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Manufacturing Engineering: May 2020

The May 2020 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
An operator enters job status into a Machining Insight interface at the control, and in turn the service offers 24/7 reporting on every machine in the network.

Industry 4.0 Offers Real Solutions

April 20, 2020
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.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Implementing Industry 4.0, including through classrooom learning as shown here, may help attract and retain shop workers who are excited about learning something new and being at the cutting edge of technology.

No Shop Too Small for Industry 4.0

April 21, 2020
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.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
The NANMILL is a small-diameter, multi-toothed end mill for 90o shoulder milling.

How Indexable Tools Keep Their Edge

April 22, 2020
Sales figures don’t lie: indexable cutting tools—featuring removable cutting tips called inserts—are a smash hit with machine shops.
By SME Media Staff
The video-based Starrett AV350 CNC vision system features 12:1 zoom optics.

Measurement Accuracy: What You Need to Know

April 23, 2020
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?
By Michael C. Anderson Contributing Writer

Shop Solutions

  • Rick Hoffman (right), CEO of EIMCo, with a machinist in the company’s machine shop.

    Remote Monitoring Reveals How to Boost Uptime on Laser Machines

    April 27, 2020
    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.
    By East Iowa Machine Co.
  • Dr. Arden Warner with components of the electromagnetic boom Natural Science invented to clean up oil spills on water more efficiently.
    Machining & Metal Cutting

    Shop Helps Revolutionize Oil Disaster Response

    April 28, 2020
    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.
    By Natural Science

Up Front

  • Alan Rooks
    Expert Opinion

    Fast Retooling Helps Factories Fight COVID-19

    April 20, 2020
    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.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

SME Speaks

  • Blockchain: Great for Manufacturing Supply Chains
    SME Speaks

    Blockchain: Great for Manufacturing Supply Chains

    April 24, 2020
    In 1994 I was 11, and my dad brought home a Canon PC with a 486 Intel processor running Windows 3.1. Yes, believe it or not Canon used to make PCs; before that, we had a Tandy 1000 at home.
    By Joel D. Neidig - ITAMCO, SME Member Since 2014

Research Focus

  • Steve George Business Intelligence Manager SME
    Expert Opinion

    Manufacturers Adapt to COVID-19, Remain Optimistic

    April 21, 2020
    To gage the impact COVID-19 will have on the manufacturing industry, SME Media surveyed more than 700 manufacturing professionals to understand how their companies will begin to recover post-COVID-19.
    By Steve George - Business Intelligence Manager, SME

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Rick Lees  Director of Technical Operations Excellerant
    Smart Manufacturing

    Acquiring Production Data From Legacy Equipment

    April 22, 2020
    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.
    By Rick Lees - Director of Technical Operations, Excellerant
  • BUMAX uses 100 percent renewable electrical energy from hydroelectric power plants at its Åshammar, Sweden facility, shown here.
    Expert Opinion

    Fastener Maker Cuts Energy Usage by 50 Percent

    April 23, 2020
    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.
    By Patrik Lundström Törnquist - Managing Director , BUMAX
  • Combination spindle and roller bearings are best for tool rigidity on axial tools, while roller bearings improve radial tool performance.
    Tooling & Workholding

    Live Tooling: Basic Concepts, Recent Developments

    April 24, 2020
    Live tooling, as the name implies, is driven by the CNC and the turrets of various spindle and powered sub-spindle configurations on CNC lathes.
    By Preben Hansen - President, Platinum Tooling Technologies Inc.

Software Update

  • Simulation and verification in DP Technology’s ESPRIT CAM software helps manufacturers speed up design and manufacture of new products, according to the developer.

    Digital Twin Powers Accurate Program Simulation

    April 27, 2020
    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.
    By Chuck Mathews - Executive Vice President , DP Technology Corp.

Product Previews

Workforce Pipeline

  • Gabe Kooyers (fourth from left in black polo), Taylor Sexton (middle in gray sweatshirt), Russell Smith (first on left), Riley Traver (fifth from left, in back), Chris Schuman (second row, second from right), and Tyler Spaulding (second row, first on right) with the team from Mastercam.
    Workforce Development

    Van Buren Tech Shatters Manufacturing Stereotypes

    April 29, 2020
    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.
    By Gabriel “Gabe” Kooyers - Advanced Manufacturing Instructor, Van Buren Vocational Technical Center


  • Montez King Executive Director NIMS
    Expert Opinion

    Revamping On-The-Job Training

    April 29, 2020
    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.
    By Montez King - Executive Director, NIMS