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Making the Connection

Wed, May 21, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
There are many options to choose from when purchasing a new machine, and sometimes selecting the right spindle and tool holder system is treated as an afterthought. But soon into production, those two elements prove to be anything but secondary considerations. This presentation aims to teach the differences and characteristics between various standards, including CAT, BIG-PLUS®, HSK, and BIG Capto. Each standard uniquely effects machine performance, so this webinar will discuss impacts on dynamic stiffness, will teach how to make sense of stability lobe diagrams and will address natural frequency. We’ll also cover cost considerations and 5-axis HSK tooling. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Considerations for optimizing the tool to spindle interface • Identify the common industry standards of tool holders used in automatic tool change machines • Identify spindle differences by accuracy, rigidity, damping, and dynamic stiffness • Compare costs between small and large taper spindle systems • Understand significance of the BIG-PLUS® spindle system

Will it Clean Up? How to Make Sure a Casting is Machinable Before You Start Cutting.

Thu, May 29, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Does your shop machine castings or forgings? Wouldn’t it be great if you could be sure that the rough casting will clean up before you cut a single chip? In this webinar, we will demonstrate a pre-machining technique using a 3D laser scanner on a portable measuring arm. Scanning incoming castings allows you to set up the machine tool for a successful cut so that you don’t waste precious machine time on castings that are set up wrong, or worse, try to machine castings that could never meet spec no matter how they were set up. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • How to use a 3D scanner on rough castings • How to adjust your setups to accommodate high or low material conditions • How to align the scan of the rough casting with the CAD model of the finished part


Using Tombstone Management to Increase Your Productivity

This webinar will explain the basics of Tombstone Management, demonstrating how this technology increases productivity. It will show how to go from programming a single part to the creation a multi-part program for a fully loaded Tombstone style fixture, ready for volume production. The webinar will also address changes in machining strategy, creation of stock and fixtures, and using simulation to verify toolpath created by the part program, eliminating costly errors at the physical machine. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • The goal of using Tombstone Management System (TMS) • Typical machines that benefit from TMS • TMS workflow • Benefits of using TMS and Machine Simulation

FANUC 5-Axis Machining 101

If you are just getting started with 5-axis machining or even just exploring the idea of it for the future, it can be a daunting task at first to tackle on your own. Having an expert guide you in the right direction and warn you about common errors will make the process easier and more efficient. Setting up the features for your application can make a big difference in the outcome of your process. This webinar will help get you started by telling you what you need in option content, parameter content and programming instructions to enable FANUC’s High Speed Smooth TCP, Workpiece Setting Error Compensation, Tilted Working Plane and AiCC functions to perform effectively.

Industrial Robots for Machine Tending—Increased Production, Added Flexibility

The webinar will show how automation and industrial robots can add substantial value to a variety of machine tending applications, presenting in detail how today’s modern industries can surpass the competition by improving efficiency, productivity and flexibility with robotic machine tending. The webinar will also include an introduction of ABB’s new Machine Tending PowerPac software that makes the programming of machine tending robots easier, faster, and more flexible than ever before. The key markets targeted in this webinar are the automotive OEMs and Tier1 suppliers, machine tool, foundry, forging, and the plastic injection molding industries.

Time to market is the key to beating the competition - learn how your company can jump ahead of the competition with the latest technology.

Wouldn’t it be nice if: 1. You could capture the best practices of your best programmers and machinist and apply these standard processes to ensure process quality, so that no matter who in your team creates the CNC program, they use tried and proven processes? 2. Your software could identify the features on a part that need to be machined and identify any machining related problems ahead of time? 3. You could say, with a high degree of confidence, that your machining processes were some of the most efficient in the industry Join us to understand how the latest in technology can help you address some of the challenges today’s machine shops face. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): Ability to identify machinability issues in design ahead of time and prevent surprised in what you achieve and what you estimate Ensure that your machining processes are standardized and you are able to intelligently re-use the knowledge of your best machinists even after they may no longer be with your team Take the full benefit of the ultra-high performance toolpaths to ensure the fastest machining times How these critical elements can be addressed using technology to be the best in time-to-market amongst your peers?


