Metalworking Information Sites

Web sites, The Virtual Machine Shop, Reliabilityweb.com , and SOLV-DB are discussed.

The Virtual Machine Shop (www.jjjtrain.kanabco.com/vms) - This site is back after a brief hiatus while under reconstruction. Designed, created and maintained by a consortium of business and academic entities (primarily Cerritos College in California), this site is a treasure trove of machine tool data that is part library, part training manual and part community. However, after all is said and done, it’s the Library link that you’ll want to visit. It is broken up into eight “lessons,” including Milling Machines, Lathes, Other Machines, Cutting Tools, CNC & CAM, Measurement, Engineering and an excellent machining glossary. These lessons are ample, with text, graphics, videos (lots of videos) and animated graphics.

Reliabilityweb.com (www.reliabilityweb.com) - This site is dedicated to reliability and maintenance issues with manufacturing environments. Included are collections of interest to any machining manager or leader, especially in the areas of demand and scheduled maintenance, fluid management (lubricants, metalworking fluids, and so on), and overall shop administration and management. Reliabilityweb.com presents data within a Reading Room (large collection of articles), Tutorials (online e-conferences on a variety of topics) and e-mail-based Forums (a sort of listserv private discussion forum). A comprehensive directory, calendar and buyer’s guide round out this complete, easy-to-navigate site.

SOLV-DB (solvdb.ncms.org) - Brought to you by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), a non-profit organization, this database gives you everything you’ll need to deal with solvents including health and safety data, physical data, regulatory data and environmental impact data. This is a thorough and efficient database.