Industry 4.0 often seems like a vague, faraway idea, but there are several practical and relatively easy steps that can be taken to jump into the “future of manufacturing” right now. From addressing skilled labor shortages to increasing machine utilization, a fancy title should not stop a shop owner from using what works.
The ability to take Industry 4.0 software and implement it into your current server system, connect your machine tools, start collecting data and make it valuable to your business is very easy to do. That is according to Brad Klippstein, supervisor and product specialist at Okuma America Corp., Charlotte, N.C.
It’s an old challenge: You’re a manufacturer whose customer needs you to assure that the part you’ve contracted to make for them will be held to specified tolerances. So, what’s the best method for making sure the part is within spec?
East Iowa Machine Co. (EIMCo) in Farley, Iowa, is a full-service machine and fabrication shop. It is an ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing company, employing about 150 people on three shifts at its single 130,000 ft2 (12,077 m3) location, and converts raw metals into finished component parts and assemblies using a wide variety of CNC equipment and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes.
Oil spills are, unfortunately, an unavoidable consequence of pumping, drilling and shipping the commodity around the globe. The most recent large-scale oil spill, the BP Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, continues to have detrimental effects on surrounding ecosystems.
It wasn’t exactly a sneak attack, but the coronavirus hit the U.S. in March with a force not unlike what happened during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, which prompted the U.S. to enter World War II.
Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturers make strategic and operational decisions with digital production data and analytics, including information ranging from part counts and output speeds to machine conditions and alarm status.
Rick Lees - Director of Technical Operations, Excellerant
At BUMAX, we have reduced the energy we use for heating and electricity at our Åshammar, Sweden, facility by more than 50 percent since 2011, significantly reducing carbon emissions and further streamlining the production of our high-strength stainless steel fasteners.
Patrik Lundström Törnquist - Managing Director , BUMAX
What makes a CAM system “good,” in our opinion, is the quality of its post processor and the technical support provided by the vendor. When programming questions are answered quickly and accurately, and the system produces good code, programming is simplified and machine utilization goes up, while both setup and cycle times drop.
Chuck Mathews - Executive Vice President , DP Technology Corp.
It’s easy to tell the quality of an educational institution by the character of its graduates. Van Buren Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing graduates have both the hard and soft skills that make them invaluable employees and ideal continuing students.
Gabriel “Gabe” Kooyers - Advanced Manufacturing Instructor, Van Buren Vocational Technical Center
The “complexity gap” is a reality all manufacturers must face as they prepare their workforces for modern manufacturing methodologies. This gap is widening as new and emerging technologies demand more and more varied skills than the average worker can master in the time frame that employers need to compete in our economy.