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Experts: Increased Automation Critical to Meeting Aircraft Demand

Before the coronavirus pandemic upended normal life and essentially shut down commercial airliners, the aviation industry had a projected need for 40,000 new aircraft—planes, helicopters, air taxis, and unmanned aerial vehicles—in the next 20 years.

Supply Chain Safeguards

The warning about the vulnerability of the aerospace and defense industry’s supply chain came buried in the pages of a report issued by the consulting firm EY two years before the COVID-19 outbreak became a full-blown global crisis.

Rush job? No prob!

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.

AR Brings Extreme ROI

It is not surprising that the aerospace and defense industry exists at a higher plane of manufacturing. The components and end products being assembled must endure intense forces and pressures, are expected to perform without failure, and even the slightest mistake comes with extreme safety risks.

Connectivity Key to Industry 4.0

Most machining operations today have a heterogenous mix of old and new machines. To achieve a future Smart Factory means connecting existing machining centers, and GROB offers solutions.

CGTech and Makino Renew Partnership

CGTech, the developer of VERICUT software, and Makino Milling Machine Co. Ltd., a leader in CNC machine tools technology, have renewed their strategic corporate partnership to better serve the mutual customer base of the two companies.