American Machinist en Boeing Takes Stake in AI, Machine Learning Tech Developer <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing is investing in SparkCognition, an Austin, Tex., company that develops “machine learning technology” for applications in information technology, energy, oil-and-gas, manufacturing, finance, aerospace, defense, telecommunications and security.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:05:00 +0000 64971 at <p>&quot;SparkCognition is at the forefront of a technological shift in machine learning and artificial intelligence that will revolutionize every aspect of industry,&rdquo; according to Boeing CTO Greg Hyslop.</p> Global Steel Tonnage Still Inching Upward <div class="node-body article-body">Global raw steel production rose only a slightly from April to May according to the World Steel Association, which tracks output and capacity utilization in 67 countries. It reported total worldwide output of 143.3 million metric tons for the month, up 0.9% from the April result and 2.02% from the May 2016 total. With the latest totals, the 2017 year-to-date total for global raw-steel production is 694.9 million metric tons, which is 4.62% higher than 2016’s January-May total output.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:46:00 +0000 64901 at EU Machine Tool Builders See Growth, Seek ‘Freer’ Data <div class="node-body article-body">CECIMO issued a generally positive forecast for 2017 machine tool demand, and made a direct appeal for EU regulators to encourage the growth of a data-exchanging digital manufacturing economy. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Shop Operations Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:38:00 +0000 64811 at <p>European machine tool exports are likely to grow to $21.2 million in 2017, due to &ldquo;digitization&rdquo; and a reputation for high-quality standards, according to Starrag AG&rsquo;s vice chairman Dr. Frank Brinken, who also is chairman of the CECIMO Economic Committee.</p> Bevels and Hypoids and Cycloids: A Roadmap to Gearboxes <div class="node-body article-body">Gear ratios measure input speed against the output speed, and are a critical indicator of what type of gearbox is appropriate in a given application. Low gear ratios tend to transmit power more efficiently, while high gear ratios maximize torque outputs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:49:00 +0000 64671 at <p>Within every gearbox is a set of individual gears ground to very tight tolerances, to engage with other gears continuously without slipping. In this way, power is transmitted smoothly from one gear to the next, conserving energy within a system and significantly reducing noise.</p> Boeing Raises 20-Year Outlook for New Jet Demand <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing is projecting the 20-year global demand for new commercial airplanes will reach 41,030 jets, which it values now at $6.1 trillion dollars.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:48:00 +0000 64661 at <p>Boeing&rsquo;s 20-year wide-body jet forecast calls for 9,130 new aircraft to be supplied through 2036, notably to address a &ldquo;large wave of potential replacement demand beginning early in the next decade,&rdquo; according to Boeing. Its 787 (shown) and 777 series jets serve that segment of the market.</p> US Machine Tool Orders Fell in April, But Up YTD <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. manufacturers’ new orders for machine tools in April totaled $324.46 million, a drop of 21.0% from the March result and yet a 12.3% improvement over the April 2016 total. The latest results brought the year-to-date total for manufacturing technology orders to $1.29 billion, or 2.1% higher than the comparable figure for January-April 2016.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:41:00 +0000 64551 at Rolls-Royce Ships First Trent 7000 Engines for A330neo <div class="node-body article-body">Rolls-Royce plc shipped two Trent 7000 engines that will power the first flight of the Airbus A330neo — the wide-body aircraft being positioned as a competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The commercial debut of the A330neo has been delayed, reportedly owing to delays in the engines’ availability, but earlier this month Airbus Commercial Aircraft program head Didier Evrard reported the OEM has two prototype aircraft assembled, and expects the Trent 7000 engines to be available this month.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:24:00 +0000 64341 at <p>Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine at the Derby, England, manufacturing center, prior to delivery to Airbus in Toulouse, France<em>.</em></p> Metals Service Center Shipments Rose Again in May <div class="node-body article-body">Deliveries of steel and aluminum products by North American metal service centers rose by double digits from April to May, largely reversing a similar decline during the previous month, and also maintaining a solid lead over the May 2016 levels. Also, service centers’ inventories of steel and aluminum products measured steady declines. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:16:00 +0000 64241 at <p>Service centers supply a significant volume of steel and aluminum products consumed by machine shops and fabricators, whose activities reflect overall industrial activity in North America.</p> Metals Centers Say Modernize NAFTA to Achieve Fair Trade <div class="node-body article-body">The Metals Service Center Institute supports the domestic steel industry’s petition for tighter import restrictions, but says steel consumers would benefit from “upgraded” NAFTA trade rules.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Shop Operations Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:26:00 +0000 64111 at <p>&ldquo;Addressing and enhancing efficiency at U.S., Canadian and Mexican borders will result in a more competitive industrial metals supply chain and increased global competitiveness for U.S. manufacturers which will result in economic growth and U.S. jobs,&rdquo; according to the Metals Service Center Institute</p> US Cutting Tool Consumption Dropped 16% in April <div class="node-body article-body">Machine shops and other domestic manufacturers consumed $168.03 million worth of cutting tools during April, 16% less than the comparable total for March and 3.6% less than the April 2016 figure.