Winning the game requires you to manage the details in short increment time intervals. For a fast/short cycle time business, if you learned that you missed the day at the end of the day, it’s too late to do much about it. But if you had the ability to measure and address performance in hourly or shorter time frames, there’s time to take action to ensure you meet the day’s goals. To learn more about data-driven daily management, check out this eguide by Dploy Solutions!
Three MD Companies Receive NIST Innovation Grants | MDBIZNews Based in Rockville, Automated Precision Inc. is a first-time recipient with a $98,750 grant in Phase 1 funding. The company’s research focuses on a noncontact measuring technique for use in the defense, energy, aerospace and automobile industries. The technique measures high speed 3-D scanning during surface inspections, which cuts manufacturing costs and can reduce waste. Discover more information about the three Maryland companies that were among a group of small businesses to receive grants from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Learn more below!
When Nissan Motor Company built their new production facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico they looked to Automated Precision, Inc. (API) to assist them in providing CMM inspection for the stamping shop, body shop and tooling departments. Initially, Nissan purchased nine dual horizontal arm API Galaxy-H multifunctional CMMs. These coordinate measuring machines are manual-controlled horizontal arm layout and measuring CMMs that are designed specifically for measuring thin-walled components such as automotive car bodies and sheet-metal panels. The Galaxy-H CMM is a double-arm design that features the table installed in a foundation at floor level so components and fixturing can be easily moved on and off the table for fast inspection. In the article below, find out more about the dual horizontal arm API Galaxy-H multifunctional CMMs and how the arms are being used in the Nissan Mexico Plant today. Nissan engineers even said that API was able to meet the schedule for production in a small window of time, despite the demanding requirements of the task. Check out the full article below!
A leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft completed the design for a revolutionary new aircraft, and the production team set an aggressive build schedule to meet demand. What the leading manufacturer needed was to create an automated, efficient inbound logistics process to enable an unprecedented manufacturing pace–completing an aircraft every three days! XPO Logistics was able to help this big idea take off. Click here to read the full case study and find out how XPO made this opportunity happen.
Plasma nozzles mounted on robots accurately follow the complex contours of an engine’s cover and aluminum oil pan, where a small leak could lead to engine failure or cause nasty soiling into the environment. GM engineers used the technology to prevent failures in the innovative 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 3.6- liter V6 engine. The engine is designed with strong, lightweight materials and is 390 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Designers use materials like an A319 aluminum alloy block for the engine and a cast-aluminum integral oil pan design, and these lightweight materials frequently present technical challenges such as getting adhesives and sealants to adhere strongly to them, which is when Openair Plasma technology came in to assist. Find out more about plasma’s role in engine production on “How It’s Made-Dream Cars: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro” here:http://camarosix.com/how-its-made-dream-cars-2016-chevrolet-camaro/ We are thrilled to have Plasmatreat join us at the American Automotive Summit next week! Plasmatreat will be showcasing its Openair Plasma technology that cleans and activates critical engine surfaces prior to applying a room temperature vulcanization (RTV) sealant. Plasmatreat’s PlasmaPlus® process is also being used to prevent engine corrosion by applying a protective coating by introducing a precursor to the plasma. www.plasmatreat.com
Managing costs throughout the product life cycle is critical to a company’s long term viability and profitability. aPriori, an organization specializing in cost management software, released the video below to highlight the end-to-end cost management techniques that enable employees in sourcing, manufacturing and design engineering to make more-informed decisions and drive costs out of products pre- and post-production. Check out the video to gain a holistic vision of Enterprise Cost Management.