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Ruben Leon has spent much of his life developing innovative automation and aerospace devices. As an outgrowth of his efforts, the 60-year-old has found himself a couple of profitable high-tech niches since moving to the U.S.


There is a growing demand in manufacturing for smaller sensors, a result of continuing size and weight limitations being placed on components and equipment.


If manufacturers want to attract, engage and retain the best and the brightest of the Millennial Generation, they need to do a better job of embracing collaboration, and they need to be prepared to give Millennials a wide range of on-the-job experiences, beginning as soon as they walk through the door.


‘The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” stated world-renowned physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking in a report posted by the BBC last December. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”


I’ve thought a lot the past few months about time and the changes brought about by its passage.


Medical product users with rigid preferences, take note: Flexibility has its advantages. That’s especially true when it comes to medical textiles.


Anyone who’s ever sanded smooth the sides of a birdhouse or refinished a hardwood floor knows the capabilities of abrasives. To a manufacturer, however, abrasives are good for far more than hobbies and household chores.


Technology commercialization and product development can be a long and arduous process. For companies competing in the fast-growing world of MEMS, the move from R&D to pilot production presents some interesting challenges. While entering the production phase can seem daunting to both startups and established companies, selecting the right MEMS foundry will relieve unnecessary stress and increase your bottom line.


Anyone involved with machining knows chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings extend the life of cutting tools and increase productivity. But the relatively thick 5μm (0.0002") coating that helps a ½" endmill peel away Inconel with impunity does little for a tool with a diameter smaller than a strand of angel hair pasta. Application of such a thick coating to a microtool can impede cutting efficiency and may even destroy the tool’s delicate cutting edges.