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  • Autonomous Material Handling – The ROI and How AMRs Advance Your Operations

    March 4, 2021
    Jeff Huerta, Senior VP for Sales at Vecna Robotics, speaks on how successful companies are advancing their operations with fully autonomous material handling equipment, and how some facilities are achieving very quick ROI. He also describes the differences between an AMR and an AGV, and addresses the topic of safety. Lastly, he prescribes ways to get started with this equipment, including what upfront costs companies should be prepared for.
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing magazine
  • ZVerse brings design, engineering, manufacturing together in a live environment

    February 26, 2021
    ZVerse, operates in the design collaboration space and works to make the digital thread a reality for OEMs. Dan Strong discusses the “critical gaps” ZVerse fills, including work-in-process (WIP) for design and converting 2D to 3D files using tech-enabled automation. His company is taking on the lack of real-time design collaboration and existing barriers impeding moving into the digital thread.
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing magazine
  • Bringing Automated Feedback to Machine Tools

    February 26, 2021
    Today’s machine tools create an enormous amount of data. One way of using this information is to implement automated feedback processes that improve machining operations. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Scott Mahrle, director of business development for Q-DAS and Hexagon Integrated Solutions, and Frank Krazer, system engineer for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, about what automated machine tool feedback is and how it impacts the manufacturing process; how automated machine tool feedback can increase the efficiency of both people and equipment; how it can produce costs savings; and how manufacturers can build workers’ confidence in this process.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Smarter Manufacturing Tools to Improve AM

    February 24, 2021
    John Keogh, LIFT’s engineering director, shares all the things the institute and its additive manufacturing partners are doing to develop methods and techniques to better understand the materials and their dimensions – in real time - as they undergo the additive process.
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing magazine
  • Tackling the Skills Gap: Leveraging Millennials and Gen Z

    February 22, 2021
    There is not a lot that all manufacturers of every type and size have in common, but all struggle with same challenge—the skills gap and a changing workforce. John Hindman, Director, Learning and Performance Improvement at Tooling U-SME, sits down with Chris Mahar, Associate Editor, to talk about how manufacturers can benefit from today’s multigenerational workforce. Hear John talk about best practices for training millennials and Gen Z workers to become high performers, and other workforce tips and tricks.
    By Chris Mahar - Associate Editor, SME Media
  • Is now the time to get a cobot?

    February 15, 2021
    In this podcast, Bruce Morey, Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine discusses collaborative robots, or cobots, with Steve Apel. He is a Regional Automation Manager for Acieta. In this role, he helps solve customer challenges through the adoption of new robotic automation technologies.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
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