May 8-10, 2018 | Connecticut Convention Center | Hartford, CT

Information Interchange Sessions

Tuesday, May 3 | 1:45-2:15 pm

Electroplated Selective Laser Sintered Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK): A High Temperature, High Strength Metal Coated Composite

Sean Wise, President, Repliform Inc. and Larry Varholak, P.E., General Manager, Aerospace & Industrial, Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.

This study looks at the combination of a new high temperature thermoplastic resin for SLS systems and high strength copper and nickel coatings. Electroplated coatings make 3D printed plastic parts stronger and more durable but most are limited by temperature. However, when applying these coatings to SLS processed PEKK resin substrates, you get a system that is stable to temperatures in excess of 350F.

  • Electroplating copper and nickel coatings on 3D printed plastic parts as a cost effective way to improve strength and rigidity
  • Keeping the coating adhered to the part
  • Testing the reinforcing ability of the high temperature coatings
  • Cyclic testing and mechanical property characterization


Tuesday, May 3 | 2:15-2:45 pm

Using Additive Manufacturing Techniques to Shorten the Development of Point of Care Diagnostic Products

Leanna Levine,PhD, President, and Stefano Begolo, PhD, ALine, Inc.

Point of care (POC) diagnostics are critical in triage situations that require actionable information on environmental hazards or wounded personnel. These products are equally important in an emergency room or for routine patient care. Developing POC products requires complex engineering to integrate numerous components to achieve complete function. Many iterations of the microfluidic design and materials are required. Fluid control to effect metering, mixing, debubbling, and dispensing are often required to perform a multistep biological assay. Being able to rapidly prototype the fluidic design using a combination of techniques including 3D printing and additive processes accelerates product development.

  • What type of engineering expertise is required to develop a Point of care product?
  • Robust integration of components and functions is key to product performance
  • Rapid prototyping is critical to shortening the design build test cycle
  • There is no single rapid prototyping technology that meets all the needs of POC product development
  • Case studies support the implementation of a combination of additive and subtractive processes to provide a range of tools to enable a short design-build-test cycle


Tuesday, May 3 | 2:45-3:15 pm

Is Automation Right for your Company?

Craig Salvalaggio, Vice President of Engineering, and Director of General Industries, Applied Manufacturing Technologies

This presentation will share five key areas you need to review when approaching automation and will break down the top business requirements to take into consideration. Business requirements tied to metrics and process complexity will decide the appropriate level of automation that’s required and can be supported by your facility and organizational talent.

  • Is automation right for your company?
  • Is the process, product, and approach viable for automation?
  • Key Factors and decision requirements for automation
  • Choosing the right partner (Internal vs. External Integrator)
  • A unique approach towards vetting automation projects within your organization
  • How to conduct the Advanced Manufacturing Process (AME)


Tuesday, May 3 | 3:15- 3:45 pm

Designing for the DMLS Process

Jonathan Bissmeyer, Senior Quality Engineer, Additive Manufacturing Proto Labs

Direct Metal Laser Sintering is an emerging additive manufacturing technology that has great potential to change the way parts are manufactured. To achieve this, it will be necessary to put aside some of the conventional manufacturing design rules, and look for ways to take advantage of the additive manufacturing process. Some benefits of AM, such as reduction of components, can lead to reduction of weight and quicker assembly times. Complex features and internal channels that are impossible to machine can also be created. It is important to first understand the limitations of the process in order to design accordingly. Knowing how to work around limitations will open up many new design opportunities.

  • Potential of DMLS to change the way parts are manufactured
  • Necessity to put aside conventional manufacturing design rules
  • Benefits and limitations of additive manufacturing
  • How to work around these limitations to open up new design opportunities


Tuesday, May 3 | 3:45-4:15 pm

Characteristics of New Hybrid Additive & Subtractive Machine Tool Technology

Robb Hudson, Vice President, Mitsui Seiki USA, Inc.

A new hybrid approach to machining — technology that applies both advanced additive and subtractive methodologies — is a viable, practical solution to certain applications in aerospace. This presentation will cover what lies beyond the traditional powder bed systems for both polymer and metal applications. It will provide the answer as to whether a hybrid machining system — combining additive and subtractive capabilities — has a place in aerospace manufacturing. It will describe how components made of expensive alloys can be manufactured more cost effectively by using additive & subtractive methodologies on one machine tool.

  • What lies beyond the traditional powder bed systems for both polymer and metal applications?
  • Does a hybrid machining system have a place in aerospace manufacturing?
  • How can components made of expensive alloys be manufactured more cost-effectively by using additive and subtractive methodologies on one machine tool?
  • These questions and more will be addressed



Wednesday, May 4 | 1:45-2:15 pm

Metal Additive Technology 101: Technology Choices and Applications
Jeffrey Crandall, Additive Manufacturing Research and Applications Senior Engineer, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc.

  • What main metal additive technologies are available, and what can you do with them?
  • How do you choose which technology is best for your application?
  • Does it make sense for your company to start doing metal additive manufacturing?



