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September 29, 2014
Having the right information at the right time
When Doug Brown stepped into his first business class in college, he knew he had done more than just change a major from engineering (see Figure 1 ). It wasn’t just to avoid struggling through courses on electromagnetism (which he did). This... Read more...

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June 26, 2014
Fiber laser system features rotating lens for welding
Amada offers the FLW 4-kW fiber laser system. The laser beam has a wavelength that is about one-tenth of that emitted by a conventional CO2 laser, helping to ensure high-speed results even when processing reflective materials, such as brass and... Read more...

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June 2, 2014
The ripple effect of high-speed laser cutting
The laser has evolved to become the heartbeat of precision sheet metal fabrication, and in recent years it has gotten a lot faster. Fiber and disk lasers cut through thin sheet at unprecedented speeds, while at the same time CO 2 lasers have... Read more...

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October 9, 2013
Sidestepping punched-part deburring
The idea of throwing labor at a deburring job just doesn’t cut it in most job shops today. Metal fabricators want to reign in labor costs so they can be more competitive in bidding against the competitor down the street or across the... Read more...

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September 26, 2013
Fiber laser cutting system achieves 75 percent light conversion efficiency
Amada offers the FLCAJ series of fiber laser cutting systems. They employ the manufacturer's AJ2000 and AJ4000 oscillators (fiber engines), which require one-quarter the amount of energy consumed by a typical CO2 oscillator. They also require no... Read more...

News

June 4, 2013
Amada opens Shanghai facility
Amada Co. Ltd., Kanagawa, Japan, has opened a facility in Shanghai, China, which will serve as the hub for its China busisness. In addition to administrative buildings, the facility houses a technical center (to open in July), a school for... Read more...

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June 4, 2013
Punch/laser combination processes complex parts without scratching
Amada's new ACIES series punch/laser combination machine provides scratch-free processing of complex sheet metal parts. Featuring advanced automation and tool change options, the machine delivers fast hit rates, stable processing, versatile... Read more...

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April 24, 2013
Surviving the storm
Architectural Grille was a company on the move in the fall of 2012. The manufacturer of custom grilles and decorative metalwork had just installed a modern powder coating line a couple of years earlier, was on the verge of installing solar... Read more...

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April 8, 2013
Fiber laser helps job shop cut thick metals
Any good story can be boiled down into three acts. North Topeka Fabrication’s story lends itself to such a presentation. Jim Lee is the protagonist. Like so many other metal fabricators, he worked for a shop in high school and... Read more...

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March 7, 2013
Tooling changeover can be a pressing issue
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of CIM-Canadian Industrial Machinery . It’s tough for a press brake department to keep up when jobs coming through are for small quantities, each... Read more...

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February 18, 2013
Amada to acquire Miyachi
As Amada Machine Tools Co. Ltd., Kanagawa, Japan, has announced plans to acquire 100 percent ownership of Miyachi Corp., Tokyo, by making a takeover bid, which has been approved by the Miyachi board of directors. Amada plans to make Miyachi... Read more...

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February 1, 2013
Growing in the face of uncertainty
What’s hard to grow is easy to kill. Any gardener knows it first-hand. Nowadays metal fabricators can testify to that fact as well. A&E Custom Manufacturing, Kansas City, Kan., has survived a bankruptcy in the early 1990s and two... Read more...

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December 6, 2012
Laser cutting system switches from flat-sheet to tube/pipe cutting
Amada has added a rotary index to its FOM2 laser cutting system, delivering the power and speed to cut mid to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three interchangeable shuttle pallets, simplifying the switch from flat-sheet... Read more...

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December 3, 2012
EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency
Leading indices indicate that manufacturing output has declined for almost a year. Certain geographic areas are suffering greatly from very high unemployment rates. Local governments are unable to inject stimulus funds because of skyrocketing... Read more...

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September 20, 2012
4,000-W fiber laser designed for cutting
Amada offers the FOL3015AJ fiber laser, which the company says is the first 4,000-W production fiber laser designed specifically for cutting. A 2,000-W model also is available. According to the manufacturer, the 5- by 10-ft. machine cuts... Read more...

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June 13, 2012
Shop grows by staying small
How does a metal fabricator grow yet maintain the same customer responsiveness that helped to build the business in the first place? By staying small, of course. What sounds like a riddle of the Great Sphinx is actually the secret of EVS... Read more...

