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Automation and AI Bring Future Closer Than Ever

As a self-aware millennial, Pat Evans has long been wary of how quickly technology is taking over our lives and quickly dominating the economy. Attending HxGN Live in June, Hexagon AB’s annual digital solutions conference, some of those fears were reinforced, while others were quelled.

Civil Segments Heading for a Downward Glide Path

World aircraft industry growth is sputtering. While military demand remains robust, most civil segments are feeling the impact of negative macroeconomic and geopolitical developments. We saw almost no growth last year, and we won’t see any growth this year either.

Clues to the Future of Manufacturing

What’s the future of manufacturing? That’s not an easy question to answer, but I got some hints during a recent press trip to Japan.

New Materials/New Skills

Over the past decade, governments in North and South America, Europe, and Asia have enacted stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements.

Precision Springs for Medical Manufacturing

Medical device manufacturing is at the forefront of innovation, making it one of the most critical industries. Spring manufacturers have been fortunate enough to play a major role in the development of articulated instruments for medical device design. Springs are frequently used in products like dental X-ray equipment, surgical staplers, drug infusers, and more.

3D Printing: A Change Agent for Manufacturing

It’s not often you get the opportunity to witness rapid, life-impacting change, but for those of us who have been in the 3D printing industry over the last few decades, we have witnessed just that. In the last 20-plus years, 3D printing has changed the definition of manufacturing from merely “one-size-fits-all” to “customized” production and from “high-volume” to “high-complexity/low-volume”—a startling paradigm shift that has enabled many new applications for the manufacturing industry.

‘Monster’ Machine is Next Step in CT Metrology

Computed tomography scanning (CT) seems like a dream come true for dimensional inspection. It both measures the outside of parts and reveals the hidden, from occlusions to internal cooling channels, without destroying the piece. Evolving from looking at human brains and hearts to measuring the complexities of turbine blades, it is part of the growing complexity of industrial metrology.

Open Source Connectivity Key to Automation’s Growth

On March 13 this year, thousands of Boeing employees gathered at the company’s Renton, Wash., factory to celebrate the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line. It broke the Guinness World Records title for the most produced commercial jet aircraft model.

Group Project Advances Rapid Blade Inspection

Record growth is shaping change throughout the aerospace and defense industry. Vast population growth, developments in emerging economies and increasing global political tensions are driving this boom cycle. Within this industry, the companies building airplane engines are facing huge order backlogs and looking for ways to speed the manufacturing process while maintaining the highest quality.