Not all parts need the tight-tolernace edge that laser cutting provides;
now a fabricator canhave the fine touch of laser cutting and the
poweful force of plasma cutting for thicker materials in one machine.
Vision systems for a welding applicaiton usually are reserved for
critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology
developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new
Faspro Technologies identified a manufacturing need inthe alte 1990s
that could be met with the use of photochemical etching technology.
It has since built a successful business serving the electronics industry.
These days automation and efficiency are givens. Today, more executives are talking about something that, in the high-product-mix world of metal fabrication, can be incredibly complex. They're talking about information.
Sue Rollins takes safety personally, and for good reason. The quality
assurance manager and safety coordinator at Genzink Steel, Holland
Mich., has a life history greatly affected by workplace hazards. To be
effective and to convey her message, she makes quality and safety
Advanced Metal Components has endured tragedy and evolved into
a major employer in rural Swainsboro, Ga. Part of it comes from
having the right technology, but most of the company’s evolution has
involved a perception change about inventory management.
Faspro Technologies has both the old and new: automated lasers and press brakes alongside rows of small manual presses. In a sense, the Arlington Heights, Ill., shop paints an accurate picture of modern manufacturing in the United States.
Contract metal fabricators may have similar assets and offer similar
services, but have very different financial results. The differences
may come from differing customer mixes, but it also comes from the
fact that many shops have highly concentrated sources of revenue.
Lose one big account, and financial results seriously suffer.
Legrand’s West Hartford, Conn., plant produces cable management systems and has been on a lean manufacturing journey since the early 1990s. Results of improvement efforts abound, including quick tool-change stations by the company’s punch presses. The FABRICATOR sat down with Michael Kijak, West Hartford plant manager and Rui Monteiro, one of the company’s lean managers, to talk about some of the highlights. Read the article.
See the products TRUMPF will have on display at FABTECH on Nov 11-13 in Atlanta. TRUMPF will introduce a wide array of new products and technologies, including the world premiere of the TruLaser 2030 fiber laser cutting machine, in addition to new laser cutting, punching and press brake technologies, laser marking, laser welding, and power tools. Visit our FABTECH web site: www.us.trumpf.com
From the Web: Harley jewelry; U.S. manufacturing renaissance or fantasy? - by Vicki Bell Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Utica, N.Y., company decorates Harleys; manufacturing renaissance—maybe, maybe not; women provide manufacturing muscle; and predicting metal costs.
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