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August 2020

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Bringing Manufacturing Back: The global pandemic has revealed the fundamental flaw of relying on only one or two overseas manufacturers of metal parts, components, and assemblies: Companies pay less up front, but now are scrambling to fill their customers’ orders. Here’s how to grab your piece of the pie as U.S. companies search for local partners.

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Solving & Evolving With An Unflappable Mindset

National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray

Modeling deeply intentional and thoughtful leadership, the CEO of a machining company equips his team mentally and digitally to muscle through myriad obstacles –– and emerge victorious for their customers and themselves.   

Modeling deeply intentional and thoughtful leadership, the CEO of a machining company...

Quality 4.0 is Achievable When Systems and Culture Merge

Olson Custom Designs

Nothing frustrates improvement efforts like software programs that don’t play well together. Brothers Brian and Mitch Olson made sure that didn’t happen when they launched their CNC machining shop by deploying a solution  that integrates resource planning and quality management.

Nothing frustrates improvement efforts like software programs that don’t play well together....

Back to America: Game Over For The Global Supply Chain?

Reshoring Initiative data

The global pandemic has revealed the fundamental flaw of relying on only one or two manufacturers of metal parts, components, and assemblies: Companies pay less up front, but are scrambling to fill their customers’ orders. Here’s how to grab your piece of the pie as U.S. companies search for local partners.

The global pandemic has revealed the fundamental flaw of relying on only...

Large-Format Multicolor Printer Enhances Factory Safety

DuraLabel Kodiak industrial sign and label printer from Graphic Products

Convenience is key when there’s need for a chemical label or OHSA/ANSI sign related to a metal forming, fabrication, or other production process. Create, replace, or update critical safety information quickly and easily with Graphic Products’ DuraLabel Kodiak industrial sign and label printer.

Convenience is key when there’s need for a chemical label or OHSA/ANSI...

Paint It Pretty With Precise and Versatile 6-Axis Robots

Yaskawa Motoman’s MPX Series high-speed robots

Armed with application-specific software and a controller that coordinates operation of the robot and painting devices, the three machines that comprise Yaskawa Motoman’s MPX Series precisely dispense paint on components of virtually any size.

Armed with application-specific software and a controller that coordinates operation of the...

Updated Data-Collection Software Maximizes Machine Utilization

ShopFloorConnect Version 6.0 OEE and Shop Floor Data Collection Software from Wintriss Controls Group

The latest version of ShopFloorConnect OEE and Shop Floor Data Collection Software from Wintriss Controls Group makes customization easier and offers flexible scheduling capabilities as well as machine interface enhancements.

The latest version of ShopFloorConnect OEE and Shop Floor Data Collection Software...

Burr-Free Cutting of Stainless Steel Tubes

Tridex Technology’s CS1-E electrochemical cutoff machine

Tridex Technology’s CS1-E electrochemical machine cuts multiple tubes simultaneously. Long wheel life and fast, precise cuts make it essential for manufacturing products for the aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical markets.

Tridex Technology’s CS1-E electrochemical machine cuts multiple tubes simultaneously. Long wheel life...

Engine Maker Uses 3D Metal Printing to Optimize Cylinder Redesign

Renishaw’s AM 400 laser powder bed fusion technology

Like Renishaw’s other additive manufacturing (AM) systems, the laser-based AM 400 powder bed fusion printer builds complex components directly from digital CAD files. This came in handy for a Michigan engine developer trying to optimize drone performance.

Like Renishaw’s other additive manufacturing (AM) systems, the laser-based AM 400 powder...

Personal Waterjet Cutter Goes Wherever You Want to Work

Omax ProtoMAX personal waterjet cutter

Featuring application-specific control software that comes preinstalled on a laptop and a small footprint that fits through most standard doorways, the ProtoMAX from OMAX is easy to set up and start using.

Featuring application-specific control software that comes preinstalled on a laptop and a...

