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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 ]

Old School Knowledge While there is something to say about running production on machinery that is already paid for, what are the real costs? After all, these machines are “free” right? But, unfortunately, “free” machines can become unproductive and very expensive when manufacturers and job shops cannot find skilled workers  [ Read More ]

The Real Costs Often I come across older CO2 laser cutting, plasma cutting and punching equipment that is 10 plus years old and still in production. While there is something to say about running production on equipment that is already paid for, what are the real costs? What is the  [ Read More ]

With CNC machines capable of generating production data in real-time and their interconnectivity via Ethernet networks, managing data becomes essential to improving current manufacturing processes. We now have the real-time capabilities to monitor equipment and make decisions in real-time instead of waiting until the job is complete, to realize that  [ Read More ]

Quick Change Tooling Productivity of press brakes is too often neglected and it’s taken for granted that it takes a really long time to set-up. Productivity packages are now available on press brakes to drastically improve set-up times and consequently make a press brake more productive. A feature such as  [ Read More ]

Differentiation is the key to creating new opportunities in manufacturing and sheet metal fabricating. As competition remains fierce, the only way to stand out is to do things differently, better, and more efficiently than anyone else. One way to ensure differentiation is to have equipment that can process larger and  [ Read More ]

Press brakes have a specific bending length and a specific tonnage that are suited for the range of parts that each company processes. Companies normally utilize press brakes that can process a diverse range of materials to maintain flexibility in their production scheduling. Usually this means having a ten or  [ Read More ]

The addition of a Fiber laser into the sheet metal fabrication process is going to create a re-alignment of the status quo. You now have a tool that can produce substantially more parts per hour, so naturally all of the supporting systems will feel the effects. Optimizing the front-end order  [ Read More ]