August 1, 2009 | By Bill Morgan
Don't forget a component of the system sometimes can dictate whether a robotic welding integration succeeds or fails: the fixturing.
August 1, 2009 | By Dan Davis
LAI International, Scottsdale, Ariz., is a precision manufacturer that supplies specialized parts to many of the most-demanding OEMs in the world. Even with that success, the company realized there was still room to improve. As a result, it embarked on a lean journey and is seeing immediate results.
July 1, 2009 | By Gerald Davis
A reader has a question about modeling an assembly comprised of three plates and tubing. Columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance.
June 23, 2009 | By Elia Levi
The relatively new concept of validation likely will be used more and more by customers and certifying agencies to ascertain that all conceivable means were used to guarantee that a manufactured product indeed meets all requirements, including hidden characteristics not readily verifiable. This article gives an overview of typical applications.
June 1, 2009 | By Gerald Davis
The most important output from a CAD system is the bill of material. Columnist Gerald Davis gives us an idea of just how much detail should go into creating a BOM.
May 19, 2009 | By Michael Bishop
Tough economic conditions have hit the construction industry as hard as they have many other industries. These problems in commercial construction are affecting structural steel fabricators. New technologies are especially benefiting four important structural steel fabricating processes by reducing labor costs. These represent some of the bigger developments in recent years.
May 1, 2009 | By Gerald Davis
Leaning to use the loft tool in 3-D CAD modeling takes some work, but it can come in handy in certain circumstances.
April 28, 2009 | By Annette Doyle
This technical article from TRUMPF takes a look at how parts can be redesigned to include less material and to be processed much more efficiently.
April 14, 2009 | By Art Hedrick
Metalworking professionals who possess diverse proficient skills have an edge in a tight job market. In this first installment in a series, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick presents an overview of the metal stamping industry and describes the various careers available in the sector.
April 14, 2009 | By Tim Heston
Crimson Fire, a lean fire truck OEM, enjoys record orders, but prepares for challenges ahead.
April 1, 2009 | By Gerald Davis
Like an extrude or revolve, a sweep is a tool for modeling a 3-D shape. A sweep consists of three basic elements—a profile, a path, and a set of rules for "sweeping" the profile along the path. A sweep can be a powerful tool when modeling 3-D shapes, according to columnist Gerald Davis.
March 19, 2009 | By George Spilka
Although tough times are upon us, an economic downturn doesn't have to put all plans on hold. If you own a middle-market company (one that has a transaction price between $5 million and $250 million) and you are interested in selling it, a slumping economy is no reason to hesitate. In fact, putting your company on the market during a slowdown can have several benefits.
March 10, 2009 | By Kate Bachman
Since the dot.com boom and bust, everyone from investors to manufacturers to geeks have been looking for The Next Big Thing.
March 1, 2009 | By Gerald Davis
Among the tools in the 3-D CAD toolkit—extrudes, revolves, sweeps, and lofts—the first two can be used to create identical parts, but they don't work the same way. Depending on which process you choose, the time the computer needs to model and rebuild the part can vary substantially.
February 24, 2009 | By Traci Tapani
Need help motivating young people in your area to train for manufacturing careers? Want to get them fired up about pursuing their passions? Seven Minneapolis technical schools turned to race car driver Brennan Palmiter to help them accomplish these missions. They are glad they did.