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Keeping tabs
Fiber laser cutting: Reduce grinding and deburring with recessed tabbing by Robert Farrell, president, Farrell MarCom Services LLC       What would you do with an extra $100,000? From investing in new machinery and technology to compensating employees and making facility improvements, any fabricator could easily find a myriad of ways to put that money to good use. But, for those companies Read full article >>

Fast times

Fast times
In the massive Chicago market, one fixturing manufacturer is ranked amongst the city’s fastest growing companies by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       Chicago’s big. It’s the third biggest in the United States with nearly 3 million residents occupying 237 square miles of land. Back in 1914, it earned the nickname the City of Big Shoulders – but not because of its size. It earned the Read full article >>

Hitting the boom

Hitting the boom
A sophisticated approach to design and fabricating allows one construction company to hit tight deadlines by Kaylee Swearingen, marketing specialist, Mazak Optonics Corp.     According to the 2018 Construction Design Outlook webcast presented by ConstructConnect, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the forecast for construction Read full article >>

Excellence in efficiency

Excellence in efficiency
After nearly losing everything in the Great Recession, a Minnesota manufacturer turned lemons into lemonade by Kip Hanson, senior editor     For most people, the 2007-2009 recession was a life-altering event. Many lost their homes, jobs, life savings and, for some, all three. Even for those who emerged unscathed, precious time was lost as the economy limped along for years afterward.   Read full article >>

Lessons in diversification

Lessons in diversification
Robinson Metal takes to heart the old adage about not keeping too many eggs in one basket by Kip Hanson, senior editor     Whether it’s paper and pulp, printing and publishing, pharmaceuticals, packaging or power generation, chances are that Robinson Metal Inc. has made parts for it – and that’s just the industries starting with the letter “P.” This De Pere, Wis., job shop serves virtually Read full article >>

Direct Diodes Get Cutting

Direct Diodes Get Cutting
Advances in diode laser technology have led to a broader range of cutting options. by Larry Adams, Senior Editor   TeraDiode's direct diode laser can cut through a range of metal thicknesses. [Image credit:] TeraDiode     It wasn't that long ago that direct-diode lasers (DDLs) were only found in devices such as CD and DVD players. In the industrial realm, they were used in heat-treating Read full article >>

Lasing Reflective Metals

Lasing Reflective Metals
Some of the most popular metal materials also have an inherent problem. By Larry Adams, Senior Editor   Fiber laser systems can be used to cut difficult areas. Photo: LaserStar Technologies     Aluminum, copper, bronze, brass, stainless steel with a mirror polish.  What do these metals have in common? For one, they are all popular metals that are used in myriad industries. They are also Read full article >>

Lasers Offer a Real Alternative to High-volume Blanking

Lasers Offer a Real Alternative to High-volume Blanking
With the addition of coil feeding, laser cutting takes a strong shot at a bastion of hard-tooled blanking: cutting automotive body-panel blanks from advanced high-strength steels. By Jay Finn, GM and Chief Technology Officer, LaserCoil Technologies LLC     Foundation requirements for a coil-fed laser blanking system are minimal; the equipment is fast to install and relatively portable, Read full article >>

Lasers for complex, advanced car body parts

Lasers for complex, advanced car body parts
Lasers are a natural fit for the latest generation of tailored blanks, hot-stamped parts, and safety-oriented designs of car bodies and structures.Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a presentation, “Trumpf Solutions for Hot-Forming Process Chain,” presented by Michael Fritz and Daniel Minh Maier, industry management for hot-forming, Trumpf. Some of the advanced steels used in today’s Read full article >>

Laser Tube Cutting - Two For One

Laser Tube Cutting - Two For One
By Ed Huntress, Editor   Here are two approaches to laser-cutting tubes – as a secondary operation on machines that are built to do something else Amada’s workhorse CO2 laser makes a fine tube- and structural-shape cutter, with the addition of a tube-handling unit.     The versatility of lasers is something that machine builders are taking advantage of in several ways, often to combine Read full article >>

Choosing a CNC Plasma Cutting Machine

Choosing a CNC Plasma Cutting Machine
 A Hypertherm expert can offer objective advice about this subject, because – a surprise to some -- they make everything but the machines. Here is a complete rundown on choosing one. By Jim Colt, Applications Technology Manager, Hypertherm   This ArcLight water table does an effective job of controlling fumes and smoke without elaborate exhaust systems.   This is a question I’m often Read full article >>

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