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CAD/CAM: Past, Present and Future

Before CAD/CAM technology, drafts, calculations and product design involved pencil, paper and a seemingly endless succession of blueprints. CAD/CAM's ongoing enhancement has made the process easier, but with the latest slew of features, some users actually find less is more. Virtually every manmade product has been designed and manufactured using a CAD/CAM program. CAD/CAM, or Computer Aided...

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Slaying the Voltage Vampire

Don't let a power outage rob you of your precious production time. Learn how simulated testing and retrofitting can keep you out of the dark. One of the most aggravating situations for a plant manager is the sudden loss of production time due to equipment failure. While equipment maintenance goes a long way toward preventing unwanted downtime, sags in power supply are often unforeseen, and can...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

Industry converges in Chicago for National Manufacturing Week. You won't want to miss it. National Manufacturing WeekMarch 5-8, 2001McCormick Place ComplexChicago, IL North America's premier manufacturing event is right around the corner. With over 2,000 exhibitors showcasing products, services and technologies that support and integrate all the functions and activities of the manufacturing...

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Virtual Engineering Becomes a Reality

From car design to the manufacturing of microscopic machines, virtual reality is promising to re-engineer engineering. The technology known as virtual reality currently has several working definitions. To some it is simply the combination of 3D-rendering headgear and an interactive glove device, others see it as a system that differs from traditional simulation systems only in that real-time...

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Abrasive Waterjet Cutting May Slice the Competition

A recent development in waterjet cutting techniques has proven advantageous over competing methods. Learn how recycling expensive abrasives bolsters waterjet cutting popularity. As a result of a recent design breakthrough, the traditionally expensive technique of abrasive waterjet cutting has been made more affordable. The innovation is a filter system that recycles the expensive cutting...

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A Matter of Grit and Grade

Grit, grade, bond and grinding speed all affect the process of choosing the right grinding wheel for the job. If you're looking for a grinding wheel, you'll soon discover there is no shortage of types from which to choose. The market has wheels of every size, style, manner and description. The problem is not a matter of Does the right wheel exist? The question is Which one do you want? The...

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Does Your Supply Chain Measure Up? Key Points for Assessing Performance

How can a company tell if its supply chain initiatives are working? For starters, they can look at four key areas: Growth, cost minimization, working capital efficiency and fixed asset utilization. In an attempt to streamline their supply chains, many companies are trying out measures such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and supply chain optimization. But these potential solutions can be...

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Brick by Brick: Construction Industry Slowly Builds Its Web Future

Long regarded as a bastion of resistance to the Internet, larger construction companies are beginning to warm up to the advantages that Internet technology can provide their field. Larger construction firms are increasingly coming to the realization that the Internet does have something to offer their industry. Consider, for example, the Gordon Smith Corp., a construction firm that builds...

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The Construction Industry's Tower of Babel

A move to introduce a nationwide building code is making slow progress through a tangle of local jurisdictions. A move to introduce a nationwide building code is making slow progress through a tangle of local jurisdictions. From Business Week Online: Frontier - The Resource for Entrepreneurs http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/jan2001/sb2001019_195.htm

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NAPM Study Reveals the State of eBusiness

The Report on eBusiness, conducted and published by the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) and Forrester Research, has just hit the streets. Among other things, the report shows that both U.S. manufacturers and non-manufacturers are just beginning to purchase over the Internet. On January 21, 2001, the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), in conjunction with...

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