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Robot Company Creates Industry 4.0-Friendly Software

FANUC has made real one of the promises of Industry 4.0, that of predictive maintenance for factory equipment, with its Zero Down Time IoT solution. ZDT can be applied to any of FANUC’s robotic arms and their peripherals.

Shop Roots Out Long Set Up Times with Advanced Automation

Erik Anderson, president and CEO of Basin Precision Machining LLC, has determined that setups are the root of all evil when it comes to manufacturing productivity. They cause part variations, downtime, and high-percentage scrap rates.

Is Manufacturing in America Up or Down?

I have been confused lately by contradictory messages coming from people and news sources I pay attention to. On the one hand I hear and read—from knowledgeable sources—that manufacturing in the U. S. is becoming “hollowed out.”

Boeing Reports Record Loss

Boeing Co. today reported a record annual loss of almost $12 billion as it dealt with the 737 Max crisis and a slump in demand for air travel.

ExOne Receives U.S. Contract

Additive manufacturing company ExOne Co. has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense contract to develop a fully operational, self-contained 3D printing “factory” housed in a shipping container.

PPE Helps Dental Students Complete Training

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the University of Detroit’s dental education programs in early 2020, and reopening them depended in part on securing adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep the students safe.

3D Systems, Huntington Ingalls Industries to Collaborate

3D Systems said it is collaborating with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division to develop Copper-Nickel (CuNi) and Nickel-Copper (NiCu) alloys for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.