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IMTS 2014: Technology Preview [SLIDESHOW]

IMTS 2014: Technology Preview [SLIDESHOW] | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

This year's show will highlight all of the latest advances in machine tool technologies – from multi-axis lathes and grinders to the bits that drive them. But the real excitement this year is around the interaction between these tools and the peripheral technologies that make up the full manufacturing ecosystem.


Expect collaborative robots loading CNCs, communicating machines, smart sensors and smart analytics, hybrid 3-D printing and tooling. And mostly, it's about the full convergence between data and production.

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Super show!

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A technology boom for manufacturing - Plant Engineering

We are in the midst of an industrial technology and energy systems convergence that is driving a change in manufacturing the world over. In the past six years, the pace of innovation and development in the industrial automation sector has moved into overdrive. In North America, manufacturers are adopting digitized systems and secure connectivity across the factory floor and are taking advantage of reliable and cost-effective technologies for energy savings. As a result, U.S.-based companies are starting to re-shore manufacturing operations to U.S. soil from other parts of the globe. Outside of North America, global manufacturers are investing or looking to invest in U.S. operations to take advantage of the high productivity of our manufacturing workforce and our competitive energy environment.

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SME's 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Expo to Showcase Latest Advancements

SME's 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Expo to Showcase Latest Advancements | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

"The factory of the future will be transformational- 3D printers, automation, advanced materials, simulation of machines and processes, even controlling an entire factory from your smart phone,"said Debbie Holton, director of events and industry strategy at SME. "The speed of change continues to increase and manufacturers need to see these advanced technologies in person and learn from the experts."

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Always a good event.

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Lockheed Martin Designs The Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

Lockheed Martin Designs The Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it
In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. What could that mean for manufacturing?
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I see Fortis as near-term technology for a variety of human tasks requiring muscular exertion over extended periods of time. Watch the video to see this in action.

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Robotic Feeders for the New Technology Ecosystem - American Machinist

Robotic Feeders for the New Technology Ecosystem - American Machinist | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Manufacturing in the modern factory is no longer about single machines performing single operations; it's about an ecosystem of integrated technologies and resources – machines, tools, automation equipment, data and skilled labor – all working together to improve the output of the whole.

IMTS this year will highlight that ecosystem like never before – instead of showing off isolated technologies running their rarified tasks, there will be machine tools working in concert with robots that are driven by sensors, optomized by smart analytics and Big Data.

Murry Shohat's insight:


Hope to witness this in person.

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Inertia Friction Welding Demonstration Manufacturing Technology, Inc

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Good video demo of inertia friction welding for a solid material

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Manufacturing Universities: A Catalytic Step Toward Revitalizing American Manufacturing

Manufacturing Universities: A Catalytic Step Toward Revitalizing American Manufacturing | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

While some believe that America’s manufacturing recovery has already “turned the corner,” the truth is that policymakers have much more work to do in establishing an institutional environment that supports the competitiveness of America’s manufacturing economy on a sustainable basis.

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Colleges and Universities in North America face the consequences of program neglect. Can they rush to recover? It isn't just manufacturing that needs work.

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2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing

2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

U.S. manufacturers generated $6.07 trillion in revenue in 2013. Each year, as revenues climb and fall, new companies join the ranks of the top 500. Check out this year's map below and then compare it to 2013.

Murry Shohat's insight:


Interesting map! Tells us where the new manufacturing jobs are going.

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IBM, SEMATCH Partner to Launch New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium

IBM, SEMATCH Partner to Launch New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The Consortium will invest over $500 million and create thousands of high-skilled, high-paying jobs in Upstate New York over the next five years focusing on the development and manufacture of the next generation of materials used on semiconductors.

Murry Shohat's insight:


This technology will lead to improved manufacturing capabilities as well as superior power electronics.

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World’s First Plant to Print Jet Engine Nozzles in Mass Production

World’s First Plant to Print Jet Engine Nozzles in Mass Production | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

GE is taking mass production to a lofty new level. The company is pulling 3D printing out of the lab and installing it at the heart of the world’s first factory for printing jet engine fuel nozzles in Auburn, Ala...Read More....


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 16, 11:03 AM

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2014 IW US 500: Tech's Top 10 Fastest Risers [SLIDESHOW]

2014 IW US 500: Tech's Top 10 Fastest Risers [SLIDESHOW] | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

This year's list shows insane financial gains throughout the technology market. Of the $6 trillion in revenue pulled in by all 500 companies last year, $1.5 trillion of it came from tech alone.

Murry Shohat's insight:


I'm not alone in suggesting that technology breakthroughs portend a fresh industrial revolution. This list supports the idea.

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IMTS Preview: Advanced Technologies Promise to Pique Imaginations

IMTS Preview: Advanced Technologies Promise to Pique Imaginations | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

At the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this September, manufacturers will see new machinery and equipment, as always. But just as exciting will be exhibits called “imagination stations” that show emerging manufacturing technologies and current and futuristic end-user examples of how these technologies will be applied.

Murry Shohat's insight:


IMTS is always an adrenalin rush that lasts and lasts. This year may be the best ever.

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“What comes next?” — Latest technology breakthroughs featured at SEMICON West

“What comes next?” — Latest technology breakthroughs featured at SEMICON West | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The latest manufacturing, materials and production developments for emerging and adjacent markets will be featured at SEMICON West 2014  to be held July 8-10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Over 200 exhibitors and 20 hours of technical presentations will focus on manufacturing tech breakthroughs,  answering the question “What comes next?”

Murry Shohat's insight:


Always interesting! And you can't beat the venue.

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GE, Notre Dame Join Unveil New Turbomachinery Facility

GE, Notre Dame Join Unveil New Turbomachinery Facility | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

In an effort to advance the technology of gas turbine engines used for jet aircraft, power generation plants, and the oil and gas industry, GE is providing $13.5 million over the next five years to fund research at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility.

