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When you think about press brake automation you are probably thinking of robot bending operations to increase efficiency and throughput. Press brake bending operations are in fact sequential tasks that are performed by either a human or a robot. Utilizing the latter can be advantageous when large part volumes are  [ Read More ]

When bigger is better: I often see production jobs that would benefit from a larger sheet size especially in a large volume run. Most companies keep inventory of different size metal sheet for their production and machine requirements, but the problem is that material inventory takes up valuable floor space.  [ Read More ]

When considering material automation for laser cutting systems, there are different levels of material handling that can be implemented to provide varying degrees of efficiency. The base level of automating the process is a system to load raw material with no automated part or skeleton removal. The drawback to this  [ Read More ]

I recently asked one of my customers what was the biggest contributing factor to his cost per part? He very quickly said; “that’s an easy answer, it’s the cost of the material itself. More than 50% of the cost per part is directly related to the material cost and even  [ Read More ]

Considering that a fiber laser is capable of a two fold increase in cut part volumes as compared to CO2, how then can a fabricator keep up with the increased productivity downstream? Today’s modern press brakes have evolved to be even more productive than they were just several years ago.  [ Read More ]

Reducing non-productive time on manually operated equipment is by far the most effective way to increase productivity, increase machine capacity, and reduce overall production costs. By the nature of their operations, press brake equipment are, in particular, highly visible contributors of this kind of inefficiency, due to the different tool  [ Read More ]

Manufacturers are under constant pressure to find faster and better ways of accomplishing repetitive tasks. Fortunately, the ever-changing landscape of technological change is constant as well. Indeed, we see technology moving very quickly as it affects all aspects of our lives, making everything we do simpler and faster to accomplish.  [ Read More ]

Fiber laser technology has been a prevalent topic of discussion in the fabrication industry for several years. Today, that discussion appears to be transitioning into a new phase. While much of the early buzz regarding Fiber lasers tended to focus on the technology and how it worked, companies are now  [ Read More ]

Analyzing non-productive time: Today’s OEM manufacturers and job shops often experience high mix low volume fabrication production requirements. In this environment it is critical to look at the non-productive time it takes to setup each job. Setup time is always important of course, but even more so when it becomes  [ Read More ]

Process consistency enables manufacturers to more accurately analyze their work flows, predict costs, and maintain on-time deliveries. The enemy of process consistency is variability. Variability is created by manual manufacturing processes which can be dependent on a number of factors such as attendance, workloads, fatigue, shift changes and lunch breaks.  [ Read More ]