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Manufacturing business incubator launched in Chicago

Prestige SM Director

When you think of the term “business incubator,” you typically think computers and software, but Illinois’ newest business hub will be geared toward new manufacturing business.

mHub is a joint collaboration between the city of Chicago, and private companies and organizations. The project’s leaders joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday at the West Chicago facility to explain the goal of fostering innovation and ultimately creating new manufacturing jobs in the state.

Emanuel boasted of the new innovation center’s potential effect on Chicago’s industrial sector.

“mHUB will unite the manufacturing sector with our vibrant technology-focused entrepreneurial scene, and will encourage new and existing manufacturing as a driver of growth for our city thanks to new applications in product development and manufacturing,” Emanuel said.

The announcement comes at a perilous time for Illinois’ manufacturing sector. With consistent monthly job losses, employers facing the nation’s highest property taxes and Chicago needing hundreds of millions in tax hikes to shore up its mismanaged pension funds, Illinois’ goods-producing sector needs all the help it can get. One analyst with credit firm Moody’s Financial said last month that the city would have to raise $1 billion more in taxes beyond what it has already imposed to stop its growing unfunded pension obligations.

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Global Food Processing Equipment Market 2016-GEA, B’hler, Marel, Ali, JBT, Meyer Industries, Satake

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Food processing equipment helps to transform the raw food ingredients in to food items through various physical and chemical means. Food processing equipment are available in various categories which includes dryers, chillers, fryers, feeders, mixers, grinders, roasters, homogenizers, separators, slicers and ovens.

These foods processing equipment are used in various industries including dairy industry, industrial bakery, poultry farm, seafood industry, chocolate manufacturing unit, confectionery, beverage industry, milk, fruit, nut, and vegetable industry. Stainless steel is one of the main elements, which is widely used in the food processing equipment. 304SS and 316SS are two most common types of alloys of stainless steel, which are used in food processing equipment.

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Ensuring FSMA readiness with manufacturing cloud ERP

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You may still be figuring out how to get your company FSMA ready with minimal cost or disruption to business. You’re not alone. In a recent survey of more than 400 food processors and manufacturers, 68 percent said they were “somewhat ready” for FSMA.* A group of food processors and manufacturers have put in place four key components to ensure FSMA readiness and the ability to meet market demands—while minimizing costs and maximizing profitability:

1. HACCP Support
Not only must you provide documented HACCP plans with corrective/preventative actions—and maintain these records for a minimum of two years—but you also need to ensure that you automate the tracking and reporting process. To ensure efficient and effective compliance, that means automated electronic document controls, electronic signatures, workflow management, and critical control point alerts as well as statistical process controls (SPC) for easy collection of quality data. Does your HACCP support plan still require manual intervention? If so, it could cost your company.

2. Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)
Control of plant floor activities is a key to your overall efficiency. Making sure that you track production, scheduling, scaling, and rejections gives you insight into how your operations can improve or maintain processes. You also want to track overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) to avoid costly breakdowns, develop a knowledge base of technical experience, respond quickly to maintenance problems, and maximize productivity.

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Ready, Willing and Able to Work

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Manufacturing professionals generally place the shortage of qualified workers near the top of their list of challenges, but many ignore a potential resource due to preconceived notions that are usually dated, and often untrue. At least, that’s the view of Skills Inc., an aerospace supplier with three locations based in and around Seattle, Washington. This nonprofit offers training, vocational services and job placement to special-needs employees and also hires them for its own purposes.

Cheryl Roe, MNPL (master’s in nonprofit leadership), director of programs and development, says, “Too many employers assign difficulties that simply don’t exist to the prospect of hiring people with disabilities. Part of our mission is to show that you really can succeed while at the same time helping others.”

Building Skills

The company was founded in 1966, and in the beginning it was solely dedicated to training individuals with various disabilities on how to manufacture parts that were then supplied to the aerospace market. The range of work has expanded since then, but this sector still makes up about 40 percent of its activities. The remainder involves finishing, assembly and technical services, along with business solutions such as kitting and polybagging. ISO 9001 and AS9100 registered, the company handles sheet metal fabrication—including punching, forming and deburring—and three-, four- and five-axis CNC machining and programming. Machining is conducted on more than 20 high-performance pieces of equipment, including a CNC lathe from Okuma and a dozen CNC mills from Haas, Fadal and Bridgeport. All three-, four- and five-axis machines were recently equipped with Vericut, the CNC machining simulation/optimization software package developed by CGTech. All of the company’s technology was paid for by the revenue it generates, (rather than being donated or funded by grants), and in addition to producing aerospace-worthy parts, Skills Inc. ensures that program graduates deliver leading-edge operational knowledge to their employers.

