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A Saskatoon, SK, machine shop that built an innovative truck to raise funds for a children's hospital is now hoping to raise even more funds when the truck becomes the first ever Canadian charity vehicle to be auctioned off at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AR, in January.

Named the "Snakebit F-100", it made its North American debut at SEMA, the largest automotive aftermarket parts show in the world, held in Las Vegas, NV, earlier this month. The vehicle was displayed at Ford's booth at SEMA. 

Read the story behind the creation of the Snakebit F-100 truck.

 

Small is big

The problem
Managing customer demand for small lots

The solution
High-tech press brake meets niche market needs

CWB Welding Foundation: Impact Report

Five years after it was founded, the CWB Welding Foundation has released “The First Five Years,” a report that charts the impact the foundation has had on the industry.

Saving trees: The paperless factory

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.

Grinding Ambitions

United Grinding sets aggressive growth plan for 2015

If you've saturated a market but still have a need to grow, you focus on creating innovative machines that address you customers' needs and then proceed to take market share away from competitors. That's the plan the management team of United Grinding has laid out for 2015.

Seen at IMTS: Breakthrough technology for metal bonded grinding wheels

Manufacturers who grind hardened alloys, ceramics and tungsten carbide can now use a new machine-integrated dressing technology that dresses metal bonded grinding wheels easily at full working speeds of up to 140 m/sec.

Manufacturing leads August jobs rebound

Employment rose by 246,000 in August, compared with 419,000 in July, according to the latest jobs data from Statistics Canada.

Watch: Canada federal election called

With the federal election just announced for October 21, BNN Bloomberg has conducted an informal poll to find out which issues matter most to Canadian voters.

New tool holding products mirror modern metalworking demands

In general, tool holding (tooling) equipment has not undergone any fundamental changes for a long time.

Flexible and compact sheet metal tower storage

Bystronic's ByTower automation solution for laser cutting systems offers fabricators a flexible system for lightly manned production. Reduced set-up times and an optimal material flow ensure maximum utilization of the laser cutting system.

Hurco machinist publishes 5 axis book

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5 machine vision technology trends for 2017

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July PMI signals fastest output increase since Q3 2018

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The pressure is on

Rethinking high pressure waterjet cutting

by Tim Wilson

Are we hitting the ceiling on PSI levels in waterjet technology? No, but a manufacturer can’t just roll out more power without making sure that it works effectively.

Quebec to purchase 300,000 protective visors from Bauer

The Quebec government is buying 300,000 visors for doctors, nurses and first responders manufactured by Bauer to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, following the hockey gear manufacturer's announcement on March 25 that it planned to retool its operation to start mass production on face shields to address demands for the products amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

Skills Training: The Missing Sizzle

If Brian Philip could change education in manufacturing in secondary and post secondary institutions, he would add the missing “sizzle” to the steak.

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