The Lab for Manufacturing and Productivity is jointly hosting its seventh annual Manufacturing Summit at MIT with the American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE) on Sunday, April 21st through Tuesday, April 23rd at MIT's Bartos Theater. This year's summit will focus on precision control for advanced manufacturing systems. The summit is intended to promote a broader understanding of the principals and techniques applicable for precision control, to highlight the challenges and achievements unique to this field, to bring specialists and practitioners from industry, government, and academia for the exchange of ideas, and to identify topics for further research. The summit will also provide the opportunity to reconnect with your friends at LMP. We'll be hosting lunchtime lab tours on Monday and Tuesday and our graduate students will be presenting their research efforts at the Poster Session on Tuesday evening. The summit schedule is as follows:
Sunday, April 21st: Tutorials (optional) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Using Labview for Instrumentation and Control (Room TBD) Control of Precision Systems (Room 3-370)
Welcome Reception 6:00 - 8:00 pm Bartos Lower Atrium (E15)
Monday, April 22nd: Technical Sessions 8:15 am - 5:00 pm Bartos Theater (E15)
Poster Session and Dinner Reception 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Bartos Lower Atrium (E15)
Tuesday, April 23rd: Technical Sessions 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Bartos Theater (E15)
For complete details and online registration, please visit ASPE's website:
Dr. Masahiko MoriMachine Tool Companies from 2013 to 2020
February 15, 2013
By pointing out the general world trends – population transition, GDP, exchange rate, etc. – we can reimagine the future of the machine tool industry based on its current state. Where to locate the factory in the world, which type of machine should be produced in each factory, and how to manage logistics, are all key factors in serving customers worldwide. Dr. Mori's talk detailed these challenges and showed how to reestablish machine tool manufacturing in the US.
Ralph E. Cross was a pioneer in manufacturing engineering and the father of automation. After graduating from MIT in 1933, Cross returned to his native Detroit and rejoined the family business, Cross Gear and Machine (founded by his father in 1889 as Milton O. Cross & Co. Brass Goods). Ralph Cross and his brother Milton eventually took over the company from their father and turned it into largest machine tool company in the United States. They helped pioneer what became known as "Detroit automation“ – in-line sequencing of manufacturing operations that utilized automatic material handling techniques. In the early 1960s, the company developed the first integrated manufacturing system for machining, assembling and testing transmission stator support assemblies; the industry's first nonsynchronous transfer machine for assembling and testing disc brake assemblies; and the first automated "cold state" engine diagnostic and test system.
Ralph was chairman, president and CEO for the Cross Company from 1970-1979 when he established the Cross & Trecker Corp., a holding company combining the Cross Company and Kearney & Trecker, a Wisconsin machine tool maker. He retired from Cross & Trecker in 1986. Ralph was a long time supporter of MIT and in particular the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity.
He established the Ralph E. Cross and Eloise F. Cross Professorship in Mechanical Engineering and the Cross Lectureship in Manufacturing which sponsors lecturers in all fields of manufacturing. He became the first chair of MIT's Industrial Development Board when, in 1977, the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity was established. In 2000, MIT dedicated the Cross Student Lounge and Cross CAD/CAM Laboratory. Cross also contributed to the Ralph Cross Endowment Fund of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation, which makes grants to students in manufacturing education.