Lead-Free Brass

January 26, 2016

As the needs in the machining industry migrate, so must the processes we use to produce quality parts. With the recent concerns about lead products in food, water, and sanitation, we find many of the precautions we previously put in place to set Mantel Machine up to handle the transition to Lead-free Brass. First, our operators understand that we are able to keep competitive prices because of the high premiums we can obtain with our scrap resale thru segregated bins and dedicated chip spinners. Second, we utilize multiple cutting oils to ensure the finest cuts dependent on the material. And third, our company has been machining brass to stainless steel and nylon to unleaded steels for 65 years.
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Planning Ahead

December 30, 2015

It is important to look to the future in today’s market to best align your company with where you calculate it’s headed. The same calculated steps need to be taken in everyday set-ups. By visualizing how cuts will change the structure of a part, set-ups can plan for difficult features. Taking a little extra time ensuring the best tool path and holding method, will ultimately cost you less. We profit from the knowledge gained with better set-ups and less scrap.
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Bar Feeder Basics

November 23, 2015

Mantel Machine is capable of running a variety of jobs from large to small runs, brass to nylon, or steel to stainless steel. It is important to have the right equipment to maximize this process. Having multiple styles of bar feeders have helped us achieve quality parts with minimal run times. We took into consideration the needs of the parts we run to the machines capacities and created various machine set-ups to accommodate our customer’s needs. This article discusses some of the specifications to consider when looking into bar feeders to maximize shop efficiency.
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Beyond the Educated Guess

October 19, 2015

Athletes use muscle memory to perfect their craft the same way machinists use information gained during past jobs. A football being tossed precisely is a combination of all the information gained through past throws under various conditions. It is the quarterback’s body’s best guess to complete the pass. Each time our machinist’s set-up/ run apart, information about past parts orientation, how they were held, speeds and feeds, etc. affect how they will prepare for the current job. Solutions to past problems better future set-ups. What questions are your employees thinking about when they set-up jobs?
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Basic Turning Skills

September 15, 2015

In our 65 years of business, many employees have started, advanced, and ended their careers with us. All those people gathered useful information about repeat parts, difficult materials, and various machines that is invaluable to a company interested in growth. We have created a Competency Program to extract this information from current employees and harness it to teach new employees. From simply turned brass parts to complex Swiss style turned parts, even a seemingly simple concept can prove to be a breakthrough to another. The synergy created allows Mantel Machine to continue into its 4th generation of family ownership.
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Buyer’s Guide to purchasing precision machined products

The PMPA offers a quick guide that suggests more economical design methods and tips on specifying your precision machined parts or products that can be implemented…
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Why the “Y Axis” Exists

The Y-axis was first used in 1996 on a single-spindle, mill-turn lathe with a sub spindle. Looking for a better way to mill flats, the CNC had quality limitations with polar interpolation and difficulties in programming. The Y-axis solved this problem…
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by Richard Parenteau, Director of Applications Dept., Methods Machine Tools, Inc., May 23, 2011

The 400º Difference

Cryogenic Machining achieves dramatic tool life gains – not by flooding the cut, but by refrigerating the tool. In the mechanism of tool wear, the “wear” itself is not solely and specifically what causes a tool to fail. Temperature is the real enemy…
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by Peter Zelinski, Sr. Editor at Modern Machine Shop, January 26, 2011

Accelerated Growth in U.S. Manufacturing and Services Points to Growth Ahead

Feb 3, 2011. The Canadian News reported that activity at America’s manufacturing and service companies reached a level not seen since before the recession, suggesting a stronger year for hiring.

Some economists are even hopeful that Friday’s employment report may be better than first thought, based on new economic data reported Thursday. The service sector, which employs nearly 90 percent of the workforce, is expanding at the fastest pace in five years. Factories are cranking out goods, retail sales are up, and many companies are nearing the point where they can no longer expand without more employees.

“Rising output along with a broader trend of slowing productivity should translate into a faster pace of hiring,” said Joseph LaVorgna, an economist at Deutsche Bank.

Global Supply of Energy: How It Affects Manufacturing Costs

Before discussing how the global supply of energy affects manufacturing costs, we must first determine what is the global supply of energy? Global energy consists of all the energy produced from around the world and from both renewable and non-renewable (or exhaustible) resources.

Renewable resources generate only a small portion of the global energy supply in comparison to non-renewable resources that have historically fueled our energy needs. During 2008, over 90% of global energy consumption was derived by burning fossil fuels. This causes concern because global energy demands continually climb about 2% each year.

  • Non-Renewable Resources
    • Coal
    • Natural Gas
    • Nuclear
    • Oil
  • Renewable Resources
    • Biomass
    • Geothermal
    • Hydro-electric
    • Solar
    • Wind
    • Wood

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