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February 2012

Why “Elevator Speeches” Defeat Sales

There are few offenses in business worse than challenging the validity of the near sacred “elevator speech,” that one-minute message verbalizing the unique qualities of what a salesperson does or sells. But here is why engaging conversation – though more demanding – is much more effective.

There are few offenses in business worse than challenging the validity of...

Maximizing Parameters in Laser Cutting

Increased cutting speed is the answer to increasing productivity, right? Not exactly. Let’s revisit some techniques that may actually slow you down to negotiate obstacles faster, reduce the overall process cycle, and increase your productivity.

Increased cutting speed is the answer to increasing productivity, right? Not exactly....

When Old Becomes New

Continual upgrades of its cutting operations with JETCAM software and Hypertherm high-definition plasma technology enabled Canadian job shop GT Metal Products to grow its business, shrink its operating costs and become an aggressive competitor in diverse metal fabrication markets.

Continual upgrades of its cutting operations with JETCAM software and Hypertherm high-definition...

Bandsaw Blunders: How They Cut Blade Life

Ron Saxon and David Rosing of Simonds International reveal the top five sawing mistakes . . . and how to prevent them.

Ron Saxon and David Rosing of Simonds International reveal the top five...

Maximizing Parameters in Laser Cutting

Increased cutting speed is the answer to increasing productivity, right? Not exactly. Let’s revisit some techniques that may actually slow you down to negotiate obstacles faster, reduce the overall process cycle, and increase your productivity.

Increased cutting speed is the answer to increasing productivity, right? Not exactly....

Stamping Out a New Generation of Automobile Parts

The question Ford and General Motors asked was how to produce hoods and doors with improved productivity, design flexibility and reduced costs. The answer from Schuler, Bosch Rexroth and Morrell was a compact crossbar transfer press that does all that and more.

The question Ford and General Motors asked was how to produce hoods...

Bandsaw Blunders: How They Cut Blade Life

Ron Saxon and David Rosing of Simonds International reveal the top five sawing mistakes . . . and how to prevent them.

Ron Saxon and David Rosing of Simonds International reveal the top five...

Surgical Precision: How Advanced Technology Meets the Close Tolerances Needed for Medical Tools

Because the medical manufacturing market is more competitive than ever before, the search is on for new ways to perform more reliable, faster and more cost effective precision cutting of complex medical instruments made of exotic materials. Here is a closer look at how some of the latest developments in advanced technologies from Miyachi Unitek, Haas, and Rego-Fix are meeting these needs.

Because the medical manufacturing market is more competitive than ever before, the...

CNC: It’s All About Networking

Competitive Edge: Machine control can now provide data to every department in the shop, multiple facility companies, even outside partners, to keep everyone “in the know.”

Competitive Edge: Machine control can now provide data to every department in...

Armed to the Teeth

In the rapidly changing medical industry, the talented entrepreneurs at allshape AG are transforming the dental technician profession from a craft-based profession to one based on CAD programming as dental labs search for more sources to deliver customized and innovative dental implants as quickly as possible to patients.

In the rapidly changing medical industry, the talented entrepreneurs at allshape AG...

D&S Manufacturing Gets New HMC to Meet Demand

The plant purchases a Toyoda FH1250SX horizontal machining center to expand its machining envelope, reduce part changeover, and reduce overall cost to its customers.

The plant purchases a Toyoda FH1250SX horizontal machining center to expand its...

Diamonds are a Block’s Best Friend for Honing

Engine remanufacturer Jasper Engines & Transmissions and engine builder White Performance & Machine are two shops with different needs that illustrate how new diamond honing abrasives technology from Sunnen simplifies the boring process, cuts cycle times as much as half, and improves dyno results.

Engine remanufacturer Jasper Engines & Transmissions and engine builder White Performance &...

Factors You Must Consider When Purchasing a New VMC

In a typical production machine shop, the processing capabilities required can vary greatly between applications: some value power and torque over rpm, others value spindle speed more than torque or power. To ensure the highest level of productivity in all cases, all of these factors must be evaluated when considering a new investment in a vertical machining center.

In a typical production machine shop, the processing capabilities required can vary...

What You Must Know About Pulsed MIG Welding of Aluminum

With Video

Three manufacturers share their tales with Mike Vandenberg, Jeff Herb and Chris Roehl of Miller Electric about pulsed MIG welding of aluminum and how new technologies have made the process more viable in their operations by reducing distortion and rework, improving productivity and standardizing wire size.

Three manufacturers share their tales with Mike Vandenberg, Jeff Herb and Chris...

Relevance of Drop-Weight Testing in the Determination of the Reference Nil-Ductility Temperature

The drop-weight test has become commonplace in the testing of ferritic steel and weld metal used in several types of components in nuclear reactor pressure vessels. But Regis Geisler of Lincoln Electric questions whether this method is now obsolete and whether there is another predictive tool that should be used to determine the RTNDT of weld deposits.

The drop-weight test has become commonplace in the testing of ferritic steel...

The Environmental Evolution of a Metal Stamper

For press shop Connecticut Spring and Stamping, environmental responsibility has evolved over the last 20 years from imposition by regulators to a competitive advantage that can meet or exceed all U.S. and European standards.

For press shop Connecticut Spring and Stamping, environmental responsibility has evolved over...

How to Increase the Production of Heat Exchangers

Without heat exchangers, all process and thermal powergen plants would grind to a standstill. To meet demand, a new milling cutter from Ingersoll Cutting Tools has debottlenecked one of the most time consuming and repetitive operations in shell-and-tube heat exchanger fabrication and reduced tube sheet grooving down to one third the time so that finished units can ship days or even weeks sooner.

Without heat exchangers, all process and thermal powergen plants would grind to...

S-Pads Replace Collets in Multi-Spindle Shops

S-pads from Hardinge are much faster to change than collets from job-to-job and can be shared between many brands of machines, whether the master collet is mounted directly in a machine spindle (single or multiple), in a collet adaptation chuck, or in a collet block.

S-pads from Hardinge are much faster to change than collets from job-to-job...

VERSATILE T-SLOT BLOCKS MAKE MACHINE JOBS FASTER AND EASIER

The versatile color coded T-Slot Block workholding system from from Tau Ceti Co. is modular, so it can also be used as dedicated fixture plates or dedicated setup stations.

The versatile color coded T-Slot Block workholding system from from Tau Ceti...

Slotting or Gear Hobbing on One Machine

Shops no longer have to rough gears on one machine, then transfer them to another for gear hobbing. This compact system from Exsys Tool can now generate splines, spur or helical gears in one operation on a horizontal turning center.

Shops no longer have to rough gears on one machine, then transfer...

Micro Collet System for Medical Manufacturing

This system from IBAG North America delivers accuracies of one micron TIR at the collet nose and handles up to 1/8 in tool diameter to meet the precision milling and ultra small drilling demands of ultra precision parts manufacturing.

This system from IBAG North America delivers accuracies of one micron TIR...

Shorter Setup Times with Quick Jaw Change Chuck

With the ROTA THWplus chuck from Schunk a complete jaw set can be changed in less than 60 seconds with a repeatability of less than 0.0005 in, which eliminates the need to re-bore jaws.

With the ROTA THWplus chuck from Schunk a complete jaw set can...

True Position Measurement

Inspection of a bore in an open setup often requires multiple measurement steps and mathematical calculations, but portable CMM technology from FARO can alleviate much of this work by allowing the user to fix the part in one spot, take several points to create an alignment of X- and Y-axes, and measure the bore. Software then determines the position of the bore and its deviation from the called out position.

Inspection of a bore in an open setup often requires multiple measurement...
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