A new training center will enable Heidenhain to support its CNC users by ensuring that they are aware of all that the control can do. The value of some control capabilities don’t become apparent until they are seen in use.
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One way to address the shortage of skilled industrial labor is to hire for potential and train for productivity, capitalizing on the unique perspectives of those with experience outside of the manufacturing industry.
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Although our latest survey shows that spending on machine tools will slow in 2016, it’s an “investor’s market” for metalworking companies with vision and boldness.
A research project in Europe is developing what could conceivably be the prototype for machine tools ideally suited for implementing data-driven manufacturing within the Industry 4.0 framework. One of the most interesting aspects of the project is embedding digital sensors in the bearing components inside the machine tool.
With a reading of 44.8, the MoldMaking Business Index showed that the industry contracted in October for the fifth month in a row, with the contraction rate having consistently accelerated in each of those months. The index generally has trended lower since February 2015, and in October, the industry contracted at its fastest rate since December 2012.