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Programming Self-Loading Vertical Turning Centers

 

I remember seeing my first self-loading vertical turning center (VTC) at IMTS in the early 1980s. I thought then, and still do, that this configuration, employing the machine’s main spindle as a load/unload device, made all kinds of sense.

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Siemens Event Introduces New Products and Emerging Communications

 

Members of the management, sales and support team from Siemens Factory Automation recently gathered in San Antonio, Texas, with solution partners and end users from various market segments for four days of product presentations, emerging technology discussions, and a market trend outlook.

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Registering 60.4 for February, the Gardner Business Index: Precision Machining (PMI) finished another month of laudable growth. Compared with the same month one year ago, the index increased by more than 4 percent. Readings in February and March of 2017 marked the highest readings of their calendar year. Compared with the average 2017 reading, the latest figure is 8.2 percent higher. Gardner Intelligence’s review of the underlying data indicates that production, supplier deliveries, new orders and backlog all lifted the business index higher, while employment and exports pulled the index lower.  For a third month in a row, no components contracted as exports reported a reading of 50, indicating no change from the prior month.

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Small Workholding Changes Yield Big Results

 

Precision machining is a system of multiple variables that need to work in harmony to produce acceptable results. The higher the precision requirements, the more tightly the system must be in sync.

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