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Creating full transparency with customers, a TRUMPF webinar outlines the company’s current use and development of AI as well as its future strategies
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An Ontario-based fabricator invests in a large-format fiber laser to support the growing needs of the business and the future of the employees
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Choosing a fiber laser cutting system can be a complex process, but once it’s on a shop floor, it needs to be turnkey
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Transforming data into useful information is simplified with a comprehensive suite of software
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A new integrated laser cutting function offers an innovative angle for post-laser cutting operations
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As electric vehicles grow in popularity, the use of lasers can help with their production
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A fiber laser machine manufacturer builds on its foundational assist gas technology to provide even more savings
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Teach-by-touch cobot technology gives a fabricator a flexible, ergonomic solution for repetitive tasks
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Adding fiber laser cutting to a fab shop despite limited budgets and space
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As a leading equipment manufacturer standardizes its fiber laser cutting platforms, automating the cutting process is simplified
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How win/loss ratios can keep a laser cutting job shop competitive and profitable
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An architectural metals fabricator finds success with a new fiber laser, punch and press brake
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Handheld fiber laser welding and collaborative robotics come together in a highly productive cell
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As laser welding becomes more approachable for smaller shops, now is the perfect time to explore its benefits
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With a new 5-axis laser, a tube and pipe fabricator doubles down on its dedication to fast turnaround times
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A successful subcontractor in the Netherlands modernizes with the latest fab equipment
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A customer experience platform delivers everything a fabricator needs for the ultimate in uptime
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Sorting-and-stacking manpower doesn’t come easy these days. Learn how a robot is stepping in to help
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With its handheld laser welder, IPG Photonics is shaking up the industry once again
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For four days spanning 825,325 sq. ft. of exhibition space, 40,505 attendees from 80 countries and all 50 states checked...
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Being brutally honest, one fabricator explains how his investment in a Chinese-made fiber laser has worked out
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Generations of trust for two companies leads to cutting and bending success
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To increase throughput and overcome persistent labor challenges, a major sign manufacturer invests in fiber laser cutting technology with tower automation
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As students around the country return to the classroom, manufacturing professionals can do the same with a sheet metal design course
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Compared to abrasive blasting and chemical cleaning processes, laser ablation is safe, cost-effective and precise
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The digital revolution is here and on the shop floor – the next step is building the smart factories of the future
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As the nation’s only privately owned, full-line grating manufacturer, Ohio Gratings’ products are enjoyed by millions every year
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Acosta Sheet Metal Mfg. partners with 99Bridges on a solution to the single-use plastic bag problem
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Thanks to a new automated laser marking cell, fabricators can secure their longevity in an increasingly competitive marketplace
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New large-format, higher power laser cutting machines offer nearly endless applications
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A trip to AMADA’s new, groundbreaking facility in Japan proves that that the future of manufacturing is happening now
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More than five years after its grand opening, the director of TRUMPF’s Smart Factory discusses the past, present and future of connected manufacturing
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Robotic considerations for optimizing laser welding and cutting
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A new service and support app delivers on the customer’s need for consistently high productivity
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Understanding the three tenets of laser cutting production leads to long-term success
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Paving the road to AI for laser welding processes in today’s manufacturing
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Creating an integrated system in the shop makes larger gains possible
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Designing optics for high laser powers
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Kicking off 2023 with a renewed commitment to laser safety
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When paired with a jet of water, fiber lasers tackle the thinnest of materials with the utmost precision and accuracy
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Laser cleaning battery connections prior to joining increases reliability
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Software for tube cutting adds visibility to the bulk of the manufacturing process
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Sawing professionals shed light on the benefits of proper fluid application in cutting operations
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Fiber laser bevel cutting takes a big step forward
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Checking output power on high-power production lasers leads to continuous process improvement
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A 5-axis CNC laser cutting system gives a California manufacturer something to smile about
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A nearly 25-year-old manufacturing company invests in a 6-kW fiber laser cutter to keep up with updates
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A New York-based shop implements waterjet technology and gains value
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Automated saw solutions are a perfect match for cutting aluminum
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How to make your photons work smarter, not harder
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At its first open house since the pandemic began, Mazak announces an expanded facility and a new fiber laser platform
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Three recent laser marking advancements have hit the market to improve operations
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Bringing XXL laser cutting to metal service centers
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As supply chain uncertainties abound, fabricators keep their eyes on the price of steel
cutting waterjet
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Waterjet cut calculator app can help generate better throughput/profits
green manufacturing
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Several leading equipment manufacturers share the impact that sustainable initiatives are having on their businesses and the planet
crossroads
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Cross-flow collectors provide a breath of fresh air to protect workers
gases
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A look at the drivers and suppliers of a growing trend in laser cutting: in-house assist gas generation
cnc laser machinery for metal cutting.
