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Made in Elk Grove Expo is Next Week

The municipality-hosted trade show is October 12. One highlight is a matchmaking session introducing small manufacturers to potential OEM customers.

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Featured Articles


When One? When Two?

East Branch Engineering often uses live-tool turning centers to complete complex parts in one setup. However, it also leverages a flexible and reconfigurable “mini-cell” strategy to enable a single operator to tend two machines at once, essentially gaining “free” machining time by overlapping operations.

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ZONE: Titanium

A Practical Approach to Milling Titanium

When the right cutting tool, toolholder, cutter paths and machining parameters are applied intelligently, a shop may have more capability to mill titanium effectively than it recognizes.


Shop Management Software Benefits Small-, Medium-Size Companies

Elite Manufacturing was unknowingly overpricing its bids until the company purchased an ERP software program. Since its installation, the company has seen increased profitability as well as growth.

Metalworking Business Index

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August MBI Index at 43.3 – Lowest Index since July 2009

With a reading of 43.3, Gardner’s Metalworking Business Index showed that the industry contracted in August for the fifth month in a row to its lowest level since July 2009, when the index was 36.5.

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