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Manufacturing Engineering: September 2020

The September 2020 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Employees at a Ford plant in Dearborn work on an F-150 pickup after production resumed in May following a shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Auto Industry Gets Back Into Gear Following COVID-19 Shutdown

August 17, 2020
The North American auto industry slammed on the brakes in March because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The sector already had been forecast to slow down in 2020, with lower light-vehicle demand. That turned into a sudden stop as the coronavirus spread.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Induction hardening: OP50 in a complete EMAG line producing rotors for electric motors.

Making Parts for Next-Gen Vehicles

August 18, 2020
Tesla and the march to all-electric cars and trucks may get most of the press. But the reality is that most U.S. automakers need to tackle the twin challenges of building both new components unique to electric vehicles while also building internal combustion engines (ICEs) that are ever-more fuel efficient.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Shops have become far more interested in robotics since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making Robots Smarter and Safer

August 19, 2020
COVID-19 has taught manufacturers a valuable lesson: when humans fall ill, machine tools and equipment sit idle. Granted, they already knew it, just as they knew that employees take lunch breaks and vacations, arrive late because their car won’t start, and go work at the shop down the street for fifty cents more an hour.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
The new-generation CONTURA keeps the old version’s measurement accuracy but adds a wider range of capabilities.

CMMs: More Than Precision

August 20, 2020
The makers of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) spent a long time in competition to reach the highest levels of repeatable measurement accuracy.
Michael Anderson
By Michael C. Anderson Contributing Lead Editor
Manufacturers of mold bases use jig boring and jig milling machines to finish precision bores that can feature tolerances of less than 5 µm in roundness, perpendicularity, and straightness.

Moldmakers Power Up With Advanced Tech

August 21, 2020
Complex molds containing cores and cavities with fine details and demanding surface finish requirements for injection molding, blow molding, glass molding or blow molding parts require high accuracy for use in automotive, medical, aerospace, or consumer products.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
(Left to right) Julio Vasconcelos, Denny Page and Leandro Pereira, responsible for Sandvik Coromant’s production unit in Mebane, N.C., examining data from machining operations.

The Connected Machine Shop

August 24, 2020
Part 1 of this three-part series on the Connected Machine Shop ran in the July issue of Manufacturing Engineering.
By Richard Boyle Manager of Mebane Production Unit, Sandvik Coromant

Shop Solutions

  • Measurement & Metrology

    Transmission Manufacturer Upgrades QA, Partners with OEM on New Heavy-Duty CMM

    August 25, 2020
    Lean thinking focuses on ways to add value without wasting resources. Benjamin Franklin captured the idea in “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” when he said, “He that idly loses five shillings worth of time, loses five shillings and might as prudently throw five shillings into the river.”
    By Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America
  • Grinding & Deburring

    Carbide Shop Grows with Advanced Grinding Technology

    August 27, 2020
    To advance means to move forward or expand. In that case, Advanced Carbide Grinding Inc., Derry, Pa., is certainly true to its name. Since the shop’s start in 1999, continuous growth and a commitment to producing the highest-precision quality parts have driven, and continue to drive its success.
    By Advanced Carbide Grinding

Up Front

  • Expert Opinion

    Taking on ‘Tough’ Challenges in Manufacturing

    August 17, 2020
    One of the truisms about manufacturing today is that manufacturers have a difficult time finding and keeping skilled workers and developing diverse workforces. It’s one of the things I mentioned in my July column.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

SME Speaks

  • SME Speaks

    A Real Challenge Leads to New Science

    August 20, 2020
    The power of any nation owes much to her manufacturing prowess. Our living standard owes much to the ingenuity of humanity. For example, welding was, is and will be an intimate partner in the history of manufacturing.
    By Paul Cheng -, SME Member Since 2020

Advanced Manufacturing Now

Software Update

  • Software

    Intuitive Workflows Speed Product Development

    August 21, 2020
    Manufacturing Engineering: What are some of the latest trends in simulation software for manufacturing? Uwe Schramm, CTO, solvers, optimization and multi-physics, Altair Engineering Inc., Troy, Mich.: I see three trends here. First, manufacturing sim
    By Patrick Waurzyniak - Contributing Editor, SME Media