The success of manufacturing is determined by the effectiveness of operations. In your production process, cutting tools are the workhorses of any manufacturing project. There are many factors that influence the efficiency of cutting tools including feeds, speeds, material usage, and sharpness. From small machine shops to high tech applications, manufactures are faced with the challenge of dull cutting tools. This webinar addresses the causes of less than sharp tools and suggests methods for ensuring that dull tools do not bring your production to a halt. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Influencing factors on how cutting tools lose their sharpness • Solutions for keeping tools sharp

5-axis Technology: Does It Make Sense for Your Shop?

The advantages of 5-axis machining are can be significant, including both cost and time savings, with a direct impact to a shop’s bottom line. Certain parts with extremely complex shapes require full 5-axis motion in order to machine all required areas of the part, and other parts benefit from 5-axis positioning and can be machined in a single setup with greater accuracy and in less time. Multi-Task machines (MTM) can also make use of 5-axis machining in conjunction with conventional milling and turning operations. This webinar will demonstrate many of the advantages of 5-axis machining including various application examples and how participants can benefit from the use this technology. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Overview of 5-axis machining • Primary types of 5-axis machines • Benefits of 5-axis machining • Various applications for 5-axis machining • 5-axis programming techniques

Tips to Enhance Your NC Process

The goal for every shop is to get high quality products out the door – faster! You can play a part in making this happen by starting with your NC department. Join this free webinar and learn tips to improving your NC processes and how you can reduce programming times by 25% or more! Watch this webinar and you will see how: • Toolpath efficiency allows you to deliver tools faster • Optimized machining strategies ensure superior surface quality • You can achieve ultra high volume material removal with VoluMill • Accurate simulation guarantees error-free production • Tight CAD/CAM integration enables smooth transition from design to the shop floor

A live demonstration on unlocking the hidden productivity potential from your existing Design Tools, CNC Machines and Tooling.

Manufacturers today need to get the absolute maximum out of each and every aspect of their shop floor operations to stay profitable and competitive. Yet many are not fully aware of the productivity increases they can achieve, using their current tooling and equipment. Our webinar, featuring LIVE CNC cutting, covers practical techniques, using a new, unique manufacturing technology, that enables manufacturers to greatly increase their productivity and bottom line. This demonstration will showcase techniques for major increases in CNC Machine throughput, by drastically reducing cycle time, incredibly extending tool life, simplifying CNC programming techniques and automatically calculating Optimum Machining Parameters. Can you afford to miss the secrets of cutting costs and cycle times, machining harder materials while using far less cutting tools, to make more money from each and every job? Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): 1. The Toolpath secrets for achieving incredible Material Removal rates 2. How to use the entire cutting tool length to achieve maximum tool life 3. Welcome to the Cutting-Parameters Wizard - Optimum feeds and speeds for first part success 4. The benefits of using an integrated CAM solution in your current CAD

Easy CNC with SINUMERIK Operate: Part 3 — Commonality of programming between ShopMill, programGuide, CAD/CAM and ISO compatible mode

The third installment of this webinar series is intended to show a machine tool user how similar the functionality between creating programs in either ShopMill, G-code with programGuide mode, importing from a CAD/CAM system, or running programs previously created for an ISO-style control really is. We will take one example of a part and show it programmed in all four ways, and then run each of them in auto mode. Once completed, attendees will have an excellent understanding of what it takes to program and run a Siemens SINUMERIK CNC — from programs created both inside and outside of the control. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Program and simulate an example in ShopMill • Program and simulate an example in G-code with programGuide • Import, edit and simulate programs created in a CAD /CAM system • Import, edit and simulate programs created in a ISO-compatible CNC control

Why Cloud ERP Makes Sense for Small-sized Job Shops

For today's small-sized job shops , Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions can help to streamline and improve their business. However, they may not have the budget and staffing resources to maintain an on-premise solution. That’s why cloud-based ERP makes the most sense for these job shops. Cloud ERP can provide an array of benefits. Foremost is a reduction in costs. Operational benefits from Cloud ERP include everything from improved planning and scheduling to more accurate inventory control. Lastly, it fosters improved visibility, communication and collaboration across the organization. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): - Reduces IT and Operational Costs - Improve access to all information including job costing and planning and scheduling - Regain control of your Inventory - Promotes collaboration, standardization and visibility of data across the organization

