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(Platinum Tooling: Prospect Heights, IL) -- Platinum Tooling, an importer of live tools, angle heads, marking tools, Swiss tools, and multiple spindle tools manufactured by various global suppliers, is now importing Henninger speed increasers for North America. The announcement was made by company president, Preben Hansen, at the company’s headquarters in Prospect Heights, Illinois, near Chicago.

Henninger is a manufacturer of specialized equipment and precision machine tool accessories. Spindle speeder types, including mechanical, air and electric motor driven styles, are all available.

These speed increasers maximize productivity by achieving a higher spindle rpm. Small-diameter tools require rpm that are sometimes impossible to reach with existing machine tools. In addition, they allow for less wear and tear on the machine’s spindle when it’s not required to run at its maximum rpm.

Mechanical speeders are available with up to a 1:8 gear ratio and a maximum speed of 50,000 rpm. Air speeders can run continuously at up to 80,000 rpm; high frequency motor spindles can maintain up to 80,000 rpm with high torque and have variable speed options.

Many of the speeders have automatic tool change capabilities and are modular in design to offer the customer greater flexibility.

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By: Denise Robitaille

ISO 9001 has begun its revision process. In the next few months, all eyes will be riveted on that arena as everyone seeks to anticipate the changes and what they’ll augur for their own quality management systems. The attention is not undeserved.

Equally important but with considerably less ballyhoo, ISO 9000 has also embarked on its own revision process. Why is this important? What actually is ISO 9000, and why does it matter?

Some background: ISO 9000:2015—“Quality management systems—Fundamentals and vocabulary” is the normative reference for ISO 9001 and a multitude of other ISO standards. Normative in this context means “...referenced in this document and... indispensable for its application.”

Essentially, in order to fully understand the concepts, terms, and requirements that are found in ISO 9001, it’s important to understand how they are defined in ISO 9000. And, for the purpose of consistency and effectiveness, the terms need to be applied uniformly as they are defined.

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(GelSight: Waltham, MA) -- GelSight, a pioneer in tactile intelligence technology, announced a global partnership agreement with Hexagon, a global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software, and autonomous technologies. The partnership will enable the companies’ respective teams to promote and sell GelSight’s tactile sensing products as well as future integrated products.

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(Omnex: Ann Arbor, MI) -- Omnex has announced its latest webinar, “Changes to AS9100 QMS Near You.

Date and time: Feb. 29, 2024, 11:00 a.m. Eastern
Speaker: Craig Thompson

As quality professionals are aware, international industry standards such as AS9100 undergo revisions approximately every five years. Revision D occurred in 2016; however, due to the pandemic’s impact, timelines have been significantly delayed. Consequently, organizations are well beyond the typical revision cycle. Nonetheless, the eagerly anticipated updated version of the AS9100 standard is slated for release in late 2024.

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

Have you seen the headlines about the new study in Nature that “conclusively proves” remote work harms innovation and creativity? That study matches previous anecdotes by leaders like Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, when she claimed remote work made her employees more productive but less innovative, or Sam Altman, the two-time CEO of Open AI, who said that remote work undermined creativity for startups.

The narrative that traditional, in-person work environments are the sole breeding grounds for innovation and collaborative breakthroughs has dominated the discourse. In reality, this narrative is not only outdated but fundamentally flawed in the context of our modern, technologically driven world.

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By: Jamie Fernandes

Generative AI took the world by storm in 2023, from the classroom to the film studio, and the writer’s bench to the White House. Enterprises and creative industries worked to figure out how to leverage it in their operations, while classrooms and government entities struggled to govern its use.

In 2024, manufacturers will increasingly apply it to their businesses and add it as a critical element in their digital toolboxes and as a powerful driver to their quality protocols. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2026, more than 80% of enterprises will have used generative AI models and/or deployed them in production environments, up from less than 5% in early 2023.

GenAI: The gateway AI tool

Generative AI (GenAI), built upon large language models, has democratized artificial intelligence and made it accessible to manufacturers of all types and sizes. Yet it’s important to understand how it differs from the types of AI that have been discussed and deployed by only the largest of manufacturers.

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(KYZEN: Nashville, TN) -- KYZEN, a global leader in innovative, environmentally friendly cleaning chemistries, will exhibit at MECSPE 2024, the international reference fair for the manufacturing industry. The event is scheduled to take place March 6–8, 2024, at BolognaFiere in Bologna, Italy. The KYZEN team will highlight and discuss the benefits of solvent replacement, featuring the solutions KYZEN SLV901 and KYZEN SLV803.

KYZEN provides several safe alternative chemistries to maintain cleaning efficacy in varying processes using solvents to alleviate the pressures resulting in the current phase-down in the production of materials containing PFAS and HFCs.   

KYZEN SLV901 is a PFAS-free, nonflammable vapor degreasing fluid engineered to clean a variety of oils, greases, and additional soils common in precision metal manufacturing, including the aerospace, medical, and automotive industries. SLV901 assists in “future-proofing” vapor degreasing and immersion cleaning processes as a safe drop-in replacement for HFE and HFC solvents.

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(Aras: Andover, MA) -- Aras, a leader in product life-cycle management and digital thread solutions, has announced the agenda, including keynote and mainstage panel discussions, for its annual event, ACE 2024, March 4–7, 2024, in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme for this year’s event is “Unlocking Innovation.”

ACE 2024 spans four days, including both pre- and post-event days that offer training opportunities and technical discussions. The main event takes place on the second and third day with a keynote and sessions focused on the latest in PLM and digital thread innovation. Attendees will gain insight from Aras leaders and industry experts on the technology and trends reshaping digital engineering.

The keynote speaker for this year is best-selling author, entrepreneur, and culture coach Jackie Freiberg. She’ll discuss strategies on how to move organizations in bold new directions by enabling all people to learn, ideate, and innovate.

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By: NVision Inc.

Air conditioning is hotter than ever—hot as in demand, a must-have, a comfort most of us want, and, with higher-trending temperatures generating heat-related health issues, one that many can no longer live without.

NVision, a leader in 3D noncontact optical scanning and engineering, has worked extensively with the HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) industry for more than 30 years. Recently, NVision helped major HVAC manufacturers successfully:
• Evaluate and confirm the viability of converting copper system components to aluminum
• Reverse-engineer and improve the design of air conditioning (A/C) drip pans

More than a century after Willis H. Carrier built the first modern electrical air conditioning unit, A/C systems are a fixture in most U.S. homes. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), nearly 90% of U.S. households in 2020 were using A/C. Internationally, the use of A/C is expected to rise during the next 30 years, with the world’s hottest regions producing much of the demand.

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By: Patrice Parent

Battery trays are structural elements that enclose and safeguard the battery modules and their supporting electrical and thermal management systems. Battery modules must precisely fit into the battery tray, which must fit seamlessly within the vehicle's chassis.

Variations in tray dimensions can result in improper assembly or misalignment. Specifically, flatness errors can lead to bad welds and loose connections to the power system (disrupting the electricity flow) or to the cooling system (altering the heat transfer). Such deficiencies will eventually affect the battery’s performance and longevity, and reduce the car’s efficiency.

Man wearing a Creaform black shirt uses the MetraSCAN to measure an EV battery tray with C-Track in the foreground while the scan is simultaneously showing on a screen in the VXelements software.
Precise, fast, and certified quality inspection is of the utmost importance for EV manufacturers.

Challenge

How can an EV part manufacturer perform quality inspection within the required time and tolerances?