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Manufacturing Fundamentals first, then improvement

November 10, 2015

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Sustaining improvement efforts remains difficult for many shops, but sustaining may not be so difficult with a foundation of good business fundamentals in manufacturing. This includes accurate bills of materials, accurate routings, good inventory control, a documented system for materials planning and procurement, concise business rules, and employee training.

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Looking out from the inside

November 9, 2015

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Artist and furniture-maker Louie Tozser has enjoyed a rich and varied career, working in metal, stone, glass, and polycarbonate, and does everything from one-off pieces to contract manufacturing. It’s much more than a business, though. Tozser’s latest plan it to introduce local children to art and perhaps inspire some to pursue a career in art as well.

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Automated deburring: Safe and round

November 9, 2015

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JBT FoodTech’s Sandusky, Ohio, operation was struggling with its deburring activities. A production requirement, deburring was occupying skilled labor that was needed elsewhere in the facility. An automated deburring machine proved to be the answer for the company’s production dilemma.

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Why manufacturers should get ISO-certified

November 9, 2015

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All manufacturers should get their ISO certification because the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-terms costs. Here’s why.

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Using failure modes and effects analysis in a reliability-centered maintenance program

November 6, 2015

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If a metal fabricator or former does it correctly, a failure modes and effects analysis can provide a solid foundation for predictive maintenance planning.

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How SWOT and lean go together

November 5, 2015

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A SWOT analysis covers a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. But how do you really define strengths and weaknesses? Much of it can come from data gleaned from a good flow assessment.

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Using a purge dam to cut welding time for UHP applications

November 4, 2015

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In welding high-purity and ultrahigh-purity piping systems, quite a bit of the welder’s time is idle, time spent waiting for the purge system to remove the oxygen from the system. Most purge dams mark or scratch the pipe’s ID, neither of which is acceptable on HP and UHP systems. This led to the development of a purge dam specifically for these applications.

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Thermal spray and fabrication

November 4, 2015

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Thermal spray is being used in metal manufacturing more each year. Fabricators need to be familiar with what it is, what benefits it can provide, and who can provide it.

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Why machine monitoring matters

November 4, 2015

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Monitoring machine performance in real time is gaining traction in metal fabrication. MTConnect, a machine communication standard that has made serious headway in the machining arena, now has a toehold in the sheet metal business.

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Dutch metal fabrication: About flow

November 4, 2015

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One theme carried throughout a recent LVD press tour of custom fabricators in Holland: With fast changeover and the ability to access the right information at the right time, even a custom fabricator with the highest product mix can achieve smooth part flow.

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Know laser weld penetration—now

November 4, 2015

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Inline coherent imaging, or ICI, can monitor laser weld depth by measuring the distance to the bottom of the keyhole, providing realtime weld penetration feedback.

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What makes an effective quality system in manufacturing?

November 4, 2015

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When designing an effective quality system, manufacturers need to consider the cost of quality (COQ), customer and industry quality demands, and their company’s specific set of value propositions.

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Celebrating the people in manufacturing

November 4, 2015

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Manufacturing Day celebrates what’s at the heart of the real world of progressive manufacturing. It’s about people talking and working together to make their lives, and the lives of their customers, easier.

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Building a better bike

November 2, 2015

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Bike-making may represent a potential business opportunity for skilled metal fabricators looking to diversify their businesses. Several bike-makers discuss how they got into the business and how they build their bicycles.

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Custom-made tube bender handles challenging shapes, eliminates scrap

November 2, 2015

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Exercise equipment manufacturer Cybex International makes workout machines with tubular frames from parts it bends in-house. The company has quite a bit of bending expertise, but one problem it couldn’t resolve was the bending of short lengths. A custom-made bender from Unison provided Cybex with the capability it needed.

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