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“Time is money and I can’t afford to waste either one” is a common comment amongst business owners. Having the right software and equipment is critical to maintaining the efficiencies and productivity of a business. From the time an order is received until the time it is delivered, it is  [ Read More ]

Fiber lasers are a game changing technology, but you must also consider factors such as material handling automation to make full use of their productivity. As I visit sheet metal fabrication shops, I am often asked the question “can I use my existing laser automation with a new fiber laser  [ Read More ]

Contributing to Machine Availability As fiber laser cutting machines have become more prevalent, the hidden benefits of using fiber lasers have also become more evident. Maintenance tasks that that would normally consume several hours per month on a CO2 laser have disappeared from the routine maintenance of the fiber laser.  [ Read More ]

In business, the most successful manufacturing companies are the ones that employ a “vision” or concept of the future to which they wish their company to aspire. They recognize that industry, commerce and the world in general are constantly changing, and without a plan for moving forward you will most  [ 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 ]

Over the past few years, progress for most of the computer and machine system hardware available on the market today has been defined by modest incremental leaps in technology. Software advances, on the other hand, have been marked by larger technological leaps. Software applications, or “Apps” as they are often  [ Read More ]

Maintaining margins in the wake of rising costs is one of the most important challenges faced by businesses today. Increases to the cost of raw materials, fuel, transportation and labor present an unending challenge to a company’s profitability. Passing these expenses on to your customers is certainly one strategy for  [ Read More ]

In business there is always this question: Should I add more Capability or add more Capacity? These two words sound like they are similar, but really they are quite different. Adding Capacity provides you the opportunity to do more of what you are already doing. Adding Capability provides a differentiation  [ 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 ]

Lasers cutting systems can now operate in lightly manned shift operations and process multiple jobs without interruptions. Laser owners benefit from consistency of operations; increased production; increased quality; and better, more efficient use of labor. Before a cutting plan can be processed, the correct focal length needs to be selected,  [ Read More ]