WESTEC is the event of choice for West Coast manufacturers because they know they’ll find the practical solutions and business-building connections they need. Among the fastest-growing manufacturing regions in the U.S., the West Coast is a national hotbed of opportunity for companies with new products and innovative ideas. WESTEC 2016 provided an opportunity to take a look at some of the newest technologies on the exhibit floor and best practices employed by industry leaders.
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WESTEC 2015 Complimentary Education
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Welcome Continental Breakfast
Keynote Presentation: “3D Printing for Hollywood”
Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer, Legacy Effects
Jason will discuss how 3D scanning and 3D printing have enabled the creation of some of Hollywood’s most amazing special effects, including work on the movies Iron Man 3, RoboCop (2014), The Bourne Legacy, Pacific Rim, and the Hunger Games. Legacy Effects has transformed the special effects department from a post-production component of filmmaking to something that informs the filmmaking process.
Understanding the Revision to AS9101E and Overview of Changes to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D
Paul Dionne, Global Aerospace Program Manager, ABS
Paul worked 28 years in the Aerospace Industry for United Technologies Corporation as a Manager of Inspection and Supplier Quality Representative. He also worked 12 years as a Global Aerospace Program Manager for 2 major Certification Bodies providing 3rd party Quality Management System auditing services for conformance to ISO9001, AS9100 and AS9120. Paul is a member of the IAQG Writing Team for AS9101 aerospace, space & defense audit standard.
This presentation will cover the upcoming proposed revisions to the AS9100C standard (AS9100D) and ISO9001:2008 (2015) standards. The objective is to provide organizations with assistance to evaluate the proposed changes to each of the standards. Today’s suppliers to the Aerospace, Space, and Defense (ASD) industries know that there is no more important set of quality standards than the AS9100 series, which is based upon ISO 9001. The industry has added a number of requirements to the standards. Conformance to AS9100 series standards provides international credibility that an organization adheres to the strictest quality standards required for ASD procurement. This presentation will assist with the planning recommendations/timelines to make the necessary revisions to their Quality Management Systems.
- Background ISO 9001
- ISO 9001 Revision Activities
- ISO 9001 versus AS9100 Relationship
- AS9100 Revision Activities
- Questions – Final Summary
Supply Chain Management – Increase Profit Contribution
Kevin Beidelman, Principal, Bolero Associates
Kevin Beidelman, a principal for Bolero Associates, has over 25 years of consulting, training and management experience in business and industry. He formerly held senior management positions in the areas of operations, purchasing/ materials management and quality assurance for firms in the Electronics, Computer, and Metal Fabrication industries. He holds MBA and BS degrees in Business Management. Kevin has beens an instructor in Business Contract Negotiations and Supply Chain Management for the University of California, Irvine and a member of academic advisory committees for several colleges and universities. He is past president of ISM, Orange County.
Increasing costs, longer lead times, constant change, adjusting to standard software solutions, personal agendas and towering silos – are these the recurring hurdles in your supply chain? Improvement in one segment of your chain provides only short-term results that are offset in other segments due to a lack of collaboration and coordination across the entire supply chain. Efforts to create the right supply chain solution for your company and business partners are failing because there is no strategic focal point, no clear vision, and no path that will lead to success. This presentation will demonstrate how to leverage IT technology to support your multi-tiered supply chain, always understanding that technology must support and fit your situation . Defining and integrating a supply chain tailored to the collective needs of all partners is the answer to supply chain effectiveness.
- Understand how decreased total time and costs within the supply chain insures that only value added activities survive.
- Recognize the that reduced cycle time improves throughput, increases service levels, reduces inventory, and improves communication between partners.
- Identify how lower costs advance the competitiveness of the total process and produce significant financial returns – for all!
The Dynamics of High Speed Material Removal
Stas Mylek, Product Marketing, CNC Software, Inc.
