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Taking the Long View on Short Runs

Certain jobs require a processing strategy that strikes a balance between the needs of high-volume production and low-quantity toolroom work. Reorganizing material flows and investing in machining centers designed specifically for small lots helped...

Webinar: Creating a Milling Program Using a Conversational Control

A free webinar from FANUC on Wednesday, March 13 explains how to create a basic milling program using conversational programming.

Managing Machining’s Thermal Effects

Thermal growth is an inherent factor in any machining process. Here's how one company constructs its machines to adapt to changing thermal conditions.

A Sampling of Advanced Technologies at FANUC

Here are some of my impressions about the technologies I saw during a recent trip to FANUC’s headquarters in Japan.

Vector Programming Eases Five-Axis Aerospace Machining

Because the CNCs on this shop’s largest five-axis machining centers accept vector coordinates as program input instead of traditional G codes, critical jobs can be shifted readily from machine to machine.

Making Lean Connections

When Nilpeter embarked on a lean initiative 14 months ago, no one at the printing press manufacturer had any inkling that they had already taken an important first step.

Read In to Digital Readout

Recently, I came across an article online from Production Machining that sums up five options that are cited to produce higher productivity in a shop. The first option jumped out as something I could pass on to my readers: “Add a digital readout (DR...

Standard Software Addresses Common Machining Challenges

These low-cost VMCs come standard with a number of software features that enable them to compensate for machining’s inherent physical and thermal challenges.

Faster Production of Inside Threads

Modern tools, control and software create a range of options for producing inside threads efficiently.

From Image to Implant

Demo shows custom implant made on commodity-level machine.

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