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.
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...
January 26, 2017 | By Joe Thompson
Graphite typically is the standard electrode material for most electrical discharge machine (EDM) applications because they enable faster roughing cycle times and cost less than copper electrodes.
January 23, 2017 | By Joe Thompson
Lewis Carroll, he of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass fame, once wrote that life is but a dream. If he was right, I think I’d like to wake up now.The reason? To paraphrase another famous British author, this time the Bard of Avon himself: This is the winter of my discontent.As...
January 5, 2017 | By Joe Thompson
No matter if your work is in tool and mould construction, the aerospace industry, or the energy sector, a clear trend in all of these production environments is the creation of highly complex, high-quality workpieces with large dimensions.
June 6, 2016 | By Joe Thompson
Large or small, part making has its challenges. But, when parts are large and heavy, simply moving them around the shop becomes a daunting task.The equipment and manpower employed in creating these parts must be chosen correctly and used in a manner that’s the most productive while still...
May 26, 2016 | By Joe Thompson
For manufacturing companies, quality control and part inspection are key requirements before getting customer approval.To perform these jobs, production managers generally choose a coordinate measuring machine (CMM), which is one of the most common types of metrology equipment used to inspect and...
April 6, 2016 | By Joe Thompson
Most of us are not in the forecasting business anymore. That luxury went out the window in 2009 along with orders, jobs, and rainy-day funds. So unless you are a meteorologist, you likely are living in the now.But the process – even the skill – of forecasting still is of importance,...
March 18, 2016 | By Joe Thompson
The future of manufacturing—like many other industries—is linked to quality. It is the high quality of produced parts and the Canadian workforce that will keep manufacturing strong in this country.Since its founding in 1905, Canadian Metalworking has been observing the metalworking...
February 12, 2016 | By Joe Thompson
Psychologists love tests. In their world there are four primary tests: the clinical interview, personality assessment, behavioral assessment, and, of course the classic IQ test. Each is a fundamental of the psychology profession that helps form an understanding of a person’s current mental...
January 5, 2016 | By Joe Thompson
Numbers are funny things. A truly brilliant mathematician or a truly crooked accountant can make them do just about anything. Much like the evolution of the letters we use today, the use of the 10 glyphs (0 through 9) that we use started many centuries ago. Some scholars date the first use of...
December 14, 2015 | By Joe Thompson
Business leaders must use all resources available, including other high-level staff, to create effective change.
December 8, 2015 | By Joe Thompson
In “Romeo and Juliet” the Bard of Avon (a.k.a. Shakespeare, William) opined that a name, in and of itself, doesn’t carry much weight. “What’s in a name?” he wrote. “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” He of course is implying that the name...
November 16, 2015 | By Joe Thompson
Increasing the feed can create dramatic improvement in Q rates.
November 9, 2015 | By Joe Thompson
Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing, Windsor, Ont., reinvests as it reinvents itself.