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January 27, 2014
Controlling its own fabricating future
Jeff Mooney, general manager, Altec Body Manufacturing, in Burnsville, N.C., is pleased with the way his manufacturing facility is running today. Associates push for manufacturing efficiencies, so the fabricating of truck bodies and related... Read more...

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October 7, 2013
Punching up forms on a turret press
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of CIM-Canadian Industrial Machinery. For more stories on machining and fabricating in the Canadian metalworking market, visit www.cimindustry.com . From... Read more...

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November 9, 2012
How laser welding sets contract fabricator apart
Five years ago Estes Design and Manufacturing adopted laser welding not just because of its eye-popping speed. The Indianapolis fabricator is a high-mix, low-volume operation. Fast welding may be a bonus, but the contract fabricator... Read more...

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February 28, 2012
Out with the old batch, in with something new
Talking with John Hayden, a manufacturing engineering manager at Siemens Industry Automation Division, West Chicago, Ill., you might think you were talking to a member of Batch Manufacturers Anonymous. Before the summer of 2011, his company... Read more...

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March 10, 2011
Automated bending keeps the pieces flowing
A healthy skepticism about robotic bending still exists in the fabricating community. People fear having to program the robot for the hundred or so part numbers that might be suitable for the bending cell and are anxious about having to deal... Read more...

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July 8, 2010
Discovering the best path to better bending
Think about the old days for a second. A single-station duplicator punch press was the epitome of blanking precision for many a contract fabricator. Then this new technology called a turret punch press came along. It could hold multiple tools,... 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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February 9, 2010
Bright lights, big opportunity
Orion Energy Systems is a company that doesn't take its business lightly. A Plymouth, Wis., company that started out in 1996 as a small manufacturer of lighting products for the agricultural industry is now considered to be a technology leader... Read more...

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October 5, 2009
Thinking outside the press brake
When fabricators think about automated bending, a robot tied to a press brake usually comes to mind. So do high volumes. But press brakes aren't the only automation option, and high volumes aren't always a prerequisite. Automated panel bending... 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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November 25, 2008
Punching on demand
Dean Wilson has never been afraid of taking on a challenge. As executive vice president of manufacturing for King Electrical Mfg. Co., the heating products company that his father founded in 1958, he has tackled his share. But none has been... Read more...

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September 30, 2008
Automation helps ovenmaker cook up profits
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Bellingham, that's automation. That slight variation of the old Dean Martin tune makes a lot of sense for Wood Stone Corp., Bellingham Wash. The maker of wood-fired ovens has experienced dramatic growth... 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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July 10, 2007
Knocked down, but not out
It would be an understatement to say that contract manufacturer EPMP Ltd., Seguin, Texas, got off to an inauspicious start. After just four years of operation, Ernest Plant sold the slumping company in 1988. This appeared to be just another... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Euros zoned in on competing
Ilinox's Express Bender panel bending machine, which features automated load and unload of sheet metal blanks, is fed by its large Night Train storage system. A strong independent streak exists in the American psyche. It helped forge an... 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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January 13, 2004
Beating 'world' pricing
This Finn-Power Express Bending Cell, which automates complex bending and reduces tedious and costly work stages, has last bend negative capability and fully automatic operations cycles—from loading the sheet to unloading the bent... Read more...

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March 27, 2003
The art of laser cutting
On modern laser cutting machines, most of the internal functions are automated. Focus point is changed remotely via a cutting database or technology table. Assist gas change and pressure are system-controlled as well. The numerically controlled... Read more...

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October 10, 2002
Metamorphosis: Topeka fabricator automates to emerge
Patti jon Christensen might be amused to hear the changes her company, PTMW Inc., Topeka, Kan., has undergone in recent years compared to those of a butterfly. But they have been no less dramatic and produced equally remarkable results. Today... Read more...