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Manufacturing Engineering: May 2021

The May 2021 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 Implementation for Small and Medium-Sized Shops

April 22, 2021
How job shops can gain insight into and improve their operations with scalable implementation of Industry 4.0 tools
By ME Staff Report
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Cybersecurity for the Factory Floor

April 23, 2021
With cybercrime attacks reaching a crescendo, it’s imperative that manufacturers take action now
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media
Walter USA’s indexable threadmill requires multiple revolutions to cut a complete thread, but the lower engagement forces make it faster than taps, with better thread quality and longer tool life.

New Tech Powers Productivity Gains in Indexable Milling

April 26, 2021
New features mean more choices in cutting with inserts
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
In GOM’s automated measuring machines, ATOS sensors can be operated together with the Plus Box, a photogrammetric add-on sensor that can be directly attached to the ATOS system.

Scanners Measure Up

April 27, 2021
Laser scanners and structured white light scanners for metrology are advancing at the same time that customer are demanding major improvements. As a result, scanning technologies are making rapid progress.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
A SynchroFlex II SFT50 performing synchronized tapping with M8 on a CNC lathe with live tooling uses a self-reversing tapping attachment at 2,500 rpm to tap ten M8 holes in 11 seconds.

New Tech Offers Improved Drilling Productivity for Steel, Cast Iron

April 28, 2021
Holemaking in steel and cast iron up to one inch in diameter is one of the most widely used metalworking processes. What is driving drilling and tapping performance are advances in substrate, coatings, three-flute designs, and combination tools. Just as important are advances in coolant delivery, using different size holes and shapes to facilitate chip evacuation.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media

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Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Machining & Metal Cutting

    Deep Hole Drilling Demands Precise Coolant Control

    April 26, 2021
    Today’s deep hole drilling systems control coolant much the same as they would a machine’s spindle or axes. Careful management of coolant pressure, filtration, temperature and flow rate is key to optimizing deep hole drilling.
    By Anthony Fettig - CEO, UNISIG
  • Tooling & Workholding

    Drill Choice: Solid-Carbide or Replaceable-Insert?

    April 27, 2021
    Selecting the best type of cutting tool for holemaking jobs is not always clear. It is best to have a drill that caters to the workpiece material, produces the specs required, and provides the most profit for the job at hand. Considering the variety of jobs and parts manufactured in machine shops, there is no “one-drill-fits-all.”
    By Rob Brown - Engineering Trainer, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.