Industry News for 11/2019

Toolholders fit shop’s up-close-and-personal part production
Nueva Precision, Milliken, Colorado, is, for the most part, Eddie Casanueva and his wife Leandra operating out of a garage. And while many job shop owners would want to grow and expand their businesses, the Casanuevas are content with keeping the shop at its current size because, according to them, customers benefit from dealing directly with the person making their parts. This, as well as the shop’s advanced manufacturing technology, makes Nueva Precision a trusted partner to its customers and an agile supplier.
Vigilance – The best protection against hacking
Digitization has its price. The networking of people, machines and companies not only increases productivity and sustainability, but also raises the risk of a cyberattack. The VDMA Cybersecurity Congress at METAV 2020 on March 11, 2020 offers potential ways of resolving this dilemma. Heinz-Uwe Gernhard is head of the VDMA Security working group and in his principal occupation is responsible for IT security at Robert Bosch in Stuttgart. In an interview he reveals his recipe for success: vigilance training for cyberattacks.
U.S. cutting tool orders up 0.2% in September 2019 YTD/YTD
September 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $195.9 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was down 4.3 percent from August's $204.7 million and down 7 percent when compared with the $210.6 million reported for September 2018. With a year-to-date total of $1.8 billion, 2019 is up 0.2 percent when compared with 2018. Please note there were revisions to August 2019.
Gripper helps Tomenson Machine Works boost quality and profitability
Tomenson Machine Works is a third-generation, family-owned manufacturer of precision hydraulic manifolds, with a focus on continuous improvement. The company turned to collaborative automation in its pin-stamping application to improve quality, profitability and worker satisfaction. The OnRobot collaborative RG6 gripper handles dozens of different part sizes with fast and easy changeovers, and sets the stage for ongoing automation in potential applications such as CNC tending, deburring and packaging.
Researchers have developed a futuristic 3D printer that is so big and fast that it can print an object the size of an adult human in just a couple of hours.
Without the right bits, even the perfect CNC rig won't go very far. Explore this comprehensive guide to CNC router bits.
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Most political analysts agree that Donald Trump won the presidency on the backs of long-suffering blue-collar workers in industrial states. His campaign was propelled by a promise to revive manufacturing through trade, tax and regulatory policies. After nearly three years in office, the results are unfortunately tepid in terms of engineering a real boom in this sector, and the trends in recent months signal spreading weakness. Nonetheless, manufacturing is stronger than it was when he took office, and policy support is still in place for growth. Headwinds from trade policy and political uncertainty, however, are restraining a more robust growth path.
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Colin Cooper, Connecticut's first chief manufacturing officer, will be involved with regulations, hiring and training. The new position comes after manufacturing companies in the state said they would like to hire more local workers but struggle to find candidates.
Cobots give RCM Industries a global competitive advantage
RCM Industries Inc., a Wheeling, Illinois-based manufacturer of die-cast aluminum components for industries such as automotive and consumer products, found itself in competition with low-wage suppliers in Mexico for a large outsourced project. “We had to look at how to drive cost out of the product without reducing the value that we provide our customers,” said Mike Higgins, RCM Industries director of sales and marketing. “Without the cobots, we would not have had a shot at that work.”
3D Printing Sentiment Index: U.S. leads as most advanced country
Ultimaker a leader in desktop 3D printing, today released its first 3D Printing Sentiment Index. Independent research conducted by Savanta, an international research firm, details a comprehensive view of the current and future potential for 3D printing in 12 countries, while covering the widest range of verticals and professions, including education. The quantified index reveals the U.S., U.K. and Germany have the highest expectations for implementing additive manufacturing and capitalizing on its opportunities.
Crucial elements to include in a combustible dust hazard analysis
Although the NFPA 652 deadline to complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) has been moved to October of 2020 because of the limited supply of qualified auditors, you should not delay getting started. Your people and facility may be at high risk now, and the NFPA standards states, “The owner/operator shall demonstrate reasonable progress in each of the 5 years." Dust collection systems are one of the most critical elements to be included in a dust hazard analysis because they are a leading cause of combustible dust incidents. According to FM Global statistics, more than half of all dust explosions originate in the dust collector. An unprotected dust collector can reach high pressures that can fragment the housing and send a pressure wave, heat, flames, and dangerous projectiles into the workplace.
Festool hones competitive edge with measurement technology from Kistler
Leading power tool manufacturer Festool opts for a six-component force/moment sensor from Kistler to develop its new jigsaws. The compact piezoelectric quartz load cell captures forces and moments during the sawing process: a key advantage for testing new jigsaws and validating saw blades.
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A report from McKinsey & Co., “The Future of Work in Black America,” highlights the challenges American workers will face during the next decade as automation continues to take away blue-collar jobs. While the negative effects of automation are expected to hit all demographics, black American men are the group who will be most affected.
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Welders, machinists and other blue-collar workers may not have the jobs that are talked about most on the Space Coast, but recruiters say those employees are the ones needed most. Although they compete with each other for job candidates in the Brevard County job market, local companies agree that it's very hard to hire manufacturing workers in the area.
Digital transformation to drive manufacturing operations management software market
According to a new market report pertaining to the global manufacturing operations management software market, the global manufacturing operations management software market is projected to reach a value of US$ 17 Bn by 2027. The MOM software market is projected to expand at a CAGR of ~10% from 2019 to 2027. Growth of the market can be attributed to the shift of manufacturing toward digitization.
Connected manufacturing: Will IoT risks take your plant offline?
IoT technologies have perhaps been most visible in the consumer market. Applications that once seemed futuristic are now almost commonplace. Consumers order groceries and household supplies by speaking at a voice-enabled connected device. Wearable smart watches and activity trackers help consumers meet their fitness goals. Homeowners can keep tabs on their house or apartment while they’re miles away and use a smartphone to turn up the heat, arm the security system, and even feed pets.
CAD/CAM software and specialty tools have manufacturer supercharged
The late Jerry Magnuson is a legend in the hot rod racing and aftermarket industry. Extending his love of the sport beyond the track, Jerry and his wife, Maureen Magnuson, started Magnuson Products LLC, Ventura, California, after many years of designing and building supercharger kits for the aftermarket. The company also supports OEMs.
Has your workplace received low safety grade scores because it has a poor program or, worse, no written safety program in place at all? Having an expert safety manager is optimal. For companies that do not have the resources, there are outstanding online programs, such as those offered by Occupational Health & Safety and the National Safety Council, that provide excellent free and paid content and classes for Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30-hour training, first aid, CPR and more.
In the rise of esports, or professional gaming, some see a new generation of athletes. I see our next-generation workforce. I see natural leaders in digital manufacturing and the future coders of smart cities. But we can’t expect a generation of digital natives who never experienced an analog workplace to want to go back in time. They will join us if their provided workspaces and tools clearly represent the future.