American Machinist en GECAS Unit Buys 737 Parts Inventory <div class="node-body article-body">GECAS Asset Management Services agreed to buy Air Berlin’s entire inventory of 737 Next Generation spare parts, including rotable and expendable parts. GECAS did not report the value of its purchase.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:39:00 +0000 46651 at <p>The 737 Next Generation is the current (and soon to be superseded) design of Boeing&rsquo;s single-aisle aircraft, though thousands 737NGs in service for years to come.</p> Boeing Set for New Organizing Battle in S.C. <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing is preparing for a new battle with the International Association of Machinists, the labor union that represents hundreds of Boeing workers in Washington State. The union petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a secret-ballot election for approximately 2,850 production workers to organize and affiliate with IAM at the Boeing assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:50:00 +0000 46341 at <p>Boeing&rsquo;s North Charleston, S.C., complex performs final assembly on the 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners, and also fabricates, assembles, and installs systems for rear fuselage sections of the 787, and joins and integrates midbody fuselage sections.</p> GE Engine Tests Proving the Durability of CMCs <div class="node-body article-body">GE Aviation is reporting success in the second phase of component testing for its GEnx demonstrator engine, emphasizing ceramic matrix composites’ effective resistance to the damaging effects of environmental dust and debris.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:57:00 +0000 46131 at <p>The GEnx demonstrator engine during the second phase of testing for ceramic matrix composite components, at GE Aviation&#39;s test stand in Ohio.</p> GE Aviation photo 2017’s First New Technologies for Machine Shops <div class="node-body gallery-body">For machine shops seeking new capabilities to make their manufacturing processes faster, more efficient, more profitable, and more competitive, there is no wrong time to evaluate new technology.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation CAD/CAM Software Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:08:00 +0000 45961 at Trends Shaping the Return of Manufacturing to the United States <div class="field-byline"> Tony Glockler </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. businesses are bringing jobs back home. In order to make the most of this shift, it is essential for them to ensure that American workers are highly skilled and up-to-date with the latest technology and tools. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Shop Operations Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:41:00 +0000 45931 at <p>The restoration of domestic manufacturing&rsquo;s vitality has been in progress for several years, with trends like &ldquo;reshoring&rdquo; as well as capital investments in new production capabilities, the embrace of &ldquo;smart&rdquo; technologies, and in manufacturers&rsquo; adoption of new information standards and data communication capabilities.</p> Service Center Steel, Aluminum Shipments Fell in December <div class="node-body article-body">North American service centers registered some sharp declines for steel and aluminum shipments during December, though inventory levels continued to fall during the same period.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:13:00 +0000 45921 at <p>Service center deliveries correspond to a significant volume of steel and aluminum products consumed by machine shops and fabricators, whose activities reflect the state of industrial activity in North America.</p> Manufacturing: Machinery - U.S. Industry Report 2016 <div class="field-image-promo"> <a href="/datasheet/manufacturing-machinery-us-industry-report-2016" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop imagecache-linked imagecache-med_crop_linked"><img alt="" src="" title="" height="200" width="355" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop" /></a> </div> <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>The &quot;Manufacturing: Machinery&quot; industry report from Statista consolidates the most important industry information while highlighting important and interesting data regarding the status quo and trajectory of the industry with forecasts through the year 2020. A management summary, key facts &amp; figures, SWOT analysis and chief executive quotes on the latest industry developments provide a substantial introduction.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry Reports Gold Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:51:00 +0000 45801 at Smart Sound Material Asks “Can You Hear Me Now?” <div class="field-byline"> John Hitch </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new smart material can filter out the specific harmful sounds in loud, industrial environments, and is available now on Kickstarter. Here are the details. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Machinist Newswire New Products Shop Operations Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:43:00 +0000 45551 at Embraer to Modernize Scandinavian Regional Carrier’s Fleet <div class="node-body article-body">Embraer S.A. detailed a new contract worth up to $873 million from Widerøe, the largest regional carrier serving Scandinavia. If fully invoked, the airline will receive up to 15 of Embraer’s new E-Jets E2 series aircraft, of various sizes.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:34:00 +0000 45701 at <p>The E-Jet E2 series is a family of three different narrow-body, twin-engine aircraft seating 80 to 130 passengers.