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May 1, 2012
How soft skills make a shop successful
If managers at Jay Manufacturing Oshkosh Inc. hired people based solely on their technical expertise, the company probably wouldn’t have a rotary-axis laser, or a robotic welding cell, or flexible welding fixtures for both its manual and... Read more...

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February 28, 2012
Bending software streamlines press brake department
Ben knew what his setup person was about to say. It had become routine for the press brake department supervisor. Another day, another part that can’t be formed to the tolerance specified on the print. This time the quandary involved... Read more...

News

February 10, 2012
Amada announces grand opening of Dallas facility
Amada will celebrate the grand opening of its new Dallas Satellite Center March 7-8. The center will work in conjunction with the Amada Solution Center in Schaumburg, Ill., and the Los Angeles Technical Center in Buena Park, Calif., to provide... Read more...

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February 1, 2012
More than a metal fabricator - a problem solver
Everything in California is a little different. Metal fabricating is no exception. Whereas metal fabricating in the Rust Belt historically can be linked to “old iron” industries, such as automotive and appliance manufacturing,... Read more...

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January 24, 2012
Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet
Airtronics Metal Products (AMP) has added a new Amada Gemini FO M2 3015 laser to its 100,000-sq.-ft. San Jose, Calif., plant. The 4,000-W, dual-processing robotic laser machine includes a rotary index to cut medium to thick materials. The... Read more...

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January 9, 2012
Lessons learned lead to big bounce back
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” Irish author James Joyce said it, and everyone validates it every day. Some don’t care for the discovery process, while others recognize the opportunity for self-improvement. Steve... Read more...

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August 1, 2011
Rotary index configuration simplifies switch from flat sheet to tube, pipe cutting
Amada has added a rotary index to its FOM2 laser cutting system for cutting medium to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three interchangeable shuttle pallets, simplifying the switch from flat sheet cutting to tube or pipe... Read more...

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August 1, 2011
Seeing the (green) light
Most fabricators have adjusted their manufacturing processes significantly to compete. These days many customers place small orders (sometimes just one piece), require short lead-times (often just hours), and demand low prices. An operator... Read more...

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July 18, 2011
The benefits of technical certification in metal fabrication
Ever walk into a casino and see the Wheel of Fortune® slot game? That comes from IGT—and there are plenty more. In November 2010, International Gaming Technology (IGT) produced its 2 millionth slot machine since going public in 1981.... Read more...

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June 2, 2011
The merits of a manufacturing hybrid
When Atlanta Precision Machining & Fabrication opened for business, it immediately became a significant job shop in the metro area, at least as measured by manufacturing capacity. That's because it wasn't just a job shop but a subsidiary... Read more...

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April 25, 2011
Amada to build laser manufacturing center in California
Mitsuo Okamoto, president and CEO of Amada Co., Ltd., has announced plans to broaden the company's global manufacturing capabilities. In addition to its manufacturing centers located in Japan and France, Amada has unveiled plans to build... Read more...

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April 12, 2011
JDSU, Amada to develop second-generation fiber lasers
JDSU, Milipitas, Calif., and Amada have announced plans to develop jointly a line of second-generation fiber lasers with up to 4-kW output power. The lasers will be used in Amada’s high-powered laser material processing system. The... Read more...

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February 25, 2011
Hamburgers, metal, and mettle
Were he alive today, Billy would be proud of his family's metal fabrication company. That's what everybody called him: Billy, not sir, not Mr. Ingram, and certainly not his full name, Mr. Edgar Waldo Ingram. He demanded no such formalities,... Read more...

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December 13, 2010
Press brake handles bend lengths from 79 to 276 in.
With models varying in capacity from 55 to 600 tons, Amada's new HD NT press brake series can handle applications in bend lengths from 79 to 276 in. This series features a hybrid drive system that is engineered for low energy consumption and... Read more...

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December 2, 2010
It came from Europe
Dr. Norbert Wellmann, managing director, European Research Association for Sheet Metal Working, was present for the unveiling of a new software tool for production of unconventional roll formed parts on a late October day at EuroBLECH, the... Read more...

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December 2, 2010
Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help
Ask a metal fabricator what’s on his plate and he’s likely to say “plate.“ The days of processing only thin sheet metal parts have gone the way of the five-week lead-time. Job shops and OEMs are processing metals of... Read more...

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December 2, 2010
Fabricator growth strategy: Lower cost brings greater profit
Doug Gardner recalled one request for quote on a telephone booth-sized component. It was chockful of location points, with complicated square tubing needing to marry up with base plates precisely. The tolerances were so tight that Gardner,... Read more...

