Tom and Lonnie Chat: Zoom and Teams on Your Machine Tool. Does It Make Sense? More Importantly, Does It Make Dollars?

Communications tools like Zoom, Teams and BlueJeans have become a mainstay of business operations. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated their adoption by industry. What happens when these tools are implemented on machine tools? Given that machine tool communication is rapidly increasing in US manufacturing facilities, advances in technology as well as cyber-security are allowing more manufacturing companies to monitor their machine tool assets and make data-driven decisions related to production. Machine monitoring software allows for almost instantaneous data transfer giving users the ability to monitor production status even when they're not in the office.Machines with PC based controls also have the ability to remotely diagnose issues, potentially saving an Applications or Service call getting the user back up and running quicker.This discussion will cover the use of communicating with your machine tool remotely today and into the future. Thursday, January 20, 2022; 11-11:45am ET

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Meet our Speakers!

Thomas Kurfess

Thomas Kurfess is the Chief Manufacturing Officer for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this position he is responsible for the strategic planning for advanced manufacturing at ORNL. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced systems by rapidly developing, scaling and integrating new technologies into production operations. Kurfess has significant experience in production operations, manufacturing systems and policy issues related to advanced manufacturing. He began his academic career at Carnegie Mellon University where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. In 1994, he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he rose to the rank of Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005, he was named Professor and BMW Chair of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. In 2012, he returned to Georgia Tech as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control. During 2012-2013, Kurfess was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position, he had responsibility for engaging the federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. He is Past President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He is currently serving on the Board of Governors for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Board of director for SME, the Board of Director for the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the Board of Trustees for the MT Connect Institute, and he Executive Committee of MxD (formerly the Digital Design and Manufacturing Innovation Institute). He has received numerous awards including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Award, SME Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the ASME Gustus L. Larson Award, an ASME Swanson Federal Award, and the SME Education Award. Kurfess is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the AAAS, ASME, and SME. He earned his PhD, SM and SB in mechanical engineering, and an SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lonnie Love

Lonnie Love, Ph.D., is the group leader of ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and control of complex robotic and hydraulic systems. His primary expertise is in the areas of design, robotics, hydraulics, additive manufacturing and nanomaterials. He is the project lead for the Big Area Additive Manufacturing program at ORNL that is focusing on large scale, high speed polymer and metal additive manufacturing. The program has partnered with Cincinnati Incorporated for commercialization. Recent research efforts have focused on developing new lightweight low-cost hydraulic systems through additive manufacturing. Example applications include underwater robotics, prosthetics and haptic interfaces. Lonnie was ORNL’s 2009 Inventor of the year, has over 30 invention disclosures and patents and 75 peer reviewed publications. He serves on the scientific advisory board for NSF’s Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power and is on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for OrthoCare Innovations.

Thomas Feldhausen

Dr. Thomas A. Feldhausen is a research staff member and technical lead for hybrid manufacturing with the Manufacturing Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Thomas' research at ORNL' Manufacturing Demonstration Facility utilizes hybrid manufacturing, a combination of additive and subtractive (machining) manufacturing, to provide industrial solutions for component repair, tooling and tooling repair, advanced energy systems, aerospace, and automotive applications.

Chris Davala

Chris Davala has more than 25 years' experience in manufacturing, mainly in the NASCAR industry. He first served on Okuma America Corporation's application engineering team from 2012 to 2016 and returned in 2019 as a principal engineer with his passion for problem solving. His talents and expertise with CAD/CAM software, prototyping and fixture design enable him to create open possibilities for Okuma customers.