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Business on the Cutting Edge

Manufacturers' Monthly, April 2001

Welding & Cutting Technologies

Innovator, successful businessman and skilled, hands-on metal worker, Mark Piacun has established a manufacturing business that supplies some of the world’s leading casinos with gaming machines.

Recently, he has also secured orders from customers in Australia and in Japan for large murals and...

Waterjet Goes Mainstream

by Charles Bates

Cutting with water? Not as wild and wacky as some might think.

Abrasive waterjet has never been considered a run-of-the-mill machining technology. In its early days, shops thought it weird, typically using it only as a last resort when all other cutting methods failed. As if this wasn't enough of a setback, the process had problems with accuracy, reliability, and...

Abrasivejet Carves A Niche For Competitve Job Shop

"As a shop owner, the thing you hate most is sending a customer down the street with a part you can’t cut. He may take all his work elsewhere. That’s why we want to be a full-service job shop."

That is the principle that motivates Dan Mottl, president of Atlas Tool& Die Works Inc., a job shop in Lyons, IL. The company was founded in 1918 by his grandfather, a...

Waterjetting to Higher Production

By Ted Giese

Contributing Editor

Anyone who has used a power washer to clean a deck knows that water can be a powerful tool for cleaning. But to watch a pencil of water and abrasives cut a 4´´ thick plate of stainless steel is eye opening. Such is the growing awareness of waterjet cutting technology, for it's time to take waterjet cutting seriously.

That...

Abrasivejet Technology Boosts Business for EDM Shops

For years, job shops used only wire EDM or laser equipment for cutting precision parts. Abrasivejet machining was new to the industry, and not yet considered practical. Today, state-of-the-art technology has successfully reconciled full-scale abrasivejet production with consistent precision results. And job shops that procure this technology stand to boost their profit margins in return....

Washington Manufacturer Finds Abrasivejet Machining Cost-Effective Cutting Answer

Mike McDonald, owner of Keller Machine and Fabrication, Inc., will be the first to admit that he used to be one of abrasivejet machining's greatest skeptics.

Mr. McDonald worked in the industry for 17 years before buying Keller Machining and Fabrication, Inc., based in Kent, Washington. "I wanted to use KMF to help customers solve specific problems and, in doing so, take...

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