A New Year’s Note
Today is the first day of 2014.
So here is a photo from 1914. It is inside the Ford plant in Highland Park, Michigan.It is the final assembly line for the Ford Model T.
The industry has come a long way in the last 100 years, both in terms of processes and products.
But you can imagine that back then, things seemed pretty advanced.
So as we go into 2014, it is worth keeping things in perspective, because in 2114, there will be a whole new perspective on what we are doing today.
Here's an overview of the study of assembly plant productivity that gets the undivided attention of all automakers: "The Harbour Report." Although the Big Three companies are getting better, they still have a way to go. But given the levels of competition, better won't be good enough for some plants, it seems.
For the right parts, or families of parts, an automated CNC turning cell is simply the least expensive way to produce high-quality parts. Here’s why.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.