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Smart Manufacturing: September 2019

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

When Will 5G Arrive? What Will It Mean for Manufacturers?

March 20, 2019
If you believe Glenn Longley, VP for IoT product management at Inseego, manufacturers in the U.S. will be adapting to 5G connectivity within the next 18 months.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
Siemens CTO Jim Rusk

Bringing Intelligent Automation Tech to the Broad Engineering Market

August 1, 2019
Amid vigorous growth in their industry, product lifecycle management (PLM) software developers are exploiting the cloud and machine learning to manage data and enhance the users’ experience.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
Harold Sears of Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center

Automotive Industry Warms to 3D Printing

August 1, 2019
The auto industry wants to expand the use of 3D printers. Automakers such as Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG are working directly with additive manufacturers concerning deployment of the technology.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
FANUC America

Robot Company Creates Industry 4.0-Friendly Software

August 2, 2019
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.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
David Brousell

Brousell: To survive, think like Merck, Cisco, Lexmark and Dow

April 1, 2019
If you look at all the companies that were on the Fortune 500 list in 1990, “a very large percentage of them are not there anymore,” David Brousell, executive director of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, told people attending his talk on “Manufacturing 4.0” at Oracle’s recent Modern Business Experience conference.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
mark norfolk

The Best of Both Worlds in the Same Machine

August 2, 2019
Hybrid manufacturing—using one machine to perform both additive and conventional subtractive manufacturing processes—is gaining traction across manufacturing sectors, allowing companies to leverage the benefits of both.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
Tara Thomasson

How to Go About Harmonizing New Tech

August 5, 2019
Before harmonizing new technology onto the manufacturing floor, critical steps include determining the business problems to be solved and securing buy-in from all stakeholders, industry leaders said recently during an AeroDef conference panel talk on manufacturing production harmonization.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
Carolyn Garvey

Tectonic Shifts Inside Jenoptik Include New Automation Hub in North America

August 5, 2019
The German metrology developer Jenoptik is shifting “from focusing on metrology and laser processing standalone equipment to integrated automation solutions for the automotive industry.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing

Up Front

  • Brett Brune
    Smart Manufacturing

    Serious About Industry 4.0? Then Adopt Open Standards

    August 9, 2019
    Listen up, major manufacturers and CAD vendors: You’ve got the whole world in your hands—the world in this case being the vision of the digitally connected enterprise and cyber-physical ambitions for Industry 4.0.
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing

Collective Intelligence

Passport To Innovation

Guest Columns

  • Robert Glaser
    Smart Manufacturing

    To Prepare for Blockchain, First Check These Three Things

    August 6, 2019
    The value-add of blockchain for businesses is estimated to grow into the trillions by 2030. Experts believe product recalls alone—estimated to cost $8 million today—could be practically eliminated through improved track and traceability enabled by blockchain.
    By Robert Glaser - CEO, Auvesy Inc.
  • Kevin Dowling
    Smart Manufacturing

    PRN-RIA Partnership: There’s Problem Solving in Numbers

    August 6, 2019
    The Pittsburgh region is a hotbed of activity in robotics and AI. This activity includes research and technology companies that commercialize academic research and solve real world problems.
    By Kevin Dowling - Founder & CEO, Pittsburgh Robotics Network & Kaarta
  • Oliver Sturrock
    Smart Manufacturing

    Five Suggestions for How to Retain Tribal Knowledge

    August 7, 2019
    What is tribal knowledge and why should a company care? It is valuable, exclusive information stored only inside someone’s mind and communicated only verbally (if at all). The “someone” may have played an important role in an organization for decades and knows a thing or two that the company treasures yet cannot duplicate.
    By Oliver Sturrock - CTO, Fluke Digital Systems
  • David Leigh
    Smart Manufacturing

    Finding the Right Fit for Custom Products

    August 7, 2019
    There is an ever-increasing demand for the individualization of products from today’s consumer. When consumers are able to get exactly what they want (shape, size, color) they are more satisfied and more likely to do repeat business. But how do you scale custom part production?
    By David Leigh - Chief Operations Officer, EOS
  • Kristian Hulgard
    Smart Manufacturing

    Cobots, End-of-Arm Tooling Minimize Automation Barriers

    August 8, 2019
    Gear maker Osvald Jensen knew it needed to speed up work and improve its performance and productivity by shaving seconds off its run time while ensuring round-the-clock up-time on its machinery.
    By Kristian Hulgard - General Manager, Americas Division, OnRobot
  • Kristen Letelier
    Smart Manufacturing

    Time to Push for Step and Other Open Standards

    August 9, 2019
    In the age of Industry 4.0 and the digital thread, computer-aided design (CAD) data exchange should be open and seamless because it happens daily in a multi-tiered supplier ecosystem and so much interoperability depends on it. But we are not there yet.
    By Kristen Letelier - Senior Manager Operations Program Management, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

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