Account management services act as the medium between manufacturing companies and their customers. The goal is to provide a personalized experience and effectively address the customers’ needs or complains as quickly as possible. Consequently, this also increases customer consumption of a product or service, as well as retains customers for the longest time possible.
Also known as sleeve bearings, bushings are vibrating isolators that interface two components to dump the energy transmitted via the rubber bushing. In other words, bushings reduce friction and its effects of wear and tear between two moving components. Prevalent materials for making bushings include thermoplastic, cast iron, as well as pressed steel. Although bushings applications are common in cars, these devices typically exist in nearly all industrial applications, especially manufacturing processes with heavy load requirements.
Computerized Numerical Control or CNC is a pre-programmed code and software that automates the movement of equipment used in manufacturing processes. CNC machining can power and streamline several types of machinery used in production processes, including grinders, turning mills, or even lathes. Typically, engineers leverage technical physical drawings, as well as advanced computer programming skills to cut, as well as refine metal and plastic parts into desired shapes. CNC milling is prevalent in the automotive and aviation industries.
A fluid manifold is a centralized gas distribution system that links and connects multiple valves in a focal area where many points intersect. A fluid manifold system can exist either as a simple supply chamber with multiple outputs or multi-chambered flow control devices that redistribute one supply to several outputs. A typical fluid manifold consists of various parts, among them fitting components, such as crosses, tees, plugs, pipes, and tubes. Components that track measurement in a fluid manifold system include switches, pressure gauges, as well as any custom device mounted on the system.
Popular in plastic manufacturing industries, this process includes deforming plastic materials before moulding them into desired shapes, sizes, and finishes, by applying tension, compression, or shear. This is not an additive or subtractive manufacturing process, but rather transformative. Instead of removing the material, engineers displace and deform it into desired end-products. Prevalent forming processes include explosive, electromagnetic, extrusion, forging, rolling, and rotary swinging.
Injection moulding entails producing system parts by injecting the molten substance into a mould as part of the manufacturing process. Molten substances used during injection moulding vary, depending on the end product, and may include metals, alloys, glasses, confections, or even thermosetting polymers. Top industries that leverage injection moulding include food & beverage for manufacturing packaging products, automotive, electronics, medical & pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and household manufacturers for doors and windows.
A lathe is common in metal and wood manufacturing industries. The machining tool shapes metal or wooden workpieces by rotating them around a fixed cutting tool. Lathes are used in subtractive manufacturing processes where unwanted parts of a workpiece are chopped off to create the desired shape, size, and finish. A typical lathe features a headstock for proper orientation, an adjustable tool rest, as well as other attachments and accessories that depend on the work at hand.
Machining covers a wide range of techniques and technologies used to remove material from a workpiece and shape it into tools, machines, transportation and other intended designes. Technically, machining shares a common theme with other subtractive manufacturing processes. Some of the most popular manufacturing processes that involve machining include turning, drilling, and milling.
These are critical, multifunctional equipment used to perform a wide range of mechanical operations such as drilling, milling, threading and boring among many others. Their secret is a diverse number of tools in the changer. When choosing a machine center, some of the main factors to consider are the dimension of the working area, number of axes, spindle position and the available options.
Manufacturing industries’ role is to ensure the conversion of substances, materials, or goods into new functional products. To achieve this, manufacturing companies employ different resources, including human labor, machinery, chemical and biological substances as well as software. Experts project the global market for manufacturing processes to reach a whopping $117.7 billion by 2025.
A mill is a tool that deforms and disorients solid substances (mostly metals) into relatively smaller workpieces by cutting, grinding, or even crushing. The act of cutting, grinding or crushing causes a mechanical force that destroys the bonds holding the larger material together to change its state. A mill can be used for various purposes in the engineering or manufacturing worlds, such as increasing a material’s surface area, breaking a solid into a desired grain size, and pulping resources. Prevalent types of mill include solid and inserted-tooth cutters.
Milling is the bloodline of all metal manufacturing processes. This is a tooling machine that is used to cut metals from a workpiece using a rotating mill cutter. Engineers feed varying workpieces on the milling machine to flatten and smoothen the edges until the desired shape is achieved. A typical milling machine consists of a motor, spindle, working table, base, and cross-feed handle. Prevalent types of milling machines include knee-design, ram-type, horizontal & vertical, planner type, and bed type.
As the name suggests, a milling spindle is the primary spindling tool that often facilitates workpiece machine cutting. These machines work either electrically, or through an air-powered force that rotates the spindle, which is on the axis to cut through, slice, or refine a workpiece. The primary part of a milling spindle is the shaft, which technically holds all the components together. Other components of a milling spindle include moors and tapers. This tool is prevalent in various machinery industries, such as aerospace and automotive.
Nozzles are devices that feature pipe or tube properties and can be used to modify how a liquid flows in a pipe or enclosed chamber. Typically, a nozzle has a duct of varying cross-section area that can accelerate a steadily flowing liquid by dropping the pressure along the duct. A decrease in pressure in the nozzles increases the velocity of the flowing liquid. Prevalent types of nozzles include convergent, divergent, and convergent-divergent nozzles. Nozzles are common in steam, gas, and water turbine industries, as well as in aviation for jet propulsion.
