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Cooperative Networks Are Avenues for Skilled Talent Development

Developing local and regional cooperative networks that promote the education, training, certification, and placement of qualified workers is one way of addressing manufacturing's need for skilled labor. Shop owners, educators, equipment manufacturers, and OEMs that establish such coops will go a long way toward recruiting and developing employees for the skills necessary to keep their employers...

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CT Scanning Aimed as Machined Part Validation Method

Machine shops invest sizeable sums of money and time in guaranteeing that the parts they produce meet specifications - especially those used in high-performance industries such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, and medical. One way they do this is by using advanced metrology and related inspection procedures. Third-party providers often conduct these analyses with specialized equipment and...

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IMTS 2014 Preview: Exhibitors Begin Promoting New Equipment

Early announcements of new equipment that will be on display at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) are beginning to appear. The biennial show, Sept. 8-13, will occupy McCormick Place in Chicago, showing the latest developments in metal production systems, automation, software, process technology, and related areas. Among the companies releasing information about new...

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Wharton Professor: Don't Blame Worker Shortfall on Skills Gap

There is no skills gap. That is the contention of Peter Cappelli, professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He says manufacturers seeking qualified workers need to stop wishing for employees that meet all of their requirements and take a proactive, aggressive approach to finding suitable workers and training them....

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Sunnen Tightens Bore Control in Single-Stroke Process

A process that achieves tight tolerances while boring cast iron hydraulic valve bodies and fabricated parts of other materials is being offered by Sunnen Products Co., based in St. Louis. The process, High-Precision Single-Stroke Honing, reportedly achieves cylindricity in cast iron valves of 2 microns or smaller when used for small-diameter bores with length-to-diameter (L/D) ratios of 10:1....

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CO2 Versus Fiber: Considerations for Laser Cutting Choices

Laser cutting is a mainstay technology in industrial and metal manufacturing applications. The computerized and therefore highly accurate method works by focusing the output of the laser at the material to be cut, melting, burning, vaporizing, and blowing it away (by a jet of gas) to leave a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are typically employed in the cutting of structural,...

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Ontario Shop Takes Up Efforts to Produce Skilled Workers

Many machine shops in the United States and Canada are working to remedy a shortage of skilled workers. For some, the efforts include linking up with local technical colleges and universities, establishment of apprenticeship programs, and outreach to high schools to encourage students to consider manufacturing as a viable career choice. For most, however, strategies for finding and employing...

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Machining System and Laser Encoders Team Up for Accurate Large Composite Parts

As large composite structures become mainstays of aerospace design, part fabricators are turning to innovative machining systems to fine-tune the dimensions of these parts for assembly. One such system, from Flow International Corp., in Kent, Wash., is the Composites Machining Center, or CMC, a modular unit equipped with a 5-axis water jet and a 5-axis high-speed router that handles monolithic...

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A Machine Maker Invests to Close the Skills Gap

Does a skills gap exist in North American manufacturing? The answer appears to depend on perspective. Those who analyze manufacturing are skeptical, saying that, except in extraordinary cases, low-growth data on jobs and wages do not signal a crisis, much less a reason to be concerned about workforce skills. Manufacturers say there is one, explaining that they have a difficult time finding...

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Innovative Contouring-Head Machine Gains Traction

During the last International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), in October 2012, machinery maker Fives Giddings & Lewis (FG&L) discussed with customers the idea of developing an integrated contouring head for use on its horizontal boring mills and horizontal machining centers (HMCs). The system would be "unique" in several ways, Helene Nimmer, director of proposals and technical sales,...

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