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Compared to CO2 lasers, fiber optics maintenance is simple and straightforward
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A third-generation, family-owned metal fabricator acquires an ultra-high-power fiber laser, further building on its founder’s early dreams
world of opportunities
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All around the planet, companies are benefitting from the versatility of waterjet technology
fill the difference
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The “difference maker” for many laser welding applications is a high-power fiber laser and filler wire
Tactical toolbox
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A toolbox manufacturer improves quoting responsiveness and accuracy helps the business grow
Rocking and Rolling
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Unanticipated growth for an Indiana sheet metal fabricator leads to investment in quality fiber lasers and an automated tower system
compact cutting
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New compact fiber lasers demonstrate that sometimes the best things do come in small packages
Wonder Woman
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Long before winning her business of the year award, Shannon Huffman was winning the game of life
the right choice
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After a false start with a competing laser brand, a fabricator finds the right fit for stress-free production
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Optimize cutting and grinding to create quality welds in shipbuilding applications
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The proper battery and charger make a cordless power tool run safely and efficiently
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The next step in shop floor management for automating and streamlining processes
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To fully harness the operational benefits of ultra-high laser power, acceleration is key
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A Florida-based steel distribution company invested in waterjet technology to achieve higher efficiency and bigger contracts
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Q&A with a Trumpf executive about the importance of interconnected processes in fabrication
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Learn now to overcome the unique challenges of machining stainless steel
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Making the case for a cost-competitive, “just the essentials” fiber laser
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A metal fabricator creates a rapid prototyping cell that eliminates bottlenecks and keeps customers happy
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Manufacturing is typically considered an energy-intensive industry, but companies are working to reduce their carbon footprint with cutting-edge technologies
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A tube laser designed for high-speed cutting offers a solution for manufacturers that can’t produce parts fast enough
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Small and medium job shops benefit from subscription-based nesting software, which offers access to the latest features
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Gaining insights into production processes allows for fact-based decisions for improved efficiency
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Seeking to diversify its customer base, a fabrication company implements advanced fiber laser technology
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To address the growing need to weld the copper required for electric vehicles, new laser technologies are emerging
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Like it or not, the manufacturing world is moving away from manual labor in favor of automated systems. Is your shop ready? 
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The benefits of working with an established OEM should be factored into a laser cutter purchasing decisionhttps://magazine.shopfloorlasers.com/2021/aug/d/#page12
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A business owner gains more control over projects while alleviating pressure on the machine shop with waterjet
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Looking for the reason for the recent rise in metal prices? It’s probably not what you’re thinking
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A line of powerful fiber lasers finds a place with novice and advanced operators alike
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A new management team initiates complex aerospace laser processing resulting in long-term customer contracts
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To reduce indirect fabrication processing time, intralogistics is a good place to start
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When the right tools are deployed, fabricators make fast work of deburring sheet metal
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As laser welding gains in popularity, a brief lesson brings understanding to those interested in its benefits 
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A new on-demand program gives fabricators higher power laser capabilities at a lower cost
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By leveraging a longer plasma cutting torch, companies expand their range of applications and improve operator safety
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The technology behind cordless tools has advanced, allowing manufacturers to meet high production standards
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Tips for working with stainless steel – from start to finish
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A new compact power meter finds its way into industrial settings to enhance laser processing quality for additive, welding and cutting applications
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Advanced technology, including a large-format fiber laser, is one way a dump truck body manufacturer extends its versatility
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Machine of the Month Cincinnati Inc. MARCH Laser Automation System
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The laser hotwire process is a viable option for many fabrication applications
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From initial training to services that reduce downtime, a waterjet company focuses on keeping customers going
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With dedicated employees and a range of capabilities, a N.Y.-based custom fabricator attracts customers from around the world 
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As power levels rise, advances in laser optics and cutting heads help make quality and efficient cuts in all materials
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Retiring workers, the skills gap and increasingly complex jobs call for a focus on laser automation
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The right fiber laser paired with automation and software allows a U.K.-based fabricator to increase margins on products
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Keeping your CO2 laser – and your fabricating business – in shape during uncertain times
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Sawing solutions give customers greater capabilities paired with significant savings in the new Sawing Productivity found within Shop Floor Lasers.
