Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
Features 2/17/2015 Post a comment Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.
A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
Features 2/3/2015 2 comments The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.
Robots Are Everywhere
Features 11/26/2014 14 comments Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. Youíll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.
Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
Features 10/24/2014 2 comments Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.
Custom Wooden Boats Are Eminently Functional
Features 10/3/2014 3 comments When youíre in the custom transportation business and designing cars, planes, or boats to meet one personís needs, taste, or budget, you never know whatís going to come through the door next. Thatís the challenge facing Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, Mich., but itís one the company relishes.
Eco-Friendly Packaging Wraps Products in Natural Designs
Features 9/3/2014 7 comments While sustainable packaging is still in its early stages, there's a fair number of companies already offering options for the food service and manufacturing industries. Meanwhile, designers are coming up with some innovative ways to create biodegradable and sustainable packaging for food products.
Automotive Structural Adhesives Drive Material Changes
Features 9/2/2014 2 comments As high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites join steel in automobile structures, bonding them gets complicated. Structural adhesives are stepping in to add strength to rivets or welds and make possible bonds that can't otherwise be done.
Warming Up to Cold Forming
Features 8/14/2014 5 comments Miniature and micro precision metal component development: a cost-benefit summary of cold forming (forging) vs. alternative manufacturing techniques.
An Ecosystem of Innovation
Features 7/25/2014 2 comments Armed with unique bonding capabilities, reactive hot melts have a few distinct advantages in the handling and application process over other bonding options.
Engineering Polymers Play Key Role in Drug-Delivery Devices
Features 5/21/2014 1 comment As designs of drug-delivery devices become increasingly complex, engineers have an even wider choice of plastics to choose from. This overview helps navigate what can be a bewildering selection of materials by outlining some key properties, capabilities, advantages, and limitations.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
Features 5/6/2014 3 comments We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
Coatings Stand Up to Harsh Environments
Features 3/4/2014 8 comments Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in materials R&D, new product development, low-volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
3 Steps to the Right Fluid Connectors
Features 12/17/2013 4 comments Fluid connectors can boost the performance, increase the safety, and improve the user friendliness of devices and equipment used in a wide variety of life science, industrial, and chemical-handling applications.
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isnít a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
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