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Smart Manufacturing: September 2018

The September 2018 edition of Smart Manufacturing is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
Long Established, AR Making Headway in Design, Production and Maintenance

Long Established, AR Making Headway in Design, Production and Maintenance

May 21, 2018
Delta Sigma started thinking about augmented reality (AR) in 2005. By January 2008, the company, which designs and builds custom machinery to automate manufacturing and assembly processes for aircraft production, made its first installation on the F-22 vertical stabilizer.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
CEOs: Embrace ‘Remote Experts,’ Sensors, Continuous Training, to Address Skills Gap

CEOs: Embrace ‘Remote Experts,’ Sensors, Continuous Training, to Address Skills Gap

July 9, 2018
Tackling the workforce skills gap issue involves dealing with not only experienced employees who have sharp subtractive manufacturing skills but have to be prodded to move into additive manufacturing (AM) but also newbies who still need to hone skills required to harness the promise of emerging technology, Atlas Stamping and Manufacturing CEO Lynda Prigodich-Reed said.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
2030

2030

August 28, 2018
SME’s Smart Manufacturing Hub will be part of IMTS this year. Smart Manufacturing asked past Hub speakers to imagine what manufacturing will look like in 2030. Here are their visions:
By Smart Manufacturing Experts
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Diversity that can make your head spin

August 28, 2018
Smart factory systems benefit from improved technologies, as well as proven applications.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
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Advances in CAD/CAM enable faster, efficient cutting, longer tool life

August 28, 2018
Advances in CAD/CAM algorithms have improved tool paths, resulting in more speed and efficiency and less stress on both the tool and the objects being cut. Because these new algorithms help tools cut more efficiently and faster, operators save time and the tools last longer.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
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Newest mobile robots require no factory overhaul

August 28, 2018
The latest mobile robots are designed to accomplish tasks in manufacturing plants without requiring major factory modifications. This emerging robot generation also meets workers where they are, functioning more like independent team members as opposed to complicated, difficult-to-use hardware.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media

Up Front

Passport To Innovation

  • Edward Hightower
    Smart Manufacturing

    Africa as the ‘Next Growth Miracle’

    July 3, 2018
    One of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world is India, and one of the most successful companies there is a company called Maruti Suzuki. Maruti formed a partnership with Suzuki in the 1980s.
    By Brett Brune - Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing

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  • christine longroy
    Expert Opinion

    SME to deliver third digital transformation report at IMTS

    September 10, 2018
    Throughout 2018, SME has published a series of Smart Manufacturing Industry Reports, with the third being released at IMTS this month. The reports, available at sme.org/reports, detail the necessity and advantages of smart manufacturing, the challenges to implementing digital solutions, and, finally, keys to implementing the technologies and tools.
    By Christine Longroy - Automotive Industry Manager, SME

Guest Columns

  • Chuck Cimalore
    Smart Manufacturing

    Best to proactively address environmental compliance

    August 28, 2018
    As the momentum to go green continues to build across the globe, the number of environmental regulations for reducing hazardous substances keeps growing. At the same time, more and more customers are now setting their own environmental requirements, adding more complexity to the mix.
    By Chuck Cimalore - CTO, Omnify Software
  • Robby Komljenovic
    Smart Manufacturing

    Calculating true ROI for robotic automation

    August 28, 2018
    When considering a new robotic automation system, one of the biggest concerns can be the weight of the initial costs. While such a large capital expense may be hard to swallow at first, it’s industry-proven that manufacturers see an average ROI of 24 months from robots.
    By Robby Komljenovic - Chairman & CEO, Acieta
  • doug woods
    Expert Opinion

    IMTS 2018: A brave new world of manufacturing

    August 28, 2018
    The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is coming to Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 10-15. With more than 2,400 exhibitors, more than 100,000 visitors and 1.3 million square feet of space, IMTS is the largest showcase of cutting edge manufacturing technology in the Northern Hemisphere.
    By Doug Woods - President, AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology
  • Jonathan Scott
    Smart Manufacturing

    One singular, sensational product data source

    August 28, 2018
    Just getting familiar with the digital thread? You’ve come to the right place to learn what it is and why you need it for your products.
    By Jonathan Scott - Chief Architect, Razorleaf
  • Rose Ryntz
    Smart Manufacturing

    How to get passenger airbag score lines just right

    August 28, 2018
    Automotive manufacturers and their Tier One suppliers spend endless engineering hours developing the PAB (passenger airbag) system, from the airbag and its propellant to the construction of the materials used in the composite instrument panel.
    By Rose Ryntz - VP, Advanced Development and Material Engineering, International Automotive Components Group
  • Robert Ghobrial
    Smart Manufacturing

    Communication tool could lift boats of many AM innovators

    August 28, 2018
    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is keen on exploring the implementation of additive equipment in the battlefield and shipboard for quick-turn part fabrication.

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