View PM’s February 2019 Digital Edition
The February issue of Production Machining includes emphasis topics of EDM and Parts Cleaning with Medical special coverage. Check out the Digital Issue here!
Production Machining’s February Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of EDM and Parts Cleaning, with special coverage of Medical. For the cover story we visit a shop specializing in small hole making, learning how they select from drilling and EDM for the production of micro-holes, 0.001 inch in diameter or smaller. For our Cleaning coverage, we interview PMTS parts cleaning exhibitors for a preview of what products they will be displaying at the show and what trends they are seeing in the industry.
In our Special Coverage section, we follow a medical device manufacturer that needed to reduce the cost and lead time for a vital surgical device, turning to coolant-free Swiss machining to automate and streamline its processes.
Our Tech Brief this month looks at a fluid reclamation system that features a live bottom unit and a chip blower, reducing chip contact with expensive components while increasing dryness and recovering even more cutting fluid. This month’s Case in Point is about a company that implemented a new inspection system to increase throughput by 75 percent to better meet a customer’s tight lead time demands.
Finally, the Last Word column provides a look at the changes happening in medical device manufacturing and what suppliers in this industry must do to remain competitive.
Dan Walters' invention is a part washing machine that attaches directly to the machine tool while occupying about 10 square feet of floor space. The Wheelie Washer is a conveyor-like system that takes the parts through various chemicals and solutions, removing the oil from each part and drying them.
Protect parts against rust in an efficient and sustainable way.
Parts cleaning, like most metalworking processes, is experiencing ever tightening specifications. Shops must continuously evaluate whether to clean parts in-house or use a supplier. This article looks at current aqueous cleaning processes and suggests criteria for the make or buy decision.