Category Archives: Edge Prep

Edge Preparation is About Good Manufacturing Processes

Posted on May 15th, 2019
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A dull edge on a tool can produce unnecessary frustration and it can also be a danger to the individual using it. The benefits of having tools with a proper, sharp edge can be traced back to our earliest ancestors. Maintaining a sharp edge on a knife or an arrowhead could make the difference between survival and death, particularly if that sharp point was used to kill dinner or protect a family. Thankfully today, edge preparation is more about good manufacturing processes and less about survival in the wild. Instead of relying on look and feel to determine if an edge is properly prepped, we have advanced processes that involve motorization and mechanization. One of the most important of those processes being honing, the creation of a controlled radius and surface finish improvement. Manufacturers employ honing to many cutting tools…

Apprenticeships are One Way to Fight the Skills Gap

Posted on September 13th, 2018
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Throughout the U.S., unemployment is at an all-time low. While this is good news for the country at large, it is complicating matters for employers in the manufacturing industry who are looking to hire. The challenge to hire skilled workers remains a problem throughout manufacturing with 78 percent of manufacturers citing a lack of qualified candidates. This deficiency is one of the top two factors impacting the ability to hire a skilled workforce, according to Tooling U-SME, a provider of competency-based learning and development solutions for the manufacturing community. The deficit of a skilled workforce also means manufacturers that are unable to fill these positions are experiencing a loss in productivity and quality losses, which impacts the company’s overall ability to grow. While such issues are well-established, more than half of companies surveyed, 54 percent, still do not have plans…