Smart Utilization of 3D Printing Equipment and Materials Facilitates Continued Innovation

Graphical representation of an idea often falls short of the impact of a 3 dimensional expression of the concept. Cars utilizing 3D printed components have graced auto shows for years.

Creating a Flexible Manufacturing Facility Using Automation Technology

In terms of manufacturing, flexibility refers to the machines being adaptable and responsive to change. In the case of flexible manufacturing, the machines are able to adapt processes and scale their operations according to different situations...

Manufacturing Jobs in the Gig Economy

In order for a manufacturing company to truly scale and catch up to the technology demands of their business, they need to identify and secure talent at all levels that help them meet their demands in real time.

MiR200 Improves Safety, Quality, and Competitiveness at Metro Plastics

Using the robot's built-in Wi-Fi interface, operators will use tablets installed at each press to call the robot to pick up finished products and take them directly to the quality department, optimizing the robot's use.

Perfecting Diffusion Bonding

Specialized furnaces with integrated presses provide superior control of pressure and temperature to create better diffusion bonds when joining similar or dissimilar metals.

AI's Role in Overcoming the Manufacturing Hiring Crisis

The manufacturing industry is facing a hiring crisis. According to Deloitte, by 2025, the manufacturing skills gap will result in a need for 3.4 million skilled workers, and 2 million of those roles will go unfulfilled.

Using IoT for Machine Learning-based Predictive Maintenance

By tapping into existing maintenance or equipment logs, a manufacturer can apply machine learning to predict which connected devices or machines will be in need of servicing or forecast required inventory levels across warehouse locations...

Taking an Independent Path: Strategies for Low Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market

Industry looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components.

Visit the Inside 3D Printing Show

Looking for an interesting winter vacation? Why not head to Mumbai, India for the Inside 3D Printing show? It will be held on the 19th and 20th of December, 2018. Inside 3D Printing Mumbai is in its 4th year and it is India's premium exhibition for Additive Manufacturing.

Why Disaster Preparedness Is Important in the Manufacturing Industry

Being prepared can help prevent costly equipment or facility damage. You can't avoid every disaster, but being ready for them when they do occur can help reduce downtime and save you a lot of money on equipment repair and replacement in the long run.

Same Old Problem, Brand New Solution

A completely replaced controls system. 5 panels with all they contain. Under 7 days' downtime. 100% production on day 1.

Machine Automation Explained

Motion control systems are ideal for use in applications that require product positioning, rapid start and stop motions and synchronization of unconnected elements. PLCs have the capability to offer the required signals for commanding stepper systems and servos...

The Cost and Performance Benefits of Switching From Metal to Plastic Parts

Converting metal components to plastic could provide more advantages for your production process and final product. In fact, OEMs that choose to make the switch capitalize on the added versatility of plastic, and realize a number of valuable benefits

Addressing Remote Locations and Security with SD-WAN

Think of AR in an IIoT manufacturing context: now technicians with AR can remotely monitor, change and maintain systems without putting the operator in danger; however, AR requires a massive amount of network resources.

How to Evaluate if a Part Is Fit for Additive Manufacturing?

In the past manufacturability was often foremost in the designer's mind. A lot of geometries which might have been almost impossible or very expensive via conventional manufacturing techniques are now possible and sometimes even cheaper via 3D printing.

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