Multi-arm robots working close to employees are noteworthy additions to this shop that got its start during World War II.
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HxGN Live is the annual international conference sponsored by Hexagon, the global company best known in the manufacturing industry for its broad range of metrology equipment. With its recent acquisition of Vero software, Hexagon now has CAM software products to make metrology data a key driver of shopfloor productivity, as this year’s event made clear.
Gathering information is worth it only if it’s put to practical use. Applying measurement data to streamline the manufacturing of spiral bevel gears makes clear the true value of the closed-loop process.
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For the right parts, this choice might be surprisingly cost-effective. A drum pedal maker controlled cost by starting some machined components as extruded blanks instead of solid blocks.
After years spent trying to overcome the challenges it had encountered drilling a deep hole in a tiny workpiece, this shop finally discovered the solution in a technology called Modulation Assisted Machining.
Other than a brief spurt of accelerating growth from January to March earlier this year, the index has trended down fairly consistently since last June.