Press-Brake Bending--Methods and Challenges
Characteristics that define press-brake capabilities include pressure or tonnage, working length, distance to the backgauge, work height and stroke. The speed at which the upper beam operates usually ranges from 1 to 15 mm/sec
Increasingly, press brakes feature multi-axis computer-controlled backgauges, and, to make adjustments during the bending process, mechanical and optical sensors. These sensors measure bending angle during the bend cycle and transmit data real-time to machine controls, which in turn adjust process parameters
Ultimately, press-brake bending is a combination involving the geometry of the top tool (with the punch angle and punch-tip radius the most important parameters), the geometry of the bottom tool (the width of the V opening, the V angle and the…
Don't Fear Succession Planning
Some things are downright scary—estate taxes, for example. Can you guess what aspect of estate-tax planning causes the most anguish? Hands down, it’s business succession
All successful business owners share a common future (no exceptions): Someday they must pass the management baton. Most fear that day
President Franklin Roosevelt said, “Fear paralyzes those who succumb to it.”
Here are six questions that lead the unwelcome-fear-factor parade when it comes to business-succession planning:
1) How high will my income tax/capital gains taxes be if I sell to the kids or employees now?
2) If I wait to sell, how much will the increasing value of the business raise my estate-tax liability?
3) Will I get paid, and…
Pit stops for the Crossbar Feeder
Standardized maintenance concept for press-to-press automation of servo press lines reduces possible downtime to a minimum
Use Data to Manage Volatility and Boost Profitability
Companies in the metal-fabrication industry face high volatility. Prices and customer demand continually dive and spike at extreme levels. Fabricators often try to ride out the waves of uncertainty, but ultra-thin margins leave little room for miscalculations and near-miss quotes. On the other hand, tech-savvy fabricators have learned that IT solutions can help tame the volatility, providing more realistic predictions of inventory needs, more accurate quotes and tighter control of unnecessary waste
Challenging Issues Abound
Companies in the metal-fabrication industry face high volatility. Prices and customer demand continually dive and spike at extreme levels. Fabricators often try to ride out the waves of uncertainty, but ultra-thin margins leave little room for miscalculations and near-miss quotes. On…
Commit to the Customer Experience
Tis the season for economic forecasting, and my how the stars have aligned to (hopefully) make 2017 a banner year for manufacturers. For the first time in nearly 5 years, the UK’s HSBC financial services company increased its growth and inflation outlooks over a 2-yr. horizon; the World Bank forecasts a 17-percent rise in the global economic growth rate; and, according to an article published in Forbes last month, “of the world’s ten largest economies, only China and India are expected to grow faster than the U.S.”
I trust that much of this optimism comes from expectations (i.e. regulatory reform) surrounding the new U.S. administration. PwC's latest quarterly Manufacturing Barometer indicates as much. Among highlights of…
Schuler sells technology center in Tianjin to Feintool
The Schuler Group has sold its technology center in the North Chinese city of Tianjin to the Swiss company Feintool.