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CAM: From Fragmented Disciplines to Systems Architecture

By Rajiv KhoshooA system architecture for integrated manufacturing engineering is emerging from the point solutions now in use after three decades since the inception of APT

3M's Strategic Focus

Whether it is abrasive material used in paint shops or filters cleaning the air coming into the cabins of vehicles, 3M technology is there The company has long been a supplier to the auto industry—to both OEMs and other suppliers—and the executive director of the firm's Automotive Industry Center, Tom Beddow, is interested in increasing its role

Improving Pressworking at Metalsa

This Mexican supplier of truck chassis and engine cradle components needed to improve its output It turned to automation—not more labor—to get it done

Magnesium: The Other Light Metal

Lightweight magnesium alloys are letting auto makers stick to their vehicular weight loss plan without giving up strength, rigidity or flexibility

When the Whole Is Less Than the Sum of the Parts

Mechanical interactions can have negative effects that may not seem obvious when discrete elements are being designed for assemblies One software company has the means by which these subtractive characteristics can be eliminated before physical models are produced

Notes from the Field: Flexibility, High Speeds and Other Considerations

The objective of any manufacturing setup is to get the most out of your equipment So whether it is high speeds, flexibility, or just keeping the equipment up and running, getting the job done is what's important

Going Fast? Get In Balance

An unbalanced tool rotating at high speeds can cause all manner of problems One company thinks they've developed a solution for dynamic balancing—within seconds

See the Possibilities

Here's a look at a new automotive supplier on the scene—one that was organized in 10 months and which is the second largest in the world right from the start It is a company with a visionary, passionate leader, Charlie Szuluk Its name: Visteon

When the Whole Is Less Than the Sum of the Parts

Mechanical interactions can have negative effects that may not seem obvious when discrete elements are being designed for assemblies One software company has the means by which these subtractive characteristics can be eliminated before physical models are produced

Java is Making the Integrated Supply Chain Come True

Java is fundamentally a programming language for networked applications With it come some powerful advantages marketed as "write once, run anywhere"; "embrace, don't replace"; "dynamic configurability"; "reusable code"; and "reduce bloatware"

Going Fast with 'Conventional' Equipment

Here are two views from two separate companies—best known, probably, as transfer line manufacturers—about the importance of doing things differently by applying appropriate technology to production requirements

Java is Making the Integrated Supply Chain Come True

Java is fundamentally a programming language for networked applications With it come some powerful advantages marketed as "write once, run anywhere"; "embrace, don't replace"; "dynamic configurability"; "reusable code"; and "reduce bloatware"

Cool Parts for Cool Cars

C&R Racing is an Indianapolis-based shop that's helping various racing teams catch the checkered flag