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May 2019

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As more shops combine operations to reduce opportunities for error and eliminate work-in-process inventory that might otherwise lay idle between standalone machine tools, multitasking and combination machines are moving to the forefront of considerable savings, particularly on complex work that is highly profitable, by completing a part in one cycle to dramatically reduce setup and other non-value-added time.

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No Job Too Small

With Video
Flap wheels deburr, blend and/or finish better than other abrasives

The use of smaller abrasives and supporting tools is growing in shops that are less concerned about stock removal and heavy deburring but need to produce parts with fine finishes, want more control for less gouging of parts, and desire improved ergonomics.

The use of smaller abrasives and supporting tools is growing in shops...

Manufacturing vs. Fabrication: How to Make the Distinction

Is your operation highly repeatable or do you require more equipment and personnel flexibility for a wider range of work? Knowing the difference is important in selecting the right equipment and process optimization needed to maximize productivity, save time and money.

Is your operation highly repeatable or do you require more equipment and...

More Than One Way to Skin a Part: Where Fabrication and Machining Overlap

Don’t take the “hard limits” between machining and fabrication for granted. Their areas of overlap offer tremendous potential for savings. If you manufacture parts using both processes, take a second look at some of them to evaluate whether they could be produced more economically with a little sheet metal know-how and some outside-the-box thinking.

Don’t take the “hard limits” between machining and fabrication for granted. Their...

How to Achieve a Faster, More Efficient Powder Coating Process

Using PowerBoost technology for 110,000 V / 110 µA charging power, OptiFlex Pro Series manual spray units from Gema achieve greater productivity that optimizes the coating process and increases total powder coverage for quicker best-in-class finishes.

Using PowerBoost technology for 110,000 V / 110 µA charging power, OptiFlex...

In Search of the Perfect Tube & Pipe

With Video

The development of new forming and fabrication processes, higher precision processing of new and better materials, special machine designs and faster production speeds are opening up completely new opportunities for shops that compete in this busy market sector.

The development of new forming and fabrication processes, higher precision processing of...

More Than One Way to Skin a Part: Where Fabrication and Machining Overlap

Don’t take the “hard limits” between machining and fabrication for granted. Their areas of overlap offer tremendous potential for savings. If you manufacture parts using both processes, take a second look at some of them to evaluate whether they could be produced more economically with a little sheet metal know-how and some outside-the-box thinking.

Don’t take the “hard limits” between machining and fabrication for granted. Their...

Need More Punching Capacity? Turn Your Press Brake Into a Punch Press

With Video

Does limited punching capacity and outsourcing lead times cause production delays in your shop? Here is a simple, affordable and effective system that can expand the capabilities of your press brakes, help streamline operations and eliminate the need for outsourcing or purchasing new equipment.

Does limited punching capacity and outsourcing lead times cause production delays in...

Tips to Make the Finance Process Go Smoothly

Every transaction is different, each borrower is unique, and financing companies differ in how they review credit requests. Regardless of the size of the transaction, the quicker you provide the requested documentation and information to the credit team, the quicker they can review and hopefully extend the credit needed for that equipment purchase.

Every transaction is different, each borrower is unique, and financing companies differ...

HazLoc Cabinet Coolers Approved for Class I Div 1

Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems from EXAIR are ideal for cooling control panels, PLCs, microprocessors, fractional hp variable frequency drives and robotics.

Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems from EXAIR are ideal for cooling control...

Forge Ahead in Robot Control

With Video

Eliminate the drag on productivity caused by complicated programming of industrial robots. The Forge suite of products from Ready Robotics utilizes one user interface across multiple robotic brands, making programming so easy it feels intuitive, with no previous robotic experience required.

Eliminate the drag on productivity caused by complicated programming of industrial robots....

Turning Point (Part One)

With Video

Whether the work involves processing larger, heavier pieces with high complexity in a single setup, cutting difficult shapes out of tough materials or producing very high precision small parts from bar stock at blazing speeds, the latest advances in turning centers, lathes, software, machine controls and accessories provide shops with new capabilities to turn jobs around faster than ever.

Whether the work involves processing larger, heavier pieces with high complexity in...

Multi-Tasking Mania: The Vanishing Single-Function Machine

With Video

Multitasking can deliver considerable savings, particularly on complex work that is highly profitable, by completing a part in one cycle and dramatically reducing setup and other non-value-added time, preventing opportunities for error and eliminating work-in-process inventory that might otherwise lay idle between standalone machine tools.

Multitasking can deliver considerable savings, particularly on complex work that is highly...

All Aboard

With Video

After some accidents and trials with less efficient alternatives that caused problems and delayed work, this railway group got on board with replacing their old grinding and cutting devices with new equipment that would eliminate workplace risks without sacrificing productivity.

After some accidents and trials with less efficient alternatives that caused problems...

No Job Too Small

With Video
Flap wheels deburr, blend and/or finish better than other abrasives

The use of smaller abrasives and supporting tools is growing in shops that are less concerned about stock removal and heavy deburring but need to produce parts with fine finishes, want more control for less gouging of parts, and desire improved ergonomics.

The use of smaller abrasives and supporting tools is growing in shops...

Tips to Make the Finance Process Go Smoothly

Every transaction is different, each borrower is unique, and financing companies differ in how they review credit requests. Regardless of the size of the transaction, the quicker you provide the requested documentation and information to the credit team, the quicker they can review and hopefully extend the credit needed for that equipment purchase.