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools News Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:11:00 +0000 63981 at GE Aviation Buys Robotics Developer <div class="node-body article-body">GE Aviation acquired OC Robotics for an undisclosed price, explaining the British automation systems designer would enhance its ground-based engine repair and service programs. OC Robotics is 20-year-old developer noted for manufacturing commercial snake-arm robots and software for confined and hazardous environments.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:53:00 +0000 63811 at <p>OC Robotics develops snake-arm robots for working in confined and hazardous spaces. They are guided by wire ropes, and controlled by proprietary software, to traverse cluttered environments and conduct activities such as inspection, fastening, and cleaning.</p> Rival Jet Builders Claim Success in New WTO Ruling <div class="node-body article-body">The World Trade Organization mostly cleared the U.S. of providing unfair support to Boeing, ruling the OEM continues to benefit unfairly from Washington State business tax-rate reduction for the 777X program. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:13:00 +0000 63701 at <p>The U.S. and the EU have been battling over subsidies to (respectively) Airbus and Boeing for more than a decade. Both sides have drawn &quot;winning&quot; rulings from WTO, but the allegations of subsidization are increasing as the two manufacturers develop new models and prepare to establish new production programs.&nbsp;</p> Philippines’ Cebu Pacific Raises Order with Airbus <div class="node-body article-body">Cebu Pacific, a Philippines-based low-cost airline, placed an order with Airbus for seven A321ceo aircraft. The OEM described this order as driven by the growing demand of Cebu Pacific’s domestic and regional network.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 09 Jun 2017 02:58:00 +0000 63581 at <p>The A321ceo is the &ldquo;current engine option&rdquo; for the short- to medium-range, narrow-body aircraft powered by dual CFM56 turbo-shaft engines.</p> Tougher Tooling Handles Hard Forgings <div class="node-body article-body">At a Houston machine shop, switching from an Ingersoll face mill to an indexable high-feed mill achieves deep cuts on dense, hard forgings, with speed and reliability.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:01:00 +0000 63461 at <p>A 4-in. Ingersoll Hi-QuadXXX facemill takes off more than 0.300 in. per pass to fully penetrate the heavy oxide crust in a 4140 steel forging. As a result, the tool edges last through a complete roughing sequence for a part, involving 6-8 passes. A previously selected tool needed indexing before completing even one pass.</p> Ingersoll Cutting Tools CECIMO Voices Support for Expanding EU R&D <div class="node-body article-body">CECIMO, the European Assn. of the Machine Tool Industries, joined 22 other EU trade associations in declaring support for increased commitment to industrial research and “innovation,” as outlined in the EU’s Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9.)</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Shop Operations Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:23:00 +0000 63451 at <p>CECIMO has consistently emphasized the need for the EU&rsquo;s public and private authorities to define and support competitive industrial strategies, to accelerate industrialization of emerging technologies, and to improve skills training.</p> Airbus Commits to Expand Commercial Activity in China <div class="node-body article-body">Airbus and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reached a "memorandum of understanding" to expand their cooperative efforts in commercial aerospace.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:23:00 +0000 63391 at <p>In 2015, Airbus agreed to set up an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, which will deliver its first jet in September.</p> Steel Consumers Warn Trump of 'Unilateral' Action on Imports <div class="node-body article-body">The National Tooling and Machining Assn. and the Precision Metalforming Assn., both trade groups representing steel-consuming segments of U.S. manufacturing, are urging the Trump administration to "take a deliberative approach" in the Section 232 investigation of unfair trade for steel products. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:59:00 +0000 63141 at <p>&ldquo;Our highest operating expense is often purchasing raw materials &ndash; steel or other flat-rolled metal, which amounts to 50-70% of costs,&rdquo; NTMA president Dave Tilstone and PMA president Roy Hardy wrote, in a statement to the U.S. Commerce Dept.</p> Boeing Contracts CFRP Parts for Chinooks to Cotesa <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Defense, Space & Security awarded a five-year contract to a German company, Cotesa GmbH, to manufacture carbon fiber-reinforced composite (CFRP) exterior components for the H-47 Chinook helicopter, a heavy-lift military transport aircraft </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Fri, 02 Jun 2017 01:50:00 +0000 63031 at <p>Cotesa&rsquo;s composite components include CFRP profiles, stiffeners and frames; multidimensional GFRP sandwich structures, and hybrid parts like CFRP-transmission shafts.</p> Matching Resources to Skills, Profitably <div class="node-body article-body">The skill for locating customers and matching available resources to customers’ needs or requirements is one that every manufacturer needs but not every one can claim to have. Superior Drilling Products Inc., Vernal, Utah, is one of those manufacturers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:29:00 +0000 62911 at <p>Producing drilling equipment is high-precision work &ndash; but when the market is down shops like Superior Drilling Products need other outlets, to make the most opportunity for their skills and capital equipment.