Punch Press or Laser? Choices for Cutting Metal

25Metal workers are tasked with manufacturing high quality, marketable products for their clients. Metal fabrication often starts with sheet metal materials that need to be cut and formed into usable metal parts that get moved along the supply chain to a point of final assembly. In metal working, there are different options for cutting, forming, coining, piercing, punching and bending the metal into the finished product your company needs. Several methods involve what is called a punch press, and another one entails the use of a high-powered industrial laser. Each uses a different process, achieves different end results and holds distinct advantages.

The Punch Press

Punch presses operate by first developing cutting dies, forming dies or progressive die sets. The die is the tool within the press used to cut and or form the metal, and a progressive die set is used in machines where coils of sheet metal material pass through several stations within a die set in one pass. Punching is a form of metal stamping, which is when a die is used to cut metal blanks with the aid of a die and a power press. The punch press is about speed and high-scale production, and is characterized by a number of features:

  • Force or power used to cut the metal
  • The tooling die and complexity of the die
  • Size of working area on the metal blank
  • Frame type

Progressive long run stamping, another fast and cost-effective method, uses a power punch press. The material (in coil form rather than pre-cut sheets) involves multiple cutting and forming stages through a single machine before the desired result is achieved. Precision metal stamping is a bit different; this process converts flat sheet metal into different commissioned shapes maintaining very tight tolerances.

Laser Cutting

A slightly more modern technique, industrial laser cutting services is about precision. A beam of heat energy sears into the metal and melts the excess away. This energy is often operated by CNC (computer numerical control). There are some particular projects for which laser cutting is best to use:

  • Tight intricate cuts
  • Multiple metal blanks all cut from the same plate of metal
  • Short run projects where tooling costs need to be avoided

There are many benefits to sheet metal laser cutting. For instance, laser cutting pre-painted metal without scarring the paint is possible with certain fiber lasers. There is also less chance of contaminating the material than with the cutting edge used in mechanical cutting.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Overall, both punch press cutting and laser cutting have certain advantages and disadvantages in the industry. Each are an asset to the task of metalworkers and their field, but in different ways. For more information, seek out a professional quote today.

What To Do When Your Baby Is Tongue Tied

24You’ve probably heard the expression “tongue tied,” meaning that a person doesn’t know what to say. However, did you know that the same expression can also describe a genuine medical condition? It is called ankyloglossia, a condition that is congenital, or present at birth. Ankyloglossia is potentially serious, as a tongue tied baby may have difficulty breastfeeding. However, if your baby has ankyloglossia, the good news is that it is usually fairly easy to treat.

What Is Ankyloglossia?

The term “ankyloglossia” comes from two Greek root words: “glosso,” meaning “tongue” and “ankylo,” meaning “fused” or “fixed.” Thus, ankyloglossia is a tongue that is fused to the bottom of the mouth and unable to move freely.

The frenulum is the band of tissue that connects the tongue to the lower jaw; you can see it if you curl your tongue backwards while looking into a mirror. In order for a baby to have full range of motion of the tongue, the frenulum is supposed to loosen and separate from the tongue during development in the womb. However, sometimes the frenulum remains attached to the bottom of the tongue, resulting in ankyloglossia. It is not known what exactly causes ankyloglossia, although boys seem to be affected more often than girls and genetics seem to play a factor as well.

What Are the Symptoms of Ankyloglossia?

A baby with ankyloglossia may be unable to place his or her tongue in the proper position (over the lower gum) to breastfeed. Difficulty breastfeeding may lead to “failure to thrive,” meaning the baby is not getting enough nourishment to gain weight and develop properly.

If your baby tries to chew on your nipple instead of sucking it, this may indicate ankyloglossia, as a tongue tied baby may resort to this in order to compensate for breastfeeding difficulties. However, chewing on the nipple will actually impede the baby’s ability to get milk, as well as being painful for you.

Other symptoms of ankyloglossia include the shape and movement of your baby’s tongue, which may appear heart-shaped or notched when your baby sticks it out. Your baby may also have trouble sticking out the tongue, lifting it to the upper jaw, or moving it from side to side.

How Is Ankyloglossia Treated?

Once the condition has been diagnosed and you decide to fix the issue, an ankyloglossia surgery dentist can perform a simple outpatient procedure called a frenotomy in which the frenulum is cut free using a Laser Frenectomy procedure. This procedure is virtually pain free and requires no anesthesia. If this simple tongue tie procedure with a laser is not sufficient, a surgical procedure called a frenuloplasty, or reconstruction of the frenulum, may be an option.

If your baby is having difficulty breastfeeding, contact your pediatrician or lactation consultant right away.

What Is a Project Manager and Why Do You Need One?

If you’re considering a remodeling project, hiring a kitchen designer may seem unnecessary and you would be wrong. Most designers are highly skilled at coordinating most aspects of your kitchen makeover in addition to the design aspects.A kitchen project manager will help you coordinate all the moving parts and there can be many. While it may seem that you can save money by doing the design work yourself or by hiring your own professionals, a project manager has the expertise and experience to manage the process via a systematic approach that may save you time and money in the long run.

Here are things that a kitchen project manager can do for you during your remodeling project.

Keep the Project On Time and Under Budget

Working under the assumption that you probably have a full-time job apart from remodeling your kitchen, if you choose to handle the remodeling yourself, you’ll be squeezing the remodeling tasks around your work schedule, working frantically during your evenings and on weekends. Most contractors schedule themselves Monday through Friday between 7 am and 5:00 PM. Remodeling jobs attempted to be complete around your schedule can take a long time and often using talent that is inexperienced or less competent.We know of DIY remodeling projects that have taken years to complete.

Even if you hire quality professionals to do the work, you don’t have the time to hover over them and make sure they are working at a steady pace, and unavoidable setbacks may delay a project by even the most diligent professionals. A project manager can establish a schedule that minimize delays and keeps the project running smoothly and steadily.

Vet Professionals and Ensure High Quality

Hiring skilled and trustworthy professionals is a long process that in itself and requires a lot of time invested in research on your part. A project manager can handle this time-consuming process of qualifying candidates, reviewing project details with those estimating costs and even hiring only professionals with a proven track record of high-quality workmanship and fully insured as to protect your investment for years to come. A project manager can also handle all the confusing permits and paperwork, coordinating with inspectors directly on your behalf, and making sure that the right materials are being used on your project.

Work To Understand Your Vision

If you’re looking specifically for kitchen cabinetry with modern styles, your kitchen project manager will usually has his finger on the pulse of which cabinet makers have the flare you are looking for. A project manager is your advocate, making sure that your vision is realized, and the end result is consistent with the vision that you originally outlined for your kitchen. In other words, a project manager can take your dreams and help make them reality. A Kitchen Designer for Younger Homeowners often has all the project management skills needed and is integral to the success of the remodeling process. Therefore, it is important to consider hiring a company that provides project management in order to successfully bring your project to fruition.