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EMAG's Laser Lab Support for Gear Welding Operations

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


EMAG LLC (Farmington Hills, MI) is working to position itself so that no matter who—or what—drives a vehicle in the future or how vehicles are powered, the company will have a hand in the production of the gears and shafts that make cars and trucks move. To that end the company has opened a Laser Welding Laboratory to support the laser welding technology it is using as a quality and productivity enabler in some of its machines. Full Article

GF Machining Solutions to Acquire Microlution

Press Release - GF Machining Solutions


GF Machining Solutions has announced an agreement to purchase 100 percent of the shares of Microlution Inc, a Chicago-based developer of micro-machining products incorporating milling and laser technologies.
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Waterjet Builds Fitness Maker’s Speed and Agility

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


As a leading manufacturer of commercial and consumer cardio and strength equipment, Life Fitness depends on tradeshows for business growth and continued success. These events are where gym and fitness club owners, equipment dealers and other potential customers gather to evaluate and actually purchase products. So needless to say, new product development and production schedules at Life Fitness revolve around and are meticulously timed according to several key industry tradeshows for unveiling all its new units/pieces, systems, and equipment. Full Article

Fiber Lasers Continue to Gain Market Share in Material Processing Applications

Bill Shiner, Vice President Industrial Lasers, IPG Photonics


The first kilowatt-class fiber laser for material processing was introduced by IPG Photonics in early 2002. Since that time, the adoption of fiber lasers for production applications has grown at a rapid rate. Today, fiber lasers are becoming the choice for most major production laser applications as well as converting traditional welding and cutting processes to fiber laser technologies. This is best evidenced by the double-digit year-over-year growth that IPG has experienced over the past several years. Full Article

Makino EDNC6, EDNC8 Sinker EDMs: Competitive Precision, Speed and Ease of Use for Large Workpieces

Press Release - Makino


Makino introduces its EDNC6 and EDNC8 sinker electrical discharge machines (EDM) that combine rigid and precise construction, simple touch-screen programming and advanced performance features for accurate and fast cutting of large work pieces.  Makino’s proprietary technologies included on the EDNC6 and EDNC8 ensure the ideal mix of speed, surface finish and reduced electrode wear. Full Article

New Technologies Raise the Bar for Abrasive Waterjets

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


As price pressures squeeze manufacturing margins, new abrasive waterjet technologies are enabling job shops to cut components faster and more accurately, getting parts to customers more quickly and lowering overall production costs. The abrasive waterjets boast an ability to cut a very wide array of materials, ranging from thick, hard metals to stone, granite and glass, while leaving no heat-affected zone (HAZ) on the workpiece with this inherently cool manufacturing process. Full Article

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