</p> First Flight Successful for New Russian Commercial Jet <div class="node-body article-body">The MC-21, a new twin-engine, narrow-body aircraft, will enter commercial production in 2019, according to Irkut Corp., the Russian OEM that developed the new jets to compete with the Boeing 737, Airbus A320, and Commercial Aircraft Co. of China’s C919 series.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Wed, 31 May 2017 01:56:00 +0000 62821 at <p>The Irkut MC-21 is a series of single-aisle, twin-engine aircraft developed for short- to medium-distance commercial service.</p> 5 Reasons a 5-Axis CNC Machine is Actually Good for Your Shop <div class="field-byline"> Megan Ray Nichols | Twitter @nicholsrmegan </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Although they remain costly in terms of capital investment, 5-axis machine tools offer the opportunity to save set-up and production times and cost, which will speed the return on investment.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CAD/CAM Software Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Tue, 30 May 2017 15:21:00 +0000 62691 at <p>The design complexity and surface finish requirements of many high-value aerospace components are compelling arguments for investing in 5-axis machining technology.</p> Swiss is First to Operate Both CS Jet Variants <div class="node-body article-body">Bombardier Commercial Aircraft delivered the first CS300 aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines at its assembly complex in Mirabel, Quebec, making Swiss the first airline to operate both variants of the CS Series.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 29 May 2017 12:01:00 +0000 62661 at <p>The Bombardier CS300 aircraft, shown in Swiss International Air Lines livery. The airline has ordered 30 of the CS Series narrow-body jets.</p> GE Saudi Joint Venture to Start Producing IGTs This Year <div class="node-body article-body">A joint venture for General Electric and a Saudi Arabian investment portfolio will be manufacturing industrial gas turbines by the end of this year, according to the CEO of the venture partner.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Fri, 26 May 2017 03:43:00 +0000 62511 at <p>The GE H-class combined-cycle turbine is an air-cooled power plant that offers low-cost conversion of fuel to power, low operating costs, and reduced emissions.</p> Pentagon Issues F-35 Contract Adjustment to Lockheed <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Dept. of Defense issued a $137.8-million contract modification to Lockheed Martin Corp. in connection with an earlier, “cost-plus-incentive-fee contract” for low-rate initial production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Thu, 25 May 2017 02:12:00 +0000 62401 at <p>Lockheed Martin expected to increase F-35 production rates significantly in the coming years.</p> Steel Output Down in April, but Recovery is On Track <div class="node-body article-body">April 2017 raw-steel production slipped by -1.0% from March to April, finishing the most recent month with 142.1 million metric tons across 67 countries. Still, the total is an increase of 5.0% over the April 2016 result and brings global year-to-date steel production to 550.84 million metric tons, 5.2% better than the January-April 2016 total. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Wed, 24 May 2017 02:55:00 +0000 62321 at Boeing, Lockheed to Draw Billions via Saudi Defense Deal <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. stand to gain significantly from the new arms deal agreed to on Saturday by the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a broad agreement that may be worth over $350 billion over 10 years. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Tue, 23 May 2017 01:35:00 +0000 62191 at <p>Among the programs Lockheed will develop and manage with Saudi defense partners will be integrated air and missile defense systems.</p> FCA US Files for EPA’s Diesel Certification <div class="node-body article-body">FCA US filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board concerning its 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram 1500 diesel vehicles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News QC and Inspection Sun, 21 May 2017 14:17:00 +0000 62041 at <p>Earlier this year EPA alleged that Fiat Chrysler failed to disclose its use of engine management software to increase emissions levels on some vehicles with 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engines.</p> Certification Testing Starts for GE9X Jet Engine <div class="node-body article-body">GE Aviation this week started certification testing for its GE9X engine, a high-bypass turbofan engine being developed for Boeing’s 777X aircraft. The tests are being carried out at the Peebles (Ohio) Test Operation, and follow more than a year of “first full engine” testing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Fri, 19 May 2017 03:13:00 +0000 61931 at Boeing Defense to Assemble T-X Jets in St. Louis <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Defense, Space & Security committed to assemble its version of the T-X Air Force training jet at its St. Louis, Mo., plant, if it is successful in its bid for that Pentagon contract. The award would be worth a reported $16 billion to Boeing, and would support about 1,800 jobs in the St. Louis region, the OEM indicated.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Wed, 17 May 2017 20:57:00 +0000 61831 at <p>Boeing&rsquo;s proposed T-X jet is a single-engine, twin-tail aircraft unveiled last year. Two of the aircraft have been built and the initial flights were completed in December 2016.</p> Boeing Service Centers’ Steel, Aluminum Shipments Fell in April <div class="node-body article-body">North America’s metal service centers’ shipments of steel and aluminum declined in April, by double-digit percentages from March, but more narrowly year-over-year. The decreases undid the gains posted in March, according to the Metals Service Center Institute. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Wed, 17 May 2017 04:47:00 +0000 61721 at <p>Service centers supply a significant volume of steel and aluminum products consumed by machine shops and fabricators, whose activities reflect overall industrial activity in North America.</p>