Southeast Manufacturing News March 2017 : Page 1
M ANUFACTURING N EWS SOUTHEAST Serving Since 1997 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia Feature Editorial Quality Control & Measurement Full Measurement Automation and Integration Vol. 21 No. 3 March 2017 See Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com Partnership Announced for Development of Massive 3-D Printers Greenville Technical College’s CMI and Director Play Leading Role in Robotics Collaborative The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced the formation of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing In-stitute, a project bringing together 84 industry partners, 35 universities and 40 other groups in 31 states. Goals for this $253 million project aimed at cre-ating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs include increasing worker productivity by 30% percent and making robots Continued on Page 77 Alicona is expanding its range of production-integrated measurement solutions. See Page 10 Additive Manufacturing 3-D Printing Technology Uses Traditional Manufacturing Materials Programmable Tooling is a hybrid process designed for low volume production. See Page 30 Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc., has announced a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop massive 3-D printers, leveraging the De-partment of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. Inger-soll, a supplier of large machine tools and processes, enters the 3-D printing world with the initial development of Wide and High Additive Manufacturing (WHAM) machines. “The machines rep-resent a new class of extremely large 3-D printers capable of printing a wide range Continued on Page 34 CIMTEC Automation Selected as Universal Robots Distribution Partner for Southeast CIMTEC Automation, LLC has been selected as Universal Robots’ distribution partner for collaborative robots serving the U.S. Southeastern region. The part-nership augments CIMTEC’s automation components and will provide even more advanced automation tools to improve its customers’ manufacturing quality and efficiency. “We are excited about this new Continued on Page 77 Applying Technology Verifying Dimensional Accuracy of Complex Components Highly complex quick-couplers require tight tolerances. See Page 40 New Flexible Snap Gauge Measures High Tolerance Diameters Jenoptik Automo-tive recently intro-duced the Hommel-Etamic AG380 pneu-matic snap gauge to quickly, cost-effectively and flexibly check a range of different di-ameters (from Ø 17-48 mm), providing meas-urements with consis-tent high levels of pre-cision. Manufacturers previously had to con-stantly invest in new diameter-specific pneumatic snap gauges when producing a new type of workpiece. Pneumatic snap gauges are com-monly used in dimensional industrial production metrology to reliably meas-ASQ World Conference to Focus on Customer Experience, Risk, Change ure shaft diameters with strict toler-ances. Pneumatic metrology is typi-cally the choice for high precision, reliable measurement results with re-petitive accuracy for years, particularly Continued on Page 15 Risk and change, customer experi-ence and quality as a competitive ad-vantage are among the focus areas of the 2017 ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Attendees of the ASQ conference — to be held May 1 – 3 in Charlotte, NC — will learn ways to immediately identify and assess risk, focus on the customer and use quality to drive profitability. Furthermore, attendees will learn to de-crease waste, improve productivity and increase operational efficiency in their Continued on Page 76 Education/Training Enhanced GibbsCAM 2016 Education Editions GibbsCAM 2016 Classroom and Student Editions now have free access to GibbsCAM VoluMill. See Page 46 Material Handling Vision System Improves Bin Picking Triangulation method improves resolution. See Page 60 Subscription Changes: To make name, address subscription changes contact: • Phone: 800-375-8488 • Fax: 817-488-7813 • E-mail: email@example.com • www.mfgnewsweb.com CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Gross Publications, Inc. SOUTHEAST MANUFACTURING NEWS P.O. Box 847 Grapevine, Texas 76099-0847 U.S.A. DALLAS, TX PERMIT 4245 Advertiser Index Page 55 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID
Partnership Announced For Development Of Massive 3-D Printers
Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc., has announced a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop massive 3-D printers, leveraging the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. Ingersoll, a supplier of large machine tools and processes, enters the 3-D printing world with the initial development of Wide and High Additive Manufacturing (WHAM) machines. “The machines represent a new class of extremely large 3-D printers capable of printing a wide range of composite plastics combined with the speed and precision of an aerospace grade machine tool,” said an Ingersoll spokesperson.
