Today at the MultiCam headquarters we are
testing the 3000 Series Dual-Knife Configuration with MultiVision. This machine has gone through the various stages of production (welding, stress
relieving, painting, mill and grid, etc.) and is nearly ready to be shipped to the
customer. The machine is placed in the assembly bay, where it is fully
assembled and thoroughly tested and inspected.
Once the machine is assembled, the
production tester has the important role to make sure that everything on the
machine is working properly. After the tester inspects and approves
the machine, our quality control staff will review the construction of the
machine to ensure the best quality and accuracy. If everything is approved,
then the machine can be shipped to the customer.
Below are pictures of the testing phase of the machine.
The router is turned on and needs to be set up to be able to cut out test pieces.
The production tester makes adjustments using the keypad.
The next set up step is to calibrate the machine.
Running the first test piece.
Cutting cardboard material.
Edge cut quality is inspected.
A test for the MultiVision camera is run.
MultiVision is a digital camera
and software based system that visually recognizes media registration marks (black dots) –also
known as fiducials– and automatically compensates for common cutting
issues such as skew, distortion, mounting registration and image drift.
Once the machine is inspected and approved by the production tester,
then quality control staff will inspect it further for construction accuracy.
After that, the machine is cleaned and prepped ready to be packaged and sent to the customer.
Innovative-IDM, a MultiCam partner, provided doughnuts for all MultiCam employees today.
Why does MultiCam get free doughnuts, you might ask?
Well, Innovative-IDM partnered with MultiCam about 13 years ago, when Innovative was just entering in the automation and controls distribution business.
Innovative-IDM president Gene Gray was the company's first salesman and he knew the company needed customers. He found a customer who believed in Innovative's vision and that customer was MultiCam.
Innovative thanked MultiCam for its support and confidence by bringing doughnuts one Friday morning. The next Friday, Innovative brought doughnuts again. Doughnut Friday became a tradition, so for the next several weeks, months and years, Innovative brought doughnuts to MultiCam.
The tradition carries on even after 13 years and today was the Friday of this month where Innovative shows its appreciation to MultiCam by providing doughnuts to all of its employees. MultiCam appreciates the partnership and the doughnuts.
DALLAS, TX (June 13, 2014) – MultiCam, international industry leader
in CNC cutting solutions, currently implements safety controls on all systems
and have now added additional safety control options to its MultiCam product
line. Its new options such as the light curtain, safety mat, and laser safety
eyewear are added protection to the
router, laser, plasma, knife, and waterjet, and digital finishing machines and
Light curtains are photoelectric transmitters that
cast infrared light beams to a receiver unit around the MultiCam machine. They
act as a personal safety device by stopping the cutting sequence once an object
or person crosses the beams. At start-up, the machine automatically checks for any
safety faults and will issue either a safe status or a warning.
control options offered by MultiCam include safety
mats and eyewear. Safety mats are fitted around the machine system to provide a
safe area for operators to enter when needing to stop motion and close the
mechanical shutter. Special eyewear is encouraged for operators and other
personnel that will provide additional protection for the eyes during laser
For more information on MultiCam safety control options, visit its
website at www.MultiCam.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MultiCamUSA.
ABOUT MULTICAM, INC.
MultiCam, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is one of the
international leaders in CNC machine manufacturing. MultiCam manufactures an
array of machines including router, digital finishing, knife, plasma, waterjet,
and laser with all in-house resources. With over 60 technology centers
worldwide, MultiCam provides sales, demonstrations, training, service and
support. For more information, visit www.MultiCam.com.
I found this interesting article about the unlucky day, see below.
Watch out! Today is Friday the 13th, known by many as the unluckiest day of the year.
While many will laugh off the superstitious day, others will remain in bed paralyzed by fear and avoid daily tasks, conducting business or traveling. In the U.S., an estimated 17 to 21 million people suffer from a fear of Friday the 13th, according to a study by the North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute.
The phobia, known as friggatriskaidekaphobia, is not uncommon. The word comes from Frigga, the name of the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number thirteen. It is also sometimes called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek Paraskevi for Friday, Dekatreis for thirteen and phobia for fear.
There will be three incidences of the superstitious day this year, Jan. 13, Apr. 13 and July 13. In the Gregorian calendar, Friday the 13th always occurs at least once a year and can appear up to three times in any one year.
History and Origins of Friday the 13th
The origin of fears surrounding Friday the 13th is unclear. There is reportedly no written evidence of Friday the 13th superstition before the 19th century, but superstitions surrounding the number 13 date back to at least 1700 BC.
There has also been a longstanding myth that if 13 people dine together, one will die within a year. The myth comes from both the Last Supper, when Jesus dined with the 12 Apostles prior to his death, and a popular Norse myth, in which 11 close friends of the god Odin dine together only to have the 12-person party crashed by a 13th person, Loki, the god of evil and turmoil.
