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Successful Composites Technology Transfer: Applying NASA Innovations to Industry

Through interviews with MLAS principals, Successful Composites Trechnology Transfer:  Applying NASA Innovations to Industry examines the utilization of shared resources, rapid prototyping, digital tapestry, health monitoring systems, sensors and innovative manufacturing and assembly techniques to successfully compress the MLAS development timetable from a typical four year time period to one year.

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Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Fundamentals: Feature Relationships

This program is part of the Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing package. In Feature Relationships, the ten remaining geometric characteristic symbols and their categories (profile symbols, orientation symbols, location symbols, and runout symbols) are examined in greater detail using demonstrative examples to clarify their use.

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Kaizen Success: Sustaining Long-Term Continuous Improvements

This Manufacturing Insights program showcases three Shingo Prize winning companies that have each had over ten years of successful experience deploying and sustaining long-term continuous improvements.

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Electrical Discharge Machining(1)

Electrical discharge machining, or EDM, shapes metal by creating sparks that melt tiny portions of the workpiece, and is an exceptionally diverse process that generates no cutting forces. EDM is especially useful in the production of fragile parts that cannot take the stress of conventional machining. This Electrical Discharge Machining program examines the EDM process, and the two primary forms of electrical discharge machining, RAM EDM, and wire EDM. The EDM Process segment details the components of an EDM system, the EDM erosion process, and cycle time. The RAM EDMing, or sinker EDM, segment outlines the process and presents the various process subsystems, including the power supply, dielectric fluid system, the electrode and its manufacture, and the servo system. The Wire EDMing segment features the various wire EDM process subsystems, including the power supply, dielectric fluid system, the wire feeding system, and the wire positioning system. EDM holemaking is also explored.

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Thermal and Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Processes

Thermal cutting processes use heat for cutting. The abrasive waterjet process uses no heat, but cuts by abrasive erosion. All these processes provide precision non-contact cuts in a wide variety of materials, and cut in single pass, rather than multiple passes. To better understand the various cutting processes, this Thermal & Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Processes program examines and compares: oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, laser cutting applications, and abrasive waterjet cutting. The Oxy-Fuel Cutting segment explores the cutting variables, torch tip types, depth of cut variables, and oxy-fuel cutting machine tools. The Plasma Cutting segment defines plasma, and talks about plasma gas types, plasma arc system elements, kerf width, cutting jet shielding, and more. The Laser Cutting segment features the advantages and limitations of laser cutting while examining the process, laser types and features, machine types and components, laser drilling , and more. The Abrasive Waterjet Cutting segment outlines the process and system components, the pressures needed, kerf and workpiece surface conditions, production application variables, and waterjet safety.

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Fastening and Assembly

This Fastening and Assembly program focuses on the primary fasteners and assembly processes used and includes sections on mechanical fastening, adhesive bonding, and automated assembly.

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Lean Manufacturing at Miller SQA

This Lean Manufacturing at Miller SQA program examines the lean manufacturing principles at an office furniture company called Miller SQA. Miller SQA has applied lean principles in a mass customization market to give their customers exactly the furniture they need when they need it. Continuous improvement is encouraged by presenting the benefits to all employees through "lean events". These lean events allow different people from all parts of the company to examine the work area and make suggestions. In addition, a pull production control system maintains inventory levels at the assembly area so no more than 2 hours worth of parts are ever in the work cell ready to be assembled. One-piece-flow, cellular manufacturing, and strong visual controls are integrated into a sophisticated information technology system to help reach the company goal of 100% on time shipment of customer orders.

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Managing Teams in Manufacturing

This Managing Teams in Manufacturing program transforms hard-to-define organizational concepts into a practical management agenda to help you focus on avoiding the pervasive pitfalls that often limit team performance. You'll see why team-based organizations almost always out-perform traditional top-down organizations. At Hewlett-Packard, teams have boosted responsiveness to frequent changes in technology and the production processes of their laser printers. See how team-based organization also helps break down adversarial relationships between departments, between production stages, or between unions and management.

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The screw form as used in manufacturing has two primary functions - to transmit power and motion, as with a lead screw on a machine tool, and as threaded fasteners such as nuts, screws, and bolts. This Threading program examines the many dimensions that make up all threads, as well as segments on eternal threads, internal threads, and thread quality & verification. The Threading Introduction segment examines the various thread dimensions, such as the major diameter, minor diameter, thread pitch, thread pitch diameter, percent of thread, thread angle, screw lead, thread shape, and thread tolerances & allowances. The External Threads segment explores the methods in which external thread are produced, including: hand threading using solid or adjustable dies, thread turning using various infeeds, thread chasing, thread milling using helical interpolation, thread grinding, and thread rolling using flat plate rolling, radial/cylindrical thread rolling, or thread rolling attachments. The Internal Threads segment details the taps and tapping operations, including: manual tapping, the use of flexible arms, tapping machines, drill & tap centers, and multi-spindle tapping. Segments on floating tap heads, rigid/synchronous tapping, special tapping heads, and tap nomenclature is also featured. The Thread Quality & Verification segment covers the various levels of inspections, the gages used, and the mechanical and non-destructive testing processes used to verify threaded parts.

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Five S Factory Makeover

Great for anyone from novices to seasoned lean practitioners, this program shows you how to identify the seven wastes of lean by going through the process with two companies.

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