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Adding ERP? Set up a Test Environment Before Going Live

Are you planning to add an ERP solution or switch to a new platform for your CNC machine shop? Setting up a test environment enables your employees to learn and train for the new software and can help ensure success. Here are five reasons why that is.

Derek Korn

Editor-in-Chief, Production Machining magazine

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Production Machining’s April 2021 News Highlights

Industry edges its way back to near normal with the in-person Deburring Expo planned for Oct. 12-14, 2021, in Karlsruhe, Germany. Other news includes Zeiss’ Facility Engineering Award, Seco Tools’ virtual showcase for precision medical manufacturing, FANUC’s online cobot training and more.

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The Parts Cleaning Series

ON DEMAND: Learn how to use the latest technology and stay within environmental limitations with this 6-part webinar series.

Top Shops

The Gardner Business Intelligence and Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Program is both an honor for the shops chosen annually, and a benchmarking tool for all who participate. See how your business stacks up.

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.

Digital Manufacturing

From machine monitoring and machine tool dynamics to out-of-the-box digital tools, discover the digital manufacturing technologies becoming a requirement for competing in the marketplace as well as simplifying and improving businesses.

Automation & Robots

Mitsubishi LoadMate Robotic Cell Streamlines Parts Loading, Unloading

Machine Tending Robotic Cell features portability, easy setup and programming, high performance and safety layout for both job shops and larger scale production environments.


Rollomatic Upgrades Grinding Machines for Dental Burs, Rotary Instruments

The various Rollomatic CNC grinding machines can be used for high-volume geometry grinding and blank prep aration of a number of dental cutting tools.

Cutting Tools

Solid Ceramic End Mills Offer Increased Feed Rates, Broader Speed Range

Greenleaf’s XSYTIN-1 ceramic material provides ultra-high strength and wear resistance at extreme feed rates.


Paperless Parts, Plex Systems Partnership Makes It Easier to Estimate Jobs

The Paperless Parts software will be part of the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform, enabling Plex users to price jobs faster and more accurately, better service customers and grow their businesses.


Starrett Multisensor Vision System Inspects Large, Complex Parts

More of the part can be viewed in every image, enabling greater efficiency and accuracy for quality control processes.


Carsten Liske Takes Over as Chiron Group CEO

Liske is leading the operations department, which encompasses the global service, production, logistics, procurement and quality management divisions.

Cutting Tools

Carmex Solid Carbide Thread Mills Cut Heat-Resistant Materials

Thread mills feature more flutes for improved performance in hard materials and are constructed of a specially formulated carbide that is triple coated.


Deburring Expo Plans In-Person Event Oct. 12-14, 2021

The event will highlight deburring technology and precision surface finishing with themed areas covering “Cleaning After Deburring,” “Automated Deburring with Industrial Robots” and “AM Parts Finishing.”

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.


TDM Systems Appoints New VP of Global Sales, Marketing

Jean-Paul Seuren will be responsible for optimizing and expanding the sales structure of the company, while managing the sales performance of TDM Systems.

Machining Centers & Milling Machines

Method Machine Tools’ JobShop Cell Pro Offers Multiple Infeed, Outfeed Options

System includes a RoboDrill D21SiBadv Vertical Machining Center Series, which has several different pre-engineered end-of-arm and infeed/outfeed options for a range of part and capacity requirements for medium-volume applications.


Swiss Shop Chooses CAM Over Hand Programming

This shop’s manual (by hand) CNC programming was slowing it down until it discovered a CAM software for Swiss-type lathes. 

Transfer Machines

Hydromat Rotary Transfer Machine Cuts Complex Turned, Milled Parts

The machine features 12 independently driven workpiece spindles and up to 18 machining modules in both horizontal and vertical positions, enabling challenging machining tasks to be performed from six sides.

Cutting Tools

Custom Tooling, Workholding Help Whip Rotors Into Shape

Whipple Superchargers uses unique form tools and dead-length-collet workholding for its B-axis turn-mill enabling it to create more accurate rotors for its brand of engine power-adders.


Zeiss Receives Engineering Award for Quality Excellence Center

New facility showcases interconnectivity between quality and smart factories.


Marc Desrayaud Named Mikron Group CEO

Desrayaud has an in-depth market knowledge and experience, particularly in the tooling, automotive and watchmaking industries as well as in medical technology, the company says.

Shop Management Software

Paperless Parts Adds Search Function to Quoting Software

Digital search tool provides easy access to all formats of historical data.

The ESOP Alternative for Retiring Machine Shop Owners

An employee stock ownership plan is worth considering for retiring shop owners in which handing their companies to their children doesn’t make sense.