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Thursday, April 24, 2014

CO2 Versus Fiber: Considerations for Laser Cutting Choices

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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