Easy-On, Easy-Off Part-Marking Tool

MB Metal Technologies’ MarkinBOX 3315S and Patmark 1533 dot peen marking machines

MB Metal Technologies’ quick-change base plate for two models of dot peen marking machines comes with round and square jaws to quickly and easily register parts so customers achieve a clean and clear mark.

MB Metal Technologies’ quick-change base plate for two models of dot peen...

World’s First Robot With Process-Optimized Motion Modes

KUKA’s KR Quantec robots

In addition to providing the longest reach in the high-payload category and featuring a slimmer profile, KUKA’s updated KR Quantec robot offers three software plug-ins to maximize performance, path, and cycle times.

In addition to providing the longest reach in the high-payload category and...

Updated CAD File Viewer Speeds Product Development and Manufacturing

Workxplore high-speed CAD/CAM file viewer and analyzer from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Developed so design and manufacturing teams can quickly and easily import and analyze all file types, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s updated Workxplore software enhances assembly-related capabilities.

Developed so design and manufacturing teams can quickly and easily import and...

Integrated CAD/CAM Design and Manufacturing Execution Solution

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Workplan manufacturing execution system (MES) software

By enabling its Radan CAD/CAM design software to connect seamlessly with the 2021 release of Workplan MES software, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is enabling sheet metal fabricators to establish a complete digital thread from start to finish.

By enabling its Radan CAD/CAM design software to connect seamlessly with the...

Customized Hydraulic Press Solutions Up To 40,000 Tons

Greenerd Press & Machine, Tianjin Tianduan Press machines

As the North American representative of China’s oldest and largest hydraulic press manufacturer, Greenerd Press & Machine can configure a solution, often incorporating automation, for virtually any application.

As the North American representative of China’s oldest and largest hydraulic press...

Large-Format Multicolor Printer Enhances Factory Safety

DuraLabel Kodiak industrial sign and label printer from Graphic Products

Convenience is key when there’s need for a chemical label or OHSA/ANSI sign related to a metal forming, fabrication, or other production process. Create, replace, or update critical safety information quickly and easily with Graphic Products’ DuraLabel Kodiak industrial sign and label printer.

Convenience is key when there’s need for a chemical label or OHSA/ANSI...

High-Speed Cellular Deburring and Polishing

Bel Air Finishing Supply’s FinishMaster Stream Liner disc finisher

Bel Air Finishing Supply’s two-in-one centrifugal disc finishers save time and money while increasing quality by polishing and deburring. The design produces 10 times the g-force of a vibratory bowl finisher.

Bel Air Finishing Supply’s two-in-one centrifugal disc finishers save time and money...

Popular Options Now Standard on Re-Engineered Horizontal Band Saws

Behringer HBE Series of horizontal band saws

Behringer Saws’ safely enclosed HBE Series band saws are equally effective for automatic high-production cutting jobs and one-off cuts. Seven models handle round capacities from 10.2 inches to 41.7 inches.

Behringer Saws’ safely enclosed HBE Series band saws are equally effective for...

Dual-Column Miter Bandsaws Aid Robotic Welding

Advanced Machine & Engineering’s AMSAW-WAGNER dual-column miter bandsaws

Advanced Machine & Engineering’s line of AMSAW-WAGNER heavy-duty miter bandsaws can be equipped with linear transducers to verify dimension and adjust miter position accordingly to avoid secondary operations.

Advanced Machine & Engineering’s line of AMSAW-WAGNER heavy-duty miter bandsaws can be...

Will the Real Collaborative Robot (aka Cobot) Please Stand Up?

Yaskawa Cobot Welding

A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling, workpiece, and work area – meet international safety standards. Depending on application, you may be able to turn a standard industrial robot into a cobot and comply.

A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling,...

Easy-On, Easy-Off Part-Marking Tool

MB Metal Technologies’ MarkinBOX 3315S and Patmark 1533 dot peen marking machines

MB Metal Technologies’ quick-change base plate for two models of dot peen marking machines comes with round and square jaws to quickly and easily register parts so customers achieve a clean and clear mark.

MB Metal Technologies’ quick-change base plate for two models of dot peen...