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December 2, 2010
Fabricating to the drumbeat
Gary Foreman remembers tripping hazards. On the shop floor of C.O.W. Industries, you couldn’t see much of, well, the actual floor. Metal blanks and half-completed parts lay everywhere. “I wish I had taken a picture back... Read more...

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November 12, 2010
Another day, another economic recovery
Pizza never tasted so good. That thought probably crossed at least one employee’s mind at the end of March 2009, when managers at Ometek Inc. threw a small pizza party in the company cafeteria. It was no big hurrah, but the get-together... Read more...

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November 12, 2010
Using watts, again
Who is John Galt? Anyone who’s read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is familiar with the question and probably will give a glint of a knowing smile. In the book, the question is an expression of helplessness and despair about the... Read more...

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October 4, 2010
New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering
In 1990 Drew Greenblatt probably couldn’t have imagined he’d be sitting before congressional hearings opining the virtues of U.S. manufacturing. The president of Marlin Steel Wire Products has testified that small manufacturing... Read more...

News

August 10, 2010
JDSU, Amada co-develop high-power fiber laser
JDSU, a provider of optical products for the communications, commercial, and consumer markets in Milpitas, Calif., has collaborated with Amada, Buena Park, Calif., to develop a new, high-power, 4-kW fiber laser. The laser has been integrated into... Read more...

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August 10, 2010
3 Phase Energy Systems, Amada America announce strategic distribution agreement
3 Phase Energy Systems, a green manufacturing company based in Auburn, Wash., has entered into a distribution agreement with Amada America Inc., Buena Park, Calif., to provide the company with an immediate skilled sales force. The... Read more...

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July 30, 2010
Streamlining press brake setups help transform a business
It’s been a long time since George Doucet spent his days turning a crank to adjust the backgauge of a press brake. That tedious act was just one reason that so many job shops followed traditional production methods. Setups were a bear;... Read more...

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May 28, 2010
The Wisconsin Family Robinson
Matt Shimmon has worked at Robinson Metal Inc., De Pere, Wis., for four years and is currently working in the custom fabricating side of the business. Even with limited experience compared with the many company veterans walking the floor and... Read more...

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April 27, 2010
Press brake available in capacities from 38 to 110 tons
The RGM2 press brake from Amada America Inc. comes in capacities from 38 to 110 tons. Its backgauge is equipped with a pair of three-position gauge fingers (top, center, and down), and the front arm support system handles small and large parts. A... Read more...

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October 13, 2009
Punch/laser combination features enhanced transition between modes
Amada's new LC-C1NT combination punch/laser machine has been engineered to reduce the time it takes to transition between modes. According to the company, the normal transition time of almost 5 seconds has been decreased to about 2.2 seconds,... Read more...

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October 1, 2009
Tapping into new capabilities on punching machines
Three years ago Sureway Tool & Engineering, Franklin Park, Ill., purchased a new precision punch press. Today the company is starting to tap into its full capabilities. The company was no stranger to punching, having been involved with CNC... Read more...

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June 8, 2009
Is it time to put a robot in front of a press brake?
Dan Aronson, president, P&A Metal Fab Inc., Clackamas, Ore., is no stranger to robots. His company runs six robotic welding cells, and it has a 12-year-old robotic press brake cell as well. Robotic welding cells? That's not too unusual, as... Read more...

Product

February 10, 2009
Laser cutting system has flexible layout, small footprint
Amada America Inc. has unveiled its LC-3015F1NT laser cutting system. The machine is designed to have a flexible layout in a small footprint. The three-axis linear-drive system features true closed-loop feedback of the head position directly to... Read more...

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October 14, 2008
Reasons for a press brake upgrade
The press brake remains one of those last bastions of manual operation. Even the smallest job shops may use a welding robot, perhaps a small-footprint sheet metal cutting cell with automated material handling. But it's not uncommon to see most... Read more...

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October 14, 2008
Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data
I first noticed the houses in Shibayama Machi, southwest of Tokyo. Many in Japan live in extended families, and driving through communities I saw houses coupled, two to a plat, one house older than the other. The parents raise their children... Read more...

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August 26, 2008
When does a punch/laser make sense?
Business growth led Hawkeye Industries President and CEO Bryan Hawkins to seek a machine that could punch and laser-cut material. The Tupelo, Miss., job shop—which fabricates parts for more than 100 customers in specialty lighting,... Read more...

