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Manufacturing Engineering: December 2018

The December 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Outlook: Solid U.S. Economic Momentum Poised to Cool in 2019

Outlook: Solid U.S. Economic Momentum Poised to Cool in 2019

November 21, 2018
U.S. economic growth is expected to continue in 2019, while outlooks for the aerospace and defense, automotive, energy and medical industries vary.
By Oxford Economics Press Release
Manufacturing in 2050: The World Turned Upside Down?

Manufacturing in 2050: The World Turned Upside Down?

November 26, 2018
Powerful trends will push manufacturing close to complete automation by 2050, while the people still working in the industry will be empowered to rapidly innovate like never before.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Cyber Secure Manufacturing Is Smart Manufacturing

Cyber Secure Manufacturing Is Smart Manufacturing

November 26, 2018
It’s probably not a bad idea for smaller and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to adopt an “us against them” attitude as they become aware of the prevalence of cyber-attacks in the digital age of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Thermo XL5

Testing the Metal

November 27, 2018
Materials science has opened new possibilities for designers of cars, planes and other products. Metal alloys are now as precisely engineered as they are machined. The result is longer lasting, stronger parts. But with a wider selection of materials comes risk—how can you be sure that one piece of gray metal stock is different than another? Careful warehousing procedures and paperwork only go so far.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media

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Up Front

  • Workforce Development

    Celebrating the People of Manufacturing

    December 3, 2018
    We tend to think of the manufacturing industry as an abstract concept, describing it in terms of trends, growth rates and output. Two of our features in this issue, including the cover story, do exactly that. And that’s a good thing!
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • ISS Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

    November 29, 2018
    Two entities are taking steps to form an interstellar economy with the ISS as an orbiting manufacturing hub—the Center for Advancement of Science in Space in Melbourne, FL, (managers of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory) and Made In Space, a Moffett Field, CA, firm.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Digitalization At Every Step For Machine Tool Builders

    December 3, 2018
    Today’s machine tool builder has read many articles and papers about the emerging concept of digitalization. Here are three ways OEM engineering and management teams can view this technology and its impact as it shapes the production and sales process of the future.
    By Ramona Schindler - Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.
  • Helical Cutters Go Deep and Long in Tough Materials

    December 13, 2018
    When it comes to achieving high material-removal rates in even the toughest materials, it’s hard to beat helical cutters. With the correct insert grades and cutting data, these cutters can achieve far greater depths of cut than non-helical milling tools without sacrificing reach or the ability to hold tolerance.
    By Tim Aydt - Indexable Milling Product Manager, Seco Tools LLC


  • Securing the Edge of the Network

    December 3, 2018
    As IIOT-enabled devices usher in a new era of connected factory floors, manufacturers must protect critical equipment at the edge of their production networks. Companies are rapidly investing in edge computing, which enables data and analytics gathering at the source, pushing computing applications, data, and services away from centralized locations.
    By Jason Andersen - Vice President, Business Line Management, Stratus Technologies

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    How One Research Conference Still Inspires Me

    December 3, 2018
    My first participation in SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) was in 1994 at NAMRC-XXII, hosted by Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). I presented my work, “Development of a New Type of Magnetic Finishing Tool for Internal Finishing of Tubes Using Rotating Magnetic Field,” in the Machining Innovation 1 session at 10:30 a.m. on May 25, 1994.
    By Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet, Dr. Eng., FSME - 2018-19 President, North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME), SME Member Since 1997

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