An illustration summarizes the work, compensation and opportunities in this field. Those opportunities sometimes involve travel and increasingly involve automation.
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Machine operators have long dreamt of a process monitoring system that detects tool wear, and potentially catastrophic conditions and automatically compensates for changes in tool geometry after resharpening. Now that dream is a reality.
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A manufacturer that is distinctive for its attention to in-cycle machining productivity describes its efforts to obtain efficiency improvements outside of the machining cycle. The shop’s primary tool is a simple, daily, graphical recap that illustrates when each machine tool was and was not making parts.
Sodick's AG60L sinker EDM and an Erowa Robot Compact helped Ford Tool and Machining LLC cut lead time in half when it needed to reduce downtime and increase repeatability.
A Hydromat open house event demonstrates the degree to which rotary transfer machines can be tailored to specific high-volume applications.
Industry continues its slow upward trend.