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Portable 3D Scanners Take the Floor

Portable 3D Scanners Take the Floor

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jun 29, 2021

3D scanning technology is shop-floor ready. Portable 3D scanners ensure good parts before they go out, or, even better, before they reach end of production.

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Velo3D Frees AM from Support Structures

Velo3D Frees AM from Support Structures

Category: IMTS Network Jun 29, 2021

Learn how Velo3D created disruption in the AM market by bringing together innovations in software, hardware, and process control to create the industry’s first “SupportFree” manufacturing solution for 3D metal printing. Its award-winning approach enables unlimited design innovation by reducing the need for support structures in AM.

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Inspection Inside and Out: CT Scanning for Metal Parts

Inspection Inside and Out: CT Scanning for Metal Parts

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jun 25, 2021

Quality assurance of AM-produced metal parts may be the greatest obstacle affecting the speed of their adoption. Powders, print processes, and final parts are subject to a level of variability in terms of chemical and mechanical quality that cannot be tolerated in a production environment. Review the key quality issues and learn how non-destructive Computed Tomography (CT) scanning is used to address them.

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Mazak’s iSMART Factories Empower Data-Driven Manufacturing

Mazak’s iSMART Factories Empower Data-Driven Manufacturing

Category: IMTS Network Jun 24, 2021

Mazak’s iSMART Factory was developed to enable data-driven manufacturing in metalworking manufacturing companies. Built with the MTConnect industry standard to provide connectivity between machines, Mazak is able to monitor and harvest data from different pieces of equipment, cells, devices, and processes in each plant. The many benefits include increased machine utilization, shorter throughput times, production-on-demand capability, and more efficient part machining.

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Improving the Supply Chain with Model-Based Definition

Improving the Supply Chain with Model-Based Definition

Category: Supply Chain Jun 24, 2021

The manufacturing industry has the potential to reap many benefits from Model-Based Definition (MBD) practices, such as time and cost savings and improved quality. Before stepping into MBD, it’s important for parts makers to avoid common roadblocks and prepare people for a culture shift.

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 The Expanding Role of Cobots in Manufacturing

The Expanding Role of Cobots in Manufacturing

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jun 21, 2021

The market for collaborative robots, aka cobots, in manufacturing is growing rapidly. Advances in sensors, artificial intelligence, machine vision, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR), among other technologies, are making cobots easier to program, less expensive to deploy, and increasingly flexible in the types of tasks they can safely perform. This article overviews the main features and benefits of these flexible manufacturing tools.

 

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Understanding Digital Twins & How Standards Can Enable Them

Understanding Digital Twins & How Standards Can Enable Them

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jun 21, 2021

In his presentation “Manufacturing Digital Twins: Understanding Digital Twins and How Standards Can Enable Them,” Jan de Nijs, LM Fellow for Enterprise Digital Production, Lockheed Martin, reviews the formal definition of the digital twin according to the ISO 23247 standard and explains why it is important to ask oneself what it is one wants to accomplish with a digital twin (DT) when defining it. He illustrates these points with several DT use cases and closes with an overview of the importance of industry standards to the DT.

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Full House for IMTS 2022!

Full House for IMTS 2022!

Category: IMTS 2022 Jun 18, 2021

The City of Chicago has officially and fully reopened. McCormick Place resumes conferences, including the venue’s biggest event: IMTS 2022, Sept 12-17. Even though it’s 14 months away, IMTS recently unveiled the show floor plan, and the news is good. Check it out! See how you can connect with the biggest names and smallest of innovators in manufacturing technology right now.

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The End of the Rainbow - Manufacturing Technology in the 2020s

The End of the Rainbow - Manufacturing Technology in the 2020s

Category: Business Jun 14, 2021

Internationally respected demographer Ken Gronbach predicts that the United States and the Americas will excel culturally and economically in the post-pandemic era. He predicts advanced manufacturing will expand abundantly — and soon. Listen to his 40-minute IMTS spark presentation. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Current Bipartisan Congressional Legislation Aims to Strengthen Manufacturing Industry

Current Bipartisan Congressional Legislation Aims to Strengthen Manufacturing Industry

Category: Advocacy Jun 14, 2021

Supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic have clearly shown the vulnerability of the United States and its supply chain – renewing a call for strengthening our manufacturing industry. Take a look at the key points in several bipartisan bills designed to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing industry recently introduced in Congress.

