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Successful Composites Technology Transfer: Applying NASA Innovations to Industry

This Manufacturing Insights program showcases three Shingo Prize winning companies that have each had over ten years of successful experience deploying and sustaining long-term continuous improvements.

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Kaizen Success: Sustaining Long-Term Continuous Improvements

This Manufacturing Insights program showcases three Shingo Prize winning companies that have each had over ten years of successful experience deploying and sustaining long-term continuous improvements.

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Electrical Discharge Machining(1)

Electrical discharge machining, or EDM, shapes metal by creating sparks that melt tiny portions of the workpiece, and is an exceptionally diverse process that generates no cutting forces. EDM is especially useful in the production of fragile parts that cannot take the stress of conventional machining. This Electrical Discharge Machining program examines the EDM process, and the two primary forms of electrical discharge machining, RAM EDM, and wire EDM. The EDM Process segment details the components of an EDM system, the EDM erosion process, and cycle time. The RAM EDMing, or sinker EDM, segment outlines the process and presents the various process subsystems, including the power supply, dielectric fluid system, the electrode and its manufacture, and the servo system. The Wire EDMing segment features the various wire EDM process subsystems, including the power supply, dielectric fluid system, the wire feeding system, and the wire positioning system. EDM holemaking is also explored.

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Thermal and Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Processes

Thermal cutting processes use heat for cutting. The abrasive waterjet process uses no heat, but cuts by abrasive erosion. All these processes provide precision non-contact cuts in a wide variety of materials, and cut in single pass, rather than multiple passes. To better understand the various cutting processes, this Thermal & Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Processes program examines and compares: oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, laser cutting applications, and abrasive waterjet cutting. The Oxy-Fuel Cutting segment explores the cutting variables, torch tip types, depth of cut variables, and oxy-fuel cutting machine tools. The Plasma Cutting segment defines plasma, and talks about plasma gas types, plasma arc system elements, kerf width, cutting jet shielding, and more. The Laser Cutting segment features the advantages and limitations of laser cutting while examining the process, laser types and features, machine types and components, laser drilling , and more. The Abrasive Waterjet Cutting segment outlines the process and system components, the pressures needed, kerf and workpiece surface conditions, production application variables, and waterjet safety.

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Electrical Discharge Machining

Electrical Discharge Machining

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Thermal and Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Thermal cutting processes use heat for cutting. The abrasive waterjet process uses no heat, but cuts by abrasive erosion. All these processes provide precision non-contact cuts in a wide variety of materials, and cut in single pass, rather than multiple passes. To better understand the various cutting processes, this program examines, explains, and compares oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, laser cutting applications, and abrasive waterjet cutting.

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Sheet Metal Stamping Presses

Stamping presses transform sheet metal into functional products by applying the force of a moving ram to tooling located within the press. Stamping’s primary advantage is the ability to transform two-dimensional sheet metal stock into three-dimensional finished components at a relatively high rate of speed with minimum operator intervention.

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Sheet Metal Stamping Dies and Processes

Stamping dies are the tools that shape and cut sheet metal parts. They are commonly developed using computer-aided design (CAD) software and analytical programs to create and prove-out highly accurate, unambiguous designs.

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Visual Controls

This program explains how visual controls are developed and used in a factory environment to help identify production problems quickly. In the program examples, you will see visual controls used to manage inventory, schedule maintenance, and clearly mark machine and tool locations. Other examples show the benefits of posting key goals and the motivational effects of successful communication.

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Grinding

Grinding

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