About the presentation
The shortage of experienced manufacturing professionals is an issue manufacturing shops have been facing for years. As the current workforce of NC programmers and machinists gets ready for retirement, there’s less and less talent coming in to take their place. While the push to develop additional paths through education and training is underway, what can shops do in the meantime to collect and protect their current machining expertise while meeting increasing demands for speed, quality, and innovation? One solution is adopting advances in technology to develop smarter machining processes. Huge advancements in manufacturing software have made it easier for shops to verify toolpaths, simulate machine movement to avoid crashes and unexpected behavior, and optimize NC programs and feed rates to ensure cuts are performed without breaking the cutter or causing undue wear – all without requiring NC programmers and machinists to have expert machining experience. The presentation will explore the benefits of using software to establish "smarter" manufacturing processes to enable more quality production with fewer resources.
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Meet your presenter
Gene Granata, director of product management, has been with CGTech since 1992. With more than 30 years of CNC manufacturing experience, Granata is responsible for planning development of CGTech’s flagship software product VERICUT, and associated CAD/CAM and Tooling interfaces. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in NC Manufacturing Technology from Northern Illinois University in 1983, his professional career began at Bendix Aerospace (now known as Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies) as an NC programmer for a variety of CNC lathes, mills, and multi-tasking machines. He then went to work for aerospace companies such as Northrop Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas, working on T-45, F-20, and F-18 fighter projects, as well as B-2 Stealth Bomber and C-17 military transport aircraft. Prior to his role as director of product management, he was VERICUT Project Manager and wrote technical documentation, designed many general-purpose and customized training courses, and provided manufacturing consulting services to hundreds of companies in virtually every industry.
About the company
Headquartered in Irvine, California, CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization, and analysis software technology for manufacturing. CGTech was founded in 1988. Since then, our main software product, VERICUT®, has become the industry standard. With offices worldwide, VERICUT software is used by companies of all sizes, universities/trade schools, and government agencies.