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The Heat Is On Difficult-to-Machine Metals

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2015

Cutting tool manufacturers call on a lot of tribal knowledge to help their customers find the most productive machining solutions for processing difficult-to-machine materials. Manufacturers in industries that are big users of titanium, stainless steels, Inconels, and other high-temperature heat-resistant superalloys (HRSA) are increasingly seeking machining solutions that extend tool life, improve productivity, deliver consistent part quality, and take advantage of the latest advances in machine tool technology—all at the same time. Full Article

Honda Steps Up Use of Advanced Materials in Acura NSX



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/12/2015

Honda Motor Co.’s Acura division said it’s stepping up use of advanced materials in its NSX supercar that goes on sale later this year.The previous NSX, which was discontinued in 2005, made extensive use of aluminum. That will continue with the new NSX, which will also have high-strength steel and carbon fiber. Full Article

Best Practices for Robotic Welding



Tom Whitter, Technical Support Specialist, Tregaskiss, Division of ITW Welding

10/1/2014

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. Full Article

Construction Equipment Making the Grade, but...



Kiera Outlaw and Kevin Young, Business Research Analysts, IBISWorld

10/1/2014

After taking a nosedive in 2009 during the height of the Great Recession, the construction industry and upstream construction machinery manufacturing industry in particular have been strengthening their foundations in light of expanding demand and rising costs. Increasing regulation, total value of construction, research and development (R&D) expenditure and import competition are all influencing equipment prices and forcing construction firms in the US to evaluate their purchasing strategies. Full Article

Innovative Tools Remove the Jagged Edges



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

10/1/2014

Precision product finishing has come a long way from the days when the principal options for burr removal were manual deburring or high-volume tumbling. Both of those options play an important role in helping manufacturers meet their finishing requirements, especially with the variety of equipment and media available to meet most any part requirement. Full Article

R&J Manufacturing: Small, but Sophisticated



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

10/1/2014

R&J Manufacturing, a small and thriving machine shop in the Greater Los Angeles area, was founded by Mike Jones and John Woloshun about eight years ago, somewhat by happenstance. Co-founder Mike Jones, who had worked for years in machining, was a gun enthusiast who liked to shoot air guns as a hobby, the kind of guns that usually sell for under $100 with major retailers and are made of plastic and metal. Full Article

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