November 2, 2012
By: Ed Hansen
Today lean thinking has led many to consider not just manufacturing costs, but also the costs that occur over the entire product life cycle. This is where hybrid laser-arc welding has really stepped up to the plate—literally. The technology can be used to weld high-strength steel parts effectively, which is great news for the transportation industry as they look to reduce the weight of components.
Weisgram Metal Fab replaces multiple stand alone lasers with the automation river system from Mitsubishi Laser. Weisgrams’ River system includes 8 lasers with 322 shelves that can hold two million pounds of raw material. It is the second largest Mitsubishi automation system in North America.
Keeping an eye on Mexico - by Dan Davis
No matter what happens with Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority, Mexico is moving forward with its plan to be the manufacturing hub to not only the U.S., but the world.
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