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September 2016

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WHAT IS BIN PICKING?
Bin picking is an automation application where the challenge is to automate the removal of oriented parts stored in bins or boxes, resulting in an empty container. Parts can be either nicely stacked or randomly ordered in the bin.
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WHY SHOULD I INTRODUCE ROBOTIC BIN PICKING INTO MY PROCESS?
With reliable robotic bin picking, a machine tool work center could remove the larger part singulation system and replace this with a lower maintenance robot and PLB solution within a smaller footprint. The system's ability to find randomly oriented parts with 3-D vision greatly reduces the need to sort or handle incoming materials.
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September 2016

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY COMPANY NEEDS TO IMPLEMENT A NEW SOLUTION OR UPGRADE OUR CURRENT ONE?
Whatever your business challenges, if you are not addressing those concerns effectively at present and feel like whatever you have done to this point is only a "bandage" providing temporary relief, it is probably time to change the system or technology you are using.
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AREN'T ERP SYSTEMS COMPLEX AND HARD TO USE?
In recent years, the landscape has had a tectonic shift—industry-specific solutions with multiple deployment options that focus not only on features required but also the user experience and how people want to work are the norm. However, with choice, comes the need to be even more diligent and clear about your requirements ahead of time.
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August 2016

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WHAT IS THE SMALLEST HOLE THAT CAN BE CUT?
Usually it is fair to say that a 1:1 hole ratio can be cut with plasma. This is in mild steel. Stainless, copper, brass, aluminum, and other alloys may be closer to 1.5:1.
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IS A TWO-TORCH MACHINE, ONE FOR SHEET METAL AND ONE FOR THICKER MATERIAL, A GOOD IDEA? WHY?
Yes! We’ve seen this in a number of shops that run the extreme range of thicknesses. We’ve seen many customers purchase an air plasma AND an HPR on the same gantry system. A combo system. Here is the reason why.
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March 2016

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WHY WOULD I ADOPT LASER CUTTING TECHNOLOGY FOR MY PRODUCTION?
Lasers can provide a very flexible method for cutting and engraving parts. These machines are data driven using CAM software to develop machine and process codes for optimizing the results for the material being processed.
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WHAT DIFFERENT TYPES OF LASERS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are a dizzying array of laser types and power levels. For cutting and engraving, the primary two are fiber laser and CO2 lasers.
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August 2015

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY COMPANY NEEDS TO IMPLEMENT A NEW, OR CHANGE OUR EXISTING, ERP SYSTEM?
Typically, it’s because the company finds itself facing a set of challenges that prevents it from operating as efficiently or as productively as it could.
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WHAT DOES MY COMPANY NEED TO DO PRIOR TO RESEARCHING ERP SYSTEMS AND VENDORS?
Before you start shopping for an ERP system, it’s worth agreeing on your organization’s ERP strategy.
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May 2015

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WHAT KIND OF TESTING SHOULD I DO, AT A MINIMUM?
Physical testing that demonstrates how well your product’s performance matches your stated specifications is a must.
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IS ANY MATERIALS TESTING MACHINE TRULY UNIVERSAL?
Technically no, because every machine is defined by capacity/force and customizable with different grips and accessories according to application requirements. However, a universal machine should be able to run a vast range of important tests as specified by ASTM, ISO, and other national and international test standards.
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May 2015

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WHY SHOULD COMPANIES CARE ABOUT AUTOMATION WHEN THEY'RE DOING WELL WITH THEIR CURRENT PROCESS?
Any company cutting lengths of metal, or drilling, boring and machining in any way, should care about automation.
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WHAT CAN BE AUTOMATED?
Any repetitive material process can be automated. For ferrous processing, that might mean automating a cold saw, a drill, or maybe a bandsaw.
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October 2014

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WHAT ARE THE COMMON METHODS OF MAKING METAL PROTOTYPES?
Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), magnesium thixomolding, metal injection molding (MIM), and computer numerical control (CNC) machining.
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WHAT ARE METAL INJECTION MOLDING (MIM) and DIRECT METAL LASER SINTERING (DMLS)?
MIM makes intricate, fully dense, net-shape, intricate parts while DMLS is an additive manufacturing process that uses a laser system that draws onto a surface of atomized metal powder, welding the powder into a solid.
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September 2014

HerrVoss Stampco300wTHERE ARE MANY TYPES OF SLITTING LINESand choosing the right type of line for your application is a critical process. Determining your true needs is the best place to start. Herr-Voss Stamco can answer your questions with issues pertaining to high-strength steels, aluminum requirements, looping pits, shape corrections and more in this slitting lines FAQ.
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