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June-July 2019

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Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from design to final delivery. Conversational programming makes it quick and easy for operators to generate programs at the machine while other connected systems exchange and use information about tool management, batch processing/scheduling, machine monitoring, quality assurance and more.

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Seven Critical Steps for Submitting Samples for Electropolishing

Recognized for the uniform, bright polish it leaves on metal surfaces, electropolishing is highly effective for finishing small, complex, fragile parts as well as larger parts. To properly test its effectiveness, it’s important to submit your sample parts in the correct way to ensure the best results.

Recognized for the uniform, bright polish it leaves on metal surfaces, electropolishing...

What You Need to Know About Weld Anatomy and Joint Geometry

Are you wasting lots of time and money on welds that are larger than they need to be, particularly on thicker materials? Or dealing with inconsistent quality or increased crack sensitivity due to welds with improper dimensions? There are many different ways to design welds that strike the best balance between weld quality and productivity.

Are you wasting lots of time and money on welds that are...

The Practical Impact of Industry 4.0 – Part 1: The Digitalization of Processes

Anytime you must “go and see” something that could be transmitted electronically is an opportunity to connect. Anytime you read data from one place and copy or send it to another is an opportunity to automate. And here’s the great thing: If you are just starting out, it’s pretty easy to take small steps.

Anytime you must “go and see” something that could be transmitted electronically...

The Evolving Press Room

With Video

Hydraulic press technology and other advances in stamping presses, deep drawing operations, coil handling equipment, automation, press controls and monitoring are helping press rooms to deliver shorter runs of high-mix parts faster, more efficiently, and more profitably.

Hydraulic press technology and other advances in stamping presses, deep drawing operations,...

Can We Talk? Conversations Between Machines Get Deep (Part One)

With Video

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from design to final delivery. Conversational programming makes it quick and easy for operators to generate programs at the machine, while other connected systems exchange and use information about tool management, batch processing/scheduling, machine monitoring, quality assurance and more.

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from...

Can We Talk? Conversations Between Machines Get Deep (Part Two)

With Video

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from design to final delivery. Conversational programming makes it quick and easy for operators to generate programs at the machine, while other connected systems exchange and use information about tool management, batch processing/scheduling, machine monitoring, quality assurance and more.

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from...

Seven Critical Steps for Submitting Samples for Electropolishing

Recognized for the uniform, bright polish it leaves on metal surfaces, electropolishing is highly effective for finishing small, complex, fragile parts as well as larger parts. To properly test its effectiveness, it’s important to submit your sample parts in the correct way to ensure the best results.

Recognized for the uniform, bright polish it leaves on metal surfaces, electropolishing...

The Practical Impact of Industry 4.0 – Part 1: The Digitalization of Processes

Anytime you must “go and see” something that could be transmitted electronically is an opportunity to connect. Anytime you read data from one place and copy or send it to another is an opportunity to automate. And here’s the great thing: If you are just starting out, it’s pretty easy to take small steps.

Anytime you must “go and see” something that could be transmitted electronically...

Show Me the Money: Costing and Quoting in the Metal Fabrication Industry

Few factors have a bigger impact on the sales, health, and bottom line of your business than costing and quoting. Most of us realize that if we set our prices too high then our products and services will not sell, but the problem is often the opposite: we price too low. How do we set prices?

Few factors have a bigger impact on the sales, health, and bottom...

What Does “Collaborative” Really Mean?

With Video

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive pressures and a lack of skilled labor, but it is not a “one size fits all” solution. Before you invest, consider the different forms of robotic collaboration and how they apply to your entire application.

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive...

How to Effectively Manage Multi-Operation Assemblies

With Video

These difficult jobs are increasingly more customized, with shorter lead times and tougher pricing pressure. Any change in the process or machinery can cause huge setbacks in production and eat into your profits. What is the answer to managing this type of work?

These difficult jobs are increasingly more customized, with shorter lead times and...

Meeting the Challenges of Sawing Exotic Materials

Are you having problems with these tough materials? New and better blades are increasing blade productivity while maintaining or improving both blade life and cut tolerance – they are even being used to cut parts to a final size, without the necessity of additional machining.

Are you having problems with these tough materials? New and better blades...

Software Updates for More Efficient Automated Cutting

New targeted features and enhancements in ProNest 2019 and ProNest LT software from Hypertherm make users more efficient and profitable.

New targeted features and enhancements in ProNest 2019 and ProNest LT software...

Touch and Go: Machine Controls

Touchscreen control functions used in smartphones and tablets are now being integrated into CNC machine tool controls to help make programming more intuitive and fast, to navigate quickly and intuitively through long lists, programs, tables and other content.

Touchscreen control functions used in smartphones and tablets are now being integrated...

Can We Talk? Conversations Between Machines Get Deep (Part One)

With Video

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from design to final delivery. Conversational programming makes it quick and easy for operators to generate programs at the machine, while other connected systems exchange and use information about tool management, batch processing/scheduling, machine monitoring, quality assurance and more.

