#BASICS

5 Tips for Making Safety Part of Your Machine Shop Culture

These tips will help machine shop managers create a safety culture as well as manage and sustain it.

Deal Differently with Certainty, Risk and Uncertainty

Let's take a look at the differences between certainty, risk and uncertainty, examples of each, and how we make decisions when faced with these situations. 

Micro-Drilling: 9 Questions to Answer Before Beginning

Applications for micromachining continue to grow. Successful machining with small tools calls for a different set of process skills on the shop floor.

Reducing Variation: The Only Way to Reduce Cost

Hidden variation in production is what increases costs in manufacturing. Here are four tips for reducing variability.

Cutting Tools

Tools and Technologies for Deep Hole Drilling

Understanding the challenges of deep hole drilling and knowing how to select and apply the appropriate tools will help a shop profit from this operation.

Workholding

Collets Vs. Chucks

Find the definition, types and advantages of both CNC collets and chucks for workholding as well as the best applications for each, in this article.

Predicting Size Change from Heat Treatment

While a precise forecast of a steel part’s size change during heat treating cannot be expected, by considering potential factors, a heat treater can provide a reasonable estimate that can help the shop prepare for final machining operations.

7 Causes of Quench Cracking in Steel

Failures of steel parts in service or production occur infrequently. However, when steel parts fail, the consequences are dire. Here are seven ways that steel can fail as a result of quench cracking from heat treatment.

4 Reasons Work Instructions are Useful

What is the definition of work instructions? Work instructions are created to guide workers in four key quality areas: training, reference, problem solving and continuous improvement. Use these four reasons to write useful work instructions.

Making Stainless More Machinable

This article gives tips on how to further the enhancement of stainless steel machinability. 

Important Machining Factors of Carbon Steels

Learn the factors that contribute to carbon steels and their machinabililty as well as the 1214 steels, 1215 steels and 1018 steels, other grades, and more.  

Bar Feeders

Bar Feeder Basics

Some primary factors are often overlooked when considering how to justify the implementation of a bar feeder for turning operations.