Two Affordable But Effective Tool Grinders

Walter’s Helitronic Raptor

Walter’s Helitronic Raptor and two-in-one Helitronic Raptor Diamond (grinding/EDM) are aimed at shops that don’t require features like automatic tool support systems or automatic wheel/electrode changers, but want a high degree of flexibility for diverse tool types.

Walter’s Helitronic Raptor and two-in-one Helitronic Raptor Diamond (grinding/EDM) are aimed at...

Automation-Ready Gundrilling Machines

UNISIG’s UNE Series compact gundrilling solution

Offering operational flexibility, improved performance, and effortless operation, UNISIG’s next-generation UNE Series deep-hole drilling systems are equally effective in high-volume/low-mix and low-volume/high-mix production environments.

Offering operational flexibility, improved performance, and effortless operation, UNISIG’s next-generation UNE Series...

Updated ERP Software Improves Usability and Performance

SYSPRO 8 enterprise resource planning (ERP) software

Developed specifically for manufacturers, the SYSPRO enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform automates and integrates business processes to improve production, inventory control, and reporting. Recent enhancements improve security, compliance, traceability, and tax reporting.

Developed specifically for manufacturers, the SYSPRO enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform automates...

Redesigned Machining Block Spindle Is 25% Faster

Suhner’s BEX 15 high-speed machining block spindle

An AC inverter drive on the BEX 15 high-speed block spindle from Suhner Industrial Products increases spindle speed to 23,000 rpm at 87 Hz. Two slide-assembly mounting options enable multiple operations.

An AC inverter drive on the BEX 15 high-speed block spindle from...

System Quickly Measures CNC Machine-Bed Flatness, Pitch, and Roll Error

Centric International Inc. Status Pro’s SP ProTwist

Used by almost every major CNC machine manufacturer in Germany, the SP ProTwist differential-measurement system distributed by Centric International can be an essential part of any quality management process by simplifying machine tool realignment.

Used by almost every major CNC machine manufacturer in Germany, the SP...

Real-Time Fluid Monitor Prevents Unnecessary Downtime

Quaker Houghton’s continuous concentration monitor

A thousand times more accurate than a typical handheld refractometer, Quaker Houghton’s self-contained continuous concentration monitor is an easy-to-use, low-maintenance way to maintain appropriate metalworking fluid levels.

A thousand times more accurate than a typical handheld refractometer, Quaker Houghton’s...

High-Speed Milling Spindle Enables Lights-Out Machining

NSK America’s electric spindle system

NSK America’s electric i-Speed5 spindle system eliminates the need for motor cables or air tubing. Variable-speed system integrates with control system for complete tool changeability.

NSK America’s electric i-Speed5 spindle system eliminates the need for motor cables...

Affordable CNC Power Skiving Machines

Helios Gear Products YG Tech’s compact CNC NEOPS 200 power skiving machine

Distributed in North America by Helios Gear Products, YG Tech’s NEOPS 200 and NEOPS 400 NEO combine an affordable power skiving solution for profitably producing gears with domestic technical and engineering support.

Distributed in North America by Helios Gear Products, YG Tech’s NEOPS 200...

Cloud-Based Operations Software Simplifies and Optimizes Manufacturing

Cloud ERP from Global Shop Solutions

Global Shop Solutions’ Cloud ERP combines maintenance-free software and speed with quick and simple, automatic cloud-based data backups. Files and data are never lost; updates and maintenance are done in-house so users always work with the most up-to-date version.

Global Shop Solutions’ Cloud ERP combines maintenance-free software and speed with quick...

Three Multiple-Machine Cells for Lights-Out Production

GF Machining Solutions optimize production workflows.

GF Machining Solutions developed three model machining cells to showcase highly productive turnkey manufacturing systems. They demonstrate everything from simple pairs of machines and robots to mixed-machine configurations for advanced hybridized additive/subtractive machining strategies.

GF Machining Solutions developed three model machining cells to showcase highly productive...