</p> Airbus Prepping $8.6B Order for Saudi Carrier <div class="node-body article-body">Flynas, a low-coast carrier in Saudi Arabia, ordered 60 new A320neo aircraft from Airbus SAS, and at the same time converted an order for 20 A320ceo jets booked earlier to A320neo aircraft, meaning a total of 80 of the new design. The total order is now valued at $8.6 billion.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:09:00 +0000 45381 at <p>The A320neo is the &ldquo;new engine option&rdquo; for the Airbus A320 narrow-body aircraft (the original design is now referred to as the A320ceo, or &ldquo;current engine option&rdquo;), with a choice of CFM International&rsquo;s LEAP-1A or Pratt &amp; Whitney PW1000G engine.</p> Cutting Tool Consumption Dropped Again in November <div class="node-body article-body">Domestic manufacturers consumed $168.69 million worth of cutting tools during November 2016, slightly less (-0.2%) than during October but 9.3% more than the November 2015 figure. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:18:00 +0000 45091 at <p>&ldquo;Since the November elections, the cutting tool industry has been following the economic indicators and the growing optimism for an improving manufacturing market,&rdquo; according to AMT&rsquo;s Brad Lawton.</p> Know the Differences Between Gear Finishing Processes <div class="field-byline"> Megan Ray Nichols </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:43:00 +0000 44851 at <p>Gears have remained functionally similar over hundreds of years, but there has been considerable development in the surface finished standards applied to different gear types.</p> Airbus Set a New Record for Jet Deliveries in 2016 <div class="node-body article-body">Airbus reported commercial aircraft deliveries rose in 2016 for the 14th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 688 aircraft delivered. Airbus also logged 731 net new orders.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:56:00 +0000 44821 at 15 Facts That Can’t Be Ignored About US Manufacturing <div class="field-byline"> MP Star Financial </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Simply defined, manufacturing is the process of transforming raw materials into new products, using mechanical, physical or chemical means.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Machinist Newswire News Shop Operations Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:31:00 +0000 44171 at November Report Shows Another Drop in Machine Tool Orders <div class="node-body article-body">New orders for machine tools declined in November for the second consecutive month, following the increases in August and September, coinciding with IMTS 2016. U.S. manufacturers ordered $329.61 million worth of new manufacturing technology during November, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report issued each month by AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:53:00 +0000 44401 at For Boeing, 2016 Orders Fell but Deliveries Topped Target <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Commercial Airplanes reported 668 new net orders and 748 deliveries for 2016, calling the totals “strong” and noting it had “achieved several airplane program milestones.” In particular, it highlighted that its jet delivery total reached 748 aircraft across its five programs (737, 747, 767, 777, and 787) topped the target of 745 aircraft that it set for itself.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:16:00 +0000 44161 at Epicor’s Content-Management Software Acquisition <div class="node-body article-body">The current priority for manufacturing IT providers is to optimize the collection and management of data that would be shared among different enterprises, as envisioned for the Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0. That is the most comprehensive way to understand Epicor Sofware’s purchase of privately held docSTAR, a developer of document-management software.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Enterprise Software News Shop Operations Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:47:00 +0000 43771 at <p>&ldquo;The acquisition of docSTAR supports our strategy to strengthen and expand our cloud offerings to continually enhance customer experience and the value we deliver to our customers,&rdquo; stated Kathy Crusco, chief operating and financial officer at Epicor.</p> Boeing Draws $8.25B Order for 75 Jets <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing started 2017 strong with a new order from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for 75 jets, 737 MAX 8 aircraft, valued at $8.25 billion at current list prices. The order for another series of the OEM’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft brings GECAS’ order total for that series to 170 jets, the largest current placement with Boeing by any aircraft-leasing agency.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:47:00 +0000 43701 at <p>The 737 MAX 8 is a twin-engine, narrow-body jet, one of three models in a series being developed as the replacement for Boeing&rsquo;s 737 Next Generation series, and the fourth generation of the 737 family.</p> Italian Machine Tool Builders Profit by Tax Changes <div class="node-body article-body">Italian manufacturers reportedly are benefiting by a new tax provision that allows them to claim credits up to 250% of the value of their capital investments in high-technology products.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:07:00 +0000 43511 at <p>UCIMU- Sistemi per Produrre (&ldquo;Systems for Production&rdquo;) is a trade association for Italian manufacturers of machine tool, robots, automation systems, and related products (NC, tools, components, accessories.) It has over two hundred member companies, who represent more than 70% of such products manufactured in Italy.