Posted by: Chris Koepfer 25. July 2016

Metrology Looks at Industry 4.0

With only a portable CMM arm and laptop on the shop floor, machine parts can be scanned with the data points sent upstream for instant analysis, comparison with the CAD data, the CAM program, comparable machines in the shop producing the same or similar parts and other action items in an information stream. 

In our February issue, we took a look at Industry 4.0, also called the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) from the perspective of metrology. This article, contributed by Steve Young and Dean Solberg, co-owners of Exact Metrology, examines how the data that is collected on the shop floor can be used by company management on the top floor to make the right decisions for the company’s success.

Every shop makes parts, but making them correctly is the role of measurement and inspection. Yes, it’s a cost, but it is also really a benchmark of how well or poorly the manufacturing process is being implemented. Scrap costs money too, and scrap in the customer’s hands can be even more costly.

The measurement tools available to shops today are remarkable in their sophistication and ease of use. Collecting “big data” from these devices can help shops make the best decisions on how they manufacture and apply those decisions to efficiency and productivity on the shop floor.

Click here to read the full article, "Industry 4.0 Through Metrology's Eyes."

Posted by: Chris Felix 22. July 2016

Renishaw Lends Support in America’s Cup Event


Renishaw is showing its ongoing support for Land Rover BAR, the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth, England, this weekend, July 22-24th. As an official supplier to Land Rover BAR and a Technical Innovation Group member, Renishaw is a guest exhibitor in the Tech Zone within the Race Village. The company is displaying its technical and product expertise in the fields of additive manufacturing and position feedback encoding.

Renishaw is exhibiting a series of additively manufactured parts, including a manifold designed especially for the Land Rover BAR team and produced on a Renishaw additive manufacturing machine. Also available to see at the stand is a pair of additively manufactured nose cones used in the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, which will attempt to break the land speed record in the fall of 2017.

“Renishaw has been working closely with the Land Rover BAR Technical Innovation Group to bring the oldest international sporting trophy in the world to Britain for the first time since 1851,” says Chris Pockett, head of communications of Renishaw. “It is a real delight to see the best in British design, technology and innovation working together to bring the cup home.”

The Land Rover BAR team principal and skipper is Ben Ainslie, who has won four Olympic gold medals for sailing. The team currently sits in second place behind the Emirates team New Zealand and hopes to defend its previous Portsmouth win in the first event of the series.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Series is part of the sailing program for the 35th America’s Cup that ends in Bermuda in 2017. The competition features world-class sailors on AC45f catamarans. The six teams competing are Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle Team USA, Groupama Team France, and SoftBank Team Japan.

Posted by: Chris Felix 20. July 2016

Win a Racing Engine

Nick Ferri (left) of Patterson Elite Performance will build a racing engine for this year's Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes.

Nick Ferri, co-owner of Patterson Elite Performance and builder of engines behind 57 national NHRA Pro Stock victories, has volunteered to create a custom-tuned Mopar 6.4L Gen lll  Hemi racing engine for this year's Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes, to be held at the PRI show in December. Sunnen sponsors the sweepstakes, which donates 100 percent of ticket proceeds to Victory Junction, a North Carolina children’s camp co-founded by Kyle Petty to provide medically supervised activities for kids who have serious health conditions.

Mr. Ferri says he is working on a power plant that will thrill any race team or performance enthusiast. "The work at Victory Junction deserves all the support we can give it, and we intend to create a 'must have' engine that we hope will produce record breaking ticket sales," Mr. Ferri says. His team built the engines that delivered consecutive national championships in 2014 and 2015 for NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens (pictured above). "Our goal is to bring some of that winning technology and know-how to the sweepstakes engine so the winner of the engine can have plenty of confidence in always being competitive."

Tickets for the 2016 sweepstakes are available online now. Tickets also will be sold at the Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes booth (No. 852) at the show in December. The 2015 sweepstakes generated more than $59,000 for Victory Junction.

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 19. July 2016

The History (and Future) of IMTS

Originally founded as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association (NMTBA), this shot from the 1950s show provides a good perspective on how large the show has grown today.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show has a rich history. Every IMTS is significant in some way, but this article identifies some landmark years for the show. In the future, when some later version of this article is written, will 2016 be remembered as one of the show’s landmarks? I think it will be. We already know of at least one way this year’s show will be important. With the debut of a new Additive Manufacturing Pavilion and with an Additive Manufacturing Conference spanning multiple days of the show, this will be the year AM finds its home at IMTS.

Read about IMTS’s history, and if you haven’t done so already, make plans to attend this year’s show

Posted by: Russ Willcutt 18. July 2016

Have Condition Monitoring Kit, Will Travel

The tools in the CMAK 400-ML basic condition monitoring kit from SKF are packaged in a lightweight (5.7 lb) aluminum carrying case for use throughout the manufacturing facility.

You’ve made a significant investment in your machine tools, so it stands to reason that you’d want to protect that investment. That’s why machine condition monitoring, in its many forms, is so important. One form is the CMAK 400-ML portable basic condition monitoring kit from SKF, which provides manufacturers with an essential collection of measurement tools designed to assess the health of rotating machinery across industries. The tools enable multi-parameter machine assessment by monitoring overall machine condition—specifically testing bearings, pumps, electric motors, and compressors—in support of an operation’s maintenance and reliability objectives. The kit includes:

  • The machine condition advisor (CMAS 100-SL) to simultaneously measure machine vibration signals and temperature, indicating machine health and bearing condition.
  • A compatible external sensor featuring a 100 mV/g accelerometer with coiled integral cable and magnet for accessing hard-to-reach surfaces and providing repeatable data measurements.
  • An infrared thermometer (CMSS 3000-SL) serving as a dual laser sighted non-contact instrument for temperature monitoring at a distance.
  • The SKF Inspector 400 Ultrasonic Probe (CMIN 400-K), which senses high frequency sounds, leaks and electric discharges that may signal problems and makes them audible.

The tools are packaged in a lightweight (5.7-lb) aluminum carrying case for use throughout the industrial environment. This is a simple, self-contained method for checking the condition of multiple machine tools no matter where they’re located on your shop floor. Go here to read an article on alternate methods of protecting this critical investment. 

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