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February 12, 2008
Nothing standard about this fab shop
After five years of working for a family-owned metal fabricating business in eastern Connecticut, Rob Marelli wanted to do things his way. He approached the president with an offer to buy the company from him, but he was soon gone with a... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
The science behind the servo press
In stamping, when you get right down to it, it's not about tonnage. It's about maximizing energy, or the machine's ability to deliver tonnage, where it's needed most: between the die and workpiece. And until recently the only way to increase... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
2 strategies for optimizing bending operations
Metal fabricators must continuously seek new ways to maximize their uptime and improve their staff utilization to combat the skilled worker shortage. Fabricators typically encounter bottlenecks during setup and production in their press brake... Read more...

Product

December 11, 2007
Robotic bending system engineered for small-lot job scheduling
Amada's Astro II 100NT robotic bending system is designed to allow lights-out operation in large and small shops. Engineered for small-lot job scheduling, the system features an upgraded automatic tool changer, gripper changer, and hand changer.... Read more...

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January 9, 2007
Safety still pressing for press brakes
The leading trend in press brake safety is to protect the operator without sacrificing speed or hampering operators' ability to work productively, according to press brake and safety equipment manufacturers. This goal is achieved with... Read more...

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December 12, 2006
High-powered lasers take a bite out of plate
The "more is better" mentality has been ingrained into the American culture for many years now. Sometimes this is not a good thing. However, as it relates to laser cutting, the "more is better" mentality has proven to be a success. Since... Read more...

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February 7, 2006
Imagination fabrication
Burke's signature play environment this year is a multievent treehouse designed to look like it is in a natural setting, complete with hollowed tree trunks and leaf climbers. Founded in 1920, BCI Burke, Fond du Lac,... Read more...

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January 10, 2006
Punch laser machine requires no sheet repositioning
The EML K3510NT punch laser combination machine from Amada America Inc. handles full-size sheets without repositioning. The machine's X-axis (3,937 IPM) and Y-axis (3,149 IPM) simultaneous axis speeds (5,041 IPM) offer high positioning speeds.... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Making the sale
Why do some people purchase only Ford trucks while others believe in Dodge or Chevy products? Similarly, why do some companies prefer Strippit precision punches, while others favor TRUMPF, Murata, Finn-Power, Whitney, or Amada America? Is... Read more...

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July 12, 2005
Beyond Tool and Die
BTD made its first investments in tube fabricating equipment, including a BLM-Adige 803D tube laser cutting system, in 2003. Now tube fabricating accounts for roughly 15 percent of its total business. The story is short,... Read more...

News

April 12, 2005
Amada names stamping press product manager
Amada America Inc., Buena Park, Calif., has appointed David Stone as product manager-stamping presses. Stone joined the company in 2000 as a stamping press product specialist and recently served as assistant manager of the stamping division.... Read more...

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May 4, 2004
Amada, Minster announce strategic marketing relationship
Amada America Inc. and The Minster Machine Co. have formed a strategic marketing relationship. Under the agreement, Minster has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for the Amada line of one-point and two-point gap presses throughout the... Read more...

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August 14, 2003
New tool helps fabricator accelerate part making for small runs
The company provides a range of fabricating services, including turret punching on four Amada 30-ton, 58-station turret presses. In addition, the company operates press brake, laser, welding, painting, plating, assembly, and kitting... Read more...

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May 29, 2003
Job shop reduces costs, improves laser's output
The Laser Station regulator can be mounted to a secured surface to eliminate movement and potential leakage at the tubing connection. Such multilevel capabilities enable a customer to reduce the number of vendors it... Read more...

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November 7, 2002
Fanning production rates
While a worker prepares to remove parts from a dual-pallet laser at Hartzell Fan, Piqua, Ohio, the machine is cutting the next job. The company was able to replace an older laser and a plasma cutter with this new machine. The space saved... Read more...

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August 8, 2002
Science Nonfiction
Forty years ago no one would have thought it possible to cut plate steel with focused light. Over time it has not only become possible but common in manufacturing operations. However, making this science fiction into fact wasn't enough,... Read more...

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June 27, 2002
Evolution of the beast
Described as a big hammer, a beast, and a cookie cutter, mechanical presses have been the underappreciated workhorses of stamping operations. While the physics of the presses haven't changed—they produce energy needed to force the tooling to... Read more...

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November 15, 2001
'It's gonna be painful' Metal industry players note little to reassure them in days ahead
Ask people in the trenches of the metals industry, job shops and equipment manufacturers alike, what lies down the road, and you might as well paint their windshields black and tell them to drive home — they know where they want to go, but... Read more...