True or false: Measuring parts and collecting data, unlike other processes, are not subject to variations. This statement is, of course, false. Variation is inherent to any system, and the measurement and data-collection processes are no exception.
People attach “gate,” “aholic,” “phile” and “alyptic” to the end of words much more often than “shoring.” But shoring’s popularity as a suffix is spreading, thanks to economists devising new ways to describe the rapidly changing global manufacturing environment.
To follow the evolutionary path taken by modern-day FM radio transmitters—from the roomful of equipment needed in the mid-1930s to the few microns of space on a computer chip today—turns out all you need is a decent pair of walking shoes.
Wearable electronic devices and related fitness apps have garnered a lot of media attention due to avid exercisers using them to monitor seemingly every physiological change that occurs when they work out. Soon, these superjocks may never have to stop exercising to charge devices as researchers find ways to power them—and many other portable electronic devices, including cellphones and tablets—via flexible batteries woven into clothing.
The ability to machine precision parts without heat has dramatic implications for micro manufacturing. No heat means no damage to the part during the fabrication process. This absence of damage to the part enables manufacturers to create finished parts in a single step—eliminating the costly, time consuming post processing typically required to address the thermal effects other laser or mechanical tools. This paper explains the technology behind heatless machining--femtosecond technology-which, delivered as a manufacturing tool, is helping companies around the world make better parts, and make them faster and at a lower cost than alternative tools.