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The State of Manufacturing® Reveals Survey Results

The State of Manufacturing® Reveals Survey Results

March 19, 2012 No Comments

Solid industry projections—although worry over finding qualified workers Minnesota’s manufacturers remain confident in their firms’ futures, as solid revenue, profitability and capital expenditure projections hold steady for the second year in a row, according to The State of Manufacturing®, a major survey research project sponsored by Enterprise Minnesota and partners. From a financial perspective, 82 […]

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Metaling Affairs: Toolholding Today Get a Grip

Metaling Affairs: Toolholding Today Get a Grip

March 19, 2012 No Comments

by Andrew Skoog Tolerance requirements today are getting increasingly tighter with higher demands for consistency and quality. This means that more attention must be paid to selecting the toolholder to match these demands. Generally speaking, many manufacturing facilities throughout North America have overlooked toolholding for milling machines. In recent years, many of these same manufacturers […]

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NEW SERIES! Metaling Affairs: Workholding

January 13, 2012 No Comments

Controlling the Variables by Andrew Skoog Containing controllable variables in your milling setups will make you faster, produce less scrap and give you more consistent parts. Setup includes workholding, toolholding and the cutting tool. In this article, I am focusing most on workholding in machining centers. One of the first controllable variables in milling is […]

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NEW SERIES! Best Practices on the Shop Floor: Safety

NEW SERIES! Best Practices on the Shop Floor: Safety

January 13, 2012 No Comments

Top Tool Company & Proto Labs, Inc. by Don Krantz, Ph.D. and Joe Lendway Precision Manufacturing is excited to be launching a new year-long article series, “Best Practices on the Shop Floor.” Each issue will focus on a specific area within the manufacturing industry. The topics include safety, maintenance, energy management, continuous improvement/ tooling inventory, […]

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