The rocking, rotational nozzle movement performed by vector kinematics spray cleaning technology combined with temperature and cleaning additives provides an effective, fast and economical parts cleaning process.
Senior Editor, Production Machining
Learn the difference between skidded and skidless profilometers that can be used to measure the surface roughness of machined parts.
Thermal dynamics is important for assisting in the cleaning of a part. Adding heat or energy influences the cleaning process through its impact on chemistry, the water within the washer and its effect on drying.
This high-speed metrology and inspection system is said to process complex geometries faster than traditional inspection methods.
Adhesive cured by ultraviolet light is an option for securing parts for machining that could otherwise distort when traditional, mechanical clamping techniques are used.
This automated parts carousel not only catches and collects parts from a machine but also sorts the parts in bins attached to a rotating table.
These examples reveal how a data collection system has minimized machine tool downtime and costs while simultaneously offering valuable insights into a shop’s processes.
Senior Editor, Production Machining
This network connects service requesters to service providers and can be a fast way for a machine shop of any size to quickly compare estimates.
Choosing a robot rental or leasing plan might be a wise business decision compared with purchasing a robot outright.
The versatility of the Inspection Arsenal and Laser Arsenal modular fixture plate systems enables fixturing to be built on the individual grid plates. The plates can be easily removed from the magnetic docking rail when not needed.
This inverted vertical turning machine can perform hard turning and grinding of chucked components such as gears while loading and unloading material and completed parts itself.
How does reaming compare to single-point boring? A supplier of reaming tools compares these processes commonly used to finish bores and offers tips for those considering reaming.
New tooling that includes a precision robotic caliper extends the applicability of collaborative robots to perform sorting and measuring small parts.
The EcoCvelox modular machine provides a combination of high-pressure waterjet deburring and low-pressure parts cleaning processes.
Parts Cleaning Editor, Production Machining and Products Finishing
Learning how to choose the proper disinfectant for surfaces throughout your shop and then using it as directed are keys to stopping the spread of viruses such as the novel coronavirus.
Some software capabilities go underutilized. One machine tool builder’s CNC software includes lesser-known apps that shops can leverage to their advantage.
High-pressure coolant that is efficiently applied to a cutting tool will enable faster, more precise cuts; prevent oxidation of the tooling and workpieces; and prolong the life of a cutting tool.
New feed-rate-optimization technology can enable CAM programmers to reduce cycle times and increase tool life for milling and turning operations.
A programmable pointing and material handling system used on electrochemical grinding machines can accommodate a range of needle point designs while eliminating a variety of pre- and post-process operations.
As humans and robots begin to work closer together, grippers that have the flexibility of the human hand will be more in demand.
Associate Editor, Modern Machine Shop
LPW Reinigungssysteme GmbH has developed PowerJet, a modular cleaning system that offers the safe, effective cleaning of any part using only water and the cyclic nucleation process (CNp).
Industry 4.0 is bringing sweeping changes to manufacturing and IIoT is one of its enabling technologies. Early adopters are reaping the benefits.
A car manufacturer struggled with a complex and unreliable deburring process for its crank case production line until it was introduced to a tool designed specifically for cross-bore deburring.
Lights-out manufacturing has the potential to save money while increasing capacity, but shops need the right equipment and to address potential challenges before implementing it.
High School Precision Machining Programs are Developing with Industry Support, and other Workforce Development News
ProShop USA is donating ERP software to the student-run Eagle Manufacturing business at Brown County High School in Indiana; Gateway Technical College celebrates expansion of Industry 4.0 center; Lakeview Precision Machining Inc. hosted 16 students from South Elgin High School in Illinois, on a tour of its facility; and finally, the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program formally welcomes its first nine students into the two-year program.
Manufacturers that purchase the right machines and cutting tools from the start save valuable time and maximize return on investment.