Every transaction is different, each borrower is unique, and financing companies differ...

HazLoc Cabinet Coolers Approved for Class I Div 1

Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems from EXAIR are ideal for cooling control panels, PLCs, microprocessors, fractional hp variable frequency drives and robotics.

Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems from EXAIR are ideal for cooling control...

Forge Ahead in Robot Control

With Video

Eliminate the drag on productivity caused by complicated programming of industrial robots. The Forge suite of products from Ready Robotics utilizes one user interface across multiple robotic brands, making programming so easy it feels intuitive, with no previous robotic experience required.

Eliminate the drag on productivity caused by complicated programming of industrial robots....

Material Magic

With Video

The need to join dissimilar metals with different properties more efficiently in aerospace, medical, power generation and other applications is expanding the business for diffusion bonding, friction welding, brazing and other traditional operations that are equipped with advanced controls and the latest process technology.

The need to join dissimilar metals with different properties more efficiently in...

Robotic Welding Peripheral and Accessory Maintenance

Preventive maintenance on peripherals such as reamers with anti-spatter sprayers and wire cutters is part of the routine care of a weld cell. The time and cost to maintain them properly is small compared to the improvements they provide to the bottom line through higher weld quality, minimal rework and improved productivity.

Preventive maintenance on peripherals such as reamers with anti-spatter sprayers and wire...

Manufacturing vs. Fabrication: How to Make the Distinction

Is your operation highly repeatable or do you require more equipment and personnel flexibility for a wider range of work? Knowing the difference is important in selecting the right equipment and process optimization needed to maximize productivity, save time and money.

Is your operation highly repeatable or do you require more equipment and...

The Jig is Up: Flexible Part Positioning

With Video

Whether welding or handling, the flexibility of a six-axis robot arm is tough to beat. A single workcell with multiple robots can complete several processes with great reliability for the consistency needed to maintain 24/7 operations in an industrial climate that lacks skilled workers.

Whether welding or handling, the flexibility of a six-axis robot arm is...

Making the Case for Metal-Cored Wire

With Video

Though it has increased efficiencies and reduced overall costs in heavy equipment, automotive and general manufacturing, some shops that are good candidates are still reluctant to change to metal-cored wire. Why? Most importantly, what is their risk for not converting?

Though it has increased efficiencies and reduced overall costs in heavy equipment,...

Careful and Thorough Ultrasonic Cleaning of 3D Printed Parts

The 1900BT and 1900BTX ultrasonic cleaning units from Omegasonics are particularly effective for 3D printing applications because they generate cavitation energy inside the bath that creates its own internal pressure to dissolve the support structure for the parts.

The 1900BT and 1900BTX ultrasonic cleaning units from Omegasonics are particularly effective...

HazLoc Cabinet Coolers Approved for Class I Div 1

Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems from EXAIR are ideal for cooling control panels, PLCs, microprocessors, fractional hp variable frequency drives and robotics.

Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems from EXAIR are ideal for cooling control...

Turning Point (Part Two)

With Video

Whether the work involves processing larger, heavier pieces with high complexity in a single setup, cutting difficult shapes out of tough materials or producing very high precision small parts from bar stock at blazing speeds, the latest advances in tooling and workholding provide shops with new capabilities to turn jobs around faster than ever.

Whether the work involves processing larger, heavier pieces with high complexity in...

All Aboard

With Video

After some accidents and trials with less efficient alternatives that caused problems and delayed work, this railway group got on board with replacing their old grinding and cutting devices with new equipment that would eliminate workplace risks without sacrificing productivity.

After some accidents and trials with less efficient alternatives that caused problems...

No Job Too Small

With Video
Flap wheels deburr, blend and/or finish better than other abrasives

The use of smaller abrasives and supporting tools is growing in shops that are less concerned about stock removal and heavy deburring but need to produce parts with fine finishes, want more control for less gouging of parts, and desire improved ergonomics.

The use of smaller abrasives and supporting tools is growing in shops...

Manufacturing vs. Fabrication: How to Make the Distinction

Is your operation highly repeatable or do you require more equipment and personnel flexibility for a wider range of work? Knowing the difference is important in selecting the right equipment and process optimization needed to maximize productivity, save time and money.

Is your operation highly repeatable or do you require more equipment and...

Need More Punching Capacity? Turn Your Press Brake Into a Punch Press

With Video

Does limited punching capacity and outsourcing lead times cause production delays in your shop? Here is a simple, affordable and effective system that can expand the capabilities of your press brakes, help streamline operations and eliminate the need for outsourcing or purchasing new equipment.

Does limited punching capacity and outsourcing lead times cause production delays in...

The Jig is Up: Flexible Part Positioning

With Video

Whether welding or handling, the flexibility of a six-axis robot arm is tough to beat. A single workcell with multiple robots can complete several processes with great reliability for the consistency needed to maintain 24/7 operations in an industrial climate that lacks skilled workers.

Whether welding or handling, the flexibility of a six-axis robot arm is...

Ready, Preset, Go

Under demand for higher precision and faster delivery, you must find a faster way to inspect, measure and set the dimensions of your cutting tool accurately to the machining specifications of the job. How? Here are some ways to save time, control runout and improve tool management.

Under demand for higher precision and faster delivery, you must find a...
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