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October 2020

The October 2020 edition of Smart Manufacturing is now available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
David Suica, president of Fastems LLC, speaks about smart manufacturing at a 2019 National Tooling & Machining Association conference in Texas.

Rush job? No prob!

September 24, 2020
Improvements in manufacturing management software, robotics, additive manufacturing and thermal controls are making small batch sizes more cost effective—even for smaller shops. Manufacturing plants are able to reduce inventory, improve throughput and reduce demands on human operators.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
Boeing and machine tool manufacturer Cincinnati teamed up with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to make a wing-trim tool that set a Guinness World Record for “largest solid 3D-printed item.”

Air Force researchers, industry finesse AM tools for large aerospace parts

September 28, 2020
After three years of work, military researchers are near the end of a project to find a faster, cheaper way to make tools for large aerospace parts like skins for wings and fuselages.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
Marcello Damiani, Moderna’s chief digital and operational excellence officer.

In the thick of the ‘herculean’ vaccine push

September 21, 2020
In January, as the new coronavirus was rapidly spreading around the world, scientists at Moderna teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to pursue a potential vaccine based on an experimental genetic technology involving messenger RNA (mRNA), a molecule in every cell that helps translate DNA into biological functions.
By Anastasia Ustinova Contributing Editor, SME Media
Advanced barcode reading systems are common in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, which depend on robust traceability systems to ensure consumer safety.

Get ready for deep learning technology

September 28, 2020
To a discrete manufacturer, process manufacturing is odd territory indeed. It’s a world in which textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, plastics, and food and beverage are produced en masse.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Waypoint Robotics CEO Jason Walker said  he has spoken with potential partners who make ultraviolet light sources and aerosol disinfectant sprayers about equipping one model of his autonomous, omnidirectional robots with a disinfection source to deep clean factories overnight.

Pandemic makes case for more automation, robotics

September 21, 2020
CEO Jason Walker and part of his team at Waypoint Robotics had just returned from the Modex 2020 show in Atlanta when the governor of his company’s home state imposed a stay-at-home order because of COVID-19.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media


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  • Smart Manufacturing

    Lockheed Martin sees quick ROI after taking AMR plunge

    September 23, 2020
    Lockheed Martin has had robotics and automation solutions as a component of its product portfolio for longer than a decade.
    By Jerome Dubois - Co-founder & Co-CEO, 6 River Systems
  • Smart Manufacturing

    How to tackle extraordinary fragility of U.S. manufacturing

    August 20, 2020
    COVID-19 revealed some deep-rooted shortcomings in our approach to manufacturing and to supply chain design in the U.S. Well beyond the immediate and urgent need for PPE, we saw dramatic swings in both supply and demand for almost everything bought and sold here.
    By John Dyck - CEO, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
  • Smart Manufacturing

    Paragon Medical experiences what it’s like to work smarter

    September 25, 2020
    If you ask any number of manufacturers exactly what they felt the first time they crashed a stationary machine tool or dropped portable measuring equipment, you’re bound to get a range of answers—though dread, terror and even nausea will almost certainly be on the list of responses.
    By Sachin Mathur - Head of partnership programs, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
  • Smart Manufacturing

    Flanders’ digital move brings greater operational efficiency

    September 29, 2020
    If you were to rebuild your manufacturing business today, would you build it in the same way, or would you shape it differently to address new challenges and future innovations?
    By Guneet Bedi - GM of the Americas, Relayr
  • Smart Manufacturing

    Monitoring worker safety in real time with ‘edge AI’

    September 29, 2020
    As businesses across the globe are returning to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many manufacturers are reconsidering policies and procedures to ensure worker safety and adhere to new regulations in the post-pandemic environment.
    By Ramya Ravichandar - VP of Product Management, FogHorn
  • Smart Manufacturing

    ALPLA took to data planning, and its IIoT project worked

    September 30, 2020
    It has become far too rare for manufacturers’ visions of an IIoT-fueled utopia to survive contact with reality. A Cisco survey finds that nearly 75 percent of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) projects are failing.
    By Christian Lutz - CEO,