Total Cost of Ownership - Unwrapping the Hidden Costs of Manufacturing

When thinking about costs of a part, many engineers and purchasers tend to only have one thing in mind: production costs. Like this, new technologies such as 3D printing/AM are often seen as expensive. However, production costs are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Case for Mass Finishing for AM Parts and Components

Mass finishing is wrongly regarded by many as a relatively crude technology. However, it needs to be understood that it has been an established surface finishing technique for many decades for a reason.

5 Advantages of Using EtherCAT for Motion Control

EtherCAT is proven to optimize machine performance with its deterministic performance, flexible topology, and diverse set of features. To better understand why users should use EtherCAT, let's review its history, how it works, and the problems it solves.

Case Study: Plug & Produce in Sensor Production

With its flexible multi-product line for rotary encoders, Sensata has developed a sustainable solution. The heart of the precise sensor assembly system: The Smart Function Kit for pressing processes.

M12 Connections Explained: What Are They & Which Are Best For Your Purpose?

With so many various types of M12 connections and options to choose from, such as pin count, pin positions, connection coding and IP ratings, the selection process can seem rather overwhelming. How do you know which connections are right for your specific application?

6 Reasons to Choose EDM Over Traditional Machining for Better Results

EDM - could be classified as one of the most useful in a modern shop. Also called a spark machining tool, the device uses sparks, or electricity, to cut through materials. It uses thermal energy to make the cuts by removing material.

Cincoze CV-117/P1001 Enhanced Productivity for Stone Processing Machine

Due to the working environment in the factory or machine shops is humid and dusty, the panel PC should be resistant to water and various substances. Besides, the panel PC was required to be easy to integrate, maintain and upgrade.

3D Printing New Parts for a Classic Ferrari

For this particular project, Dan Nobles and Slice Engineering decided carbon fiber nylon filament would be the best option. Engineered for its intense durability and stability, a carbon fiber nylon material would be capable of handling the high-heat experienced in an engine.

It's Not Just Consumers Who Prefer To Buy Online

Gartner found last year B2B buyers now only spend 17 percent of their time meeting with potential suppliers and vendors when deciding a purchase. Virtual selling via digital channels and commerce to price to quote (CPQ) techology is predominating.

Transforming Legacy Manufacturing Enterprises With AI on the Edge

This article discusses how legacy manufacturing enterprises can harness the latest technologies, to optimize factory operations without having to ramp up infrastructure investment.

Overcoming Vibration Issues When Using Laser Interferometry

Before looking at the problems that vibration causes when using a laser interferometer, and the ways that its effects can be overcome, it is worth briefly describing the way that laser interferometry works.

Precise Load and Force Measurement in Smart Hydraulic and Electric Actuators

Throughout history, there have been industrial applications that require a load or force measurement within a system that involves either linear electric or hydraulic smart actuators.

Benefits of VFD Cables Over THHN

Cables with the proper shielding, i.e. foil plus braided shield or semi-conductive fleece with foil and a braid shield, prevent the VFD system from radiating electrical noise that can interfere with the surrounding networking, wireless communication, and industrial devices.

An Introduction to Feedback Devices for VFD and Servo Applications

This article will be expanding on the different types of feedback devices in VFD (Variable Frequency Drives) and Servo applications, as well as some of the typical applications in which they are utilized.

Evolution of the Need for Expeditionary Manufacturing

There is a demand signal to produce a machine capable of Metal printing on the front lines. Phillips has developed a Hybrid technology that adds a Wire fed Direct Energy Deposition head to a Haas machine.

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