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P3 opportunities

March 22, 2017 | By Alma Johns

While the construction industry in general will benefit from the government's infrastructure plan, our metalworking industry in particular can exploit opportunities from this initiative too. The government’s $180 billion investment is a staggering amount. If a company’s products and services fit into the public infrastructure supply chain, it needs to successfully align its business strategies with this initiative.

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Small Diameter + Deep Hole = Extra Diligence

March 16, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Drilling small-diameter, deep holes calls for added attention to process details from toolholder to tooling selection to clean coolant.

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8 Tips to Beat the Grinder Setup Grind

March 15, 2017

Small changes in setup routines, equipment maintenance, and work flow can make big differences in setup time.

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Keeping the Edge

March 15, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Fibre laser cutting processes are highly automated, but operator vigilance, knowledge, and adjustments are needed to ensure consistent edge quality.

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Machine-to-human Communications Are Trending

March 13, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

When machines are paired with software that allows them to communicate their needs, more than communications occur--things can occur like improved uptime and overall equipment effectiveness and lower scrap, rework, and operating costs.

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Aerospace Sector Report: A Jetstream of Trends

March 10, 2017 | By Nate Hendley

New manufacturing trends must compete with political developments to make headlines in the Canadian aerospace sector.

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Alan McGuigan, operations manager at Resistance Welding Products Ltd. in Blenheim, Ont., holds an aluminum arm for a robotic welder. Photo by James Gervais.

RWP’s Components Spark Production

March 2, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

RWP manufactures a diverse range of products, from small, intricate, threaded electrodes to large weld gun arms for some of the largest and most demanding customers in the automotive sector.

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Camosun College takes steps toward marine fitter program

February 28, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In November 2016 Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., unveiled an exciting new addition to its trades training complex – a 6-tonne ship bulkhead training module. The module was manufactured, donated, and installed by Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards. It is just one of a number of ways in which...

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Going Deep

February 27, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Producing a deep hole with a good finish, accurate diameter, and straightness control is the goal of deep-hole drilling. Hole quality is key to the development of high-quality products.

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ISO 9001 and ERP: A united approach

February 27, 2017 | By Mike Sweet, Steve Pettyjohn

The ultimate measure of a manufacturing project's success is return on investment (ROI).

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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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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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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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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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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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