Voices: Big Picture Interview

Big Picture Interview is a Q&A series featuring industy thought leaders.

Manufacturing is getting speed-smart

In this Big Picture Interview, new technologies are accelerating the shift to smarter, more-nimble production.

Oct 31, 2016

Martin Hardwick is president of STEP Tools[http://www.steptools.com], a Troy, NY-based technology company working to help manufacturers make machining more efficient. The company's Smart Machining Twin, which it is piloting with a small group of clients this year, lets users access a website offering real-time machine performance data and guidance on how to optimize machine efficiency while putting minimal wear and tear on the machine. STEP Tools also is a member of the Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII),[http://www.dmdii.uilabs.org] a public-private partnership – and part of the federal National Network for Manufacturing Innovation – that aims to foster and support research, technologies, and training to advance U.S. manufacturing. Hardwick spoke with Plant Services about changing paradigms for machine operation in a fast-paced manufacturing environment and the value of taking part in a digital manufacturing collaboration.

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