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McInnes Rolled Rings
The new president of the National Tooling and Machining Corporation heads out on a six-month listening tour of its membership. Although the job numbers are dwindling, tool and die making is still a necessary skill in the U.S., where automakers and aerospace companies need precision machinists and moldmakers, and aerospace companies need precision machinists and moldmakers to do the fine work onsite or near their operations.
Register for next month’s SRN event in Detroit, October 17-18. The event will have a full day of presentations and discussion  of next generation products, workforce issues and innovation. On day two, join us for the morning at FANUC, with a tour of their facility and presentations by key staff, and spend the afternoon with us at LIFT’s new High Bay facility downtown. Complete details are available on the AGMA website.
The next-generation manufacturing plant will incorporate digital technology to maximize its efficiency and raise productivity. As more facilities adopt additional technology, customers will come to expect a given level of service. Stay competitive through digitizing your manufacturing plant and reap the benefits.
Star SU LLC.
Gleason Corporation
Kapp Technologies
What often goes unaddressed are the ways the manufacturing sector is changing outside of the factory floor. In particular, the relationship between manufacturers and their customers is being revolutionized by three forces: the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and subscription-based purchasing models.
The Manufacturer
New research from the World Economic Forum suggests that by 2022, robotics and AI could create more than 130 million jobs, almost double the figure they are set to displace. The rapid evolution of machines, robots and algorithms in the workplace could create 133 million new roles in place of 75 million that will be displaced between now and 2022, according to the report.
Toyoda Machinery
High-Speed Axis Synchronization Technology – The Newest Innovation Redefining Gear Manufacturing
High-speed synchronization technology has reshaped standard gear manufacturing by producing parts with more accuracy, less time, and less cost. Built into Toyoda's Gear Skiving Machining Centers, this innovative technology takes five processes, traditionally spread across five separate machines, and integrates them into one compact machining center.
Learn more about gear machining with skiving technology
For over 30 years, AGMA has been hosting a technical conference to highlight the newest emerging technology in the gear industry. The Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) is the top place to learn about the latest research in the gear industry from the researchers directly. Each year, the FTM provides an outstanding opportunity to share ideas with others in the gear industry on design, analysis, manufacturing and application of gears, gear drives and related products, as well as associated processes and procedures. Attendees get a chance to be on the cutting edge of gear research and network with other engineers.
Journal Star
The steep uptick in Caterpillar Inc. equipment sales since the end of a historic downturn in 2016 still has significant room to grow in at least some business segments and geographic regions. For mining equipment in particular, the recovery is still only beginning, the company’s director of investor relations told analysts recently.
All Metals & Forge Group, LLC
Satellite Today
NASA has contracted SSL to perform a study exploring how commercial habitats in space, like the International Space Station (ISS), could be used to build satellites and "unlock new capabilities and business paradigms" to support a growing U.S. space economy. 
CIO Review
From health tracking and physical fitness, to fashion industry and contactless payments, wearable technology has boomed in the recent years and this technology is expected to be a promising one in the business and enterprise world. Wearable devices have a place in the manufacturing industry as well. 
There’s growing concern in the manufacturing world regarding worker recruitment and retention. As Baby Boomers retire and U.S. manufacturing reckons with its strongest market demand in decades, attracting new workers and keeping existing ones become even bigger priorities. 
Cincinnati Gearing Systems Inc.
Pointing to a slower pace of growth, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently released a report showing a much bigger than expected decrease by its index of regional manufacturing activity in the month of September. The New York Fed said its general business conditions index fell, although a positive reading continues to indicate growth in regional manufacturing activity. 
My Statesman
Texas could be in line to land thousands of additional aerospace-related manufacturing and engineering jobs if companies in the fast-growing sector heed a new ranking of the most competitive places for them to operate. The report by PwC lists Texas behind only Washington state as a top location in the United States for "aerospace manufacturing attractiveness."
SKF (U.K.) Limited
Giving design engineers a competitive edge
With new SKF SimPro Quick single-shaft bearing simulation software you can quickly, easily, and accurately evaluate the design of your bearing arrangements and their field performance. Explore design alternatives, with more parameters, faster than ever before. Choose the best possible arrangement for your machine design, and validate directly with SKF bearing and application experts. See how much you could benefit from using SKF SimPro Quick.
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3D Printing Industry
Finish nanodiamond materials developer Carbodeon has released the uDiamond filament for FFF 3D printers made with the help of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. A patented material, uDiamond filament combines standard PLA plastic with nanodiamond particles for reinforcement, reportedly providing stronger 3D prints and faster deposition rates.
Aerospace Technology
Singapore Technologies Engineering’s U.S. subsidiary Vision Technologies Aerospace Incorporated (VT Aerospace) has signed a conditional share purchase agreement to buy General Electric’s nacelle manufacturing unit for $630m. The deal must receive approval and other clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., as well receive anti-trust approvals in the U.S., France and Brazil.
Forest City Gear Company
Global society is entering a new era of data ownership, and general data protection regulation (GDPR), Europe’s stringent new privacy law, is just the beginning. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to proliferate, industrial enterprises in particular must consider how data ownership impacts not only privacy, but their own machine-learning initiatives.
Gear Solutions
Double helical gears (herringbone gears) are characterized by a symmetric arrangement of two identical gear teeth with exactly opposite helix angles. As a result of this symmetry, the axial forces in the gearbox negate each another. For many years, such double helical gears, as an example for components with geometrical interference, have been a special challenge in finishing gears. While in the past military low lot size applications might have been the main focus, there is now a current boost in demand for double helical gears in planetary reduction gear boxes for engines in civil aviation. Increasing requirements for weight reduction and fuel saving lead to decreasing sizes of design forms.
Naylor Association Solutions
Modern Machine Shop
Renishaw has opened a new Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Center in Newbury Park, Ca. Working in collaboration with Ibex Engineering, the Demonstration Center is situated within Ibex’s headquarters and allows visitors to explore, interact with and use Renishaw’s latest metal additive manufacturing systems.
Gain a solid and fundamental understanding of gear geometry, types and arrangements, and design principles. Starting with the basic definitions of gears, conjugate motion, and the Laws of Gearing, learn the tools needed to understand the inter-relation and coordinated motion operating within gear pairs and multi-gear trains. Basic gear system design process and gear measurement and inspection techniques will also be explained. In addition, the fundamentals of understanding the step-wise process of working through the iterative design process required to generate a gear pair will be reviewed. Learn the steps and issues involved in design refinement and some manufacturing considerations. An explanation of basic gear measurement techniques, how measurement equipment and test machines implement these techniques, and how to interpret the results from these basic measurements will also be covered.


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