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September 2019

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While 70 percent of manufacturers lack full awareness of when their equipment is due for maintenance, upgrade or repair, does it have to be this way? Is abolishing unplanned downtime in Industry 4.0 a far-fetched dream, or is data-driven maintenance closer than we think?

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To Beat the Skills Gap, Join the Control Conversation

Machine tools with advanced conversational programming capabilities supported by comprehensive training serve as a bridge across the skills gap, a way to bring new professionals into the industry and keep manufacturing alive and well in North America.

Machine tools with advanced conversational programming capabilities supported by comprehensive training serve...

Top Problems with MIG Welding Consumables . . . and How to Fix Them

Take a close look at the impact of welding consumables on your overall operation, not just the purchase price. Here are some key tips on how to properly select, install and maintain consumables and troubleshoot problems when they arise – and, better yet, how to prevent them in the first place.

Take a close look at the impact of welding consumables on your...

The Practical Impact of Industry 4.0 – Part 2: Automatic Manufacturing

Last time we saw how Industry 4.0 uses automated software to control and simplify the flow of information and tasks. Now let’s explore how it uses automated hardware to control and simplify the flow of materials and goods.

Last time we saw how Industry 4.0 uses automated software to control...

Sneak Preview FABTECH 2019: Part One

With Video

The 2019 edition of FABTECH will be at McCormick Place in Chicago November 11-14 to showcase the latest innovations and technologies in metal fabrication. This special sneak peek provides technical reviews of some of the machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibited to help you get a head start on navigating the show floor and managing your time while you’re there.

The 2019 edition of FABTECH will be at McCormick Place in Chicago...

Sneak Preview FABTECH 2019: Part Two

The 2019 edition of FABTECH will be at McCormick Place in Chicago November 11-14 to showcase the latest innovations and technologies in metal fabrication. This special sneak peek provides technical reviews of more of the machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibited to help you get a head start on navigating the show floor and managing your time while you’re there.

The 2019 edition of FABTECH will be at McCormick Place in Chicago...

Sneak Preview FABTECH 2019: Part Three

The 2019 edition of FABTECH will be at McCormick Place in Chicago November 11-14 to showcase the latest innovations and technologies in metal fabrication. This special sneak peek provides technical reviews of other machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibited to help you get a head start on navigating the show floor and managing your time while you’re there.

The 2019 edition of FABTECH will be at McCormick Place in Chicago...

Air Wipe Dries, Cools & Cleans Small Diameters

Clamped around continuously moving wire, cable, pipe, hose and extruded shapes, the 3/8 in Standard Air Wipe from EXAIR can blow off, dry, clean or cool the material passing through it.

Clamped around continuously moving wire, cable, pipe, hose and extruded shapes, the...

The Practical Impact of Industry 4.0 – Part 2: Automatic Manufacturing

Last time we saw how Industry 4.0 uses automated software to control and simplify the flow of information and tasks. Now let’s explore how it uses automated hardware to control and simplify the flow of materials and goods.

Last time we saw how Industry 4.0 uses automated software to control...

Stamping AHSS Got You Down? Reconsider Your Tool Design

To reduce wear and tool breakage when forming or blanking AHSS material, here are some tips on revisiting the type of tool steel used, the design of the tool itself, and whether or not adding a coating or surface finish will improve performance and provide longer tool life.

To reduce wear and tool breakage when forming or blanking AHSS material,...

Added Value: The Importance of Aftermarket Care

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what about technical support and service after production starts? Whether buying one robot or hundreds, having access to diverse support services to ensure peak robot performance is vital to maximizing your return on investment. Here’s why.

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what...

The Shop Workhorse

Less expensive than comparably-sized horizontal machines and able to effectively machine a huge variety of part geometries, the latest vertical machining centers also deliver higher speeds, handle larger parts and provide advanced machine controls that increase productivity, reduce costs and improve profitability.

Less expensive than comparably-sized horizontal machines and able to effectively machine a...

To Beat the Skills Gap, Join the Control Conversation

Machine tools with advanced conversational programming capabilities supported by comprehensive training serve as a bridge across the skills gap, a way to bring new professionals into the industry and keep manufacturing alive and well in North America.

Machine tools with advanced conversational programming capabilities supported by comprehensive training serve...

Added Value: The Importance of Aftermarket Care

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what about technical support and service after production starts? Whether buying one robot or hundreds, having access to diverse support services to ensure peak robot performance is vital to maximizing your return on investment. Here’s why.

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what...

Intelligent Positioning

Lowering the cost on shielding gas and consumables has little effect on the bottom line, but using the proper positioner to increase manufacturing and assembly efficiency can result in a significant cost savings and profit.

Lowering the cost on shielding gas and consumables has little effect on...

Top Problems with MIG Welding Consumables . . . and How to Fix Them

Take a close look at the impact of welding consumables on your overall operation, not just the purchase price. Here are some key tips on how to properly select, install and maintain consumables and troubleshoot problems when they arise – and, better yet, how to prevent them in the first place.

Take a close look at the impact of welding consumables on your...

Added Value: The Importance of Aftermarket Care

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what about technical support and service after production starts? Whether buying one robot or hundreds, having access to diverse support services to ensure peak robot performance is vital to maximizing your return on investment. Here’s why.

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what...

Five Best Practices for Multi-Material Welding in Manufacturing

To stay competitive, more shops face the challenges of welding many different types of materials. To reduce setup times and help their operators produce high-quality welds, they must move beyond basic options and invest in advanced capabilities that can have a big impact on the bottom line.

To stay competitive, more shops face the challenges of welding many different...

A World Without Downtime

While 70 percent of manufacturers lack full awareness of when their equipment is due for maintenance, upgrade or repair, does it have to be this way? Is abolishing unplanned downtime in Industry 4.0 a far-fetched dream, or is data-driven maintenance closer than we think?

While 70 percent of manufacturers lack full awareness of when their equipment...

Added Value: The Importance of Aftermarket Care

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what about technical support and service after production starts? Whether buying one robot or hundreds, having access to diverse support services to ensure peak robot performance is vital to maximizing your return on investment. Here’s why.

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what...

Cleanliness is a Virtue

This old proverb rings true for your plant more than ever: Take a closer look at how good housekeeping practices positively impact profit, productivity and purpose in metalworking operations.

This old proverb rings true for your plant more than ever: Take...

HRSA Machining Takes the Heat

By retaining their hardness at the high temperatures generated by machining heat-resistant super alloys, these ceramic cutting tools achieve much greater speeds over solid-carbide tools for higher productivity that reduces cost per part.

By retaining their hardness at the high temperatures generated by machining heat-resistant...

Intelligent Positioning

Lowering the cost on shielding gas and consumables has little effect on the bottom line, but using the proper positioner to increase manufacturing and assembly efficiency can result in a significant cost savings and profit.

Lowering the cost on shielding gas and consumables has little effect on...

Stamping AHSS Got You Down? Reconsider Your Tool Design

To reduce wear and tool breakage when forming or blanking AHSS material, here are some tips on revisiting the type of tool steel used, the design of the tool itself, and whether or not adding a coating or surface finish will improve performance and provide longer tool life.

To reduce wear and tool breakage when forming or blanking AHSS material,...

Pro Secrets for Maximizing Grinding Performance and Efficiency

To significantly reduce your operating costs, achieve better productivity and a stronger bottom line, here are some tips for properly using abrasives that will eliminate waste and improve performance, efficiency and operator comfort.

To significantly reduce your operating costs, achieve better productivity and a stronger...
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