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Software Update: The Value of Virtual Plant Monitoring

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Dave McPhail is Chief Executive Officer, Memex Automation (Burlington, ON, Canada). Manufacturing Engineering: What can a plant-floor monitoring system do for shops today? Dave McPhail: The achievable goal is real-time situational awareness and complete visibility of operations, or connected manufacturing. The vast majority of manufacturers today do not measure the results of their shop-floor operational efforts in real time. Full Article

KUKA Industries Bundles Technological Expertise

Press Release - KUKA Industries


KUKA is bundling the competence in automated system components and solutions available at KUKA Systems GmbH – Technology Solutions division and Reis GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik to create a new division to be named KUKA Industries. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Dynamic Solution for Small Oil-Parts Production

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Shamrock Precision Inc. (Farmers Branch, TX) makes a specialty of manufacturing small precision parts—typically 2–9" (51–229-mm) long for downhole oil well applications.The company has gained a solid reputation for manufacturing reliable products that are designed to break and release electromechanical equipment into action once a specific amount of force is exerted on them. Full Article

Software Update: Moving to 3D Model-Based Inspection Improves Shop-Floor Quality Control

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


David Olson is Director of Sales and Marketing at Verisurf Software Inc. (Anaheim, CA) Manufacturing Engineering: What’s new in the recently updated X8 inspection software from Verisurf? Full Article

Advanced Programming Makes the Case for Reshoring Moldmaking Operations

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


The inexorable flow of mold-and-die manufacturing from North America and Europe to the Far East may be slowing somewhat, due to factors including rising labor costs in China, time-to-market concerns and quality issues. With the latest improvements in CAD/CAM software for die/mold machining, many manufacturers are steadily rebalancing that cost equation and reshoring a good chunk of moldmaking work previously done overseas. Full Article

Software Update: Gaining a Predictive Edge with Factory-Floor Monitoring

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Edzel Lapira is president of Predictronics Corp. (Milford, OH), a startup developer of industrial robot factory health-monitoring software. Full Article

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