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November-December 2015

Tax Tips for Job Shops: The R&D Tax Credit

With Video

Time to start thinking about the tax bill that comes due next spring. Michael Siegel of alliantgroup explains how to identify those practices that will qualify for this valuable credit and take advantage of one of the most generous tax incentives out there.

Time to start thinking about the tax bill that comes due next...

Determining a Machine’s True Value

With Video

In addition to the purchase price, many other costs factor into the machine’s true cost to determine the long-term cost of ownership that decides whether investing in high-performance machining centers is a better business solution than a lower-cost option.

In addition to the purchase price, many other costs factor into the...

Blueprint for the Future

With Video

Fabricators must continually explore new technologies that will grow along with their operations to help them stay competitive, profitable, productive, and ahead of the curve so they are prepared for the demands of the future. 

Fabricators must continually explore new technologies that will grow along with their...

How to 3D Print Precision Drills

With Video

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history.

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist...

Precision Plasma Cutting: Make a List, Check It Twice

With Video

Even though your plasma system may appear to work just fine, failing to properly maintain this machine is quietly impacting its functional performance and life. It requires care to operate at peak efficiency.

Even though your plasma system may appear to work just fine, failing...

Plasma Cutting Keeps Milk and Cheese on the Table

With Video

Tetra Pak uses Lantek Expert CADCAM software to laser cut large stainless steel sheet metal parts for diary and cheese processing vats. Here’s how they do it.

Tetra Pak uses Lantek Expert CADCAM software to laser cut large stainless...

High Productivity Plasma Cutting

With Video

Take a look at some of the newest plasma cutting equipment and accessories that can help you reduce your operating costs through increased cutting speeds, higher productivity piercing and cutting, more consistent cut quality and longer service life.

Take a look at some of the newest plasma cutting equipment and...

Steel Giant with a Delicate Touch

With Video

This powerful hydraulic leveling system uses advanced controls to reduce energy consumption up to 80 percent and noise by as much as 20 decibels as it straightens gigantic steel parts with high precision.

This powerful hydraulic leveling system uses advanced controls to reduce energy consumption...

Tax Tips for Job Shops: The R&D Tax Credit

With Video

Time to start thinking about the tax bill that comes due next spring. Michael Siegel of alliantgroup explains how to identify those practices that will qualify for this valuable credit and take advantage of one of the most generous tax incentives out there.

Time to start thinking about the tax bill that comes due next...

Induction Bending Machine Provides Torsional Stability

With Video

The IF30 from Inductaflex is the first induction bending machine to set new standards in section bend quality by using a device that supports sections being twisted during bending.

The IF30 from Inductaflex is the first induction bending machine to set new...

Humanoid Robots for Machine-Machine Cooperation

With Video

The AMICO robot from Comau is the next step toward an increasingly precise and effective future of machine-machine cooperation and, progressively, man-machine cooperation.

The AMICO robot from Comau is the next step toward an increasingly...

What’s New in EDM

With Video

A review of some of the latest EDM systems now on the market.

A review of some of the latest EDM systems now on the...

What’s New in Machine Controls

With Video

These latest advances in open architecture control and fully integrated drive systems deliver greater reliability, enhanced performance and improved safety in the operation and maintenance of machine tools.

These latest advances in open architecture control and fully integrated drive systems...

Lightweight Portable Marking of Materials in the Shop

The FlyMarker mini is the lightest battery-operated handheld dot peen marking unit in the world for durable, unforgeable marking of materials, from plastics to aluminum to steel. 

The FlyMarker mini is the lightest battery-operated handheld dot peen marking unit...

All Over the Mapp

With Video

The next step in the Internet of Things is here. These robots and the machine tools they tend can use a single controller for automated interaction instead of separate units operated by different kinds of software that must communicate through a fieldbus. Now the same control system can manage both the machines and the robots of an automated plant.

The next step in the Internet of Things is here. These robots...

Tax Tips for Job Shops: The R&D Tax Credit

With Video

Time to start thinking about the tax bill that comes due next spring. Michael Siegel of alliantgroup explains how to identify those practices that will qualify for this valuable credit and take advantage of one of the most generous tax incentives out there.

Time to start thinking about the tax bill that comes due next...

Determining a Machine’s True Value

With Video

In addition to the purchase price, many other costs factor into the machine’s true cost to determine the long-term cost of ownership that decides whether investing in high-performance machining centers is a better business solution than a lower-cost option.

