The future of manufacturingClick image to enlarge

The future of manufacturing – Manufacturing 4.0, AI, Big Data – and lessons from automation at a Toyota forklift plant in Sweden, presented by futurist keynote speaker Patrick Dixon.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about teams of people working together in very precise ways, integrated together with the very best of technology to do amazing things.”

High Fliers

by Kip Hanson

Manufacturers use advanced EDM technology to improve aircraft safety and efficiency

Shop talk - Purchasing equipment

When you purchase machinery or tooling, what one factor matters most to you and why? 

Horn: machining hardened metals

CBN (Cubic Boron Nitride) tools are ideal for machining through-hardened components.

IMTS 2018 Top 10

For those who couldn't make it to IMTS 2018, here's a look at some of the outstanding CNC products, booths and technologies that were on display at the show.

Heavy plate fabricating challenges

by Scott Tacheny

Methods to better meet the demands of thick plate fabricating

Testing Sandvik's new turning grade

Predictable tool wear has become increasingly important in modern turning, especially where there is limited supervision in lights-out production.

New generation turret punch press

Prima Power's Punch Genius is a new generation of servo-electric punching systems with numerically controlled, servo-electric axes.

This machine acts like a whole shop

The PUMA SMX2600ST 5 axis mill-turn centre acts like a high-end machine shop all on its own.

Troubleshooting MIG guns

By Andy Monk

Overcoming common problems and consumables issues

Robotic programming for welding and plasma cutting

A case study on Quebec fabricator Groupe Gravel. How Hypertherm's Robotmaster helped the company get setup for robotic programming for cutting and welding and the benefits the company achieved.

Live tooling, Swiss style

The Tsugami B0325V-III Swiss Type Lathe has an added vertical tool post, incorporating five modular, driven tools for increased milling capabilities.

Chatter-free machining of aluminum

A demonstration of Iscar's new four-flute ChatterFree solid mill line of cutting tools cutting aluminum.

CNC plasma/oxy-fuel and flame cutting

Koike Aronson's Mastergraph EX2 metal cutting machine is manufactured in the US and designed to work in challenging environments. The Mastergraph EX2 can be fully customized to fit production needs and increase your productivity. Multiple plasma stations, oxy-fuel stations, oxy-fuel stations, marking options, as well as, full contour plasma beveling, which is controlled through a very easy to use operator interface.

Laser/punch combination meets productivity challenge

See how a new Prima Power LPe6f laser/punch combination, integrated into the Night Train (NT) Material Management System, helped Accelerated Cooking Products (ACP) of Cedar Rapids, IA, achieve a dramatic increase in productivity at a time when new business increased threefold.

Producing clean bends with new forming technology

Mate Precision Tooling's CleanBend forming technology press brake tooling produces clean bends with minimal to no marking of the sheet metal, claims the company. The technology uses rotating supports within the tooling for higher precision bending. It can bend short flanges, bend a flange to a diagonal sharp or across existing holes or bend delicate and polished materials.

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