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Manufacturing Engineering: October 2019

The October 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
A programmer uses simulation within NX CAD/CAM design software to help verify the CAM setup for a machining process.

High-Quality Parts Demand Top-Notch CAD/CAM

October 3, 2019
The latest entries from CAD/CAM software developers help users boost programming efficiencies with generative designs, additive manufacturing, and more.
Pat Waurzyniak
By Patrick Waurzyniak Contributing Editor, SME Media
From robots to CNC machine tools, MES provides improved visibility, leading to higher levels of production efficiency.

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): The Missing Link

October 3, 2019
Executing on your full manufacturing potential.
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Powerful applications are being built by manufacturing experts using development platforms.

Software: Making In-House Apps with Low-Code, No-Code Platforms

October 4, 2019
Banking on the premise that sometimes the best ideas for solving problems come from the ground up, manufacturers are adopting no-code and low-code programming platforms to let employees solve problems by building their own custom apps.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
An Index MS lathe simultaneously machines on six independent part spindles (three visible here). The spindles rotate in a drum so each station attacks the part in turn, producing complex forms in seconds.

One Spindle, Two Spindles, Three Spindles, More?

October 4, 2019
Comparing and contrasting this key machine tool attribute helps manufacturers choose the best option.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
SuperATV machines a range of aftermarket ATV and UTV parts and accessories—from axles to long travel kits—that are designed to improve machine performance.

Toolholding Applications Offer Win-Win Scenarios

October 7, 2019
Defeating chatter, increasing speeds and feeds, defeating pullout, and reducing cycle times hold the keys to success.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Metrology-grade laser scanners are expanding their range of applications.

Laser Scanners Demand Attention as Technology Improves

October 7, 2019
Metrology-grade laser scanners are expanding their range of applications. New users are finding the main attractions of laser scanners—speed and ease of use. What prevented more widespread use in the past were laser scanners’ perceived tradeoffs. Using one usually meant sacrificing accuracy or working with noisy data.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media

Shop Solutions

  • Instructor Ed Herger watches as student Ryan Mathis programs a bracket component in IUPUI’s CAD/CAM lab using Mastercam’s Dynamic Milling function.
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    Mastercam CAD/CAM from Tops Capstone Indy Car Engineering Project

    October 4, 2019
    The IUPUI Mechanical Engineering Technology program concentrated on Mastercam and the online benefits of Mastercam University for its students. This approach paid big dividends on a unique Indy Car project for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    By Indiana University & Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Hexagon Orthopedics’ team, including (left to right) Anderson Donizete Negri, Rodrigo Tukaça de Souza and Tiago Rodrigues Júnior, examine a part machined on the company’s HTT Shangay special drilling machine, along with Blaser Swisslube Engineer Carlos Henrique Ganzella (far right).

    Vegetable-Based Oil Helps Orthopedics Manufacturer Lower Costs, Increase Productivity

    October 8, 2019
    Hexagon Orthopedics had two problems at one of its plants: high manufacturing cycle time and low tool life in deep drilling. The solution? Vascomill 10, a vegetable-based oil product from Blaser Swisslube. Today, all of Hexagon’s plant use the oil product.
    By Blaser Swisslube & Hexagon Orthopedics
  • M-1 supplied components to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), designed to generate X-ray pulses a billion times brighter than the most powerful known light source. It would be the first machine to produce high energy (or “hard”) X-ray laser pulses that would last for just femtoseconds, millionths of a billionth of a second.
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    New DNC Capacity Drives Improved Performance, Business Growth

    October 8, 2019
    Looking to improve operations and expand its aerospace business, M-1 Tools Works began working with Cimco, a CNC communication and networking software supplier. Today, M-1’s programmers can write programs and get them to any machine in its plant.
    By Cimco Americas LLC, M-1 Tool Works Inc. & ShopWare Inc.

Upfront

  • Alan Rooks
    Expert Opinion

    What Does a Magazine Mean to Readers?

    October 9, 2019
    We try to provide interesting, useful and challenging information each month for our readers and help them navigate the ever-changing world of machining and manufacturing.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Now

  • IEG Plastics in Ohio recently switched to LED fixtures from Big Ass Fans as part of a full manufacturing facility transformation.

    LED Lighting: Time to Flip the Switch

    October 9, 2019
    Decision makers take note. Your employees need to be taken care of. Ask yourself, “How do I deliver a quality work environment for my most valuable resource?”
    By Alex Risen - Public Relations, Big Ass Fans
  • Data
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    Turning Data Into Decisions

    October 10, 2019
    How do we turn all the data collected at each step of the manufacturing process into something usable?
    By Sam Golan - Founder & CEO, High QA Inc.
  • David McHenry
    Tooling & Workholding

    Go Off the Charts for Toolholder Torque Settings

    October 10, 2019
    For years, collet-type toolholder assembly and setup have relied on cumbersome, error-prone manual methods that waste time and money.
    By David McHenry - Engineering and Technical Manager, Rego-Fix Tool Corp.
  • Kevin Hill
    Expert Opinion

    Smart Manufacturing Drives Five Key Changes

    October 11, 2019
    What do you think of when you hear the word factory? Probably some huge space, with machines humming and personnel walking around with notepads in their hands.
    By Kevin Hill - Online Marketing Manager, Quality Scales Unlimited

SME Speaks

  • Fellows Medal
    SME Speaks

    SME Membership: What’s In It for Me

    October 11, 2019
    This year, Edye S. Buchanan celebrates 32 years as a member of SME. After serving in many volunteer positions she is now chair of the SME Member Council.
    By Edye S. Buchanan, CMfgT, BriskHeat Corp., SME Member Since 1987

Workforce Pipeline

  • Kurt Foreman
    Workforce Development

    Training Efforts Boost Delaware Manufacturing

    October 14, 2019
    Manufacturing in the U.S. continues to be the largest economic multiplier of any industry sector, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
    By Kurt Foreman - President and CEO, Delaware Prosperity Partnership

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