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Sponsored Content 23. November 2018

Voice Control Technology Is Here for the Machine Shop

Makino is leading the way in advancing voice-recognition human-machine interface (HMI) technology in machine tools, but it is not doing that on its own. The company is working with the company iTSpeeX, developer of Athena, which they call “the first universal, voice-operated-assistant technology specifically designed for manufacturing work.”

Digital shopfloor connectivity is already a gold standard for successful machine shops. Athena aims to pair that with the success and growing interest in voice technology that we’ve already seen in our daily lives with things like Siri and Alexa.

The opening of a new technology center in Memphis, Tennessee, is not only the latest milestone in a big year for Methods Machine Tools, but also a concrete indication of strong demand for CNC machined medical components.

The company has long serviced medical component manufacturers in the southern United States from another location in Charlottesville, North Carolina. Nonetheless, President and CEO Jerry Rex, who presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Memphis facility November 14, says it is worth being even closer to a strong base of prospective medical industry customers not only in Memphis, but also in neighboring Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.

U.S. machine shops with current or pending investments in machine tool upgrades can ramp up production speeds on brass parts with no loss of workpiece quality or tool life. These findings come from a recent study commissioned by the Copper Development Association Inc., which also found that current handbook values dramatically underestimate brass machining speeds and feeds. The study, “High Speed Machining Advantages of Brass vs. Steel,” was carried out by Techsolve. Read More. 

Other news to note: 

MYT Works Inc., a New York-based manufacturer, is intimately familiar with both movies and manufacturing. The company designs and manufactures slider dollies, skater dollies and tripod heads to hold and move cameras for smooth camera tracking, panning and circling shots for film. To achieve the precision needed to avoid any shaking in camera movements, the company uses machining simulation software to preview and validate CNC machining programs when it manufactures its products.

Filmmaker Etienne Sauret, a veteran in film and television production, founded MYT Works in 2010 in Manhattan, New York, after becoming frustrated with existing portable camera-movement equipment that failed to address problems such as deflection, bounce-back and noise. Although there are products designed to address these individual issues, he says they are typically customized, one-off items with cumbersome, time-consuming setup requirements, and their temporary nature makes them prone to damage and deterioration. Dissatisfied with these options, Mr. Sauret collaborated with a team of engineers to create camera-motion equipment that would better suit industry needs.

In the last post on the topic, we discussed coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) in context: how far they have come technologically, and where they are headed. Now, let’s take a look at a couple factors that make these systems so complex as well as capable: calibration standards and probe uses.

Producing measurement data about a part to verify its accuracy and validate the integrity of its manufacturing process is a prime function of the CMM. However, to meet this function as well as to satisfy traceability requirements, CMMs must be properly calibrated periodically at a frequency set by the user. The two most common standards by which most CMMs are calibrated are ASME B89.4.1 and ISO 10360-2. The two standards are very similar.

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