Manufacturing technology provides the tools that enable production of all manufactured goods.
These tools of industry magnify the effort of individual workers and give an industrial nation the power to turn raw materials into affordable, quality goods essential to today’s economy. These tools create the means to provide an effective national defense, make possible modern communications, affordable agricultural products, efficient transportation, innovative medical procedures, space exploration and everyday conveniences for consumers.
Typical manufacturing technologies include:
Software – Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Direct Numerical Control (DNC), Programmable Logic Control (PLC), Numerical Control (NC), program optimization software, and systems integration software.
Material Removal – Turning, milling, drilling, grinding, tapping, electrical discharge machines (EDM), broaching, sawing, water jet cutting equipment, and laser process equipment.
Material Forming – Stamping, bending, joining, hydro-forming, presses, shearing, cold and hot forming equipment.
Additive Processes – 3D printing, laser sintering, and rapid prototyping equipment.
Workholding – Chucks, fixtures, clamps, blocks, angle plates, and tooling columns.
Tooling – Drills, taps, reamers, boring bars, dies, punches, and grinding wheels.
Material Handling – Conveyors, automated wire guided vehicles, die handling equipment, robots, pallet changers, and bar feed equipment.
Automated Systems – Transfer machines, assembly systems, automated systems and cells, and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS).