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Time is money--so, so much money -

Time is money--so, so much money

October 20, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Quick-response manufacturing (QRM) focuses on what’s called the “manufacturing critical path time,” or MCT. In manufacturing, time is money--in fact, it’s a lot more money than many realize. Rajan Suri uncovers why in his new book

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Need a light--now? -

Need a light--now?

October 20, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Phoenix Products Co.--a high-mix, low-volume lighting products manufacturer--has implemented an improvement methodology called quick-response manufacturing, and realized dramatic improvements in lead-times. One light fixture that used to take eight weeks to manufacture now only takes two.

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Wet dust collection snuffs hazards of industrial dusts -

Wet dust collection snuffs hazards of industrial dusts

October 20, 2011 | By Mike Sweezy

Metal manufacturers use wet filter systems for two reasons: to collect combustible metal dust and to filter particulate in heavy-sparking applications. Applications like deburring and grinding can involve both combustible metal particulate and heavy sparking--and for these applications wet dust collection systems can help mitigate inherent health and safety risks.

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Engineering firm enters the 3-D world of laser cutting -

Engineering firm enters the 3-D world of laser cutting

October 20, 2011 | By Dan Davis

A defense contract drove Systems Engineering & Manufacturing, Forest, Va., to seek out a flexible fabricating tool that could handle bent tube and structural shapes, and the fabricator found its answer in a laser cutting machine that could accommodate 2-D and 3-D parts.

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A holistic view of holemaking -

A holistic view of holemaking

October 20, 2011 | By Nick Hajewski

Drill lines must be robust enough to properly support the aggressive speeds and feeds of modern tooling. At the same time, shop layout and material handling strategies must ensure no drill line sits idle for excessive periods, just waiting for that next piece of material.

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Sawing potential -

Sawing potential

October 20, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Saw operator discovers artistic talent in the discarded metal pieces from his saw and around his job shop.

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Using ultrasonic energy for drawing tube -

Using ultrasonic energy for drawing tube

October 20, 2011 | By Nicholas Maropis

In conventional metalforming operations, the main way to reduce friction between the tooling and the workpiece is to apply a lubricant. Another supplementary method, which has been used for decades, is to introduce ultrasonic energy to the tooling, resulting in microscopic, high-frequency vibrations that reduce friction and improve surface finish.

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Stampers' unique perspectives result in innovative designs -

Stampers' unique perspectives result in innovative designs

October 20, 2011 | By Greg Farnum

Stamping companies are striving to stay relevant to their customers with intelligent manufacturing approaches that other fabricators can't match. Here are two companies that have followed that path successfully.

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The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding -

The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding

October 20, 2011 | By Mark Oxlade

Automated welding of heavy fabrications presents a whole new challenge when compared to robotic welding of thin-gauge components. The weldments, of course, are much larger. The joints in these types of fabrications are deeper and require multiple passes of the welding torch. The fabrications are likely to absorb more heat because of those multiple passes. Luckily, robotic sensors and advanced computing power can take some of this complexity out of the process.

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Fabricator takes a team approach to job management -

Fabricator takes a team approach to job management

October 20, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Anderson Dahlen is a precision sheet metal job shop. It’s an industrial contractor that designs and fabricates entire systems for the processing sector, everything from mixing systems for the chemical industry to holding tanks for dairy plants. It also fabricates architectural metal for commercial construction. In other words, the company doesn’t fit neatly into one category. Managers know this, which is why they’ve developed a unique approach to job management that centers on teams

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Manufacturers to unemployed: We are hiring

October 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

“There are no longer any great jobs where someone else tells you precisely what to do.” That’s a quote from bestselling author Seth Godin from his latest book, Linchpin, in which he describes how the best, most satisfied workers these days have become indispensible. They take initiative,...

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Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary -

Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary

October 18, 2011

Swiss company Bystronic, a supplier of lasers, press brakes, waterjets, software, and automation equipment for sheet metal processing, marks its 25th anniversary this year. In light of this, the company celebrated the milestone over a three week period in September at its world headquarters in...

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Vero Software, Planit Holdings merge -

Vero Software, Planit Holdings merge

October 17, 2011

Vero Software, Gloucestershire, U.K., a provider of CAD/CAM/CAE systems for the tooling industry, has announced its merger with Planit Holdings, Kent, U.K., a developer of CAD/CAM software for the production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, and woodworking sectors. The Planit Group...

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Banner Metals Group marks 90 years in business

October 17, 2011

Banner Metals Group, Columbus, Ohio, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Founded in 1921 as the Banner Die, Tool, and Stamping Co., the business provided tools and dies to numerous industries. In 1999 the company was renamed the Banner Stamping Co. to focus on the manufacture of precision...

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Prima Industrie forms Prima Electro North America

October 17, 2011

Prima Industrie has announced the formation of Prima Electro North America. The new organization, based in Chicopee, Mass., and led by Terry VanderWert, president, was formed by the merger of the former Convergent Laser Division of Prima North America and is the result of the organizational changes...

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