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Building Bridges

If your bridge needs fixing, give Cherubini Metal Works Ltd. a call. As a member of the Cherubini group of companies, this Dartmouth, NS, company is well-equipped to fabricate a new double-tee or deck slab, bathtub girder or three plate girders. With 18,000 sq m (200,000 sq ft) of production space, an assembly bay boasting[…]

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Cutting it down to size

Without micromachining, we’d still be watching the Red Green Show on tube-style TV sets and calling Aunt Emma on a rotary dialer to discuss the family reunion. Contact lenses wouldn’t exist, smart devices would be dumb, computers would be the size of a house. But what is micromachining, and how does it differ from hogging[…]

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See Me, Feel Me

My granddaughter loves her Touch and Feel books. They’re filled with fuzzy animals and gaily-coloured creatures. My grandson enjoys jigsaw puzzles, patiently maneuvering the pieces into place by sight and touch. Imagine him doing so while wearing mittens, or that darling girl reading those children’s books with the bits of cloth and plastic shapes removed.[…]

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Horrendous Holes

Nickel and cobalt-based superalloys may not be Kryptonite, but drilling holes in Hastelloy X, Inconel 625, Waspaloy and Haynes 25 is about as tough as it gets in the world of metal removal. With machinability ratings in the low teens, these nightmare materials test the patience of even the most cool-headed machinist. Unfortunately, modern aircraft[…]

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Diminutive Drills

It’s a simple fact: if you’re a machinist, you make holes. Lots of them. Unfortunately, drilling is also one of the operations most likely to turn machinists prematurely grey. Poor chip evacuation, heat buildup and drill runout are just a few of the problems common to would-be holemakers. Drilling gets even more challenging when venturing[…]

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Jet Set

Imagine a machine so versatile it cuts hardened tool steel on Monday, titanium bar stock on Thursday, and aluminum billet all weekend long. Abrasive waterjet does just that, slicing through many materials at speeds 10 times faster than wire EDM and 10 times more accurately than high definition plasma, and offering manufacturers an easy-to-use technology[…]

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The Biggest Constraint: A Ghostly Tale of Quality Management

Ever since that big investment firm acquired us last year, Spacely’s Space Sprockets has been struggling. I can’t blame the investors. They provided an infusion of much needed cash, brought in a pair of high-tech, multi-axis machining centres, and agreed to replace our aging ERP system. At their request, we’d even brought in an efficiency[…]

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Beveling Success: Ontario manufacturer sees big benefits with new high-tech plasma machine

There was nothing wrong with the old machine. In fact, it wasn’t even that old—Guelph, ON-based AWC Manufacturing Inc.’s first plasma burner, a Koike Mastergraph II, had been purchased just six years earlier. The problem was with the ‘horse collars’ AWC was making for Komatsu Mining. Since the Mastergraph only burns vertical I-cuts, the Ontario[…]