VIDEOS

Turn-Mills

Custom Tooling, Workholding Help Whip Rotors Into Shape

Whipple Superchargers uses unique form tools and dead-length-collet workholding for its B-axis turn-mill enabling it to create more accurate rotors for its brand of engine power-adders.

Horizontal & Vertical Lathes

Laser Technology "Turns" into a Turning Tool

This new technology uses a laser to act as a cutting tool to "turn" parts from solid barstock. This high-speed precision turning machine is especially useful for micromachining, enabling high accuracy for small, complex parts that are often delicate and difficult to machine when implementing conventional turning processes.
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Single & Multi-Spindles

Video: Machine Shop President Explains Advantages of Tool Presetters

When contract shop MetalQuest purchased its first multi-spindle, it also purchased a dedicated tool presetter for the machine. Learn why the company president feels shops of all sizes can benefit from measuring tools offline.

Swiss-Types

Low Frequency Vibration Increases Job Shop’s Productivity

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.

Parts Cleaning

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

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.  

Horizontal & Vertical Lathes

Optimize Minimum Quantity Lubrication Control Through a CNC Program

Minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) on a lathe offers many benefits when implemented properly. MQL becomes more of an asset when lubricant and air delivery can be controlled from a CNC program.
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Video: Adopting Continuous Improvement as Company Culture

Continuous improvement is an ongoing investment into identifying opportunities for boosting efficiency and reducing waste. This article shares advice from machine shop managers to other machine shop managers about continuous improvement plans that have worked for their companies and the benefits they are enjoying as the fruits of their labor.
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CNC Deburring and Chamfering Make a Difference

Manual deburring or chamfering of machined parts can be arduous and results can vary. A dedicated, 11-axis CNC process with complaint technology offers a faster, more repeatable and automated alternative.

Aerospace

Automated Cleaning System Improves Productivity

This rotary basket washer drastically reduced the number of operators tending to the cleaning process as well as removed the bottleneck from that station.

Machining Centers & Milling Machines

Carving Out a Niche in CNC Plastics Machining

This Vermont shop focuses solely on machining plastics — some filled with abrasive glass — for a range of industries. That makes it stand apart from others, but means it also faces challenges that metal machining shops often don’t encounter.