June 17, 2008
By: Joseph Altieri
Three decades ago bottoming with penetration, or coining, was the only way to achieve high accuracies on press brakes, and this meant fabricators endured high tooling costs. Over the years precision air bending with CNC hydraulic press brakes using precision-ground tooling evolved to become the dominant forming method in the precision market. However, it took some significant machinery advances to get there.
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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