Custom Manufacturing

Manufacturers Must Go with Planning for New-Product Launches

It is vital that machine shops and other manufacturers have in place detailed production planning processes to assure that work begins on time; deadlines are met; machines, tooling, and other equipment are ready for operation; supply-chain logistics are set; and quality products are delivered on schedule to customers or directly to the market. Few managers dispute this. Eighty-four percent of...

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Engineering & Design

New Processes Needlessly Reduce Recovery from Onshore Gas Fields

The scope of normal activities has shrunk considerably since 2000. "Normal" activities are those things that we can reasonably expect to happen in in a typical month. These are the things that are within the work scope of operations workers and don't require any special reviews, equipment, or supplies. Once an activity has been declared "normal," an organization can expect it to be performed in...

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Tooling U-SME: There's High Regard for Continuous Improvement but No Execution

The idea behind continuous improvement (CI) is that as operational efficiencies increase, machine shops will eventually achieve world-class status and thus be more attractive to current and potential customers, as well as be more profitable. Simply put, a world-class company provides consistently high levels of product quality, maintains on-time delivery schedules, reduces production costs to the...

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Engineering & Design

Thorough Planning Ensures Smooth Plant-Wide Valve Maintenance

Many plants set aside one time in the year when testing, repair, and replacement of most valves and related equipment takes place. This work involves considerable preparation, a thorough inspection and documentation of systems and components, diverting or hiring manpower for the job, progress reports and follow-ups, and a considerable amount of time and money. Companies need to plan effectively...

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New Measurement Tools Improve Process Control, Says Renishaw

Metrology specialist Renishaw has unveiled several tools that are designed to improve the accuracy and speed of part measurement and machine system calibration. These include: - SPRINT, a CNC machine tool scanning system for rapid form and profile measurement of prismatic and complex 3D parts. - The Equator 300 Extended Height (EH) gauging system, an enhanced version of the original 300 model,...

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Engineering & Design

Heavy-Duty Knife Gate Valve Resists Slurry Damage

Credit: General Chemical Industrial Products Flowrox, a manufacturer of pumps and valves, has commercialized a knife gate valve that is engineered for heavy-duty industrial use. The SKW slurry knife gate valve has a number of design features that are intended to better regulate - and withstand - the flow of heavy, abrasive, and corrosive media. "The number-one application for this valve is...

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Shops Fail to Do What They Stress with Workforce Training

Machine shops overwhelmingly report that continuous improvement, workforce training and development, and production planning are critical to their growth and profitability. Yet many fall short in implementing these measures. With manufacturing business trending up, failure to develop competency in these areas could put job shops at a competitive disadvantage and hinder their ability to capitalize...

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Engineering & Design

Pump Surge Seen in Growing Demand for Chemicals

Credit: Victor Habbick at FreeDigitalPhotos.net There is little doubt that the global market for pumps, valves, and related equipment is strong and growing. A number of studies highlight demand by end-users in key regions and various industries and what they mean for suppliers' sales. One recent study from Frost & Sullivan, "Analysis of the Global Pumps Market in the Chemicals Industry," examines...

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Engineering & Design

WEFTEC to Supply Insight Into Quality of Water Treatment Market

Autumn has arrived, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes a number of trade shows and conferences that enable fluid and gas flow specialists to learn about new trends and technologies, make or renew contacts with suppliers, and network with potential customers. One important event, WEFTEC 2014, kicks off on Sept. 27 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through...

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Custom Manufacturing

Company Puts Lens-Grinding Know-How Into Shaft Grinder

After several months of publicity before the International Manufacturing Technology Show, France-based industrial giant Fives officially unveiled its Landis Twin Turret (LTT) grinding machine at the trade fair in Chicago earlier this month. Jointly manufactured in the United Kingdom and the United States by Fives' Landis business unit, the LTT grinder is engineered for production of shaft-type...

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