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How Diligent Are You About Toolholder, Spindle Cleanliness?

By: Derek Korn

Big Kaiser offers insights in how to best clean and maintain cutting tool assemblies to ensure CNC machine tools operate at optimum performance.

Measurement

Gaging’s Value for Effective Unattended CNC Machining

By: Derek Korn

Process control is a bigger deal for high-volume CNC machining operations to eliminate scads of scrap/rework because a problem was not identified early on.

Automation

Benefits of Renting or Leasing an Industrial Robot

By: Lori Beckman

Choosing a robot rental or leasing plan might be a wise business decision compared with purchasing a robot outright.
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Turning Machines

Helpful, Free CAD Model for Those Who Machine DOM Tubing

By: Derek Korn

This machine shop 3D prints a plastic plug that it inserts into the end of tubing to prevent chips and coolant from entering the lathe's bar feeder. It offers a free CAD model of it for other shops machining that material.
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Webinar: New Cleaning Methods for Alternative Manufacturing Processes

By: Lori Beckman

Tyler Wheeler, product line manager at Ecoclean Group, covered the current manufacturing trends and how cleaning technologies are evolving to keep up with the cleaning demands of these trends.

Index Contracts in September After a Promising August

By: Michael Guckes

All components report lower readings after August expansion.
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Multitasking Machining Equipment: Now the New Normal

By: Derek Korn

Equipment that can turn, mill and more is quickly becoming the standard in metalworking technology. These machines can produce increasingly complex parts in a single setup yet are easier operate than ever before.

Swiss-Types Offer Advantages Beyond Watchmaking

By: Derek Korn

CNC sliding headstock lathes are becoming more popular among traditional machine shops for their multitasking capabilities, some offering B-axis milling spindles.

Turn-Mills: Being About the B-Axis

By: Derek Korn

With the addition of powerful B-axis milling spindles and automatic toolchangers, turn-mills combine the best of milling and turning worlds.

Cutting Tools

Faster Centerline Setups for Anti-Vibration Boring Bars

By: Derek Korn

A serrated, magnetic device has been developed to speed centerline adjustment for Iscar’s Whisperline vibration-damping boring bars.

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"Speaking of Precision" is a podcast from Industry expert Miles Free III, in which he talks about precision machining. All episodes may be found on major platforms.
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Beware of False Unemployment Claims Filed with Your Information

By: Carli Kistler-Miller

False unemployment claims are a reality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a quick reference as to what to look for and how to handle it if a false unemployment claim is filed with your name. 
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