Selected articles from October 2006 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
Gardner Manufacturing, Horicon, Wis., needed automation and flexibility to keep up with more challenging customer demands. The contract manufacturer found its answer with two laser cutting devices with automated material handling and three new press brakes capable of precision bending.
The fortune of Custom Tool & Mfg. Co. changed last year with a cold call from a representative of MFG.com. After signing on for the Web-based service, the fabricator is finding several fabricating jobs to bid on each week.
Laser machine users know it, but often ignore it. Laser manufacturers swear by it, but often don't push it. It's maintenance, and it should be the watchword of anyone who owns and operates a laser.
Laser equipment specialists claim that an operator now can change the head for cutting up to 3/4-inch mild steel to welding 3-D parts in less than 15 minutes. So the laser cutting/welding equipment has made a technological leap to support the job shops looking to expand their capabilities. But how have the gas systems evolved to support these advanced capabilities?
Supreme Corp. prides itself on producing general-purpose and custom vehicle bodies for its customers, which include contractors. Appearance was an issue - one that led it to replace rivets with structural adhesives in its manufacturing.
If you are considering retrofitting existing equipment to not just expand your plate cutting capacity, several factors need to be considered. These factors focus on a higher wattage resonator or an higher amperage plasma system, but also on the need to review the entire machine architecture.
Unlike get-rich-quick schemes that promise to double your money in days or weeks, lean manufacturing is an ongoing improvement program that will be in place for as long as your company is in business. Learn the basics of lean in Part I of this two-part series.
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