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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.