Sue Roberts

Sue Roberts


2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

Sue Roberts, associate editor, contributes to both Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating & Welding. A metalworking industry veteran, she has contributed to marketing communications efforts and written B2B articles for the metal forming and fabricating, agriculture, food, financial, and regional tourism industries.

Roberts is a Northern Illinois University journalism graduate.

Photo of drill producing small-diameter, deep holes.

Metalworking | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

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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Fabricating | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

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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Photos of man checking data on smart watch.

Automation and Software | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

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

Made In Canada | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

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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Programmer with Hyperthern nesting software.

Automation and Software | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

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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Band saw blade with chips.

Fabricating | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

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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Amada press brake tooling.

Fabricating | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

New Takes on Press Brake Tooling

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Press brake OEMs are introducing tooling options and automation to help fabricators extend their press brake abilities and reduce setup time for more efficient short runs.

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OMAX 80X waterjet at Universal Fabricating.

Fabricating | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

Universal Fabricating’s waterjet cuts out outsourcing delays

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Bringing waterjet cutting in-house helped Universal Fabricating respond to rush jobs, increase process efficiencies, and expand its markets.

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Turning photo from Sandvik Coromant.

Metalworking | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

In search of turning's sweet spot

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Manipulating turning speed, feed, and depth of cut can result in higher metal removal rates. High-pressure coolant directed at the cutting zone and high-speed inserts help.

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Management | Blog Posts

One for all!

January 12, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Welcome to the new Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating & Welding web site! All the good features and content from the two previous sites, plus the material from the former Canadian Industrial Machinery web site are combined right here.We believe you’ll find that having the information...

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Cryogenic tooling pairs with a through-coolant spindle to deliver the -321-degree-F liquid nitrogen to the cutting edge. Photo courtesy of 5ME.

Cutting Tools | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Some Like It Cold

December 13, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

Machining exotic materials creates heat--a lot of heat that is detrimental to tool life, demands a slower removal rate, and creates a heat-affected zone (HAZ) on the material that often requires a downstream removal process.Cryogenic metal removal, in development for several years, has reached the...

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G-code simulation for a MODIG HMM barmill is shown on the computer monitor.

Automation and Software | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Bridging Machine Communication Gaps

December 12, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

Many people believe that when they buy a sophisticated, highly-capable computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine, it will automatically accept computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) data and produce parts. Unfortunately, some of the most modern CNC machines cannot do...

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These small-diameter components were produced for the watch-making industry. Photo courtesy of Horn USA.

Cutting Tools | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Microturning: The same, only different

November 28, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

The size of parts that go into things like cellphones, high-end electronics, and medical and military equipment is continuously getting smaller as nearly everything in our world is being resized to fit in reduced spaces. In the aerospace and automotive industries, the constant goal of...

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A QR code can be as small as ¼ in. by ¼ in., but it needs to be large enough so the graphical content will be readable. Photo courtesy of Bystronic Inc.

Fabricating | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

Let your laser multitask

November 11, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

Add one more job to a laser’s to-do list. Have the laser etch or engrave myriad information on each component before it moves on to the next process.The laser’s fine point of light can be programmed to add essential data to each piece and eliminate the need to move parts to stand-alone...

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Each BC Greenhouse Builders project is custom-designed, requiring its own set of cut-to-length profiles.

Automation and Software | Articles | Canadian Fabricating & Welding

Business Profile: BC Greenhouse Builders

November 1, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

BC Greenhouse Builders in Surrey, B.C., specializes in fulfilling people’s dreams. At least the dreams that involve a luxury greenhouse, conservatory, or garden room. “We understand that having a greenhouse is often someone’s dream,” said Max Tate, production manager. “And the extra...

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