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February 2020

The February 2020 edition of Smart Manufacturing is now available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
20 women making their mark in aerospace and defense

20 women making their mark in aerospace and defense

February 13, 2020
Because of governments’ undying devotion to research and development investments that bolster military capabilities, aerospace & defense represents the leading-edge market segment in smart manufacturing.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media

CESMII seeks to raise competitive standing of U.S. manufacturing

January 6, 2020
The institutes that make up Manufacturing USA need to move at the speed of business, considering that the endeavor represents the U.S. government’s biggest investment in the digitization of manufacturing to date.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
HP’s Christoph Schell speaks at RAPID.

Enabling a more flexible, less expensive, faster supply chain

January 20, 2020
As manufacturers aim to become increasingly nimble in the marketplace,distributed manufacturing—making parts or finished products at or near the location where they will be used instead of at a central factory—is emerging as a way to advance a faster, more flexible and cheaper supply chain.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
HP, VW and GKN are collaborating on the use  of additive to build automotive parts, HP’s Tim Weber said at FABTECH 2019 in Chicago.

Experts at FABTECH talk VR, AM and, yes, ROI

January 24, 2020
Foundry 45 is helping Delta Air Lines strategize on ways to keep maintenance workers safe in the “ingestion zone”—the dangerous environment underneath the airplane where people and equipment are moving around in close proximity to engines.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
In China, and world over, it will soon be all about adroitly adjusting on the fly

In China, and world over, it will soon be all about adroitly adjusting on the fly

October 17, 2019
The concepts Industry 4.0 in Europe, Made in China 2025 and smart manufacturing in the U.S. “all share a common goal—to create cyber-physical systems to innovate in manufacturing,” IDC's Bob Parker said at Dassault Systèmes’ recent Manufacturing in the Age of Experience event. “And it’s really dependent on a set of new technologies like IoT (the Internet of Things) and artificial intelligence (AI).”
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
Wearing a Microsoft HoloLens at a Creative Destruction Lab event in Calgary in May 2018, Vizworx President Jeff LaFrenz conducts a site visit to an industrial complex—ahead of the complex being built. The idea is to identify any problems with the facility so that they can be corrected early, reducing costs and time in design and construction.

Big savings, quick ROI materialize with the use of AR

January 30, 2020
Using augmented reality, a Scope AR customer building titanium panels for the Orion space capsule in 2018 saved $1 million the first day.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
The dynamic process  of Automated Dynamics’ in situ tape consolidation uses squeeze flow to cause shear thinning and mixing to entangle polymer chains and create a strong bond between layers.

A showcase for lasers’ versatility in aerospace

January 31, 2020
A couple of years back, Scott Blake was at a trade show in Baltimore when two researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center stopped at his company’s booth.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media


AM Update

Field Intelligence

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    Brothers in arms make real progress on data standards

    January 15, 2020
    As manufacturing marches forward into the digital era, a growing ecosystem of standards is laying the foundation for a new generation of data management.
    By Russell Waddell - Managing Director, MTConnect Institute
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    Sistema shows how to avoid wasting oh-so-precious data

    January 16, 2020
    Everyone knows that today a ton of data captured on the manufacturing floor goes unused due to the lack of a data scientist on staff or other resources to comb through all the information.
    By Rich Murr - CIO, Epicor
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    Ready for new frontiers in energy storage, computing?

    January 21, 2020
    To understand where the field of ceramics in electronics is headed, you have to think small—really small, as in thicknesses that measure only a few hundred nanometers.
    By Jennifer L.M. Rupp - Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Electrochemical Materials, MIT
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    A&D companies would do well to pay attention to 5G

    January 23, 2020
    Much has been written about potential applications for 5G. But a less well known application exists in the aerospace and defense industry—that pertains to manufacturing processes.
    By Anand Pradhan - Head of Business Innovation & Transformation, Aerospace Manufacturing, Tata Consultancy Services
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    4 questions to ask as you decide on an IIoT solution

    January 27, 2020
    You’ve done it: Everyone is on board with a digital transformation. So where do you go from here? The next major decision in the process is determining whether you build an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) solution or hire a solutions provider to complete the project on your behalf.
    By Guneet Bedi - GM of the Americas, Relayr
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    Japanese firm embraces edge computing after experiment

    January 28, 2020
    The Internet of Things (IoT) market is estimated to reach 75 billion devices worldwide by 2025. With the big increase in connected devices, it’s becoming more critical than ever for manufacturers to leverage new technologies, such as edge computing, to gather, process and manage IoT data.
    By Ramya Ravichandar - VP of Product Management, FogHorn
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    5 things to do to stay sane, achieve industrial efficiency

    January 29, 2020
    Manufacturers face challenging times. After more than a decade of booming economic growth, some are pointing to a potential recession.
    By Elhay Farkash - CEO, Zira