In addition to the purchase price, many other costs factor into the...

Heavy Machining for Even Heavier Lifting

With Video

This heavy duty lathe removes an amazing 600 kg of material from a 1,400 kg solid steel billet in less than 4.5 hours, leaving a finished and fully machined cylinder body weighing only 800 kg.

This heavy duty lathe removes an amazing 600 kg of material from a...

Machine Tool 2.0: Milling with Robots

With Video

A robot can now replace a machine tool in certain applications, bringing a high level of flexibility to use different tools in the 3D space that changes the way processes and component design are viewed.

A robot can now replace a machine tool in certain applications, bringing...

Humanoid Robots for Machine-Machine Cooperation

With Video

The AMICO robot from Comau is the next step toward an increasingly precise and effective future of machine-machine cooperation and, progressively, man-machine cooperation.

The AMICO robot from Comau is the next step toward an increasingly...

Down to the (Flux-Cored) Wire

With Video

Designed specifically for toughness in critical applications, these new flux-cored wire solutions meet the most unforgiving demands of shipbuilding and offshore fabrication.

Designed specifically for toughness in critical applications, these new flux-cored wire solutions...

Flexible Enclosure Welding

With Video

These new enclosures use advanced engineering polymers that are ideal for controlling particulate contamination in aerospace, automotive, biochemical, medical, food and beverage, semiconductor and nuclear welding applications.

These new enclosures use advanced engineering polymers that are ideal for controlling...

Blueprint for the Future

With Video

Fabricators must continually explore new technologies that will grow along with their operations to help them stay competitive, profitable, productive, and ahead of the curve so they are prepared for the demands of the future. 

Fabricators must continually explore new technologies that will grow along with their...

The Real Cost of Missed or Defective Welds

With Video

The repercussions of missed or defective welds can reach much farther than jeopardizing part quality and disrupting welding productivity. How much risk is your shop willing to take?

The repercussions of missed or defective welds can reach much farther than...

All Clear

With Video

Indoor air quality in the workplace is the subject of much attention these days for good reason. Poor air quality inside fabrication and machine shops can profoundly affect employee health, comfort, and productivity. Here are some of the newest systems that can help to clear the air on your shop floor. 

Indoor air quality in the workplace is the subject of much attention...

How HVLS Fans and Curtain Walls Improve Indoor Air Quality

With Video

The containment of dust and other air particulates generated by cutting, grinding and welding is one of the biggest quality and safety challenges in the metalworking industry. Problems caused by in-plant dust/particulates are a dangerous issue to ignore, so here are two cost effective ways to address them.

The containment of dust and other air particulates generated by cutting, grinding...

Integrated Drives Revolutionize Vertical Lathe Versatility

New high speed drives simplify the mechanical transmission systems of large rotary tables used on vertical lathes and smaller tables used on milling machines, improving machine accuracy and allowing smaller machine footprints.

New high speed drives simplify the mechanical transmission systems of large rotary...

Rethinking Power Transmission

A new grid is being assembled to transmit power as well as information through the air, without wires. Chris Mims of WSJ examines how this could unlock an age of wonders.

A new grid is being assembled to transmit power as well as...

The Making of a Visual Workplace

One of the key components to 5S workplace organization and the war on waste – and one of the most misunderstood opportunities for huge improvement – is the use of visual devices that clearly and precisely explain how to perform error-free work safely, smoothly, reliably, and on time. 

One of the key components to 5S workplace organization and the war...

New Cutting Tools

With Video

These latest tool innovations keep pace with new demands on machining that confirm how reliable machining is no longer assured with traditional geometries.

These latest tool innovations keep pace with new demands on machining that...

How to 3D Print Precision Drills

With Video

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history.

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist...

New Cutting Edge Geometry for Stainless Steels

These special tools have been developed for increasing process reliability when machining problematic materials with higher ductility.

These special tools have been developed for increasing process reliability when machining...

Going Deep

There may be many ways to check a depth dimension on a part, but the fastest and most accurate is with the digital depth gage. Here are some that can meet your deepest needs. 

There may be many ways to check a depth dimension on a...

Eliminating Defective Fasteners with 3D Inspection

With Video

As lightweight materials sweep the industry, fastener manufacturers have discovered how to overcome the problems of achieving zero defects through 100 percent inspection.

As lightweight materials sweep the industry, fastener manufacturers have discovered how to...
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