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Update on Export Controls and Sanctions

Update on Export Controls and Sanctions

Category: Supply Chain Jun 4, 2021

Will the new administration pursue a tougher policy regarding trade and export controls with China? What are the Congressional bills under consideration for dealing with the competition and the perceived high-technology threat posed by China? The former undersecretary of Commerce discusses these concerns. 

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C&A Tool, the Superpower of Superalloys

C&A Tool, the Superpower of Superalloys

Category: IMTS Network Jun 4, 2021

Get an inside peek at C&A Tool where they work with superalloys such as Inconel® to make aircraft turbojet engines, engine turbine components, and parts for navigated surgery. Learn more about this widely-used alloy and how it’s machined. See a CNC machine so large that half a dozen people can climb inside.

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: Reshoring Initiative Mission & Resources

Rebuilding and Reshoring: Reshoring Initiative Mission & Resources

Category: Supply Chain Jun 1, 2021

Reshoring is gaining momentum throughout the country. Discover how the Reshoring Initiative is encouraging companies to bring advanced manufacturing jobs to the United States with resources that accurately assess a company’s total cost of offshoring. See how to shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” Gain tips to drive reshoring for your company.

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: Skilled Workforce, the First Priority - Part 1

Rebuilding and Reshoring: Skilled Workforce, the First Priority - Part 1

Category: Supply Chain Jun 1, 2021

A widening skills gap threatens to erode U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and thus our economy. A talent pipeline with a sufficient supply of properly aligned skills is imperative in meeting U.S. manufacturers’ needs for capacity, productivity and innovation. “Rebuilding and Reshoring: Skilled Workforce, the First Priority - Part 1” examines the manufacturing workforce skills gap and its impact on competitiveness and the U.S. economy.

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A Brief History of Automation Technology - 1

A Brief History of Automation Technology - 1

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Automation technology used in industry has evolved from conveyor belts used since the late 19th century to automated material handling (AMH) systems that provide multiple types of movement and functionality to robotic arms, which continue to grow in use as prices come down and advanced end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) and sensors expand their functionality and intelligence.

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End of Arm Tooling for Robotic Arms - 2

End of Arm Tooling for Robotic Arms - 2

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Recent advancements in end of arm tooling (EOAT) have made robotic arms increasingly useful throughout manufacturing. In this article, we review three of the most important types of EOAT: grippers, vision technology and sensors, and how they expand the functionality of robotic arms.

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Evolution of Robotics - 3

Evolution of Robotics - 3

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

The two categories of robots used in manufacturing are industrial grade robots and collaborative robots (cobots); adaptive robots were only introduced in 2019. This article looks at how each new generation of robots is more flexible and intelligent than its predecessor.

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Autonomous Mobile Robots - 4

Autonomous Mobile Robots - 4

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

From automated to autonomous, mobile robots have significantly evolved in the past decade due to advancements in sensors and big data processing. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are slowly replacing automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in manufacturing and logistics operations due to their greater functionality and flexibility as well as their lower upfront investment cost. We examine their key differences in this article. 

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Programming Robots - 5

Programming Robots - 5

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Programming is key to any robotic system because it is how instructions are communicated to the robot to make it function and carry out tasks. We review the three most common programming methods for industry robots: Teach pendants, offline programming or simulation, and lead through demonstration.

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Lights-Out Manufacturing or Processes? - 6

Lights-Out Manufacturing or Processes? - 6

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Lights-out manufacturing is receiving a lot of press due to its promise of complete automation. The thinking is that if some automation is good, complete automation is even better! However, for most manufacturers, it is more realistic to think in terms of lights-out processes rather than all-encompassing lights-out manufacturing. In this article, we explore the challenges of lights-out manufacturing.

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