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By: Bart Bishop 1. August 2017

Company Digitizes Japanese Plant

Company Digitizes Japanese Plant

Along with its factory in Florence, Kentucky, Mazak Corp.’s Oguchi, Japan, facility has completely digitized all manufacturing operations. These Mazak iSMART Factories use advanced manufacturing cells and systems together with full digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing in terms of process control and operation monitoring. The company plans to eventually digitize all 10 of its manufacturing operations.

In these next-generation factories, the MTConnect open communications protocol works with process support software and provides connectivity and the capability to monitor and harvest data from all the different production floor machines, cells, devices and processes. Immediately after the implementation of this digital process monitoring through the MTConnect and as well as SmartBox technology, double-digit increases in productivity and machine utilization have been experienced in each facility.

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‘Learn More’ about Metalworking in our E-Newsletter

If there’s a metalworking process you’d like to know more about, check out the “Learn More with Lori” column in the PM Inbox Insights monthly e-newsletter. Here, I highlight a different metalworking process in each edition and give the reader the technology’s basics as well as links to informative articles written by a PM staff member or contributor for further reading on the topic.  

In the most recent edition I cover micro threading. Read “The Maybe Processes of Micro Threading” here if you missed it. Also, be sure to sign up for PM Inbox Insight here.

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Industry 4.0 Through the Eyes of Metrology

Inspection and measurement are often considered non-value-added processes. The theory being—and it’s a theory—if the process is stable, there should be no need to check parts.

Well as with many theories, putting it into practice is usually much different. In an article we published, the authors look at how precision 3D laser and CT scanning of workpieces can be a source for a lot of “big data” directly from the shop floor. This data can populate a shop’s Industry 4.0 systems helping close the loop on data-driven manufacturing.

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By: Bart Bishop 27. July 2017

Production Machining Starts LinkedIn Page

Production Machining Starts LinkedIn Page

 

Production Machining has started a LinkedIn company page as the next step in the magazine’s continuous process of branching out across social media. Just last month PM started a YouTube channel featuring entertaining and educational videos that highlight the precision turned parts market. This is in addition to the already existing Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Global Shop Solutions Opens New HQ Facility

Global Shop Solutions, Inc., developer of ERP software, recently opened the doors to a new facility at its The Woodlands, Texas, headquarters. Nearly 200 people gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 10,000-square-foot building, the third building on the company’s HQ campus. The building includes offices to support key customer-facing employees and teams, a 72-seat training room, a community dining/kitchen area that includes a market, and an outdoor covered patio designed to seat 100 people. “Our new building is a springboard to another 40 years of loving, caring, and serving our great customers,” says President & CEO Dusty Alexander. “We invite all manufacturers to contact us, schedule a visit, and give us the opportunity to show you why we are different.”

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