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...at Weber, manufacturer of the "American backyard barbecue." As Weber's product mix has expanded in recent years to include high-end stainless-steel masterpieces, so has its manufacturing acumen, highlighted by the move to progressive-die stamping with feature-laden servo feed lines.
...if it arrives at the customer dinged and damaged? Making sure that doesnt happen falls on the shoulders of Advanta Industries, a manufacturer of returnable racks and dunnage. Recently, the fabricator and weld-shop extraordinaire added some weapons to its arsenal: laser-cutting machines.
The five U.S. service-center locations of France-based Jacquet Metals have, since 2006, installed 11 waterjet-cutting machines to provide value-added cut-to-size services to its customers. An interview with U.S. CEO Terry Engle explains the firms fascination with the evolving waterjet-cutting technology.
One machine that combines 2000-W fiber-laser cutting with 52-station multi-press punching performs the work of three CNC turret presses, a recipe for a more than 50-percent productivity boost served along with a heaping side order of increased material utilization.
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