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Air Force Enhancing U.S. Manufacturing Capability

Air Force Enhancing U.S. Manufacturing Capability | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

This is a suite of emerging technologies to fabricate metallic, plastic, ceramic, and electronic parts for applications as diverse as lightweight aerospace structures and custom biomedical implants, all using a layer-by-layer technique where material is placed precisely based on a 3D digital file.

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A manufacturing future that hums (rattles, hisses) along - Fortune

A manufacturing future that hums (rattles, hisses) along - Fortune | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Mainstream manufacturing processes like injection molding are very good at producing an infinite number of identical products, but there are physical limitations to what can be created. 3-D printing changes the manufacturing process in at least two interesting ways: It allows for the creation of incredibly intricate designs (such as a pre-assembled chain of links) and makes it easier and less expensive to create one-off or limited-run creations. The design software acts as a conduit between the designer's brain and the printer, limited only by her imagination and the laws of physics.

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Good article. Helps us visualize both the process and the potential for additive manufacturing. Huge upside here!

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

For veterans — the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals offers programs that will accredit graduates as a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) or a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technician (CMRT). These programs test and validate the skills necessary to do maintenance and reliability work, and tell potential employers that the candidate knows the ropes. The best part is that Veterans Affairs will pay for that certificate, even if they aren’t actively telling future veterans about it.


Via Godlan, Inc.
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Many manufacturers in aerospace have been fully aware of the value of trained veterans. Other sectors should heed this alert as candidate ranks swell with highly trained vets.

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New Technology for Welding Aluminum

New Technology for Welding Aluminum | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Engineers at Honda Motor Co. recently developed a new, continuous process for joining aluminum and steel using friction stir welding.

The technology generates a stable metallic bond between steel and aluminum sheets by moving a rotating tool on the top of the aluminum, which is lapped over the steel with high pressure. As a result, the welding strength is superior to traditional metal inert gas (MIG) welding.

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You may need to register (free) to read this report. The long introduction pulls the camera back, then dives into new techniques for welding aluminum and steel.

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Corporations join up with colleges to design curricula

Corporations join up with colleges to design curricula | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

More companies are entering partnerships with colleges to help design curricula, as state universities seek new revenue and industry tries to close a yawning skills gap. ...corporations concerned about a mismatch between their needs and graduates' skills are starting to pick up some of the cost of select undergraduate programs.

"There is so much rapid change in this field," said Christopher Valentino, who is overseeing Northrop Grumman's cybersecurity partnership at Maryland. "Everybody is challenged to keep up."


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True academics worry that core values of higher education are being subverted even as industry imagines a much improved workforce. But this coin has two sides and can be flipped again as the workforce problem dissipates.

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Cellulose nanocrystals from plant life could lead to stronger materials

Cellulose nanocrystals from plant life could lead to stronger materials | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The crystals could also be used in biodegradable plastics, textiles, wound dressings, and a host of other [manufactured] products.

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This development has broad manufacturing technology implications. This is only the dawn of organic chemistry developments for making things.

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Five Potential Welding Safety Hazards to Avoid - Occupational Health and Safety

Five Potential Welding Safety Hazards to Avoid - Occupational Health and Safety | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

To help keep welders safe, organizations such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and OSHA offer safety guidelines to help control, minimize, or to help employers and workers avoid welding hazards. Employers should ensure that all workers have an opportunity to comply with the following important guidelines in the workplace:

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I'll add my own safety warning to these excellent guidelines: haste in welding is a fool's approach.

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Building a future for alternative-fuel vehicles: aluminum marries carbon fiber

Building a future for alternative-fuel vehicles: aluminum marries carbon fiber | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

First of all, that’s not steel lining the inside of the tank; it’s aluminum. And the aluminum is wrapped in layers of lightweight, strong carbon fiber.

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Carbon fiber married to aluminum? The offspring have a bright future in tanks that are 16x lighter than steel.

