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Shimifrez's Concord facility earns AS9100 Rev. C

September 5, 2013

Shimifrez Inc., a fabricator of photo-etched, light-gauge metal components, has announced that its Concord, Ont., facility has achieved certification to the AS9100 Revision C standard. The AS9100 standard supplements ISO 9001:2008 with requirements tailored to the aerospace industry. The company...

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Fears of a U.S. manufacturing skills gap in the near term are overblown, says report

September 5, 2013

The U.S. skills shortage will be less of a problem than many people believe in the short term, and it is unlikely to prevent a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing in the next few years, according to a report, "The U.S. Skills Gap: Could It Threaten a Manufacturing Renaissance?" from The Boston...

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Rechargeable battery unit kit provides long-term backup for CNC machines

September 5, 2013

FANUC America Corp. - FANUC CNC offers a rechargeable battery unit kit that provides long-term backup power for CNC machines and eliminates the use of disposable batteries. The unit enables one CNC system to be connected from a power source to the servo amplifiers. It contains a rechargeable...

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Stand-alone application performs DFX validation of product designs

September 5, 2013

Geometric Ltd. has launched Geometric DFX, a stand-alone application for carrying out design for X (DFX) validation of product designs. Powered by the company's DFMPro® design-for-manufacturability system, the application uses the CGM 3-D modeling kernel from Spatial Corp. Spatial's 3-D...

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Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price -

Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price

September 5, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In the battle to deliver a competitive price, the estimator provides the ammo for a successful response to a customer’s RFQ.

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So you want to sell? -

So you want to sell?

September 5, 2013 | By Christopher Geier

A seller wants to improve the business to drive higher EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) multiples. EBITDA indicates the profitability of a company and is considered when assessing its valuation during the sales process. As a company’s EBITDA consistently moves higher, so will the value of the company.

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Blast the silos to unlock potential -

Blast the silos to unlock potential

September 5, 2013 | By Jeff Sipes

In a company with silos, departmental functions rarely interact, and workers within those departments are focused solely on their core assignments. These silos perpetuate inward thinking, turf protection, and subpar results for customers. To improve, an organization needs to tear down these structures.

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So, exactly what are you going to improve?

September 5, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

Cycle time? Labor performance? It’s easy just to pick a random area for improvement, but if a metal fabricator really wants to change operations dramatically, time and effort are needed to identify the root causes in the greatest need of correction.

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The industry gets a quarterly physical -

The industry gets a quarterly physical

September 5, 2013 | By Tim Heston

According to the inaugural Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report, released in July, business isn’t horrible, but it’s not gangbusters either.

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Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?] -

Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?

September 5, 2013 | By Dan Davis

The 2013 What Keeps You Up at Night? survey of The FABRICATOR readership reveals that fabricators are taking steps to ensure that recent growth is not a short-term occurrence, but a long-term trend.

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Automating OEE for the job shop -

Automating OEE for the job shop

September 5, 2013 | By James Finnerty

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a proven means to track the effectiveness of production machinery, but its application in short-run, high-mix contract manufacturing has lagged somewhat given the difficulty in implementing it in its traditional manual form. Automatic data collection can help to overcome these obstacles, however.

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Improve Scheduling Production and Quality Using SaaS ERP

September 4, 2013

By: Epicor Software Corp.

The software as a service (SaaS) model of application delivery, in which software features are accessed through a Web browser, is an excellent way for small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to get the benefits of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems without the need to build additional IT infrastructure.

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Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs. -

Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs.

September 3, 2013

The Konecranes ATB AirBalancer is a lifting device that aids picking, lifting, moving, and placing items by hand. The pneumatic-powered mover is suitable for assembly processes, repair, and industrial production tasks across a variety of industries. The unit reaches movement speeds up to 6.56...

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Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming -

Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming

August 29, 2013

ABB has introduced an overhauled system of robotic machine tending software for such applications as die casting, injection molding, and machining. Together, the new PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the new controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for...

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Tool data management software helps streamline CAM simulation

August 29, 2013

TDM Systems has released TDM 4.6 tool data management software, designed for short implementation times and simplified use. Three-dimensional generators have been improved to help streamline CAM simulation. The 3D-Revolve Generator for rotationally symmetric tools and the 3D-Solid Converter help...

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