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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.

Keeping Up With CAD/CAM

Recent Computer Aided Machining (CAM) software developments make looking at the options a must for machine shops working to improve their productivity and profitability. Since navigating the world of CAM software developers can be costly and time consuming, American Machinist offers several articles to help sort out the hyper from the hype.
The Players In CAM Software Development
Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software offers machine shop operators a fast return-on-investment productivity improvement solution, but finding the CAM package that offers a shop the most potential benefit is anything but easy.The accompanying table includes the most widely used CAM packages for cutting metal. It is a guide that is designed to help narrow the list of candidates a shop should consider when it is looking at CAM packages. The features noted in the table represent the general functions shops look for in a CAM package. Read Full Story
Getting More From CAM And CNC Software
The single, most cost effective productivity improvement tool available to machine shops today is CNC-related software. Software makes hardware happen. According to the 2007 American Machinist Benchmarking Survey, 80 percent of the leading machine shops use Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, while only 62 percent of all other shops do. Read Full Story
Staying Up-To-Date Pays Off
The following case study involves a waterjet propulsion systems manufacturer in New Zealand, but the experiences and lessons learned are applicable to American manufacturers and machine shops. The company has been using Mastercam since 1990, and has learned that staying current with the latest releases improves productivity and profitability. Read Full Story
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. However, if a shop manager considers only machining efficiency in selecting CAM software, he may be missing other profit-making opportunities. Read Full Story
Hot Products
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Welding Magazine and Welding Web Announce Launch Of Welding Theater
Welding Magazine and Welding Web are pleased to announce the beta launch of Welding Theater at www.weldingtheater.com. Think of it as YouTube for welders. It provides videos about welding process and equipment. In the not-too-distant future, it will also be open to the posting of amateur videos by anyone involved in the welding industry. Click Here For More Information
Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum
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Latest Chinese(?) Counterfeit With a Shocking Surprise...
Draw your own conclusion. Read Full Story
Conventional Wisdom Wrong Again
"This is one measure from an energy stand point that just makes sense, and I don't think there is much the oil industry can do about it." Read Full Story
MOTAT Pumping Engine Lives!
"I was there too - what an amazing sight!" Read Full Story
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