Dynamic Motion technology is a style of NC programming that removes more material per minute while maximizing tooling capabilities and life, regardless of your CNC machine’s specs or the type of material you are cutting. Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion tool paths can use a cutting tools full flute length to produce the smoothest, most efficient tool motion. The technique applies to a wide variety of machining methodologies and strategies.
- Reduce CNC Machining Cycle Time
- Extended Tool Life
- Reduced Machine Wear
- Consistent Chip Formation and Spindle Load
The Application of 3D Engineering (3DE) and Additive Manufacturing to the Navy
Stephen Cox, Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, US Navy
Stephen Cox is a Chief Engineer, Code 41120, for the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center – Pacific (SSC-PAC), Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL), San Diego, CA. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics, University of La Verne (ULV), and a Masters of Engineering Degree, in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), University of California, San Diego, (UCSD) and has over 30 years experience in the field of Manufacturing Engineering.
The first half of this paper acquaints the “non-believer” with the benefits and technologies of additive manufacturing (AM). The second half addresses the imperative of application of the technology in the US Navy, specific implementation of a practical 3D Engineering process (including Scan to CAD to Simulation to Fabrication), and controversy and challenges of taking AM parts through certification in Navy systems, including the areas of flight (F-18s) and aboard submarines.
- Why AM?
- History of AM
- State-of-the-Art in AM
- AM in Industry and Consumer Markets
- What parts should be considered for AM?
- Success Stories of Applied AM
- Equipment Selection of the “RIGHT” 3D AM Printer
- Application to Navy: Imperative for adoption to meet requirements of a 300 ship fleet.
- Implementation of a Practical 3DE Process: Specific “Recipe” with Cost Estimate
- Part and Process Qualification: A Pathway to Certification with examples
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Welcome Continental Breakfast
10:00 am-11:00 am
Keynote Presentation: Is an Unconventional Innovation Project Worthwhile?
Gerardo de la Concha, Vice President Mexico Operations, Medtronic
Developing new ideas by escaping routine procedures or even industry expectations can be challenging. An unconventional project at Medtronic took a small team out of their normal working environment to develop, giving them exceptional freedom from organization constraints to reverse engineer and develop medical device using nitinol. The shape memory and superelasticity properties of the nickel and titanium alloy, provides opportunities to create unique devices. De la Concha will share his experience working on this project including things that went well and things that could be improved.
Optimizing Titanium Machining of Aerospace Parts
Randal Vonmoll, Technical Sales Director, Fives Machining Systems
Fives Machining Systems (Cincinnati, Giddings & Lewis and Liné Machines) are setting new standards for Titanium metal removal. From the 33+ cubic inches on the Giddings & Lewis high torque machining center to the 100+ cubic inches per minute on a Cincinnati multi-spindle XT Profiler, the recent results produced for aerospace customers are impressive. Machines from these leading builders share the attributes of high dynamic stiffness and sustained power. Technical experts will share their process knowledge at a presentation dedicated to optimizing Titanium cutting. The discussion will include information regarding tooling and machine requirements for hard metal removal.
- Machine tool considerations for titanium machining
- Tooling and Fixturing
Laser Additive Manufacturing for Remanufacturing of Critical Components
Bingbing Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Management, California State University Northridge
Dr. Bingbing Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Management at California State University Northridge. He received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hefei University of Technology in 2005 and 2008 respectively, and Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University in May of 2012. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee from June 2012 to August 2013. His research areas are additive manufacturing, sustainable design and manufacturing, life cycle assessment of manufacturing processes, sustainability of nanotechnology.
Laser additive manufacturing (LAM) is a rapidly developing field that uses 3D CAD data as a digital information source and energy in the form of a high powered laser beam to create three-dimensional metal parts by fusing fine metallic powders together. In this presentation background, introduction, fundamental, and application of LAM is presented. Selective laser melting technology, one important laser additive manufacturing process, is applied to remanufacture the die cutter and blade in the rotary cutting die equipment and piston head and exhaust valves & valve seat in the marine engine.
