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Precision Machining in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is the largest market for precision machined parts. See how shops are handling the large volumes, tight process control and high quality this industry requires.

Grinding

Using Grinding Instead of Turning in Series Production

By grinding the entire workpiece contour in a single operation, the Grindstar can produce large batch sizes economically, making it an alternative to turning for the automotive industry.

Automotive Industry Growth is Unpredictable

The industry has exceeded the expectations of many experts from as recently as the end of 2017.

Swiss-Types

Advances in Swiss-Type Technology

R&D efforts in recent years have led to higher efficiencies, increased agility and expanded capabilities for shops performing Swiss-type turning.

Swiss-Types

Filling Bins While the Building is Empty

Over the past decade, technology has advanced to the point that lights-out machining is more seamless than ever before, with built-in safety systems and even the ability to switch from one part to another in the middle of the night.

Horizontal & Vertical Lathes

Adding Value, Reducing Cost with Inverted Vertical Turning Centers

Inverted vertical turning centers find a home in an automotive stamping house.

Survey Shows Positive Outlook on North American Manufacturing

MFG.com recently released the results of its MFGWatch survey targeting 8,840 sourcing professionals throughout North America. The results indicate that 2013 is going to be a year of growth.

Cutting Tools

Tooling up for Micromachining

Choosing the right tools and matching them to the correct operations and process techniques for micromachining applications is critical to success in this burgeoning market.

Grinding

Single Pass Honing System with Automatic Tool Wear Compensation

Single pass honing, also referred to as diamond bore sizing, is a good way to produce parts economically when the bore is small or has thin-walled members that need to be honed.

Attaining Ten-Millionths Bore Accuracy

Conventional honing has been continuously improved and automated, now allowing boring accuracies to be measured in millionths.

Cutting Tools

From Virtual To Reality

 This article tells how a shop used infomation available on the Web to solve a tough production problem on its shop floor.

Grinding

A 'HOLE' New Ballgame With Multi-Spindle Honing Systems

Automating the honing process is key to high-volume precision bore production with sub-micron accuracy.

Ensuring Zero-Defect Bores

 Here’s how one shop makes certain that every bore meets specs for customers who believe one bad part in a million is one too many.

For Plateau Honing, Consider Ball Style

The ball-style hone is a specialized abrasive tool that is instantly recognizable by its unique appearance. For engineers in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and machining industries, this application-engineered hone, characterized by the small, abrasive globules that are permanently mounted to flexible filaments, is a flexible, low-cost tool for sophisticated surfacing, deburring and edge blending.

Cutting Tools

Chip Control Solution Provides Increase In Tool Life

Replacing the traditional ISO-style inserts with a reaming system solved a chip buildup problem in bore finishing of injector bodies.

Bore Finishing Machine Increases Uptime

Tight tolerances are extremely important in gear manufacturing, and even more so when those gears are used in performance motorcycle transmissions. The ability to manufacture as competitively as possible is also a critical factor to consider.

Transfer Machines

Montioring Tools On A Rotary Transfer Machine

For this precision machining firm, tool monitoring is extending tool life, improving machine uptime and reducing cycle times.

Transfer Machines

Rotary Transfer Machines Help Shop Make Transition

Camcraft Precision Machined Components purchased two rotary transfer machines from Hydromat Inc. after winning a bid on an automotive plunger.