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Manufacturing Engineering: July 2018

The July 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing

30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing (Sponsored by Markforged)

July 13, 2018
Manufacturing Engineering’s 2018 Class of 30 Under 30 honorees are in a class all their own. This is the sixth year Manufacturing Engineering is recognizing 30 individuals under the age of 30 that are leading the manufacturing industry into the future.
Candace Roulo
By Candace Roulo Managing Editor, SME Media
By James D. Sawyer Editor in Chief, SME Media
IIoT: From Catchphrase to Reality

IIoT: From Catchphrase to Reality

June 27, 2018
There are plenty of manufacturing catchphrases: the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 and the Digital Factory. “Sometimes it’s a lot of buzzwords. Sometimes there’s a lot of reality behind it,” said Roger Hart, research and development manager of Siemens (Berlin and Munich, Germany).
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Synthis T3 All-in-One SCARA

Sharpening the Point of Attack of Automation on the Shop Floor

June 28, 2018
Flexibility has come to automation, perhaps as never before. And for industries that require precision machining, assembly, and measurement, automation technologies have never been more available.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Fagor HBH series pendant

Modern CNCs Make Easy Work Out of Tough Stuff

June 27, 2018
It’s the machine tool acronym you never bother to put into words: CNC. And much of the time it’s probably OK to view your “computer numerical control” as a black box doing magic. But if you’re struggling with high-speed machining, need better surface finishes or higher accuracy, have training and retention problems, or want a better handle on your production efficiency, the answer just might be the latest iterations of those three little letters.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
MES configurations

The Multi-Directional Evolution of MES Software

June 27, 2018
Originally developed for tracking and control of shop floor operations in larger manufacturing environments, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software has evolved into an extensive variety of network configurations.
By ME Staff Report
G&W Products

Cloud-Based IT System Takes Fabricator to the ‘Next Level’

June 29, 2018
Since its founding in 1968, G&W Products (Fairfield, OH) has grown into a diversified global provider of metal stamping and fabrication capabilities. According to Jeff Karan, director of enterprise technologies, “Our three facilities and 160 employees handle orders ranging from 100 to 100,000 pieces and provide customers with assemblies from 1 to 20,000 lb.”
By ME Staff Report

Shop Solutions

  • GOM ATOS blue light scanner
    Quality/Inspection/Test

    3D Metrology Redefines Appliance Maker’s Product Development

    June 29, 2018
    GE Appliances (GEA) has been designing and manufacturing consumer appliances for over 125 years. The iconic brand, headquartered in Louisville, KY, employs nearly 6000 people, a number that rose to 12,000 employed globally after its acquisition by Haier, making the company part of the largest appliance manufacturer in the world.
    By Jim Lorincz - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • CNC programmer Will Slota

    Second Chance Futures Begin with Training at Pioneer Industries

    June 29, 2018
    Imagine applying for a job where your past mistakes are overlooked. Where there’s no stigma associated with a criminal record or struggles with drug abuse, and where everyone is given a helping hand on their road to a new life. If you’re applying at Pioneer Industries, a division of the social enterprise Pioneer Human Services (Seattle, WA), you’ve come to the right place.
    By Jim Lorincz - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • DP Tool’s management team
    Automation

    Shop Thrives on Advanced Manufacturing and Machining Technologies

    June 29, 2018
    DP Tool & Machine Inc. (Avon, NY) is a contract machine shop that benefits from a well-rounded array of advanced machining and manufacturing technologies. These include multitasking and five-axis machines as well as automation and some digital connectivity.
    By Jim Lorincz - Contributing Editor, SME Media

Up Front

  • Women in manufacturing
    Workforce Development

    Celebrating Manufacturing’s Next Generation

    July 13, 2018
    While attending my 40th Class Reunion at Allegheny College this past May, I got a chance to talk with current undergraduates about their research and study projects. I came away impressed not only with the depth of their understanding, but also with their boundless enthusiasm for learning and achieving. It reminded me, a bit wistfully, of my class when we walked that same campus so many years ago.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Bruce Morey
    Expert Opinion

