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August 2014

Beware of Bad Bargains

With Video

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts. Before you buy, it is important to be aware of a few of the poor performance issues and risk of torch damage that your shop will experience if you purchase imitation consumables.

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts....

Hybrid Machine, Standard CNC

With Video

As the era of additive/subtractive machine tools emerges, Randy Pearson of Siemens Industry explains how today’s controls are well suited to handle the challenges.

As the era of additive/subtractive machine tools emerges, Randy Pearson of Siemens...

Heavy Duty, High Speed Metal Cutting Saw

The NC530HS Horizontal Post Style Saw from Marvel Manufacturing Co. features a 20 in maximum capacity on rounds and a 20 in x 20 in maximum capacity on rectangular.

The NC530HS Horizontal Post Style Saw from Marvel Manufacturing Co. features a 20 in...

IMTS 2014: Fabricating, Laser, Additive

With Video

Take a journey through fabricating, metal forming, laser and waterjet-based machining and additive manufacturing, including displays of welding, metal treating and marking equipment that highlight in-process monitoring, multi-functional beam capabilities, as well as community collaboration on design, simulation, materials and quality to produce the most capable systems to support industrial manufacturing applications.

Take a journey through fabricating, metal forming, laser and waterjet-based machining and...

Hot Rolling Zirconium Pushes Possibilities

British engineering company Charles Thompson Ltd breaks ground with a scarce source possibly never seen before – a heat exchanger component rolled from an unusually thick (40 mm) flat plate.

British engineering company Charles Thompson Ltd breaks ground with a scarce source...

Approaching Industry 4.0

A revolution is about to happen in the sheet metal business that will change the way fabricators compete – whether they are prepared for it or not. It’s time to research the strategic impact of automation in your shop, along with the related personnel, training and suppliers that you will need to make it meet your goals. This is going to determine your competitive position in the global market. Are you ready? 

A revolution is about to happen in the sheet metal business that...

Redefining Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication

Not much remains of an old metal fabrication shop that has radically revamped its manufacturing operations, lowered its costs, reduced its inventory . . . and repositioned itself as a serious competitor that is expanding into new markets.

Not much remains of an old metal fabrication shop that has radically...

Human Powered Submarine Team Produces 3D-Printed Propeller

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Take a look at how metrology and 3D printing distributor Burton Precision applies 3D printing technology to solve a variety of CAD issues and challenges for producing a unique plastic propeller design for a human powered submarine.

Take a look at how metrology and 3D printing distributor Burton Precision...

IMTS 2014: Metal Cutting

With Video

Come explore the very foundation of the machine tool industry, a group that represented more than $500 billion in worldwide consumption in 2009. This pavilion is where you’ll find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment, machining centers, turning centers, drilling, boring, milling, and more.

Come explore the very foundation of the machine tool industry, a group...

Machine Tool Control Points to Paperless Manufacturing

DMG MORI presents the innovative and powerful, easy to use CELOS control platform that simplifies and accelerates the manufacturing process “from the idea to the finished product.”

DMG MORI presents the innovative and powerful, easy to use CELOS control...

IMTS 2014: Gear Generation

With Video

Take a closer look at gear cutting, forming and finishing, as well as broaching, shaping and slotting machines for traditional auto, construction, mining and ship-building applications, plus the emerging alternative energy and wind power sectors. You’ll find advancements in abrasive machining to improve dressable tooling applications and increased multi-functional, automated solutions to minimize workpiece movements to improve overall production time.

Take a closer look at gear cutting, forming and finishing, as well...

IMTS 2014: EDM

With Video

Here is proven, reliable, high-accuracy technology for those in the tool and die industry, especially shops that specialize in one-off or specialty components and need everything from CNC wire EDM equipment to die sinking machines.

Here is proven, reliable, high-accuracy technology for those in the tool and...

IMTS 2014: Controls & CAD/CAM

With Video

Here is the world of custom automation and the latest software that is needed to extract the maximum efficiency from your machine tool and optimize your plant operations with cost efficiency.

Here is the world of custom automation and the latest software that...

IMTS 2014: Abrasive Machining, Sawing, Finishing

With Video

Here are solutions for applications requiring high tolerance and precision surface finish, including grinding technology, sawing and cutoff machines and a variety of finishing systems, such as lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines. You’ll also find advancements in abrasive size, shape or composite materials, and nano-materials for improved surface finishes in more constrictive areas.

Here are solutions for applications requiring high tolerance and precision surface finish,...

Hybrid Machine, Standard CNC

With Video

As the era of additive/subtractive machine tools emerges, Randy Pearson of Siemens Industry explains how today’s controls are well suited to handle the challenges.

As the era of additive/subtractive machine tools emerges, Randy Pearson of Siemens...

Mission Accomplished

With Video

Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining, cycle times are down 50 percent, tool life is up 40 percent, and Mico Industries is creating dies, weld fixtures and check fixtures without compromise.

Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining, cycle times are down 50 percent, tool life...

The Case for Hand Scraping

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The art of hand scraping lost its luster and was largely abandoned by machine tool builders because of the costs in time and maintaining skilled labor. But this white paper from Okuma America explains that there is no other substitute when it comes to maintaining high levels of CNC machining accuracy and sustaining a long, stable and productive life for your machine tool.

The art of hand scraping lost its luster and was largely abandoned...

Welding Thick Metal Sheets Quickly

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It is possible to weld thick pipelines and metal sheets made of aluminum alloys or steel at high speeds with a hybrid welding process developed at Laser Zentrum Hannover. In the future, this laser-based process can be used to shorten processing times and significantly reduce the processing costs of liquid gas tanks and pipelines.

It is possible to weld thick pipelines and metal sheets made of...

Beware of Bad Bargains

With Video

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts. Before you buy, it is important to be aware of a few of the poor performance issues and risk of torch damage that your shop will experience if you purchase imitation consumables.

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts....

Welding with Laser Touch Sense

Because of its low cost and ease of use, laser touch sense is quickly growing in popularity to locate weld joints and parts that are moving in location relative from one part to the next.

Because of its low cost and ease of use, laser touch sense...

Four Things You Must Know About Metal-Cored Wire

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In recent years, metal-cored wires have become an increasingly common option to enhance productivity, improve quality and reduce costs in the metal fabrication industry. Here are four important details about metal-cored wire that shops should know if they are considering a filler metal conversion.

In recent years, metal-cored wires have become an increasingly common option to...

Inductive Proximity Sensors for Welding Applications

With Video

All inductive proximity sensors are not created equal. While the vast majority of inductive proximity sensors work well for general purpose applications, specialty inductive sensors for welding allow highly reliable sensing performance in applications where general-purpose types are insufficient. It is key to understand the limitations of a standard inductive proximity sensor and know when to select the unique performing capabilities of a special purpose sensor.

All inductive proximity sensors are not created equal. While the vast majority of...

Protecting Weld Underbead from Oxidation in Tube and Pipe Welding

With Video

This examination of the various purging techniques that are available to provide bead protection revisits the profound influence of the application, the pipe diameter and the wall thickness on selection of the proper purging procedure.

This examination of the various purging techniques that are available to provide...

An Intelligent Revolution in Welding

With Video

The Fronius Trans Process Solution (TPS/i) welding platform allows welders and maintenance technicians to work more efficiently and create the best quality weld for a job.

The Fronius Trans Process Solution (TPS/i) welding platform allows welders and maintenance...

Advanced Safety Upgrade for Stainless Steel Rolling Mill

With Video

A new PLC and touchscreen operator panels create a networked control architecture of six safety zones, so that parts of a precision strip steel line can remain operational while an operator gains safe access to other zones under disabled power.

A new PLC and touchscreen operator panels create a networked control architecture...

Breakthrough in Industrial Air Recyling

With Video

Do you work with oversized work pieces? Space limitations? Material handling issues? Intermittent needs? Mobility? DuroPure from Duroair Technologies is an innovative, compliant solution to purify the shop air surrounding your employees.

Do you work with oversized work pieces? Space limitations? Material handling issues?...

Pumping Up Manufacturing Cost Control

With Video

Bosch Rexroth Fountain Inn produces many different axial piston hydraulic pumps and valve housings for heavy equipment drives and agricultural applications. Take a look at how they address the major task of controlling the cost of over 900 separate tool assemblies used to build these products using tooling systems from ZOLLER. 

Bosch Rexroth Fountain Inn produces many different axial piston hydraulic pumps and...

For Longer Tool Life, Take the Heat Off Live Tooling

Live tool with coolant-fed bearings can run at high speeds and high duty cycles without the accuracy and failure frequency problems of conventional bearings.

Live tool with coolant-fed bearings can run at high speeds and high...

The Future of Edge Preparation

Small to medium volume manufacturers, coating centers and R&D facilities are taking a closer look at the need for cutting tool edge preparation to evaluate how the micro-wet blasting process offers controlled and repeatable results that not only improve cutting tool quality and life, but is also kinder to the environment with less consumables needed and no harmful chemicals.

Small to medium volume manufacturers, coating centers and R&D facilities are taking...

IMTS 2014: Quality Assurance

With Video

Here you’ll find the metrology equipment and systems to keep your processes on track and find absolute confidence and security in the quality of your output with equipment that will check the accuracy of your machines – an important step in protecting your investments.

Here you’ll find the metrology equipment and systems to keep your processes...

Getting to True Position in Six Degrees of Freedom

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The new nanometer level of precision being achieved by next generation motion systems to meet the high precision demands of metrology, laser processing and micro-machining opens up a whole new realm of application possibilities. This white paper examines how it works.

The new nanometer level of precision being achieved by next generation motion...
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