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Manufacturing Engineering: January 2020

The January 2020 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.

Two Roads to Toolpath Evolution

January 2, 2020
The evolution of toolpath development has taken two routes, according to Ben Mund, senior market analyst for CNC Software Inc., Tolland, Conn.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

Taking Stainless Steel Machining to the Next Level

January 3, 2020
Stainless steel is far from an unknown quantity in machine shops. Yet, particularly in automotive and aerospace applications, tools and cutting methods continually evolve to optimize output—particularly as parts get more complex.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
This 50,000-lb (22,680 kg) backup roll is being repaired in a turning operation using ceramic inserts.

What Makes the Cut in Heavy-Duty Turning?

January 7, 2020
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that turning large metal parts—like 10,000-lb (4,536 kg) work rolls, for example—is no different than turning smaller parts.
By SME Media Staff

Hang On Tight

January 5, 2020
Smart chucks and zero-point locating systems, quick-change vises and modular workholding are good examples of advanced workholding systems, but you might be thinking, “Who needs it? Give me a 6" machinist’s vise, a three-jaw power chuck, some toe straps and a few T-nuts and I’ll make whatever parts you send my way.”
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Two 500-kN presses used with a platen workstation to give users the required force. Eric Britton, Promess senior application engineer, stands next to the machine.

Servopress 101: A Basic Guide

January 8, 2020
Servomechanisms are at the heart of 21st century automation. The basic elements are a servomotor; a device to convert rotary motion into linear motion; a suite of sensors to provide the required feedback; a controller to convert feedback data into command signals; and enabling software.
Stephanie Price Software Engineer, Promess Inc.
By Stephanie Price Software Engineer, Promess

Shop Solutions


  • Expert Opinion

    Walking the Talk on Workforce Development

    January 2, 2020
    When we talk about the skills gap, it sounds like one monolithic issue. In reality, it’s thousands of individual issues; every U.S. manufacturing company, each with unique needs and issues, must solve the riddle of attracting and retaining new talent.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Expert Opinion

    Autodesk University Rocks Out in Las Vegas

    January 3, 2020
    Autodesk University in Las Vegas is like a party. But I’ve never left a party so inspired. Often, parties leave you exhausted and looking forward to a bit of rest—the same way an industry conference might leave you feeling after you return home.
    By Pat Evans - Contributing Editor, SME Media

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    Reaching, Imagining and Making the Unmakeable

    January 6, 2020
    Every journey into manufacturing is different. Mine started more than 30 years ago and has taken many paths; these collective experiences led me down the path that allowed me to become SME’s 88th president.
    By Susan M. Smyth, PhD, FSME, NAE - 2020 SME President

Workforce Pipeline

  • Expert Opinion

    Who Should Lead Automation-Driven Changes?

    January 7, 2020
    In recent decades, lean management and Six Sigma have revolutionized global productivity efficiency and quality. And new waves of automation, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, 3D printing, cloud manufacturing, and robotic will no doubt take productivity and efficiency to unprecedented levels.
    By Jim Harter - Chief Scientist, Workplace Gallup Inc.


  • Expert Opinion

    Single Spindle or Multi-Spindle Machines?

    January 9, 2020
    Comparing the cost and ROI of one machine type versus another makes me think of compelling scenes from films such as “Good Will Hunting,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and “Hidden Figures,” in which the main character fills up a chalk board with the divine language of math.
    By Scott Walker - Chairman, Mitsui Seiki USA Inc.

Software Update

  • Software

    Digital Thread Critical to Leveraging Metrology

    January 8, 2020
    One is developing and maintaining an efficient metrology strategy across the manufacturing enterprise, including hardware and software compatibility. Quality managers are asking themselves; how do we manage all our different devices and the software that runs them?
    By David Olson - Director of Marketing, Verisurf Inc.