Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Revolution will be ...

The future is on my mind. In my past life, it never seemed to be *that* worth focusing on or planning for. Working in Aerospace, our tagline was “it’s late 80’s tech”, while in the quality dept of a machine shop, there was only concern for the parts in front of us, and even in my personal life “it’ll work out” or “whatever happens, happens” were often the prevalent thoughts. 

All changed when I joined Wenzel America last September. Suddenly, “the Future” was driven to the forefront of my mind by working with cutting edge technology, and passionate people. 

The Future is demanding much more attention - technology, training development, relationships, culture…. and even industry. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - The future of Industry or Industry 4.0 has been an unforeseen theme for me over the last 6 months and today, Wenzel America exhibited some of our own technologies at the Automation Alley “Technology Outlook” event at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

Surrounded by beautiful artwork, some of it centuries old, “the Future” (and how it affects them) was on everyone’s mind. 

The event featured a great networking session, and ended with a Technology Industry Report and an open panel discussion on Industry 4.0 with companies at the forefront of the revolution. 

The benefits of using ‘Big Data’, supply chain streamlining, circular economy effects, and (somewhat surprisingly) the immense struggle to find enough qualified people to fill the employment need, were all things that were discussed at length. “But why should I care about all of this” asked one of the students in attendance, which prompted the room to laughter. I don’t think the student saw the irony in the question…. 



At lunch, Drew (Current President of Wenzel America) asked the familiar question “Why do we walk out of our social life, into our work life…. And leave the technology behind?”. Once again, I didn’t have an answer. We live in a social environment that is overwhelmingly interconnected. Information crosses multiple websites for marketing, Facebook listens to conversations, apps left and right are communicating and sharing to grow your “network” and improve your connections. 

Data matters when WE are the product, shouldn’t it matter when we manufacture products too? What if your oven told you when the element is close to burning out? Or your CNC Mill knew that the machine tools needed to be replaced? Or your CMM not only told you that your drive belts need replacing…. But actually ordered them for you? That’s the Revolution. 

The Wenzel Group is fully committed to an Industry 4.0 future and bringing new and innovative metrology solutions to support the manufacturing world. For our part here at Wenzel America, we will continue our dedication to providing flexible and innovative metrology solutions and assisting (or facilitating) the implementation of automation and other Industry 4.0 needs. 


We are also striving to grow awareness and exposure of manufacturing, here in Southeast Michigan, and across the USA through several different projects, and involvement with organizations such as Automation Alley.

The launch of our Instagram/Blog customer feature, offers a window into the huge breadth and great capabilities of manufacturers here in America, and offers a chance for their story to be told and shared with people who otherwise may not even be aware they exist. 

Manufacturing Day 2016 provided us an opportunity to inspire the next generation of workers, and demonstrate an industry that many of them didn’t even know existed! It was a great event, and we will be looking forward to providing similar opportunities throughout 2017.

For the customer feature visit: www.instagram.com/wenzelamerica 
and look for our quarterly blog posts.

To be featured contact SNichols@wenzelamerica.com

Click on the link for our MFGDay16 review. 


I’m excited about our future, and I hope you are too.

Stuart Nichols
Applications Manager 


For those of you that may not have heard about Industry 4.0 here’s an excerpt from Automation Alley’s Tom Kelly.
“Industry 4.0 is the marriage of the physical world and the digital world. It’s a concept that got its start in Germany, and it’s now becoming part of the manufacturing conversation around the world, but so far it’s been slow to catch on in the U.S. In this new era of making things, sensors at every step of the manufacturing process provide manufacturers with real-world data. This can be used to create models and run simulations in the digital world, allowing for continuous improvement, significant cost savings and a myriad of other benefits. In an Industry 4.0 factory, or “smart factory,” machines, devices, sensors and people are all interconnected and can communicate with each other. Digital systems work both autonomously and in collaboration with humans.” 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Do you want us?


Trade shows can be tough for all involved. The visitors are bombarded with sales offers and pressured from all sides for their contact information. On the other hand, the sales people presenting at the show are asked to stand for days and overloaded by management to “close those show goers”. With the show season beginning Wenzel America will be involved in eight trade shows this year. Let take a deeper look into the shows and see if any spark your interest!


March 2017 the Wenzel staff will be at two trade shows:

The first will be TECMA. TECMA is hosted in Mexico City Mexico from March 7th– 10th. TECMA will have more than 200 companies representing more than 800 brands focusing on the industrial sector. Steve Cormier and Jorge Borbolla will be at Renishaw Booth number 1024 and will represent a Wenzel LH 10.12.8 CMM with Renishaw probing. For more information please visit: http://tecma.org.mx/home-eng/

The second show in March will be AMUG in Chicago Illinois from March 19th to the 23rd. AMUG stands for Additive Manufacturing Users Group. This show specializes in the advancement of additive manufacturing technology. AMUG
provides in-depth education and training sessions by AM industry experts and OEM representatives.  

Individuals from all over the world attend the annual AMUG Conference to exchange ideas, learn new tips and tricks, and ask questions to other additive manufacturing users. For more information on the show please visit: http://www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com/. At this show you can visit Giles Gaskell and Bryn Edwards as they display Wenzel’s exaCT XS system and Giles Gaskell will speak on CT technology during the show presentation. 


 Starting in May Wenzel staff will present at two different shows.

The first show we would like to see you at is RAPID from May 8th through the 11th. Giles Gaskell and Scott Romain will present the Wenzel exaCT XS system live and provide information on the full line of Wenzel technologies. 

Rapid provide a platform for discovery, innovation, and networking in 3D manufacturing. At this show you can attend a variety of workshops covering concepts that will open your eyes to new manufacturing possibilities and advance your understanding of 3D printing, scanning, and additive manufacturing. 

Take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, and medical 3D printing. For more information please visit: http://www.rapid3devent.com/

The last show of the spring and second of May will be the EASTEC show. Steve Cormier
and Jonah DeLongchamp will present at booth 3223 the Wenzel CORE D and a XO CMM with a PH20. Come see the CORE D measure turbine blades using a spot of light as the CMM probe. 

EASTEC is New England’s premier manufacturing exposition, it will host more than 500 exhibitors and provide complimentary conference sessions, industry keynotes and much more. For more information please visit: http://easteconline.com/

This fall Wenzel will provide information on products and services at CMTS, The Quality show, The GEAR Show and the MD&M show. We will cover these shows in detail this summer. 

We all know these shows are necessary for our family of manufacturers, quality and service companies to collaborate on the future of the industry. Let’s keep working together and stay positive as the show year 2017 is just beginning!


If you would like more information regarding the shows, please call 248-295-4300 and ask for Scott Romain or email me at sromain@wenzelamerica.com