Author: Patrick De Vos

Sustainability Is About More Than the Environment

In general, most people who talk about sustainability concentrate on the global environmental issues that make headlines, but they often overlook basic elements that drive sustainable practices in machining. This naturally includes the optimization of cutting systems for faster, more aggressive machining, but sustainability must also include the basic elements of price, cost,…
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Versatile Tools Cut Costs and Scrap for HMLV Production

To see the real story of a shop’s manufacturing quality, check its Quality Control (QC) area for levels of rejected parts and rework. Maximum profitability requires diligent attention to eliminate QC flaws, especially with today’s emphasis on high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) production. One of the primary keys to overall efficiency, quality and cost containment…
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Flexibility Provides Opportunities to Pursue New Industries

Manufacturers around the world have strived to find ways they can help support the healthcare industry during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most have opted to shift their focus to the medical sector to help meet the rising demand for critical medical supplies like face masks and ventilators – but many shops are apprehensive…
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Realities of Today’s Manufacturing Production Economics

Machine shops seek to produce a certain number of parts of a certain quality, in a certain amount of time, at a certain cost. Consistently achieving those goals involves controlling a myriad of factors including cutting parameters, tool cost and changeover times, machine tool utilization, workpiece handling expense and material and labor costs….
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