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from...

Can We Talk? Conversations Between Machines Get Deep (Part Two)

With Video

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from design to final delivery. Conversational programming makes it quick and easy for operators to generate programs at the machine, while other connected systems exchange and use information about tool management, batch processing/scheduling, machine monitoring, quality assurance and more.

Across the emerging Smart Factory, connected systems are networking production processes from...

What Does “Collaborative” Really Mean?

With Video

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive pressures and a lack of skilled labor, but it is not a “one size fits all” solution. Before you invest, consider the different forms of robotic collaboration and how they apply to your entire application.

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive...

Next Steps in Capacitive Discharge Welding

With Video

The tightly restricted limits of Capacitive Discharge welding can now be expanded with the Multi-Capacitor Source system, which can customize the process control for a specific joining task.

The tightly restricted limits of Capacitive Discharge welding can now be expanded...

More Efficient Submerged Arc Welding

With Video

A modular tractor for heavy fabrication jobs removes the need for cranes or other lifting devices, and a low hydrogen flux for longitudinal or spiral welding of pipeline steel grades can be recaptured and reused, prolonging the interval between flux hopper refills.

A modular tractor for heavy fabrication jobs removes the need for cranes...

What You Need to Know About Weld Anatomy and Joint Geometry

Are you wasting lots of time and money on welds that are larger than they need to be, particularly on thicker materials? Or dealing with inconsistent quality or increased crack sensitivity due to welds with improper dimensions? There are many different ways to design welds that strike the best balance between weld quality and productivity.

Are you wasting lots of time and money on welds that are...

What Does “Collaborative” Really Mean?

With Video

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive pressures and a lack of skilled labor, but it is not a “one size fits all” solution. Before you invest, consider the different forms of robotic collaboration and how they apply to your entire application.

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive...

Switching Polarity in Welding Applications

When competing for time-critical jobs, saving even a few minutes with each changeover can make a significant difference and reduce operator exposure to trip and fall hazards. Investing in technology that allows welders to easily change processes with the push of a button at the weld joint can save substantial time, increase weld quality and improve operator safety.

When competing for time-critical jobs, saving even a few minutes with each...

How to Keep a Tight and Dusty Work Area Clean

The 30 gal Heavy Duty HEPA Vac industrial vacuum cleaner from EXAIR

The powerful Heavy Duty HEPA Vac industrial vacuum cleaner from EXAIR fits in tight spaces and is ideal for less frequent, lower volume applications.

The powerful Heavy Duty HEPA Vac industrial vacuum cleaner from EXAIR fits...

Do More, Spend Less

Trying to find ways to cut more in a single setup without having to purchase new machines? These rotary tables can provide an affordable way to increase the productivity of your vertical machining centers.

Trying to find ways to cut more in a single setup without...

Tool Measuring Systems and RFID Working: A Powerful Combination

Efficiently moving information around your shop floor is more important than ever. Connected through RFID, a shop can now use a tool presetter to monitor things never monitored before and use that data to fine-tune processes, reduce inefficient costs like scrap and waste, and make the factory floor smarter, streamlined, far more efficient and competitive.

Efficiently moving information around your shop floor is more important than ever....

Prevent Slug Pulling with the Right Die Clearance

Proper die clearance allows for upper and lower fracture lines to connect. The typical stamping industry rule of thumb is to use 10 percent material thickness as clearance between the punch and die button, but this guideline does not take into account variable material types. What is the optimal die clearance?

Proper die clearance allows for upper and lower fracture lines to connect....

How to Clean Welds Faster With a Wire Brush

Saving even a few minutes with each weld cleaning can add up over time in the welding operation. Here’s how to choose the right wheel for the job and the best practices to follow that will optimize performance and efficiency when using wire brushes.

Saving even a few minutes with each weld cleaning can add up...

Meeting the Challenges of Sawing Exotic Materials

Are you having problems with these tough materials? New and better blades are increasing blade productivity while maintaining or improving both blade life and cut tolerance – they are even being used to cut parts to a final size, without the necessity of additional machining.

Are you having problems with these tough materials? New and better blades...

Tool Measuring Systems and RFID Working: A Powerful Combination

Efficiently moving information around your shop floor is more important than ever. Connected through RFID, a shop can now use a tool presetter to monitor things never monitored before and use that data to fine-tune processes, reduce inefficient costs like scrap and waste, and make the factory floor smarter, streamlined, far more efficient and competitive.

Efficiently moving information around your shop floor is more important than ever....

What Does “Collaborative” Really Mean?

With Video

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive pressures and a lack of skilled labor, but it is not a “one size fits all” solution. Before you invest, consider the different forms of robotic collaboration and how they apply to your entire application.

Human-robot collaboration is changing manufacturing operations by helping shops deal with competitive...
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