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To offer customers even better support in an increasingly competitive environment, Bystronic advances into a new dimension of fiber laser cutting with its 15-kW ByStar fiber laser machine. The high-end ByStar fiber laser features high-precision Bystronic technology, a reliable cutting process for the highest laser outputs, which is well suited for a wide range of applications.
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Robotic plasma cutting in a 3-D world
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A next-level laser hybrid welding system for fabricators that handle thick metal plate
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An Iowa-based manufacturer improves throughput and cut quality with fiber lasers
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Tower automation systems take material storage to the next level
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Four laser cutting equipment providers discuss their latest and greatest technology advancements
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Despite the turbulent year, machine tool builders continue to expand their service, sales and technical support offerings
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Two fiber lasers and a high-performance dry air cutting system propel a restaurant equipment manufacturer toward even greater success
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Laser micromachining serves as a flexible, high-precision manufacturing process
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Today’s fiber lasers make a strong case for large-format cutting and extra-large processing
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Remote service and support sees an increase due to Covid-19
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XXL tube cutting gets faster, more accurate and much more profitable
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A Florida-based manufacturer makes the most of modern plasma cutting
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Companies looking to improve their mold repair processes should consider laser DMD
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Waterjet technology helps a boutique fabrication shop land niche jobs
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A laser maker and machine tool builder use teamwork to provide laser cutters
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Machine of the month - MC Machinery Systems’ Advanced 800 EX-F laser cutter
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Using high-pressure air is improving laser cutting operations and reducing costs
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Price is often the top reason to purchase aftermarket laser cutting consumables, but there are other factors to keep in mind
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Waterjet cutting addresses some of the issues encountered with titanium
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Major QCW laser enhancements are now being adapted to meet the needs of the automotive industry
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In the midst of a global pandemic, an essential manufacturer has a new fiber laser installed and with it, instills new confidence in its employees and customers
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New ownership makes a laser and press brake investment that delivers immediate rewards
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Beveling for optimum welds and increased productivity starts with selecting the right tool
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Michigan company realizes the benefits of a beefed-up 90,000-psi waterjet pump
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Machine of the month - BLM's LT8.20 3-D laser cutting machine
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Mazak Optonics maintains strong ties to Japanese culture despite the 6,000 miles that separate the U.S. company from its headquarters in Japan
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A new fiber laser covers all the bases in what a shop wants in a laser cutter
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Visits to pipeline jobsites lead to useful knowledge on what welder’s helpers need to increase performance
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A manufacturer of conveyor belt systems and components finds success with a new fiber laser
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For stainless steel products, such as medical implants, laser-based “black” marking provides an extra layer of protection
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For tube and pipe processing, waterjet cutting expands into 3-D
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Machine of the month - Trumpf’s TruLaser 1030 Fiber Laser
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Laser cutting and welding is greatly improved when a laser’s beam characteristics can be modified on the fly for individual applications
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The classic chuck box gets an overhaul with the help of automated fabrication services and a shrewd shark
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Laser welding technology for dissimilar metals in batteries drives electric vehicle efficiency
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A custom metal fabrication company finds waterjet solves a variety of problems
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A new development in robotic laser cutting is delivering big gains for cutting 3-D automotive components
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Continued developments in angle grinders ensure they remain the most versatile and indispensable tool in the shop
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Machine of the Month - Cincinnati Inc.’s CL-900 Series Fiber Laser System
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A Q&A with industry experts unveils detailed advice on using assist gases
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3-D laser cutting serves as an ideal secondary process for handling metal formed parts
