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What Type of Automation Is Right For You?

January 25, 2016

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Editor’s Note: This article is based on the Güdel white paper “Design Guide for Automated Machine Tending Applications.” It is available for download at www.gudel.com/us.

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Why Velocity Matters

January 22, 2016

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Editor’s Note: This article is based on the Flow Intl. Corp. white paper “HyperPressure™ Drives Cutting Efficiency Through Waterjet Velocity.” It is available for download at www.flowwaterjet.com.

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Porsche Motorsport component machining

Motorsports Company Reduces Component Production Time With New Programming, Simulation Tools

January 20, 2016

Complicated parts and fast turnaround times prompted Porsche to upgrade its manufacturing abilities.

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What About Submerged Arc Welding?

January 20, 2016

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Knowing your applications will help you determine what auxiliary equipment you need to manipulate a submerged arc welding head and get the productivity you want.

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Rigid body design in drills like Sandvik Coromant's CoroDrill 880 help prevent deflection during cross-hole drilling.

Control Cranky Cross Holes

January 11, 2016

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Drilling quality cross holes without harming the tooling is a bit of a science. To succeed, mix together adjusted cutting data, properly directed high-pressure coolant; attention to the order in which varying hole diameters are created; and the right drill length, geometry, coating, and grade for the specific application.

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Funding for Innovation and Growth

January 6, 2016

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Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a series that will outline how recent policy changes impact eligibility criteria for Scientific Research and Economic Development (SR&ED) projects; how project tracking can be used to strengthen an SR&ED claim; and how companies can leverage different direct sources of government funding along with SR&ED to achieve their business goals.

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Marv Fiebig, president of PTooling with the new DMG Mori Lasertec 65 3D.

Hybrid Additive/Subtractive Capabilities to Shift Production Focus

January 5, 2016

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Small metalworking company, PTooling in Amherstburg, Ont., has big plans based on their purchase of an additive/subtractive combination machine. Owner Marv Fiebig said he is adopting the new technology so the company will survive, thrive, and have the opportunity to add other capabilities based on emerging metalworking technologies.

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Angle sensor on an Amada press brake.

It’s All a Setup!

December 18, 2015

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Small-batch processing on a press brake can be a challenge to efficiency, productivity, and profits, but OEMs have added features and options that can help make a batch of one a profitable venture. Two areas offer opportunities to shave time off the production cycle. One is eliminating trial and error and ensuring that the first part is accurate. The other is streamlining setup.

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Impellar at the liquid surface of a sump pump can cause foam.

Tiny Bubbles Cause Troubles

December 18, 2015

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Foam can impede the performance of high-pressure, high-volume, high-velocity machine tools and lead to machine downtime and tool breakage. Before turning to a nonfoaming solution, determine whether the foam is caused by a chemical problem that may be corrected by changing the low-foaming coolant or if a mechanical issue can be addressed to eliminate the problem.

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Milling software creates material-aware toolpaths.

What Dynamic Milling Can Do for You

December 18, 2015

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Dynamic milling software brings the required technologies together to make it easy to create roughing programs that use advanced cutting tools. The result can be reduced tool wear and increased material removal at the same time.

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Plant Safety Starts Before Building and Never Stops

December 17, 2015

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Safety systems are an important part of productivity, plant effectiveness.

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Facilitating Effective Change: Helping the Leader Lead the Way

Leaders Must Create Effective Change

December 14, 2015

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Business leaders must use all resources available, including other high-level staff, to create effective change.

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Student in the CTMA program learn basic skills from Mike Oullette in the Valiant classroom

Teaching the Next Generation of Manufacturers

December 9, 2015

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Valiant Training and Development Centre and the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association have found a formula that gets the next generation excited about manufacturing and trains them to be ready to contribute to productivity on a shop floor in a few short weeks. Students are vying for a place in the program, and area manufacturers anxiously wait to put the graduates to work.

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Iscar high-feed turning tool

More Feed More of the Time

November 16, 2015

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Increasing the feed can create dramatic improvement in Q rates.

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Lean or Mean in Punching Tool Organization?

November 13, 2015

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Examining the eight deadly wastes can help to eliminate inefficient production practices in a fabricator's punching operation.

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