Production Machining’s May 2021 News Highlights

Optimization is happening in a variety of meaningful ways throughout our industry. Learn how precision machining is moving forward — from collaborative partnerships and in-person industry events to the latest manufacturing facilities, service training programs and more. Precision machining is always looking toward continuous improvement.

Edited by Angela Osborne

Managing Editor, Production Machining

Visit to Clippard Reveals Value-Added Projects

Senior Editor Lori Beckman describes her experience visiting Clippard Instrument Laboratory to write her June feature article and reveals a medical monitoring value-added project that the company is working on for a customer. 

Precision Machining Index Sets Consecutive All-Time High Readings

Throughout 2021, new orders activity has outpaced production, resulting in quickly rising backlog levels and a new all-time high reading, besting 2018’s record.

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Practical Approaches to Automation

Automation isn't just useful for large volumes of the same part. Today, it is increasingly being used in machine shops for high-mix, low-volume jobs.

The Plating Insight Series

Products Finishing Editor Scott Francis hosts the IMTS Spark Plating Insights Series Wednesdays through Dec. 2.

Five Axis Machining

A broad overview of what first time five-axis machine users will need to think about and also what the newest technology offers to existing users.

Trends in Parts Cleaning

The latest cleaning trends point toward environmentally friendly ways to clean effectively, involving the replacement of harmful chemical solvents within a cleaning process or switching to a mostly aqueous method.

Parts Cleaning

Cortec Rust Preventive Offers Easy-to-Use, All-Purpose Rust Protection

Inconspicuous rust preventive makes it easier to protect gears, spindles, coils and more.

Machining Centers & Milling Machines

AF160 Gear Hobbing Machine Facilitates Flexible Manufacturing

The AF160 can process gears with an outside diameter of up to 60 mm and a length of 250 mm. The machining length is between 110 and 180 mm.


Siemens, Google Cloud Simplify AI Deployment to Shop Floor

Siemens to integrate Google Cloud’s data cloud and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technologies with its factory automation solutions.

Parts Cleaning

Ecoclean Connect Monitors, Optimizes Parts Cleaning Processes

Cloud-based system optimizes acquisition of parts cleaning data for monitoring and documenting parts cleaning processes.


Seco Tools Sets Ambitious Circular Economy Goals

Recycling tools will play a key role as Seco Tools aims to create a 90% circular economy for its products by the year 2030.

Machining Centers & Milling Machines

Gun Barrel Processing Cell Incorporates Drilling, Reaming and Rifling

The machines can be combined into processing cells that enable efficient drilling, reaming and rifling as many as 20,000 small-caliber firearm barrels a month.

Time is Running Out to Nominate Your Production Machining 2021 Emerging Leader!

Consider nominating a young person in the precision machining industry who has a refreshing passion for what they do and are leaders in their organization or community while inspiring those around them. June 1 is the deadline!

Automation & Robots

Racer-5 Cobot Operates in Fast, Dual Modes

Racer-5 Cobot combines flexibility and collaborative safety features with high repeatability and accuracy.

Steel Defects Slivers on Rolled Steel Products

Steel defects slivers are, by their very nature, “injurious defects,” and as such rejectable.

Automation & Robots

FANUC’s QSSR Feature Simplifies Robot Integration

FANUC’S QSSR feature enables FANUC CNCs to directly program robots through the G code.


EMO Milano Set for Oct. 4-9, 2021

Event is the one of the most important trade shows for the manufacturing industry, with companies from more than 28 countries planning to exhibit.

Digital Demos

Quick Setup Multi-Spindle Machines Offer Production Flexibility, Speed

Gnutti explains how its models of multi-spindle machines can work with a variety of material types while offering faster setups and cycle times compared to conventional multi-spindle models.  

Bar Feeders

Accudyne EZ-Puller Bar Puller Offers Expanded Capacity for Automation

This auto-adjusting bar puller provides optimal gripping force regardless of bar size or shape.


SMW Autoblok Opens Production Unit in Italy

Latest Special Solutions catalog details steps it uses to approach project workflow, and highlights completed workholding projects for diverse industries, including automotive, OCTG, industrial equipment, off-highway and aerospace.

Parts Cleaning

Ransohoff Spray Cabinet Offers Small Footprint, High-Volume Cleaning

This spray washer is designed as a high-capacity machine with low energy usage.

Museum Captures Spirit of U.S. Manufacturing Innovation, Problem-Solving, Design

American Precision Museum opens 2021 season May 1 with new interactive displays focused on the origin story of interchangeable parts.


Verisurf Software Hires Business Development Manager

Mitchell’s experience includes serving nearly 10 years on the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) executive committee.

Cutting Tools

Ingersoll’s TwistSFeed Drills With Multiple Flutes Offer High Productivity

A three-flute quick-change tip with an upgraded clamping mechanism is designed to maximize productivity.