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Locomotive Manufacturer Stays on Track and Reduces Rework

Posted on Aug 8, 2017

National Railway Equipment Co., global leader in the rail, marine, and power industries, is headquartered in the heartland of “The King City,” Mt. Vernon, Illinois. NRE was founded in 1984 and today operates out of 12 North American and 5 international locations with over 1,330,000 square feet of facility floor.  

DIY Automatic Ironworker System

Posted on Aug 1, 2017

Punching a hole, shearing a bar, and cutting a length of angle are tasks perennially assigned to ironworkers. But in many of today’s fabrication shops, the role of these workhorses is expanding. Instead of replacing manual ironworkers with expensive automated punching and shearing machines, consider DIY add-on automation. Attaching an automated stop gauge to the punch or shear station of your ironworker creates a fully automatic ironworker system with a price tag you can actually stomach.

How To Eliminate Scrap With Cutting Optimization Software 

Posted on Jul 25, 2017

Thanks to everyone who made it to the TigerStop booth at AWFS Fair 2017 in Las Vegas! If you didn't have a chance to meet and greet with the TigerStop Team, that's ok, we'll forgive you in due course, but it probably means that you missed out on some mission critical information. We want to let you in on a patented cutting optimization process that we demonstrated throughout the week at AWFS. And it's guaranteed to eliminate that growing scrap pile of yours. 

A Builder's Recipe For Success: Social Media & A Chop Saw Fence Stop

Posted on Jul 18, 2017

NS Builders Owner, Nick Schiffer, is one of the lucky few who has been able to turn his dreams into reality. A strong sense of purpose coupled with new age business smarts is behind his blossoming career. Nick's adoption of old school craftsmanship and 21st century technology, including Social Media and an automated chop saw fence stop, has propelled NS Builders into a leading contracting company. 

TransPak Creates an Out-of-Box Experience

Posted on Jul 11, 2017

“The best things in life are worth waiting for.” How many times have you been inundated with that statement? Sure it sounds dreamy and irrepressibly optimistic, but sometimes the best things are worth hurriedly prying open with a crow bar. At least that’s what specialty gift company, Man Crates, thinks.

The Most Famous Exhibit Manufacturer You've Never Heard Of

Posted on Jun 27, 2017

For its bread and butter work, exhibit manufacturer Classic Exhibits uses TigerStop automated positioners with a proven 20+ year track record. Eliminating past methods of measuring parts with tape measures and re-checking for accuracy has allowed Classic Exhibits to focus on the important aspects of its business -like growing and innovating to meet ever changing customer demands.  

Automate Your Jig Borer. It's Your Machine Shop's Secret Weapon.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

Before you spend an arm and a leg buying brand new machinery for your machine shop, consider automating what you already have. Automating secondary processes, such as cutoff or drilling operations, or any operation secondary to your CNC Mill machining activity, could be your secret weapon. Here at TigerStop we decided to try it out for ourselves. Peter Zalinski, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Machine Shop, details our adventure automating a manual jig borer from 1973 with a TigerRack positioner and pusher system. It's easier and much more affordable than you think to automate your jig borer. Keep reading to learn how.  

Automating Your Cabinetry Shop

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

Quality Custom Cabinetry Inc. (QCCI) didn't cannonball into the world of automation. The shop was discerning, dipping its toes into the water one by one before making the final plunge. The cabinet shop opted to improve raw material yield by first automating its double miter saw in the early 1990s. Today the shop is fully outfitted with material positioners, optimizing software, cut list software, and a plethora of machines to reduce the deadly wastes evident in lean manufacturing. Investing in machinery and companies that have been able to grow with its operation has proven to be invaluable for QCCI. Learn how you too can begin automating your cabinetry shop. 

What Skills Gap? How To Navigate Manufacturing's Skilled Labor Challenge

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

A lack of highly skilled employees in your operation doesn't have to mean a death sentence. While the skills gap is very real and the need to combat it is even more pressing, there are feasible ways to work around it, and even combat it. Start by investing in local and national Career Technical Education Programs and utilizing easy-to-use and simple-to-train lean manufacturing equipment. 

How To Reduce Your Lumber Bill with Crayon Defect Marking and Grade Marking

Posted on May 30, 2017

Here's a simple how-to guide to reduce that heaping lumber bill of yours. Follow these easy steps to increase material yield, reduce scrap waste, and eliminate stock defects in-house. Don't let your lumber supplier hold you hostage- it's easier than ever to start saving.