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Automation

Four Questions About Cobot Integration

By: Lori Beckman

Many shops appreciate that cobots are easy to program and enable collaborative operation, but there might still be questions about how to install them.
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Software

Adding ERP? Set up a Test Environment Before Going Live

By: Derek Korn

Are you planning to add an ERP solution or switch to a new platform for your CNC machine shop? Setting up a test environment enables your employees to learn and train for the new software and can help ensure success. Here are five reasons why that is.

Measurement

Precision Machining Technology Review: Measurement

By: Angela Osborne

Production Machining’s April Showcase includes Big Kaiser, L.S. Starrett, LK Metrology, Vison Engineering, Verisurf Software and Carl Zeiss Microscopy names.

Automotive

Understanding – and Machining – Ultra-Clean Steel

By: Contributed by Thomas Björk, Ph.D.

Using the strongest steel available to create critical automotive powertrain components is necessary and in demand. Understanding how to properly machine ultra-clean steel and executing these techniques will enable cost-efficient and consistent part production. 

Register for 2021 Parts Cleaning Conference Now!

By: Lori Beckman

See this year’s agenda, register, and learn more about the conference at partscleaningevent.com.

Machines

Does a Scanning Probe Make Sense on a Swiss-Type?

By: Derek Korn

Swiss-types have limited tooling capacity, but there can be advantages to giving up some of that capacity to take advantage of a touch probe — in fact, a scanning probe — to enable in-process part measurements.
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Production Machining’s April 2021 News Highlights

By: Angela Osborne

Industry edges its way back to near normal with the in-person Deburring Expo planned for Oct. 12-14, 2021, in Karlsruhe, Germany. Other news includes Zeiss’ Facility Engineering Award, Seco Tools’ virtual showcase for precision medical manufacturing, FANUC’s online cobot training and more.

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.

CAD/CAM

Swiss Shop Chooses CAM Over Hand Programming

By: Lori Beckman

This shop’s manual (by hand) CNC programming was slowing it down until it discovered a CAM software for Swiss-type lathes. 

Automotive

Custom Tooling, Workholding Help Whip Rotors Into Shape

By: Derek Korn

Whipple Superchargers uses unique form tools and dead-length-collet workholding for its B-axis turn-mill enabling it to create more accurate rotors for its brand of engine power-adders.

The ESOP Alternative for Retiring Machine Shop Owners

By: Derek Korn

An employee stock ownership plan is worth considering for retiring shop owners in which handing their companies to their children doesn’t make sense.
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Leadership Strategies for the Worst of Times

By: Todd Palmer

When times are tough, the frequency and forms of communication we use can make a big difference in the effectiveness of our communications.
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