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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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