5-Axis CNC Machining Training Via Digital Twin

With Video
FANUC’s Machining Simulation for Workforce Development software

To help develop the next-generation manufacturing workforce, FANUC’s Machining Simulation for Workforce Development software teaches users how to set up and operate three common 5-axis milling machines.

To help develop the next-generation manufacturing workforce, FANUC’s Machining Simulation for Workforce...

High-Performance Lathe

EMCO’s Maxxturn 45 lathe

Four models of EMCO’s Maxxturn 45 lathe offer various tailstock, counter spindle, axis, and tool options for producing complex turned and milled parts 4.72 inches (120 mm) long that weigh up to 4.4 pounds (2 kg).

Four models of EMCO’s Maxxturn 45 lathe offer various tailstock, counter spindle,...

CNC Machine Tool Builder Enhances Cutting Software

ANCA CNC Machines CIM3D V9 software

The latest version of ANCA’s CIMulator3D streamlines tool development with time-saving and user-friendly offline tool path simulation and a hub that automatically analyzes cutting tool design to avoid costly collisions and missed calculations.

The latest version of ANCA’s CIMulator3D streamlines tool development with time-saving and...

Will the Real Collaborative Robot (aka Cobot) Please Stand Up?

Yaskawa Cobot Welding

A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling, workpiece, and work area – meet international safety standards. Depending on application, you may be able to turn a standard industrial robot into a cobot and comply.

A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling,...

Pendant Application Provides Common Interface for Two Power Source Brands

Yaskawa Motoman’s universal weldcom interface (UWI) for Lincoln Electric and Miller power sources

Does your shop use Lincoln Electric or Miller power sources? If so, Yaskawa Motoman’s universal weldcom interface (UWI) enables welders to easily control any process or parameter including amperage, voltage, and wire feed speed.

Does your shop use Lincoln Electric or Miller power sources? If so,...

Flexible High-Volume, High-Performance Welding Capability

Yaskawa America’s ArcWorld 6000 pre-engineered workcells

Yaskawa America’s ArcWorld 6000 pre-engineered workcells featuring Motoman AR-series arc welding robots come with virtually everything you need to get up and running quickly and safely. Available in one-, two-, or three-robot configurations.

Yaskawa America’s ArcWorld 6000 pre-engineered workcells featuring Motoman AR-series arc welding robots...

High-Carbon Metal-Cored Wire For Caster Roll Rebuilding

Lincoln Electric’s Lincore 420HC-S metal-cored wire

Lincoln Electric’s Lincore 420HC-S metal-cored wire for submerged-arc welding (SAW) may be used where higher hardness is required and on work rolls and backup rolls when water spray causes pitting on tool steel deposits.

Lincoln Electric’s Lincore 420HC-S metal-cored wire for submerged-arc welding (SAW) may be...

3D Precision Welding Tables Simplify Part Handling

Bluco 3-D precision welding table

With loading capacity up to 20,000 pounds, Bluco’s high-tolerance 3D welding tables are hardened to protect against spatter buildup, provide a corrosion-resistant surface, and come with a lifetime warranty.

With loading capacity up to 20,000 pounds, Bluco’s high-tolerance 3D welding tables...

Orbital Welding Controller With Touchscreen Interface, Data Analytics

The Model 317 from Arc Machines paired with ESAB’s WeldCloud

The Model 317 from Arc Machines features the first orbital welding controller that manages data. The system improves performance and increases production efficiency by gathering and presenting information that enables pipe fabricators to better control the weld.

The Model 317 from Arc Machines features the first orbital welding controller...

Tips for Eliminating Back Purge in Stainless Steel Pipe Welding

Miller Electric MIG welding

Switching to a modified short-circuit MIG process instead of TIG for the root pass saves time without compromising an operator’s ability to produce high-quality welds that meet code requirements. Your shop will also save money on consumable costs.

Switching to a modified short-circuit MIG process instead of TIG for the...