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Shape recognition is the next step in expanding laser welding applications
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A gas assist system utilizes a nitrogen/oxygen mixture for improved quality and productivity at a lower cost
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Clear answers to questions about switching from CO2 to fiber
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After investing in a new fiber laser, a custom kitchen fabricator takes manual labor off his employees’ plates
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For on-site oil and gas pipeline work, welders and their helpers bring toolboxes full of indispensible products
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From industry downturn to recovery, welding innovations fill multi-faceted needs
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Improve workflow with a new approach to supplying industrial gas at the jobsite
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Undergrad students dream up a printer-size waterjet that leads to the launch of a company
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Machine of the month - Mazak Optonics Corp.’s Optiplex 3015 Fiber III
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A Midwest bulk tank manufacturer invests in a new laser for new business
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Fiber laser breakthrough enables all-fiber tunable beam quality
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With 120 years of business under its belt, Cincinnati Inc. celebrates its past while looking to the future 
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Thanks to recent technology advancements, lasers join metals faster and more accurately than ever before
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New portable exothermic system offers unique cutting capabilities
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Improving speed, accuracy and safety with an automated parts sorting solution
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Better waterjet software results in better abrasive waterjet cutting
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Machine of the month - HK Laser’s FS 3015 Falcon-Series Fiber Laser
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Solutions for pre-weld or post-weld challenges when working with aluminum
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How one company improved part quality and increased productivity by employing a twin-head waterjet
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Two companies find they can meet production goals by investing in the right laser and the automation to go with it
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With better understanding of the laser beam, fabricators achieve optimal performance
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Continuing on decades of groundbreaking laser innovation, IPG Photonics is once again pioneering the next wave of industrial fiber laser solutions
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Acquiring a new ERP system and fiber laser cutter while also removing dark, dirty racking reveals a bright future for one food equipment manufacturer
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Laser manufacturers offer more kilowatts to meet today’s industry demands for speed and power
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With the advent of fiber lasers and increases in laser power, OEMs build their machines with high dynamics in mind
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What would you do with an extra $100,000? From investing in new machinery and technology to compensating employees and making...
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Advancements have allowed robotics and laser technology to be used for precise welding and cutting
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New waterjet features deliver more reliability, better uptime and lower total cost of ownership
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Cutting grated material with oxyfuel has always come with a degree of difficulty, but a new plasma process offers a better way
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The possibilities of having an abrasive waterjet in every machine shop
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Four sheet metal fabricators discuss the ins and outs of tube processing on a rotary index laser cutting system
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Additive manufacturing evaluation services help determine which parts are a good fit
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Collaborating before the design, cutting and bending processes leads to better results
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Advantages of using an ejector tool for small parts sorting
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The Titan Express mid-size laser cutting machine from Laser Photonics Corp. combines a small footprint with the cut quality and performance...
Fiber Laserschneiden
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In the massive Chicago market, one fixturing manufacturer is ranked amongst the city’s fastest growing companies
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With a new harder tungsten substrate and an optimal tooth wedge angle, these carbide burrs rise above commodity status
Camaro in Script
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Replacing a floor pan using new techniques and equipment produces quicker, better results
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New technology provides laser cutting operations with increased speed and reduced gas consumption
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By manufacturing an all-terrain wheelchair, a Minnesota company helps the disabled better enjoy the great outdoors
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The TruLaser Tube 5000 fiber delivers on short processing times for a range of tubes and profiles. Delivering reduced part times,...
