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AMT: US Manufacturing Tech Orders End Sour 2015 With a Gain

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


US manufacturing technology orders surged in December while posting a sizable decline for all of 2015, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today. Full Article

ABB Introduces First Ever Line of SCARA Robots, Designed For Applications



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (February 3, 2016) – ABB has introduced the IRB 910SC, its first ever line of SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) robots. The latest addition to the ABB small robot portfolio, the IRB 910SC has a maximum payload of 6 kg, and is available in reaches of 450 mm, 550 mm and 650 mm. Full Article

Winners Match Technology to Aero Job at Hand

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


There are many ways to become a winner in the aerospace machining sweepstakes that will be running well into the next decade. In addition to the proper certifications, shops must be committed to quality and adopt advanced competitive machining strategies based on the latest available technology including machines, cutting tools, workholding, and quality monitoring systems. In general, shops can go a couple of different ways. Full Article

Expanding the Horizons of Aerospace Automation

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Once considered also-rans behind automated drilling and filling, alternative aerospace automation processes, like painting, coating, sanding and other surface preparation, are starting to catch on with aerospace builders, especially in commercial aviation where immense order backlogs loom large and demand immediate attention. Boeing, for example, forecasts that the world fleet of new commercial airplanes will double in size by 2032, with more than 35,000 new airplanes, worth an estimated $4.8 trillion, on the horizon to be built. Full Article

New CNCs Take Cues from Intuitive Smartphone Era

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


CNC control systems continue to move toward touchscreen human-machine interfaces (HMI) that appear more like a smartphone, with leading control developers like FANUC joining other independent and proprietary control providers who are moving in this direction. While these new interfaces are considered more user friendly, especially to the younger generation, the shift isn’t all about window dressing. The systems come with substantial improvements that are said to speed programming. Full Article

Are You Ready for the Digital Decision Makers?

Rob Keenan, President, Seco Tools LLC


The world is in the midst of another major industrial evolution—a digital one that continues to impact manufacturing at levels comparable to those of the driven conveyor assembly line, interchangeable parts concept and computer numerical control (CNC). But most significantly, it has altered the dynamics of the industrial purchasing process. Customer expectations have changed, especially as younger generations enter the manufacturing sector. Full Article

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