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Lower the Cost of Production With Robust 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures

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By: Frances Brunelle

Just as baby boomers on the manufacturing plant floor are getting ready to retire, so are the owners. More than 5,000 small manufacturing operations (with annual revenues between $2 and $20 million) will either close their doors or find new owners during the next five years.

Some of these owners are motivated to keep the business running for their seasoned and experienced employees. Others really want to “cash-out” after decades of hard work. What few of these founders/owners consider is what they can do during the next year to help their businesses be seen as attractive and worthwhile to prospective buyers.

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Strategic teams: From goal, to strategy, to action

Story links for Nov. 15, 2019


What are strategic teams and how do they help your company achieve its strategic goals? Dan Wolf, author of “Strategic Teams and Development: The fieldbook for People Making Strategy Happen,” will tell us what makes a good strategic team.  

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QDL: PrecisionPath Consortium--Manufacturing's wish list

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Manufacturers' wish list

The PrecisionPath Consortium looks at future metrology needs for today's increasingly complex manufacturing industry.

Based on data analysis and an industry survey, "Technology Roadmap for Large Scale Manufacturing" outlines trends that cut across multiple 3D measurement technology families.

 

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By: Formstack

(Formstack: Fishers, IN) -- Formstack, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company with a mission to transform the way people collect information and put it to work, announces the launch of Formstack Documents. Formstack Documents is a comprehensive document generation and automation product built to help users streamline various paperwork processes. This product is a key component of Formstack’s workplace productivity platform, which also includes software for online forms, surveys, e-signatures, and the recently announced Formstack Sync.

According to data from Formstack’s 2019 Workplace Productivity Report, employees are only truly productive for less than three hours per day; the remainder of their workday is spent attending meetings, responding to emails, and performing other unproductive tasks. Formstack Documents helps users get time back and make their limited productive work hours more impactful by automatically generating professional proposals, contracts, applications, registration forms, event tickets and more. This eliminates hundreds of hours of manual data entry and automates workflows through integrations with more than 300 web services.

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By: Marposs

 
(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement and inspection technologies, has announced its M62 Scan, a universal gear inspection system that performs a very quick and efficient inspection of cylindrical gear tooth profiles in a production environment. The M62 Scan helps to relieve the workload of gear lab machines by enabling an interim check directly on the shop floor. The compact robust system can reach speeds of up to 50 mm/s, helping to improve production processes.

The M62 system uses a special shaped stylus with a universal ball point contact that scans the involute profile on the transverse section of each flank dynamically with part rotation. During inspection, the stylus is auto-retracted by the opposite gear flank, guaranteeing effectiveness and velocity of the process. In a very short time, the system can capture the entire involute profile of spur or helical cylindrical gears with no flanges, evaluating them according to international standards.

The main parameters considered include profile deviation, runout, tooth thickness, tooth space, and pitch deviations. The system’s stylus probe is driven by an electric actuator and can accommodate gears with external diameters of 20 - 180mm, and 15 – 50mm in height.

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By: NVision Inc.

(NVision: Southlake, TX) -- NVision Inc., in cooperation with the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, is making it possible for those with vision-impairment to interactively engage with some of the great works by modern sculptors. NVision, a leader in 3D non-contact optical scanning/measurement for more than 29 years, recently scanned several sculptures by Auguste Rodin (perhaps best-known for his sculpture, The Thinker) and Julio González for the Nasher. The scanning data was used to 3D-print to-scale replicas of the sculptures for a tactile educational experience for the blind and visually impaired.

“Who has not been tempted to touch an artwork by a master like Rodin? These scans make that wish possible for everyone to experience,” says Lynda Wilbur, Manager of Tour Programs at the Nasher. “It is particularly meaningful when visually enjoying the lines, textures and emotive qualities of a work is not possible due to blindness. These scans of works by significant artists of the 20th century allow our public a rare, hands-on experience.”

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By: L.S. Starrett Co.

(The L.S. Starrett Co.: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Co., a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, metrology systems, and more, has introduced two new digital Rockwell/Superficial Rockwell Benchtop Hardness Testers (No. 3823 and 3824) with fully automated load/unload procedures, and capable of providing highly accurate readings.

The new Starrett Hardness Tester models utilize a closed-loop control unit with a load cell, a DC motor, and an electronic measurement and control unit instead of traditional dead weights, enabling high-accuracy measurements at all test loads up to 0.5 percent. The testers are part of a significantly expanded line of new hardness testing solutions that Starrett is now offering.

The Starrett No. 3824 Hardness Tester has an automated Z-axis. The user simply presses the START key, and the entire test process is automatically completed. The Starrett testers feature programmable scale conversions, dwell times, statistical capabilities, and a test counter and are capable of testing in a wide range of 30 different Rockwell hardness scales for carbon steel, alloy steel, cast iron, and nonferrous metals.

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By: Anthony D. Burns

You’ve set aside Sunday afternoon to bake some cookies, but you discover you have run out of eggs. Your partner in marital bliss has gone out and taken the car. You call a couple of mates, and they tell you to try bananas, vegetable oil, or applesauce as egg substitutes. You decide to have some fun and mix it up on a few batches to see what’s best. Woohoo, you’re on the road to design of experiments (DOE).

Transpose the above to a business situation, and you have a food technologist in a research laboratory. He has plenty of eggs, but he wants to cut the cost of using them. He doesn’t have any mates to call, but he has thousands of options such as mangoes, guava, and mashed potatoes instead of the banana; olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, and many others. He needs some way of measuring things. DOE gives a structured way to do experiments with a great number of known variables, by adjusting the many known factors in groups, with the minimum number of trials. It gives some clever sums to tell him which is best, with what interactions.

Tech Corner: The right way to create custom inspection fixtures

Story links for Oct. 25, 2019

 

The right way to create custom inspection fixtures

Increased manufacturing complexity has been driving the need for robust, accurate fixtures. We talk to Victor Rinaldi at Phillips Precision about the rise in custom fixturing and why companies are turning to third parties, such as Phillips, to design complex fixturing solutions. What's involved?

Watch previous Tech Corner of Inspection Arsenal modular fixturing system.

 

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