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FANUC Launches New IoT System for Smart Manufacturing Era

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

4/22/2016

TOKYO – An enthusiastic Yoshiharu Inaba, President and CEO of FANUC Corp., the world’s leading supplier of robotics and factory automation, on Wednesday unveiled a wide range of new products -- collaborative robots, CNCs and easy-to-use human-machine interfaces -- at an invitation-only event for engineering and other executives from American manufacturing companies. But the big highlight of the day was clear: an all-new Internet of Things technology called FIELD that will undergird the company’s vision for the smarter factory of the future. Full Article

Two New Devices Focus on Securely Accessing Data in Legacy Machines



Smart Manufacturing Editor Brett Brune

4/20/2016

A trio of Mazak, Memex and Cisco is beginning to sell SmartBox, a device meant to securely manage manufacturing data—information on axes, spindles, temperatures, cutting times, downtimes and part counts, for starters—culled from machines that have been laboring in a sort of silence for decades. At the same time, a pairing of Forcam and Wago plans to release a similar device it calls the PFC100 Industrial MTConnect device before July. Full Article

Employee-Owned Companies Look to the Future



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

4/1/2016

The employee owned companies of Fastener Industries Inc. (Berea, OH) produce some of the most basic products in manufacturing: nuts, bolts, screws, levelers and pins. It began with the Ohio Nut & Bolt Co., founded in 1905 to produce bicycle chains. The company switched to employee ownership in 1980. As acquisitions occurred, those companies were converted to employee ownership as well. Full Article

Big Parts Need Swiss-Type Machines on Steroids



By Courtney Ortner, Chief Marketing Officer, Absolute Machine Tools Inc.

3/30/2016

There was an editorial cartoon circling around social media recently by Steve Bernett in which a husband says to his wife, “Good and bad news. Gassed up the truck for $1.30 per gallon…but our stocks fell so far we can’t afford to go anywhere.” Full Article

Deep-Hole Drilling Continues to Evolve



Anthony Fettig, CEO, Unisig Deep Hole Drilling Systems

4/1/2016

Mention deep-hole drilling, and most people think only gundrilling machines for processing gun barrels. But the fact is that deep-hole drilling applies to a much wider array of workpieces that are typically impossible to drill with common CNC machining centers. Those of us in the deep-hole drilling machine building business are constantly challenged with new and often unique applications that push us way beyond simple gundrilling. In the medical industry for instance, deep-hole drilling machines are used to drill 2.5-mm-diam holes 200-mm deep in titanium and stainless steel components. Full Article

US Manufacturing Tech Orders Decline in February



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

4/11/2016

US manufacturing technology declined in February amid signs some improvement may occur later this year, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today. Full Article

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