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.
A process called fluid-forming is gaining steam in North America, attracting users including Airbus, BMW, and Nokia. It reportedly can produce high-detail, close-tolerance parts with low scrap rates using high-pressure water.
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...]
A technology being marketed as “something completely new and different in metal forming” is attracting attention in North America, as it has in Europe. Called fluid-forming, the technology applies … [Read More...]