William Crane, CEO of IndustryStar, an on-demand supply chain services and software technology company, dives into what manufacturers concerned about supply chain risk can do to worry less. In his estimation, “on-demand supply chain risk management resources have really been taking off.” It is possible, he said, to build a “supply chain competitive advantage.” Heard of agile supply chain? If not, he explains it.
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Deburring can sometimes be overlooked in production planning, but it is a critical part of forming and fabricating processes. In this podcast, part one of two, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Dr. LaRoux Gillespie, a researcher, engineer, manager, consultant, and writer with an extensive knowledge base on deburring and finishing gained from decades of both hands-on manufacturing and academic work. Dr. Gillespie is also a past president of SME. In this episode, the discussion focuses on key issues that create burrs in casting/forging/ molding, blanking and bending operations, and the basics of deburring in three key areas: burr properties, acceptable deburring, and cost effective deburring.
The manufacturing industry is on the precipice of a great remake where companies are accelerating from being merely producers of goods to producers of customer experiences. Digital processes have become a critical source of growth and a powerful way to increase brand equity whether its industrial, consumer packaged goods or anything in between. One way they are increasing effectiveness is leveraging consumer analytics, marketing automation and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. To discuss these trends and how best to take advantage of them, Bruce Morey senior technical editor for Manufacturing Engineering magazine is joined by Rishabh Dayal, Head of Digital Strategy, Enterprise and Claudia de Lavalle Digital Strategy Consultant, both of Adobe.
As manufacturers work to keep critical operations humming along during the COVID-19 crisis, they’re tasked with protecting workers health while ensuring business continuity and operational readiness. Russ Fadel, CEO at Augmentir, talks with Chris Mahar, Associate Editor, about how connected worker technology can benefit operations during today’s pandemic and when things return to normal. Enabling manufacturers to maintain their critical operations even when key workers and vendors are unable to be on-site at a facility. *During the COVID-19 crisis, Augmentir is offering their Remote Assist tool free through the end of 2020.
Additive manufacturing has made an outsized impact on aerospace manufacturing in a short amount of time. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering, talks with Sean Henson, Global Product Manager, Composites & Additive Manufacturing for Ascent Aerospace, about the growing role of additive in the industry; the investments Ascent has made in AM in recent years; the kinds of tooling Ascent provides customers through its large-scale LSAM printer, and design considerations for manufacturers when they use large-format AM.
When it comes to machining, for as many opportunities as there are for amazing things to happen – there are just as many things that can go wrong. Dave O’Neil, vice president, SME Media, sits down with Don Davies, vice president, DP Technology Corp., the developer of Esprit CAM/CAD software to talk about how advancing technology is helping solve manufacturing challenges. Modern CAD/CAM systems are helping manufacturers increase productivity, cut waste, avoid disasters and boost profitability.
A whole new layer of insight can be harvested inside factories with the data you already have, today. Companies are sometimes holding back from leveraging sensors and tools like AI and deep data analysis that would allow for it because of cultural gaps between, for example, IT and OT. Ownership issues can also be a problem if some are, say, building devices vs operating devices. Paul Boris, EVP at Praemo fights against using red herrings like security concerns inside the same factory to continue down the same old paths that limit performance. He understands how seductive risk avoidance can be. And he speaks frankly about this and other issues with Brett Brune, editor in chief of Smart Manufacturing magazine.
The trade war and disruption from the coronavirus are spurring companies to rethink their global supply chains, manufacturing processes, factory design, automation and workforce needs. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Rosemary Coates, Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, about how the trade war and COVID-19 have affected manufacturers worldwide, why it has more companies considering returning their manufacturing to the U.S., the hurdles and issues to leaving China, and what decision-makers should be thinking about when planning for manufacturing in the future.
Marty Edwards, vice president for operational technology security at Tenable, discusses how chief information security officers (CISOs) are integrating and converging across all aspects of security, including people, process and technology. The goal: get an enterprise-wide assessment of cyber exposure and overall risk.
Aerospace is thought of as the industry with some of the most advanced technology, including automation. However, especially in automation, that may not be exactly true. In this podcast, Bruce Morey senior technical editor for Manufacturing Engineering magazine talks with Rick Schulz of FANUC America about some of the challenges and misperceptions in using automation more fully in aerospace manufacturing. Mistakes to be avoided, such as simply replacing humans with a robot, and how to use collaborative robots. The main message is that employing automation to its fullest requires a systematic approach to the entire manufacturing process.