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Published: 1/4/2013

Vertical Turning Adds a Horizontal Ram
For American Vulkan, having both a vertical and a horizontal ram on a large VTL is a critical advantage. The added flexibility enables the company to finish some of its biggest coupling components in one setup to a level of precision and surface qua...

Published: 1/2/2013

The Stem Solution
A small shop committed to labor-saving automation added a nine-axis turning center to machine mountain bike stems. The value of this complex machine is that it delivers a simple process. The learning curve was worth it, the owners say.

Published: 12/27/2012

Running Remotely
Everybody talks about unattended machining operations and many have implemented it in varying degrees. Since day one, this Dayton, Ohio shop has never operated any other way.

Published: 10/18/2012

Probing for Quality
Committed employee owners are the foundation of this company’s achievements in high precision manufacturing.

Published: 10/11/2012

Making the Move to Multitasking
Implementing a done-in-one approach to production has to be managed carefully. This shop seems to have made all the right moves in what has turned out to be a truly transformative experience.

Published: 7/11/2012

Software Simplifies Turn-Mill Operations
An international player in the highly competitive aeronautics, automotive, defense and optical industries makes the most of software for multitasking program verification and optimization.

Published: 6/20/2012

The Upside of Vertical Turning
Vertical turning centers that use the main spindle to load and unload themselves are finding increasing acceptance as multitasking capabilities make them efficient processing centers for producing chucked parts.

Published: 6/20/2012

The Benefits of a B Axis
We know about the basic XYZ axes on a machine, but what about another axis called a B axis?

Published: 5/10/2012

Key Elements of the World’s Largest Inverted VTL
A number of noteworthy design elements enable this inverted vertical turret lathe to accurately and effectively machine very large components.

Published: 4/11/2012

Turning to an Alternative for Small, Complex Work
The QuickTech TT-42 from Absolute Machine Tools provides many of the same advantages as a Swiss-type lathe for small, complex parts that don’t justify the use of a guide bushing.