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Smart Factory Technologies Step Up at IMTS

Smarter factory systems connected via the cloud are the grand vision offered for the future factories that will fully leverage the best available tools from automation, software and machine tool builders.

Speeding Up Moldmaking Processes

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.

Nesting, MRP Solutions Can Boost Fabrication Productivity

Nesting is the process of arranging parts to be cut from sheets of metal or wood in the most efficient manner possible in order to maximize yield and speed the cutting process. By reducing scrap and accelerating the cutting process, fabricators are saving on material cost while running more jobs.

Edge Prep Measured, Tool Life’s Extended

Tool life, geometry, and stability largely depend on proper edge preparation. Tool Flo, located in Houston, TX, is a manufacturer of carbide cutting tools such as inserts for threading, turning, and milling. The company uses optical 3D measurement systems from Alicona Corp. (Bartlett, IL) in the quality assurance of inserts.

Simulation for the Shop Floor

Highly realistic 3-D simulation software can greatly improve manufacturing processes, lending sophisticated visualization tools that help increase manufacturing productivity and product quality.

Epicor Software Names New CEO

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Cowan is set to retire at the end of October 2017, stepping down from the leadership role and his position on the Epicor board of directors. The board of directors has appointed Stephen Murphy, former president of OpenText, to the role of CEO.

Why Optical Metrology Is on the Move

Recently, the power of optical metrology combined with automation has been recognized. What makes automating metrology operations so important?

Betting Big on Multitasking

The cost benefits of deploying multitask machine tools are undeniable, with multitask machines offering the ability to perform many machining operations on parts with just a single setup.