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Manufacturing Tech Orders Surge on Monthly Basis, Fall From a Year Earlier

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


US manufacturing technology orders surged on a monthly basis in March but were still down compared to the same month last year, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today. Full Article

At Smart Manufacturing Summit, Harley CEO Urges Clear Focus on Strategy, ROI

By John A. Bernaden


The latest technological advances like 3-D printing, robotics or the Internet of Things often make big headlines. However, more than 150 CEOs at the fourth annual Smart Manufacturing Summit this spring learned that technology should be their last concern. Full Article

Machining Parts Complete in One Clamping

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


The appeal of multitasking machining isn’t difficult to understand. Multitasking machines overcome some limitations of conventional machines and work their own special brand of magic in subtractively processing parts. From the earliest mill-turn machines to today’s most advanced multifunction machines featuring simultaneous processing, manufacturers have recognized that productivity-enhancing multitasking machining and quality go hand in hand. Full Article

Automotive Gears and Their Opportunities and Challenges

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


It’s a good time to be supplying the automotive powertrain sector,” said David Goodfellow, CEO of Star SU (Hoffman Estates, IL), reflecting the impact of record setting vehicle sales in 2015. Gears are Star SU’s business. The company provides cutting tools, machine tools, and servicing for practically any industry needing gears. “About 50% of our business today is supMachines such as those available from Mazak that cut gears as part of multitasking machine are ideal for low to medium volume applications, according to the company.plying the automotive powertrain sector,” he said, not including off-highway customers. Full Article

Speeding Up Moldmaking Processes

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Moldmaking is making a comeback, with more reshoring to North America of mold-and-die manufacturing that left for the Far East and other low-cost manufacturing centers. With faster metalcutting through high-speed machining (HSM) and improved EDM techniques, mold-and-die shops are finding innovative ways to compete with manufacturing operations in traditionally low-cost labor markets. Full Article

FANUC Launches New IoT System for Smart Manufacturing Era

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


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

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