Laser cutting is a mainstay technology in industrial and manufacturing applications. But the choice between selecting a CO2 laser machine and a fiber laser machine depends on material thickness and operational cost factors, to name two.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laser cutting is a mainstay technology in industrial and metal manufacturing applications. The computerized and therefore highly accurate method works by focusing the output of the laser at the … [Read More...]
Many machine shops in the United States and Canada are working to remedy a shortage of skilled workers. For some, the efforts include linking up with local technical colleges and universities, … [Read More...]
As large composite structures become mainstays of aerospace design, part fabricators are turning to innovative machining systems to fine-tune the dimensions of these parts for assembly. One such … [Read More...]
Does a skills gap exist in North American manufacturing? The answer appears to depend on perspective.
Those who analyze manufacturing are skeptical, saying that, except in extraordinary cases, … [Read More...]
During the last International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), in October 2012, machinery maker Fives Giddings & Lewis (FG&L) discussed with customers the idea of developing an integrated … [Read More...]