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May 2017

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AUTOMOTIVE
Fabricating the F-150

It’s well known that Ford’s light-duty pickup trucks donned aluminum bodies, but how’d they do that?

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LASER TECHNOLOGY
Loyalty, reliability

Technology anchors parts production but staunch support bonds machinery maker and RV builder.

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PRESS BRAKES
Systems curator

Customer feedback, paired with fresh ideas, creates technology able to cut costs, conserve energy and accelerate throughput.

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BENDING/FOLDING
Planning ahead

Investment in the future pays dividends for Southeast contract manufacturer.

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WATERJET CUTTING
A gentle slice

Award-winning abrasive waterjet cutting system can do pretty much anything, with any material.

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STAMPING/PRESSES
The right fit

Last-minute engineering changes, tight tolerances or special part runs no longer delay project lead times.

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DEBURRING/FINISHING
Clean surfaces

Abrasives technology plugs profit drain caused by poor finishing and deburring methods.

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MATERIAL HANDLING
Shuffling along

Conveyor technology removes pipe mill scrap while supplier service shines by doing the heavy lifting.

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REGIONAL MANUFACTURING REPORT
West coast

Fabrication activity mixed, farming improves.

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GUEST EDITORIAL
Welding fume control

How to choose between an ambient system and a source capture system.

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TRAINING & EDUCATION
Workforce development

Siemens’ LEAP initiative prepares students for CNC machining careers.

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FACE TIME
Digital margin

Manufacturers can reap up to a tenfold return in efficiency and stronger, more predictable profits, says Lauri Klaus, founder and CEO of KeyedIn Solutions.

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CUSTOM FABRICATOR
American Steel Flag

37-year-old veteran Josh Vandenbrink creates custom steel flags for patriotic customers.

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Company Profiles

ABRASIVES

DEBURRING FINISHING

PLASMA TECHNOLOGY

SERVICE CENTERS

PFERD Inc. Lissmac Corp. Koike Aronson Admiral Steel

AIR FILTRATION

Osborn

PLATE

Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals
Donaldson Company Inc.

LASER TECHNOLOGY

Peddinghaus

SOFTWARE

BEVELING

AMADA AMERICA, INC.

PUNCHES, DIES & SHEARS

Striker Systems
Saar-Hartmetall USA Coherent Inc. American Punch Co.

STAMPING/PRESSES

COIL PROCESSING

Mazak Optonics Corp.

PUNCHING

Beckwood Press Co.
COE Press Equipment MC Machinery Systems Inc. Hougen Manufacturing SEYI
Neuenkamp GmbH TRUMPF Inc.

SAWING

WATERJET

Tishken

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

Tigerstop Flow Waterjet

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

Scotchman Industries Inc. Tsune America LLC OMAX Corp.
Mayfran International Trilogy Machinery Inc.

 

WELDING

CUTTING TECHNOLOGY

 

 

Dengensha America Corp.
Hypertherm

 

 

Gullco

 

 

 

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