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Advanced Manufacturing Now
September 18, 2019
 
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Ford Gets a Vote of No Confidence, With Debt Rated as 'Junk'
Ford Gets a Vote of No Confidence, With Debt Rated as 'Junk'
Ford Motor Co. got a vote of no confidence, with its debt labeled for the first time in years as “junk.” Moody’s Investors Service lowered the boom. It issued a statement where it assigned a rating of Ba1. That made Ford’s debt non-investment grade, more popularly known as junk. Ford is still considered investment-grade at two other ratings companies. But the Moody’s action provided a flashback of unpleasant times at Ford.
Walk-On Safety Pit Covers
Walk-On Safety Pit Covers
Large machine tools such as planer mills often are installed partially below floor level, resulting in potentially hazardous pits. Often, workers must remove pit grates or slats to service the machine. These are time-consuming to move, and slats require complex support structures that complicate maintenance tasks. An alternative is a safety pit cover that rolls-up and provides a continuous walk-on duty surface. These covers can retract by hand or machine drive.
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Machine Tool Orders Post Mixed Results in July: Up on Monthly Basis, Down Year-Over-Year
Machine Tool Orders Post Mixed Results in July: Up on Monthly Basis, Down Year-Over-Year
Machine tool orders rose on a monthly basis in July but were down compared with a year earlier, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (McLean, VA) said in a monthly report. Orders are down 12 percent for the first seven months compared to the same period in 2018.
We don’t want to fix CRM - we want to kill it
We don’t want to fix CRM - we want to kill it
CRM is time-consuming and sales people hate it. That’s why Spiro is introducing a new sales platform that eliminates the need for data entry while providing recommendations that move deals forward. We’d love to show you how we’ve helped manufacturing companies gain full visibility into their sales pipeline in order to reach more prospects and close more business.
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JTEKT Toyota Americas to Harness Solar Power at Illinois HQ
JTEKT Toyota Americas to Harness Solar Power at Illinois HQ
JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corp. last month celebrated the launch of a new solar energy system that will help power its Illinois headquarters. The ground breaking at the company’s headquarters in Arlington Heights is part of the company’s global environmental efforts. Company executives and employees, vendor partners and politicians gathered to mark the start of Toyoda’s solar panel installation.
Iscar Metals
Iscar Metals
TANG F GRIP
As the newest advancement in single ended parting technology, the TANG F GRIP is designed to part-off in the X axis with very high feed rates. The insert has robust edge structure providing extra strength to the cutting edge to allow for reduced parting off times on all types of machines. The new TANG F GRIP X axis parting system has robust square blade with 4 pockets for superior finish and part straightness.
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Automotive: Cutting the Strong Stuff
Automotive: Cutting the Strong Stuff
The future is now for Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS). To aid the auto industry in meeting these challenges, the AHSS Guidelines Version 6.0 has been formulated to assist automotive designers, engineers and press shop personnel in applying this next generation of steels to vehicle manufacturing. The guidelines include a broad portfolio of materials, advanced fabrication technologies, optimized joining processes and a database that captures AHSS Metallurgy. Contributing Editor Jim Lorincz describes what's happening.
Need Parts?
Need Parts?
Whether you need one or one million 3D-printed parts, we’ll point you in the right direction.
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Revving Up Tooling, Machining Strategies for Auto Parts
Revving Up Tooling, Machining Strategies for Auto Parts
Perhaps the most common challenge in automotive machining these days is aluminum. Machining the tougher aluminums generates a lot of heat, and heat causes tool wear. So, for heavy stock removal with minimal tool changes the preferred solution is polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tools, generally as PCD inserts brazed into a carbide tool body. Taking a step down from PCD or diamond-like tools, there are also excellent carbide solutions for machining aluminum.
Concentric Vises for Easy 5-Axis Machining
Concentric Vises for Easy 5-Axis Machining
Carr Lane Roemheld's high precision MCP-Z self-centering vises are ideal for 5-axis machining, and repeatable up to 0.0004". In a range of sizes, MCP-Z vises are capable of 7 operations in a single pass. Benefits include compactness, easy maintenance, stability under high forces, and quick clamping without retrofitting. Fixed and flexible position models, along with a wide range of jaws, are available. Link: More on MCP-Z vises...
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'Disruptive' Manufacturing Drives Heavy-Duty Truck Makers
'Disruptive' Manufacturing Drives Heavy-Duty Truck Makers
Future challenges in the heavy-duty truck industry require continual evolution of materials and methods to give greater versatility in their manufacturing processes. This is due to advances in technology, the impact of regulations, demand fluctuation and competition, and customer expectations.
Simply Measure with ZEISS CALYPSO: The easy way to get from a drawing to measurement
Simply Measure with ZEISS CALYPSO: The easy way to get from a drawing to measurement
ZEISS CALYPSO takes characteristics from a part drawing - dimensions, position tolerances and form errors - to create objects to build a measurement plan. These object-driven characteristics eliminate the frustrations of programming code and allow measurement plan building and editing to take seconds, not minutes, which gives your products speed to market. button.
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Methods Names New CEO
Methods Names New CEO
Methods Machine Tools Inc., a Massachusetts-based supplier of precision machine tools and automation, named Mark Wright president and chief executive officer. He will oversee operating functions of Methods, including its headquarters and all seven direct offices throughout the United States as well as its national distribution network.
Delivering Industry 4.0 to Small, Medium, and Large Manufacturers Through AI and a Modern Augmented Worker Platform
Delivering Industry 4.0 to Small, Medium, and Large Manufacturers Through AI and a Modern Augmented Worker Platform
In this session, you’ll hear about 3 real-world examples of how a small, medium and large manufacturer uses Augmentir to:
  • Speed deployment and time to value
  • Close the skills gap by training and guiding workers with personalized instructions
  • Continuously improve the performance of their frontline workforce through AI-based insights
  • Transform existing business models by driving continuous improvements across the organization
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