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The Gears Have It

January 24, 2020
When it comes to making something move, whether it be a robot arm, machine head, assembly line or more, you need to get the power from where it is generated to where the movement happens – enter gearboxes. Mike Quaas, President of DieQua, sits down with Chris Mahar, Associate Editor, to talk about the world of automation and how gearboxes are critical to its deployment. Gearboxes have been around for hundreds or years, but today’s engineers have more choices than ever in how to utilize their power.
Chris Mahar
By Chris Mahar Associate Editor, SME Media

In-Depth On Custom Automation

January 13, 2020
SME interviewed at FABTECH Greg Morehouse. He is the Executive Vice President for operations, Acieta, a leading RIA certified and FANUC Authorized System Integrator. This podcast describes how Acieta defines custom automation and how one should approach the task of engaging an integrator like Acieta in procuring an automation system, whether your shop has three people or 300.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
Two 500-kN presses used with a platen workstation to give users the required force. Eric Britton, Promess senior application engineer, stands next to the machine.

Servopress 101: A Basic Guide

January 8, 2020
Servomechanisms are at the heart of 21st century automation. The basic elements are a servomotor; a device to convert rotary motion into linear motion; a suite of sensors to provide the required feedback; a controller to convert feedback data into command signals; and enabling software.
By Stephanie Price Senior Applications Engineer, Promess

New Approaches to Digitalization, Automation and Additive Manufacturing

December 27, 2019
Industry 4.0, Automation and 3D printing are three of the hottest topics in manufacturing, and this podcast targets all three! Listen in as Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Steve Fruehe, pre-sales solutions consultant, and Zach Gray, strategic business developer for Siemens about the basics of digitalization; approaches to gathering and storing the required data; and how app development figures into the equation.
Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Fives DyAG Opens New Center of Competency for Controls Engineering

December 18, 2019
At a grand opening ceremony on Nov. 5, Fives DyAG Corp. (Smart Automation Solutions Division) celebrated the inauguration of its new center of competency for controls engineering in Greenville, South Carolina.
By Fives DyAG Corp. Press Release

Hurco Forms Preferred Partnership with BMO Automation

December 18, 2019
Hurco Companies Inc. has partnered with BMO Automation to provide customers a tested automation solution that requires minimal integration, according to the companies.
By Hurco Co. Press Release
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Expert Opinions

  • Dan Campbell

    What To Consider When Choosing Grippers

    April 9, 2019
    Automated manufacturing operations are finely tuned ecosystems in which all components must function in complete harmony. Grippers used to pick and place, orient and hold components or end products at various points along the production chain are key to this process.
    By Dan Campbell - Director of Product Management, DESTACO
  • Can Wearable Robotics Shrink the Worker Shortage?

    Can Wearable Robotics Shrink the Worker Shortage?

    February 5, 2019
    With a shortage of young workers willing and able to do today’s factory jobs, manufacturers are taking steps to retain the older workforce already punching in.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Alan Rooks
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    Walking the Talk at IMTS 2018

    October 10, 2018
    I just returned from IMTS in Chicago and my first thought was, “where will I be able to rack up all those bonus steps I got last week?” On the easiest day, I walked 7.9 miles, and I topped 10 miles on two other days. It’s easy to understand why.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

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