Traditionally, the technology of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) provided the benchmark for dimensional accuracy of parts and dies. During the last 20 years, however, non-contact scanning devices using laser and X-ray technologies have also proven to be versatile and accurate.
Have you walked past that old shotblast machine knowing it just might take a shot at you? It is old and dusty and maybe leaks shot. Its unexpected downtime costs you money, and the ordeal of trying to get repair parts for something 30 years old or more can be daunting. The good news is that you don’t have to live with this. There are numerous options available to improve your shotblasting operation. This article will outline many of those and share some ideas on how to make shotblasting a successful part of your overall operation.
October 5, 2018
In today’s challenging business climate, with company cultures changing and growing quickly, the important focus on safety and reliability has changed how we need to think about the equipment we operate in our plants.
New process development or the redesign of an underperforming job gives engineers a chance to investigate process influences and design alternatives. Examples of how process simulation has been used in design-optimization projects are detailed.
Improvements in steel manufacturing processes have yielded advancements in the purity of steel that, in turn, yield higher-quality end-use products. Clean steel is produced by judiciously controlling parameters in melting, refining, degassing and casting operations. The demand for clean steels will continue to increase due to the global push for energy efficiency and stricter CO2 emission regulations.
Steel is an amazing material when you consider its versatility. Steel can achieve the needed characteristics for a vast array of end products; it is relatively low cost compared to many other materials; it is endlessly recyclable without loss of property; and it can be mass produced, with annual global production of over 1.5 billion tons.
The sawing of bar stock into billets is one of the first steps in many forging processes, yet for some reason the bandsaw operation and equipment often do not get the attention they deserve. This article discusses how to improve your bandsaw’s operational and performance efficiency.
If there is one machine on your manufacturing floor that isn’t getting the attention it deserves, it’s most likely your bandsaw. For many forging houses, it is a bottleneck at worst and ignored at best.
In June’s issue, we opened the topic of MES/ERP systems by discussing what they are and how they are used in today’s business climate. The majority of forge companies today continue to discuss the need to establish information integration that is coordinated and summarized among their various departments.
The JET 13-inch EVS semiautomatic dual mitering band saw saves time and boosts shop productivity with its swiveling head that miters 45 degrees right and 60 degrees left for quick angle cuts without repositioning the workpiece.
Check out the December 2018 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story that showcases Weber Metals' New 60,000-Ton Hydraulic Press. Other features include "California Hosts 32nd FIERF Technical Conference", "HDPE Cooling Towers Take the Heat", and much more.