Machining

Mitutoyo Quick Vision CNC measuring systems

November 25, 2015

Despite an economic contraction in North America, sales of machine vision systems and components grew six per cent to $1.8 billion US through September, making it the market's highest total for the first nine months of a year in history, according to statistics from AIA, the industry's trade group.

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The Haas pad

November 19, 2015

Going paperless on the shop floor cuts costs, reduces errors, and improves productivity

By Kip Hanson

Thick packets of work instructions, job travelers, tooling lists and part drawings are a common sight in most shops. Everyone from the receptionist to the head engineer participates in printing this small forest’s worth of paper, while operators and quality control people struggle to make heads and tails of it all. Then along comes an engineering revision or customer change request and everyone runs around like chickens with their heads cut off, swapping paperwork and redlining drawings. There has to be a better way.

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Magna launches student innovation challenge to shape the car of 2030

November 4, 2015

Magna International has launched a North American student innovation challenge to help shape the car of 2030.

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Manufacturing outlook

November 1, 2015

by Mary Scianna

Businesses remain positive despite economic uncertainty

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Small machining centres often offer higher performance than larger general purpose machines.

November 1, 2015

by Kip Hanson

Why average sized machining centres provide lower than average results when milling small workpieces

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Bryan Jacobs

November 1, 2015

by Bryan Jacobs

Be ready to produce production parts prior to machine delivery

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Mazak iSmart Factory

October 29, 2015

Mazak has a vision for the future of manufacturing that embraces the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and that vision was clearly evident at Discover 2015, an annual multi-day event held at the company's sprawling 800,000 sq ft headquarters and North American manufacturing operations in Florence, KY.

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Jack Craig

October 26, 2015

Jack Craig, a long time Elliott-Matsuura Canada employee, has died. He was 91 years old.

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A feasibility plate where Fabrisonic 3D printed layers of 6061 aluminum and a .008 in. thick foil of tantalum. This proves that tantalum can easily be integrated into 3D printed aluminum structures such as satellite structural components. Thus the structure and the radiation shield can be combined into one monolithic panel.

October 20, 2015

A manufacturer using ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) has found a new use for Tantalum for raditioan shielding in aerospace applications.

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Mazak SmartBox Logo

October 15, 2015

Mazak Corp., Florence, KY, is expanding its offerings for its "iSMART Factory" concept by collaborating with Cisco and Memex Inc. and launching SmartBox, a launch platform for easy and secure access into the Interent of Things.

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ESAB file photo: aluminum welding

October 15, 2015

Linamar Corp., Guelph, ON, is expanding its presence in Europe with a move to acquire Montupet SA, a French aluminum parts automotive manufacturer based in Clinchy, France.

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Precision machining is a growing source of business for Innovative Tool and Die Inc.

October 13, 2015

by Kip Hanson

Photos by Tyler Garnham

BC job shop takes a slow but steady approach to growth

The Problem: Switching machine tool brands to save costs leads to lacklustre results
The Solution: Return to the fold with a vertical machining centre

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think innovation

October 13, 2015

by Tim wilson

Mould, tool and die sector thinks outside the box for success

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Errol Bar, left, and Ivan Royer explain the benefits of proper coolant maintenance to Chris Nieuwendyk, middle.

October 13, 2015

Alberta cooling systems maker improves productivity with metalworking fluid

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Boeing creates lightest metal ever using additive manufacturing

October 10, 2015

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever made. At 99.99 per cent air, it's light enough to balance on top of a dandelion, while its structure makes it strong. Strength and record breaking lightness make it a potential metal for future planes and vehicles. Learn more about Boeing Innovations athttp://www.boeing.com/innovation/

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Makino 2015 Tech Expo

October 9, 2015

Automation for die and mould manufacturing, high speed machining, EDM advances and machining software developments were among the topics manufacturers participated in at a Makino event held September 15-17 at the company's Auburn Hills, MI, Tech Centre.

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Brian Wilson, general manager, Canada for Sandvik Coromant addresses the students during the Manufacturing Day event

October 9, 2015

Ontario high school students joined Sandvik Coromant Canada for Manufacturing Day to gain some insight into manufacturing and consider it as a career choice.

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A Fastems machining cell with a Fanuc robot and Okuma machine.

October 7, 2015

by Kip Hanson

Automation is the key to competitiveness

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Robbie Williams

October 7, 2015

by Robbie Williams

A preventive maintenance checklist reduces downtime

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If a new machine purchase is greater than $100,000, a machine retrofit may make sense. Image: Fagor Automation

October 7, 2015

by Mary Scianna

Is a machine retrofit a good fit for your shop?

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