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(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has revealed its plans to build the industry’s most flexible and open additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem to help overcome complexities in 3D printing processes and support customers in effectively building their product development and manufacturing workflows.

With several new additions to the ecosystem announced this week alone—Sciaky, Meltio, CADS Additive, AMcubator and Additive Center—and many more under way, Hexagon’s suite of AM partners and products is becoming one of the most comprehensive on the market. Plans to continue building an open ecosystem from concept to customer with the shared purpose of high quality were revealed at 3D printing industry event Formnext 2021, where the challenges of industrializing AM have been at the forefront of discussions.

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Organizations will need to pivot their corporate culture if they wish to survive and thrive in the world of virtual collaboration after the pandemic. The most important changes will stem from the wide-scale and permanent shift to hybrid and fully remote modes of working.

Between 65 percent to 75 percent of employers intend to have a mainly hybrid schedule, with a minority of staff fully remote. This is being led by large companies that announced a permanent switch. Combining hybrid and fully remote work largely matches what employees want.

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(Mold-Masters: Georgetown, ON, Canada) -- On recent blood vial applications that leveraged SYMFILL Technology, barrel bow was reduced by up to 90 percent (as little as 0.15 mm) by eliminating core shift. SYMFILL Technology is exclusively available with Mold-Masters hot runner systems.

SYMFILL Technology significantly minimizes core shift to improve part quality (straightness) of cylindrical, center-injected components having an aggressive L/D ratio. It achieves this by allowing the melt to enter the nozzle runner channel from multiple sides as opposed to the single-entry point of traditional designs. Examples of such components that would benefit from this technology include blood tubes, needle shields, over caps, and other similar parts from the medical, cosmetic, and stationary industries. 

Minimizing barrel bow offers many downstream processing advantages, which includes:
• Tubes roll concentrically in the labelling machine
• Increases final stage throughput
• Minimizes machine downtime 

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Risks are inherent in the construction industry, and they come in various types. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that more than one in three deaths happen in this sector because of falls. The data also show that companies with fewer than 20 workers had more than three-quarters of the overall fall-related fatalities.

Additionally, NIOSH data concluded that struck-by incidents cause 15.4 percent of fatalities, and electrocution accounts for 7.2 percent of construction worker fatalities. Finally, fatalities stemming from getting caught in or between something accounted for 5.4 percent of cases based on the most recent data available.

Due to these threats and others, risk management is a constant concern in the construction industry. Even the most well-trained people with years of experience can accidentally hurt themselves or others because the nature of the work has inherent dangers.

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(Schreiner ProTech: Blauvelt, NY) -- Schreiner ProTech, a Germany-based global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative functional labels with value-added benefits for the automotive and engineering-based industries, has developed a color laser film version of its paint masked label components marking solution. The next-generation marking solution allows companies who manufacturer, repair, or maintain engineering components to apply nameplates to products prior to painting and, afterwards, incorporate additional, customizable markings via laser printing.

In mechanical engineering applications, many permanently marked components require a protective coating that can stand up to the rigors of initial production and subsequent maintenance and repair. Such labels are frequently subjected to adverse ambient conditions in all phases of a component’s life cycle, making add-ons like paint masking valuable to ensure long-term marking legibility.

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Color accounts for 60 percent of acceptance or rejection in consumer products. Maintaining accurate and consistent color is critical. If a color starts to drift, this leads to rework, wasted materials, and added costs.

To avoid color drift over time, consider the following.

1. Are you using digital color standards?

To produce accurate color, everyone across the manufacturing process and supply chain must use the same color standard. Based on spectral data, digital color standards remove subjectivity from color communication and ensure that everyone, from design to production, has real-time access to approved standards. This helps eliminate errors that occur when physical standards become old, faded, dirty, or damaged. Digital standards integrate with formulation and quality control software to help manufacturers quickly verify color accuracy throughout the production process. They also make it easier to identify and eliminate drift before it becomes a problem.


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(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- Exact Metrology: A Division of In-Place Machining Company and a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, recently reverse engineered an impact driver body.

Reverse engineering involves digitally deconstructing products to extract design information from them. Thus, users can determine how a part was designed so that it can be recreated. Although the process tends to imply that 3D scanning will be used solely for product design, it can be used to address many other engineering functions. These include product design and manufacturing, facilities maintenance and plant engineering, architectural and civil engineering and custom manufacturing.



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(NIST: Gaithersburg, MD) -- The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2022 award cycle.

The Examiner Application is now available online and will be open until 6 p.m. Eastern on January 10, 2022.

Baldrige examiners are part of an elite group of more than 400 professionals from around the United States. These experts give their time generously and enthusiastically to the Baldrige Program by utilizing the Baldrige Excellence Framework to evaluate organizations that are applying for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and to provide carefully crafted feedback to help these organizations improve.

The program accepts award applications from manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit organizations; therefore, coverage and balance within these sectors are important factors in selecting examiners. Learn more about the qualifications and sector needs for the 2022 Board.

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(Configit: Copehhagen) -- Configit, the global leader in configuration life-cycle management (CLM), has introduced enhanced versions of its Configit Ace and Configit Quote solutions to make CLM integration easier, faster, and more efficient for manufacturers worldwide.

One of the biggest barriers to digital transformation for manufacturing organizations is cross-functional collaboration. Powered by the company’s patented Virtual Tabulation technology, Configit’s Configuration Life-Cycle Management (CLM) solution bridges traditional silos among manufacturing design, selling, and servicing functions. This enables cross-functional collaboration for manufacturing organizations by providing access to the same, reliable data and insights. Building on this, Configit is rolling out new functionality within its product portfolio.

Enhancements to Configit Quote, an enterprise configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solution, include: