Weekly Update 04/03/2008

April 4, 2008
April 3, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR JobBOSSWOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal Works Issue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our ...
WOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal Works Issue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our business.

Vision: Implement lean and invest in cuttingedge machines and technology to reposition the company.

Results: Sales volume doubled, finished goods inventory was reduced 800%, lead times and set up times were cut in half, achieved ISO certification.

How Do You Get All The Benefits Out of Your Machine Tool Investment?
On a bright day full of promise and smiles your new machine tool arrives in a wooden crate the size of a small backyard shed. Two congenial technicians sporting crisp shop coats emblazoned with the builder's brand carefully unpack and begin the tedious installation process, which includes running the machine through its paces to make sure everything is okay.
Afterwards you shake hands cordially, and they depart. "Good luck!" they say sincerely. Read Full Story
Export Controls For the 21st Century
This promises to be a year in which the trends we have seen in the economic and technological positions of the United States and China continue. The first seven years of this decade have seen China dramatically change its economic status and increase its world manufacturing market share. Read Full Story
Looking Into Bored Holes
Once a hole is drilled, bored and honed, the challenge becomes inspecting it to ensure that its dimensions are to tolerance and that its surface is finished to the job's specifications.
Narrow and deeply bored holes make it difficult to confirm that the hold and its surface are to spec is challenge. Read Full Story
Aerospace Is Booming
Boeing Co. has purchased machine tools in Cincinnati, and is sending them to Russia to cut titanium so that the chips will be nearer the titanium smelting process, and so that chips and scrap can stay nearer the source of the metal.
Boeing's new 787 aircraft - known as the "Dreamliner" - is expected to set records in the use of titanium. A greater percentage of titanium and composites will be used on that airliner than on any previous passenger liner, and Boeing reportedly needs and will continue to need vast amounts of machining to support the expected sales of that plane. Read Full Story
A Smart Robot Gripper
Applied Robotics Inc. has developed an intelligent, closed-loop direct-drive gripper that is designed to deliver precise gripping capabilities.
The gripper has a powerful programming interface, and can be integrated with most commercially available robots. Read Full Story
Software For Predictive Maintenance
Fluke Corp. ( has developed a combination of its products that it says can be used to plan and monitor predictive maintenance tasks in a shop. Read Full Story
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3rd Annual Benchmarking Survey

American Machinist is conducting its 3rd annual Benchmarking Survey, providing the industry with the largest body of performance benchmark data available on machine shop operations. Key findings from the study will be reported in the magazine and American throughout the year, and the results will enable managers, like you, to compare your facilities to industry norms and gain a competitive edge in today's challenging business environment.
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How To Build Your Own Stonehenge: Lifesize
"I always wondered how Stonehenge could be such a big mystery, when people built the pyramids." Read Full Story
Portable Machine For Gun Turret Tracks, 1907
"Portable?" Read Full Story
Groundwater Contamination
"...the store up the road from me used to sell gas, and their tanks were leaking." Read Full Story
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