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Machine software integration

Taking software integration to new heights

December 12, 2006

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For a job shop or contract manufacturer to take as much labor out of the manufacturing process as possible, automation is necessary. This can be helped with the integration of front-office and shop floor software.

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Northern Tool and Engineering

Live or die making tools

December 12, 2006

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A tool- and die-maker for 50 years, Leo Niemela started out successfully enough in the tool and die business. But as the industry started to decline, he and his family had to decide which direction to take: stay with tool and die or reposition the company.

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Plasma cutter

High Roller meets fast cutter

December 12, 2006

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The historic High Roller roller coaster, perched atop the Stratosphere Tower on the Las Vegas Strip, needed to be demolished. The question for contractors was what cutting process and equipment would be best to dismantle the roller coaster, all 367, 3-foot, 300-lb. sections of it.

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Structural steel

Structurally, it's a job shop

December 12, 2006

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Structural steel shops book jobs by the shop hour. More jobs lead to more hours and inevitably longer delivery times. In many instances, just-in-time deliveries in the structural business can be measured with calendars, not stopwatches. Suburban Steel Supply Co., Gahanna, Ohio, tries not to fall into that traditional trap when servicing its customers.

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Piercing punch burr

Solving punch breakage problems - Part I

December 12, 2006

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Numerous factors contribute to the premature failure or breakage of piercing and cutting punches. Two common factors are operator error and incorrect die cutting clearance.

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Can your manufacturing software do this?

December 12, 2006

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Manufacturing software has come a long way in just the last five years. Independent software developers point out some of the advancements in manufacturing software in the hopes that some fabricators realize they may be missing out on some real production-optimization tools.

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Slug pulling diagram

Die Basics 101: Part XI

December 12, 2006

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Slug pulling is a serious problem in a stamping operation. Addressing the issue requires first understanding why the slugs are pulling. What Is Slug Pulling? When a pierce punch creates a hole, it also produces scrap, usually referred to as a slug. Slug pulling occurs when the slug sticks to the...

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Surveying suitability of welding processes for roll formed parts

December 12, 2006

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Of the many weld processes used, resistance, high frequency and fusion welding are the most likely to be integrated with roll forming. Welding processes that are integrated with roll forming include GTAW, fusion, plasma arc welding, laser welding, resistance welding, and high-frequency welding. The fusion weld processes most successfully integrated with rollforming are those that are fast and don't require a filler metal.

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Angle profile provides design flexibility

December 12, 2006

Flo-Form™ inline galvanized roll formed angle from Allied Tube & Conduit provides design flexibility and extended product line choices for engineered angle profiles.Available wall thicknesses...

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Tube bending software upgraded

December 12, 2006

Unison has launched a new version of its Unibend Control Software.The software now includes Graph Analysis, a function that captures data on the torque values that each machine axis applies during a...

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Drum motor conveyor introduced

December 12, 2006

Pax Products has introduced the DMC drum motor conveyor for removing parts and scrap from dies.The geared motor is hermetically sealed in a steel cylindrical tube, eliminating the need for chains,...

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Push-to-connect fittings are silicone-free, weld spatter-resistant

December 12, 2006

Parker Hannifin Corp.'s Prestoweld push-to-connect fittings are weld spatter-resistant and silicone-free.All fittings feature nickel-plated brass bodies and threads. Push buttons are made from UL94-V0...

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Magnet/vacuum lifter holds all shapes, steel types

December 12, 2006

The Transporter® MV end-of-arm tooling from Industrial Magnetics Inc. combines vacuum and magnet technology to lift and hold all shapes and types of steel in stamping, blanking, and press-to-press...

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Laser scanning software upgraded

December 12, 2006

Faro Technologies Inc. has released version 4.0 of its 3-D laser scanning software family: Faro Scene, Faro Scout, Faro Scout LT, and Faro Record.The new version provides intrinsic use of inclination...

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Heavy-duty shear's blades require no sharpening, adjusting

December 12, 2006

The Ku6870, a 12-ga. shear from Metabo Corp., performs burr-free cutting, shearing, and trimming of sheet metal.The shear converts from a portable to a stationary tool when mounted upside down on a...

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