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The Cloud: What It Is and Why You Should Care

Intelligent machines and the Internet of Things are revolutionizing how manufacturing operations are managed through the Cloud. Cloud solutions help to manage production activities so resources stay focused and jobs are delivered on time. As work orders are created, individual routing sequences are established and scheduled, and component material requirements are identified as dependent demand on the work order. Over-scheduling is avoided through clear visibility of resource allocation, like tools and processes. Jobs are tracked in a real-time basis, and production capacity is optimized.  (Photo courtesy of Compass Magazine)
This primer examines the competitive advantages your shop can gain and the pitfalls to be avoided. 

Four Major Trends To Follow

Automobiles continue to move toward the thinner and lighter materials that reduce vehicle weight, such as aluminum and higher strength galvanized steel. (Photo courtesy of AL)
State of the Industry: Manufacturing has always been the backbone of the U.S. economy and now, with lower cost and more abundant energy sources at our disposal, the future looks brighter than ever as new technologies come to market to address several pervasive influences in our industry.

Turning Powdered Metal Into Profit

The control package allows the shop to add separate sets of electronic pushbuttons at the operators’ worktables, each wired into the machine to make offset changes by the push of a button, rather than keying in the change on the control panel’s offset page.  Within the cutting program, each pushbutton controls a tool offset and is assigned a specific positive or negative numerical value. Each time a button is pushed by the operator while the machine is running the offset assigned to that particular button will change by the given numerical value. 
Check out how this Ohio machine shop mastered the machining of very high quantities of powdered metal automotive components that cause excessive tool wear and require constant offset adjustments.

Raise the Bar in Cutting Stainless and Hardened Alloys

Magia LT1000 inserts provide incomparable hardness and toughness that enables increased depth-of-cut and feed rates compared to standard inserts, while providing excellent surface finish throughout the life of the insert.
Magia LT1000 turning inserts from Nexus Cutting Tools use a specially formulated PVD TiAIN coating that is almost four times thicker than industry standard PVD inserts.

Dorsey Standard Bore and Snap Gages

Dorsey Standard Bore Gages are offered from sizes 1.00 in to 36.00 in and are available with depth extensions to 36 in (other lengths available to 144 in). Depth extensions are available both in steel or light weight, thermally stable carbon fiber. SSG Snap Gages are available from 0-1 in to 24 in sizes. Larger Long Range SSG style snap gages are also available. Solid carbide anvils feature a generous lead radius to protect the part being measured.
These U.S.-made gages are built to the same exact specifications and precision as the original Standard Gage Products.

Connectors: Low-Cost Insurance Against Downtime

The EPIC® ULTRA rectangular connector housing’s unique mechanical design improves both sealing and strain relief. The built-in cable gland not only improves sealing and strain relief but also speeds assembly and eliminates a possible leakage point. Additionally, the lip seal between the top and bottom housing components has been recessed so it is totally enclosed by the housing when mated and latched. 
With all of the mission-critical electrical connections in a modern plant, selecting the proper connector is more important than ever. These four factors will help you quickly narrow down an overwhelming field of choices.

Anti-Fatigue Welding Mat

The Comfort Weld™ Anti-Fatigue Welding Mat is an ideal addition to your welding workspace. A safe and comfortable environment is essential for every welder. Formulated and constructed to be fire retardant and shed sparks, the Comfort Weld™ guards against the typical hazardous debris created when welding. 
The Comfort Weld™ Anti-Fatigue Welding Mat from Aleco guards against sparks and hot metal and enables welders to stand comfortably for long periods of time with no pain and fatigue.

Shop Vending of MRO Items

The VLM180 Vertical Lift Modules can reach a height of up to 40 ft with the option to ascend in 6 in increments, within the elevated racking systems. It lifts and stores parts, equipment and supplies up to 500 lb per tray. 
The TX750, AutoLocker FX and Vertical Lift Modules from AutoCrib deliver never-before-seen capabilities to store, track and manage MRO inventory.