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FPM Heat Treating Best in the Midwest

White Paper: FPM

F'M Heat Treating opened its doors in January 1979 to serve the then-booming tool and die market in Chicago. Today, over 35 years later, FPM operates three facilities in two states and has become one of the Midwest’s largest commercial heat treaters. Despite its growth, and its success, FPM has maintained a “small business” attitude. The company does this by providing personal attention from its knowledgeable sales staff, highly skilled metallurgical personnel and experienced customer-service group. This longtime MTI member offers a wide range of heat- treating services to over 3,000 customers in the greater Midwest manufacturing community. More specifically, FPM meets the needs of the automotive, aerospace, construction, consumer- product, machinery and tooling industries. As mentioned, FPM operates facilities in Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Cherry Valley, Ill.; and Milwaukee, Wis. These locations perform a vast and diverse set of processes, including: annealing, normalizing, neutral hardening, tempering, age/precipitation hardening, stress relieving, tool-steel hardening, vacuum hardening, vacuum high- pressure gas quenching, austempering, marquenching, carburizing, carbonitriding, gas nitriding, ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC), braz- ing, deep freezing, straightening and blast cleaning. What truly makes FPM a unique operation, however, is the variety of processes – and equipment – available at each site.   The company has also developed a strong niche when it comes   to providing “outsourced” heat treatment to businesses that previously operated their own heat-treat department. These undertakings have involved entire operations, providing a significant source of backup/overflow heat-treating capacity. As far as equipment goes, FPM has a lot to offer its customers. For example, the company’s batch furnaces are capable of processing large gears and shafts as well as small stampings and machine parts. With a maximum load capability of 3,000 pounds, these units measure 36 x 36 x 48 inches. FPM’s continuous belt furnaces are designed for high-volume processing of fasteners and other small- dimension parts – up to 5,000 pounds per hour. The company’s vacuum furnaces feature computer-controlled processing, up to 10- bar rapid gas quenching and maximum 5,000-pound load capacity. FPM also owns the North American license to Nitrotec, a nitriding-oxidizing-protection process that provides a highly corrosion- and wear-resistant finish in one sequence. This treatment eliminates the time and handling of secondary plating operations and allows for  the  use  of  lower-priced carbon steel in place of alloyed steels. It can be used as an environmentally friendly improvement to many plating processes, and it provides excellent scuffing and seizure resistance. Yet another example that sets FPM apart is its Nadcap accreditation, which is difficult to achieve and maintain with its focus on processing details and quality documentation. Along those same lines, FPM’s metallurgical laboratories are a huge asset. Staffed by highly trained metallurgical technicians and degreed metallurgists, these labs are responsible for measuring and verifying critical characteristics  of  components,  ensuring  compliance with customer and applicable industry specifications. Equipped  to perform not only traditional sectioning and microstructural evaluations, FPM’s labs offer varying degrees of failure analysis, alloy identification and nondestructive evaluations. So, what does the future hold for FPM? Most likely another 35 years of growth and success. To get there, the company plans on expanding its Nadcap accreditation, upgrading furnace controls, installing new equipment and adding to its customer base and market area. For more information on FPM Heat Treating, visit www.fpmht.com.

THE CHIEF ROBOTICS OFFICER 2017 UPDATE

White Paper: RoboBusiness

To advance industry, the Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) must combine management functions, standardize corporate systems, and integrate robotics innovations. The fast evolving availability of specific business/financial models for Robotics & Intelligent Operational Systems (RIOS) and lower financial barriers to adoption, in addition to increasing standardization levels, artificial intelligence, and automation are driving operational effectiveness (e.g. cobots (collaborative robots) in manufacturing processes, semi-homogeneous use of cloud computing capabilities, application specific solutions. This white paper takes a deep dive into this emerging role responsible for evaluating and implementing robotics, automation, or intelligent technologies into their organizations. Read the following white paper that will address all your questions, such as: What is the use of a CRO in any business? What is the impact of CRO in an organization’s growth and adoption of robotics? What is the future of CRO and Robotics-as-a-service? What are the operational trends for CRO adoption? How to define an action plan for existing or aspiring Chief Robotics Officers?  What are the roles and responsibilities of a CRO? What are the current approaches related to Robotics-as-a-Solution?

A Buyers Guide To Weighbridges

White Paper: AccuWeigh

There are many different types of weighbridge available, each of which is designed for optimum performance in a specific setting.  But because weighbridges are a significant capital investment and play an integral role in how efficiently a site operates, it is worthwhile taking time to understand how they work, what the key features are and the differences between the various designs.  Various factors need to be considered when choosing a weighbridge for a particular application (such as physical site conditions, environment, usage and budget) so you may find the following information helpful when it comes to decision-making.   This whitepaper on Weighbridges will explore following: Above ground weighbridges Pit or semi-pit mounted weighbridges Multideck weighbridges Relocatable steel deck weighbridges Axle weighbridges

Redefining the Concept of Connected Factory for Manufacturing Companies

White Paper: Trigent Software

Across the globe, the manufacturing industry has established agencies to regulate their own market. Today, manufacturers have a wealth of data coming in from operations and other functions which can be turned into a competitive advantage. Manufacturing companies- small and large alike, are also learning how to leverage the value, from sharing of contact lists and files, to streamlining their manufacturing processes. All the innovations are redefining the way manufacturing industries performed their business but are they really connected? This whitepaper delves into the transformations that manufacturers can relate to, including overcoming inefficiencies, securing processes and intellectual properties, while reducing costs. Key takeaways from this manufacturing industry white paper: What should manufacturing industries be mindful of as they plan for growth? Collaborate and safeguard data environments for IP and regulatory compliance A connected world where data becomes business intelligence to fuel growth of manufacturing companies Building a comprehensive closed loop information system

Product Lifecycle Management in the Aerospace Arena

White Paper: PROLIM

Aerospace companies have the constant need to continuously innovate the way they design, create, and produce their products and Product Lifecycle Management gives them the support of one comprehensive platform that allows them to do so. Those who have embraced Product Lifecycle Management as a part of their development processes have already seen an acceleration of 20% to 50% in the development time, along with the associated cost savings. This whitepaper provides insights on the main advantages and industry-wide implications of Product Lifecycle Management in the Aerospace arena, which mainly includes: Improved quality of supply Reduced design to manufacture time Improved responsiveness to service and maintenance

Why is FMEA cost effective?

White Paper: DataLyzer

Failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA/FMECA) is a powerful reliability tool to improve product or process designs early in the manufacturing process. Generating a FMEA can help to build your team and improve your communication, as well as saves considerable cost of future testing and field warranty. It is worth the effort to get the tool implemented in an effective manner. Taking the right approach to FMEA in industrial manufacturing ensures manufacturer produces superior, defect-free products that consistently exceed customer expectations. This White Paper looks at a range of cost savings or revenue improvements that FMEA can bring, it also provide insights into: Why FMEA is critical to industrial manufacturing Recommended FMEA process to be followed by a team of product experts The advantages of an expected cost approach to FMEA Broadening the use of FMEA to mitigate the risk within your organization Improving the FMEA process to predict and prevent problems, reduce costs and shorten development times  

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