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ISM Forecasts Manufacturing to Expand in 2020

Manufacturing should expand in the first half of 2020, including increased revenue for companies, the Institute for Supply Management said this week in a semi-annual forecast.

Tackling Downtime and Inefficiencies with Software

Turning to software over paper reports does more than just save trees. Chris Mahar, Associate Editor of Manufacturing Engineering, talks with David McPhail, President and CEO of Memex Inc., about how manufacturers can utilize technology to improve efficiency, reduce downtime and boost productivity and profits across their business.

HP: 3D Printing Making Progress

Additive manufacturing is progressing but faces challenges before it is widely implemented, an executive of HP Inc. said in an interview.

How to Apply Principles of Lean Thinking to the Manufacturing Process

In manufacturing, the most efficient process is destined to come out on top. Efficiency is the highest priority. Toyota revolutionized the standards of efficient manufacturing by applying the principles of what is now known as lean thinking, a term coined by Daniel T. Jones and James P. Womack who have studied Toyota’s rise in-depth.

Siemens Emphasizes Integrated Toolsets at Conference

There is still a lot of talk about breaking down the “silos” within a manufacturing enterprise. Siemens, like other software providers, is trying to address the problem by offering toolsets that are easier to integrate and work together.

Materials Made for Manufacturing the Future

With more manufacturers and engineers embracing additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, for serial production of functional parts, the demand for and creation of high-performing additive materials continues at a rapid pace.

Traditional Versus Laser Welding

With much faster processing speeds and higher quality, you might think laser welding would quickly take over the field. But traditional welding hangs on. And depending on who you ask and what applications you consider, it may never go away.