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4-Axis Turning — Double the Output with Two Tools

Press Release - Siemens


The expanded contour machining cycle for Sinumerik CNCs now facilitates 4-axis turning on lathes. Two turning tools, opposite one another, machine the workpiece simultaneously enabling the machining time to be significantly reduced.  In addition, the two turning tools, opposite one another, prevent workpiece distortion significantly improving dimensional accuracy particularly on long, thin workpieces. Full Article

Why Manufacturing Needs Real-Time Data Collection

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


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. Full Article

The Evolution of Manufacturing Engineering Training

Tony Glocker, Co-Founder, SolidProfessor


Engineering is changing. Engineering education needs to change with it. The days of “one and done” intensive education are obsolete due to the rapid changes made possible by advanced electronics, software, tools and the internet. Staying current means implementing new ways of learning. Today, continuous learning needs to become a normal part of an engineer’s work week. About three decades ago, experts examined how long it would take before an engineer’s technical skills became obsolete. For mechanical engineers, they determined it was 7.5 years Full Article

Software Update: Estimating Costs with 3D Feature Recognition

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Dave LaJoie is Vice President, Sales and Marketing, MTI Systems Inc. West Springfield, MA. Manufacturing Engineering: Why do shops need cost-estimating software? Dave LaJoie: Generally speaking, shops implement cost-estimating software to increase the speed, accuracy and consistency of the estimating and quoting. Cost-estimating software provides them with a database system that ‘calculates’ material costs and labor hours rather than relying on the experience of the estimator. Full Article

Redefining PLM

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


To keep pace with the breakneck speed of product developments, manufacturers demand the utmost performance from product lifecycle management (PLM) software. With the latest advances in PLM’s core technologies, manufacturers can trim costs, improve product designs, and speed time-to-market on new product developments. Enterprise software that makes up PLM consists of a wide range of systems, from product data management (PDM) to CAD, CAM and CAE engineering applications. Full Article

Software Update: Cloud-Based Field Service Apps Cut Downtime

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Manufacturing Engineering: How important is the software element in handling field service operations for discrete manufacturers? Mike Pandl: Field service software plays an increasingly important role for discrete manufacturers and their customers, particularly for those whose products, equipment or machinery are mission-critical. Because field service systems are the central mechanism by which customer service interaction takes place, including calls and other communications, schedules, work history, customer, product and personnel data, their importance can’t be overstated. Full Article

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