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March 2013

What You Must Know About Robotic Welding

Lloyd Steed of Tregaskiss identifies the key factors that must be understood to manage a profitable and productive robotic welding operation that really gains a competitive edge and makes the most out of its investment.

Lloyd Steed of Tregaskiss identifies the key factors that must be understood...

Understanding and Lowering Weld Costs

Nick Peterson of Miller Electric explains why shops stand to reap significant benefits by better understanding and controlling whether step B in the process is truly preparation for step C, or simply compensation for the inefficiency of step A.

Nick Peterson of Miller Electric explains why shops stand to reap significant...

In the Market for a CNC Plasma Cutting Machine?

With Video

Technology can make it difficult to choose the proper system to best fit your current application and also meet your future needs. Here are some important considerations that will help you make the correct selections for your application.

Technology can make it difficult to choose the proper system to best...

In the Market for a CNC Plasma Cutting Machine?

With Video

Technology can make it difficult to choose the proper system to best fit your current application and also meet your future needs. Here are some important considerations that will help you make the correct selections for your application.

Technology can make it difficult to choose the proper system to best...

How to Beat Offshore Competition in the Retail Fixture Market

Chicago manufacturer Midland Metal Products combines advanced machine tool technology with lean operations and attention to detail in high-velocity manufacturing to easily accommodate last-minute design changes that cannot be matched by its foreign competitors.

Chicago manufacturer Midland Metal Products combines advanced machine tool technology with lean...

Expansion Analysis: “The Rest of the Story”

With Video

Growth – the all-American measure of success. But what kind of growth? And how do you measure growth in relation to success? For too many job shops and contract manufacturers, intelligent and well-intended owners settle for sales volume alone as the primary indicator of achievement. Steve LeFever of Profit Mastery explains how there’s more to it than that.

Growth – the all-American measure of success. But what kind of growth?...

‘Right First Time’ Reduces Scrap Material

With Video

The accuracy and throughput capabilities of this tube bender from Unison offer major economic benefits to job shops and contract manufacturers working with expensive materials.

The accuracy and throughput capabilities of this tube bender from Unison offer...

No More Tweak and Repeat

With Video

This CNC bender from Eagle Bending Machines creates an extremely efficient process that is capable of producing accurate, repetitive bends that reduce material waste and save valuable production time.

This CNC bender from Eagle Bending Machines creates an extremely efficient process...

Cost Analysis in Laser Cutting

With Video

Take Time to Crunch the Numbers: Brett Thompson of TRUMPF shows why the initial investment, cost of overhead, electrical and assist gas, and the total time required to manufacture the product are all influential factors in determining which laser source is right for you and your business.

Take Time to Crunch the Numbers: Brett Thompson of TRUMPF shows why...

What Lies Ahead with ERP

With Video

As metalworking grows ever more competitive, Mike Melzer and Dusty Alexander of Global Shop Solutions explain why managing the supply chain of your external factory is more important than ever.

As metalworking grows ever more competitive, Mike Melzer and Dusty Alexander of...

Perfect Holes in Hard Material – Made Easy

With Video

Exotic materials specialist Damen Carbide Tool Co. expands its holemaking capability and business base with honing capacity to 9 in diameter and a 60 in stroke length using hones from Sunnen.

Exotic materials specialist Damen Carbide Tool Co. expands its holemaking capability and...

Why Marketing Goes Wrong So Often (And What to Do About It)

Marketing is more than great ideas, innovative events or cutting edge techniques. At its core, marketing success depends on an understanding of prospects and customers, and making something happen to turn one into the other.

Marketing is more than great ideas, innovative events or cutting edge techniques....

Hot Keys, Sans Piano

With Video

CNC function keys now offer advantages to programmer, operator and maintenance personnel alike.

CNC function keys now offer advantages to programmer, operator and maintenance personnel...

What You Must Know About Robotic Welding

Lloyd Steed of Tregaskiss identifies the key factors that must be understood to manage a profitable and productive robotic welding operation that really gains a competitive edge and makes the most out of its investment.

Lloyd Steed of Tregaskiss identifies the key factors that must be understood...

Understanding and Lowering Weld Costs

Nick Peterson of Miller Electric explains why shops stand to reap significant benefits by better understanding and controlling whether step B in the process is truly preparation for step C, or simply compensation for the inefficiency of step A.

