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Published: 12/15/2001

Machine Tool Coolant Racing To Save Time And Improve Quality
As a former racecar driver, Jon Horgas is well aware that raw horsepower alone does not guarantee victory, and the fastest car does not always finish first. It takes a combination of finely tuned aerodynamics and suspension, fuel mixtures and gear r...

Published: 3/15/2001

Software Charges CMMs
Eagle Manufacturing is a supplier of engine components to Ford Motor Company and Navistar International, a leading manufacturer of trucks, school buses and midrange diesel engines. Eagle’s 120-person facility produces cylinder heads, connecting rods...

Published: 3/15/2001

Toolholders Fuel Setup Time Reduction
This Indiana shop has been a precision automotive parts supplier to Honda America since it began operations in 1988. Among its precision machined products are fuel intake manifolds for Honda Civics, Accords and V6 sport utility vehicles. IPT produce...

Published: 2/15/2001

Checking Fixtures Built With Seamless Epoxy Paste
This company has realized significant time savings by developing outer and inner checking fixtures for a truck manufacturer using a combination of fiberglass and epoxy.

Published: 2/15/2001

Linear Motors Shorten Production Time
Linear motors account for part of the reason why DaimlerChrysler's Stuttgart, Germany, manufacturing facility has been able to nearly double the productivity of machining centers producing automotive cylinder heads.

Published: 11/15/2000

Three Steps To Succeed As A Minority Automotive Supplier
Some shops would measure a productivity improvement in terms of the extra capacity freed up on a given machine tool. Texas Arai measures its productivity gains in terms of the number of machines it no longer needs.

Published: 11/15/1998

Ontario Manufacturer Is Driving For Success
Engineers at EXCO were working on a die cast die used to produce the three-liter front wheel drive transmission case for Ford. Similar to work they done before, but this time, they wanted to go straight to steel. 'This was the first job they used co...

Published: 3/15/1998

Data Translator Eliminates Auto Supplier's Problems In Reading Customer Files
By using the C-TAD Integrator, an automotive supplier is able to convert IGES files produced by the various CAD systems of its customers into a target system without the loss of data.

Published: 3/1/1997

Teaming Up For Turning Efficiency
When a Federal-Mogul Corporation's work volume increased five years ago with Ford Motor Company to manufacture polytetraflouroethylene (Teflon) PTFE piston rings, they turned to automated CNC turning centers to turn out millions of rings per year.

Published: 5/1/1996

Machining Supplier Responds To Rapidly Changing Market With Built-In Flexibility
Responding rapidly to changing customer requirements is essential in today's auto industry.

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