Modern Machine Shop

JUN 2018

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MMS JUNE 2018 102 mmsonline.com Computerization Changes Everything The proliferation of the computer numerical control (CNC) machining center in the late 1970s signaled the total eclipse of the manual machine tool in the following decade. Very few shops would still rely on standard, "conven- tional" machines for anything but toolroom work by the end of the 1980s. However, the rise of the computer- ized machine tool marked an even broader shift in machine shop operations. Computerization came to a wide range of other manufacturing functions ("applications" as we refer to them now) on the shop f loor and in the front office. For the first time, running the manufacturing business and running the production machines would be inf luenced by a single, powerful technological advance—the personal computer (PC), which was often called a microcomputer around that time. Also for the first time, our industry would be dependent on advances coming from outside the metalworking or manu- facturing world. General hardware and software developers such as IBM and Apple Inc. were in the lead, while applications for industrial design and manufacturing followed closely in response. The umbrella term for these applications was clearly "CAD/CAM," but CAD/CAM was essen- tially a collection of specific uses for digital technology that was emerging. MARK ALBERT | EDITORIAL DIRECTOR SEPTEMBER 1985 1928-2018 You can check out the CAD/ CAM checklist from 1985 here: gbm.media/1980s . COMPUTERS RULE

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