MACHINING

Robot Developments for Automotive Applications

Spot welding continues to be a major application area in automotive and robot manufacturers are improving the tech to make that happen as efficiently as possible.

Gary S. Vasilash
Transportation Editor, Gardner Business Media

Cold Facts on Hot Stamping

Process advances, new materials and tooling breakthroughs are advancing the state of hot stamping
#Ford #Saab

High-Speed Machining Means More Than Quick Spindles

Data collection, networking and machine design options are driving notable improvements and cost savings.

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.” There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability. “We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.
#Siemens #BASF #Jaguar

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell  

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What You Should Know About High-Speed Machining

The tools go a whole lot faster—40,000 rpm, perhaps—but the advantage is not parts per hour but in the ability to make precise parts with less induced stress

Machining Gummy Materials: A New Use for Sharpies

Organic films help metal removal Purdue researchers discover

Seven Cool Tools: Spindles, Quality & More

Increase operational productivity with these new developments

Toledo Plant to Build Electronics Module for Jeep Hybrid

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says the company’s machining facility in Toledo, Ohio, will produce the power electronics module for the plug-in hybrid variant of its new Jeep Wrangler SUV.
#Fiat #Jeep #FiatChryslerAutomobiles

Detroit Manufacturing Founder Sells Stake in Company

Andra Rush, who founded Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC (DMS) in 2012, has sold her majority stake in the firm to Bruce Smith, the co-owner and CEO of Marysville, Ohio-based tooling maker BTM Co.
#DSM #people #Faurecia

Tesla Awaits Tooling to Boost Model 3 Production

This week Tesla Inc. told customers eager to buy its Model 3 electric sedan that deliveries have again been delayed by production snags.
#Tesla

7 Cool Tools: Laser Cutting, Fixture Modeling, and more

Increase operational productivity with these new developments for automotive manufacturing from Mazak, Renishaw, Omron, Marposs and more.

Cobots: 14 Things You Need to Know

What jobs do cobots do well? How is a cobot programmed? What’s the ROI? We asked these questions and more to four of the leading suppliers of cobots. 

Nissan Manufacturing Wish List

What are the sorts of things that people at Nissan North American manufacturing ops are looking for?
#Nissan #Infiniti #facilities

Seven Cool Tools

Increase operational productivity with these new developments
#HP

Tools You Can Use

Here are a few useful developments for your manufacturing operations, whether it is making components for electrical systems or camshafts or more.

Advancing Metalcutting Technology

New designs, higher speeds, and added functions address changing automotive manufacturing dynamics.
#Peugeot #Citroen