Filler Metals/Electrodes, Welding
Many welding operations standardize on one size of wire for every application to minimize confusion for welders and avoid overcomplicating inventory and training. However, this can be problematic if the shop welds a wide range of applications that vary by material thickness or joint type.
The time and energy it takes to make the conversion from smaller-diameter wire to a larger one could save countless hours and improve quality. Here are several initial steps that are necessary to make the conversion.
Laser Welders, Welding
Laser welding and aluminum cable cover with a TruLaser robot. With laser welding, overall tolerance, accuracy and finished part quality can be improved by either forming all sides individually or bending two pieces such that the bends on one part create the sides of the box and the second part creates the ends.
The competitive advantages of laser welding are generating all sorts of excitement as new advancements have minimized the initial investment required and offer a more affordable entry for job shops. 
Metal Cutting, Metal Forming & Fabricating
Machine tools and other shop floor equipment are suitable for FMV leases since they typically maintain relatively higher residual values. $1 buyout leases are frequently offered as a sales incentive that provide 100 percent financing and no down payment, enabling the shop to preserve cash. A $1 buyout lease also gives ownership of the equipment to the shop for tax purposes so bonus depreciation and interest expenses can be claimed. (Photo courtesy of Plant Machine Works)
For small to mid-sized job shops that are looking to acquire equipment, financing provides a way for them to preserve their capital, in addition to numerous other benefits. Here are five questions they must answer to determine the appropriate leasing option for their operation. 
Business
It’s clearly good to be cautious when making marketing and sales assumptions about any group. Basing decisions on opinion, inaccurate information, or hearsay leads to misreading customers — and missed sales. 
Misreading customers costs sales. To prevent this from happening means doing battle with our assumptions, particularly those that influence how we think about customers and what we expect from them.
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Tube & Pipe Fabrication Equipment

Here is some of the latest equipment now available to help shops cut their operating costs and monitor their tube and pipe fabrication process better than ever.

A New State of Flux

Take a look at how these new submerged arc welding systems meet the demands of heavy fabrication, shipbuilding, pressure vessel, beam fabrication, wind tower and pipe manufacturing.

Wire EDM Maintenance

Many items must be properly addressed to keep a wire EDM machine in top operating order for the best productivity and reliability. Reviewing these on a regular basis ensures that the machine it being properly maintained as a proactive preventive measure.

When Offline Makes Sense

Some still think that tool presetters don’t make sense for job shops because their production quantities are too small. But short runs are precisely why job shops should be doing presetting offline with advanced systems like these.  

Diamonds in the Rough

The demand for improved surface quality is increasing the need to effectively measure and analyze fundamental roughness and waviness parameters, contour and form error, and more. Here are some of the newest systems that efficiently meet this demand.

Survival of the Fittest

The rapidly evolving business climate for machine tool retrofitting is impacting production economics and creating retrofit business opportunities in large OEM production departments and job shop machine tool sectors alike.

Ignored No More

Here are the reasons why wet dust collectors are a safe and economical solution for manufacturing operations to use in preventing industrial dust explosions. 

Up for Grabs

Guest columnist Dean Dueck of Vidir explains how the rack and pinion drives, simplified controls architecture and ergonomic loading/unloading design of the latest generation of automated vertical lifts for sheet metal storage enable smaller shops to improve safety and minimize downtime.