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Production Machining’s May 2021 News Highlights

By: Angela Osborne

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.

Visit to Clippard Reveals Value-Added Projects

By: Lori Beckman

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

By: Michael Guckes

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.
#opinion

Software

Compact Second-Op CNC Mill Gets Makeover

By: Derek Korn

New control and programming capabilities make this small VMC well suited for second-op work or use as a standalone production milling machine.
#techbrief

Turning Machines

Micromachining Turns Images of the Queen into Tiny Portraits

By: Lori Beckman

Engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) used a turn/mill center to reproduce a series of tiny portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, down to only 1.4 mm wide, onto brass.
#micromachining

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

By: Lori Beckman

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!

Steel Defects Slivers on Rolled Steel Products

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

Quick Setup Multi-Spindle Machines Offer Production Flexibility, Speed

By: Derek Korn

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.  

Swiss-Types

As a Business Evolves, So Does its Machining Technology

By: Derek Korn

Gent Machine, now under its fourth-generation of family ownership, has made operational and equipment decisions to position it for continued success moving forward.

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

By: Angela Osborne

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

How AI Will Revolutionize Your Business: 11 Predictions

By: Matthew Kirchner

Artificial Intelligence is already revolutionizing manufacturing. Small- and medium-sized businesses that ignore its impact do so at their own peril.
#opinion #Industry40

How Emotional Intelligence Helps Sustain a Workforce — Part 2

By: Carli Kistler-Miller

The lack of available skilled workers is an ongoing issue. A leader with Emotional Intelligence can leverage those skills to keep the workers they have. 
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