Easy CNC with SINUMERIK Operate: Part 2 — ShopTurn setup and programming

This instructional webinar is part two of a three-part series and intended to step a novice user through the process of setting up a basic 2-axis turning machine. Once setup is complete, we will then create a part program through our ShopTurn programming option and verify its functionality within the built-in simulation. The final steps will then emulate the machine running in a virtual automatic mode. Once completed, attendees will have a good understanding of what it takes to program and run a 2-axis turning machine equipped with Siemens SINUMERIK CNC. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Manual moving of the machine tool in Jog Mode • Setting up a part zero and tool offsets in Jog Mode • Programming of a job in ShopTurn • Verifying the created part program through simulation

CNC Programming Made Easy with MANUAL GUIDE i Conversational Programming – Part 4: Advanced Turning & Milling Cycles, Contouring, Thread Milling and FAQs

Without particular knowledge of G-code programming, it is possible to generate part programs with user-friendly software for shop floor programming just by answering simple questions. FANUC’s MANUAL GUIDE i conversational programming is fast and efficient programming for milling, turning and mill-turn centers equipped with FANUC CNCs. The innovative programming enables development from a drawing to a production part in a very short time – producing highly efficient results even for complex parts. Parts 1 - 3 of this 4 Part webinar series on MANUAL GUIDE i reviewed the functionality and set-up as well as creating a basic turning & milling program. To view these webinars, please visit: Part 4 of this webinar series will focus on advanced turning & milling cycles, contouring, thread milling and FAQs on MANUAL GUIDE i. We’ll show you everything from selecting fixed forms, tool selection, cutting speeds and feed rates for various materials. In addition, we’ll walk you through the necessary soft key operations along with a detailed list of steps that make this webinar an ideal quick reference guide for advanced turning & milling cycles, contouring and thread milling with FANUC’s MANUAL GUIDE i.

Easy CNC with SINUMERIK Operate: Part 1 — ShopMill setup and programming

This instructional webinar is intended to step a novice user through the process of setting up a basic 3-axis milling machine. Once setup is complete, we will then create a part program through our ShopMill programming option and verify its functionality within the built-in simulation. The final steps will then emulate the machine running in a virtual automatic mode. Once completed, attendees will have a good understanding of what it takes to program and run a 3-axis milling machine with Siemens SINUMERIK CNC. Primary topics: • Manual moving of the machine tool in Jog Mode • Setting up a part zero and tool offsets in Jog Mode • Programming of a job in ShopMill • Verifying the created part program through simulation

How High Speed Machining Can Improve Your Bottom Line

In today’s competitive world of global manufacturing, it is becoming essential for manufacturers to rethink the role technology can play to increase machine through-put and efficiency. By examining the primary factors that support high-speed machining from a broader perspective, it becomes easier to see the impact that implementing changing technology can have on machine “up-time”, reductions in “downtime”, personnel and shop-floor overhead. This seminar shows how the implementation of several existing and proven CAM strategies, technologies and methodologies working in harmony can have a significant impact on a shops profitability and bottom line. The concepts of High Volume material removal, Plunge Roughing, 3- to 5-axis morph roughing and finishing and even something as simple as selecting the right application approach can all play a significant role in overhauling the efficiency of any shop. a. What is High-Speed Machining (HSM) b. Factors contributing to optimized High-Speed Machining c. Why HSM is important in today’s manufacturing environment d. What elements comprise HSM e. HSM Tools, Technologies and Methods f. HSM and Cost Reduction

Technology for Optimizing Your Turning Process

Optimizing your turning process can include increased material removal rate, improved surface finish and longer tool life. These benefits can be achieved if you minimize the kinetic friction between the cutting tool and the workpiece. Not only is tool life extended, but workpiece quality is also enhanced. ATI Stellram has developed new insert technologies that reduce friction and its costly byproducts. This webinar will explain how it’s possible to establish an effective turning process using material-specific NL grades that combine CVD coatings applied to superior geometry surfaces, for machining steels, stainless steels, cast irons and high temperature alloys. Primary topics: • The importance of reducing kinetic friction • The effect on surface finish, material removal and tool life • Why material specific grades are needed • Selecting the right grade for your application
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