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Inventory Storage, Distribution and Control Systems Boost Lean Manufacturing Efforts
Computerized, point-of-use storage and dispensing systems help this shop target waste that is difficult to measure and often labor-intensive to eliminate.
On-Machine Verification Keeps Process Chain Intact
Measuring on machining centers is no substitute for this mold manufacturer's CMM. Rather, the goal of on-machine probing is to minimize downtime at individual workstations and to maximize overall throughput.
Moldmaker Experiments with Hollow Mold Inserts as Alternative to Conformal Cooling
A plastics manufacturer with in-house moldmaking explores a different option for applying additive manufacturing to making mold tooling.
Standardized Parameters Make Unattended Machining Predictable and Reliable
Standardized parameters for specific material and cutting tool combinations help this hard milling specialist manage a highly varied workload with minimal labor.
The Acquisition Next Door
A Chicago-area maker of mechanical seals purchased the die maker adjacent to it in the same building. The seal maker’s CEO says the way to expand is by capitalizing on the opportunities that come.
Will the Coalition Continue?
It almost certainly will. As the Whitehall Township Tooling Coalition nears the end of the tax incentive that led to its creation, this alliance of eight tool and die shops finds so much value in the partnership that the group is on track to last. H...
Cutting Tool Edge Prep: The Invisible Advantage
Edge preparation involves removing material from a cutting tool in order to extend its life. That may sound counterintuitive, but a maker of glass molds says edge prep has dramatically reduced the amount it spends on tools.
Armed for Accuracy
Portable metrology arms provide many benefits, as do standard CMMs, but how do these devices differ from each other? This company relies on both and describes the applications for which these technologies are particularly well-suited.
Improvement Is Not Optional
No matter how busy this shop gets, it continues to pull teams of employees out of production so they can focus on solving problems to make incremental process changes. The advances add up. Today, this is a very different shop than it once was.
High Speed Leads to Lights-Out
This mold maker has become more competitive by establishing a high speed machining process that is predictable enough to confidently run lights-out.