Manufacturing News of Note: December 2017
SW North America opens a new facility to strengthen its automotive presence, Walter and Starrag focus on aviation and power turbines, and other manufacturing news.
SW North America Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Germany-based Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, recently opened a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in New Hudson, Michigan, with managing directors from Germany, local and county officials, and invited suppliers and customers in attendance.
According to President and CSO James Campbell, the facility will help the company to expand its foothold in the automotive market while increasing its customers in the industrial, aerospace, alternative energy, transportation, consumer products and medical sectors. Read more.
Here is more news to note:
- Walter, Starrag Host Fifth Annual Turbine Technology Days – The companies claim that the aviation industry’s boom and the power generation industry’s increasing need for gas turbines comprise the turbine manufacturing industry’s call to action.
- Abco Adds Visual Components’ 3D Simulation to Service Offerings – The automation systems provider will now offer software to help clients visualize and simulate potential factory automation layouts.
- Arconic, Airbus Partner on Metal 3D Printing for Aircraft – The deal combines Arconic’s metal AM and metallurgy technology with Airbus’ design, qualification and certification experience.
Clean machining using minimum quantity lubrication has allowed Ford’s Van Dyke transmission plant to become fundamentally more efficient and effective at manufacturing six-speed automatic transmissions.
Minimum quantity lubricant can save money, improve tool life and improve the part finish. But it may involve changes to both the equipment and the processing strategy.
This manufacturer’s use of live-tool lathes overcomes labor cost in various ways. One of the latest sources of savings involves bringing another operation—hobbing—into these machines. INCLUDES VIDEO.