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Ontario Shop Takes Up Efforts to Produce Skilled Workers
In this installment of our look at the skills gap issue, we examine what Unique Tool & Gauge, in Ont., Canada, is doing to find and train capable employees. Much of its approach is similar to those of other companies and therefore a good indication of what shops should be doing. [Continue Reading]
Machining System and Laser Encoders Team Up for Accurate Large Composite Parts
Flow International's Composites Machining Center, or CMC, is fitted with two Renishaw laser encoders to produce composite parts with ultra-tight tolerances. The machine has found use among Airbus' Tier 1 partners. [Continue Reading]
A Machine Maker Invests to Close the Skills Gap
Fives Cincinnati, a maker of composite and metal machining systems, says the skills gap is very real in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. It is taking the labor shortage head-on with apprenticeship training, local school curriculum development, and community outreach. [Continue Reading]
Innovative Contouring-Head Machine Gains Traction
Fives Giddings & Lewis thus far has built for customers two specialty horizontal machines with an integrated contouring head using standard tools to produce complex parts. It says they bring advantages over conventional machines with two auxiliary heads and manual tool changes. [Continue Reading]

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A machine is a mechanical, electric, or electronic device capable of performing work. Its usefulness derives from the ability to modify the total energy used to achieve a task. A simple machine changes the direction or quantity of applied force through a mechanical advantage, such as leverage, and it usually accomplishes this in a single motion. More complex machinery can have multiple simple machines performing in tandem, along with a wide range of moving parts. These machines can reduce the amount of labor necessary to complete a task by redistributing energy expenditure in a manner more efficient than that of direct manual effort. Whether molding, casting, forming, cutting, assembling, inspecting, or packaging, machines can be found at nearly every level of industrial manufacturing in both automated and operator-controlled form.

Generally, a tool is a piece of equipment that increases the effectiveness of an operation involving two or more objects. The most basic types of tools are simple machines, such as a hammer or a crowbar, that rely on a single motion to perform their work. Complex tools, such as torches, punches, or sanders, usually have multiple moving parts and require several stages of motion to finish their task. Tools are useful accessories at the foundation of many industrial projects, and have a wide array of applications, including cutting, shaping, transporting, fastening, guiding, or shielding, to name just a few.


A Guide to Simple Machines
This is a guide to simple machines.
Using ECM Motors in HVAC Systems
The role of ECM motors in place of PSC motors in HVAC systems can be energy-efficient and cost-beneficial.
Crimpers Buying Guide
Crimping involves the deformation of a substrate material in order to join it to another material, often wire on metal. Because of the wide range of crimping operations there are many differences to consider when purchasing a crimping tool.
How Milling Machines Work
Milling machines are tools that can be hand or power driven to machine a variety of materials, incorporating dynamic movement and orientation to achieve superior tolerances.

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Honing of Gears
Highlighting that current automotive manufacturing technology could have an innovative face shift in honing of transmission gears and other components, this paper details how the process of flat finishing, ID grinding and honing could be symmetrically combined using a single machine. It briefs about the concept and process involved in both...
Multi-Function Meets Multi-Discipline: Product Development in a Shifting Solar Market Shows "onshoring" Makes Sense
Over viewing the revolution of solar industry and Multi-Contact USA's focus on the development of a custom junction box, this paper states that in order to meet the industry needs the junction box should be flexible in design, possess high technical requirements, and less expensive. The paper details how Multi-Contact USA with its in-house...
Understanding Clean in Place Technology Will Help Dairies Achieve the Utmost in Sanitary Condition, Lower Waste, and Improve Output
Stating that highest level of food safety could be attained by ensuring thorough cleaning and sanitizing of dairy products packaging and processing machine, this paper details the history of sanitizing dairy filling machines and describes what to watch for in terms of state-of-the-art systems and what processes to avoid. It highlights how...
Grinding & Honing to Achieve Required Micro Finish.
Highlighting that engineers strive for designing the better components in order to fit into assemblies, this paper throws light on the subject of micro finish and different ways of measuring surface roughness in various procedures required in metal forming application. The paper points that as the compressed product lifecycle demands higher...

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