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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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April 2, 2014
MC Machinery Systems launches new website
MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has launched a new website at www.mcmachinery.com , designed for mobile device accessibility and increased functionality. In addition to tech videos and machine specifications, the site offers... Read more...

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February 5, 2014
Laser machine cuts large workpieces with reduced electrical consumption
Mitsubishi Laser has introduced the RX series laser system, designed as a cost-effective option for cutting large workpieces. The ML4020 RX machine is built to handle workpieces up to 13 by 6.5 ft. Resonators are available in 45 and 60CF-R.... Read more...

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July 11, 2013
Waterjet Corp. s.r.l. establishes U.S. location
Waterjet USA LLC is a newly established sales, service, and parts organization in Geneva, Ill., supporting users of the high-precision 2- to 6-axis cutting machines from Waterjet Corp. s.r.l. of Monza, Italy. For several years Waterjet Corp.... Read more...

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April 10, 2012
Entry-level waterjet designed for production environments
Mitsubishi's MW3 entry-level waterjet machine for production environments features solid base construction and a cantilever head design. The 720 CNC delivers advanced programming capabilities. The unit is controlled on a 15-in. waterproof... Read more...

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December 15, 2011
5 commonly overlooked laser maintenance areas
For some, laser maintenance is a given. The meticulous metal fabricator knows how important it is to keep the laser cutting machine at its top efficiency and productivity levels. The equipment is probably under a service contract, and the... Read more...

Product

February 22, 2011
4.5-kW cross-flow resonator introduced for 2-D lasers
Mitsubishi Laser has introduced a 4.5-kW resonator for all 2-D lasers, replacing the formerly standard 4.0-kW resonator. The cross-flow resonator technology reduces rise time/fall time of square-wave pulse, enabling more consistent beam power... 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 1, 2010
The brain and brawn of modern automation
A production manager rushes into his boss’s office holding an e-mail printout from a customer, who’s wondering where his parts are. It turns out the shop fabricated some, but not all, of the parts the customer requested. Or... Read more...

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July 1, 2010
Doing what was always done doesn't cut it
ABMyr Industries Inc. is a Michigan fabricator that’s survived one of the most difficult economic times ever for the state. ABMyr also happens to be a company that wached two of its major customers, Chrysler and GM, declare bankruptcy,... Read more...

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June 28, 2010
MC Machinery Systems offers new press brake line
MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has announced that it now offers the Dener line of press brakes. Machines in the line have capacities from 40 to 2,000 tons. The Smart machine is an entry-level, three-axis CNC unit with an optional... Read more...

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June 7, 2010
Mitsubishi names AFM as distributor in Canada
MC Machinery Systems Canada Inc., Richmond Hill, Ont., has appointed its newest distributor, AFM (Advanced Fabricating Machinery), Mississauga, Ont. AFM represents Mitsubishi’s laser, waterjet, and press brakes in Ontario, Quebec, and eastern... Read more...

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June 1, 2010
North South Machinery hires VP of fabrication
MC Machinery System's West Coast dealer, North South Machinery of Brea, Calif., has hired Bob Stewart as vice president of fabrication. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the fabrication industry. 2010 marks 25 years of partnership for... Read more...

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April 1, 2010
If you don't measure it, you can't improve it
In 2004 Impulse Manufacturing had your typical job shop floor. Jobs came in, bounced around the shop to various areas, and then headed out the door. Part flow wasn't top of mind. The company had made some significant machinery investments,... Read more...

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February 11, 2010
Waste not, want more
Waste is not tolerated at General MetalWorks (GenMet), Mequon, Wis. That includes waste related to transportation, processing, inventory, and production, as well as underutilizing people's talents. A tour of the facility reflects the... Read more...

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November 10, 2009
The Metal Shop installs new Mitsubishi laser
The Metal Shop LLC, a custom metal fabrication business in Crystal Lake, Ill., has installed a new Mitsubishi 3015 LVP LUS II laser with a 5- by 10-ft. table to replace its older Mitsubishi LVP215 machine. According to The Metal Shop, the... Read more...

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October 13, 2009
ACS Precision adds laser machine
ACS Precision LLC, Mercersburg, Pa., has installed a 4,000-W Mitsubishi LXP laser machine, capable of processing material up to 0.75-in.-thick steel and sheets measuring 4 by 8 ft. The laser allows the company to cut thin gauges of material in... Read more...

