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Smart Manufacturing: May 2019

The May 2019 edition of Smart Manufacturing is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.

Setting Sights on Holy Grails in AM

April 26, 2019
As additive manufacturing (AM) moves from prototypes to mass production, manufacturers are setting their sights on the holy grails—the products and processes that will be game-changers. Many game-changers are already in play.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
Special Report: In Blockchain We Trust

Special Report: In Blockchain We Trust

April 26, 2019
The technology behind the rise of cryptocurrencies is widely expected to bring ‘a common source of truth’ to manufacturing.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
When Your Ship Comes in and Needs Sizing Up

When Your Ship Comes in and Needs Sizing Up

April 26, 2019
When drilling a well, clearing a forest or excavating a building site, experienced operators count on their toughest equipment to help them get the job done.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media

Up Front

  • Brett Brune
    Smart Manufacturing

    Have a Clear Strategy Around How You Are Applying IoT?

    April 26, 2019
    Most companies do not have a clear strategy for how they are applying IoT, Mark Weatherford, former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said at an exclusive roundtable Smart Manufacturing convened recently in Chicago.
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing

Collective Intelligence

Passport To Innovation

Guest Columns

  • Michael Grieves
    Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    SME Will Introduce iRAMP at RAPID + TCT to Accelerate Adoption of Additive Manufacturing

    April 10, 2019
    After decades of hype and predictions surrounding additive manufacturing (AM), AM is poised to be on the brink of becoming the disruptive technology that many have long expected. Disruptive technologies are often deemed too costly, less capable or too niche to replace incumbent technology. But over time, many of these technologies reach a tipping point and rapidly replace these incumbents.
    By Michael Grieves - Executive Director, The Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)
  • Thomas Visti
    Smart Manufacturing

    A Free-Wheeling Taxi Service of Sorts Can Set Workers Free

    April 26, 2019
    Manufacturers are facing shrinking product lifecycles with frequently changing customer demands. As a result, they need agile production and flexible factory layouts that can easily be modified whenever needed.
    By Thomas Visti - CEO, Mobile Industrial Robots
  • Stuart Carlaw
    Smart Manufacturing

    Best Practices Meant for the Whole Digital Transformation

    April 26, 2019
    As with any digital transformation process, the devil is in the details, and there are many potential pitfalls that can derail projects.
    By Stuart Carlaw - Chief Research Officer, ABI Research
  • Matt Tyler
    Smart Manufacturing

    How to Automate to Efficiency Without Sacrificing Agility

    April 26, 2019
    There is no shortage of competition in a global market. As a manufacturer trying to get ahead of the pack, automation can help with problems like a limited skilled labor force, quality control issues and suboptimal throughput. But the high initial cost and extended implementation time can be deterrents.
    By Matt Tyler - CEO, Red Rabbit Automation
  • James Watson
    Smart Manufacturing

    Helping smaller companies in U.S. with cyber defense

    April 23, 2019
    Cyber criminals are increasingly setting their sights on today’s digitized manufacturing industry as an entry point into government and commercial supply chains.
    By James Watson - MEP National Network representative and CEO, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting
  • Richard Bergeron
    Smart Manufacturing

    A&D Parts Maker Goes OCD on OTD, Thrives With New Tool

    April 26, 2019
    On-time delivery (OTD), a measurement of the level of finish goods or services delivered when promised and in full, is a signal of efficiency that reveals how well operations is doing.
    By Richard Bergeron - CEO, Decide4Action

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