Ingersoll’s WHAM machines break new ground in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry for both size and speed. “With a standard work envelope of 23 feet W x 10 feet H x 46 feet L and target material deposition rate of 1,000 lbs./hr, WHAM machines will perform at an order of magnitude larger and faster than any printer currently on the market,” said the spokesperson. Built on a platform of existing modular components, the machine size can be customized to various specifications. Ingersoll has experience developing machines with work zones as large as 40’ W x 20’ H x 250’ L. The WHAM system includes automatic exchange of the printing extruder with a high-speed 5- axis milling attachment for conventional subtractive finishing operations. Tino Oldani, President and CEO, Ingersoll Machine Tools, stated, “Our machine design expertise, combined with the ability to develop a complete process for our customers, makes WHAM a logical step forward. Our partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory gives us a huge advantage.”
Ingersoll has entered the WHAM development process through a cooperative research and development agreement with ORNL in Tennessee. “ORNL is highly respected for advancing AM technology and its added experience is greatly accelerating the project,” said the spokesperson.
Ingersoll’s Mike Reese, Director of Sales, explained, “Working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides a fast track to match the current state of the art and take it to the next level as quickly as possible.”
“Our collaboration with Ingersoll on the development of a 3-D printer that provides a volume not possible with current printers could open up new markets and applications in defense, energy and other areas of manufacturing. Ingersoll brings years of experience engineering massive equipment in the composites area, and we look forward to a successful partnership,” said Bill Peter, acting Director of the Manufacturing Demonstra- tion Facility at ORNL.
This project is supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). AMO supports applied research, development and demonstration of new materials and processes for energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as platform technologies for the manufacturing of clean energy products.
For more information contact:
Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc.
707 Fulton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103
Oak Ridge National Laboratory www.ornl.gov/manufacturing
New Flexible Snap Gauge Measures High Tolerance Diameters
Jenoptik Automotive recently intro-duced the Hommel- Etamic AG380 pneumatic snap gauge to quickly, cost-effectively and flexibly check a range of different diameters (from Ø 17-48 mm) , providing measurements with consistent high levels of precision. Manufacturers previously had to constantly invest in new diameter-specific pneumatic snap gauges when producing a new type of workpiece.
Pneumatic snap gauges are commonly used in dimensional industrial production metrology to reliably measure shaft diameters with strict tolerances. Pneumatic metrology is typically the choice for high precision, reliable measurement results with repetitive accuracy for years, particularly in rough production environments.
The flexible snap gauge is suited both for small-scale and prototype production as well as mass production. The gauge can be easily positioned and installed at the desired measuring stations on the shop floor. A retrofit kit making it possible to easily convert any existing measuring system is optional.
For more information contact:
1505 West Hamlin Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Greenville Technical College’s CMI And Director Play Leading Role In Robotics Collaborative
The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced the formation of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, a project bringing together 84 industry partners, 35 universities and 40 other groups in 31 states. Goals for this $253 million project aimed at creating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs include increasing worker productivity by 30% percent and making robots more accessible to small- and mediumsized businesses.
Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) and its Director, David Clayton, will play an important role in this effort. One of eight Regional Robotics Collaboratives will operate from the CMI. Co-leads for the seven-state Southeastern Collaborative will be David Clayton and Venkat Krovi, the Michelin Endowed Chair in Vehicle Automation at Clemson University.
“As a co-lead of the Southeast Regional Robotics Innovation Collaborative, I am excited to partner with Clemson University, the DOD and the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute to further the research and application of robotics in manufacturing environments,” said Clayton. “This collaboration will position Greenville Technical College students and industry partners at the Center for Manufacturing Innovation as leaders in intelligent manufacturing and automation.”
Plans for the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, based in Pittsburgh near Carnegie Mellon University, call for a wide range of research driven by industry and defense needs in aerospace, automotive, electronics and textiles. Researchers involved envision a future in which robots begin to take over lower level tasks, allowing humans to work on tasks and challenges requiring higher-level thinking.
