Welding System Perfect for Joining Dissimilar Materials

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Automation Alternatives recently introduced a fiber laser welding system called RubyLaser that is perfect for joining dissimilar materials. Its spot size is as small as 0.001 to 0.002 in. and fast weld speeds allow the system to deliver high power density. These characteristics make it perfect for welding together materials that are not identical.

Typical materials include stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, nitinol and more.

Read the full article on RubyLaser here.

Using SPOT to Ensure Safety on the Job

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The acronym SPOT stands for four factors that play a huge role in keeping metalworkers safe while on the job. Here at Sullivan Precision, safety is our first priority. We introduce those four factors here. Continue reading Using SPOT to Ensure Safety on the Job

Ancient Metalworking

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Metalworking hasn’t always looked like it does now. Continue reading Ancient Metalworking

Best Practices for Wheel Cutting

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Remembering to keep pressure, friction and vibration in mind when using a wheel cutter can help cut back on costs, extend the life of your wheel and create a great cut. Continue reading Best Practices for Wheel Cutting

Different Gases Used in Oxyfuel Cutting

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Continue reading Different Gases Used in Oxyfuel Cutting

An Apple A Day…

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Is made from a 3-D printer??

Don’t worry, you won’t be eating these 3-D printed apples; rather, they are used to monitor the conditions in which your apples travel from farm to store.

These apples are specifically engineered to match the thermal response of real apples, meaning they will cool at a rate that is within 5% of real apples, compared to the 16% of water-filled fruit simulators. They can be placed among the real apples as they travel from cold stores to ripening facilities to stores.

Ultimately, the novel sensor system provides an improved method to identify any quality issues when transporting fruits. Creators hope to better pinpoint the location and reason for unexpected quality loss.

How do you like them apples?

You can read the original article here.

Three Key Points for the Future of the Metalworking Industry

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Manufacturing Engineering talked to leaders at five companies to get their input on the future of manufacturing. We pulled our top three points for you to enjoy!

  • “The growth of Industry 4.0, or the Internet of Things (IoT), is a key trend and willhave a profound influence on tooling and workholding…” Jack Burley, vice president of sales and engineering, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc.

    Jack Burley
  • “The companies that have prepared themselves and haveadopted highly productive machining practices will benefit the most over the next five years, regardless of the parts of the world in which they manufacture their products or do business.” Brendt Holden, president, Haimer USA, LLC.

    Brendt Holden
  • “The industry will also realize huge benefits through investment in automation as well as on the redistribution of human resources from the traditional machine operator to skilled programmers, cell designers, robotic experts and database management personnel.” Bill Obras, vice president of sales and marketing, Rego-Fix Tool Corp.
    Bill Obras

    Read the full article here.

Inside a Plasma Cutter

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Now that we’ve learned all about plasma, it’s time to learn how the fourth state of matter cuts through metal like butter.

First, a pressurized gas is sent through a small channel with a negatively charged electrode. When the power is turned on, and the tip of the nozzle touches metal, a circuit is formed and a powerful spark is generated. This spark heats the gas until it becomes plasma, moving at 20,000 feet per second, which melts metal to molten slag.

Check out some of our plasma cutters in action below!

Thank you to How It Works for their help on this article.

The Fourth State of Matter

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One of the flame cutting services we offer at Sullivan Precision Plate is High Definition Plasma. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to dive into the complex process of plasma cutting (with the help of our friends from How Stuff Works).

This week, we’re going to take a quick chemistry lesson. Most of us know the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Many of us forget, however, the fourth state of matter: plasma. Plasma is what happens when you heat a gas to an extremely high temperature.

Image from GRINP.

The energy begins to break apart the gas molecules, and the atoms begin to split. Normal atoms are made up of protons and neutrons in the nucleus surrounded by a cloud of electrons. In plasma, the electrons separate from the nucleus and begin to move around quickly, leaving behind their positively charged nuclei. These positively charged nuclei are known as ions. When the fast-moving electrons collide with other electrons and ions, they release vast amounts of energy. This energy is what gives plasma its unique status and unbelievable cutting power.

Next week: Inside a plasma cutter.

Tips to Improve Plasma Torch Use

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Continue reading Tips to Improve Plasma Torch Use