Oxyfuel features three concepts, including the Graz cycle, Oxyfuel CC, and the water cycle. All these concepts recirculate exhaust gasses (oxygen, air, and fuel gasses) mixed in a nozzle to facilitate metal work welding. However, more innovative concepts of Oxyfuel processes, such as AZEP and CLC feature advanced system integration and high-degree stream recycling to provide a larger amount of heat transfer. Typically, Oxyfuel welding must fulfill two characteristics, including high flame temperature for melting and a neutral atmosphere for preventing contamination.
Punch and Die is a metalwork tool that facilitates the forming process by leveraging high heat. Forming is a critical process when it comes to cutting tools. The whole process requires a punch that acts as a pusher for the secondary object, in this case, a die. Typically, the punch presses down the die to cut through the underlying workpiece using a cutting edge located at the tip. Punch and Die tool is prevalent in various metal cutting processes, such as blanking, piercing, as well as punching. Materials used to create this tool include Tungsten Carbide and High-Speed Steel (HSS).
Rapid prototyping includes sets of techniques that leverage 3D computer-aided design (CAD) to quickly fabricate an assembly, model, or physical part during the production process. Prevalent techniques used in rapid prototyping include layered additive manufacturing or 3D printing, moulding, advanced machining, casting, as well as extruding, among others. However, some manufacturers resort to conventional alternative processes to rapid prototyping, such as subtractive and compressive for semi-molten materials.
The RFP describes and outlines a project with the goal of solicitating bids from qualified contractors. While it can be sent independently or together with an RFQ, the two are not one and the same thing. Unlike an RFQ which is usually sent when you know exactly what product or service you need and just need a price, an RFP can be sent when you are still unsure and would like to evaluate various factors to a partnership besides price.
A Request for Quote, is a critical business process that manufacturers use to obtain a price quotation from prospective suppliers. As a potential buyer, the RFQ gives you near-precise estimates for particular services or products enabling you to make an informed decision.
You’ve probably seen a rotary table before, especially if you’ve been in a metal workshop. This is a mechanical tool that features a clockwise rotational force to facilitate drilling. Also known as a turntable, a rotary table transmits its power and motion through the Kelly bushing, as well as the kelly to the drill string. There are various types of rotary tables, including worm drive tables, ball drive tables, direct-drive tables, and big bore tables. Regardless of the type of rotary table, this tool enhances flexibility when fitting other devices to support new variants.
Shafts are rotating systems or devices that link two parts to transmit energy. In most cases, shafts transfer energy from a power-generating machine to a system, such as an engine or motor that absorbs the produced energy. A typical shaft features a circular cross-section that rotates at high speeds. Prevalent types of shafts include transmission, machine, and countershafts. Besides transmitting power via belts and chains, these systems can also carry gears and pulleys.
A sheet metal fabricator is any tool that is used in general metal fabrication processes, such as punching, shearing, or blanking. These tools include flange & punch devices for profiling metal sheets, planishing hammers for straightening metal sheets, and throat less shear for making curved cuts on metal surfaces. Other sheet metal fabricators include angle grinders for grinding, sharpening, and sanding metal surfaces, corner notcher for notching corners on metal sheets, and Cleco fasteners for stiffening metal sheets temporarily before they are permanently joined.
Also known as sheet metal fabrication, this set of production processes is used in the engineering industry to convert metal sheets into usable items. Prevalent sheet metal manufacturing processes include cutting, bending & forming, joining, and finishing. Cutting can either be done with or without shear. Shear cutting processes are common in large parts production and can also involve punching or blanking. Cutting without a shear is prevalent in high-precision industrial metal fabrication.
Stamping, otherwise known as pressing, is a production process in manufacturing industries that create material parts from flat metal sheets. The process involves placing a coiled or a blank metal sheet on a stamping press where the machine and die surface will transform it into a final desired shape. This process also incorporates other manufacturing processes, such as blanking, flanging, embossing, coining, as well as bending. Although stamping is common in metal industries, it also works well with polystyrene materials.
Threading fasteners are mechanical or assembling components that join two or multiple objects temporarily. In other words, threaded fasteners can be sealed or unsealed on a need basis, unlike conventional ways of joining materials, such as welding, crimping, brazing, or using permanent adhesives. Prevalent types of threaded fasteners include screws, nuts, and bolts. Screws usually feature cylindrical-shaped metal designs wrapped in a threaded surface. Nuts are usually used alongside bots to conjoin two or more surfaces.
A tilt-rotary table is a cutting, refining, and drilling tool that many manufacturers add to their 3-axis machining center as a relatively affordable solution for creating 5-axis CNC capabilities. Typically, you can set up this tool either as the full fourth or fifth axis as it offers a relatively higher rigidity to accommodate heavy load tools. Also, since a standard tilt-rotary table configuration permits complex 5-axis machining, you can leverage this tool to build a 3-axis machine into a 5-axis machine at a relatively affordable cost as opposed to a new one.
This is a production process in machining that leverages a non-rotary tool bit, such as a lathe to create rotational parts by cutting from a bigger material. Typically, engineers create a pre-shaped workpiece before securing it on the turning machine, where it rotates at high speeds. A cutting tool then penetrates the workpiece, piecing it in chips until a desired shape, size, and finish is created. This manufacturing process is prevalent in producing axis-symmetric and rotational parts. However, parts created through turning are mainly used in projects that require minimum quantities, such as prototyping.