Weekly Update 03/27/2008

March 28, 2008
March 27, 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.

CAM Software Offers High Return-On-Investment and Productivity Improvements

In the search for increased productivity and profitability, one of the most cost-effective tools available to machine shop owners and operators is Computer Aided Manufacturing/Machining software (CAM). Most of today's CAM systems offer dramatic improvement over those of just a few years ago and deserve a close look by owners and operators looking for ways to improve their bottom lines.
Choosing the Right CAM Software
As the demand for more sophisticated and efficient machining increases, so does the need for more sophisticated computer aided manufacturing/machining (CAM) software. Software that can reduce machining time significantly can increase machining productivity and profitability in the same way, and in today’s CNC-driven world, the right CAM software can be the difference between surviving and thriving. Read Full Story
Do-It-Yourself CNC Tool Grinding
There are several reasons that shops should consider CNC tool grinding, including that it provides the ability to produce high-quality, long-lasting tools and allows for flexibility and control of the process while saving them a ton of money.

Because in-house tool grinding is not part of shop’s core competency, careful analysis is necessary to be sure in-house grinding can be justified. Read Full Story
Software Pushes Fast Part Programming
According to Push Industries every product comes from an idea formed during real-world use. The company transforms those ideas into shapes using 3D parametric solid modeling and finite element analysis computer software. The next step is manufacturing, and for that the company relies on FeatureCAM 3D CAM software from Delcam of Salt Lake City, Utah, that allows it to automate machine motion simulation and data management and minimize part-programming times. The software makes creating and editing toolpaths for any CNC machine quick, easy and flexible, which is a big help to Push. It eliminates the need to develop or change the feature properties then generate or re-generate the toolpaths. Read Full Story
CGTech Provides Machine Simulation and Optimization Software
CGTech's Vericut CNC machine simulation and optimization software, has NC Program Review integrated into Vericut's main desktop, improved CAD/CAM interfaces that enable verifying NC programs from within CAD/ CAM software, improved controls over machine configurations, and turning tools with multiple inserts are now supported. Read Full Story
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Question For All the Shop Owners
"I am curious how others went about getting work when they were starting out." Read Full Story
Somewhat Antique Iron in London
"The emphasis was on engineering stuff, but for WW2 things visit the Imperial War Museum and National Maritime Museum." Read Full Story
How Much Do You Trust Your Best Measuring Tool?
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