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A continuous improvement process is how companies consistently reduce their costs by finding opportunities that will save time, materials and labor. In order to find the hidden opportunities in the sheet metal production process, each process must be broken down into subsets and then measured. Measuring the Data:  The best  [ Read More ]

The reduction of non-productive manufacturing time and total cycle times are one of the key elements to remaining competitive in a fabricating environment. From the time the order is received until the moment it ships is the true total measure of the fabrication time for any given order. Control front end processing  [ Read More ]

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 ]

High performance manufacturing is the key to maintaining higher margins, shortening customer lead times and creating competitive differentiation. OEMs and job shops that continue to ride the wave of new fabricating machinery innovations are setting themselves apart from their competition. Seizing the window of opportunity derived from new innovations like the  [ Read More ]

Speed and Consistency is the hallmark of today’s fiber laser cutting machinery and their capacity to process a vast amount of sheet metal on a daily basis. In order to maintain this consistent pace of production it is critical to have some form of material automation. While operators can be  [ Read More ]

Over the last several years many technological changes have affected the sheet metal fabrication industry. Many fabricators I have spoken with are amazed at the technological leaps that have occurred. I am frequently asked: How are other fabricators getting started with adapting to these new technologies? To begin with, Fiber  [ Read More ]

If you’ve owned a CO2 laser cutting machine then you are familiar with the periodic maintenance required for optics, beam path bellows, beam and nozzle alignments, not to mention oil changes and filters for the vacuum pump. The time required to fulfill these maintenance tasks equates to a significant portion  [ Read More ]

As I often visit metal fabrication shops it is amazing to see the myriad of CNC control interfaces, not only from different equipment manufacturers, but also how they have physically changed over the years. But it’s not just the physicality of the change, but how their functionality has also changed.  [ Read More ]

Achieving Higher Productivity at the Press Brake Press brakes are typically the location of bottlenecks in the metal fabrication process. Here, every aspect of the process must be looked at. For example, the importance of utilizing correctly sized press brakes based on the size of the parts being produced. Utilizing  [ 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 ]