Peter Hammond, the Technical Director of metrology software products ltd (MSP), was invited to present at the highly regarded TRAM Aerospace Conference for a second consecutive year. The conference, held during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, ran over two days in mid-September and was attended by hundreds of delegates representing countries from across the globe.
Since the launch of TRAM in 2009 by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (the AMRC), the focus of the conference has always been on the latest developments and trends in machining and manufacture. After being hosted in the UK in 2015, TRAM 2016 was once again co-located with the IMTS show combining the conference with one of the world’s largest industrial trade shows.
Speaking alongside manufacturing experts from other AMRC Tier One member companies such as BAE Systems and Boeing, Peter discussed the challenges faced by manufacturers looking to achieve a ‘Factory of the Future’ facility. Using his personal three decades of experience and numerous factory visits every year, Peter believes that these future factories will primarily be in the form of existing machine shops that have succeeded in full automation.
The focus within the future machine shop was on the part process at the machine tool and how out-dated, commonly perceived wisdoms are holding advancement back. Peter’s own proven wisdom increases efficiency through day to day automated machine capability checks that negates the need to take a machine down to do routine maintenance, eliminating all part errors prior to machining and verifying the part on the machine. With the technology for these practices already existing, there is no reason not to create an automated factory of the future today.
Peter said of the conference: “Presenting at TRAM about how the factory of the future can be achieved by everyone was a great opportunity. TRAM continues to remain at the forefront of discussing the newest and greatest advancements in our industry, and replacing old manufacturing inefficiencies with modern, fresh thinking is exactly what MSP are best at.”