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February 2013

Is It Time to Rebuild or Retrofit Your Hydraulic Press?

With Video

Hydraulic press operators must keep their costs down while meeting shorter lead times and the demand for higher precision parts. New press technology has already outdated some presses that were purchased as recently as ten to fifteen years ago. Is new machinery the only answer? Here’s why the answer is no.

Hydraulic press operators must keep their costs down while meeting shorter lead...

Punching Automation: Simplicity or Complexity?

With Video

Punching automation was once considered simply a tool for large production runs. But now even small job shops are automating to free operators to perform other tasks or prepare machines for their next job. Here’s a look at how punching automation now fits to meet any shop’s needs.

Punching automation was once considered simply a tool for large production runs....

Home Sweet Home

Facing demand that its battery of punch presses and laser cutting systems could not meet effectively, Hearth & Home Technologies installed a JETCAM system that easily configured into its operations and met the challenge by eliminating waste across the board.

Facing demand that its battery of punch presses and laser cutting systems...

Fiber Laser Cutting of Thick Material

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As the highest powered solid-state 2D laser cutting machine on the market, the TruLaser 5040 fiber system from TRUMPF cuts not only mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum cost-effectively, but also non-ferrous metals such as copper and brass, up to 0.4 in thick.

As the highest powered solid-state 2D laser cutting machine on the market,...

Fully Automated Fiber Laser Cutting System

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The fully automated L5 fiber laser cutting system from Salvagnini slashes costs per part by more than 50 percent, energy consumption by more than 70 percent, and running costs by two-thirds, with virtually zero maintenance.

The fully automated L5 fiber laser cutting system from Salvagnini slashes costs...

Multi-Axis Laser Machining for Touch Factory Environment

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The LASERDYNE 430 from Prima Power Laserdyne performs precision cutting, welding and drilling of 3D components that are ideal for the demanding medical device and precision instrumentation industries.

The LASERDYNE 430 from Prima Power Laserdyne performs precision cutting, welding and...

Fiber Laser for Extreme High Speed Cutting

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The 3015 NX-F fiber laser from MC Machinery/Mitsubishi uses a fiber laser oscillator, a Z-axis linear drive and head preset auto-focus processing to combine high speed cutting with the precision of a 64-bit NC with a 15 in touch screen NC-panel and more.

The 3015 NX-F fiber laser from MC Machinery/Mitsubishi uses a fiber laser...

Fiber Laser Cuts Thin Sheet Metal 50% Faster

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The Electra FL fiber laser cutting system from LVD Strippit provides fast, accurate thin sheet processing of traditional sheet metal materials such as mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum, with the added versatility to efficiently process metals such as copper and brass.

The Electra FL fiber laser cutting system from LVD Strippit provides fast,...

Fiber Laser for Fast and Highly Productive Metal Processing

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The1 kW JenLas® fiber cw 1000 fiber laser from Jenoptik ensures fast processing, consistently high productivity, more energy efficiency and more cost effectiveness compared to CO2 lasers, especially in metal cutting and welding.

The1 kW JenLas® fiber cw 1000 fiber laser from Jenoptik ensures fast...

Advanced Fiber Laser for Cutting Thick Plate Fast

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Compared to CO2 laser systems, the HyIntensity® Fiber Laser HFL030 from Hypertherm significantly simplifies table design requirements and integration, lowers operating costs and drastically reduces total cost of ownership.

Compared to CO2 laser systems, the HyIntensity® Fiber Laser HFL030 from Hypertherm...

High-Speed Laser Controls for Sophisticated Laser Processing

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The Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser control from FANUC FA has the capacity to deliver seamless choreography between axes motion and power modulation, even in cases of extremely high speeds when processing thin gage materials.

The Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser control from FANUC FA has...

Faster Throughput, Higher Accuracy Laser Cutting

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The META system/1 kW CO2 laser from Coherent can readily cut stainless steel thicknesses up to 3 mm, aluminum up to 2 mm, and mild steel up to 6 mm, with unmatched flexibility to process a wide range of plastics, wood, fabrics, leather, paper and thin films.

