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January 2020

Digital Issue

During the next ten years, metal fabricators will evolve to compete by building sophisticated, connected networks that increase their process speed in market concept-to-order delivery, using varying degrees of artificial intelligence to operate smart factories in the Internet of Things.

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WE’RE RETOOLING

New year, new decade, new opportunities, new editor. Allow me to introduce myself.

New year, new decade, new opportunities, new editor. Allow me to introduce...

Wired for Success

To improve welding productivity, quality and cost savings, select the type and weight of welding wire packaging that balances out the time and cost for changing over the package with the equipment being used and the rate at which the product is consumed. Here’s how it works.

To improve welding productivity, quality and cost savings, select the type and...

Adaptive Machining Explained

This primer brings all of the required elements together into a single discussion that explains the correct direction for successful entry into the high-speed /adaptive machining arena.

This primer brings all of the required elements together into a single...

Take Another Cut

Here are some of the latest advances in laser, waterjet and plasma cutting controls, drive systems, system configuration and construction, automation and material handling capabilities.

Here are some of the latest advances in laser, waterjet and plasma...

Data Requirements for Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively learn a model of a manufacturing process, the data requirements must be properly designed and fed enough examples of the right data for the algorithms to automatically learn complex patterns from a sample of data. Here are some insights to help you get prepared.

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively...

Skilled Hands

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will grow in demand in the future because the closer human beings and robots work together, the greater the relevance of five-fingered gripping hands. Here’s why.

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will...

Cabinet Oven for Annealing

For annealing or normalizing processes, No. 1049 is a 1,050 deg F two-drawer cabinet oven from Grieve that has 800,000 BTU/hr installed in a modulating natural gas burner, while a 10,000 CFM, 7.5 hp recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload.

For annealing or normalizing processes, No. 1049 is a 1,050 deg F...

Anti-Static Air Knife Saves Compressed air and Money

The Gen4 Standard Ion Air Knife from EXAIR eliminates static electricity 30 percent better at low inlet pressures to dramatically improve production speeds, product quality and surface cleanliness.

The Gen4 Standard Ion Air Knife from EXAIR eliminates static electricity 30...

Welcome to the Next Decade: Metalworking in Industry 4.0

During the next ten years, more fabricators will compete with sophisticated, connected networks that apply artificial intelligence to manage data that reduces their cycle times in design to manufacturing to delivery.

During the next ten years, more fabricators will compete with sophisticated, connected...

Redefining Manufacturing: CAD/CAM Software

Deeper integration of smart technologies, improved simulation of machining and metal fabrication processes, and expanded additive functions highlight some of the latest advances in the CAD/CAM world that are helping shops produce better quality parts in shorter times to lower their cost to market.

Deeper integration of smart technologies, improved simulation of machining and metal fabrication...

Adaptive Machining Explained

This primer brings all of the required elements together into a single discussion that explains the correct direction for successful entry into the high-speed /adaptive machining arena.

This primer brings all of the required elements together into a single...

Data Requirements for Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively learn a model of a manufacturing process, the data requirements must be properly designed and fed enough examples of the right data for the algorithms to automatically learn complex patterns from a sample of data. Here are some insights to help you get prepared.

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively...

Skilled Hands

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will grow in demand in the future because the closer human beings and robots work together, the greater the relevance of five-fingered gripping hands. Here’s why.

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will...

Robotic Welding: What Skilled Labor Crisis?

Take a closer look at how high mix/low volume shops are using automation to improve welding production, address capacity issues and reduce quality variability – all without adding labor.

Take a closer look at how high mix/low volume shops are using...

Wired for Success

To improve welding productivity, quality and cost savings, select the type and weight of welding wire packaging that balances out the time and cost for changing over the package with the equipment being used and the rate at which the product is consumed. Here’s how it works.

To improve welding productivity, quality and cost savings, select the type and...

Data Requirements for Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively learn a model of a manufacturing process, the data requirements must be properly designed and fed enough examples of the right data for the algorithms to automatically learn complex patterns from a sample of data. Here are some insights to help you get prepared.

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively...

Next Steps in Weld Fume Source Capture

With Video

The highly effective, efficient and versatile FV-500-20 weld fume source capture system with Ergomax fume guns from FumeVac meets stringent ACGIH guidelines and OSHA standards for mitigating harmful welding fumes, including manganese and hexavalent chromium.

The highly effective, efficient and versatile FV-500-20 weld fume source capture system with...

The First Switchable Adjustable Ring Mode Fiber Laser

Ideal for high-volume automotive welding, the high-power HighLight FL-ARM dual fiber output laser can sequentially power two separate workstations or processes.

Ideal for high-volume automotive welding, the high-power HighLight FL-ARM dual fiber output...

Companies Partner to Protect Integrity of Digital Supply Chain

Identify3D’s NX software

Siemens Digital Factory partner Identify3D Inc. develops software that enables complete monitoring of and, as needed, lockout of a part program to protect a manufacturer’s intellectual property and ensure production quality.

Siemens Digital Factory partner Identify3D Inc. develops software that enables complete monitoring...

More Aggressive Than Ever

Whether the stock removal involves blending, grinding, cutting, cut-off, notching or deburring, many of the newest types of abrasives are more aggressive in their surface conditioning capabilities – and in helping to reduce your operating costs. Here are some of the ways they do it.

Whether the stock removal involves blending, grinding, cutting, cut-off, notching or deburring,...

How to Increase Output for Large Stainless Steel Sheet Surface Polishing

To meet demanding production schedules in a competitive environment, this shop eliminated wasted time, improved utilization, reduced the number of setup sheets and increased their saleable sheets by correcting the grit being used on their custom finishing machine.

To meet demanding production schedules in a competitive environment, this shop eliminated...

Smooth Operator: Surface Finish Measurement

Take a closer look at some of the latest advances in surface roughness measurement that can help improve the manufacturing quality of parts.

Take a closer look at some of the latest advances in surface...
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