Industry News for 02/2021

Inspiring tomorrow's manufacturing workforce.
The National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is partnering with Edge Factor, an online learning company, to inspire students and job-seekers to pursue career pathways in manufacturing and other skilled trades.
Automating manufacturing.
Robot density in manufacturing hit a new global record of 113 units per 10,000 employees.
In the past decade, a California-based machine shop has relied on a flexible, honing tool for a range of automated CNC machining applications such as cross hole deburring, cylindrical honing, surface finishing, edge-blending and cleaning.
The U.S. manufacturing industry continued to rebound in December 2020 with cutting tool consumption up 4% over November and the Manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index expanding from 57.5 in November to 60.5 in December. 
Using a Vicivision optical measuring machine to verify quality during grinding and other operations, Italy-based Bavieri Alfeo Precision Mechanics can obtain accurate results in seconds .
Precision aerospace part manufacturer Alloy Specialties is one of the first adopters of a new robotic quality inspection technology, Tempo, from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division.
The compact, universally usable drag finisher R 4/700 SF is equipped with a carousel with four rotating spindles. Each spindle holds three work pieces. Separate rotary drives of carousel and spindles allow the individual, entirely independent adjustment of their rotary speeds.
Voestalpine Rotec GmbH, a global leader in the manufacture of precision steel pipes and tubes, integrated an automated Rösler drag finishing system, the R 4/700 SF, that doubled the usable life of stamping tools.
After a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grinding Doc video series on Cutting Tool Engineering's website resumes with a special two-hour episode about Cylindrical Master 2020, an Excel program developed by Dr. Jeffrey Badger, aka the Grinding Doc. The 105th episode of the Grinding Doc video series provides a detailed description of the Cylindrical Master program that Badger developed during the pandemic.
Many agricultural machinery manufacturers use Heckert machines to machine axes, gearbox housing, engine blocks and hydraulic systems.
Starrag is a manufacturer high-precision machine tools for milling, turning, boring and grinding workpieces for a variety of industries. Its rigid and robust equipment can also be used for making farming equipment.
Custom bearings extend spindle life
The customer used custom screwdriving spindles that use thrust bearings that had to be replaced on a regular basis. Auburn Bearing proposed a one-piece banded thrust ball bearing that would utilize a special lubricant.