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Machines & Automation

Best Practices for Robotic Welding

The cost to implement welding automation can be substantial, requiring companies to plan out the purchase carefully and to justify the expenditure to the appropriate financial or management personnel. The payback on the investment, however, can be equally beneficial.

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: Standardized Tooling Data Enables Smarter Choices

Engineers and machinists on the shop floor are constantly under pressure to problem-solve and reduce the time it takes to transform a design into a finished component. This can affect their ability to keep up with the equally rapid-fire advancements in machine and tooling technology. As CAM technology advances, manufacturers are turning to digital manufacturing solutions to seamlessly manage their entire product life-cycle. Now more than ever, the demand for fully integrated and connected manufacturing systems is growing, and it will only continue to grow.

Quality

Quality Scan: The Benefits of In-Process Air Gaging

In recent years, we have seen higher production manufacturers wanting to move air gaging quality checks from a stand-alone, outside-of-machine device, where the operator is performing a manual check, to an automated in-process gage. There are several reasons for this trend, such as higher quality standards, tighter tolerances, as well as running a leaner operation. The benefits are 100% inspection of the required geometric callout, as well as handshaking between measuring device and machine to make each piece better than the prior one and remove bad parts.

Controls & Software

Rethinking PLM

Change is good, but it’s rarely an easy undertaking. To fully realize the digital manufacturing vision, developers and users of product lifecycle management (PLM) tools must rethink how PLM is used today and find new ways to employ current and new software for manufacturing.

AeroDef

Against the Odds at MTM

The odds are often stacked against May Technology & Manufacturing Inc. (MTM) when it comes to its aerospace work. For starters, the Kansas City, MO, shop operates in an intense high-mix/low-volume production environment, which affords little, if any, time for job setups and test runs.

Event Coverage

GF Machining Solutions, GF Piping Systems Share New Irvine, CA, Facility

Georg Fischer is a Swiss-based global company with 14,000 employees in three business units serving global industries involved in water and gas transport (GF Piping Systems), precision parts manufacturing (GF Machining Solutions), and automotive safety and efficiency (GF Automotive).In early October, two of the three business units GF Machining Solutions and GF Piping Systems, celebrated the dedication of their new 105,000 ft2 joint facility in Irvine, California, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house.


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