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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.

Published: 3/25/2015

Making Sure MTConnect Is a Good Fit
An MTConnect-enabled machine monitoring system gives shopfloor managers information that is driving up utilization rates and improving workforce communication for this manufacturer of high-pressure aerospace fittings.

Published: 2/26/2015

Will Additive Manufacturing Play a Major Role in Aircraft Production?
One answer: It already does. Lockheed Martin discusses the challenges and promise of producing parts through 3D printing.

Published: 2/19/2015

Wire EDM for Jet Engine “Fir Trees”
Advances in wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) technology have made it acceptable for machining critical aerospace parts. It may now become the preferred method for cutting turbine disc “fir trees,” a particularly demanding application that h...

Published: 1/28/2015

Cashing in Your Chips
By installing a new chip processing and coolant filtration system, this aerospace manufacturer raised the value of its scrap, slashed new coolant costs and mitigated its environmental impact, shielding itself against potential fluid disposal liabili...

Published: 11/25/2014

A Compact but Rigid VMC for Machining Titanium Blades
In recent years, machine tool builders have developed models specifically designed for the efficient machining of titanium and other hard metals.

Published: 11/10/2014

Reducing Setups With Automated Pallet Systems
Wouldn’t it be great to set up a pallet once and then be done with it? Automated pallet systems help companies recover time lost to repeat setups for recurring part orders.

Published: 9/26/2014

Ready, Willing and Able to Work
Manufacturers seeking skilled workers should rid themselves of the misconceptions many hold about hiring disabled individuals, especially those with specialized industrial training.