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To transport liquefied natural gas, large vessels are specifically designed with a strong attention to liquid tightness and temperature control     
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The ability to bridge gaps up to 1 mm wide allows laser welding to replace conventional welding
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After a half century of growth, Hypertherm continues to branch out with employees at the helm
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For anyone still on the fence about punch/laser combo machines, it’s not too late to change your mind
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Options are available for improving press brake productivity to keep up with today’s fiber lasers 
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A record enthusiast ponders a better way to store and display his album collection and a company is born
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The Tsugami SS207-5AX LaserSwiss combines Swiss-style machining with laser cutting and laser welding on one machine with a single operating platform....
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When it comes to waterjet cutting, all abrasives are not created equal
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Understanding shearing angles and common shear defects leads to better productivity
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Laser-based materials processing: A manufacturing revolution 50 years in the making
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How a Minden, Nev., job shop and owner apply manufacturing and financial resources to help those in need
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Laser Mechanisms’ FiberCut HR processing head delivers cutting-edge performance for flatbed systems up to 15+ kW. The cutting head features automatic,...
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Aircraft manufacturers place passenger safety as priority No. 1 – all the way down to the prep work required for weld repairs
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Overcoming metal cutting challenges, part 3: Processing special coated metals
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When cutting thick metals, fiber lasers are the new MVP
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LVD Strippit’s Electra FL 3015 fiber laser cutting machine is now offered with an 8-kW power source. The Electra 8-kW can...
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A sophisticated approach to design and fabricating allows one construction company to hit tight deadlines
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Faster and more efficient waterjet cutting helps make the case for 90,000 psi
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 A look at new 3-D printing technologies that will increase its use in manufacturing
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Overcoming metal cutting challenges, part 2: Don’t fear the exotics – there’s money to be made
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Re-establishing and redesigning a lighting manufacturer’s fabricating operations creates a competitive edge in an up-and-coming industry
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nLight alta Compact 2500 Fiber Laser The nLight alta Compact 2500 fiber laser provides productivity and reliability in the smallest...
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A major supplier of Coast Guard patrol boats utilizes Hypertherm equipment to produce quality ships
Construction of the ship in shipyard
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Reducing costs in rework during shipbuilding fabrication
image of an electric car
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For the production of electric car batteries, laser welding is becoming a manufacturing norm
Burny Kaliburn plasma cutting at Stark Metal Sales
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A steel service center cuts consumable costs by an impressive 24 percent while improving plasma cutting efficiency
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For the flexibility to cut varying material types in a range of thicknesses, zoom focus is a fiber laser technology must
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Overcoming metal cutting challenges, part 1: Steel and aluminum
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The Salvagnini L3-30 fiber laser features a new air-cooled cutting head and a 6-kW resonator, serving as a complement to the...
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The Salvagnini L3-30 fiber laser features a new air-cooled cutting head and a 6-kW resonator, serving as a complement to the...
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After nearly losing everything in the Great Recession, a Minnesota manufacturer turned lemons into lemonade
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Racing pit box manufacturer Murrco Fabrication opens waterjet job shop, extending its customer base off the track
staff was welding stainless steel in the factory
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Initiatives for safer, more efficient technologies for cleaning stainless steel welds
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Automotive panel removal advice from a custom painter, car builder and book author with more than 30 years in the auto industry 
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Tired of paying your monthly gas bills? DIY nitrogen might be the answer
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Understanding the positive environmental impact of laser marking
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Laser engraving on firearms and tactical weapons includes serialization and customization
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St. Louis landmark restaurant adds European-style rooftop with intricate metalwork
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Are CO2 lasers taking another step toward their much-anticipated demise?
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Reducing the footprint and saving steps with a laser/punch machine with multi-tooling
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A Maryland-based company brings a bigger laser into the job shop. Business soars; donations follow
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Avoiding laser cutting head crashes
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IPG Photonics’ LaserCube flat bed cutter is optimized for cutting small parts with its innovative cutting head technology and available...
Image of a washing machine interior Inside of a empty washing machine - metallic look
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Appliance manufacturing becomes agile and flexible thanks to robotics and laser welding
photo of close up on laser welding
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The latest fiber laser welding techniques for 3-D parts open up new product design possibilities
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Bringing its laser marking in-house allows medical equipment manufacturer to gain huge ROI
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Laser cutting assist gases: Is compressed air the right choice?
