MACHINING

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Next-generation manufacturing and talent development programs

Bill Hampton
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Daily

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.
#Jaguar #Land Rover #HP

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

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

Lasers in Parma

To say that the GM Parma Metal Center is instrumental in the production of assembly and stampings for the OEM would be a huge understatement: at the 2.3-million ft2 facility the team processes over 1,000 tons of steel per day.
#Buick #GMC #GeneralMotors

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Nissan Manufacturing Wish List

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

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.

New Model: The Ventilator 100?

Taking the concept of retooling to a whole new level
#Honda #Land Rover #Jaguar

Canadian Union Won’t Give Up on Closed GM Plant

Canada’s Unifor union is hoping to somehow resurrect the Canadian assembly plant General Motors closed this week in Oshawa, Ont., after 112 years of operation.
#GMC #Pontiac #Buick

Tool and Die Sales Set to Plunge 24% in U.S.

Carmakers, who spent $8.7 billion on production tooling in North America this year, are likely to cut their investment to $6.8 billion in 2020 and $7.1 billion in 2021, predicts Harbour Results Inc.

Omron and Production Traceability

Helping manufacturers hike quality by more closely tracking parts
#quality

Advancing Metalcutting Technology

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

Times to Get Tougher for Tooling Firms

Harbour Results Inc. estimates decline in N.A. OEM tooling spend for 2020

Laser Texturing Speeds Up

The fastest way to put a texture onto an injection mold has long been chemical etching. Recent improvements in laser ablation have narrowed the gap.
#DMGMORI #tech

Experience Results in Better Grinders

Fritz Studer AG has been producing grinding machines since 1912. During that time the Swiss firm has produced more than 24,000 of them. So when it redesigned two of its universal grinders—the S31 and the S33—it went at the task so as to increase the capabilities and productivity of both.

Speed Metal

The grail of metal additive manufacturing is the ability to keep pace with full automotive production. The quest continues.
#GKN #HP #EOS