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Production Machining’s February Digital Edition is now available. This issue features an emphasis topic of Inspection & Measurement with special coverage of Medical Machining. Our cover story is a deep look into an automated inspection/measurement system that implements multitasking principles to facilitate the process. For our other feature, we visit a medical supplier to see how it is expanding capability to accommodate this industry’s trending consolidation of suppliers.

Our Tech Brief covers a modular workholding system designed to reduce setup times by improving accuracy and productivity with an easier alignment process. Our Case in Point visits a shop that is using automation to double production in its high precision optical work for scientific cameras.

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Think ‘Out of the Box’ to Find Answers

Although a lot of manufacturing is powered by advancements in technology that use a power cord, brainpower is an important resource as well. Jack Schron Jr., president of Jergens Inc., writes about the importance of this brainpower and thinking differently to solve problems in a Last Word column called “Gray Matter Matters.”

“Companies embracing thorough workforce development and collaboration with industry experts are routinely coming up with out-of-the-box solutions that many times overcome challenges that can limit or even stop manufacturing.”

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Grinding at the Micron Level

Most of us are familiar with sliding headstock machining used in Swiss-type turning. It’s a proven technology for producing parts that have length-to-diameter ratios that can’t be machined any other way.

This article, “Manufacturing Efficiently at a Micron Level,” looks at how Glebar Co. has applied sliding headstock to its grinding machine and has employed centerless grinding principles to achieve high accuracy and complex geometries to production of very small diameter workpieces.

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Toyoda Americas and Tungaloy, the carbide tooling manufacturer, have partnered together to host a lunch learning seminar looking at and demonstrating machining high temperature materials. Titled Accelerated Machining of Precipitation Hardened Stainless Steel, the lunch will be held at the JTEKT Toyoda Americas headquarters located at 316 W. University Ave. Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004 on Thursday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tungaloy will use Toyoda’s FANUC 31i controlled high-speed FH630SX-I 8,000-rpm horizontal machining center to present tool design and technology for high feed milling, shoulder milling and drilling for high temp alloys. The machine has dual drive motors and is fit with a dual cylindrical roller bearing spindle design, dual angular contact thrust bearings, and 30-m/min. (2,360-ipm) rapid feed rates in all axes to support cuts in the hardest materials.  

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MachineMetrics Wins IoT Breakthrough Award

MachineMetrics has been selected as winner of the 2018 Smart Manufacturing Solution of the Year award from IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market today.

“The benefits of digital disruption that Internet of Things technology implementations deliver are perhaps the most promising in the industrial and manufacturing space,” says James Johnson, managing director, IoT Breakthrough. “MachineMetrics stood out in the Industrial IoT category with a compelling smart manufacturing solution that delivers tangible results in significant productivity increases. We congratulate MachineMetrics on their growth and progress in 2017, and we look forward to seeing continued progress throughout 2018. We are thrilled to recognize MachineMetrics as a 2018 IoT Breakthrough Award winner.”

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