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Alan Miller

Alan Miller is precision engineering manager and product manager for Big Kaiser Precision Tooling. Email alan.miller@us.bigkaiser.com.

Articles by Alan Miller

Six Factors in Selecting Hydraulic or Shrink-Fit Holders

Shrink-fit and hydraulic holders are both useful in low clearance, tight work envelopes found in moldmaking and multi-axis machining applications. When deciding which one to use, their differences will guide your choice. Here are some of the fundamental contrasts to help you decide which holder type is best for your work.

How to Bridge the Gap Between Design and Production

Keeping pace with modern manufacturing demands often means bridging the gap between design and production. While challenging at times, it doesn’t necessarily require capital investment. Creative and resourceful applications of tooling and accessories, such as angle heads, can get complex parts out the door without design edits snowballing to the point of loss

Time to Reconsider Holding Taps with Collet Chucks

The next time you think about setting up a tapping operation with a collet chuck the same old way you always have, you may want to think again. There are now tap holders designed specifically to mitigate the load imposed on the tap by essentially absorbing synchronization error.

Take Care of Tool Holders, Prevent Cycle Disruption

There are three particularly sensitive areas of the tool holder assembly that can experience process-affecting wear and tear and cause a cycle to change. By identifying and addressing issues early in these areas, you can prevent small tool holding imperfections from turning into bigger problems.

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