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12 tips to improve your value stream maps

October 20, 2014

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Value stream mapping can be a tool to help identify and eliminate waste, but it’s easy to get lost in the details. These tips will help you keep your eye on the big picture, to ensure your VSM remains an effective tool for continuous improvement.

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Mission NOT accomplished

October 17, 2014

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A brief look at some unemployment and employment numbers provides reason for optimism for the state of the labor force. It's too soon to say "Mission accomplished" or anything like that, because getting people back to work is an ongoing process, but the trends are encouraging nonetheless.

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In-die indeed

October 17, 2014

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Take stamping production to its limits—and beyond—by taking advantage of in-die and inline capabilities afforded by state-of-the-art servo technology that integrates additional operations into the stamping process.

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Sales and operations planning meets contract fabrication

October 16, 2014

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O’Neal Manufacturing Services, one of the country’s largest contract fabricators, has implemented a strategy called sales and operations planning, or S&OP, a process designed to improve not just sales forecasting, but the entire enterprise.

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Still Building America: Calling young metalworkers

October 16, 2014

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I’d like to introduce a new project I’m working on for The FABRICATOR®, “Still Building America.” I will continue to write my normal bimonthly posts about welding in addition to starting a new series focusing on youngish (under 35), skilled tradespeople, manufacturing entrepreneurs,...

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Communication protocol added to encoders

October 16, 2014

Heidenhain offers the use of Siemens Drive-CLiQ communication protocol in its ECN/EQN 1300 optical absolute encoders. The Ethernet-based protocol interfaces with Sinamics control systems. It has a speed of 100 Mbit/sec. and a cycle time of 31.25 μs. Motion control system components with the...

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Caster made for heavy-duty use

October 16, 2014

Caster Concepts has introduced the new 87 series caster. Designed for heavy-duty industrial applications, the maintenance-free caster carries a load evenly over a radially loaded precision ball bearing. A forged steel top-plate stabilizes the bearing, and a precision-machined yoke base helps...

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Ford adds 850 jobs at Rouge Center

October 15, 2014

Ford Motor Co. has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its Ford Rouge Center, which comprises the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping, and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs, which are divided among the three facilities, will support production of the 2015 F-150®. Dearborn Truck...

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Open your eyes at FABTECH

October 15, 2014

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From an attendee’s perspective, FABTECH is akin to Christmas morning, when all the new toys and possibilities are revealed, complete with a soundtrack. At least that’s how Barnes MetalCrafters’ Nick Martin sees it.

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Brochure highlights mist collector line

October 15, 2014

Micro Air Clean Air Systems offers a brochure that details its MistMax™ series high-efficiency mist collector line for controlling oil and coolant mist in metalworking applications. The brochure contains engineering data and performance charts on tested filter efficiency and filter life...

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Linear stage offers 0.5-micron resolution

October 15, 2014

PI has introduced the M-417 linear stage, which provides 19.69-in. travel and 0.5-micron resolution. This motorized precision positioner can be computer-controlled for automation and precision assembly applications. The linear translation stage can handle high duty cycles and 3.94-IPS velocity....

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Uni-World Capital acquires Drake Mfg. Services

October 14, 2014

Uni-World Capital LP has made a strategic growth capital investment in Drake Mfg. Services Co., a manufacturer of precision CNC machine tools based in Warren, Ohio. In addition to providing capital, Uni-World and its advisory board will provide strategic and operational advice as the company...

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From the Web: Harley jewelry; U.S. manufacturing renaissance or fantasy?

October 14, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Utica, N.Y., company decorates Harleys; manufacturing renaissance—maybe, maybe not; women provide manufacturing muscle; and predicting metal costs.

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Forecast 3D expands headquarters

October 14, 2014

Forecast 3D, a 3-D printing and short-run manufacturing service provider, has added 5,500 sq. ft. to its headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. The company now has 42,500 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, allowing the firm to increase its in-house additive manufacturing services. The new building...

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Multitool qualifier connects up to 16 tools wirelessly

October 14, 2014

Panasonic has introduced the EYFR03 multitool qualifier with 16-tool connectivity. The technology has integrated and remote I/O versions, features a color LCD screen and USB plug-and-play firmware updates, offers onboard data collection for up to 10,000 rundowns, and can be configured to enable or...

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