Poet John Milton wrote about a “cloud with a silver lining” in 1637. The phrase has since been used to signal hope in an unfortunate situation. In the midst of a pandemic that shuttered businesses and prompted stay-at-home orders in March, has seen the cancellation of numerous trade shows and continues to impact the personal and professional lives of people around the world, it may be too soon to find the silver lining.
Transparency in business builds trust. The Business Dictionary defines transparency as a “lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making…” In simpler terms, transparency means honesty in the way he or she does business. Accountability has a symbiotic relationship with transparency.
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “retrofit” as installing new or modified parts or equipment in something previously manufactured or constructed. Lots of things can be retrofitted or rebuilt. From vintage cars and houses with history to energy systems, infrastructure and aircraft, the demand to extend the life of an item or structure and increase its performance is stronger than ever.
For most manufacturers spring cleaning means more than just manually wiping down machine surfaces and removing waste particles. And besides, basic cleaning, lubrication and maintenance should be done on a regular basis right? Some experts will tell you it’s about organizing paperwork and optimizing production processes. Others might advise you to look for ways to digitize and streamline your manufacturing flow. Companies also take this time of year to review partnerships, find ways to identify inefficiencies, save time and communicate with personnel more effectively.
Like thousands of companies across the nation, we recognize that our most valuable asset is our employees, their health and the well-being of their families. As such, we are adhering to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s stay at home order issued March 22, 2020.
The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the billions of devices now connected to the internet collecting, analyzing and sharing data. Tech analyst company IDC predicts that in total there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices by 2025. Cost efficient computer chips and wireless networks make it possible to integrate almost anything into the IoT. The recent introduction of 5G (the fifth generation wireless technology for digital cellular networks), will provide a wireless wide area network (WAN) that can provide 24/7 connectivity for people, places and things. With technology seemingly moving faster than the speed of light how do manufacturers and the equipment they use keep up?
In the Northern Hemisphere spring will officially begin on March 19. For 10 to 20 percent of the population, winter, with its short days, murky skies and lack of sunlight, means the onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The depressive condition is said to occur four times more often in women than in men. Whether or not you have SAD, the environment—outside or inside—can influence behavior, mood and motivation.
Over the years I’ve often heard it said that it is the little things that make the big things happen. In recent years, digitization has put the spotlight on software tools as a means to improve CMM performance. But software can only take one so far. Getting back to basics—good designs and sound engineering—are the keys to high-performing CMM technology.
Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0, digitization, automation and 3D printing—the manufacturing process has changed dramatically over the last decade. Now, looking ahead to a new year and the start of a new decade, one of the biggest changes for companies is data. Automation and precision measurement will help companies make better products faster but those elements rely in part on a database infrastructure.
The global coordinate measuring machine (CMM) market in the automotive industry is expected to reach $1.278 billion by 2021. The global CMM market as a whole is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than seven percent between now and 2021. The primary drivers are 3D inspection of products using CMMs, rising electric vehicle sales and the increasing use of metrology in the power sector.
We all know that CMMs measure the geometry of physical objects by using a probe to sense discrete points on a part’s surface. Numbers tell an interesting story. In fact, the laws of mathematics govern everything around us from the ability to tell time to balancing a checkbook, cooking a meal or being able to assess whether a sale price on an item is really a good deal or not.
Some experts believe we are years from realizing self-driving cars. But if you take a look under the hood and kick the tires, the timeline for the autonomous car might be closer than we think. The world’s top automakers have made some interesting predictions and companies like Ford, GM, BMW and others have established their own timelines
With October 31 right around the corner, many of us are thinking about carving pumpkins, scary movies [or the timeless classic “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”], and candy of course. Lots of candy. And depending on where you live and how populated your area is with children, you may or may not get a hoard of trick or treaters. We’re talking about Halloween of course. The first of the fall holidays, the tradition is rooted in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. By the eighth century Pope Gregory III marked November 1 as a time to honor saints. When all Saints Day borrowed some of the activities from Samhain, the evening before became known as All Hallows Eve and later Halloween.
Manufacturing Day is an annual event that takes place on the first Friday in October. This year the celebration of modern manufacturing took place on October 4, 2019. Last year 3,000 events took place across the country to inspire and educate students, communities and policy makers on this integral component of the local, national and global economy.
A recent conversation with a metalworking equipment supplier revealed an interesting perspective on the skills gap. A 25-year careerist in the press brake industry, he said, “Operators had to have an understanding of principles like bend allowances, v-die selection, and how materials react to bending. That kind of know-how came with experience. Fast forward to today. We’ve removed sheet metal and wood working from high schools. We’ve effectively removed an avenue for young people to nurture the creative bug with the idea of working with ones hands.”
One of the major challenges of precision machining is obtaining the accurate measurements necessary to conform to tight tolerances. Without accurate data about a component’s geometry, it’s impossible to configure machinery or monitor the shaping process for errors properly.
CMM probes, such as those provided by AIMS Metrology, are designed to solve this problem. These devices gather key data points before, during, and after the machining process to maximize efficiency and reduce the need for time-consuming manual measurements.
Profilers analyze a person's psychological and behavioral characteristics to predict their most likely actions. Borrowing a page from criminal profilers, many manufacturers do something similar when looking for a distributor. They usually have a set of ideal attributes in mind, a preferred vendor profile of sorts. The profile often prioritizes service as much (or maybe more) as the products and equipment offered. Seven key traits distinguish distributors who emphasize service and value-added capabilities:
We’ve all heard the phrase, “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.” Or maybe you are more familiar with the idiom, “One hand washes the other.” Both phrases describe a symbiotic relationship where one individual helps another to get something in return. Such a relationship can be obligate or facultative according to Study.com. As the word infers, obligate symbiosis is a relationship where one species can’t live without another. Facultative symbiosis characterizes two species that choose to live together.
"Will Amazon’s one-day shipping kill the distribution industry?” It’s a question that was posed recently by Modern Distribution Management (MDM), a specialized information business that provides resources to executives that serve the wholesale distribution market. Amazon Prime members can receive items in one day with complimentary shipping. And the service isn’t just for consumers. Some B2B buyers are also benefitting. Electrical contractors, facilities managers and plant managers to name a few.