Canadian manufacturing continues its slow, but steady, growth. Shop Metalworking Technology, the premier magazine for Canadian metal works and manufacturing industries, says that new export orders went up to 54.5 percent this December, compared to October’s 51.3 percent, thanks to gains made in the U.S. economy and the Canadian dollar. Industry experts are convinced that this growth will persist throughout the rest of 2014, and perhaps the first quarter of next year.
With about 35.6 million residents, Canada definitely has a high energy demand that befits a thoroughly developed nation. Fortunately, power plants like those in Point Lepreau produce significant amounts of electricity to supply those needs. However, back in April, the facility was briefly put out of commission. The reason? A problem with the turbine pump. This article from CBC News provided further details on this event: Read more
Ever since the Industrial Revolution, the diverse skills and the continuous labor of millwrights have helped shaped multiple disciplines in today’s mechanized world. Their services are still called upon today, especially when it comes to installing, maintaining, and repairing industrial machinery and other related equipment. In Ontario, millwrights who are working in industry and manufacturing are called Industrial Millwrights or Mechanics, and they can be tasked to repair far bigger machines like the two ships of the Canadian Pacific navy that have been involved in an unfortunate incident: Read more
Like humans, machines have hearts, too. Just as the human body can’t function without the heart pumping blood into its system, a machine, particularly one that comes with a hydraulic system, will fail to work properly without a pump. Machineries and large industrial facilities need fluid power to start and continue operation, and hydraulic pumps can provide just that. Little wonder then that the pump is considered to be the heart of industry.
The pump used in manufacturing and other industrial purposes is a complex assembly of various essential components. Their functionality lies in their correct alignment and configuration. A slight inaccuracy in their assembly could mean significant decrease in efficiency or, worse, damage to the system. In an article for WaterWorld.com, independent consulting engineer Allan R. Budris discusses the importance of maintaining alignment in pumps and motors.
Good alignment has been demonstrated to lead to:
Lower energy losses due to friction and vibration
Increased productivity through time savings and repair avoidance
Reduced parts expense and lower inventory requirements
There are many different factors that influence a pump system’s alignment, which include wear, material buildup, and thermal distortion. Problems with alignment are generally difficult to fix considering a pump system’s limited alignment tolerance. They have to be carefully inspected and fixed by trusted industrial millwright services like Central Machine and Marine. Professional millwrights usually check the system for the following damage:
Coupling overheating and resulting component degradation
Extreme wear in gear couplings and component fatigue in dry element couplings
Pump and driver shaft fatigue failure
Pump and driver bearing overload, leading to failure or short bearing life
Destructive vibration events. Harmful machinery vibration is created whenever misalignment exists. Excessive pump vibration can shorten bearing and mechanical seal life.
Machine manufacturers continue to improve pump systems to minimize the potential for misalignment. Part of this advancement is the addition of alignment monitoring devices, including straight edge and feeler gauges, dial indicators, and laser-optic devices. However, these devices can only do so much. Alignment issues may still arise due to mechanical breakdown, natural disaster, and system failure.
Pump alignment problems are often encountered by companies dealing with huge amounts of fluid, such as the petrochemical industry. They are the ones that greatly need the service of experienced millwrights whenever industrial pump repair is necessary. They are experts in assembling pump system components and sealing them for optimum functionality. They also perform maintenance of the system to keep it in shape under extreme conditions.
(Source: Benefits, Methods of Proper Pump to Motor Alignment, WaterWorld.com)
Technology is definitely an undeniable influence in any industry, and CNC (computer numerical control) machining is no exception. The future of CNC machining may lead to a world where almost everyone can create something out of metal. Manufacturing will not be limited to big corporations anymore, because even the smallest of businesses can possibly acquire CNC equipment in the future.
In an editorial for FF Journal, Josh Schohn predicted that ongoing advancements in CNC machining will bring the technology closer to smaller businesses:
We are seeing the same trend transform manufacturing. Just as early advancements in computing led to the personal computer, CNC technology is creating a new breed of more personal manufacturing. The manufacturing of the future will not be a large, lumbering industry that deals with massive inventory, international plants and huge orders shipped halfway around the globe. It will be a more nimble, on-demand, flexible industry that puts manufacturing technology into the hands of small and mid-size businesses.
CNC equipment nowadays are more versatile and affordable than before, and this trend will continue in the future. Technological advancements will influence massive changes in the manufacturing industry, as more and more business owners will start relying on CNC machining to improve the productivity of their business as well as the quality of their products. With user-friendly CNC equipment soon to be available in every trusted machine shop in Ontario, expect a more technologically-able workforce in an industry formerly dominated by blue-collar workers.
Future CNC equipment is expected to focus more on being functional and affordable. The continuing trend of technology making everything smaller and more portable will also extend to CNC machining. Adaptable CNC applications that can perform multiple manufacturing operations like cutting, welding, drilling, milling, grinding, beveling, and grinding are projected to replace bigger, single-purpose machines. In addition, the diversity of available CNC technology will entice business owners to invest on precise machinery.
Metal will be the new wood as CNC technology will make it easier to fulfill almost any manufacturing need with metallic substrates. CNC equipment will be able to make art, automotive components, interior design materials, heavy equipment, and construction materials. The convenience of working with wood will be overshadowed by the versatility of metal in the hands of a CNC machine.
The future is definitely bright for CNC machining and its myriad applications. Discover more about these advancements and benefit from them by taking a visit to a CNC machine shop near your area.
(Source: The Future of CNC Machining, FF Journal)
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