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Turning Machines

Low Frequency Vibration Increases Job Shop’s Productivity

By: Lori Beckman

With the ability to machine difficult materials more efficiently while improving surface finish, this job shop is reaping the benefits of its Swiss-type lathes that incorporate low frequency vibration.

Digital Twin Makes CNC Programming Easier

By: Lori Beckman

A digital twin helps to reduce or eliminate any surprises that may occur during the machining process. 

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.

Swiss-Types

Advancements in Thread Whirling Tooling Technology

By: Scott Laprade

Many understand the advantages of thread whirling on a CNC Swiss-type. However, new tooling technology for this thread-machining process can further improve cycle times and reduce cost per part.

Benchmark Your Machining Business

By: Derek Korn

By taking the Top Shops benchmarking survey, you can see how your operation’s metrics and practices — both in the front office and shop floor — compare to leading U.S. machining businesses.
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6 Trends in Production Turning

By: Derek Korn

Production shops are increasingly relying on technology and innovation to enhance competitiveness and deal with the scarcity of skilled workers. Here are six of the most most important ways they are going about it.

Avoiding Webinar Disasters

By: Matthew Kirchner

Putting together a successful webinar requires a little preparation and know-how. Here are some tips.
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Automation

Cobot Fleet Addresses Labor Shortage

By: Joe Campbell, Senior Manager of Applications Development, Universal Robots

An Ohio manufacturer deployed nine collaborative robots to improve and optimize the work environment, automating hard-to-staff tasks such as machine tending, assembly and product inspection.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing — Profitability GPS

By: Miles Free

What data drives your shop? Here’s an unexpected look at the kinds of data that you ought to be using to make your shop the most competitive and sustainable that it can. Spoiler alert — no new sensors or IT technologies are required to get the payback from these data tools.
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Parts Cleaning

VIDEO: Vapor Degreasing Process Uses TCE Replacement to Eliminate Hazardous Waste

By: Lori Beckman

A solid relationship with a solvent manufacturer has aided Electro-Spec Inc. with the implementation of a trichloroethylene replacement material in its vacuum degreasing unit to clean a customer’s micromachined parts more efficiently.  

Precision Machining Extends Upward Advance Moving into New Year

By: Michael Guckes

Rising new orders by constrained production lifts backlog reading to 18-month high
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Tooling

Precision Machining Technology Review: Cutting Tool Technology

By: Angela Osborne

Production Machining showcases some of the latest cutting tool technology from Horn, Heimatec, Big Kaiser, Tungaloy and Inovatools.