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Manufacturing Engineering: June 2018

The June 2018 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Advanced Technologies Drive New Cylindrical Grinding Capabilities

Advanced Technologies Drive New Cylindrical Grinding Capabilities

May 29, 2018
While cylindrical grinding has been used for some time, its capabilities may not be fully appreciated. New grinding wheel technology, controls, materials and dressing processes, coolant and pump options—as well as smarter software—make today’s machines worth getting acquainted with.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
A FANUC robot services three vertical machines in this cell from Methods Machine Tools.

Automating Verticals: The Time is Right for Every Type of Shop

May 29, 2018
Whether we’re talking about linear pallet systems, simple pallet changers, or robots, it’s clear there is a huge opportunity to automate US machining operations. While horizontal machines are automated more often than verticals, vertical machining centers are more prevalent than horizontals so the greatest untapped potential is in automating verticals.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

Optical Metrology in Three Dimensions

May 29, 2018
Basic trends in modern manufacturing are driving growth in 3D optical metrology. “One is the highly complex and high-tech material that manufacturers are using today. For example, in the aerospace turbine blade market, they simply cannot touch the part like they used to—the surface finish of the material is too readily affected by any kind of contact metrology."
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
Model-based validation and verification of an autonomous vehicle

Simulation Software Spreads its Wings

May 30, 2018
When wrestling with vexing issues such as product complexity, lightweighting, advanced materials and new manufacturing methods, today’s manufacturing engineers increasingly use high-fidelity simulations to visualize solutions to these challenges.
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media
Hangsterfer’s Laboratories Advanced Cutting Fluid 5080

More Shops Take the ‘Through-Way’ for Coolant Applications

May 30, 2018
If John Winter of toolmaker Sandvik Coromant (Fair Lawn, NJ) were to start his own machine shop, all of his machines would be equipped for through-spindle coolant (TSC).
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
5ME Cryogenic System

Liquid Nitrogen an Alternative to Traditional Coolants

May 30, 2018
Cryogenics offer an alternative to traditional liquid coolants when conventional cooling methods can’t or don’t do the job well enough.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

Up Front

  • Tooling & Workholding

    Change and Continuity in Manufacturing

    June 1, 2018
    On May 9, I took a whirlwind tour of change in manufacturing by visiting several open house events. First up was BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. in Hoffman Estates, IL, where Matt Tegelman, applications manager and product manager Kaiser, talked about the Industrial Internet of Things.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Automation

    Real Thinking About Artificial Intelligence

    June 1, 2018
    My instincts tell me we need a sense of urgency around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing. The urgency is driven by how quickly technology can move today, and how an unexpected breakthrough can quickly dominate.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
  • Materials

    The Key Role of Force Measurement in Composites

    June 1, 2018
    Composite materials have clear benefits for manufactured parts in aerospace, medical, automotive applications and many other industries. Ensuring the highest part accuracy is critical. Force measurement and material testing are essential processes for product designers and manufacturers to gain insightful data to create high-quality composite components.
    By James M. Clinton, L.S. Starrett Co.

SME Speaks

  • Expert Opinion

    Lasers Grow Manufacturing

    June 1, 2015
    Today, laser technology in manufacturing touches all of our lives on a daily basis; lasers cut air bag material and weld air bag detonators for our in-car safety; lasers weld the batteries in many of our mobile devices; lasers drill aero-engine components for planes; lasers cut the glass for our smart phones and tablets screens; lasers weld the drivetrains in our cars and trucks; lasers cut medical stents that increase and enhance our lives, just to name a few.
    By Geoff Shannon, PhD - Manager, Advanced Technology, Amada Miyachi America, Member Since 2009

Workforce Pipeline

Software Update

  • Controls

    Speeding Up the Additive Manufacturing Design Process with New CAD/CAM Tools

    June 5, 2018
    PowerMill 2019 provides a dedicated suite of tools to program high-rate additive processes—commonly known as directed energy deposition [DED]. The DED process utilizes a CNC machine tool or industrial robot that can focus a power source—typically laser, arc or electron-beam—at a point in space.
    By Patrick Waurzyniak - Contributing Editor, SME Media

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