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Automation Alternatives Fiber RubyLaser Cutting and Welding Systems
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A new fiber laser featuring sophisticated automation helps a special-needs conversion vehicle manufacturer get from point A to point B
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Pacific Northwest fabricator takes a big step forward with a laser/punch system from Prima Power
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As fabricators are faced with dozens of OEM fiber laser choices, Cincinnati Inc. lays out essential features to keep in mind
Lasers
Bystronic’s 8-kW, 10-kW ByStar Fiber Laser: The Ultimate Differentiator
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How fiber laser users are successfully processing highly reflective metals
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As 2017 lifts off, the industrial laser community looks up to Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing and new laser sources
a photo of trumpf's seam welding system
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When weld seams have to be durable but also practically invisible, automakers opt for laser brazing
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Robinson Metal takes to heart the old adage about not keeping too many eggs in one basket
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Reducing costs with the speed of plasma and the accuracy of waterjet
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By developing the cutting head in-house, a laser equipment manufacturer provides customers with a competitive edge
Lasers
A plasma and fiber laser combination cutting machine offers a multitude of advantages
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Precision laser drilling with ultrashort pulse lasers opens up a world of possibilities
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3-D printing technology produces aluminum handlebars used at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
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Trumpf’s TruMatic 1000 Fiber Punch Laser Combination Machine
cutting and prep
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New ultrathin cutting wheels produce quick, clean cuts and have durability typically not associated with thin wheels
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Using an ironworker for weld prep can make a welder’s job easier and more productive
Lasers
Hokes Bluff Welding & Fab modernizes while keeping roots in the past
Lasers
Adding multiple cutting heads helps eliminate a waterjet bottleneck
Lasers
New technologies achieve superior laser cutting edge quality, eliminating secondary operations
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Realizing the potential of tube laser cutting, fabricators gain versatility in design and production
Lasers
A new 12-kW, high-power fiber laser cutter helps shops make gains in efficiency and capability
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Application focused DPSS laser outshines industry favorite fiber laser counterpart when marking components
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Mazak Optonics Corp.’s Versatile, Compact Laser-Tube 100
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Fabtech arrives in Las Vegas on Nov. 16 and will serve as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event through Nov....
professional kitchen and manufacturing
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4Many manufacturing industries have to manage up and down cycles with the exception of the food production industry, which can...
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The importance of removing detrimental weld filler elements from the weld prior to coating
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Hypertherm plasma technology gives a bridge fabricator the cut quality it needs to support the U.S. infrastructure
Lasers
United Lens Co. adds a new spherical polishing machine to expand its capabilities
Lasers
In the wake of an economic downturn, a Tulsa shop diversifies – and perseveres – with a new laser cutter
Lasers
First-time laser users talk about their experiences with the advanced cutting technology
Lasers
Fabricating techniques for creating artistic retail displays look a lot like fabricating anything else â
oil pump jack against sunset
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Pipefitters benefit from a new machine that reduces the time-consuming process of preparing pipes for oil-and-gas welds
Lasers
Ram Off Road Accessories, Custom Laser Works and Vendetta Motorsports all reside under the same roof, and they all benefit from a new fiber laser
Lasers
Making the most of fiber laser production through automated processes
Lasers
A workplace furniture manufacturer invests in fiber technology and enhances customer service, giving its employees new-found comfort
Lasers
Yaskawa Motoman answers the call for compact workcells for robotic welding
Lasers
With steel sheets weighing 20 tons and up to 200 mm thick, Fronius and Trumpf combine forces for a massive hybrid-laser-welding project
Lasers
Amada’s new fiber laser increases productivity and accuracy at higher cutting speeds
Lasers
The science nonfiction behind this most indispensable technology
Lasers
A custom manufacturer sees new light thanks to reality TV and a Mazak CO2 laser machine
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Advances in diode laser technology have led to a broader range of cutting options.