- Remanufacturing, lases additive manufacturing, metal parts
Tools for Dynamic Milling
Tyler Martin, Technician, Niagara Cutter
For the last 5 years I have worked at Seco tools performing training, component testing, and research and development. During this time I have put a specific emphasis on dynamic milling and advanced roughing techniques for milling and turning. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.
Dynamic milling is a strategy becoming more widely used and embraced due to its high metal removal rates, low cycle times, and ease of programming. This strategy has been widely publicized and implemented by a wide variety of end users. However, little emphasis has been put on the most effective tool to use in dynamic milling. The number of flutes, geometry, and coating can greatly influence the efficiency of the dynamic milling operation. With the correct tooling choices, superalloys and hardened steels can be machined with superior productivity using dynamic milling. Tooling selection for dynamic milling will be discussed. The application of tooling geometries, and sizes, as well as specific tool features that provide a stable process for dynamic milling will be covered. Strategies for tool selection when machining difficult materials will have a special focus during this presentation.
- Best practices for tooling choice when using dynamic milling strategies
- Best practices for material specific operating parameters
- The benefits of using dynamic milling in difficult to machine materials
Job Shop Appreciation Reception
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Evolution of Hot Forming and Superplastic Forming Presses in the Aerospace Industry
Thierry Favre, Product Engineer, ACB
Mechanical Engineering Degree (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France) 1991
DEA genie mécanique (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France) 1991
Master of Science in Computer Aided Engineering (Cranfield, UK) 1992
FTV (France): Plastic Injection mold manufacturer. 6 years
Design Engineer 4 years
Head of Design Office 2 years
Aviatube (France) : Aluminium extrusion for Aerospace. 2 years
Continuous improvement Engineer
ACB (France): Hydraulic presses for Aerospace 13 years
Design engineer 3 years
Product engineer for Superplastic/Hot Forming presses 10 years.
ACB (France) and its sister company Cyril Bath (USA) have a long experience in the fields of hydraulic presses and metal forming for the aerospace industry. This experience is particularly focused on the manufacturing of structural and engine titanium parts. The purpose of this presentation is to show how the combination of both activities in the fields of Hot Forming/Sizing and Superplastic Forming results in continual progress and how recent evolutions open new opportunities. An example is the potential use of Hot Forming and Superplastic Forming on new material like Nickel-based alloys.
Both processes will be shortly introduced and a short focus will be done on process simulation. Then the influence of forming conditions on material microstructure, mechanical properties and post-process operation (machining, cutting, etc) will be discussed. To illustrate the interest of both technologies, some examples based on real titanium parts will be presented.
The advantages of Hot Forming, Superplastic Forming and Diffusion Bonding technologies will be demonstrated regarding current customer’s requirements like process reliability, part quality, repeatability, raw material saving, etc.
To conclude an overview of on-going research programs will be made to present strong advantages of dual presses combining Hot Forming and Superplastic processes.
- Development of Hot Forming process and corresponding machines to keep it competitive in the aerospace industry.
- Strength of hot forming processes applied to titanium parts for the aerospace industry and evolution toward new alloys.
- Near-net shape part manufacturing
The Smart Factory
Dr. Mohamed Abuali, Chief Operating Office, FORCAM
Dr. Mohamed Abuali is responsible for leading and managing the full life cycle of FORCAM’s shop floor technology at discrete manufacturing companies in Automotive, Aerospace, Medical Devices, and Oil & Gas. Mohamed brings 15 years of manufacturing experience specializing in program and project management as well as research and development of advanced shop floor technologies.
