February 26, 2016
Situation True Gear & Spline, Cambridge, Ont., needed to grind larger gears with much higher tolerance and increased speed to expand its services to customers in the machinery, mining, energy, oil and gas, and prototyping sectors. A family business established in 1974 by Vinko Bizjak Sr.,...
February 12, 2016
Marketing. The very thought of what marketing means inspires strong reactions. You love it, or you hate it. There also are many fables about marketing: It’s costly, it’s hard to understand, it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t work, it keeps changing, even I can do without it. You may find...
February 11, 2016
Reducing CMM bottlenecks can be accomplished without investing in an entirely new system. Updating software, adding automation, and incorporating upstream metrology can speed the measurement planning process, reduce the amount of data points to be measured at the end of the line, and add capabilities.
February 10, 2016
The beauty and grace of a baleen whale were the inspiration of the “Sei” sculpture designed by Michael Yahgulanaas and fabricated by Reggin Industries, Calgary, Alberta, for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Mall at the Vancouver Airport. Fabricating the smooth, curved lines of the sculpture with a mirrored stainless steel exterior within a tight time frame required a disciplined, revised production flow and innovation.
January 20, 2016
Complicated parts and fast turnaround times prompted Porsche to upgrade its manufacturing abilities.
January 11, 2016
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.
January 6, 2016
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.
January 5, 2016
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.
December 18, 2015
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.
December 18, 2015
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.
December 17, 2015
Safety systems are an important part of productivity, plant effectiveness.