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Create Operational Excellence in High-Variety Environments

February 22, 2017 | By Kevin J. Duggan

Move from lean to operational excellence by creating a visual flow of value to the customer.

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Fiber lasers deliver power up to 1,000 W

February 22, 2017

Amada Miyachi America Inc. has released four new LF series fiber laser welding machines in power levels from 250 to 1,000 W. Offering the control required for small component welding and fine precision cutting of metals, the lasers are suitable for microspot welding, seam welding, and precision...

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Turn to Coatings

February 22, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

As manufacturers begin to machine new materials it pushes cutting tool manufacturers to develop new coatings and new ways to apply coatings to support these demands.

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Empire Machinery takes on Salvagnini product line

February 22, 2017

Empire Machinery announced this week that it has partnered with The Salvagnini Group, headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, to sell the company's machines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. According to Empire, with an increasing demand for automated and customized bending, laser cutting and...

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Vise holds part ends for final workpiece cutoff

February 22, 2017

Kurt Mfg. Co. has released the SideWinder™ vise, which mounts directly to the back of 6- or 8-in. Kurt vises. It provides vertical workholding without interfering with an existing host vise or the machine spindle. These vises expand the capabilities for 6- or 8-in. vises by adding vertical...

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Finding Zen One Book at a Time

February 21, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

In his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author Robert Pirsig describes his 17-day motorcycle ride from Minnesota to California, revealing the many philosophical discussions he had along the way.In some ways the book is an homage to Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, which...

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Shearing system package introduced

February 21, 2017

COMEQ Inc. has announced the availability of the Primeline shearing system package. Swing-beam shears are available for materials up to ¾ in. thick and 20 ft. long. The shearing system features adjustable rake angle with a low cutting angle for processing thin material. When the operator inputs a...

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Multitasking machine features multilaser deposition technology

February 21, 2017

Mazak has introduced the Integrex i-200S AM (additive manufacturing), a new hybrid multitasking machine technology with a multilaser deposition system, enabling both additive and subtractive capabilities.It performs turning, milling, and drilling, as well as additive manufacturing and laser marking...

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Are Your Remnants Trash or Treasure?

February 20, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Getting value from remnants requires nesting software, dedication to a material handling and storage system, and a judgment call as to when a remnant is really scrap.

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Walter-Comara joint venture supports manufacturers with Industry 4.0

February 20, 2017

Walter has joined with long-standing software partner Comara to create a new company under joint leadership. “This is a key step in our drive to provide our customers in North America and around the world with smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 solutions,” said Mirko Merlo, president of Walter...

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Control the top 3 areas of band saw frustrations

February 17, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Band saw operators offer tips to reduce difficulties in the three areas identified by fabricators as the most frustrating--machine downtime, blade failure, and operator error.

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Astrex lands funding for lightweight auto parts development

February 17, 2017

Earlier this week, it was announced that Astrex Inc. of Lakeshore (near Windsor) will receive a repayable contribution of up to $17 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency's (FedDev Ontario) Advanced Manufacturing Fund. The investment will enable Astrex, a manufacturer of auto parts,...

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New program intends to enhance regulation of the engineering profession

February 17, 2017

On March 31 Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) will launch a new program to gather information on the practices of each of its 80,000 licence holders and gauge their professional knowledge activities. Under PEO’s Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program, practicing licence holders will...

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Fitz’s Mobile Welding gets new home in Harbour Grace

February 16, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In January, Bay Roberts, N.L.-based Fitz’s Mobile Welding Inc. closed on the purchase of the former S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, N.L. Fitz's is a welding and fabrication business that serves the mobile and in-shop service needs of the marine, construction, structural, and...

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Ceramic wheels designed for long life

February 16, 2017

Weiler Abrasives Group has introduced the Tiger® Ceramic line of cutting, grinding, and combination wheels. According to the manufacturer, validated end-user testing shows the products provide 25 to 40 percent longer life than other ceramic products. The ceramic grains use a crystalline structure...

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