    Metrology, Fundamentals and the Future

    July 7, 2018
    The very nature of manufacturing is changing. Future factories will be highly automated, distributed geographically, yet tied to a central information net, with fewer but highly productive workers. They will produce more, for less, delivering goods efficiently worldwide. As manufacturing changes, so should the methods used to ensure quality products are produced.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
  • Cell analyzer
    Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Silicone vs. Metal Molds in the Medical Industry

    July 9, 2018
    Some in the medical industry are using silicone rubber molds made with a 3D-printed master pattern for low-to-mid production runs of cast polyurethane device housings.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media

Mfg Intel

  • Dina Fattom
    Workforce Development

    Creating Workforce Opportunity with Manufacturing Skills Training

    July 2, 2018
    Earn a college degree, move to a major city, and land a white‐collar job in the knowledge economy—that’s the path many millennials have been taught to follow. But that route isn’t always viable. Crushing student loan debt, skyrocketing housing costs, and wage stagnation are making postgrad life unaffordable for many young people.
    By Dina Fattom - Workforce Development Specialist, SME

Software Update

  • Open-Systems Approach to PLM Gives Digital Transformation Advantages
    Controls

    Open-Systems Approach to PLM Gives Digital Transformation Advantages

    July 2, 2018
    Manufacturers face the ongoing challenges of managing exponential product complexity, staying competitive, and avoiding disruption. For many of them that leads to the notion of digital transformation, but they are not always sure how to get started.
    By Patrick Waurzyniak - Contributing Editor, SME Media

Tech Front

  • Patrick Waurzyniak

    New 2D Hematene Material Shows Promise for Solar Fuel Generation

    July 2, 2018
    An international team of scientists led by Rice University (Houston) researchers has created a new 2D hematene material, an atomically thin form of the common iron oxide known as hematite, which holds potential for 2D magnetism and efficient light-assisted water splitting.
    By Patrick Waurzyniak - Contributing Editor, SME Media

Workforce Pipeline

  • Stemming the Tide with Manufacturing Training
    Workforce Development

    Stemming the Tide with Manufacturing Training

    July 10, 2018
    Sandvik Coromant (Fair Lawn, NJ) once offered a home study course for machinists. It was an orange 13-chapter series where people could study on their own time.
    By JoAnn Mitchell - Partner Marketing Specialist, Sandvik Coromant

Viewpoints

SME Speaks

  • Gregory Kurfess and his parents
    Workforce Development

    Diving Into My Manufacturing Education

    July 10, 2018
    For the past year, I have had the incredible opportunity to pursue my passion for manufacturing by studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech (Atlanta); I would not be where I am today without the help of the SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship. Because of this scholarship and my interactions with SME, I am flourishing as an engineer, leader and student.
    By Greg Kurfess - 2017 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Winner, SME member since 2017

Medical Special Section

  • Marubeni Citizen’s L2000 system shown with an IPG 300/3000w QCW unit
    Automation

    Medical Machining Shifts Into High Gear—With a Laser Assist

    July 5, 2018
    Constant refinement of medical machining from tooling design to finished product requires not only the ability to handle a broad range of plastic and metal materials but also to achieve predictable results—particularly in the face of strict regulations.
    By Geoff Giordano - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Additive Manufacturing Reaches Production Scale for Medical
    Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Additive Manufacturing Reaches Production Scale for Medical

    July 5, 2018
    The use of additive manufacturing (AM) in the medical industry is well established in making dental implants, artificial hip joints, and molds for invisible braces.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Biomedical connectors
    Quality/Inspection/Test

    Advances in Medical Metrology

    July 10, 2018
    Sometimes, too many choices can be a problem. That might be the case today for manufacturers of medical devices, who are facing a host of challenges and opportunities. Devices are small and getting smaller. Their complexity is increasing. End users are demanding tighter tolerances.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
  • Progressive Tool shop employees
    Controls

    Just What the Doctor Ordered for Business Expansion

    July 10, 2018
    When making over-the-counter and prescription soft-gel products, the dosage that fills each gel cap must be precise. It follows, then, that the system for metering the amount of formulation demands the same exacting level of precision. Such is the requirement at leading contract manufacturers of nutritional and pharmaceutical soft-gel products. To keep their metering pumps and production equipment accurate and reliable, they look to Progressive Tool & Manufacturing Inc. (Greensboro, NC).
    By Ben Mund - Senior Market Analyst, CNC Software Inc.

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