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Welcome to the Internet of Things

On this playing field, anything that can be connected, will be connected. Those who can adapt to connecting will thrive. Those who can’t, well . . .
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Big Data in Manufacturing: A Compass for Growth

Data is now all grown up, with new multi-dimensional capabilities and broader horizons. It serves like a compass, pointing the way for manufacturing growth. Shops must embrace Big Data in order to remain competitive. Those that make the most of the customer, product, and equipment data they capture, stand to improve their ability to innovate, please their customers, and bring more profitable products and services to market more quickly.
Big Data analytics is taking over manufacturing and providing a totally new dimension to the value of research and trend analysis. Instead of only reporting past activities, data now predicts future events, foresees risk and helps shops build and deliver not only better products, but a richer overall experience for their customers.

Analytics: The New Frontier in Manufacturing

In the Internet of Things, manufacturers must navigate through a complex landscape of challenges in order to provide unprecedented gains in agility, productivity, quality, responsiveness, risk mitigation, and economic value generation. Data analytics is the way to do this.
Data analytics is a key technology that is creating new frontier for manufacturers to uncover new insights that can speed their decision-making and improve their business performance.

How to Simplify Complex Geometry Tool Repair

By enabling the entry point of the grinding wheel to follow the corner radius of the cutting edge, the software now facilitates the grinding of a defined rake angle on complex body forms and on cutting edges which pass from the body of the tool to its tip – a task that was previously extremely difficult to achieve.
A new release of NUMROTO tool grinding software meets the growing challenges of grinding and servicing new generations of complex geometry drills and end mills.

Cut Curved Surfaces with Higher Accuracy, More Quickly

Super-NURBS controls high speed and high-quality CNC machining for faster roughing speeds and better surface finishes that eliminate hand finishing by completing parts on the machine tool.
Super-NURBS advanced programming functionality for CNC machining from Okuma is excellent for machining parts with high-accuracy requirements such as those for mold & die and aerospace/defense.

What’s in a Name?

Advanced technology training on CNC, PLC, motor, drive and other machine components results in a more vibrant and more competitive industry.
The bard thought not much, but “CNC Machinist” has never meant more than it does today. Once relegated to an overhead expense, Randy Pearson of Siemens Industry explains why training is now absolutely vital to your success, both in the classroom and in the shop.

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Software: Industry News

Winner Selected for MTConnect Idea Creation Competition

Alexander Lee won a $5,000 prize and an invitation to the [MC]2 Conference in Dallas.

Memex Continues Revenue Growth

Their Industrial Internet of Things manufacturing productivity software generates record quarterly revenue.

Sandvik Coromant Acquires Prometec

This deal expands their digital capabilities in machining applications.

 

Software: Products

Slash Overall Cycle Times

Production Module 7.1.1 from Third Wave Systems improves cycle times by more than 20 percent for turning and more than 25 percent for milling, performs cutting-edge analysis that improves tool life and part quality, and includes Siemens NX and Mastercam X9 interfaces for importing, optimizing and uploading part programs.
Using Production Module 7.1.1 from Third Wave Systems, shops can routinely generate cycle time reductions of 30 percent and have achieved up to 80 percent, all while simultaneously improving tool life.

Digital Factory Software Platform

Modular FASTSUITE Edition 2 software from CENIT operates alongside any existing CAD/CAM landscape to combine machine-based simulation, offline programming for robotics, virtual work cell layout, and component handling in one platform.
FASTSUITE Edition 2 from CENIT combines machine-based simulation, offline programming for robotics, virtual work cell layout, and component handling in one platform to provide a powerful alternative to existing software solutions for the digital factory. 

Adaptive Machining, Real Time Vibration Monitoring

ACM Adaptive Feed Rate Control reduces cycle time and protects the cutting process by monitoring the load and making real time adjustments to the programmed feed rate. ACM runs a test on the first work piece and "learns" the maximum spindle load for each operation. The user then sets an allowable override of the programmed feed rate, and from there ACM adjusts the feed rate for maximum efficiency based on the learned load value. When cutting conditions are lighter, feed rate is increased and cycle time reduced.
Software-based systems for adaptive machining, real time vibration monitoring and shop floor production management from Omative is now available to both shops and machine tool builders.