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Get in on it: The first round of voting for the World's Greatest Engineering Movie - Machine Design (blog)

Get in on it: The first round of voting for the World's Greatest Engineering Movie - Machine Design (blog) | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Readers and editors nominated 32 top-notch engineering flicks to fill in the brackets for our World’s Greatest Engineering Movie competition. Now it’s up to you to make that first set of decisions, choosing one movie over another, and bringing the number of movies still in contention down to 16.

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Have some voting fun. You could win nice prizes

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States bet on skills in race to woo employers

States bet on skills in race to woo employers | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The skills gap is rooted in a confluence of trends: rapidly evolving technology that demands a higher level of training; less willingness by companies to spend the time or money to train employees; and the retiring baby boomer generation, which is leaving a vacuum of skilled workers. In response, public colleges and universities... are... catering to the needs of area businesses, as legislatures show willingness to pay for programs tailored to specific industries or a single company.

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MEMS - GE - YouTube

What's "old" is new again. The press may have neglected MEMS technology, but GE has not. These microscopic devices are showing up everywhere including the technology of manufacturing.

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Will the U.S. Redefine Manufacturing to Include the "Factoryless"?

Will the U.S. Redefine Manufacturing to Include the "Factoryless"? | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Some refer to companies [that offshore all production] as "factoryless goods producers"—firms that handle every part of making their products except the actual fabrication. As industries have gone global, this model has proliferated from furniture making to electronics: Think of Apple Inc. and its iPhones. Now, there is a move afoot among U.S. government agencies to count these companies as manufacturers, which is a surprisingly fraught issue.

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Quality Scan: Using CAM to Find Your Five-Axis “Sweet Spot”

Quality Scan: Using CAM to Find Your Five-Axis “Sweet Spot” | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Karlo Apro says "Here are the most important points to remember when it comes to optimizing five-axis machining quality: minimize and control all motion; consider every element of the cutting process; keep the tool as short as possible; design fixtures that allow minimum distance between the workpiece and the machine’s rotary center point; eliminate air cutting, and avoid collisions at any cost."

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Listen to Karlo, read his books (available at IndustrialPress.com

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Mazak Corp. Doubles Manufacturing Technology Scholarships

Mazak Corp. Doubles Manufacturing Technology Scholarships | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Students can learn more about eligibility requirements and register for the scholarship by visiting the SME Education Foundation's scholarship application site at smeef.org/scholarships. By registering, students will automatically be notified when the application opens this fall.

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A drop in the bucket but it encourages other manufacturers to sponsor scholarships.

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Video: Wal-Mart WAVE Hybrid Semi-Truck Promises Efficiency - Gas 2

Video: Wal-Mart WAVE Hybrid Semi-Truck Promises Efficiency - Gas 2 | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Following President Obama’s promise to enforce tougher truck fuel economy standards, Walmart has revealed their futuristic hybrid big rig, the WAVE concept.

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Go, Walmart. Tremendous weight savings and high efficiency sets the stage for the future of big rig trucking worldwide.

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Pratt Predicts Additive Manufacturing In Every Shop

Pratt Predicts Additive Manufacturing In Every Shop | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Pratt & Whitney’s president of aftermarket, Matthew Bromberg, predicts that maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) shops in the future will “print” the parts they need with additive manufacturing technologies, speeding up repair tasks and reducing stored inventory. “It will work. It will be efficient. It’s the way the industry will go,” said Bromberg, speaking at Aviation Week’s MRO America conference in Phoenix on April 9.

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“It will work. It will be efficient. It’s the way the industry will go,” said Bromberg, speaking at Aviation Week’s MRO America conference in Phoenix on April 9.

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Make It Smart, Make It Here: Driving Manufacturing Innovation in New York State

Make It Smart, Make It Here: Driving Manufacturing Innovation in New York State | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Manufacturing in the United States is experiencing a renaissance. However, not all companies are prepared to re-shore or expand their domestic manufacturing operations to meet market demands following two decades of outsourcing, downsizing, and other challenges,” said Daniel Walczyk, director of CATS and professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer. “The second annual Advanced Manufacturing Conference will provide a wealth of information from leaders in academia, industry, and government to help businesses face their challenges, meet market demands, and take advantage of new opportunities.

