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Published: 10/14/2016

Filling Bins While the Building is Empty
Over the past decade, technology has advanced to the point that lights-out machining is more seamless than ever before, with built-in safety systems and even the ability to switch from one part to another in the middle of the night.

Published: 6/1/2016

An Improved Method for Machining Blisks
A software designer and a tool maker collaborate on a system for machining blisks that focuses on the point of contact between the workpiece and the cutting tool.

Published: 2/1/2016

How to Increase Machining Efficiency through Machine Monitoring
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 illustra...

Published: 1/1/2016

Taiwan’s Aircraft Ambition
Various machine tool builders in Taiwan eye the aircraft industry. Some have formed an alliance that is now working with a research institute to tailor machines for more effective processing of aircraft workpieces.

Published: 12/10/2015

Robotic Polishing of Turbine Engine Blades
Testing explores an airfoil finishing alternative to loose-abrasive polishing.

Published: 12/1/2015

A Harder Surface for Stainless Steel
When it comes to hardening finished parts, the more control you have over the process, the better the results will be.

Published: 10/1/2015

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.

Published: 6/1/2015

Closing the Loop
Gathering information is worth it only if it’s put to practical use. Applying measurement data to streamline spiral bevel gear making clarifies the true value of the closed-loop process.

Published: 5/14/2015

Pallet System Software Boosts Cell Flexibility
The software running this shop’s newest FMS from Fastems adds a layer of automation that enhances the inherent flexibility, productivity and effectiveness of lights-out operation. Dynamic job scheduling is the key.

Published: 4/27/2015

People are Part of the Process for Machining Inconel
A Tacoma shop describes its winning strategy for efficient machining of Inconel. That strategy includes careful choices of cutting tools and cutting parameters. It also includes a healthy breakfast.