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October 8, 2009
Mitsubishi EDM partners with Oakland Community College
Mitsubishi EDM has announced a new partnership with the Advanced Technology Center of Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills campus. A new Mitsubishi FA20S Advanced Wire EDM is being installed under the direction of Philip Hale, Dean of... Read more...

Product

September 24, 2009
Machine combines wire EDM, waterjet technologies
Mitsubishi's MD+CELL combines the MD+PROII wire EDM with a Suprema DX44 waterjet for high speed and precision in one automated unit. The machine is designed to minimize operator intervention and maximize unattended run time for piece-part... Read more...

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September 24, 2009
Laser enhanced with file-transfer capabilities
The Consumable Products Group (CPG) division of Mitsubishi Laser brings the flexibility of today's file-transfer capabilities to Mitsubishi Laser. The Calmotion USBCNC disk reader control acts as an interface between commercially available USB... Read more...

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September 24, 2009
ACS Precision acquires Mitsubishi LXP laser machine
ACS Precision LLC, Mercersburg, Pa., an 11,900 square-foot flexible job shop that focuses on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas recently added a certified pre-owned Mitsubishi Laser to its equipment list. The 4000 watt Mitsubishi... Read more...

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August 11, 2009
Waterjet system for high-precision machining introduced
MC Machinery Systems Inc. has introduced the DX series waterjet machine. Its 700 series CNC delivers advanced programming capabilities for high-precision machining. The unit is controlled on a 15-in., waterproof screen, with improved graphics and... Read more...

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July 14, 2009
Filters help EDMs run at peak efficiencies
The Consumable Products Group (CPG), a division of MC Machinery Systems Inc., offers Van-TG premium high-performance filters for EDM users. The 5-micron filters now are available in 0.5 to 1.5 microns for micrograin carbide and small wire jobs.... Read more...

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July 2, 2009
Nontraditional fabricator chasing nontraditional markets
The economic troubles that plague Michigan right now hardly qualify as breaking news. Everyone is well aware of the lack of demand for automobiles and the corresponding aftershocks that have affected everyone from corporate executives to shop... Read more...

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January 27, 2009
Green machines
"Going electric" seems to be the latest step in the evolution of fabricating equipment. From turret punches to stamping presses, all seem to follow a natural progression from mechanically to hydraulically to, finally, electrically driven power.... Read more...

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January 27, 2009
Laser and waterjet: friends or foes?
Fabrication has long been a cornerstone of U.S. manufacturing. It plays a central role, providing components and subassemblies to other manufacturing sectors, such as aerospace, appliance, and automotive. Significant advancements in metalworking... Read more...

Product

December 16, 2008
Second-generation waterjet introduced
MC Machinery Systems Inc. has introduced the second generation of its Mitsubishi Waterjet product line. The new systems feature technology upgrades. The company says that beginning in early 2009, all of its waterjets will be manufactured in the... Read more...

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November 25, 2008
Getting close, bending safe
Press brake operators work under some unique conditions. They move their fingers close to the point of operation, where the machine exerts tons of force that could easily crush a limb. And they do it all while under pressure to produce more... Read more...

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October 14, 2008
Pallet changer, tower, or shelving system with that laser?
If you decide to automate material handling in your laser cutting operations, you have several choices to make. The decision on whether to automate—and from there what kind of system makes the most sense—will depend on your shop's... Read more...

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July 15, 2008
Making sense of metal cutting technologies
It's the question heard 'round the metal fabricating world: What metal cutting technology makes the most sense? Unfortunately, the answer to the question cannot be covered in one simple statement. The answer depends on the metal being cut,... Read more...

Product

April 15, 2008
Laser cutting system designed to provide consistent beam power
Mitsubishi Laser's LVP LUSII laser cutting system incorporates 40CF-R resonator technology designed to reduce the rise time and fall time of square wave pulse. The technology is designed to provide consistent beam power during the cutting process... Read more...

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February 12, 2008
Waterjet makes it into the mainstream
Abrasive waterjet cutting could be on the cusp of something big. For years metal fabricators viewed it as a niche machine, something to buy only when a part couldn't be cut any other way. But in many cases today it stands shoulder-to-shoulder... Read more...

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December 11, 2007
Open-table hybrid laser system simplifies operability, maintenance
Mitsubishi Laser's HV hybrid laser machines incorporate an open table for operability and simplified maintenance. The simple beam path is highly stable, and a long Z-axis stroke offers an expanded application range, reports the company. The new... Read more...

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October 9, 2007
Successful automation isn't automatic
As with so many other ventures in life, successfully implementing a laser automation system rests on one key practice: communication. Whether it's moving machinery or scheduling people or digging up the building's original blueprints,... Read more...