Real-Time Fluid Monitor Prevents Unnecessary Downtime

Quaker Houghton’s continuous concentration monitor

A thousand times more accurate than a typical handheld refractometer, Quaker Houghton’s self-contained continuous concentration monitor is an easy-to-use, low-maintenance way to maintain appropriate metalworking fluid levels.

A thousand times more accurate than a typical handheld refractometer, Quaker Houghton’s...

Overhead Fan Cost-Effectively Cools Equipment and Employees

Powerfoil D from Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans’ Powerfoil D is the only direct-drive overhead fan designed to withstand excessive heat, dust, and other stresses common in fabrication and machining job shops. Diameters: 8 feet to 24 feet.

Big Ass Fans’ Powerfoil D is the only direct-drive overhead fan designed...

Material-Recycling System Cuts Processing Time By 85%

Vac-U-Max’s additive manufacturing metal powder recovery system (AM-MPRS)

Vac-U-Max’s recovery system for additive manufacturing extracts unused metal powder from the printing bed and filters it to be reused. The closed system provides a safer work environment because the operator never comes in contact with the powder.

Vac-U-Max’s recovery system for additive manufacturing extracts unused metal powder from the...

Self-Contained Electrostatic Coolant-Mist Collector

Parker Hannifin’s self-contained SmogHog SHM Machine Mount

Attach Parker Hannifin’s self-contained SmogHog SHM Machine Mount (MM) onto equipment to collect coolant mists from CNC machining, cold forming, sawing, lathes, and stamping. Easily integrates with machine tool controls for automated operation.

Attach Parker Hannifin’s self-contained SmogHog SHM Machine Mount (MM) onto equipment to...

Portable, Magnetized Tool Holder Goes Wherever You Work

Magnetic ToolMat from Master Magnetics

The award-winning ToolMat from Master Magnetics sticks to any flat or curved ferrous metal surface to organize and hold tools and small parts whether you’re working in the shop or on a jobsite.

The award-winning ToolMat from Master Magnetics sticks to any flat or curved...

Portable Rigging Kit Moves Components, Assemblies Up to 17 Tons

AeroGo Inc.’s. portable rigging kit

Gotta move a press brake, machining center, or any other piece of equipment that’s less than 40 feet long? AeroGo’s all-in-one rigging kit ensures safe transfer using compressed air and lightweight overlays.

Gotta move a press brake, machining center, or any other piece of...

Five Tools From Big Kaiser

BIG KAISER EWA automatic-adjustment fine boring system

The producer of high-precision tooling solutions introduces a drill for low cutting speeds, dual-purpose milling cutter, jet-through hydraulic chuck line for 5-axis machining, and new EWA fine boring heads and EWE digital boring heads.

The producer of high-precision tooling solutions introduces a drill for low cutting...

Redesigned Machining Block Spindle Is 25% Faster

Suhner’s BEX 15 high-speed machining block spindle

An AC inverter drive on the BEX 15 high-speed block spindle from Suhner Industrial Products increases spindle speed to 23,000 rpm at 87 Hz. Two slide-assembly mounting options enable multiple operations.

An AC inverter drive on the BEX 15 high-speed block spindle from...

High-Speed Milling Spindle Enables Lights-Out Machining

NSK America’s electric spindle system

NSK America’s electric i-Speed5 spindle system eliminates the need for motor cables or air tubing. Variable-speed system integrates with control system for complete tool changeability.

NSK America’s electric i-Speed5 spindle system eliminates the need for motor cables...

High-Production Former Lowers Cost Per Thread

Walter USA’s TC470 Supreme thread former

Walter USA’s TC470 Supreme thread former combines a new geometry with more forming edges than comparable formers. Coating and surface treatment increase tool life, productivity, and process reliability in high-volume machining.

Walter USA’s TC470 Supreme thread former combines a new geometry with more...

Versatile Collet Chuck System Outperforms Conventional Jaw Chucks

Speedgrip Chuck Company’s standard external collet chuck system

Speedgrip Chuck Company’s standard external collet chuck system combines the benefits of high-precision workholding with in-stock availability to increase precision and productivity.

