Fabricating

TRUMPF is one of the first industrial companies in Germany to charter its own deep-sea container ship

August 10, 2022

Fragile supply chains, war in Ukraine and ports closed in China due to Corona: it is currently difficult to transport goods by sea - this also applies to shipping to the USA. Logistics costs are rising, ships wait for weeks in front of the ports to be loaded and unloaded.

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August 10, 2022

One of out every five job openings in Ontario will be in the skilled trades by 2025 but unless significant actions are taken to boost the size of the labour pool the province’s economy will suffer, the governing Conservatives said in the Speech from the Throne.

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BLM Group

August 2, 2022

BLM Group USA  is partnering with Tekmag SRL, an Italy-based automation systems manufacturer specializing in standard or customized storage systems. 

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July 31, 2022

Metalforming companies are expecting little change in business conditions during the next three months but continue to report a drop in daily shipping levels, according to the July 2022 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report.

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What matters in the plasma vs oxy fuel comparison are material type, thickness, operating and consumable costs, and the additional capabilities of each technology.

July 28, 2022

by Noelle Stapinsky

While many may debate which of the two cutting technologies reigns supreme, at the end of the day both hold their rightful place in a job shop’s toolbox

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Inventory levels May 2022

July 14, 2022

Total inventory levels increased 1.6% to $113.9 billion in May, mainly on higher inventories in the machinery (+4.3%), motor vehicle (+13.0%) and petroleum and coal product (+2.9%) industries, according to Statistics Canada.

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Capacity Utilization May 2022 Statistics Canada

July 14, 2022

The capacity utilization rate (not seasonally adjusted) for the total manufacturing sector in Canada decreased from 79.1% in April to 78.0% in May due to lower production, according to Statistics Canada.

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July 7, 2022

The future belongs to networked manufacturing.

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North America's metalformers concerned about business conditions Image courtesy Hypertherm

June 23, 2022

The June 2022 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report showed an increase in the percentage of metalforming companies expecting a decline in business conditions, the third straight decline since April.

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TRUMPF's new “nano joints” technology allows parts to be nested closer together. The nano joints hold the parts in place during cutting and are easily broken off later.

May 24, 2022

by Noelle Stapinsky

Leveraging software capabilities and assist gas innnovation is helping fine tune fiber laser cutting process efficiencies

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Tracy Spear, Humble Manufacturing

May 6, 2022

Metal manufacturing faces a severe shortage of skilled labour. Women remain a largely untapped resource despite making up almost half of the Canadian labour force. How can we change that? Female leaders share their views on the challenges and opportunities of pursuing a career in metalworking in our new digital series, starting with Tracy Spear, owner and managing partner, Humble Manufacturing, Burnaby, B.C. based fabricator. Insights from more female industry leaders will be published in the coming weeks both online at www.shopmetaltech.com and in the June issue of Shop Metalworking Technology magazine.

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Ateliers de fabrication Saguenay is acquiring a plasma cutting table

May 6, 2022

Quebec’s Les Ateliers de fabrication du Saguenay has received a $200,000 repayable contribution from the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) to help the company increase both its productivity and production capacity.

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May 5, 2022

When it comes to cutting metal, most fabricators would point to plasma cutting or oxyfuel cutting as the two most popular techniques. Both techniques have their pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, and cheerleaders and detractors. And, as you might expect, choosing the most suitable cutting system for the job is not necessarily straightforward. The choice depends on the application, the type and thickness of the material to be cut, quality of the cut, operational costs, location of the job, and many other factors.

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Ranfar Steel president Randy Farmer at the control’s of his new 8-kW Durma HD-F 6020 fiber laser from Access Machinery. The control panel includes a 64-bit microprocessor system with an integrated PC. It has a complete cutting database for all standard cutting operations, including cutting parameters  for steel, stainless steel and aluminum.

April 20, 2022

Ranfar Steel invests in new machinery to drive future growth without compromising its founding principles

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CNC

April 20, 2022

As Canada’s aerospace industry starts its path to rebounding, there are opportunities for small and medium-sized shops looking to get in the game

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WeighPack Systems chose the OMAX Maxiem 1530 waterjet table because it could handle a variety of materials. Initially thinking it would run the machine three or four days a week, WeighPack is now running it seven days a week.  IMAGE: WEIGHPACK

March 21, 2022

Montreal packaging solutions manufacturer continuously invests in automation to keep pace with growth and keep its R&D on point.

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Renishaw (Canada) president Dafydd Williams (left) shakes on the representation deal with Vince D’Alessio, president of Elliott Matsuura Canada.

March 21, 2022

Elliott Matsuura Canada has partnered with Renishaw (Canada) to represent and promote Renishaw Additive Manufacturing (AM) machines in Canada. 

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3D metal printer

March 21, 2022

by Noelle Stapinsky

3D printing important part of options available to Aarkel

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Access Machinery's Irina Solovianenko & Ranfar Steel's Randy Farmer

March 11, 2022

With pandemic restrictions lifting, Access Machinery pounced on the opportunity to provide information about its fiber laser and metal fabrication equipment  offerings, along with some long-desired face to face contact with industry stakeholders, this March 10th.

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