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Machine Controls: Articles

Improving Lead Time and Reducing Costs at Norwood

To meet market demand for faster delivery of larger and stiffer rotor shafts, the huge WFL M80 mill-turn at Siemens Norwood has a turning, boring and milling unit arm that can perform 20 distinct CNC operations across five axes.

Creating an App to Simplify CNC Operator Processes

Because the fully open OSP control from Okuma allows for complete customization, Moser Engineering was empowered to innovate an app on their own.

Ready for the Rebound

In the ultra-competitive oil and gas industry, this equipment provider weathers all business climates by minimizing waste and optimizing operations with cloud-based shop floor management software that seamlessly connects and monitors all of their manufacturing assets.

More About Automating the Shop Floor

Another look at how the Smart Factory connects and integrates real-time information, advanced technology and human ingenuity in the application of manufacturing intelligence to every aspect of the business. Welcome to competition in the Internet of Things.

Managing the Perfect Storm

As automation and IT enter more prominently into plant operations, the education that the manufacturing segment of our society provides for our current and future workforce will impact the viability of industry in America for generations to come.


Machine Controls: Industry News

Heidenhain Hires New Business Development Manager

Gisbert Ledvon is their new TNC business development manager in North America.

Heidenhain Names New President/Managing Director

David Doyle now has full responsibility for their operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Texas Instruments Collaborates with Heidenhain on SoC

Their new System-on-Chip industrial drive control will be a first for robotics, CNCs, material conveyance and other manufacturing applications.


Machine Controls: Products

How to Increase Productivity, OEE, and Profits Without Buying New Machines

Software and hardware systems from Shop Floor Automations can help shops increase productivity, OEE, and profits without buying new machines or downsizing their workforce in order to afford upgrades.

Multi-Touch Operator Panels for Mid-Range and High-End CNC Machining Applications

Next generation Sinumerik blackline panels for the Sinumerik 840D sl control system from Siemens can be used as an operating and programming station for job shop production, aerospace composite machining, power generation, medical part manufacturing, tool- and mold-making and rotary indexing machines.

CNC Hardware for High-End Machine Tools

Version 4.7 of Sinumerik Operate software from Siemens shortens program runtimes and simulates faster with quicker overall operation using more powerful CPUs and 15 in and 19 in “Blackline” panels in widescreen format for the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC.

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