In fact, the number 13 has been considered cursed across the world for thousands of years. The number 12 is historically considered the number of completeness, while its older cousin, 13, has been seen as an outlier. There are 12 months of the year, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 hours of the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles of Jesus, 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams, among many incidences of the pattern historically.
Despite these efforts, the number 13 continues to have an unlucky association today. Thirteen is so disliked that many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue, many high-rise buildings avoid having a 13th floor, some hospitals avoid labeling rooms with the number 13 and many airports will not have a gate 13.
Friday has also long been considered an unlucky day. One theory hypothesizes that Friday has been considered unlucky because Jesus was crucified on a Friday according to Christian Scripture and tradition. Another states that the superstition regarding Friday comes from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, published in the 14th century, where Friday is considered a day of misfortune and ill luck. In numerous publications in the 17th century, Friday the 13th was outlined as an unlucky day to take a trip, to begin a new project or to have a major life change (such as a birth, a marriage, among other events).
The first recorded reference in English of Friday the 13th is in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rissini, where Edwards writes: Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky.
Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, author of Thirteen: the story of the world's most popular superstition, however, suggests in his book that because references to Friday the 13th were nonexistent before 1907, the popularity of the superstition must come from the publication of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel, Friday, the Thirteenth. In the novel, a stock broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on Friday the 13th.
Wall Street has fostered a fear of Friday the 13th for decades. In Oct. 13, 1989, Wall Street saw, what was at the time, the second largest drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in history. The day was nicknamed the Friday-the-13th mini-crash.
Friday the 13th was also discussed in the popular 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code. In the book, a connection is drawn between the slaughtering of the Knights Templar by the Church and Friday the 13th. Historically, the arrest of Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, did occur on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, however the association between Friday the 13th and bad luck is thought to be a modern interpretation of the event.
Superstition or Reality?
Many studies have been conducted to investigate the risk of accidents on Friday the 13th.
I find it hard to believe that it is because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home, but statistically speaking, driving is a little bit safer on Friday 13th, CVS statistician Alex Hoen told the Verzekerd insurance magazine.
Between 2006 and 2008, CVS found that there were an average 7,800 traffic deaths on each Friday, but the average fell on Friday the 13th when there were only 7,500 deaths. Similar statistics were found in a comparison of normal Fridays and Friday the 13th for fires and robberies.
According to a 1993 study in the British Medical Journal, however, there is a significant level of traffic-related incidences on Friday the 13th as opposed to a random day, such as Friday the 6th, in the UK.
Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52%. Staying at home is recommended, the report concluded.
According to CNBC, Friday the 13th is a calm day for the stock market, average gains proving to be only 0.2 percent or less. However, in three out of five of the most recent Friday the 13ths, CNBC reports that major averages ended down. The North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute also reports that between 800 and 900 million dollars are lost in the U.S. each year due to shoppers remaining at home or deciding not to travel.
Popular Myths and Superstitions
Whether there is any merit to the superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th will remain uncertain, but that will not stop millions of people across the world from worrying about the unlucky day.
There are a number of popular myths and superstitions surrounding the day, most famously:
If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.
If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.
Do not start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune.
If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you will have seven years of bad luck.
A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.
Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.
If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck.
WILL HOST FREE SOFTWARE TRAINING AND DEMOS DURING ITS OPEN HOUSE
TX (June 6, 2014) – MultiCam, international innovator in
mechanized CNC cutting solutions, will host a free software training and
continuous product demonstrations during its open house, July 8 and 9, from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at its headquarters, located at 1025 West Royal Lane,
DFW Airport, TX.
The open house will feature live demonstrations of
the router, plasma, waterjet, knife, MultiVision, and laser technologies. In
addition, MultiCam will host factory tours of its upgraded facility and one-on-one
consultations. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.
“MultiCam is proud to
showcase its product line and new software, while supplying customers with the proper
equipment and tools necessary to achieve their company’s goals,” said Kelsey
Smith, marketing director at MultiCam.
Software training will take place on both days. The EngView,
package and point-of-purchase design software, training will take place from
10:00-11:30 a.m. and AlphaCam, the 3D sign making software training will be from
2:00-3:30 p.m. The software training classes are limited to the first forty
To make your reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org
with dates of attendance, or for more information and directions to the factory, visit www.MultiCam.com/openhouse.html.
headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is one of the international leaders in CNC
machine manufacturing. MultiCam manufactures an array of machines including
router, digital finishing, knife, plasma, waterjet, and laser with all in-house
resources. With over sixty technology centers worldwide, MultiCam provides
sales, demonstrations, training, service and support. For more information,