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Virtual Reality Factory Model for Manufacturing Innovation

October 30, 2019
The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), Prince George County, Va., brings together industry, academia, and government to solve advanced manufacturing challenges.
By Mechdyne Corp.

Generative Design and the Conventional Machine Shop

October 29, 2019
The term generative design has been popping up in the manufacturing world of late. Its promise is to create many design permutations to let engineers choose an optimum one that meets sometimes conflicting requirements.
By Joshua Swainston Content Marketing Writer, OMAX Corp.

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HP’s Christoph Schell speaks at RAPID.

Enabling a more flexible, less expensive, faster supply chain

January 20, 2020
As manufacturers aim to become increasingly nimble in the marketplace,distributed manufacturing—making parts or finished products at or near the location where they will be used instead of at a central factory—is emerging as a way to advance a faster, more flexible and cheaper supply chain.
By Karen Haywood Queen Contributing Editor, SME Media
Hexagon Announces HxGN LIVE Smart Manufacturing Detroit 2020

Hexagon Announces HxGN LIVE Smart Manufacturing Detroit 2020

January 15, 2020
Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division announced today it will host HxGN LIVE Smart Manufacturing Detroit 2020, to be held May 19-20. The digital solutions conference will be held at Hexagon’s newest U.S. facility and regional cornerstone in Novi, Mich.
By Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Press Release

Holding Tight and Going Digital with BIG Kaiser

January 15, 2020
As manufacturers continue to see demand for tighter tolerances and less waste, new solutions are needed to solve challenges. Dave O’Neil, Vice President of SME Media, sits down with Patrick Cratty, Assistant Product Manager and Richard Bevers, Southern District Manager for BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, to talk about new technology and products. Hitting upon how digital technology and advanced workholding designs are improving machining and eliminating persistent manufacturing issues.
By Dave O'Neil Vice President of SME Media, SME Media
Russell Waddell Managing Director MTConnect Institute

Brothers in arms make real progress on data standards

January 15, 2020
As manufacturing marches forward into the digital era, a growing ecosystem of standards is laying the foundation for a new generation of data management.
Russell Waddell Managing Director MTConnect Institute
By Russell Waddell Managing Director, MTConnect Institute

Better, Stronger, Faster Manufacturing

January 8, 2020
Today, an iPhone has more than 100,000 times the processing power of the computer that took Neil Armstrong to the moon in Apollo 11 – and the size and capabilities of today’s computer boards are making an even more monumental change in how we manufacture. All this technology gives manufacturers the capability to operate, as stated in The Six Million Dollar Man, “better, stronger, faster.” Christoph Berlin, Partner Program Manager at Microsoft sat down with Associate Editor Chris Mahar to talk about smart manufacturing and Microsoft’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) vision.
Chris Mahar
By Chris Mahar Associate Editor, SME Media

CESMII seeks to raise competitive standing of U.S. manufacturing

January 6, 2020
The institutes that make up Manufacturing USA need to move at the speed of business, considering that the endeavor represents the U.S. government’s biggest investment in the digitization of manufacturing to date.
Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing
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UPCOMING EVENT: AeroDef Manufacturing 2020

AeroDef Manufacturing® is an aerospace manufacturing and defense manufacturing conference and trade show for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME, in partnership with industry OEMs, our mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain manufacturing competitiveness in the global economy.
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  • Kevin Hill
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    Smart Manufacturing Drives Five Key Changes

    October 11, 2019
    What do you think of when you hear the word factory? Probably some huge space, with machines humming and personnel walking around with notepads in their hands.
    By Kevin Hill - Online Marketing Manager, Quality Scales Unlimited
  • Oliver Sturrock
    Smart Manufacturing

    Five Suggestions for How to Retain Tribal Knowledge

    August 7, 2019
    What is tribal knowledge and why should a company care? It is valuable, exclusive information stored only inside someone’s mind and communicated only verbally (if at all). The “someone” may have played an important role in an organization for decades and knows a thing or two that the company treasures yet cannot duplicate.
    By Oliver Sturrock - CTO, Fluke Digital Systems
  • Robert Glaser
    Smart Manufacturing

    To Prepare for Blockchain, First Check These Three Things

    August 6, 2019
    The value-add of blockchain for businesses is estimated to grow into the trillions by 2030. Experts believe product recalls alone—estimated to cost $8 million today—could be practically eliminated through improved track and traceability enabled by blockchain.
    By Robert Glaser - CEO, Auvesy Inc.

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