The very nature of manufacturing is changing. Future factories will be highly automated, distributed geographically, yet tied to a central information net, with fewer but highly productive workers. They will produce more, for less, delivering goods efficiently worldwide. As manufacturing changes, so should the methods used to ensure quality products are produced.
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In the early days at CNC Software, we saw that our Mastercam CAD/CAM system was only part of a larger manufacturing solution and that an open architecture foundation could allow seamless data communication with complementary devices and systems across the shop floor.
What do Americans think about manufacturing? Are people aware of the vast number of manufacturing jobs available? Will U.S. manufacturers be able to hire enough qualified workers?
Manufacturers and fabricators build their reputation on the quality of the products they produce. A vital part of the quality process is regulating Foreign Object Debris (FOD), defined as any substance, debris or article alien to a vehicle or system which could potentially cause damage or prevent proper functioning of the system.
In Indiana, we make stuff. Diesel engines and generators. Caskets and hospital beds. Car parts and automobiles. Pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The list is as diverse as it is extensive.
Being a competitive player in the aerospace and defense industry is no small feat. In an industry in which you need to be accountable for every piece of an assembly, meeting customer expectations and requirements can be daunting tasks.
Elon Musk has long been compared with Tony Stark, the Marvel Comics inventor who is also the superhero Iron Man. And Musk has come as close as a real-life person can to being a larger-than-life comic book character.
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.