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IMTS 2022 Conference: Data-Driven Process Control for Precision Directed Energy Deposition (DED)

About the presentation
Today’s manufacturing operations are complex with increasing product variants, shifts in demand, and lead time requirements. Additionally, as computer numerical control (CNC) machining evolves into all-in-one processes and device and data system integrations become more common, the need for intelligent planning of operations is of paramount importance. Added to the constant conditions are the challenges of durability and skilled labor. The goal is to establish a resilient and flexible production environment, but what are the best ways to achieve this? How does a manufacturer integrate flexibility, but also profitability? The short answer: with the right tools and mindset. Nathan Turner will present field-proven ways to economically produce a wide variety of small batches by combining the efficiencies of physical movement, process integration, production planning and employee engagement.

Participants in this dynamic session will learn:

• The three building blocks for economical batch manufacturing: automation of physical movements, production planning and process integration
• How to automate multifunctional machine tools and integrate secondary operations such as finishing, washing and metrology
• Emerging and exciting automation technologies including AGVs, 3D printing and 5G connectivity
• How factory automation helps attract and retain talented employees

Powered by AMT and managed by GIE Media, The IMTS 2022 conference features 69 different sessions you won’t want to miss so register today. Focused on a range of topics that include process innovation, plant operations, quality/inspection and automation, The IMTS 2022 conference addresses improving productivity; improve the quality of parts; and develop a stable, skilled workforce to reduce the cost of manufacturing in the United States and create new levels of market demand.

Meet your presenter
Nathan Turner, President of Fastems LLC, has over 30 years of experience in automation technology. Prior to joining Fastems, he held leadership positions at Rockwell Automation, including Director of Business Development; Director of Integrated Architecture – EMEA, which involved a three-year assignment in Belgium overseeing Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and director of product development. Turner also served Beijer Electronics as director of sales, marketing and product management for the Americas. Other engineering and management positions include Miller Electric, Automation Inc., Mitsubishi Electric, and Yaskawa America. Turner holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and has continued to develop and enhance his knowledge through focused courses in product management, distribution, sales, marketing and finance. He often speaks to international audiences on advanced plant and engineering topics.

About the company
Fastems is a provider of CNC automation solutions for variable batch production, also known as high-volume and low-volume manufacturing. We are an open integrator with over 40 years and 4000 installations of experience with over 90 brands of machine tools. Fastems typically automates 3-5 axis milling machines, turning and turn-milling machines, grinding machines, etc. Our MMS control connects to various data systems and is popular for its production planning and resource management features. We integrate and automate measuring, washing, marking, finishing and various other devices or processes to be part of our intelligent CNC automation systems. We also offer robotic deburring and finishing cells (RFC) and robotic systems for automated part loading to/from pallets (ALD). Solutions for cutting tool automation, including presets, are also included.