Saw Blades, Tooling & Workholding
MechaLogix Cosen Predictive Computing is a cloud based system that revolutionizes sawing operations with an innovative feature that monitors the performance of a blade and accurately forecasts the number of remaining cutting hours left before a saw blade dulls and is no longer cutting with precision or a complete breakage. Both operators and management will know the remaining useful life on a band saw blade.
Gone are the days of tracking machine hours and accumulated cutting area. Now MechaLogix Cosen Predictive Computing from Cosen Saws provides shops with advance knowledge of the days and hours before a replacement saw blade is required.
Welding, Welding Helmets
Welders must join any number of materials, often under difficult conditions – out-of-position, in extreme heat or humidity, on thick or thin steel, stainless steel aluminum or other alloys. Beyond safety, an auto-darkening welding helmet demands attention to how well the user can see out of the helmet. Optical clarity directly correlates to welding quality and productivity. 
Clearly, the right auto-darkening helmet boosts productivity and quality. Here's how optical clarity defines helmet performance by providing users with vital eye protection and the ability to fully see the work . . . and that’s when work is done best.
Automation/Robotics, Metal Cutting
By decoupling setup processes from machining processes, automation maximizes machine utilization from an average of 30 percent to 35 percent on standalone machines to as much as 85 percent within an automated cell. This flexibility is ideal for mold, tool and die shops that need to shift rapidly within a high product-mix environment. The ability to perform lights-out processing also opens up additional machining time to produce more parts during off-hours, particularly those with long cycle times.
Increasing demands for shorter lead times, improved quality and lower costs mean shop managers should seriously consider automation as an investment in long-term dynamic growth and flexibility.
Welding, Welding Guns/Torches
One common storage mistake is to hang the MIG gun by its trigger, a practice that naturally changes the activation point for the way the trigger level engages the switch. Over time, the gun will not start in the same manner because the trigger must be pulled progressively harder each time until it ultimately fails to function properly or at all and requires replacement.
Though proper storage of MIG guns and consumables might seem like a small issue, especially in a large shop, it can greatly affect your costs, productivity and weld quality. Here’s why.
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