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Shop Solutions: ERP System Tracks EDM Jobs, Grows Shop's Business

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2015

When your job shop is running 80 electrical discharge machines (EDM), 24 hours-a-day with an output of more than 5000 jobs a year, keeping track of every aspect of your business might seem impossible. But the team of Carl Sommer and his sons at Reliable EDM (Houston, TX) have not only kept track, but also managed to build Reliable into North America’s largest EDM job shop. Full Article

Shop Solutions: One Snowflake Too Many Leads Shop to Advanced EDMs



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2015

That’s how Henry Kalkman describes the snow on the roof of his shop, JK Machining Inc., the day it collapsed in February 2014. Kalkman can make light of the incident now, but without proper insurance and good industry connections, the calamity could have shut down the Kalamazoo, MI, mold-and-die shop permanently. Instead, JK Machining weathered a long year of rebuilding and continued to meet customer delivery dates with help from neighboring shops. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Software Speeds 3D EOAT Build for Molding Robot



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2015

Bemis Manufacturing (Sheboygan Falls, WI) is the largest manufacturer of toilet seats in the world and a leading producer of healthcare products, custom plastic products and precision plastic parts. The family-owned company also manufactures plastic lawn, commercial, indoor furniture, and a host of various contracted extrusion and injection-molded plastic parts for companies such as John Deere and Whirlpool Corp. The company is a pioneer of co-injection molding, a process in which virgin resin is injected with recycled plastic. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Welding Training System Gives Instant Feedback



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2015-05-01

ALMACO (Nevada, IA) uses the LiveArc welding performance management system to provide immediate training feedback to welding operators to track their performance—both in the simulation and live welding modes, allowing them to correct issues quickly. ALMACO is a manufacturer of custom-built agricultural equipment such as combines and planters for the seed research industry.  Full Article

Shop Solutions: Presetting System Saves Die-Maker Time, Money



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2015-05-01

H. Beck Machinery Ltd. (Windsor, ON, Canada) specializes in high-accuracy, large-scale CNC custom machining using 10 large machines from boring mills to a six-axis Droop + Rein mill and a five-axis Fidia machining center. The company machines automotive stamping dies complete from roughing to finishing. “With our wide range of large capacity milling machines, we can handle a variety of different machining applications, and we are always eager to meet new challenges,” said General Manager Markus Lewandowski. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Programming, Macros Automate CAM’s Reach



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

5/1/2015

At Wilson Tool International, two senior CNC programmers demonstrate how management flexibility in executing their jobs has greatly improved productivity from the time orders are received to the completion of machined parts to fill the orders. It’s a case of how a company’s success can be traced directly to management’s efforts to improve productivity and cut costs by hiring the right people and equipping them with the most advanced CNC programming system. Full Article

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