Industry 4.0 is a European initiative led by the German government to computerize traditional industries, such as manufacturing, with the goal of achieving the Smart Factory. This presentation will detail the elements of a Smart Factory and how advanced Shop Floor Management technology can be combined with Lean Manufacturing philosophy to pave the path for a Smart Factory. Companies that have adopted shop floor management technology have been able to monitor and increase productivity (measured by Overall Equipment Effectiveness – OEE) of their shop floors by 10 to 50% within the first year. Their return on investment (ROI) was less than 1 Year. With the right tool and proper usage, manufacturers can maximize their ROI and reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO). Through several case studies focusing on Aero&Def, the presentation will cover the necessary technical functions required to build a shop floor management system for a Smart Factory, including integration with the shop floor (machines) through live data collection; bidirectional integration with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system; and other advanced functions for web-based reporting, visualization and maintenance alerting. It will detail how the resulting performance data can be used to drive a continuous improvement process and a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle with actions and measures. Several case studies with videos will be presented from global companies in Automotive (Daimler, AUDI Powertrain and Stamping), Automotive Tier Suppliers (BorgWarner), and Aerospace (MTU Aero-Engines, GKN Aerospace).
- What is Industry 4.0 initiative and how does it define a Smart Factory?
- How can manufacturing productivity be optimized in order to meet the requirements of “Smart Factory”?
- How have global discrete manufacturers in Automotive, Aerospace, Machinery, and other industries increased productivity by at least 20% with an ROI < 1 Year?
California Competes Tax Credit Overview and Application Process Workshop
Will Koch, Deputy Director, California Competes Tax Credit Program, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, one appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules.
Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program. The California Competes Program has approximately $200 million in tax credits available during the 2015-16 fiscal year for businesses that want to expand in or relocate to California.
Proper Implementation of Industrial CT Scanning to Reduce Iinspection Costs and get to Production Faster
Jesse Garant, President, JG&A Metrology Center
Jesse Garant is a mechanical engineer with 18 years of management and practical manufacturing experience. In 2009 he founded JG&A Metrology Center and currently serves as president. The company is the only lab in North America solely focused on providing 3D internal part inspection services using Industrial Computed Tomography Equipment.
Manufacturers understand how important it is to acquire an accurate and precise scale of measurement to check their parts to specification and establish conformity with the data. Much of today’s industry and technology relies on accurate measurement. Turning to industrial CT Scanning is a cost effective solution compared to other traditional methods. With Industrial CT you are obtaining a complete and accurate 3D model of the part’s internal and external geometries after scanning. Parts are scanned in a free-state environment, allowing for both external and internal measurements to be made and validated quickly and accurately.
Our presentation will outline an introduction to Industrial CT Scanning, types of analysis available and how you can reduce pre-production inspection costs, we will show examples and outline the benefits of industrial ct scanning.
- What Industrial CT Scanning is and how properly implement it for quality control
- The types of analysis available using Industrial CT Scanning
- How to reduce pre-production inspection costs using Industrial CT Scanning
Maximizing Savings With R&D (Research & Development) Tax Credits
Sean Yearout, R&D Tax Credits Manager, Black Line Group
Sean Yearout is the Director of R&D Tax Incentives for The R&D Credit Company. As a veteran of the Big 4 accounting firms, Sean brings more than fourteen years experience as an R&D tax credit specialist. He has consulted with numerous clients of various sizes (ranging from manufacturing to financial institutions), assisting them in quantifying, documenting, and defending hundreds of millions of dollars in R&D tax credits.
The purpose of our seminar is to educate the manufacturing community on the value of the Research and Development Tax Credits. According to a report from the Office of Tax Policy, approximately $8.3 billion R&D tax credits were claimed in 2008 -corporations such as Apple, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, and Intel filed 90% of those claims. Unfortunately, due to the various misconceptions of what qualifies, millions of dollars in R&D credits go unclaimed annually. Our seminar will provide valuable education that will help businesses of all sizes have a better understanding of these lucrative tax credits, and help address many misconceptions that exist with these tax credits.
- The value of R&D Tax Credits for U.S. manufacturers
- Identifying manufacturing activities that are eligible for R&D Tax
- New developments with both the Federal and State R&D programs
- Making these tax credits more accessible to businesses
- The process of claiming R&D Tax Credits, and the documentation
- Requirements to substantiate the credits