The April issue of the AMT magazine from AMTIL leads with a preview of the 13th annual Austech exhibition scheduled for 8-11 May, 2012 in Sydney.
Australia’s leading showcase for products and processes for the manufacturing technology and advanced manufacturing industries, Austech is co-located with National Manufacturing Week, offering networking opportunities, exchange of best practice and access to comprehensive resources.
The 2012 Innovation Festival is also featured in the April issue of the AMT magazine. This year’s theme, ‘Creating the Knowledge Economy’ is designed to highlight the importance of innovation during this continuing period of regeneration from global economic uncertainty.
An article on the Federal Government’s Steel Transformation Plan by Nina Hendy will examine how the plan will impact the business of the Australian manufacturing industry.
In Company Focus, Martin Oakham looks at one world-class toolmaker, Bennett Precision Tooling that is positively thriving and discovers what they do so differently.
Paul Glendenning of Micro Systems (UK) Ltd examines key success factors in micro milling of hardened steels including chip formation, cutting interface temperatures, forces, strains and strain rates.
The Direct Manufacturing section focuses on additive manufacturing in the article, Redefining plastics manufacturing by Peter Zelinski. Dermid McKinley, Managing Director, Tasman Machinery explains why one should consider direct digital manufacturing, given that additive manufacturing is seeing increased use as a method of DDM.
The future lies in automation by Barbara Schulz highlights the benefits of Advanced Robotic Technology’s (ART) CNC heavy-duty plasma profile cutter featuring Hypertherm true-hole technology that eliminates all additional work and grinding of holes after cutting.
The Quality & Inspection section features ‘A four-step approach to process control’ detailing the steps to eliminate variation in the machining process for the advancement of the Lean manufacturing goal by Renishaw.
Also in the section, ‘Qualitative inspection tasks with multisensory measuring’ explores the use of measuring systems in inspecting part defects while Carl Zeiss presents cross-platform microscopy in materials analysis.
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