Nick Peterson of Miller Electric explains why shops stand to reap significant...

Checking the Pulse of Welding Inconel

With Video

Whether TIG welding in the aerospace industry or MIG welding overlay in a plant environment, successfully welding Inconel can depend on your pulsing capabilities and other new features made possible with modern equipment. Dave Almy and Mark Kadlec of Miller Electric explain why.

Whether TIG welding in the aerospace industry or MIG welding overlay in...

Welding Robots Justified

With Video

The traditional ROI focused on robots as a direct replacement for people. But many fabricators now investing in automation with welding robots eventually hire more people too. What is going on?

The traditional ROI focused on robots as a direct replacement for people....

Preventing Weld Failures

With Video

Here are four ways that welding operators can protect against weld failures and help maintain the productivity and profitability of a shop’s welding operation.

Here are four ways that welding operators can protect against weld failures...

Gouging with Plasma

With Video

The switch to plasma wasn’t exactly planned, but more welders are now realizing the benefits of gouging with plasma. 

The switch to plasma wasn’t exactly planned, but more welders are now...

Laser Welding Puts Automotive Industry “On A Diet”

With Video

The level of innovation behind weight-reduction efforts is exemplified in passenger car transmissions that are manufactured by the millions in volume and, as such, require optimized designs that provide an economic advantage to the manufacturer. With an already great design, is it possible to make them even lighter? This automated system from EMAG shows how.

The level of innovation behind weight-reduction efforts is exemplified in passenger car...

What You Must Know About Robotic Welding: Industrial Safety Standards

With Video

Eric Esson of Frommelt Safety Products discusses the revised RIA 15.06 Industrial Robot Standard that is coming as only part of the shifting U.S. industrial safety standards that shops must monitor to remain compliant, maintain best practices – and stay competitive. Is your shop at risk?

Eric Esson of Frommelt Safety Products discusses the revised RIA 15.06 Industrial...

Weld Crater Shrinkage Cavities

With Video

Tom Myers of Lincoln Electric explains how a hole or divot in the crater of the weld sometimes appears when using flux-cored gas-shielded wire and how to prevent it from occurring.

Tom Myers of Lincoln Electric explains how a hole or divot in...

What You Must Know About Robotic Welding: Industrial Safety Standards

With Video

Eric Esson of Frommelt Safety Products discusses the revised RIA 15.06 Industrial Robot Standard that is coming as only part of the shifting U.S. industrial safety standards that shops must monitor to remain compliant, maintain best practices – and stay competitive. Is your shop at risk?

Eric Esson of Frommelt Safety Products discusses the revised RIA 15.06 Industrial...

Don’t Hurt Yourself

Phil La Duke of ERM explains why this nice sentiment to express concern doesn’t work as the flawed philosophy behind Behavior Based Safety, a wrong-headed and ironically dangerous safety system.

Phil La Duke of ERM explains why this nice sentiment to express...

Hydraulic Quick Die Change Systems

With Video

The concept of quick die change is simple: minimize the time from the last good hit on one die to the first good hit on the next one.

The concept of quick die change is simple: minimize the time from...

Hard Turning on a Magnetic Chuck

With Video

Green or hard turning on a magnet is becoming more accepted as an alternative for lathe chucking, particularly for rings which are vulnerable to deflection.

Green or hard turning on a magnet is becoming more accepted as...

Overcoming a Production Stop at Sikorsky

With Video

A unique diamond surface finishing tool enables the helicopter manufacturer to address a very hard scale problem on a bearing surface that had shut down its global production for days.

A unique diamond surface finishing tool enables the helicopter manufacturer to address...

Precision-Shaped Grains: Faster Cutting, Longer Lasting, Easier to Use

Erik Vanstrum of 3M Abrasives explains why this structural innovation represents one of the most important changes in the abrasives industry in decades. With a grinding wheel that lasts this long, shops now have a new easy-to-use abrasive that is not only good for workers, it’s good for business.

Erik Vanstrum of 3M Abrasives explains why this structural innovation represents one...

How Things Are Measured Today

With Video

Retrofitting CMMs or articulated arms with new laser scanners is one affordable option among many that shops are considering.

Retrofitting CMMs or articulated arms with new laser scanners is one affordable...
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