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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

Shop Solutions: Outsourced Automotive Jobs Head Back Home



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2015

Dynamic Manufacturing (Melrose Park, IL) is a Tier One vendor of transmission parts for GM and other major automotive OEMs, Chrysler, Allison, and most recently Ford. Dynamic has created an operational model that positions itself to bid projects resulting from plant closures in other countries and bring outsourced parts back on-shore. Full Article

Shop Solutions: High-Feed Mill Faces Large Valve Flanges Faster



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2015

Many valve makers still do their flange facing by turning with single-point stick tools. After all, valves are basically round and have two or more flanges to be brought into tolerance and flatness specs. Glenn Hennen, a 15-year veteran machinist at DeZurik-APCO-Hilton (Sartell, MN), believed there had to be a better way. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Untended Machining Fuels Aerotech's Growth



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2015

Delivering geometrically complex parts cut from unforgiving superalloys—on time and on budget—requires the coordinated efforts of an extensive team of talented individuals with exceptional systems and equipment working toward a common objective. Although technical and sophisticated, aerospace manufacturing is a “people” business, too, according to Joey Jones, owner of Aerotech Machining Inc. (Bloomingdale, GA). Full Article

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