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Best Practices for Robotic Welding

The cost to implement welding automation can be substantial, requiring companies to plan out the purchase carefully and to justify the expenditure to the appropriate financial or management personnel. The payback on the investment, however, can be equally beneficial.

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: Standardized Tooling Data Enables Smarter Choices

Engineers and machinists on the shop floor are constantly under pressure to problem-solve and reduce the time it takes to transform a design into a finished component. This can affect their ability to keep up with the equally rapid-fire advancements in machine and tooling technology. As CAM technology advances, manufacturers are turning to digital manufacturing solutions to seamlessly manage their entire product life-cycle. Now more than ever, the demand for fully integrated and connected manufacturing systems is growing, and it will only continue to grow.


Quality Scan: The Benefits of In-Process Air Gaging

In recent years, we have seen higher production manufacturers wanting to move air gaging quality checks from a stand-alone, outside-of-machine device, where the operator is performing a manual check, to an automated in-process gage. There are several reasons for this trend, such as higher quality standards, tighter tolerances, as well as running a leaner operation. The benefits are 100% inspection of the required geometric callout, as well as handshaking between measuring device and machine to make each piece better than the prior one and remove bad parts.

Controls & Software

Rethinking PLM

Change is good, but it’s rarely an easy undertaking. To fully realize the digital manufacturing vision, developers and users of product lifecycle management (PLM) tools must rethink how PLM is used today and find new ways to employ current and new software for manufacturing.


IMTS 2014: Modig Machine Tool—The Most Respected Machine Tool Builders You've Never Heard Of

They’re quietly walking through the aisles of IMTS 2014, taking a few meetings and looking at the technology—but if you passed them, you wouldn’t know who they are. They’re David Modig, the third-generation president of Modig Machine Tool Sweden, and David Waldron, president of the newly established Modig Machine Tool US.

Event Coverage

Methods Machine Tools to Hold Open House at Arizona Technology Center

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, automation and accessories, will be holding an Open House at their state-of-the-art Technology Center in Tempe, Arizona on November 5th and 6th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day.  Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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