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Due to their ability to turn extremely large and heavy workpieces, vertical turret lathes like this one from Absolute Machine Tools are highly capable of machining supersized parts.

A New World for Energy Parts Manufacturing

November 30, 2021
Solar, wind and hydro are striving for dominance in the energy sector while oil and gas continues to hang on tight. What does it mean for suppliers?
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Alan Rooks

Energy Industry Demands New Mix of Parts

November 29, 2021
While fossil fuels dominate the energy market, expect a new mix of parts as renewable energy and EVs grow in market share.
Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
CESMII CEO John Dyck, Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) and UCLA’s Gene Block and Jim Davis met in Correa’s office in Washington immediately after a February 2020 congressional briefing.

CESMII and SME join forces to accelerate smart manufacturing

November 29, 2021
Meeting the urgent need for a National Smart Manufacturing Executive Council
John Dyck CEO Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
By John Dyck CEO, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
From left: Matt Thavis, director of business development at Acme Alliance, Mauri Mendes, president of Acme Alliance-Lovejoy Industries, and JR Kinnett, general manager at Acme Alliance, are congratulated by Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, for winning the 2021 National Metalworking Reshoring Award.

Acme Alliance Wins 2021 National Metalworking Reshoring Award

November 3, 2021
Acme Alliance, a leading die caster in Northbrook, Ill., received the 2021 National Metalworking Reshoring Award in recognition of its success in bringing manufacturing back to the United States.
By Reshoring Initiative Press Release
Bob Willig, CEO and executive director of SME, addresses attendees at EASTEC 2021, held Oct. 19-21 at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass.

Data is King at EASTEC 2021

October 29, 2021
Digitization and data dominated the discussion as EASTEC returned to West Springfield, Mass., after its 2020 pandemic hiatus.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
Northeast Arkansas Career and Technical Center students show off a part for the NASA HUNCH program that they submitted for The Phillips Machinist Student Competition. The component will be used in a three-axis, steerable camera mount for the International Space Station.

Community of Manufacturing Builds Better Outcomes

October 27, 2021
Phillips Corp. aims to provide young people with the tools to create meaningful manufacturing careers.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
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Expert Opinions

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    Laser Welding for Sheetmetal Fabricators

    April 18, 2017
    Although laser welding is a well-established manufacturing solution, many sheetmetal fabricators have been hesitant to implement the process at their shop.
    By Robin Stuhler - TruLaser Sales Engineer, Trumpf
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    Fiber Lasers Continue to Gain Market Share in Material Processing Applications

    February 1, 2016
    The first kilowatt-class fiber laser for material processing was introduced by IPG Photonics in early 2002. Since that time, the adoption of fiber lasers for production applications has grown at a rapid rate. Today, fiber lasers are becoming the choice for most major production laser applications as well as converting traditional welding and cutting processes to fiber laser technologies.
    By Bill Shiner - Vice President Industrial Lasers, IPG Photonics
  • Geoff Shannon
    Expert Opinion

    Lasers Grow Manufacturing

    June 1, 2015
    Today, laser technology in manufacturing touches all of our lives on a daily basis; lasers cut air bag material and weld air bag detonators for our in-car safety; lasers weld the batteries in many of our mobile devices; lasers drill aero-engine components for planes; lasers cut the glass for our smart phones and tablets screens; lasers weld the drivetrains in our cars and trucks; lasers cut medical stents that increase and enhance our lives, just to name a few.
    By Geoff Shannon, PhD - Manager, Advanced Technology, Amada Miyachi America, Member Since 2009

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