December 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston
For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.
October 31, 2014 | By Rob Pitera
Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.
October 22, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Vision systems for a welding application usually are reserved for critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new audience.
June 9, 2014 | By Vic Lubieniecki
Subscribing to common myths about robotic welding systems can cause headaches and prevent you from making the most of your investment.
May 5, 2014 | By Kate Bachman
Stamping manufacturer A.J. Rose, Avon, Ohio, supplies precision-formed, deep drawn, metal products and assemblies such as transmission pistons, torque converter components, impellers, engine timing rings, ABS, water pump components, accessory drive pulleys, AC compressor clutch components, and numerous other powertrain components. The stamper needed the transfer system for a new transfer press to be robust and rigid to minimize tooling bar deflection and vibration. In addition, the system had to be compatible with existing tooling and to integrate well with a servo press’s variable speeds and modes
February 3, 2014 | By Chris Anderson
Thanks to intuitive teaching, which eliminates the need for highly skilled programmers and saves valuable job setup time, robots now are making inroads in small job shops.
November 6, 2013 | By Douglas Hixon
Robotics can tackle more precision applications than ever before, thanks to better manufacturing techniques for the robot arms themselves, as well as software that has made robots more intelligent.
September 13, 2013 | By Richard Stokes
La variabilidad de la demanda es un hecho inmutable de la fabricación metálica por contrato. La mezcla de clientes de un fabricante puede cambiar, y con ésta, la mezcla de productos. Debido a ello, el taller tiene que estar listo para cualquier cosa. Para ser competitivos,...
April 22, 2013 | By Romain Bournet
Simulating press line automation can eliminate many headaches and solve problems before the physical integration process. But that simulation needs an accurate CAD file showing the placement of all press line components. Here, 3-D digital scanning technology fills a need.
April 19, 2013 | By Eric Lundin
When Oddello Industries, a supplier of fabricated assemblies to OEMs in a variety of markets, was invited to bid on a contract for a high-end adjustable mattress foundation, it searched for a piercing machine and a cutting machine that could handle the tubular portion of the project. It combined the two machines into a single integrated unit that processes more than 15 miles of tube per day.
March 7, 2013 | By Richard Stokes
When a robotic manufacturing system needs to be moved, particularly between remote sites, the cost of the move can be a significant percentage of the original cost of the system. But this doesn’t always have to be the case.
January 7, 2013 | By Dan Davis
Machine tool developers have done a great job of automating many of the operations associated with structural steel processing over the years. Automated cutting, drilling, and marking are widely adopted in the industry. The same, however, can't be said for assembly and welding, but that could be changing.
September 10, 2012 | By Ryan Lizotte
In recent years, through-arm robots have begun to replace conventional over-the-arm models. Following these selection, installation, and maintenance guidelines for a through-arm robotic GMAW gun can help you make a smooth transition.
Can automated welding be a useful tool in the random world of fabricating, where material make-up is inconsistent and weld-prep results in non-aligned edges? With a vision system, automated welding indeed can be the right tool for the right application.
August 3, 2012 | By Dan Davis
Structural steel fabricators now realize what their sheet metal counterparts have known for several years: It doesn't make sense to pay people for the non-value-added activity of handling beams. That's why these shops are investigating automated material handling, but before they do that, they need to answer some important questions.