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April 10, 2007
Mitsubishi Laser celebrates 20th anniversary
Mitsubishi Laser is celebrating 20 years in the industry. The company introduced its first commercial laser cutting system to the U.S. in 1987. Although the division started with only five full-time employees, today Mitsubishi Laser has more... Read more...

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January 9, 2007
Mitsubishi Laser, Ncell form partnership
Mitsubishi Laser has announced its exclusive partnership with Ncell Automation, a provider of automation integration software for precision fabrication. According to Mitsubishi, the integration of Ncell software with its flexible manufacturing... Read more...

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December 12, 2006
Live or die making tools
Leo Niemela's business style is a product of his upbringing. Niemela recalled his grandfather's most influential teaching when he described the day his mom and her sister said they were going into town to go shopping. Immediately Niemela's... Read more...

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November 7, 2006
MC Machinery hosts open house
More than 350 fabricators attended the M.I.T.S. open house hosted by MC Machinery Systems, Wood Dale, Ill., to view demonstrations and learn more about Mitsubishi equipment. The Mitsubishi Laser showroom, where the open house was held, houses... Read more...

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October 10, 2006
3 steps to better laser maintenance
Laser machine users know it, but often ignore it. Laser manufacturers swear by it, but often don't push it. It's maintenance, and it should be the watchword of anyone who owns and operates a laser. With lead-times decreasing,... Read more...

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September 12, 2006
Expanding upward and outward
The LVP LUS laser cutting machine not only is designed to be 50 percent faster than older models, but also features automatic lens focus and height adjustment. It's elementary for Watson. If Watson Engineering wanted to keep up with its... Read more...

Product

September 12, 2006
Waterjet designed to work with EDM
MC Machinery Systems Inc. offers a Mitsubishi waterjet line designed to work with EDM technology. Three models are available. The two- or three-axis Classica, four-axis Suprema, and five-axis Evolution waterjets feature stainless steel tanks for... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
Press brake combines hydraulic, AC servo characteristics
The Toyokoki HYB press brake from MC Machinery Systems Inc. combines the characteristics of hydraulic brakes with AC servo brakes. Although the press brake uses hydraulic pressure to move the ram, the oil is delivered by an AC servomotor pump... Read more...

Product

May 9, 2006
Two-, four-, and five-axis waterjets offered
MC Machinery Systems Inc. now offers three waterjets—the Classica, a two-axis unit; the Suprema, a four-axis with tilt head; and the Evolution, a five-axis unit. The Classica features 2-D CAD/CAM software with nesting capabilities and an... Read more...

News

May 9, 2006
MC Machinery Systems names marketing manager
MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has hired Patrick Simon as marketing manager to lead marketing efforts for all product divisions and provide support to the sales staff. Simon was previously the vice president of business to business... Read more...

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April 11, 2006
MC Machinery Systems Canada opens new facility
MC Machinery Systems Canada Inc. has opened a new technology center in Richmond Hill, Ont. The facility showcases technology from Mitsubishi EDM, Mitsubishi Laser, Roku-Roku vertical machining centers, and Toyokoki press brakes. Read more...

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November 8, 2005
Growing gains with lasers
Growing pains with lasers Significant investment in laser processing equipment helps Laser Precision process both shim-thick stainless steel to 1-inch-thick plate and remain competitive by keeping labor needs low. It... Read more...

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July 12, 2005
MC Machinery announces new Canadian subsidiary
MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., a Mitsubishi Corp. company, has announced its new Canadian operation, MC Machinery Systems Canada Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MC Machinery Systems, USA. Darren Carroll is vice president... 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...

Product

June 14, 2005
Laser processor has 11.8-in. z-axis stroke
The HV series 2-D hybrid processing machine from Mitsubishi has an open table for easy maintenance a simple, stable beam path, and an 11.8-in. Z-axis stroke for expanded application range. New productivity features include MC Diamond Soft®... Read more...

News

June 14, 2005
Mitsubishi completes headquarters renovation
Mitsubishi Laser has completed renovation and expansion of MC Machinery's headquarters showroom in Wood Dales, Ill. The showroom is large enough to display the 3015LVPLUS -35CFX, the 3015LVPLUS -40CFX with EL4 automation, 2512HV-20CF,... Read more...

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July 24, 2003
The business of lasers
From the laser manufacturers' standpoint, the U.S. market for lasers has simply gotten smaller. This is a function of multiple market forces. The slumping manufacturing sector is a major influence, but so is the increased productivity of... 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...