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Manufacturing Engineering: August 2020

The August 2020 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
The Large Additive and Subtractive Modular Machine development unit, with two giant articulating FANUC robots on rails that perform wire and arc additive deposition, a rotary part rotator and build platform, and a Tricept unit for subtractive machining.

Print, Cut, or Use the Best of Both?

July 22, 2020
Manufacturing Engineering last covered the pluses and minuses of combining additive and subtractive machining in detail in July 2017.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Augmented and mixed reality leverages another important component of Industry 4.0, the digital twin. In this example from Microsoft, a technician is guided through the steps needed to assemble a fuel-injection system.

ERP in the Age of Industry 4.0

July 23, 2020
As with so much else in manufacturing, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a byproduct of the Third Industrial Revolution. Where electronics began transforming manual lathes and mills into CNC machine tools some 60 years ago, so too have computers and information technology given us CAD/CAM, ERP, PLM, and so much more.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Electric vehicle parts being inspected with a Renishaw Equator gaging system.

Gages Step Up the Tech

July 27, 2020
Sophisticated metrology equipment, like coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and laser scanners, are increasingly seen outside quality labs. “Many companies have cut costs by moving inspection from the lab to the shop floor,” said Matteo Zoin, head of marketing and new market development for Marposs Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
(Left to right) Jackie Zhang, Anjana Chiluka, Megan Joseph, Stephanie Price, Reena Limbachia, and Alison Niendorf at a Digital Divas event.

Promoting STEM Careers for Women

July 24, 2020
In the United States, females earn 61.3 percent of the four-year college degrees and make up over 50.3 percent of the population, but still lag in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.
Stephanie Price Software Engineer, Promess Inc.
By Stephanie Price Software Engineer, Promess
By Bia Hamed Digital Divas Program Director
Full digital tool information can help deliver safer, more efficient cutting motion, as shown in this delicate turning example from Mastercam.

Connecting the Dots in Manufacturing

July 28, 2020
Before Industry 4.0, it didn’t matter that the CAM software didn’t talk to the ERP system, or that the CNC machine tools were mute. Islands of information were acceptable back then.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
The IMTS balloon will not be flying over McCormick Place in Chicago this September, but AMT says it is fully committed to the show’s return there in September 2022.

IMTS 2020: A Show in Print

July 29, 2020
The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which would have been held in September in Chicago, has been canceled for the first time since World War II.
By SME Media Staff
The new-generation Cincom L212X, featuring the all-axis simultaneous Cincom System M70 Control as well as a 15,000-rpm main spindle.

COVID-19 Disrupts Planning, Not Advanced Technology

July 29, 2020
The impact of disruptive technology and the benefits of Industry 4.0 digitization of controls, machines and processes have been fully embraced by the metal removal segment of advanced manufacturing.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Bluco’s Extra-Large Modular Fixturing system is designed to help shops achieve precise, accurate results on their largest parts. Seen here are custom-configured base plates and a selection of some of Bluco’s 120+ extra-large modular components.

Machine Tool Processes Depend on Creative Enablers

July 30, 2020
It is fair to say that IMTS, virtual or otherwise, presents the ultimate manufacturing tool box, where shops can find the newest, most innovative and proven devices for holding, moving, cutting, bending and inspecting workpieces.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Vollmer’s laser technology can be used to optimize different processes in tool manufacturing, including the machining of chip guide notches.

New Tech Powers Grinding Ops

July 31, 2020
Abrasive machining is a tried-and-true technology for meeting exacting tolerances and producing superior finishes. Manufacturers continue to develop new capabilities.
By Larry Adams Contributing Writer, SME Media
The new-generation TNC 640 control.

The Heart of Modern Manufacturing

August 3, 2020
Controls help make modern manufacturing go. Controls help shop floor employees monitor Industry 4.0 technology. Controls also boost productivity on the shop floor. Technology companies are highlighting improvements designed to maintain the forward momentum of advanced technology.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
A copper welding arm printed on a Markforged machine. The company has added copper to its roster of available metals for printing.

IMTS Reflects Additive Advances

August 4, 2020
Over the past decade, IMTS has been a good indicator of the changing status of additive manufacturing. The show’s floor space devoted to 3D printing expanded from 2014 to 2018, reaching pavilion status at the most recent show. It had been scheduled to grow even more at IMTS 2020 before the show’s cancellation.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

Up Front

  • Expert Opinion

    What’s the Future for Trade Shows?

    July 22, 2020
    Trade shows are a lot of work. If you’re an exhibitor, you have budgeting, travel and logistical headaches. If you’re an attendee, you have travel issues, miles of exhibits to go through, and tasks from your regular job pile up while you’re gone.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    Reclaiming Our Freedoms in the COVID-19 Era

    July 28, 2020
    From ideas to concept sketches converted to scaled drawings to parts, I had products from flying jet packs to entire underwater cities all worked out, except just one minor thing…my jigsaw and rasp could not get me past a crude prototype stage.
    By Jason B. Jones, PhD - Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, SME Member Since 2012

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Measurement & Metrology

    QA Advances as Gage Management Improves

    July 23, 2020
    Any manufacturer operating under quality management system mandates, such as ISO9001, ISO13485, or AS9100, must at the very least maintain a measurement tool library database.
    By Christopher Mendicino - Vice President of Product , High QA Inc.
  • Software

    Empowered Employees Key to Digital Transformation

    July 24, 2020
    Despite the troubles of 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more manufacturing firms are digitally transforming their businesses through pragmatic investments in new technologies.
    By Louis Columbus - Principal, DELMIAWORKS

Research Focus

Additive Manufacturing Update

Workforce Pipeline

  • Workforce Development

    Hands On at University of Dayton

    August 3, 2020
    Why do designers and mechanical engineers need experience operating a manual mill, lathe or surface grinder? A similar question might be asked about CNC machinists: who cares about all that handle cranking and lever turning when practically all machining these days is under computer and servomotor control?
    By Kip Hanson - Contributing Editor, SME Media


  • Expert Opinion

    Shift Happens!

    August 4, 2020
    Last March when the pandemic hit, we had to shift in a lot of different ways, didn’t we? The lessons we learned and the actions we took in our personal and business endeavors during the early weeks of the pandemic may become a permanent pattern in the fabric of our lives.
    By Meghan West - President, CNC Software Inc.