New functions have helped to reduce the cycle times required for 3D laser cutting, outside of the time when the laser is actually cutting. But even with these new technologies, applying the established best practices and tricks can often reduce those times even more.
John Graham of Graham Communications examines six ways to avoid embarrassing and harmful marketing actions that can menace your company.
There is no place to hide: In today's world, all of your marketing, advertising, social media and public relations messages are fully exposed and claims are challenged.
Phil La Duke
of Rockford Greene International
explains how to address the five most alarmingly common mistakes that people make under the pressure of the moment.
During the chaos that often follows a workplace injury, poor incident investigation can often leave us scratching our heads. To improve incident investigation,
of Lincoln Electric
explains why and how to leave some wiggle room in contracts to make adjustments as the situation warrants, instead of stipulating how welding will take place with a particular blend.
In filler metal qualification tests where argon/oxygen shielding gas mixtures are used,
Randy Pearson of Siemens Industry reflects on IMTS 2012, one of the best shows he’s ever attended (and he doesn’t exaggerate) . . . and how it points to the future for CNC and its use at your shop.
Anne Goyer of the Chemical Coaters Association International explains why now is the time to sustain the momentum.
If a spindle on one of your machines fails tomorrow, what’s your backup plan? Can you afford to wait several weeks to receive a new spindle? Spindle repair is another option that many companies are now considering.
Complete Heat Treating due to reworks is now done in two days by using a polymer quenchant from Tenaxol with anti-foaming agent and greater concentration consistency.
One job that took two weeks at
New systems from MC Machinery Systems Inc./Mitsubishi include the revolutionary 3015 NX-F Fiber Laser with a fiber laser oscillator, a Z-axis linear drive, head preset auto-focus processing, a 64-bit NC with 15 in touch screen NC-panel and more.
Versatility moves beyond standard column-mounted systems with the hand-held electromagnetic dot peen marking technology from SIC Marking that is ideal for marking flat and round work pieces such as plate, pipe and fabricated vessels with heavy weight.
Hydraulic presses built by Beckwood Press are ideal for compression molding, heated platen, forming, drawing, powder compacting and those requiring off-center loading.
80 ton through 3,000 ton Direct Drive Servo Former servo presses from AIDA-America are available in large size transfer and tandem lines, high precision and fine blanking, mid-size progressive die and transfer, general purpose gap frame and straightside styles.
Greenerd Press builds hydraulic presses to specific user applications and press requirements, ranging from gap frame and straight-side to die-spotting and forging presses.
CTL lines from COE Press Equipment can process coil from 18 in to 72 in wide, .020 in to .375 in material thickness, and 6,000 lb to 60,000 lb coil weights in cold rolled steel, hot rolled steel, galvanized, stainless, and aluminum.
The Sunrise ANC Punching System from Trilogy Machinery uses a fully automatic single-axis CNC in-feed system to combine an ironworker or punching machine with capacity up to 220 tons to punch flat bar, angle and channel web lengths up to a 20 ft.
This new system from HE&M Saw miters to 60 deg and features a flat panel touch screen that controls saw data, including total motor hours, hydraulic pump hours, system parameters, time of day and up to 999 individual jobs.
50-ton 50514CM and 5014TM ironworkers from Scotchman now come with a 50-ton Electric Stroke Control with a Remote Electric Foot Pedal option for more accuracy and consistent repeatability.
The new generation VX-1225 high performance CNC turret punch press with a 6-pallet Compact Tower (CT-P) material warehousing system from LVD Strippit is ideal for fast processing of thin sheet materials.
COMEQ now distributes EUROMAC CNC punching, notching and bending machines along with GEKA ironworkers, SAFAN electric press brakes and shears, PARMIGIANI plate and angle bending rolls, PRIMELINE hydraulic press brakes and shears, and AMERICOR light sheet plate bending rolls.
The 6,600 lb HBP-310/403G/A from Behringer Saws eliminates secondary operations when cutting solid materials up to 12.2 in diameter and rectangular tubing up to 15.7 in wide x 12.2 in high.
The TruLaser 5030 fiber 5 kW laser from TRUMPF makes its first public appearance in North America as the highest powered solid-state laser cutting machine on the market.
Haco Atlantic USA, in collaboration with Cutlite Penta, introduces Laser Plus, a new state-of-the-art high precision laser cutting system now available for unattended operations with both CO2 and fiber lasers from 2 kW to 6 kW.
Horizon Shipbuilding proved this when its new magnetic drill from Hougen Manufacturing slashed the engine mounting job in its boat assembly from three days to four hours.
Using the right tool can save big time.
Training must go beyond creating quality welds. This primer shows why instilling good habits early on is important to ensure that these individuals are prepared to contribute positively to the overall welding operation and gain the confidence they need to become increasingly proficient.
Bug-O Systems answers many medium-to-large diameter pipe welding challenges with The Piper Plus, a self contained, digitally controlled, mechanized pipe welding system that produces high deposition rates with excellent weld quality to reduce pipe welding costs.
Makino shows how machinists can ultimately improve quality and reliability, and reduce operating costs.
In a manufacturing age of limited resources and rising costs, machining decisions made on probabilities, as opposed to limits, can offer a significant benefit. By implementing modern statistical process control, this primer from
The Membrane and Overlay Removal Head from ESCO Tool uses proprietary long-life inserts shaped like golf tees, rather than screws, to remove boiler tube membrane and overlay plus bevel all at the same time, with minimum vibration and reduced heat.
RotaCut Sheet Metal Hole Cutter Master Kits from Hougen Manufacturing have 16 different sizes of cutters for drilling holes in materials up to ¼ in thick for metal fabrication, maintenance and electrical applications, spot weld removal, plug holes for welding, and production environments.
Portable 3D laser tracker measuring arms from Hexagon Metrology are ideal for inspection and tool building of oversized components in the aerospace, rail and heavy transportation, nuclear, solar and wind energy, and related industries.
This magnetic separator Magnetic Products removes fines from a drilling operation and automatically feeds the fluids back into the integrated reservoir tank for fewer messy, oily pools around machinery, improved coolant recovery and reduced fluid replacement costs.