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Home / Issues / September 2013

September 2013

Standing on the Edge

The evolving merger of it and manufacturing is pushing shop activities ever closer to the threshold of a new industrial revolution that will reshape the future, not only of the metalworking business, but of all manufacturing as we know it.

The evolving merger of it and manufacturing is pushing shop activities ever...

High-Speed Cutting in a Single Look

With Video

Here’s how having all of the motion control elements on a single screen helps tool and moldmakers to master their craft more accurately and efficiently and increase their profitability.

Here's how having all of the motion control elements on a single...

Selecting the Proper Size Welding Cables

Here is the best way to use reference charts for ordering the correct sizes of welding cable for the shop, along with some basic guidelines to follow.

Here is the best way to use reference charts for ordering the...

Advanced Control Improves Tube and Bar Fabrication

An advanced, application-specific CNC system from NUM helped machine tool manufacturer Sinico create a fully automated 9-axis rotary transfer cut-off and end-finishing machine for producing volume batches of parts from metal bars and tubes. The high speed of the CNC system drives multi-axis motion control for fast changeovers.

An advanced, application-specific CNC system from NUM helped machine tool manufacturer Sinico...

Why Shops Lean on Turret Punch Presses

With Video

Before investing in that next machine, take a moment to review some of these lean manufacturing aspects of the latest turret press technology to make sure you are getting the best value and strongest competitive advantage for your money.

Before investing in that next machine, take a moment to review some...

The Umbilical Cord of CNC Plasma Tables

With Video

The igus 240 series Energy Chain is central to making plasma tables from Arclight function as they should by effectively guiding and protecting machine cables for overall optimal system performance.

The igus 240 series Energy Chain is central to making plasma tables...

Application-Oriented Laser Melting

The automatic sieving station continuously safeguards the powder quality and thus the component quality too.

The automatic sieving station continuously safeguards the powder quality and thus the...

Rotating-Head Bending Replaces Hydraulic Benders

This novel tube bender has boosted productivity by an eye-opening 500 percent for this Midwest tubular part fabricator.

This novel tube bender has boosted productivity by an eye-opening 500 percent...

Cutting Organ Pipes Is a Different Matter

With Video

The art of classic organ building has merged with the highest level with modern CNC techniques as German manufacturer August Laukhuff relies on a five-axis milling center from Spinner equipped with a Sinumerik 840D sl control from Siemens for small-series production.

The art of classic organ building has merged with the highest level...

He Who Brakes, Wins

With Video

To be able to produce 40,000 brakes a month and maintain consistent quality, Precima invested in four advanced vertical pick-up turning machine tools from EMAG to produce housings for brakes used primarily in wind turbines.

To be able to produce 40,000 brakes a month and maintain consistent...

The Next Step in Higher Speed Machining

With Video

The new version of the MA-600HII horizontal machining center from Okuma achieves everything from highly accurate, steady machining of mass production to long, continuous die/mold applications. From heavy-duty cutting to fine, precision work, this HMC is available with a variety of spindles to offer performance to suit a multitude of manufacturing requirements.

The new version of the MA-600HII horizontal machining center from Okuma achieves...

High Performance Milling for Complex Aerospace Parts

With Video

One school of thought believes that high performance milling is a substitute for high speed milling, but the Mikron HPM 1350U features five-axis machining that argues why this may not be the case.

One school of thought believes that high performance milling is a substitute...

A Hole New Game: Precision EDM Holemaking Goes Smaller, Deeper and Faster

While hole-popper systems are quite capable of generating very small accurate holes with good surface quality, advanced EDM drilling systems dramatically increase a shop’s capability to consistently produce tiny holes that are even more accurate and with higher quality.

While hole-popper systems are quite capable of generating very small accurate holes...

Standing on the Edge

The evolving merger of it and manufacturing is pushing shop activities ever closer to the threshold of a new industrial revolution that will reshape the future, not only of the metalworking business, but of all manufacturing as we know it.

The evolving merger of it and manufacturing is pushing shop activities ever...

High-Speed Cutting in a Single Look

With Video

Here’s how having all of the motion control elements on a single screen helps tool and moldmakers to master their craft more accurately and efficiently and increase their profitability.

Here's how having all of the motion control elements on a single...

What You Should Know About Shielding Gas

Knowing how to select the appropriate shielding gas for the application can go far in helping obtain the desired welding performance and minimizing the downtime for rework caused by poor weld quality. Here are some of the basics of what you should know about shielding gases.

Knowing how to select the appropriate shielding gas for the application can...

Factors for Selecting the Right Stick Electrode

With Video

The stick electrode used in an application can have a significant impact on the quality of the final weld. Consideration of these factors is a good start to overcoming the challenge of selecting the correct stick electrode for a particular job.

The stick electrode used in an application can have a significant impact...

Automation for the Small Job Shop: Why and What to Do with It

With Video

In part one of this three-part series, we examine how the simplicity, easy training and quick startup of new plug-and-play robotic cells – some for as little as $35,000 – can help even the smallest shops overcome labor shortages and become more competitive.

In part one of this three-part series, we examine how the simplicity,...

Selecting the Proper Size Welding Cables

Here is the best way to use reference charts for ordering the correct sizes of welding cable for the shop, along with some basic guidelines to follow.

Here is the best way to use reference charts for ordering the...

Design for Laser Joining

With Video

Here are a few basic principles to consider when redesigning components and assemblies for the new capabilities afforded by laser welding.

Here are a few basic principles to consider when redesigning components and...

Retrofitting for Success

Retrofitter Doug Huber says having Siemens as a new CNC technology partner has made a difference for Major Tool & Machine, but it’s also been an evolutionary uplift for his own retrofitting company.

Retrofitter Doug Huber says having Siemens as a new CNC technology partner...

Your Mother Doesn’t Work Here: Why Housekeeping Matters

The dangers of poor housekeeping are real. It saps productivity, morale and operating efficiency, yet goes largely ignored. When every competitive dollar counts, it’s puzzling that more shops don’t make a concerted effort to address a problem that is so easy to fix.

The dangers of poor housekeeping are real. It saps productivity, morale and...

Tooling Déjà Vu for Oilfield Instrument Maker

Matherne Instrumentation found that using M706 Series Omega end mills with a more productive tool path cut their tool use per part from 5 to 1.

Matherne Instrumentation found that using M706 Series Omega end mills with a...

Revolutionary Design Reinvents Machine Tool Vise Jaws

With Video

Developed to enable aggressive 5-axis machining of high-value medical and aerospace parts in single setup, SinterGrip can clamp on as little as 2 mm of surface.

Developed to enable aggressive 5-axis machining of high-value medical and aerospace parts...

Emerging Trends in Nondestructive Testing

With Video

This review of some new products shows how advanced technologies are bringing flexibility and a wider range of applications to NDT inspection booths, pre-inspections and screening applications used in shops.

This review of some new products shows how advanced technologies are bringing...
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