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CNC Machinist Calculator Designed for Quick Calculation

With the invention of the computer and numerically controlled machines, technology has allowed machining processes to quickly evolve. The high-tech world of machining can get intimidating with the geometric calculations involved in creating today's most complex parts. In most modern-day machine shops, 3D CAM software is an essential requirement to keep machines up and running. Other tools are available as well to provide the means to perform jobs faster and smarter than ever before.

The CNC Machinist Calculator Pro, a machining calculator app for smartphones, is designed for manufacturing engineers, CNC programmers, machinists, CNC operators, tool and die makers, inspectors, and at-home hobbyists who need to make quick calculations on the fly.

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The presidents of three Top Shop manufacturing companies explain why benchmarking their businesses is important in this short video. Matt Wardle of JD machine says benchmarking acts as a review of how well his shop performs compared with other shops. “It gives us an idea of what we should work on, what we do well on and areas of emphasis for the upcoming year,” he says. In the words of Herb Homeyer of Homeyer Precision Manufacturing, it’s a tool that “shows how well or how bad you are doing.”

The Top Shops conference, which runs September 5-7 in Indianapolis, will present ideas and technologies that have put shops similar to yours at the top. Attendees will learn not only how their operations measure up, but also how to make their operations measure up with those at the top. Learn more about the event and its speakers, and be sure to register for the Top Shops Conference. For more Top Shops information, visit Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops Zone.

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How to Successfully Drill Deep Holes

Drilling deep holes, those with extreme diameter to length ratios, poses special issues for metalworking shops. These issues are exasperated as the hole’s diameter gets into the small and micro range.

Tools and Technologies for Deep Hole Drilling explains just that: some of the tools and techniques that are available to help shops accomplish successful execution of this sometimes tricky operation. Moreover, application of these tips can increase the quality of the workpiece feature and the number of holes that can be drilled per tool.

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By: Bart Bishop 16. August 2017

DMG MORI Hosts Cincinnati Grand Opening

DMG MORI Hosts Cincinnati Grand Opening

As a new assistant editor for Production Machining with only a month and a half under my belt, there’s no better way to learn about the industry than seeing it firsthand. I experienced this with a recent shop visit to Positrol Workholding, and continued the education with DMG MORI’s Cincinnati Grand Opening.

The event is being held at the company’s 14,500-square-foot Cincinnati Technology Center on August 15-17 and features a showroom for test cuts and demos by 18 individuals, including nine in service, three in applications, and six in sales. On display are exclusive technology cycles, a live high feed demo on a local production, the CMX 1100 V vertical machining center, and a demo on the DMU 50, a five-axis universal milling machine.

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By: Bart Bishop 15. August 2017

Successful Companies Make Accountability a Priority

Successful Companies Make Accountability a Priority

From Todd Palmer’s experience, there are five accountability pitfalls that business leaders should avoid if they want a high-performance organization.

The PM “About Your Business” contributor lists these as unclear responsibilities for managers and employers, resulting in misaligned goals, vague duties, and a lack of measurement processes to make sure things get done; executives that don’t follow up on goals, strategies and metrics; management misbehavior, such as missed deadlines, resulting in bad strategic decision-making and poor employee performance and execution; flawed corporate strategies that receive backlash, hurting management credibility; and territorialism and silos, with clients focusing on the needs of employees at the expense of the organization.

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