Lasers
Implementing a new welding wire can offer productivity, quality benefits and more, but changing to a new wire may change everything. The payoff is worth it, says Hobart, and they gave us this list of factors to account for, to make the change a step-by-step, systematic process.
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A beveling tool increases productivity when prepping pipe and plate for welding
Lasers
Methods for removing weld spatter and weld slag prior to coating
Lasers
Investing in the latest fiber laser technology translates into high productivity growth
Lasers
Understanding how debris shields can extend the life of high-power laser optics
Lasers
As talk of fiber proliferates industry conversations, fabricators have choices when considering bringing the technology in-house
Lasers
Quality Industries focuses on the latest manufacturing equipment and technology to provide continuous improvement for customers
Lasers
At Fabtech 2015, direct diode lasers were presented, proving their enhanced cutting speed and quality
Lasers
The Art Institute of Chicago’s iconic lions are scanned and printed for select Fabtech attendees
Lasers
IPG Photonics’ new micromachining division reveals that the fiber revolution has just begun
Lasers
To understand whether laser welding is right for a specific application, it’s key to ask the right questions
Lasers
Proper preparation of tungsten electrodes for arc welding begins with the fundamentals
Lasers
With the addition of coil feeding, laser cutting takes a strong shot at a bastion of hard-tooled blanking: cutting automotive body-panel blanks from advanced high-strength steels.
Lasers
Some of the most popular metal materials also have an inherent problem.
Lasers
Mistakes might be inevitable, but avoiding these 10 common issues will reduce errors and improve the bottom line.
Lasers
Bringing in the latest, powerful computer artillery to attack cutoff sawing may sound like overkill, until you recognize what its predictive and optimizing capabilities can do for your profit margins.
Lasers
Editor’s Note – Fab Shop doesn’t publish a lot of case history stories, but Dan Chatterton’s enthusiasm for his five-axis...
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LaserSwiss – Tsugami CNC Precision Automatic Lathe with IMG Laser Cutting System
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In one month, Fabtech 2015 will open its doors to the public. Find out ahead of time what visitors can expect while they’re there.
Lasers
A refresher course on why fiber laser is the best choice in certain cutting applications
Lasers
Driven by R&D and customer service, LaserStar Technologies has turned its Florida facility into a manufacturing operation
Lasers
As solid-state laser technology evolves, its appeal grows in the fabrication industry
Lasers
Focused on sales and marketing, Robert St. Aubin has committed his career to bridging the gap between the status quo and the future of successful manufacturing
Lasers
At Begneaud Mfg., luck, drive and a passion for cutting-edge equipment continue to inspire success 
Lasers
Industry experts tackle the question: ‘How much power is enough?’
Lasers
Meeting an industry need for cutting light-gauge metal with lower watt laser systems
Lasers
The combined capabilities of a CNC lathe and laser cutter give U.S. manufacturers a competitive edge  
Lasers
New laser measurement technologies focus on high-power laser processes
Lasers
When a major supplier to the chain mail supply industry expanded into laser engraving, automation was a necessary component
Lasers
Automotive manufacturers look to new innovations in 3-D printing to better leverage the technology
Lasers
A shielding gas offers protection from hydrogen-assisted weld cracking.
Lasers
With IPG Photonics’ laser seam stepper, the benefits of resistance spot welding and laser welding come together.
Lasers
Writing a roundup of nesting programs is like herding cats: They may look a lot alike, but each one has...
Lasers
A Wisconsin fabricator continues to grow with the help of new cutting and material-handling equipment
Lasers
Laser marking advancements make the grade for aerospace parts manufacturing
Lasers
Dick Couch revolutionized plasma cutting while also building one of the most well-respected companies in the industry
Lasers
Whitney tests exotic materials for customers to see if they are viable candidates to be fiber laser cut
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After some growing pains, plasma cutting evolved into a reliable and productive technology with even greater potential.
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Preventive Maintenance Key to Improved Efficiency.
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Listening and learning customer’s needs were pivotal in developing a new plasma cutting technology.