Wednesday, May 4 | 2:15-2:45 pm

The Latest Innovations in Laser Processing Technologies

Brett Thompson, Sales Engineer, TRUMPF Inc.

  • Latest advances in sheetmetal laser cutting
  • Benefits of precision laser welding
  • What will the 4th industrial revolution mean for you?

Over the last 2 decades laser processing technologies have dramatically advanced to offer customers productivity and flexibility.  Learn about how smart functions allow insight into the condition of machines and components, and new technologies that enable the use of the laser in new ways.  New solutions for the laser in welding enable manufacturing firms to weld geometries previously not possible using existing processes, while reducing rework requirements.  With the next industrial revolution upon us, Industry 4.0 will allow, intelligent connectivity between machines and the systems that manage manufacturing companies.


Wednesday, May 4 | 2:45- 3:15 pm


Manufacturing Automation for Firearms to Medical – From One Extreme To The Other

John Lucier, Automation Manager Methods, Machine Tools Inc.

Firearms manufacturing is typically characterized as having large lot sizes and the need to manufacture quickly while minimizing labor. This is what automation was designed for. Medical manufacturing on the other hand, couldn’t be more different – numerous and variable part numbers, very small lot sizes and extensive tracking are commonly required. Surprisingly however, medical is still a great candidate for automation.

This presentation will discuss the difference in machine tool automation strategies used in the high volume/low mix type of machining that firearm and other higher volume industries require vs. the low volume/high mix machining requirements in medical and other lower volume parts sectors.

  • Automation cell configurations to support the different styles of automation
  • End of arm tools and infeed/outfeed solutions that support the different forms of automation
  • Work holding solutions
  • Cell monitoring and part tracking



Wednesday, May 4 | 3:15- 3:45 pm

How to Realize the Value of a Machine Monitoring System

Josh Davids, President & CEO, Scytec Consulting, Inc.

This presentation will cover a variety of topics relating to the benefits of machine monitoring, approaching to rolling a system out, and how to achieve the desired results. Topics covered will be the reasons why Cloud based machine monitoring is a great opportunity for manufacturing companies, and how the Cloud strategy fits in with companies that want to use On-Premise solutions. In addition integration with other systems will be discussed along with an overview of MTConnect and why it should be used.

  • Benefits of Cloud based machine monitoring
  • Strategy for machine monitoring implementation
  • What is MTConnect and why should it be used?
  • How to achieve acceptance of machine monitoring on the shop floor



Thursday, May 5 | 1:45-2:15 pm

Near Net Shape Cast Metal Parts

Steven Murray, Foundry Additive Rep., Hoosier Pattern

Legacy aerospace near net shape metal parts can be produced using additive manufacturing. This same technology can be used to for prototype and low volume cast parts. Suppliers of near net shape cast metal parts for defense have the same need and use for this technology. How to best use this technology and what you need to know to be successful in procuring near net shape cast metal parts using the technology will be the primary focus of this presentation.

  • Combining parts for fewer assemblies
  • More accurate casting with less labor in the foundry
  • No tooling for casting so no draft requirements
  • Produce only what you need when you need it


Thursday, May 5 | 2:15-2:45 pm

Manufacturing Intelligence on the Shop Floor

Bruce Shibuya, Senior Director, Global Quality Engineering & Innovation, Jabil

Predictive analytics is often misunderstood in the quality manufacturing world so many companies are hesitant to implement a program. However, if big data is properly aggregated and modeled, big data analysis can take businesses to the next level by improving supply-chain, production lines, quality, cost-efficiency and most importantly, customer satisfaction. But where do you start? We’ll look at how global companies are paving the way for effective predictive analytics to demonstrate how it works, how it’s changing the manufacturing process and how it can benefit your end-to-end business model.

  • The best-practice steps to successful predictive analytics
  • What are the common misconceptions associated with implementing predictive analytics and how can a company overcome them?
  • How will predictive analytics benefit your business and prepare your business for the future?


Thursday, May 5 | 2:45-3:15 pm

Automation with Abrasives for Aerospace Applications

Philip Varghese, PhD, Group Leader, Saint-Gobain Abrasives

The growth in robotic manufacturing is driving the development of abrasive products that are custom-made for robotic material removal. For aerospace components such as blades and blisks, loose abrasive polishing typically is done through processes such as chemical vibratory polishing or abrasive flow machining. These processes suffer from disadvantages such as low efficiency due to long set-up and cycle time, high waste of materials and pollution to the work environment. With these processes it is also difficult to control the form and accuracy of complex features on components by maintaining uniform cutting or polishing action. Therefore, a fixed abrasive solution that eliminates these disadvantages would often be preferred.

  • Finding solutions for robotic finishing of turbine engine blades
  • New and relevant data on surface finishes achieved when polishing using engineered abrasive belts
  • Suitable characteristics of products such as belts, blades that are best suited for robotic/automated polishing
  • Recent trends in robotic material removal applications with some key statistics
  • Pros and Cons of fixed abrasive polishing vs loose abrasive polishing such as chemical vibratory finishing



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