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Manufacturing Engineering: March 2019

The March 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Non-Automotive Manufacturing Sectors Flocking to Robotics

Non-Automotive Manufacturing Sectors Flocking to Robotics

February 28, 2019
Cheaper robots with more functions, along with more flexible work cells and installations that facilitate robotics, are accelerating the growth of automated manufacturing facilities in the non-automotive sector. Ideas on whether robotics and automation lead to lights-out manufacturing on the shop floor, though, are mixed.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
Automating Job Shops? You Bet!

Automating Job Shops? You Bet!

February 28, 2019
If “automation” is the constant drone you hear from practically everyone in metalworking these days, job shop owners might be the only people yelling “No!” Or at least “Wait!” How, they ask, can you cost-effectively automate low-volume, high-mix parts? Yet it’s not only doable but probably necessary.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Automotive Industry Improves Automation, Adopts Advanced Tech

Automotive Industry Improves Automation, Adopts Advanced Tech

March 1, 2019
The U.S. auto industry has been automated for decades. Production of cars and trucks is associated with large, hulking robots fenced off from human employees. Inside those fenced off areas, tasks such as welding are performed. The industry, though, is advancing on the automation front.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Software, CNC Interface Gains Push Programming Productivity

Software, CNC Interface Gains Push Programming Productivity

March 1, 2019
Connected manufacturing and digitization technologies are spurring many of the major innovations in CNC machine controls that help machine shops cut metal and create parts as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media
Indexable Tools Designed to Maximize Performance

Indexable Tools Designed to Maximize Performance

March 1, 2019
No one can accuse cutting tool manufacturers of not trying every possible combination of coating, substrate, material and geometry in their quest to gain a competitive edge for their customers.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

Up Front

Advanced Manufacturing Now

SME Speaks

  • Hai Doan
    SME Speaks

    Is a Master’s Degree Right for You?

    March 8, 2019
    Technology is improving at a rapid pace, and these developments are being incorporated into the manufacturing industry. According to Deloitte’s “2018 Skills Gap in Manufacturing Study,” the industry could have a shortage of 2.4 million skilled workers by 2028.
    By Hai Doan - Mechanical Engineering Research Assistant, University of Alberta, SME Member Since 2018

Software Update

Workforce Pipeline

Viewpoints

  • Montez King
    Workforce Development

    Innovation Changes the Game for Apprenticeships

    March 11, 2019
    A question I ask an employer when I’m being toured around a manufacturing company is, “What makes this department thrive?” It’s a hopeful, positive question that initially lights the eyes.
    By Montez King - Executive Director, National Institute of Metalworking Skills

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