New Tech Metals Wins with Gains in Productivity with Dual Monitors!

Over a year ago we were looking for ways to improve productivity in the office.  Through one of our team building sessions the idea was proposed that we go to dual monitors for our designers.  After reviewing the cost and the potential gains we went ahead and equipped our design department with dual monitors.  After about a 6 month beta period we started noticing significant gains in the day to day productivity.  We then decided to expand on this idea, and equip the entire office staff with this same set up.  With a little bit of training and some acceptance of change this proved to be a win situation for New Tech Metals.  Now, if you were to ask any one of our employee’s to go back to the single monitor, the look you would get would not be one of disappointment.  In some of our latest team building sessions we have be discussing the fact of incorporating monitors out in the shop to potentially eliminate all paper in our process.

Here are five good reasons to have dual monitors:

  1. Published studies indicate that having a dual monitor in a workplace setting can increase productivity by 20 to 50 percent. For example, if you’re computer automated design, it should be obvious that having your source code on one side and your program on the other side of a dual monitor display would be very helpful.
  2. Real multi-tasking requires enough screen space to keep two or more apps in full view simultaneously. If you have ever tried to size and align windows on a single monitor, you’ll appreciate the ability to have several apps fully open at the same time. Customer service reps and cad/SolidWorks designers are additional examples of people that would benefit from dual monitors.
  3. Cutting and pasting between documents is much easier when you don’t have to alt-tab between them and scroll up or down so much. If you create newsletters or PowerPoint presentations, you’ll identify with this.
  4. Picture and video editing is a whole new experience with dual monitors. You can have all of your editing tools on one screen while you work on the project in the other. You can compare before and after views of the same work, or supersize panoramic pictures.
  5. Comparing products is easier when you have dual monitors.

 

Increased Capabilities Improves Aluminum Welding!

With the continued growth in our aluminum welding, it was time to improve our TIG welding capabilities.  After reviewing several different TIG welding machines, for us the answer was obvious,  Miller’s Dynasty® 350.  This machine not only has a compact power source capable of welding up to 5/8” aluminum, but it also has total arc control providing maximum productivity and weld quality while conserving energy compared to traditional welding machines.  This technology will give us superior arc performance and control that set new standards for productivity and weld quality, while lowering the cost of operation.

Metal Finishing

 

Polishing and buffing are finishing processes for smoothing a workpiece’s surface using an abrasive and a work wheel. Technically polishing refers to processes that use an abrasive that is glued to the work wheel, while buffing uses a loose abrasive applied to the work wheel. Polishing is a more aggressive process while buffing is less harsh, which leads to a smoother, brighter finish.   A common misconception is that a polished surface has a mirror bright finish, however most mirror bright finishes are actually buffed.  Polishing is often used to enhance the looks of an item, prevent contamination of instruments, remove oxidation, create a reflective surface, or prevent corrosion in pipes.  In metallography and metallurgy, polishing is used to create a flat, defect

Vibratory Finishingis a type of mass finishing manufacturing process used to deburr, radius, descale, burnish, clean, and brighten a large number of relatively small workpieces. Vibratory finishing systems tend to produce a smooth finish because the media essentially laps the parts.-free surface for examination of a metal’s micro-structure under a microscope. Silicon-based polishing pads or a diamond solution can be used in the polishing process.

Advantages of Self – Clinching Fasteners with our Haeger 824 Insertion Press

Our Haeger 824 press has the ability to provide you with a totally unified solution for virtually any of your insertion challenges.  We have vast inventory of  PEM® brand fasteners which can be utilized in several different applications such as  self-clinching, broaching, flaring, surface mount, or weld technology to provide strong, reusable, and permanent threads and mounting points in thin sheetmetal, P.C. board materials, and other ductile or non-ductile thin material.

Advantages of self-clinching fasteners:

  • Provide strong threads in metal as thin as .020” / .51 mm.
  • May be installed using any parallel acting squeezing force.
  • Provide high push-out and torque-out resistance.
  • Do not require special hole preparation, such as chamfering and deburring.
  • Reverse side of metal sheet remains flush.
  • No re-tapping necessary after application.
  • Low installed costs.

They also have greater reliability and more holding power than extruded/tapped or stamped threads. They are used chiefly where good pullout and torque loads are required in sheet metal that is too thin to provide secure fastening by any other method. Even if the sheet is thick enough to sustain tapping, it may actually be more economical to use self-clinching fasteners with gaugeable threads. They can be installed during fabrication to eliminate loose hardware during final assembly. In fact, the use of self-clinching fasteners often will allow the use of a thinner sheet. Because of their compact design and low profile, they provide for a neat appearance, too.