The META system/1 kW CO2 laser from Coherent can readily cut stainless...

Laser Reduces Cutting Time on Sheets

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The BySprint Pro 3015 high-speed laser cutting system from Bystronic has a higher wattage option that provides faster feed rates and quicker pierce times across the full material range and a lower cost per part.

The BySprint Pro 3015 high-speed laser cutting system from Bystronic has a...

Laser Cutting System for High Variation Job Shops

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The OPTIPLEX 4 kW fiber laser system from Mazak Optonics uses a Type 10 resonator for improved operating efficiency when processing the thinnest steel up to 1 in mild steel and retaining optimal cutting conditions during extended unattended operation.

The OPTIPLEX 4 kW fiber laser system from Mazak Optonics uses a...

Cut Shapes Effectively on Large Plates

This large gantry from ESAB with a high-stiffness beam design features dual precision linear rails and precision rack and pinion drives that are ideal for waterjet cutting large plates with multiple process tools in harsh environments.

This large gantry from ESAB with a high-stiffness beam design features dual...

Punching Automation: Simplicity or Complexity?

With Video

Punching automation was once considered simply a tool for large production runs. But now even small job shops are automating to free operators to perform other tasks or prepare machines for their next job. Here’s a look at how punching automation now fits to meet any shop’s needs.

Punching automation was once considered simply a tool for large production runs....

Multitasking Revisited: When Hard Machining Jobs Get Easier

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As competitive machining continues to grow more complex in the orthopedic instrument market, Dixon Surgical discovered how SolidCAM software could radically increased their productivity by halving cycle times and making cutters last five times longer in their turn-mill operations.

As competitive machining continues to grow more complex in the orthopedic instrument...

No Chips, This Time

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As technologies merge and metal fabrication applications grow more complex, CNC is now becoming a powerful alternative solution to PLCs for builders and users of metal forming and “non-traditional” machine tools, such as EDM, abrasive waterjet and others.

As technologies merge and metal fabrication applications grow more complex, CNC is...

Competing in the World of Big Data

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The manufacturing sector has come far in its use of analytic data, but not far enough. Ben Kerschberg of the BK Advisory Group explains why manufacturers who do not embrace a complete vision of using this tool will soon find themselves at a significant competitive disadvantage.

The manufacturing sector has come far in its use of analytic data,...

5-Axis VMC for Machining Turbine Blades

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The Vertex 550-5XB vertical machining center from Mitsui Seiki USA incorporates a proven spindle configuration that is ideally suited to cut hard titanium and stainless steel grades designed for aerospace and power generation turbine blades.

The Vertex 550-5XB vertical machining center from Mitsui Seiki USA incorporates a...

Linear Way VMC for Precision Machining

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The VM3224 linear way vertical machining center from Milltronics is equipped with an 8200 CNC Control and comes factory-ready for 1,000 psi through spindle coolant and 4th axis interface.

The VM3224 linear way vertical machining center from Milltronics is equipped with...

VMC Handles Heavy Duty to High Speed Machining

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The Vertical Center Smart 430A vertical machining center from Mazak provides reliable, high productivity performance at an affordable price point.

The Vertical Center Smart 430A vertical machining center from Mazak provides reliable,...

5-Axis Machining for Hard Milling Applications

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The F5-5XR vertical machining center from Makino provides five-face machining and full five-axis processing for complex, die/mold, aerospace and medical parts.

The F5-5XR vertical machining center from Makino provides five-face machining and full five-axis...

5-AXIS Gantry Machines Large Non-Ferrous Parts

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Triumph Aerostructures is installing two of these 5-axis Precision Mill-and-Trim vertical gantry mills from MAG for machining large composite or non-ferrous parts on existing X-axis rails as part of its Hawthorne plant modernization.

