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Manufacturing Engineering: July 2020

The July 2020 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Seco Tools has developed specific geometries, coatings, carbide substrates and edge preps for machining difficult-to-machine material applications.

Maximizing MRR with Tools for High-Speed Milling

June 17, 2020
Advanced cutting tools can maximize metal removal rates (MRR) when machining even the most difficult-to-machine materials. Powered by the latest CAM programs, these machining strategies are known variously as high-speed, high-efficiency, optimized roughing and also by proprietary brand names like Mastercam’s Dynamic Milling.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Virtual safety training enables people to learn through their mistakes, yet without risk.

Safety Best Practices for the Age of Automation

June 18, 2020
Automation has been an understandable focus in manufacturing for years now. And despite the recent wave of layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the push will probably continue.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
The advent of MTConnect and networked machine tools—together with advanced analytics and remote monitoring platforms—has eliminated the drudgery of data input.

The Connected Machine Shop

June 22, 2020
Change is hard. Whether it’s learning a new software package or setting up a new model of machine tool, many of us wonder at some point, “Is all this hassle worthwhile?” Change can also be risky, raising the specter of lost time, revenue, and reputation.
By Richard Boyle Manager of Mebane Production Unit, Sandvik Coromant
Siemens cybersecurity technologies offer manufacturing users multiple options for locking down factory floor and power plant operations.

Leak-Tight Data Systems

June 19, 2020
Manufacturing operations face a multitude of cyber threats. The latest dangers from hackers include not only the theft of intellectual property but also malicious attacks that can cripple critical infrastructure, such as energy plants, utilities, and large-scale factories.
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media
The RS-SQUARED does not use reference markers in the traditional way because the Absolute Arm does the referencing for it, according to the manufacturer.

Friendlier, Faster Information Collection

June 25, 2020
Manufacturers are featuring some of the latest equipment and software for metrology, quality assurance, and collecting information for process control.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
The TruLaser Station 7000 3D laser machine has a work area 150 percent larger than its predecessors. Available laser power is also increased.

Laser, Fabrication and Automation Power Ahead

June 26, 2020
Laser 3D printing and marking systems are among the heavy-duty cutting and welding systems that had been scheduled for the IMTS Fabricating and Laser Pavilion—testament to the growing impact of what once might have been viewed as ancillary processes.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
The ATC-capable Chip Blower from BIG Kaiser uses high-volume airflow to remove coolant and chips from the machining area.

Machine Components Help Improve Process Efficiency, Productivity

June 30, 2020
There’s more to machining than machine tools and cutters. Shops also need an assortment of machine components to keep their CNC lathes and machining centers humming.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
The EcoCvelox is an all-in-one cleaning, deburring and drying system with a modular design for flexibility.

Parts Cleaning Technology Keeps Up

July 1, 2020
The advance of the novel coronavirus has had the entire world struggling with how to stay aware of and eliminate possible contamination—while still getting work done as efficiently as possible.
Michael Anderson
By Michael C. Anderson Contributing Lead Editor
Suitable for a wide range of machine tools, the Royal Filtermist uses centrifugal impaction to remove the smoke and mist created during machining operations.

Recycle, Reclaim, and Take a Deep Breath

July 2, 2020
Suppliers of cleaning, safety, and environmental equipment are promoting a common message—good housekeeping is not only good for your workforce, it’s also good for the shop’s balance sheet.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    On-Machine Metrology Drives Efficiencies In Large-Scale AM

    June 23, 2020
    In the cornfields of southern Indiana, Thermwood Corp. is making unique large-scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) equipment. LSAM machines produce large- to very-large-sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials, creating industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures used in the aerospace, automotive, foundry, and marine industries.
    By Thermwood Corp.
  • Machining & Metal Cutting

    CAD/CAM Software For Fast, Efficient Prototyping

    June 24, 2020
    Innovative products call for creative developers equipped with prototyping technology that implements their ideas efficiently. That is true for Kärcher, a global manufacturer of cleaning equipment. Located near Stuttgart, Germany, Kärcher, is part of Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG Group, which has more than 13,000 employees in over 127 companies across 72 countries.
    By Kärcher

Up Front

  • Expert Opinion

    When ‘Tried and True’ Won’t Do

    June 17, 2020
    During times like these, editors turn to “tried and true” sayings to frame their opinion columns. One of these sayings is, “May you live in interesting times,” supposedly a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. The saying is used ironically, in that “interesting times” are times of trouble and difficulty.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    Learning the True Value of Adaptability

    June 18, 2020
    I stepped onto campus last August as a freshman engineering student at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. As eager and worried as I was, the next chapter in my education and young adult life was beginning to unfold.
    By Rachel L. Linder - University of Louisville, SME Member Since 2019

Advanced Manufacturing Now

Software Update

  • Software

    Connected, Integrated ERP Software Streamlines Ops

    June 23, 2020
    To be more efficient and to have single sources of the truth in their data, customers are seeking to leverage modern, standard application programmer interfaces (APIs) to integrate into their software.
    By Corey Ladd - Vice President, Product Management, ECI Software Solutions

Workforce Pipeline

Laser Special Section

  • Lasers

    Double-Duty Lasers

    June 29, 2020
    As laser manufacturing systems for sheet and tube grow more sophisticated—powerful, automated and scalable—navigating the wealth of choices might feel daunting.
    By Geoff Giordano - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Lasers

    High-Power Fiber Laser Welding With Filler Material

    June 26, 2020
    Fiber laser welding continues to grow as it improves in weld quality, reliability and performance. Many fiber laser welding applications are autogenous, where the weld is formed entirely by melting parts of the base metal and no additional filler wire or powder is used
    By Mohammed Naeem - Senior Manager, Applications Engineering & Technology Development, Prima Power Laserdyne
  • Lasers

    Laser-Equipped Swiss CNCs Grow in Capability, Ease of Use

    June 25, 2020
    Beginning around six years ago, one machine tool builder after another added laser cutting and even welding to their products’ already impressive repertoires.
    By Kip Hanson - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Lasers

    The Ins and Outs of Laser Marking

    June 26, 2020
    Part identification is a necessary step in any manufacturing operation. This might be as simple as a label on the shipping box, but more often shops are required to mark each component, especially those used in automotive, aerospace, or medical applications.
    By Kip Hanson - Contributing Editor, SME Media