“This effort fits well with our plans for CMI,” said Dr. Keith Miller, President of Greenville Technical College. “We invited Clemson to partner with us at our fifth campus because we wanted to close the gap between the education of the technician and that of the engineer. Quite often, the engineer does not have a clear understanding of the manufacturing process, and the technician is not well versed in design concepts. A solution to this gap at CMI is in bringing the education of the technician and that of the engineer together so that by the time they enter the workplace, they have already learned from one another in a project-based environment and they are ready to team up again on the job.”
Four research projects are already being planned for the CMI-based Regional Robotics Collaborative, bringing together students from Greenville Technical College and from Clemson University. One of these projects involves creating a robot with Chicagoarea manufacturer Yaskawa that can place a 20 lb. Alternator on a car as it moves down an assembly line, allowing humans to operate the robot, which Will not suffer injuries and fatigue as humans do in performing the alternator placement task. Research for this project will be conducted via a four-station prototype assembly line at CMI.
For more information contact:
Center for Manufacturing
575 Millennium Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29607
CIMTEC Automation Selected As Universal Robots Distribution Partner For Southeast
CIMTEC Automation, LLC has been selected as Universal Robots’ distribution partner for collaborative robots serving the U.S. Southeastern region. The partnership augments CIMTEC’s automation components and will provide even more advanced automation tools to improve its customers’ manufacturing quality and efficiency.
“We are excited about this new partnership with Universal Robots,” said Dan Keenan, President of CIMTEC Automation. “Having built our reputation on providing state-of-the-art automation products and industry solutions, we are eager to bring this advanced robotic technology to our customers.”
“We see a collaborative robot as a tool - one that can quickly be transitioned between automation tasks to streamline production planning,” said Douglas Peterson, General Manager of Universal Robots Americas Division. “Flexibility in manufacturing involves the ability to deal with variation in volume, design and material handling as well as variations in the process sequences. We look forward to working with CIMTEC to bring these innovative tools to an even wider customer base in the Southeastern market.”
Having a built-in safety system that enables a robot to stop operating if it comes into contact with an employee has long been the defining feature of collaborative robots. Universal Robots has expanded the term “collaborative” to include user-friendliness, the ability to quickly re-deploy and simple set-up. Whether it is adjusting to seasonal lines or to variation in co-packing lines, employees can teach these robots new moves as production schedules change.
For more information contact:
Universal Robots USA
5430 Data Court, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI
NC, SC, VA
CIMTEC Automation, LLC
3030 Whitehall Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
877-524-6832 / 704-227-4600
ASQ World Conference To Focus On Customer Experience, Risk, Change
Risk and change, customer experience and quality as a competitive advantage are among the focus areas of the 2017 ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement.
Attendees of the ASQ conference — to be held May 1 – 3 in Charlotte, NC — will learn ways to immediately identify and assess risk, focus on the customer and use quality to drive profitability. Furthermore, attendees will learn to decrease waste, improve productivity and increase operational efficiency in their organizations. Each educational session will present real-life applications, solutions, and results based on quality principles, while the workshops will allow attendees to dive deeper into quality theories with hands-on learning activities.
The content is designed to engage audiences from manufacturing, health care, government, financial services and more.
“The theme of the event, ‘Grow Your Influence: In the Profession, Through the Organizations and Around the World,’ was chosen to center on the work of current and future business leaders and the growth they seek to better influence the work they do, organizations they work for and lives they lead,” said an ASQ spokesperson.
Other focus areas of the annual event include quality fundamentals and operational excellence, emphasizing leadership, innovations, culture of quality, producing results and more.
At the conference, ASQ will present the 2016-2017 International Team Excellence Awards, an international team recognition process. Finalists will present their successes at Global Impact Sessions, which offer attendees the opportunity to learn first-hand from organizations that have used quality processes to save millions of dollars while delivering value to customers and stakeholders.
Prior to the conference, ASQ will offer onsite certification exams and training opportunities on topics including cost of quality, corrective and preventive actions, lean enterprise and others.
For more information contact:
American Society for Quality
600 North Plankinton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203