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Manufacturing Engineering: June 2020

The June 2020 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Absolute Machine Tools can integrate its line of cobots to work alongside an operator or in place of an operator, ensuring production throughput remains constant.

Finding the Sweet Spot in Vertical Machining Centers

May 18, 2020
The 40/20 vertical machining center platform is rightly regarded as the workhorse of job shops. To help their customers deal with increased competitive pressures, machine tool builders are improving on this established 40 × 20" design, relying on advanced spindle technologies, fourth and fifth axis table-on-table configurations and high-speed, high-efficiency machining strategies.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
A Toyoda cylindrical grinder in action shows the importance of coolant.

Grinding Precision and Productivity Reach New Heights

May 20, 2020
Grinding, like all machining processes, is generally thought of as a process of tradeoffs. To gain one attribute, you have to sacrifice another. However, that is not always true.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Index’s TNL20-11 can be equipped with the company’s iXcenter robotic part handling system for unattended operation.

Multi-Purpose Machine Tool

May 22, 2020
So you’ve heard all sorts of good things about Swiss-style, sliding headstock CNC lathes and have been thinking about investing in one.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Axel Wagner of Allied Machine & Engineering using a tool balancing machine.

The Essentials of Tool Balancing

May 25, 2020
Balanced toolholding assemblies, with even weight distribution, operate better. Unbalanced assemblies may experience vibration and shorter tool life, which are amplified by high machining speeds.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Seco’s Series 520 indexable insert drill.

Toolmakers Respond to New Holemaking Demands

May 27, 2020
One of mankind’s oldest manufacturing methods—making a hole—is now challenged by rapid advances, including new and harder materials, increased part complexity, ever smaller component parts, and the need for shorter cycle times.
By Frank Burke Contributing Editor, SME Media

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  • SME Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Simin Nasseri, PhD, posing with her 2019 Italian Packaging Technology Award certificate while in Italy.
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    Italian Technology Award: Opens Doors, Enriches Engineering Education

    May 29, 2020
    About 30 years ago, I was introduced to the amazing world of manufacturing. The Universal Co., a well-established home appliance manufacturer in Tehran, Iran, had already started to be equipped with advanced mechanisms and robots. There, my new work as a manufacturing engineer/die designer produced a deep, passionate love for manufacturing.
    By Simin Nasseri, PhD - Kennesaw State University, SME Member Since 2006

Advanced Manufacturing Now

Additive Manufacturing Update

Workforce Pipeline

  • Reyes Curiel (foreground) and other students learning CAD/CAM on a workstation.
    Workforce Development

    Viewing the Future of Manufacturing at Desert View

    June 5, 2020
    Teaching at Desert View High School in this close-knit area of Tucson, Ariz. can be quite a challenge. Our student body is about 90 percent Hispanic, and in many households both parents have to work.
    By Cesar Gutierrez - Precision Manufacturing Teacher, Desert View High School

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