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The SWR system from BC company Novarc Technologies uses robotics and human input to optimize pipe welding operations. The company developed the technology with R&D support from Lincoln Electric Co. of Canada.

February 11, 2018

by Nestor Gula

Robots and humans working together for perfect pipe welds

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Kal Shergill, president of MicroStep Canada, with Tony Leal of ASE. Leal says the plasma machine has helped streamline processes.

February 11, 2018

Supplier: MicroStep Canada

End User: All Seasons Equipment

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Amada's BI (Bend Indicator) sensors use probe and laser technology to help maintain bend accuray while processing materials that vary in thickness and grain direction. The BI-S, seen at top, is a probe-type sensor. Bend angles can be adjusted on the fly.

February 11, 2018

by Noelle Stapinsky

Measuring technology and offline programming are fundamental for press brake operators to maintain consistent angular accuracy

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The TRUMPF fiber laser in Ellis Fabrications' manufacturing facility. Jim Foley, CEO, says the new TRUMPF TruLaser 3060 fiber 2D laser cutting machine has been a "game changer" for the company.

February 11, 2018

Noelle Stapinsky

Innovation drives growth, but having the right tools on the shop floor keeps that momentum rolling and production flowing

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From left:  Ishwar Singh, Mo Elbestawi, the primary force in getting the Learning Factory established, and Dan Centa.

February 11, 2018

Story & Photos by Andrew Brooks

McMaster’s “Smart Factory” lab showcases next-generation manufacturing automation and data collection

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CoroDrill 870 with PL geometry

February 11, 2018

Supplier: Sandvik Coromant

End User: Henry Technologies

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Positive lead angles as shown with Iscar’s Feed Turn should be used whenever possible to prevent cratering at high feedrate. image: Iscar

February 11, 2018

by Kip Hanson

Turning gargantuan parts? Four cutting tool manufacturers weigh in with recommendations

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Mazak machine showing a table crash resulting from an incorrect positioning move. Image: CGTECH

February 11, 2018

No matter how easy to operate, few would argue that five axis machining centres are more prone to tool and fixture interference than those limited to three axis work.

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No longer limited to blades and impellers, five axis machining can be used anytime greater part accuracy with minimal handling is required. image: Okuma

February 11, 2018

by Kip Hanson

Think you need five axis work to justify a five axis machining centre? Think again.

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Trouble Ahead?

February 11, 2018

by Andrew Brooks

Uncertainty mars manufacturing outlook

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Editor, Mary Scianna

February 11, 2018

If you were to grade business investment in Canada in the past 17 years, the country would get a D.

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MicroStep fiber laser cutting of plates and pipes

February 10, 2018

The MSF is a laser cutting system for the cutting of materials with a fibre laser, or a combination of fibre laser and plasma. This machine is designed for the production of highly accurate parts at high cutting speeds, and offers low maintenance and operational costs.

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Blackstar

February 6, 2018

According to Top10 Information, these are five of the most secret military aircraft in history.

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Renishaw's non-contact tool setting solutions

February 3, 2018

Building on the proven design of the existing NC4 system, Renishaw has introduced an enhanced solution to satisfy the demands of the rapidly evolving manufacturing environment.

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7 strangest and coolest materials - seen here Gallium metal

January 31, 2018

7 of the most strange materials that actually exist.

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12 insane engineering marvels of the world

January 22, 2018

Some some of the world's engineering marvels, from Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope to Hong Kong International Airport.

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7 of the world's most expensive cars

January 17, 2018

The Sweptail by Rolls Royce is number one on the list of the seven most expensive cars in the world, at a price tag of $13 million.

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10 structures built underwater

January 10, 2018

Building structures underwater.

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Punch Genius

January 7, 2018

A new-generation turret punch press, the Punch Genius is a versatile system, which allows manual processing from either A- or B- side or automated production cell. New intelligent ram shortens tool changes and increases the number of normal and indexing tools in turret.

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Chevalier FNL 220LSY Multi Axis Turning Milling Machine

December 29, 2017

The Chevalier FNL 220LSY multi-axis turning-milling machine in action. The machine, available in Canada from Heinman Machinery, can turn and mill complex parts in a single machine.

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