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Manufacturing Contracts for Second Straight Month, Index Lowest Level in a Decade

Manufacturing contracted for a second consecutive month in September with widespread declines by industry, the Institute for Supply Management said. The Tempe, Ariz.-based group’s manufacturing index, known as the PMI, fell to 47.8 percent last month, down from 49.1 percent in August. It was the lowest PMI reading since June 2009. The index is a leading indicator and is viewed as a barometer of where manufacturing is headed.

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Dynatect

Machine Roof Bellows Contain Dust

Dynatect’s retractable machine roof bellows contains machining dust, debris and noise. The self-supporting bellows cover uses low-friction bearings to easily glide on a rail system, adaptable for any machine way or rail. The translucent bellows still allows light to pass through. Roof covers are commonly used in large machining centers to prevent environmental contamination, such as in the milling of aerospace components.

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3D Metal Printing Moving Into New Era, CEO Says at CMTS


Additive manufacturing with metal is moving into a new era where it will be deployed for production parts and “mass customization,” the head of Desktop Metal said. Metal printing “is still in its early days,” Ric Fulop, the company’s CEO and co-founder, said during an address at SME’s CMTS event outside of Toronto...

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Aerospace Industry

Canada Needs to Take Action to Preserve Its Aerospace Industry


Canada needs to do more to support its aerospace industry, a former Quebec premier said. Canada “is one of the most important” aerospace countries but faces challenges, Jean Charest said during a wide-ranging address at CMTS. The country has an aging aerospace workforce and suppliers need...

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Dynatect

Attend, watch and learn at Absolute’s Oktoberfest

15+ CNC demos, machine monitoring from Mitsubishi, FANUC and Siemens, collaborative and floor-type robot demos, CAD/CAM, probing/tool setting, loading/unloading systems, bar feeders, ultrasonic machining, new e-Spindle, and true “independent” twin spindle horizontal from PCI. This event will be a massive knowledge-meld of universal proportion including German-style food and beer. So come, relax, and learn how to work smarter at The Absolute Oktoberfest…register now it’s free and well-worth your time!

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Webinars

Integrating NC

Integrating NC Manufacturing Data to Help Make Better Decisions

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Automation Beyond

Next Step on Productivity – Automation Beyond the Machine Tending

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From Prototyping to Production

From Prototyping to Production: SLS 3D Printing with Alfa Romeo Racing

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CMTS

CMTS Looks at Manufacturing's Future


Part of SME’s CMTS event focused on how technology is affecting manufacturing’s future. One keynote session dealt with how manufacturers need to concentrate on the use of data and intellectual property. “The basis of wealth and power is based on the control of data and intellectual property,” saidJim Balsillie, chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators. At another session, an executive of software company Salesforce.com said manufacturing lags other industries in adopting digital technology. “The ability to adapt is critical," said Andrew Witherspoon a Salesforce vice president. "All this technology coming at you.”

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Manufacturing Execution Systems

Manufacturing Execution Systems


You’ve implemented a popular brand of ERP software. Your PLM system is humming like a well-tuned sports car. You have CAD/CAM and TMS and toolpath simulation software in place, and all your people have been trained on its use. You’ve spent boatloads of money on software and consultants, have all the correct systems in place, and yet you blew an important delivery date last week and you still walk out to the shop several times a day to check on jobs. What gives? Chances are good that it’s time to take the next big step towards production nirvana by implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

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Vitrek

Vitrek High Voltage Test & Measurement Equipment

Vitrek is the leading manufacturer of High Voltage Test and Measurement equipment. Vitrek products are used by national testing labs, R & D departments and engineering labs in a variety of industries including compliance testing, photovoltaic, medical equipment, power conversion, electrical component and appliance manufacturing. Our products include Hipot & Ground Bond Testers, Insulation Resistance Testers, Power Analyzers, High Voltage Measurement and High Voltage Switching. Vitrek’s recent acquisition of the XiTRON brand of high performance instruments expands the company’s portfolio to include portable calibrators for thermocouple and millivolt DC calibration, ballast testers, LED illumination spectral analyzers, programmable DC electronic loads, phase-angle voltmeters and digital milliohmmeters. Visit Vitrek at www.vitrek.com/am4.asp for details.

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NCDMM Reports Executive Promotions


The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) has announced several changes to its executive leadership staff. The group promoted three executives and made two new hires.

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Manufacturing Loses 2,000 Jobs in September


U.S. manufacturing lost 2,000 jobs in September, paced by job cuts among makers of vehicles and parts. That sector saw a loss of 4,100 jobs amid slowing sales...

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MSC simulation technology

How to improve quality consistency in additive manufacturing

A challenge in additive manufacturing is ensuring consistent quality. Often physical parts fail or crack during or after manufacturing. MSC simulation technology enables designers with virtual prototypes to replicate additive manufacturing trials and visually review mechanical behaviors such as distortions and residual stresses that contribute to failure. With new visibility into the causes of a failure, designers and engineers can ensure consistent quality.

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BIG Kaiser

BIG Kaiser Offers New Chip Blower for Cleaning Parts, Tables


BIG Kaiser, a provider of tooling and systems for metalworking industries, has introduced a new Chip Blower designed to make removing chips and coolant from parts and machine tables faster. The Chip Blower automates in-machine cleaning of coolant and chips by delivering high-volume air flow with spindle rotation.

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Sunshine State

Manufacturers are Setting Up Shop in the Sunshine State

As the No. 3 state for manufacturing establishments, Florida is built for your business. More than 331,000 Floridians work in the state's manufacturing industries and our training schools, community colleges, and universities are among the nation's top producers of STEM graduates. So while we’re helping you succeed with today’s talent, we’re also preparing tomorrows.

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Resources

Factory Intelligence

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Evolving Factory Intelligence: Beyond the Model-Based Enterprise

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Use 3D Printed Models

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Use 3D Printed Models to Improve Presentation Outcomes

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Visual Components

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Layout Planning and Optimization With Visual Components

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Spiro

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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Iscar State

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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