</p> Huntington Ingalls to Build Another New USCG Cutter <div class="node-body article-body">Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., has a new, $486-million contract to build a ninth National Security Cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard. The fixed-price, incentive-based contract would deliver the new vessel after 2019 — when the second of two National Security Cutters now under construction would be delivered.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 03 Jan 2017 02:30:00 +0000 43291 at <p>The U.S. Coast Guard accepted delivery of the USCGC <em>Munro</em>, the sixth <em>Legend</em>-class cutter, in Pascagoula, Miss., on December 16, 2016.</p> Can Internet of Things Data Be Trusted? <div class="field-byline"> Tom Kaneshige </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In an era of data deluge, knowing which information to trust has never been more important — or harder. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Machinist Newswire Automation Enterprise Software Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:08:00 +0000 42221 at Delta Cancels Order for 18 Dreamliners <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing and Delta Air have agreed to a settlement after the carrier cancelled an order for 18 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner jets, a contract worth $4 billion at current list prices. The terms were not announced.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 30 Dec 2016 04:42:00 +0000 43201 at <p>The 787 Dreamliner is a twin-engine, long-distance aircraft, in commercial service since September 2011. Boeing recently delivered the 500<sup>th</sup> jet of the series.</p> 10 New Technologies for Machine Shop Precision and Performance <div class="node-body gallery-body">Competition among machine shops is always about cost – but not just cost. Making component parts is a chance for machine shops to show their creativity and flexibility, as well as their commitment to precision. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:21:00 +0000 43081 at Rolls-Royce Confirms Its Iran Air Orders <div class="node-body article-body">Rolls-Royce Plc confirmed its “firm contract” to supply engines for more than half of the 100 aircraft that Airbus will deliver to Iran Air. The engines will be installed in 38 A330 jets, a twin-engine, single-aisle aircraft models; and 16 A350 XWB aircraft, a twin-engine wide-body aircraft.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:04:00 +0000 43031 at <p>The Trent XWB is a high-bypass turbofan engine developed by Rolls-Royce specifically and exclusively to power the Airbus A350 XWB.</p> Boeing Delivers the 500th Dreamliner <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Commercial Airplanes reported it delivered the 500th 787 Dreamliner, a 787-8 to Avianca, the Columbian airline. “Achieving 500 deliveries – the fastest to 500 for twin aisles – is a great accomplishment, made possible by the hard work and dedication of our employees and global suppliers,” stated Mark Jenks, v.p. and general manager for the 787 program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 27 Dec 2016 01:24:00 +0000 42781 at <p>Boeing delivered a 787-8 to Avianca, the tenth now in service for the Colombian carrier. (Tim Stake photo)</p> Airbus Details 100-Jet Deal for Iran Air <div class="node-body article-body">Airbus confirmed and detailed its contract to supply commercial aircraft to Iran Air, covering 100 aircraft and estimated at more than $18 billion, making it larger than the deal announced earlier this month by rival Boeing Commercial Airplanes. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 23 Dec 2016 01:07:00 +0000 42631 at <p>The contract for 100 aircraft includes 46 A320 series jets, 38 A330 series jets, and 16 A350 XWB wide-body aircraft.</p> Latest LEAP Engine Wins FAA, EASA Certifications <div class="node-body article-body">CFM International gained type certificates from both the U.S. FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the integrated propulsion system for its LEAP-1C high-bypass turbofan engine.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Thu, 22 Dec 2016 04:17:00 +0000 42451 at <p>The LEAP-1C&rsquo;s integrated propulsion system developed by Nexcelle is intended to reduce fuel consumption, improve engine performance, and enhance jet-engine maintenance for commercial airlines.</p> Boeing Warns of Job Cuts Coming in 2017 <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Co. executives have advised employees at Boeing Commercial Airplanes that the division will continue reducing employment levels during 2017, having already cut more than 6,600 jobs during the current year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:53:00 +0000 42081 at <p>Boeing will cut the production rate for its 777 program from seven jets per month to five in August 2017, which is likely to reduce employment at assembly operations in Everett and Frederickson, Wash.</p> 5 Lean Tools to Boost Implementation <div class="node-body gallery-body">The lean journey, especially initial implementation, is overwhelming. But remember, with commitment, a positive outlook and the right lean tools at your disposal, you’ll be amazed how simple and rewarding the journey is. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> QC and Inspection Shop Operations Mon, 19 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000 41821 at Rexnord Closing Indianapolis Bearings Plant <div class="node-body article-body">Rexnord Corp. filed a WARN notice, indicating plans to close a ball bearing and roller bearing manufacturing plant in Indianapolis. Approximately 350 workers are affected, and the company and United Steelworkers union have reached agreement on a workers’ severance package.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:31:00 +0000 41861 at <p>Rexnord produces a number of well-known brands of roller bearings, ball bearings, cylindrical roller bearings, sleeve bearings, and filament bearings, including Rex, Link-Belt, Duralon, and Tuflite.</p>