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The Cloud: What It Is and Why You Should Care

Intelligent machines and the Internet of Things are revolutionizing how manufacturing operations are managed through the Cloud. Cloud solutions help to manage production activities so resources stay focused and jobs are delivered on time. As work orders are created, individual routing sequences are established and scheduled, and component material requirements are identified as dependent demand on the work order. Over-scheduling is avoided through clear visibility of resource allocation, like tools and processes. Jobs are tracked in a real-time basis, and production capacity is optimized.  (Photo courtesy of Compass Magazine)
This primer examines the competitive advantages your shop can gain and the pitfalls to be avoided. 

Four Major Trends To Follow

Automobiles continue to move toward the thinner and lighter materials that reduce vehicle weight, such as aluminum and higher strength galvanized steel. (Photo courtesy of AL)
State of the Industry: Manufacturing has always been the backbone of the U.S. economy and now, with lower cost and more abundant energy sources at our disposal, the future looks brighter than ever as new technologies come to market to address several pervasive influences in our industry.

Powerful Lightweight Two-Speed Mag Drill

An LED light is built into the base of the magnet on the HMD905 portable magnetic drill that allows the operator to more efficiently and quickly line up the pilot with the holes center location in low light or no light conditions. 
The HMD905 portable magnetic drill from Hougen provides steel fabricators with a great power-to-weight ratio that offers more strength and torque in a small lightweight footprint.

End Mills Overcome Challenges of Machining Hardened Steels

Producing significant increases in tool life by changing corner geometries, a 50 deg helix angle, improved cutting edges and a more advanced AlTiNX coating to protect those cutting edges from heat generated in the cutting zone, even under extreme cutting conditions.
Omega M726 and M725 end mills from IMCO are ideal for machining hardened steels up to 58-62 HRC, running wet or dry.

Never Too Dense

With full CT automation, click and measure capability and dual tube technology, the Phoenix v|tome|x m system can perform analyses on an extremely wide range of samples, from high-resolution nano CT of low-absorbing samples to the high-power micro CT applications, such as engine turbine blades.
Advanced scanning technology can now perform 3D analysis of a scanned turbine blade, automatic pour porosity volume analysis on an aluminum casting, 3D measurements with nominal-actual CAD comparisons on a machined aluminum cylinder head – and more.

Machines That Can Feel

Strain gauges are now being placed into the bottom of the grooves inside the machine tool components themselves, where stresses are highest and where stress gauges can make the most precise measurements. (Photo courtesy of Springside Industries)
Structural components of a machine tool now contain gauges that allow the machine itself to measure process stress and vibration. Here’s a review of this and other new developments in conditioning monitoring and predictive maintenance systems.

Watch What You Wear

Conqueror® MAG from Gateway Safety is bifocal safety eyewear that is ideal product for those who have trouble focusing on small things close up, such as blueprints and schematics, small parts, machine tool equipment settings, cutting tools and more.
Studies show that only 60 percent of the 20 million employees required to wear eye and face protection actually comply. The consequence to this is an increase in eye injuries and their associated human and economic costs. Here is some of the newest PPE available to address this lack of protection.

Shop Vending of MRO Items

The VLM180 Vertical Lift Modules can reach a height of up to 40 ft with the option to ascend in 6 in increments, within the elevated racking systems. It lifts and stores parts, equipment and supplies up to 500 lb per tray. 
The TX750, AutoLocker FX and Vertical Lift Modules from AutoCrib deliver never-before-seen capabilities to store, track and manage MRO inventory.