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Single and double work cells afford production designers more options in job shops and large production department environments
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TeraDiode talks about its technology and how it can change the future of laser metal cutting.
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Fiber lasers undercut the operating costs of CO2 lasers
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A new laser technology aimed at improving the live sports experience can also help the factory floor be safer and more efficient
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The Hypertherm HPRXD short torch was developed to fit HGG Profiling Equipment’s unique system design. What resulted was the creation of a shorter, non-quick disconnect torch assembly capable of proper beveling motion within HGG’s 3-D cutting chamber.
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Lasers are a natural fit for the latest generation of tailored blanks, hot-stamped parts, and safety-oriented designs of car bodies and structures.
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Here are two approaches to laser-cutting tubes – as a secondary operation on machines that are built to do something else Amada’s workhorse CO2 laser makes a fine tube- and structural-shape cutter, with the addition of a tube-handling unit.
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Without the trailblazers of the past, the industry wouldn’t be where it is today
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Wisconsin manufacturer hits a home run with fiber lasers from Mitsubishi
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Fiber lasers and CNC fabricating: When a laser beam is in close proximity to the coolant required for a Swiss-style lathe, a collaboration in precision and productivity surprisingly ensues
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Manufacturers reap big benefits when a laser and a plasma cutting system come together on one machine
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Optics are essential in both CO2 and fiber laser systems, but the characteristics for each are inherently different
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Plasma torch consumables play an essential part in achieving a successful material cut. As the consumables within the plasma torch wear over time, however, the quality and accuracy of the finished parts is diminished. The most probable consequences of using worn consumables are out-of-tolerance production parts, resulting in costly rework, wasted material and torch damage.
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An IPG fiber laser is mounted to a robot for welding automotive parts.
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Forged in demanding European markets, Turkish machine tools combine quality and price to attract North American buyers
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Trumpf unveils its TruLaser Robot 5020 to record-breaking Fabtech Atlanta attendance.
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Virtual demonstrations and parameters set from a database aren’t features that come to mind when we think about sawing. But technology leaves few stones unturned. Even sawing is going high-tech.
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A company with diverse automation systems and experience, in many types of machinery, outlines their approach to automatic loading and unloading of their fiber laser.
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Evan Smith, president of Hypertherm, says that connecting with end users and automation are two areas in which the plasma...
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The power of a plasma cutter is determined by more than amps
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As fiber laser technology evolves, it edges out traditional YAG marking methods
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Higher processing speeds are possible with a new tube and pipe laser cutter
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Amada’s latest entry into the U.S. manufacturing market does what CO2 can do — and more
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As a boy, I remember being fascinated when my father, a veteran editor of manufacturing trade journals, first told me...
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Jet Edge’s laser scanner device helps to compensate for inaccuracies that might crop up in five-axis cutting. OMAXOMAX has three...
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Tubular USA is finding ways to increase their productivity using Scotchman saws.
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Today’s high definition plasma systems are capable of cutting metal up to 6 inches thick.
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Editor’s Note: Don Hoffman has decades of experience with laser cutters and brings to the table a combination of independence, research skills, and thoughtful analysis. Here he tackles a moving target, with appropriate care and cautions, to write a useful guide to the relative per-part costs with CO2 and fiber lasers.
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Designed for cutting bundles of solids, structurals and tubes, Simonds’ IC Enduro 3, like other blades, requires a rich coolant mix that sticks to the blade.
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A tungsten electrode and “stack up” from 1970’s (top) and modern hafnium electrode (bottom).
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Relative speeds and costs dominate the fiber-versus-CO2 comparison, but the 10:1 difference in wavelengths has other consequences for the laser user. The speed race has evolved since this story was first published in a laser association journal, but not the practical issues related to wavelength. Also, it addressed 3D laser cutting; the principles still hold for 2D. Consider this essential background for anyone who wants to understand more about using fiber and CO2. For the latest on speeds, as they say in the car business, call for today’s prices.
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Technical advances have led to some overlap between these two processes, but the fundamental advantages of each remain intact. This comparison by two experts reviews the basics and updates the range of applications for laser and waterjet.
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