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Manufacturing Engineering: November 2019

The November 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.

Adapting Metal Cutting to Higher Power, Higher-Speed Lasers

October 25, 2019
Using lasers to cut metal, especially sheet metal or tubes, continues to show its value. The market is becoming dominated by the newer solid-state fiber laser over its CO2 gas rival. Fiber’s advantages in ease of operation, packaging and efficiency are clear.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media

Fast, Reliable Abrasive Waterjets Offer New Cutting Efficiencies

October 25, 2019
Abrasive waterjet machining technologies promise fast, clean cutting with high-pressure waterjets approaching 100,000 psi (689 MPa.)
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media

Traditional Versus Laser Welding

October 28, 2019
With much faster processing speeds and higher quality, you might think laser welding would quickly take over the field. But traditional welding hangs on. And depending on who you ask and what applications you consider, it may never go away.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

EDM Performance Up, Manufacturing Costs Down

October 28, 2019
Manufacturers of products as diverse as die and mold, aerospace and medical devices are gaining advantage with improved wire and sinker electrical discharge machines (EDM).
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media

Generative Design and the Conventional Machine Shop

October 29, 2019
The term generative design has been popping up in the manufacturing world of late. Its promise is to create many design permutations to let engineers choose an optimum one that meets sometimes conflicting requirements.
By Joshua Swainston Content Marketing Writer, OMAX Corp.

Shop Solutions


  • Expert Opinion

    FABTECH Keeps the Heat On

    October 31, 2019
    FABTECH is coming to my home town, Chicago, and I’m looking forward to it. Along with IMTS and EMO, it’s one of the top-shelf manufacturing trade shows and it’s big enough to keep people coming back every year to see new technology, get educated and network with their peers.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • Tooling & Workholding

    Right Number of End Mill Flutes Equals Machining Wins

    October 31, 2019
    When it comes to the number of flutes on an end mill, the right choice always depends on machine tool capabilities, material properties and part design. Shops that select the wrong number of flutes—or use a tool simply because they own it—may be disappointed to find that their part quality, tool life or both will suffer.
    By Jay Ball - Product Manager, Seco Tools LLC
  • Controls

    PIM Is Transforming Data Sharing for Automotive

    November 1, 2019
    Much has changed in the world of automotive accessory designing, engineering, and manufacturing in the past few years. Sales and after sales of automotive parts have witnessed a surge in data-usage across the horizontal and vertical value chains between suppliers, business partners, internal departments, and the end-customers.
    By Shashin Shah - CEO, Pimcore
  • Tooling & Workholding

    Workholding Advances with Collet Chucks

    November 4, 2019
    As parts and materials have advanced, tools and methods that were once standard have been replaced by better, more advanced technologies. It is important to recognize the advancements essential to your operation.
    By Michael Larson - Marketing Director, HAINBUCH America Corp.
  • Machining & Metal Cutting

    How Dynamic Milling Produces Superior Results

    November 4, 2019
    Dynamic milling is becoming more popular due to its ability to improve material removal rates while maintaining process security. Incorporating two different machining strategies creates the dynamic milling concept and allows for advantages not previously realized.
    By Luke Pollock - Product Manager, Walter USA LLC

SME Speaks

Workforce Pipeline

  • Workforce Development

    Public/Private Partnership Creates New Manufacturing Training Facility at HVCC

    November 5, 2019
    This past August, when we officially opened the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, N.Y., there were smiling faces all around—industry donors, federal and state representatives, and, most of all, faculty and students who were poised to begin working and learning in a state-of-the-art facility.
    By Roger A. Ramsammy, PhD - President, Hudson Valley Community College


  • Expert Opinion

    Barriers to Industry 4.0 Are Falling Fast

    November 5, 2019
    For years, manufacturers of all sizes and across every industrial segment have heard about Industry 4.0. The definition changes depending on the speaker or publication, but the essential idea remains the same.
    By Michael Ruppenthal - General Manager, OMAX Corp.

Software Update

  • Measurement & Metrology

    Hexagon Moves Beyond Metrology

    November 5, 2019
    Describe Hexagon’s latest moves in factory automation, including unifying its metrology software with its CAD/CAM and other manufacturing software.
    By Brian Shepherd - Senior Vice President Software Solutions, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Stephen Graham - Vice President Marketing, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Energy Special Section

  • Expert Opinion

    U.S. on Verge of New Status as a Net Energy Exporter

    November 7, 2019
    The United States is about to begin a new era as a net energy exporter, according to U.S. Energy Department projections. The shift will snap a 67-year streak of being a net energy importer, going back to 1953.
    By SME Media Staff
  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Energy Parts Machining

    November 7, 2019
    The ever-volatile oil and natural gas industry—roiled most recently by September’s drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities that temporarily reduced the kingdom’s output by nearly half (about 5 percent of global production)—faces particularly challenging requirements for machined components to meet evolving supply targets.
    By Geoff Giordano - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Smart Manufacturing

    Power Play

    November 8, 2019
    Located at the center of Canada’s Niagara Peninsula, Brock University is a public research university in St. Catharines, Ontario, with a total enrollment of over 19,000 students. Graduates enjoy one of the highest employment rates of all Ontario universities—96.5 percent within two years of graduation.
    By SME Media Staff
  • Expert Opinion

    Microgrids Power Energy Resiliency, Reduced Carbon Emissions

    November 8, 2019
    According to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, 36.7 million people were affected by more than 3,500 power outages in the U.S. in 2017 alone. These outages lasted twice as long as the year before, keeping the lights off for an average of nearly eight hours per disruption.
    By Asim Hussain - Vice President, Commercial Strategy & Customer Experience, Bloom Energy