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MET AL WO RKIN G T O 3D PRINTI N G


AdvancedManufacturing.org


| Month Year


September 2016


CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2016 VOL. 157, NO. 3 c FEATURES


49 / SEARCHING FOR THE BEST RECIPE FOR LIGHTWEIGHTING


Automakers and suppliers are committed to lightweighting, but the methods they choose vary by vehicle.


SHOP SOLUTIONS


38 / SOFTWARE MONITORS SPINDLES, OEE FOR INCENTIVE PAYOUT


For the Advanced companies (Owasso, OK), FactoryWiz Monitoring software from Refresh Your Memory Inc. (San Jose, CA) is monitoring spindle utilization OEE and providing a baseline to evalute company performance for its employee incentive program.


43 / WATERJET TECHNOLOGY JOINS SHOP’S QUICK-TURN LINEUP


61 / PUTTING SAFETY FIRST IN ROBOTIC AUTOMATION


New ISO safety specifi cation helps automation developers design safer robots for close encounters on the factory fl oor.


71 / OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE OEE NUMBERS GAME


The issues around OEE are not its utility but the ease and credibility of the data used to calculate it.


81 / NO TWO CFRP MATERIALS MACHINE EXACTLY ALIKE


No two carbon fi ber reinforced polymer composite materials are exactly alike so the way they can be machined differs, too, Cutting tools must be matched to the combination of matrix materials, fi ber reinforcements.


90 / PNEUMATIC GAGING: NEW WAYS OF MAKING AIR APPARENT


The venerable air gage still has a place in the increasingly high-tech world of metrology and process control.


Rapid Sheet Metal (Nashua, NH) has added two waterjet cutting systems to its impressive lineup of subtractive manufacturing technologies for production of prototype and short-run sheetmetal and machined parts.


97 / SMART MILLING SAVES TIME, IMPROVES PART QUALITY


Licon MT (Laupheim, Germany) was able to save time, trim costs, and improve part quality while roughing a key part on one of its machining centers using a roughing tool from Walter AG (Rubingen, Germany; Waukesha, WI).


ON THE WEB


A CRAZY, MIXED-UP METHOD OF WELDING


As automakers lightweight vehicles, materials are becoming thinner and mixing of materials is common. This makes joining more of an issue. Friction welding may be just the method needed to bring everything together. More at AdvancedManufacturing.org


2 AdvancedManufacturing.org | September 2016


Cover: Robots surround a body in white at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN. Construction methods and materials for car bodies are on a rapid weight-loss program thanks to federal regulations, while robots are evolving to be closer partners with people on the shop fl oor.


DEPARTMENTS


6 / UPFRONT Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself


8 / CONNECT & ENGAGE


10 / ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW


t A New Look at Gearmaking for Powertrain Applications


t The World is Flatter, but Look to the Horizon Still


17 / SME SPEAKS Why Manufacturing Day?


21 / NEWSDESK Award Refl ects Auto’s Drive to Lighten the Load


26 / SOFTWARE UPDATE


What Job Shops Need Most from ERP Implementations


33 / TECH FRONT Design Tool Transforms Flat Materials into 3D 99 / IMTS PRODUCT PREVIEWS 108 / CLASSIFIEDS 109 / AD INDEX


110 / WORKFORCE PIPELINE Simulated Workforce Program Puts Students in Charge


112 / VIEWPOINTS


Manufacturing Growing, but not Fast Enough


t What’s Next for Global Machine Safety?


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