Triumph Aerostructures is installing two of these 5-axis Precision Mill-and-Trim vertical gantry...

Economical 5-Sided and 5-Axis Machining

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The UMC-750 machining center from Haas is an economical 5-axis solution to reduce setups and increase accuracy on multi-sided and complex parts.

The UMC-750 machining center from Haas is an economical 5-axis solution to...

VMC for Extremely Fast High-Speed Processing

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The new FANUC D21 RoboDrill vertical machining center from Methods Machine Tools uses the latest in control efficiency and can be configured for 3- to 5-axis applications with fully integrated automation and pallet changes.

The new FANUC D21 RoboDrill vertical machining center from Methods Machine Tools...

Seeing Is Believing: The Future of Welder Training

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Does your shop face a lack of skilled welders? The innovative live-arc RealWeld Trainer from Praxair and EWI is ideal for training, retraining and skills evaluation because it digitally records motions and objectively scores live welding techniques.

Does your shop face a lack of skilled welders? The innovative live-arc...

The Higher Power Behind Power Sources

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Many welders are still not aware that it is now possible to combine and capture all the information associated with their welding operation into one simple interface – their power source. This is the most advanced way to approach data acquisition and production monitoring in the welding industry.

Many welders are still not aware that it is now possible to...

Is It Time to Rebuild or Retrofit Your Hydraulic Press?

With Video

Hydraulic press operators must keep their costs down while meeting shorter lead times and the demand for higher precision parts. New press technology has already outdated some presses that were purchased as recently as ten to fifteen years ago. Is new machinery the only answer? Here’s why the answer is no.

Hydraulic press operators must keep their costs down while meeting shorter lead...

Working without Forklifts

With Video

Forklift-free systems compliment lean manufacturing by replenishing material as it is used, rather than keeping excess material on the shop floor. And they can require less than half of the equipment and labor necessary to move those materials. Is it time to consider a switch?

Forklift-free systems compliment lean manufacturing by replenishing material as it is used,...

Bleeding Money: How Much Does Safety Really Cost?

The unsafe workplace costs a lot of money. The financial magnitude of expenses incurred in operating an unsafe workplace must be understood. This examination of the true costs associated with poor safety uncovers how far they extend beyond simply counting the cost of safety glasses or wages paid to the safety department.

The unsafe workplace costs a lot of money. The financial magnitude of...

New Standard for Heavy Lifting

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The 4XLift heavy-duty four-post vertical lift from Wildeck can effortlessly transfer material up to 30,000 lb between multiple levels in your facility.

The 4XLift heavy-duty four-post vertical lift from Wildeck can effortlessly transfer material...

Pull Out Protection: How to Increase Productivity During Roughing

These solid carbide end mills from ATI Stellram use a patented pull out protection system from Haimer and are designed specifically to meet the demands of heavy-duty cutting in aerospace and energy applications.

These solid carbide end mills from ATI Stellram use a patented pull...

Large Holes, Larger Savings

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Big holes don’t mean big bottlenecks anymore, even though some shops still don’t believe a hole can be milled right through solid steel. But R&R Machine proves it by producing big holes faster than twist drilling and with much better tolerances than flame or plasma cutting by using Ingersoll Cutting Tools.

Big holes don’t mean big bottlenecks anymore, even though some shops still...

Fitting Die Maintenance Into Press Operations

When a die for a production part needs maintenance, finding the least-cost fix in the shortest time is critical. Here are some ways that tooling engineers can achieve time savings of over 80 percent and avoid costly die rework by using next generation root cause software to simulate the iteration process.

When a die for a production part needs maintenance, finding the least-cost...

Just What the Doctor Ordered

With Video

QC20-W wireless ballbar technology from Renishaw does fast checks with minimal interruption and adds a new dimension of volumetric accuracy testing that is ideal for use in small machining envelopes on medical machine tools.

QC20-W wireless ballbar technology from Renishaw does fast checks with minimal interruption...
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