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  • The Role of Abrasives in Automotive Body Shops

    July 1, 2020
    Auto collisions have long been a fact of life but taking care of the damage has become a more complicated task for auto body shops in recent years. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Shawn Moody, owner of Moody’s Collision Shops, based in Gorham, Maine, about how automotive products have evolved over the past four decades; how abrasive products have evolved during that same time; what are the costs and benefits of using higher-end abrasives; and the types of new equipment body shops need to purchase to keep up with new technology.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Microsoft Exec On Ways To Do Well Despite COVID-19 Crisis

    June 29, 2020
    Diego Tamburini, principal industry lead for manufacturing in the cloud + AI division of Microsoft, reviews the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in manufacturing. He shares his thoughts about how the industry should respond—and lists the attributes of manufacturers best positioned to survive the crisis. Finally, he outlines new opportunities for developers of smart manufacturing software solutions under the “new normal.”
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing magazine
  • The Growth of Manufacturing as a Service

    June 22, 2020
    With the general trend towards offering a number of products as a service, this podcast discusses the idea of Manufacturing-as-a-Service with Greg Paulsen/Director of Application Engineering for Xometry, hosted by Bruce Morey, Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
  • Hearing is Believing: Using Vibro-Acoustic Technology in Engineering

    June 19, 2020
    New vibro-acoustic technologies are creating new opportunities, particularly in space engineering. In this podcast, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering Magazine, talks with Bryce Gardner, Lead Acoustic Scientist—Vibro-Acoustics, and Ignatius Vaz, Senior Technical Development Manager, both with ESI Group, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the vibro-acoustic engineering industry; how the space industry, including rocket launching, is using vibro-acoustics; how vibro-acoustics is changing with modern analysis software and testing procedures; and how new ray tracing technology is contributing to launch-pad acoustic calculations.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Deburring in Forming and Fabricating: Part 1

    June 18, 2020
    Deburring can sometimes be overlooked in production planning, but it is a critical part of forming and fabricating processes. In this podcast, part one of two, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Dr. LaRoux Gillespie, a researcher, engineer, manager, consultant, and writer with an extensive knowledge base on deburring and finishing gained from decades of both hands-on manufacturing and academic work. Dr. Gillespie is also a past president of SME. In this episode, the discussion focuses on key issues that create burrs in casting/forging/ molding, blanking and bending operations, and the basics of deburring in three key areas: burr properties, acceptable deburring, and cost effective deburring.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Deburring in Forming and Fabricating: Part 2

    June 18, 2020
    Because it is a production cost, reducing the need for deburring can help the bottom line. In this podcast, part two of two, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Dr. LaRoux Gillespie, a researcher, engineer, manager, consultant, and writer with an extensive knowledge base on deburring and finishing. In this episode, the discussion focuses on ways to reduce deburring costs in forming and fabrication operations, such as improving product design; preventing burrs; minimizing burr properties; and removing burrs during the main fab process. Also discussed are how shops can determine if deburring or edge finishing is needed, and how they can choose among the 124 different deburring processes.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
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