Manufacturers of contact lenses have developed silicone hydrogel lenses with as much as 80% water content, in part because of a higher rate of nearsightedness among young people. Companies are also looking for ways to scale new coatings, materials and smart lenses.
Data-enabled predictive maintenance can especially benefit machine tool owners because it can reduce maintenance and improve line efficiency, says Claudio Geisert of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology. He and Eckhard Hohwieler discuss their research and its practical implications for manufacturers.
Passwords are far from foolproof, but are also unavoidable in manufacturing environments. Three paths to consider are single sign-on protocols, self-service password-reset technology and biometrics, each paired with two-factor authentication.
The industrial internet of things can provide microservices that deliver real-time data and analytics across the production cycle, writes Larry O'Brien of the ARC Advisory Group. This will create opportunities for companies to offer connected services along with products.
Boeing and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used 3D printing to create a piece of equipment the size of an SUV. While manufacturers are concerned about potential safety issues, one plane has already been designed with more than 1,000 3D-printed parts.
Leaders will never know everything and they can learn so much from the smart people they hire, says Jack Cole, president and CEO of Lance Camper Manufacturing. "Listen as much as you can, talk to the people that you're working with, and work as hard as you can to not get in people's way or hold people up within the company who are trying to get projects completed," he says.
New York's Clinton Community College is building a 30,000-square-foot Institute for Advanced Manufacturing to provide more hands-on experience for students interested in manufacturing. The facility is set to be completed in June.