Industry News for 09/2019

NIMS launches industry-recognized CAM credentials
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is now offering standardized CAM credentials, CAM Milling and Turning. “The CAM field continues to grow and is expected to create almost 100,000 new programmer, designer, and engineer jobs by 2024,” said NIMS Executive Director Montez King. “It is imperative that people entering the field are properly trained and capable, and these credentials show a potential employer that applicants are ready to program CNC machine tools. Further, employees already on the job may wish to secure an official, portable, industry-recognized certification.”
Precision and efficiency have become the leading demands for manufacturing. Modern equipment is changing rapidly. Sturdier, harder materials are used, complex geometries with tight tolerances and fine surface finishes are required, and all that has to be done at a faster pace. This race toward product perfection involves using professional custom machining services for more and more industries and for a lot of different purposes.
When tariff hikes began in spring 2018, companies associated with manufacturing immediately went on alert. Over the past year and a half, continued escalations have increased pressure on U.S. and China relations, leaving international companies that rely on Chinese manufacturing looking to reduce uncertainty with short- and long-term solutions.
Cutting tool inserts to see ballooning sales
The global cutting tool inserts market is likely to account for ~US$ 18.1 Bn by the end of the assessment year 2019, and is estimated to expand at a CAGR of ~7.0% during the forecast period of 2019-2029. Among the type of material, the carbides segment is anticipated to grow at a noteworthy rate, owing to their cost effectiveness and durability, thereby contributing to the relatively high growth rate of the carbides segment over the forecast period.
Gripping systems with skilled hands
The human hand is still regarded as the benchmark when it comes to flexibility of gripping tools. Humanoid manipulators that enable the widest variety of gripping variants will be more and more in demand in future, particularly when it comes to service and assistance robotics. In addition, the factor of economical viability is increasingly important.
G.H. Tool expands capability with additional blue light scanner
G.H. Tool & Mold has expanded its capacity and capability by adding a second GOM ATOS Triple Scan high-resolution, 3D optical digitizer for automated measuring and inspection of its casting dies.
Achieving the impossible is SOP for Precision Tool Technologies
Precision Tool Technologies Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality products and services for wholesale optical laboratories and retail optical industries. The company's first success came in the precision machining of polishing tools and mold inserts for the optical industry, where accuracy of ±0.0001” and surface finishes of 4 Ra are required. For successful operations, this level of excellence must be repeatable on a daily (and nightly) basis. During the course of perfecting their techniques, Precision Tool became the “go to” company for solving difficult machining problems for a variety of industries. Haimer has been a key partner in helping them maintain this competitive edge.
The American Dream made possible with manufacturing
Many of America’s leading entrepreneurs have immigrant backgrounds, playing a vital role in driving innovation and economic growth. In this article, Eurotech Gold customer Victor DaCruz, owner, and his wife, Betty DaCruz, the chief financial officer and human resources director of DACRUZ Manufac-turing, Bristol, Connecticut, share their company’s business philosophy and the history of how his family started in business.
Things seem to be going very well for American manufacturing. Since 2009, 1.2 million manufacturing jobs have been created. The fracking industry has significantly lowered energy costs. Unemployment has reached a low of 3.8%, and 145,000 jobs were re-shored in 2018. We have had 10 years of growth since the Great Recession, and many articles in the past year suggest that the U.S. is in a manufacturing renaissance. But are we?
Michigan is taking steps to build on a tradition of innovation by investing in the workers, thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. This effort was on display last month at Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow's Learning Lab summer bridge program, which allowed University Prep Science & Math High School students from Detroit to tour the building and meet manufacturers and educators.
The economy is not just the stock market. A number of factors contribute to the overall health of the economy, and one of them is manufacturing. Although the jury is still out on whether a recession is coming for the broader economy, some people are concerned that a recession has arrived in the manufacturing sector.
Deep-hole drilling and automation make for productive work cells
Across every industry, manufacturers are working to meet growing customer demand in a globally competitive market. Despite a widening skills gap, by organizing advanced technology into highly optimized work cells, manufacturers are maximizing productivity through automation.
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology developed robots that have the ability to reason about shape, function and attachment of unrelated parts. This lets the robots build basic tools by combining objects. The breakthrough is a significant step toward enabling intelligent agents to devise tools that could prove useful in hazardous situations.
A third of Generation Z — adults ages 18 to 22 — have had manufacturing suggested as a career option compared with 18% of millennials and 13% of the general adult population, according to a new study. Gen Z is 7% more likely to consider working in the manufacturing industry and 12% less likely to view it as in decline compared with the general population.
The aging U.S. population and labor force weigh particularly heavy on one economic sector: manufacturing. While an aging population affects most sectors, its impact on manufacturing could be outsized for a couple of reasons.
Record sales of cobots reveal increasing demand for end-of-arm tooling
For the first time, the annual World Robotics report includes a specific analysis on the market for collaborative robots, documenting a robust 23% growth worldwide. The International Federation of Robotics’ report indicates that a substantial part of the adoption will be driven by more intelligent components, such as smart grippers, “plug and play” interfaces and programming by demonstrations.
Roush Yates chooses ProShop USA to streamline, organize shop operations
Engine development company Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions (RYMS) will now use ProShop USA Inc.’s software to manage its advanced manufacturing shop. ProShop’s comprehensive ERP software allows users to control every step in the manufacturing process, from pricing and inventory to inspection data and shipping documentation. The software is especially beneficial to AS 9100 and ISO 9001 certified facilities such as Roush Yates.
Metrology service provider expands with second LK Metrology CMM
Contract inspection and reverse engineering capacity has doubled in terms of throughput, while the size of the component that can be measured has increased more than five-fold at Laser Scanning Ltd., based in Chapeltown, U.K., near Sheffield. It follows the installation of a second, larger coordinate measuring machine built by LK Metrology Ltd. at its Castle Donington, England, factory.
Report predicts steady growth for waterjet cutting machine market
According to a findings specified in the report on the waterjet cutting machine market, the market is expected to witness steady growth over the forecast period (2018-2026), led by increasing industrialization and manufacturing sector in emerging regions across the globe. The long-term outlook for the global waterjet cutting machine market is expected to remain positive and the market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.0% during the forecast period.
A new publication, "Training the Next Revolution in American Manufacturing," addresses narrowing the skills gap in advanced manufacturing. The project will be followed by a separate one that examines the information gap in manufacturing job placement: how to better match job seekers with available positions. Both studies grew out of what rapidly has become a cliche — that manufacturing is changing.