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Barriers to Industry 4.0 Are Falling Fast

For years, manufacturers of all sizes and across every industrial segment have heard about Industry 4.0. The definition changes depending on the speaker or publication, but the essential idea remains the same. Now that manufacturing has become almost entirely digitized and interconnected as part of what we might call “Industry 3.0,” shops and their suppliers have begun to leverage digital data...

Feel The Force

"Last year, OMAX celebrated its 25th anniversary. The anniversary celebrated a history of customer-focused innovation and new products, such as the ProtoMAX and GlobalMAX, as well as reinvigorating our commitment to maintaining thought leadership in the machine tool market," Mike Ruppenthal, OMAX's General Manager, told ISMR. "Since Dr. John Olsen developed and patented a motion control...

Waterjeting in Waikite Valley With Jemco Manufacturing

Jemco Manufacturing has been producing metal works in Waikite Valley, New Zealand, since 2009. “We started with a development of a product for our own use and, through popular demand, created a business from this initial product,” said Mary Simons, managing director of Jemco Manufacturing. The rural, five-person, customer-focused shop specializes in farming, automotive, and prototyping for...

Why Waterjet Is The Best Method For Cutting Stainless Steel

Almost every machine tool claims they are the best at machining stainless steel. For some applications, the tolerances achieved by most machine tools (and subsequent effects imparted by the machining) is fine. However, when a fabricator or prototype creator is looking to produce a high precision part, have it weld ready, or get it done now, there is really only one method – abrasive waterjets...

Making Waterjet Precision Possible

An abrasive waterjet machine demonstrates its fullest advantages when it cuts complex geometries in a variety of materials. The software package that drives the machine makes the biggest contribution to waterjet utility and overall cost control. Waterjet machines initially used G code, but they exhibit special physics and geometric con-siderations that traditional cutting methods can’t handle...

Central Canadian Glass – Industry Leaders

Fogo Island Inn. New York Yankee Stadium. Shangri-La Hotel. These are just a few extraordinary projects produced by the glass architectural and design-focused Central Canadian Glass (CCG). Their large shop highlights an all-in-one method of production where fixturing, stonework, and metal are cut alongside glass. Committed to providing their clients a product of the highest possible quality...

Bridging the Data Gap

Machine tools compound data management with further inherent challenges. Machine tools commonly stay in service for 20+ years, but data storage and processing power remain in rapid growth cycles. How often do we still see paper maintenance logs? The lag in mass adoption of data management tools in the industrial sector often creates complications through “data islands,” where siloed...

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