.S. chasing cheaper sources offshore is returning. Moldmakers are not finding enough of a favorable cost differential to offset poor mold performance and the need for rework of faulty molds.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Shop ERP Software Boosts Efficiency

Shop ERP Software Boosts Efficiency

June 26, 2019
Speeding the flow of jobs through the shop, while maintaining top quality, ranks among the hallmarks of any successful manufacturing operation’s goals.
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media
Tool Presetters Take On Industry 4.0

Tool Presetters Take On Industry 4.0

June 28, 2019
For machine shops in a competitive global marketplace, keeping spindles running and making product is the only way to stay in business. Still, adding a new piece of equipment, even with the promise of improving the efficiency of your existing ones, may be a difficult sell to management.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

Up Front

  • Alan Rooks
    Workforce Development

    Surprise! Something New in Manufacturing Ed

    July 1, 2019
    I’ve been covering the manufacturing industry as a journalist for more years than I’d like to admit, so when someone tells me about something new in the industry, my usual thought is, “We’ll see.” Of course, there is a lot of new technology and things change in manufacturing, but I can’t usually say “Wow, that really surprised me.”
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Station at United Grinding Symposium
    Smart Manufacturing

    Manufacturing and AI: Promises and Pitfalls

    June 30, 2019
    We all know the buzzwords circulating around digital data and the factory. You have heard them—Industry 4.0, smart factories, data analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI). The question we all have is how will this impact workers in the long term? What do these terms really mean? Nevertheless, both traditional software suppliers and makers of advanced manufacturing equipment are offering digital solutions.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
  • John Bruno

    How the IIoT Can Change Business Models

    July 2, 2019
    When manufacturers envision the future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for their own operations, they’re likely to focus on its potential within the walls of their own factories. And they’re not wrong.
    By John Bruno - Vice President, Product Management, Elastic Path Software Inc.
  • Wes Wheeler
    Lasers

    Pulsed Laser Deposition for 3D Printed Parts Repair

    June 30, 2019
    Laser welding is a superior technology for repairing defects in tooling, plastic injection molds, stamping dies, blow molds, turbine blades, and nearly any tooling component made of stainless steel, aluminum, copper alloy, cast iron, and all tool steels.
    By Wes Wheeler - Sales Manager, Alpha Laser US
  • BIG Kaiser’s Staple for Efficient Machining Diets
    Tooling & Workholding

    BIG Kaiser’s Staple for Efficient Machining Diets

    July 1, 2019
    BIG Kaiser’s “Breakfast and Learn” event, hosted at its Hoffman Estates, Illinois, headquarters, is by now is an annual event not to be missed for a great breakfast and technical presentations on the latest developments in precision tooling.
    By Jim Lorincz - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Today’s Grinders Must Do It All for HMLV Production
    Grinding & Deburring

    Today’s Grinders Must Do It All for HMLV Production

    July 1, 2019
    When it comes to the production of high-precision parts for industries ranging from aerospace to medical, grinding remains the best, most cost-effective approach to obtaining fine surface finishes and tight tolerances.
    By Larry Marchand - Vice President, Sales Profile Division, United Grinding North America Inc.

SME Speaks

  • gala awards
    SME Speaks

    Choosing to be an Engineer

    July 1, 2019
    Today, I am a mechanical engineering student who dreams of working in the aerospace industry. Today, I know where my passion lies, where my future may take me and the kinds of problems I may be solving.
    By Andrew Stucker, SME

Software Update

  • Simulation, Verification, Optimization Boost Accuracy

    Simulation, Verification, Optimization Boost Accuracy

    July 2, 2019
    Simulation technology must keep pace with rapid advances in manufacturing so that users can learn to use and protect new equipment. Recent advances in Vericut include support for additive manufacturing and hybrid methods, robotic welding, laser sintering, and grinding while dressing to change the shape of the grinding wheel.
    By Patrick Waurzyniak - Contributing Editor, SME Media

Workforce Pipeline

  • Bill Koenig
    Workforce Development

    Charlotte Boosts Worker Skills with Apprenticeships

    July 3, 2019
    The Charlotte, N.C., region has been successful in attracting internationally owned manufacturing concerns. Officials have also used a German-style apprenticeship program as a way to increase worker skill levels.
    By Bill Koenig - Senior Editor, SME Media

Viewpoints

  • Meghan West

    WorldSkills: Come On, America, Let’s Kick It!

    July 3, 2019
    From August 22–27 in Kazan, Russia, something spectacular will happen relevant to all the talk and angst about the skills gap in manufacturing—the WorldSkills competition.
    By Meghan West - President, CNC Software Inc.

Medical Special Section

  • Medical Drivers
    Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Medical Drivers

    July 3, 2019
    Well into the 21st century, the medical industry faces a host of intriguing challenges, from aging populations to a growing range of personalized and at-home diagnostic and care devices—all set against a backdrop of increasing digital collection, transfer and storage of sensitive patient data.
    By Geoff Giordano - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Hold It, Cut It, Check It
    Tooling & Workholding

    Hold It, Cut It, Check It

    July 3, 2019
    Innovations in workholding, tooling and measurement for medical manufacturing are helping meet the challenges of medical manufacturing.
    By Ed Sinkora - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Making Medical Miracles
    Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Making Medical Miracles

    July 3, 2019
    Changes in health care are driving more innovative tooling, including new machining strategies and complex cutting tools that help deliver more patient-centered solutions.
    By Geoff Giordano - Contributing Editor, SME Media

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