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Benchmark Your Machining Business

By: Derek Korn

By taking the Top Shops benchmarking survey, you can see how your operation’s metrics and practices — both in the front office and shop floor — compare to leading U.S. machining businesses.
#opinion

Avoiding Webinar Disasters

By: Matthew Kirchner

Putting together a successful webinar requires a little preparation and know-how. Here are some tips.
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Automation

Cobot Fleet Addresses Labor Shortage

By: Joe Campbell, Senior Manager of Applications Development, Universal Robots

An Ohio manufacturer deployed nine collaborative robots to improve and optimize the work environment, automating hard-to-staff tasks such as machine tending, assembly and product inspection.
#covid-19

Data-Driven Manufacturing — Profitability GPS

By: Miles Free

What data drives your shop? Here’s an unexpected look at the kinds of data that you ought to be using to make your shop the most competitive and sustainable that it can. Spoiler alert — no new sensors or IT technologies are required to get the payback from these data tools.
#pmpa

Parts Cleaning

VIDEO: Vapor Degreasing Process Uses TCE Replacement to Eliminate Hazardous Waste

By: Lori Beckman

A solid relationship with a solvent manufacturer has aided Electro-Spec Inc. with the implementation of a trichloroethylene replacement material in its vacuum degreasing unit to clean a customer’s micromachined parts more efficiently.  

Precision Machining Extends Upward Advance Moving into New Year

By: Michael Guckes

Rising new orders by constrained production lifts backlog reading to 18-month high
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Cutting Tools

Precision Machining Technology Review: Cutting Tool Technology

By: Angela Osborne

Production Machining showcases some of the latest cutting tool technology from Horn, Heimatec, Big Kaiser, Tungaloy and Inovatools.

The Real Cost of Metalworking Lubricant

By: Chris Felix

Lubrication in the cutting process is often an afterthought, but its cost justifies far more attention. Here’s a look at how a shop can determine the true impact on the bottom line.
#metalworkingfluids

Parts Cleaning

New Website is Resource for Industrial Cleaning Industry

By: Lori Beckman

Manufacturing Cleaning Association’s website offers information about membership as well as educational resources.

Data Enables Machines to Tell Their Own Stories

By: Lori Beckman

These examples reveal how a data collection system has minimized machine tool downtime and costs while simultaneously offering valuable insights into a shop’s processes.
#techbrief #Industry40

Horizontal & Vertical Lathes

Optimize Minimum Quantity Lubrication Control Through a CNC Program

By: Lori Beckman

Minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) on a lathe offers many benefits when implemented properly. MQL becomes more of an asset when lubricant and air delivery can be controlled from a CNC program.
#techbrief #metalworkingfluids #horizontal-and-vertical-lathes

Production Machining's February 2021 News Highlights

By: Angela Osborne

Esprit launches on-demand learning center, TIMTOS plans hybrid event, GWS acquires Taurus Tool & Engineering, and other industry news.