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Automation

Merging Advances: Lights-Out Machining Combines Automation and Focused Process Improvement

One of the most significant developments in machining right now is easy to miss because it is the union of two different advances coming together.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing

10 Takeaways on How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Influence CNC Machining

The Consortium for Self-Aware Machining and Metrology held a promising first meeting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Here are my impressions.
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Aerospace

Center of Excellence Is New Twist on Old Manufacturing Department Structure

The new Spirit AeroSystems facility for five-axis machining allows a small team to oversee a significant amount of machining capability. Is this the way of the future as machining systems become more automated?
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Additive Manufacturing

Manufacturing to Meet Tech Community at MT360

I will hold onstage conversations with additive manufacturing and collaborative automation leaders as part of the new technology event to premier May 12-14, 2020, in Santa Clara, California.
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The Case for Consistency

Why do manufacturers ask their employees to work within defined systems? Here's why consistency matters.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing

The Starting Point for Machine Tool Monitoring: Data Analysis Is an Emotional Choice

For machine shops, the transformation that data-driven manufacturing promises to bring begins with machine monitoring, and there is a human component to this.
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The Sign on the Wall When I First Met Mark Albert: “When In Doubt, Tell the Truth”

Not just writing, but writing with integrity, is the work and the craft to which Mark Albert gave his career.
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How We Misread Productivity Gains in the Debate About Manufacturing Jobs

Manufacturing appears to lead other sectors in productivity growth, but productivity measures pick up factors besides automation. Recognizing this fact changes the terms of part of the public debate.
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Automation

10 Ways to Think Differently about Robotic Automation

Take another look: A lot is happening in and around robotic automation. What robots might mean for machining and manufacturing is getting ready to change.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing

7 Impressions of IMTS 2018

The up-and-coming technologies hinted at during previous shows have now arrived, and they are being accepted as part of the now-standard means of making parts.
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Additive Manufacturing

IMTS: The Name Change Makes Even More Sense Today

With the rapid expansion of additive manufacturing’s place at the show, the biennial event expands well beyond machine tools.
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Automation

For Many Machining Facilities, the Mindset Now Must Be “Radical Automation”

What if there will never, ever be enough talent in your local labor pool to meet the still-growing demand for skilled manufacturing employees? The real challenge might lie in our expectations about how much skilled labor we need. Let IMTS 2018 be the beginning of facing this challenge.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing

10 Takeaways about the Industrial Internet of Things

What will it look like for manufacturing to embrace and make use of interconnected hardware? Here are some clues.
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Additive Manufacturing

Even My Accurate Predictions Are Wrong

The future does not come in a straight line. Multiple factors affect one another and the final outcome. My prediction that machine shops would see more composites is playing out, but I missed an important means by which this would happen.
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10 Reasons Why Machine Shops Vary So Much in Quoted Pricing

Many factors explain the potential 10X variation in different shops’ bids for the same machining work.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing

Iscar Leader Describes Tool Technology for Machine Shops Acting on Data

As more sophisticated insight into machining performance reveals opportunities for efficiency gain, the value of tooling choices that save time will become increasingly clear.
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Latest Phase of Outsourcing Favors U.S. Suppliers

An expert with a view from both sides of the OEM/supplier divide sees the narrowing of this divide as one of the major positives favoring manufacturing in the United States.
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Additive Manufacturing

A.I. Will Become Our Inventor

We know how to engineer automation, but can we automate engineering? This possibility is nearer than we might expect, and it will have implications for manufacturing. 
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We Are Investing in the Print Magazine

We are doing so because our audience is there. Some findings suggest that’s not likely to change soon.
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VMCs

Are U.S. Machine Shops Choosing to Stay Small for the Long Haul?

Spending plans offer a clue to the new way shops plan to expand their output.
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