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Succession Planning: An Out-of-the-Box option

Succession Planning: An Out-of-the-Box option

Category: Business Jul 8, 2021

Find out how one CEO implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP to spur innovation, collaboration, and growth to benefit the employees and their customers—all while doubling their sales in five years.

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Market Disruptor Protolabs Innovates in Low Volume Manufacturing

Market Disruptor Protolabs Innovates in Low Volume Manufacturing

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jul 7, 2021

Market disruptor Protolabs built its business by focusing on both speed and low volume in producing parts for customers. They saw that prototype and low volume-custom parts manufacturing was an underserved market and set out to meet this market need. We overview the company’s success and drill down into some of the details of its business model.

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From Blooming to Booming

From Blooming to Booming

Category: Business Jul 6, 2021

AMT’s recent economic webinar featured Mark Killion with Oxford Economics. He shared the many positive economic indicators — and the few potential pitfalls — to look out for in the final quarter of 2021 and into 2022.

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Why You Should Care About Deep Reinforcement Learning

Why You Should Care About Deep Reinforcement Learning

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jul 1, 2021

OSARO has pioneered the use of AI software in industrial systems to expand the range of applications for robotics. The company helps automate the process of accurately seeing, picking, and placing objects. Learn what’s possible and how smart robots make it happen.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

Category: IMTS Network Jul 1, 2021

While we’re waiting for 5G to transform manufacturing – and it will, as it’s the only vastly scalable solution for a smart factory – have you ever wondered what the “G” in 5G even means? Gigahertz? Gigabits? That got us wondering about the about the history of 1, 2, 3 and 4G. Here’s a short trip down memory lane.

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Transmission Manufacturer Combats Supply Chain Disruptions With Transparency, Collaboration and Creativity

Transmission Manufacturer Combats Supply Chain Disruptions With Transparency, Collaboration and Creativity

Category: Supply Chain Jun 30, 2021

HM Manufacturing, a manufacturer of power transmission components discusses response to supply chain disruptions with Crain’s Chicago Business. Customer relationships and talent curation are top priority.

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Digital Twin: What, Where, & Why

Digital Twin: What, Where, & Why

Category: Manufacturing Technology Jun 30, 2021

Here’s the lowdown on how a virtual representation uses simulation and machine learning to help you gain insight into the performance and potential problems of a manufacturing process – enabling products to be digitally designed and tested before being physically produced.

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There Is No Substitute for Speed

There Is No Substitute for Speed

Category: Supply Chain Jun 30, 2021

Can pure velocity reshape the supply chain and move the productivity curve? Inspired by the whoosh of a racing Maserati on the autobahn, long-time advanced manufacturer David Burns explores how our obsession with speed, combined with digital manufacturing, might be the golden ticket to reshore, strengthen supply chains, and accelerate productivity.

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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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