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Laser Cutting Is All the Rage: Here are the Different Machines Manufacturers Use

Laser cutting is a manufacturing process that is computer-controlled and produces extremely high-resolution cuts on metal, plastic, or other materials.

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Putting a new process into place can be risky. FMEA helps identify potential risks early on and takes corrective action before they become costly issues.

Some Problems Fabricators Face When Working with Fickle High-Strength Steel

High-Strength steel is a challenge for metal fabricators because traditional methods cannot process most high-strength steel.

Understanding Importance of Kitting in the Manufacturing Process

Kitting is one term that may not be as well-known outside of manufacturers, but plays an important role in production.

APQP and FMEA: Two ways of mitigating risk factors in your manufacturing process.

Franklin's famous quote, "if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail," especially plays true for manufacturing. It's almost like he knew about FMEA and APQP!

Top 6 Reasons Not All Engineers Accept GD&T

GD&T is a set of standardized rules & symbols helping engineers with features, tolerances, and notes. However, not all organizations follow it. Why?

The Accepted Method to Share Precise Requirements on Drawings

Communication between engineers is difficult, solved by GD&T: a language helping engineers communicate how to build parts accurately and efficiently.

In-House Custom Fixturing is darned Important for any Manufacturing Process

A poorly designed fixturing system can severely hinder a manufacturing production process. A well-planned custom fixturing system can make or break it.

The Importance of Collaborative Engineering

Collaborative engineering is a method where teams of engineers and designers create products by combining the best of traditional engineering and manufacturing.

Onus of Laser Oxide Scale

Cutting sheet metal with a laser is an efficient and accurate process, saving time and material. The resulting laser oxide scale cost may lead to problems.

You get more out of Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is finally taking off. There are several advantages in this version of the Industrial Revolution for companies willing to take that step.

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A QA system designs and manufactures products. QC verifies the products are safe.  Both systems are vital for great QMS.  However, each play their own part.

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Implementing a Kitting Program eliminates bottlenecks in the supply chain by centralizing components that arrive ready for equipment.

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Collaborative engineering has long been hyped for solving critical and complex challenges in manufacturing, defeating flat earthers.

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Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP): a structured approach to standardize quality requirements for manufacturers to design products satisfying customers.

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Since its original implementation decades ago, the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis tool has generated impressive results. It's been a catalyst to boost teamwork in organizations, which in turn, has helped to improve competitiveness, increase user satisfaction, maximize profits, and reduce any potential negative impacts.

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A practical Training Within Industry program improves quality, reduces errors, cuts hours of labor and is an important piece of Lean Practices.

Remember to Apply Lean Manufacturing Methods and Tools to Support Integration

Don't treat Lean Integration as a project process. Handle it as though it's an ongoing initiative requiring long-term thinking and actions.

Lean Manufacturing's brilliant simplicity begins with devotion to detail

Businesses often focus on reducing costs but ignore quality. Lean Manufacturing helps increase profits and improve quality.

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