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By: Rajesh Midha

Digital experiences surround us in all aspects of our lives. Today, as consumers of products and services, we can accomplish most of our tasks digitally. This digital ecosystem has been carefully crafted by brands that have spent millions of dollars to create experiences to build and grow relationships with their customers.

Fast forward to a world impacted by Covid-19. Though none of us may have seen this coming, forward-thinking companies understood the impact that a customer experience-led transformation could have on their businesses. As a result, companies created digital touchpoints that customers want. Now these experiences are the lifeblood of many companies and allow them to safely and efficiently interact with customers. But what about employees?

Employees need digital experiences, too

Experience-led transformation for employees is the next frontier. We see an incredible unmet need to ensure the same level of rigor and purposefulness when it comes to supporting and caring for employees by creating digital experiences that help them do their jobs better.

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By: ThomasNet

(Thomas: New York) -- Thomas, the leader in product sourcing, supplier selection, and marketing solutions for industry, has released the results of its latest survey canvassing North American manufacturing and industrial sectors. This installment in the Thomas Industrial Survey Series generated insights from 746 North American manufacturing and industrial suppliers to identify the major trends stemming from the global pandemic as the industrial sector pivots its supply chains and tactics to prepare for the new industrial landscape.

A key survey finding shows the value of apprenticeship programs in combating the skills gap—26 percent of companies surveyed have adopted such programs and industries that have done so were overall less impacted by the lack of available skilled labor.

The survey also indicated that while 91 percent of manufacturers are confident the industry will recover, many predict it will take months to several years to earn back the lost revenue.

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By: AIMS Metrology

(AIMS Metrology: Dayton Ohio) -- AIMS Metrology, a Dayton, Ohio-based OEM for coordinate measuring machines, announced today it has raised the bar for shop floor CMMs with its introduction of the new Summit 10.10.10. Engineered with a 5-axis REVO-2 dynamic scanning probe and 1 meter cubed capacity, the Summit gives a diverse range of industries—including automotive, aerospace and medical companies—the capacity to handle high volume, large parts inspection. The new CMM can be automated with a robot load/unload system or pass through process with a conveyor. The Summit has already been adopted by Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America Inc.

In 2015 AIMS entered the job shop space with the Revolution Series HB, the industry's only 5-axis mobile CMM with a PH20 touch trigger indexing head. The Summit, a stationary model, provides the industry's largest workpiece weight of 2,200 kg while preserving valuable floor space. "The Summit is a game changer for manufacturers," says AIMS Vice President Mark Gearding. "Its' development was prompted by customer requests for large inspection capacity enhanced with REVO-2's latest sensors such as RVP vision and SFP2 surface measurement."

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By: Matthew Martin

For more than 50 years, the benchmark for accuracy in measuring solid objects, whether machined, molded, die cast, welded, or forged, was the coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Typically using a solid, granite-base table along with a vertical, horizontal, gantry, or bridge-mounted arm and touch probe, measurements would be taken and compared in blocks to an engineering file, originally as 2D drawings and today as CAD files hosted in the cloud.

During the last two decades, however, a “new kid in town” has arrived on the scene, with power, size, point capability, and price value that are rapidly leaving the CMM technology in the dust. 

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By: Kate Zabriskie

‘It was one thing to see her entire family during meetings when everyone first went into lockdown, but we’re months into this. Shouldn’t she have come up with some kind of work-at-home plan by now? I did. The situation is maddening! Her kids, dog, and husband do not mix well with work.”

“At first, I was thrilled with my new commute and the idea of working from home. At this point, I’m a little lonely and disconnected. Worse still, there doesn’t seem to be much light at the end of the tunnel.”

“If I have to have another on-camera meeting, I may scream. Enough is enough. What happened to good-old email? It was working just fine. I don’t need to see his face or his kitchen to communicate basic information. I’m worn out.”

Sound familiar? It just might if you and your team members are participating in the new normal of remote work. For those of us not expecting it, the switch came fast and furious, and we did the best we could. Some parts of the transition went well, and others are prime examples of what not to do when working from home.

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By: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

(Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the release of several technologies that enable manufacturers to enhance quality processes, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) capabilities, and inspection efficiency.

As the demand for greater levels of inspection automation increase globally, Hexagon’s solutions deliver a number of smart options that help CMM operators shift focus from manual, repetitive work to more value-added tasks, all while maintaining quality throughput.

EYE-D enables production-level users to operate CMMs with ease by automatically recognizing a workpiece, aligning it, and executing the right inspection routine. TEMPO, the automated CMM part loading and unloading system, enables lights-out manufacturing, allowing organisations to run entire inspection shifts unmanned.

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By: The Un-Comfort Zone With Robert Wilson

The other day I overheard this comment: “Why does innovation always have to be about disruption? That’s all I ever hear anymore, ‘disruption, disruption, disruption,’ and it makes me uncomfortable.”

“Disruption” has become the current (and already overused) buzzword of the day. It seems for the moment, the Disruptor School of Thought has taken over the innovation conversation.

Disruption seems to imply disorder, confusion, disturbance, breakdown, disintegration, collapse, turmoil, upheaval, insurrection, riots, mutiny, violence, chaos, and revolution. All very scary things.

It’s true that disruption is all about shaking up the status quo. And, often, that is necessary. It’s exciting to see a new invention that improves our lives for the better. In my life, microwave ovens, personal computers, and smart phones, to name just a few, have done just that.

But, innovation doesn’t have to be game-changing, groundbreaking, or transformative, and most of it is not. Most innovation is incremental or what is also known as “sustaining innovation.” It is typically customer-driven feedback to companies on what is working for the customer and what is not. Consumers are concerned with their own needs and problems, and look to leading companies to satisfy them. They want to know, “What’s in it for me?”

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection and test technologies, announces MECLAB.T40 by Aeroel—a high-precision laser instrument for quick and simple diameter measurement of hard metal blanks and full carbide cutting tools, odd or even edges. This system checks tolerances by comparing the actual dimensions to the programmed limits and is suited for off-line checking of drill bits, end mills, reamers and cutting tools as well as for checking the diameter, ovality and straightness of hard metal blanks and ground pins or cylinders. The MECLAB.T40 does not require a PC, making it ideal for use on the shop floor.

MECLAB.T40 features the Xactum XLS40/1500/B Laser Micrometer, an extremely accurate and repeatable measuring instrument with a measuring field up to 40 mm, linearity of ± 0.5 μm, repeatability of ± 0.05 μm and permanent self-calibration. Additionally, it comes with Aeorel’s exclusive NO-VAR technology which eliminates the potential of measuring drift due to changing room temperature by programming the coefficient of thermal expansion of the part.

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By: Exact Metrology

(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- Greenery 33 is a company in Cincinnati that produces creative and unique plant holders and pots. The company donates 33 percent of their earnings to environmental protection agencies.

One of Exact’s engineers is friendly with Greenery 33’s owner, so Exact Metrology participated in a marketing campaign aimed to show the process of reverse engineering and how it can used with various materials.

The first step was to scan and have a digital copy of a physical skull. Secondly, the skull was reverse engineered using Geomagic DesignX software and NURBS. Geomagic is a leading provider of 3D software to create digital models of physical objects for industries such as: archaeology, aerospace, medical and dental, tooling, foundry and sculpture and arts. The Geomagic Design X combines history-based CAD with 3D scan data processing, enabling users to create feature-based, editable solid models compatible with existing CAD software. NURBS, or Non-Uniform Rational B-spline is used to represent curves and surfaces.