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Shop Automation in the Front Office

In much of manufacturing when the term “automation” is mentioned, most will index to robots, pallets, conveyors and other shopfloor hardware used to simplify production flow. And while those things and more are within the preview of automation, so are functions that are needed to run the business.

The article “Leveraging ERP Software for Continued Growth” speaks to the success one shop had in automating its ERP system using a new software package. Often, the results of an investment in more current software show up as dramatically as hardware investments on the shop’s bottom line.

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CNC Slotting Tools that fit driven broaching units can significantly improve cycle times for production broaching. The push-type broaching tools are meant for keyway slotting and spline broaching. Linear broaching on lathes eliminates the second step of moving a part to an additional operation such as a keyseater.

This video is from a CNC Broach Tools LLC client that is cutting 56HRc 4140 motor shafts. CNC Broach Tools carries a line of tooling to fit the MD Tooling live lathe power broaching head. MD Tooling is a distributor for MT Marchetti broaching toolholders.

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By: Bart Bishop 13. November 2017

Metrology Keeps Tools on Center

Zoller GmbH & Co. KG provides metrology solutions for the manufacturing industry. These include presetting and measurement of machines, all aimed at extending tool life and optimizing capacity. And a way they communicate these solutions is through Z.connect workshops, such as the one held at the Makino North American headquarters in Mason, Ohio, on Nov. 9.

Hosted by sales engineer John Traxler and regional sales manager Georg Maerz, their presentation focused on two machines, the Smile for low-end production and the Venturion for high-end production, with an example of the former on hand to demonstrate and the latter on Makino’s shop floor.

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By: Chris Koepfer 10. November 2017

11 a.m. 11/11/1918

11 a.m. 11/11/1918

The hostilities of World War I ended officially at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918. Interestingly and unfortunately, that war wasn’t called WWI. That name came into being in 1945 after its offspring, WWII, finally wrapped up.

I mention this because Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day and as such, is a time to remember those who have worn the uniform of our country. No generation has been spared the memory of war. These fights have been called various names, police actions, skirmishes, regime changes, and more. Yet regardless of what it’s called, war is war and those veterans who have put their lives on the line and continue to put their lives on the line deserve to be remembered for their service.

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