July Roundup: Machining in the News

The industry is constantly evolving. This month we cover how manufacturers are diversifying, Germany and Canada’s partnership to research new AI methods, and how a new etching process is pushing boundaries. Keep reading for more details.

Manufacturers are Diversifying

 There will be a new “normal” for manufacturers due to the COVD-19 pandemic. With losses of revenue in some sectors and unexpected spikes in others, the crisis is forcing manufacturers to diversify their production capabilities. With that being said, diversifying production is not without changes to tools and materials. Fortunately, today’s engineers are well-versed in mixed production.

To read the whole article about how some manufacturers are diversifying click here.

Germany and Canada Work together to Research New AI Methods

The FLAIROP (Federated Learning for Robot Picking) project and researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with partners from Canada, are working to make robots smarter. To do so, they are investigating how to use training data from multiple stations, plants, and even companies without requiring participants to hand over sensitive information. Additionally, they are interested in how the most versatile training data from multiple locations can be used to develop more robust and efficient solutions using AI algorithms.

For more information on their research check out the full article here.

A new Etching Process Pushes Boundaries

Photochemical etching or PCE is a manufacturing process that can produce intricate parts with low tolerances. This process is not just a viable alternative to legacy metal fabrication technologies, but in many applications it’s the only technology that can achieve the repeatability and accuracy that’s demanded by OEMs.

To read the entire article check out ctemag’s website here.

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