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I'd like to see more of these events across the west. Globally, a level playing field for a complex employment ecosystem is the objective.

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Merck Optimizes Manufacturing With Big Data Analytics - InformationWeek

Merck Optimizes Manufacturing With Big Data Analytics - InformationWeek | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Through 15 billion calculations and more than 5.5 million batch-to-batch comparisons, Merck discovered that certain characteristics in the fermentation phase of vaccine production were closely tied to yield in a final purification step.

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Software in the cloud is an interesting and promising part of the mix for advanced manufacturing technologies.

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Beaming in on new welding technology - The Star

Beaming in on new welding technology - The Star | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The biggest challenge was to create a machine as flexible as possible, while incorporating a high number of special features at the leading edge of technology to meet the NAMRC’s mission to push the boundaries of manufacturing techniques. Keith Bridger says the new welding machine has applications in a number of different sectors, including aerospace and offshore oil and gas as well as nuclear.

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This giant electron beam welder is a manufacturing game changer for large components.

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The New Face Of Manufacturing: Santa Cruz Bicycles - Forbes

The New Face Of Manufacturing: Santa Cruz Bicycles - Forbes | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

...unlike the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, this new revolution in manufacturing is arguably a revolution led by designers – more the craftsman, rather than the engineer, aided by advances in software technology. Santa Cruz Bicycles (SBC) exemplifies this new paradigm shift.

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This short story nails the paradigm shift. There's a technology message here for all manufacturers.

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Packaging machine sizes cardboard just right

Packaging machine sizes cardboard just right | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Servomotors and drives let special packaging machines correctly size corrugated cardboard boxes for any product, so there’s no need to fill empty box space with extra cushioning material. Products go into the packaging machine on a conveyor and the box forms around them.

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This modern manufacturing solution is incredibly obvious - makes perfect sense. But it took technology to enable it.

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Manufacturing Will Be Key to U.S. Success in Technology Exports

Manufacturing Will Be Key to U.S. Success in Technology Exports | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

“As an owner of the intellectual property of high value goods, the U.S. and other developed economies currently dominate the global technology export market, but under-investment in R&D over the long term can pose a competitive threat,” said Prabhat Vira, regional head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance in North America for HSBC. “The world economy is becoming more knowledge-intensive and for the U.S. to retain its lead, it’s crucial that businesses continue to invest in research and innovation.”

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More proof calling for education upgrades to achieve a superior workforce

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Can Wearable Tech Work in the Factory?

Can Wearable Tech Work in the Factory? | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Smart accessories are about to enter the industrial field in a big way. But will they be a powerful new tool, or a dangerous distraction?

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Expect dramatic wearable industrial technology in the years ahead.

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Optical sensing boosts spot welding efficiency in auto industry - Optics.org

Optical sensing boosts spot welding efficiency in auto industry - Optics.org | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

At the core of the system is an optical sensor to record the condition of the welding electrode and thereby calculate the time and extent of cleaning or mechanical post processing required. Michael Leuckefeld, project manager at Fraunhofer IPMS, commented, “Our system monitors both welding electrodes simultaneously from various perspectives. We use diffuse monochrome LED lighting generated by opal glass for this purpose.

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Small but significant improvement will have positive impact on manufacturing technology.

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MACH 2014 – the UK's largest event for Manufacturing Technologies takes place in April

MACH 2014 – the UK's largest event for Manufacturing Technologies takes place in April | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it
The size and scope of MACH is way beyond anything else in the country and really does provide a one stop shop for the latest technology. Whether it’s the mightiest machine tools (and there will be a 43 tonne behemoth on display!), the most sensitive of gauges, or the latest in 3D printing technologies you can see it all under one roof.
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