Speedgrip Chuck Company’s standard external collet chuck system combines the benefits of...

Change Chucks in Under 3 Minutes with Switching System

SMW Autoblok

SMW Autoblok’s CCS adapter increases operator productivity by providing automatic push-off and easy mounting to traditional or custom workholding including 2-jaw chucks, 3-jaw chucks, collet chucks, mandrels, and manual fixtures.

SMW Autoblok’s CCS adapter increases operator productivity by providing automatic push-off and...

Collet Chucks Provide Flexibility Without Compromising Runout Accuracy

Samchully Workholding’s SK system

Available in a wide variety of toolholder lengths and diameters for optimal rigidity and clearance, Samchully Workholding’s SK series provide 1 micron runout accuracy as well as three times better runout repeatability and double the gripping force of a comparable ER collet chuck.

Available in a wide variety of toolholder lengths and diameters for optimal...

New Blending and Grinding Wheel Size Meets Industry Demand

Rex-Cut Abrasives Type 27 Aluminator, Max Flex

Rex-Cut Abrasives is improving the daily grind for customers worldwide by manufacturing three types of Type 27 depressed-center grinding and blending wheels in a 6-inch version.

Rex-Cut Abrasives is improving the daily grind for customers worldwide by manufacturing...

Give Conventional Lathes Coolant-Through Capability In Minutes

Rego-Fix reCool

Rego-Fix reCool systems are an affordable, low-maintenance way to retrofit static or driven tooling systems with internal coolant capabilities, enabling substantial improvements in tool life and productivity.

Rego-Fix reCool systems are an affordable, low-maintenance way to retrofit static or...

Tube-Burnishing Tools Eliminate Secondary Operations and Setups

Elliott Tool Technologies ID-OD burnishing tools from Monaghan Tooling Group

With the full lineup of Elliott Tool Technologies tools that produce a surface finish of 4 Ra to 8 Ra, Monaghan Tooling Group has the capability to handle virtually any burnishing project.

With the full lineup of Elliott Tool Technologies tools that produce a...

Press Brake Tooling For Virtually Any Bending Challenge

Mate Precision Tooling’s custom press brake tool

Mate Precision Tooling supplements its extensive range of standard hardened and precision-ground press brake tools with modified standard and custom designs for special bending challenges.

Mate Precision Tooling supplements its extensive range of standard hardened and precision-ground...

Contour Grind from The Solid to Profile Depths of Up To 15 MM

Lach Diamond’s contour-profiled diamond and CBN grinding wheel

The U.S. arm of the German firm LACH-Form GmbH & Co. Diamond Engineering KG, Lach Diamond has manufactured polycrystalline diamond (PCD) and cubic boron nitride (CBN) tooling for metalworking since 1973.

The U.S. arm of the German firm LACH-Form GmbH & Co. Diamond...

System Quickly Measures CNC Machine-Bed Flatness, Pitch, and Roll Error

Centric International Inc. Status Pro’s SP ProTwist

Used by almost every major CNC machine manufacturer in Germany, the SP ProTwist differential-measurement system distributed by Centric International can be an essential part of any quality management process by simplifying machine tool realignment.

Used by almost every major CNC machine manufacturer in Germany, the SP...

Real-Time Fluid Monitor Prevents Unnecessary Downtime

Quaker Houghton’s continuous concentration monitor

A thousand times more accurate than a typical handheld refractometer, Quaker Houghton’s self-contained continuous concentration monitor is an easy-to-use, low-maintenance way to maintain appropriate metalworking fluid levels.

A thousand times more accurate than a typical handheld refractometer, Quaker Houghton’s...

Quality 4.0 is Achievable When Systems and Culture Merge

Olson Custom Designs

Nothing frustrates improvement efforts like software programs that don’t play well together. Brothers Brian and Mitch Olson made sure that didn’t happen when they launched their CNC machining shop by deploying a solution  that integrates resource planning and quality management.

Nothing frustrates improvement efforts like software programs that don’t play well together....
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