Weekly Update 05/29/2008

May 29, 2008



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.Click Here


Machine Shops Growth Slows
The Agie Charmilles Machining Business Activity Index (www.gfac.com) decreased to 62 in March from 70 in February. The Index is created by surveying machine tool users concerning their current business level versus three months earlier (December 2007). Any reading above 50 indicates that business activity has improved. The Index was inaugurated in October 2004 and according to Agie Charmilles is the only known monthly index of business activity in U.S. machining industries. Business activity was strongest in the Stamping Die Category and the South Region. Read Full Story

Photographic Quality From a Laser Scanner
Faro Technologies Inc. (www.faro.com) has developed a new laser scanner that the company said is more accurate and faster than any previous device. Faro's Photon Series of laser scanners are successors to the company's Laser Scanner LS line and provide long-range scans at 120,000 points per second with up to 2-mm accuracy. Read Full Story

Robots Challenge Traditional Machines
A new robot technology could revolutionize large-format five-axis machining, according to Wisconsin-based Programming Plus Inc. (PPI) (www.programmingplus.com). Read Full Story

Simple Circular Saw Slices Sheet Work
Cutting stock with a circular saw can be faster than using a bandsaw. Read Full Story

Hot Products

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American Machinist Presents: Machine Shop Workshop - November 12-14,2008

The only event that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop. Join owners and top managers to explore strategies and improve your business. Register now and save at: Click Here


American Machinist Announces Launch Of Machine Tool Theater

American Machinist is pleased to announce the beta launch of Machine Tool Theater at www.machinetooltheater.com. Visit Machine Tool Theater; watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity.Click Here

Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

Join in! Visit Practical Machinist, the leading online discussion forum for the metalworking community.

One Unique Engine
"Fascintating stuff - nobody has yet touched on one fundamental aspect of this design that makes perfect sense..." Read Full Story

CAM Functionality
"What I am wondering is about managing your operations and set-ups." Read Full Story

God Bless the USA
"Ingenuity is alive and well." Read Full Story

Digital Edition

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