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Ten for STEM - Ten developments promoting science & technology learning

Ten for STEM - Ten developments promoting science & technology learning | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Education in the area of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has been in the headlines as employers find it tough to uncover potential employees having STEM backgrounds. Efforts are underway to rectify perceived shortages in STEM fields. Notice of several such initiatives recently crossed our desk. Here is a quick update on what's going on:

Murry Shohat's insight:


Thanks, Lee, for documenting these developments.

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Elon Musk Gives Up Tesla Patents to 'Open Source Movement'

Elon Musk Gives Up Tesla Patents to 'Open Source Movement' | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it


Electric carmaker Tesla announced Thursday it was giving up its patents to the "the open source movement" to help spur electric vehicle technology. The unusual move comes with Tesla enjoying huge success but against a backdrop of multiplying legal squabbles among technology firms over patents. "All our patents belong to you," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a blog post.

Murry Shohat's insight:


As a product of the open source movement myself, I loudly applaud Elon's bold and smart move. "Show 'em your tail," Elon.

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The Rodon Group's curator insight, June 17, 6:03 AM

A courageous move but one that will speed product development.

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Microfabrica Showcases Breakthrough Additive Manufacturing Technology - MCADCafe

Microfabrica Showcases Breakthrough Additive Manufacturing Technology - MCADCafe | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

"For high tech industries, the drive to miniaturization is immutable," said Eric Miller, CEO of Microfabrica. "As conventional manufacturing technologies fail to keep pace, additive manufacturing is emerging as the disruptive alternative. Microfabrica is uniquely positioned at the forefront of these converging trends, having shipped over 50 million commercial devices since the introduction of MICA Freeform in 2009."

Murry Shohat's insight:


This technology is emerging fast and worth looking at by any manufacturer considering Additive strategies going forward.

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Penn State awarded inaugural advanced manufacturing technology planning grant

Penn State awarded inaugural advanced manufacturing technology planning grant | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The AMTech awards provide incentives for partnerships to tackle the important jobs of planning, setting strategic manufacturing technology goals and developing a shared vision of how to work collaboratively to get there," said NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. "These are essential first steps toward building the research infrastructure necessary to sustain a healthy, innovative advanced manufacturing sector — one that invents, demonstrates, prototypes and produces here, in the U.S."

Murry Shohat's insight:


These NIST grants encourage U.S. manufacturing based on U.S. R&D.

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Archimedes Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine is efficient at low wind speeds | Worth Noting

Archimedes Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine is efficient at low wind speeds | Worth Noting | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Many designers of utility scale wind turbines dismiss the idea of using turbines to capture energy from light breezes and in areas where there isn't a lot of wind. Their argument comes from Betz's law which calculates the maximum power available from the wind. The difference in pressure is created by the spatial figure in the spiral blade. This results in a much better performance. Even when the wind is blowing at an angle of 60 degrees into the rotor, it will start to spin.

Murry Shohat's insight:


This development is worth noting by manufacturing and industrial engineers. Commercialization of spiral wind turbines could power small factories and homes.

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Behind Germany's Success Story in Manufacturing - Wall Street Journal

Behind Germany's Success Story in Manufacturing - Wall Street Journal | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

One model for the Obama plan is the Fraunhofer Society, a network of government-backed research institutes that has helped make Germany one of the leading exporters of high-tech manufactured goods, despite the country's relatively high wages and high levels of regulation. "As one of the biggest and oldest innovation networks for advanced manufacturing, Fraunhofer was a key starting point when we began designing the NNMI," says Mike Molnar, director of the U.S. program.

Murry Shohat's insight:


The Fraunhofer story is a good model that should be applied at U.S. Universities.

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Speaking of the Future: Advanced Manufacturing - Lockheed

Imagine a world where we can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life. 

Murry Shohat's insight:


One of the best videos on the power and potential of 3D additive printing. The last half gets more specific than the first half. Everyone should watch this. Lockheed was my first civilian employer.

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Advanced nanometer-scale manufacturing technologies - YouTube

Advanced nanometer-scale manufacturing technologies - YouTube | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Challenges for the ultimate added value: Advanced nanometer-scale manufacturing technologies. Very informative video.

Murry Shohat's insight:


This used to be the stuff of science fiction. Now it's reality and it defines the far edge of manufacturing technology.

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Manufacturing Technology Centre gets Europe's most powerful laser

Manufacturing Technology Centre gets Europe's most powerful laser | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Ken Young, technology manager at the MTC says: "This new laser cell is a combination of state-of-the-art equipment, which will be used to provide UK industry with an unparalleled environment for the development and demonstration of advanced laser materials processing."

Murry Shohat's insight:


We will be waiting for manufacturing technology development news about this laser

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Robots, Reshoring and the Promise of the 21st Century

Robots, Reshoring and the Promise of the 21st Century | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

"I spent a lot of time touring those factories in China all through the early part of the 2000s," he said. "And I found that they were still making a lot of stuff by hand." Worse, he found that – even at the height of that first digital revolution – outsourced hand manufacturing seemed to dominate the industry. And it still does.

Murry Shohat's insight:


Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend me your hands? Actually try the robots.

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Why Independence LED Moved Manufacturing Back to the US

Why Independence LED Moved Manufacturing Back to the US | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

By moving manufacturing back to the United States, we have created American jobs, increased the quality of our products, doubled the average LED warranty (up to 10 years) and reduced our total costs through advanced automation and proximity to a large portion of our customers.

Murry Shohat's insight:


Simply and eloquently stated, this short article illuminates technology benefits to re-shoring.

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Curated by Murry Shohat
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