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Jan 12, 2017
Know the Differences Between Gear Finishing Processes
As gears require a particular surface-finish standard to maintain compatibility with surrounding components, it's useful for machinists and shop managers to know the differences among finishing processes.
Apr 25, 2017
Rolls-Royce Draws $300M Order for Wide-Body Engines
Rolls-Royce won a $300-million order from Lion Air, an Indonesian low-cost airline, to supply Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power three new Airbus A330 aircraft, as well as Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare® engine service package.
Apr 20, 2017
GE Completes $1.65B Purchase of Wind-Power Manufacturer
General Electric acquired Danish manufacturer LM Wind Power, which designs and produces rotor blades for wind-power projects. The $1.65-billion deal had to secure regulatory clearances in the European Union, the United States, China, and Brazil.
Apr 20, 2017
11 Tools and Technologies to Boost Machine Shop Performance
Every machine shop is open to the idea that something can be done better: faster, more precisely, at a lower cost per finished part. Here’s a list of new technologies, new functions, and options and applications that will help shops operate with better information, faster responses, improved data connectivity, and more optimal workflow.
Apr 19, 2017
U.S. Service Center Steel, Aluminum Deliveries Up in March
North America’s metal service centers increased their steel shipment totals during March, and U.S. centers raised their aluminum shipments as well. Meanwhile, service centers in both the U.S. and Canada managed to lighten their inventory totals during the month.
Apr 17, 2017
Rolls-Royce Draws $372.5M Engine-Maintenance Contract
Rolls-Royce was awarded a $372.5-million contract by the U.S. Dept. of Defense to conduct depot-level repair on AE 21000D3 engines for KC-130J aircraft, in support of the U.S. Marine Corps and South Korean defense forces.
Apr 16, 2017
First Flight Successful for Boeing’s Next 737 MAX
Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ new 737 MAX 9 aircraft completed its first flight successfully, and the new jet’s development is on schedule, scheduled for delivery in 2018.
Apr 11, 2017
Timken Acquisition Broadens Couplings Product Line
The Timken Company is adding another manufacturing entity to its portfolio of bearings and mechanical power transmission products: it acquired Torsion Control Products Inc., a manufacturer of engineered torsional couplings for construction, agriculture, and mining equipment, for an undisclosed price.
Apr 10, 2017
U.S. Machine Tool Orders Show Solid Improvement in February
U.S. manufacturers ordered $300.51 million worth of new machine tools during February 2017, a 19.6% increase from January, and a 1.7% rise over the February 2016 total.
Apr 4, 2017
Anglgear™: Made in the USA, Powering Industry Worldwide
Andantex USA's objective over the years has always remained the same: to provide innovative, high-quality gearboxes and solutions for use on industry machinery. The Anglgear™ right angle drive is an example of our commitment to our customers' needs and applications.
Apr 3, 2017
Additive Manufacturing Expansion Slowed in 2016
Additive manufacturing technology suppliers increased their revenues by 17.4% year-over-year during 2016, a solid growth rate but considerably less than the prior year’s 25.9% expansion.
Apr 2, 2017
U.S. Manufacturers’ Confidence at 20-Year High, NAM Finds
The National Assn. of Manufacturers reported that its quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook survey shows optimism increased to 93.3% during Q1 2017, a record high in the survey’s 20-year history.
Mar 29, 2017
A Deeper Look at ‘Precision’ Toolholders
Although toolholders are known as critical elements in the precision machining process, the details that differentiate a “standard” toolholder from one designed for more precise, high-speed work can be subtle. Precision toolholders are machined to exacting tolerances to create the optimal fit within the spindle, concentricity, and balance.
Mar 23, 2017
New Functions, Options, Applications Enhance Machine Shop Performance
Every machine shop is aware of its competition and its customers’ demand for faster, better, lower-cost finished parts. Here’s a list of new functions, options, and applications for improving machine shops’ results, which can be achieved with more incremental changes or adjustments to workflows.
Mar 21, 2017
Lockheed Claims Continuing Progress in F-35 Cost-Cutting
Lockheed Martin continues to work to cut the cost of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, even as it negotiates terms for the eleventh and largest production lot to date. The goal is to cut a further $5 billion in overall costs.
Mar 19, 2017
Shipments of Steel, Aluminum Dropped in February
Shipments of steel and aluminum products by U.S. service center operations declined during February, following an uptick during January, while the Canadian centers’ shipment “declined substantially, according to the Metals Service Center Institute.
Mar 16, 2017
How to Introduce Additive Manufacturing Without Hindering Machining
Before investing time and capital into a complete revision of your production process, consider a step-by-step approach to implementing additive manufacturing into an ongoing manufacturing operation.
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