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Mobile Robots Improve Global Competitiveness

Two MiR100 robots from Mobile Industrial Robots have improved logistics and efficiency and are helping New Jersey-based manufacturer Magna-Power compete in a global market. The robots have freed the equivalent of three full-time employees from the repetitive, low-value transportation of components and assemblies so that workers can focus their skills on higher-value activities.

Report: Nearly Half of Engineering Students Experience Sexual Harassment

Half of women faculty and staff in academia experience sexual harassment, and almost half of all engineering students experience sexual harassment from faculty or staff, according to a report covered at WE18 in Minneapolis, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE; Chicago) conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology.

Volvo Penta Launches US Final Assembly of Industrial Engines

Volvo Penta announced May 7 the commencement of a final assembly line for production of industrial versatile—or variable speed—diesel engines at its established engine factory in Lexington, TN. The move will improve customization of engine orders based on specific requirements and reduce delivery lead times for Volvo Penta’s growing customer base in the North American market.

Precision Springs for Medical Manufacturing

Medical device manufacturing is at the forefront of innovation, making it one of the most critical industries. Spring manufacturers have been fortunate enough to play a major role in the development of articulated instruments for medical device design. Springs are frequently used in products like dental X-ray equipment, surgical staplers, drug infusers, and more.

Flexible Manufacturing for a Future with Mixed Materials

As automotive manufacturers around the world begin to invest in products and components made with a variety of advanced lightweight materials, the ComauFlex body shop solution—developed and refined over the past decade—has been demonstrating how it can accommodate dissimilar materials while incorporating a wide range of processes.

3D Printing: A Change Agent for Manufacturing

It’s not often you get the opportunity to witness rapid, life-impacting change, but for those of us who have been in the 3D printing industry over the last few decades, we have witnessed just that. In the last 20-plus years, 3D printing has changed the definition of manufacturing from merely “one-size-fits-all” to “customized” production and from “high-volume” to “high-complexity/low-volume”—a startling paradigm shift that has enabled many new applications for the manufacturing industry.

Advanced Technologies for Machining Oil-Field Parts

Despite falling oil prices, the investment valve in the oil and gas industry remains on—for now—as manufacturers continue their race to provide large, precision parts for fracking, subsea drilling and other related activities. But as anybody in the energy sector knows: this is the land of boom or bust.