Automation/Robotics, Metal Forming & Fabricating
SFEG placed the new robots on pedestals with wheels and is now building the fleet of mobile robots deployed throughout the sheet metal department, integrating them in the entire production cycle from cutting the initial blank on the blanking press to forming, folding and final assembly of the electrical components.
Take a look at how robots optimized sheet metal production by 20 percent by taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks.
Cutting Tools, Tooling & Workholding
Designed for machining stainless steels, AC6030M and AC6040M turning grades from Sumitomo feature AbsotechTM grade coating that improves wear resistance, adhesion resistance, and fracture resistance which extends tool life and reduces the cost per part. These grades have an expanded chipbreaker lineup highlighted by the newly developed EEM breaker that provides excellent chip control when roughing.
AC6030M and AC6040M turning grades from Sumitomo feature Absotech grade coating that improves wear resistance, adhesion resistance, and fracture resistance to extend tool life and reduce cost per part. 
Cutting Tools, Tooling & Workholding
Ideal for high-speed milling and peel milling applications that involve high temperatures and abrasive workpiece materials such as titanium and pH stainless steels, S638 and S638R six-flute end mills from Niagara have an AlTiN coating and an eccentric OD relief that provides a stronger cutting edge to take larger radial depths of cut as compared with the seven- and nine-flute tools. (View one)
S638 and S638R six-flute end mills from Niagara take larger radial depths of cut for higher metal removal rates, reduced cycle times and increased throughput.
Metal Cutting, Ram EDM Machines, Wire EDM Machines
With a 17.2 in Z-axis cutting capacity that is ideal for machining mold and die, aerospace and energy parts such as turbine hubs, aerofoil vanes, instrument panels and mold cores, the VZ500LH wire EDM from Sodick incorporates collision protection to prevent against operator error and features a Super-Jet AWT (High Speed Automatic Wire Threader), wire-tip disposal unit, anti-electrolysis circuit and dielectric cooling unit.
The VZ500LH Wire EDM is ideal for extreme height applications in mold and die, aerospace and energy jobs -- one of several of the latest advanced EDM solutions from Sodick.
Industry News

X(-5) Marks the Spot

From metal service centers in the U.S to industrial plant contractors in Turkey, fabricators everywhere are discovering how 5-axis waterjet cutting capabilities can be used to grow their business in heavy industrial applications. 

Electron Beam Welding vs. Laser Welding

A comparison of the two processes by application and cost.

Precision Grinding With Graphical Monitoring

The special controls used by thread grinding machine tool builder Mikromat keeps their machines simple to operate as they get faster and more precise to meet complex aviation, aerospace, marine and automobile applications.

Innovations in Workholding

Workholding must be updated to make full use of the small lot flexibility that machine tools now offer so that the same part cost can be achieved in much shorter production runs. Here are some of the latest advances in workholding technology for shops to consider. 

Automating GD&T Principles and Practices Into Inspection

The advanced software in these new shop floor inspection systems integrates geometric dimensioning and tolerancing parameters into the measurement process to improve the assessment of functional precision in the parts being measured. 

All Clear

Indoor air quality in the workplace is the subject of much attention these days for good reason. Poor air quality inside fabrication and machine shops can profoundly affect employee health, comfort, and productivity. Here are some of the newest systems that can help to clear the air on your shop floor. 

Hearing Conservation: Fit Testing for Heavy Fabrication

Fit testing advances hearing protection at the steel mill: even the best earplugs won’t work — if they’re not properly worn.

Magnetic Trays for Tool Storage

Arsenal 5920 and 5925 Magnetic Tray Organizers by Ergodyne are ideal for working with foreign ferromagnetic objects or those with daily FME and FOD hazards.