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Novel metal-oxide photoresist materials for extreme UV lithography

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A major current trend in lithography is the development of exposure tools that have ever-shorter wavelengths, with the overall aim of achieving mass production of devices with sub-10nm feature sizes. Extreme UV lithography (EUVL) at a wavelength of 13.5nm is the main candidate for next-generation lithography technology.1 Highly sensitive resist materials, however, are required for EUVL so that its high-power exposure source requirements can be reduced.2

Until now, chemically amplified resists (CARs) have been used in EUVL.3 CARs are formulated by adding an organic polymer, a photoacid generator, and a quencher species together (see Figure 1). Although such resists have good sensitivity, they also have a number of associated problems. For example, the resolution of chemically amplified resists is strongly affected by pattern collapse, which becomes increasingly important as feature sizes approach the nanometer scale.4 Furthermore, it is challenging to reduce the aspect ratio (film thickness/critical dimension) of CARs because of their high susceptibility to the non-uniform distribution of components in the film. As a result, poor imaging performance tends to be obtained.

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What’s New In Turret Punch Press Tooling

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From its beginnings in the 1950s, the turret punch press has evolved into a versatile and vital tool for fabrication shops. The marriage of CNC to the machine has pushed its usefulness even further.

Paralleling the technological development of the turret punch press has been the tools that do the sheet metal fabricating work. Driving developments in tooling are demands from fabrication shops to get more productivity from existing resources.

The sheet metal fab shop, like virtually all metalworking businesses, is faced with seemingly relentless pressure on its margins. Customers of all shapes and sizes are swinging the cost-cutting ax with a vengeance. Fab shops find themselves squarely in the path.

To find out how turret punch press tooling is helping fab shops improve their productivity, we talked to Ken Herreid, marketing specialist at Wilson Tool (White Bear Lake, Minnesota). Wilson is a leading manufacturer of punch tools for most of the world’s turret punch press machine builders.

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After East New York Zoning Change, City Pushes Nearby Job Growth

Prestige SM Director

An industrial tract in East New York is the linchpin of a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to bring more jobs and affordable housing to one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
The de Blasio administration intends to spend almost $17 million on infrastructure improvements and promote existing grants and low-interest development loans for the 105-acre stretch, one the smallest and oldest industrial business zones in the five boroughs.
City officials see the move, supported by community advocates, as a counterpart to a plan approved by the City Council in April that rezoned other parts of East New York for retail shops and apartments. The rezoning calls for as many as 6,000 residential units, with half expected to be rented below market rates.

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Cost Effective Laser Cutting Solutions

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World class manufacturer and distributor of CNC tube bending machinery, Horn Machine Tools, Inc. now offers both flat sheet and tube laser cutting machines. The machines utilize highly efficient fiber laser technology and are configured in four different models which can be customized to fit customer’s requirements.

The lasers feature high quality components found on many of the other more expensive machines on the market. The fiber laser power source is from IPG Photonics, the laser cutting head is from Precitec, the servo motor system is from Yaskawa and the control system is from Power Automation. The machines utilize Lantek software to facilitate programming and nesting functions. All the major components on the machines have worldwide support and are readily available.

According to company president Kent Horn, “The market has been seeking a lower cost solution for laser cutting for some time now. Until recently this valuable manufacturing process has been out of reach for many fabricators because they can’t justify the high cost. We can now provide both a high quality CNC tube bender and laser cutter, for much less than the laser would cost from other sources”.

HMT will be exhibiting an automatic style tube laser at Fabtech Expo November 16th – 18th in Las Vegas, NV along with two all electric CNC tube benders. They cordially invite show attendees to stop by and view how they are innovating laser tube cutting and bending technologies.

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Integrating Additive Manufacturing without Inhibiting Machining

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Mitsui Seiki is a machine tool builder that aims to excel in the area of precision. It provides machines, often custom-engineered, to meet machining challenges related to high-value parts with particularly demanding tolerances. Therefore, the company’s introduction of additive manufacturing as a capability it can now deliver might seem like an odd fit. Additive manufacturing—building up parts or features through a controlled process of adding material in layers—cannot by itself achieve anything like the fine tolerances that machining can.
But Robb Hudson, technology and business development manager for the company, says additive manufacturing is an addition to machining that brings both design freedom and process efficiency to complement machining’s precision. And by consolidating more of a part’s processing into a single machine, it potentially reduces part handling, which facilitates precision as well. During the past year or more that the company has been preparing to come to market with additive capability, he says, it has been experimenting with how to use metal cutting and metal deposition effectively within the same machine tool, without having to compromise the effectiveness or promise of either capability.

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Metal Additive Technology Creates Large Parts

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TransFormAM by DM3D is an additive manufacturing technique which combines existing metalforming technologies and the company’s Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) additive technology. The approach uses technologies such as casting, forging, extrusion and roll forming to fabricate a metal preform, and then adds metal via DMD to transform it into a functional metal part. The technique is said to improve throughput and reduce cost; simplify the fabrication of large parts; provide better quality to the finished part with wrought microstructure of the preform; and reduce manufacturing risk. DM3D offers TransFormAM services as well as systems.
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