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Single Pass Honing System with Automatic Tool Wear Compensation

Single pass honing, also referred to as diamond bore sizing, is a good way to produce parts economically when the bore is small or has thin-walled members that need to be honed.


Making Research Real

Rolls-Royce expands upon a successful formula for developing manufacturing innovations beyond university research and into production.


Composites Machining for the F-35

Lockheed Martin’s precision machining of composite skin sections for the F-35 provides part of the reason why this plane saves money for U.S. taxpayers. That machining makes the plane compelling in ways that have led other countries to take up some ...


Six Ways Outsourced Maintenance Saves

Outsourcing maintenance to a third-party specialist can be a cost-effective way to realize higher overall equipment efficiency and better process control.


Balanced Machining is Faster Machining

NC program optimization software initially helped Bell Helicopter’s Drive Systems Center machine titanium faster by balancing cutting forces. The manufacturer now uses it to improve cycle times for aircraft parts made from other metals, too.


Five-Axis Volumetric Error Compensation for Large Machine Tools

System simultaneously corrects tool position in multiple axes to tighten machining accuracies on large machines that cut complex shapes.


When Spindle Speed is a Constraint

Though it won’t replace high speed machining, Boeing sees “low speed machining” as a viable supplement to higher-rpm machines. Using new tools and techniques, a shop’s lower-rpm machining centers can realize much more of their potential productivity...


Passivation of Stainless Steel Parts: The Recipe for Success

Passivation—the process for making stainless steel parts more corrosion-resistant—is affected by how well the part is cleaned. It’s also affected by the choice of acid. Nitric or citric?


High Speed Machining's Origin Moment

An important episode for high speed machining illustrates one of the most underappreciated aspects of the value of manufacturing.


Dial Down or Dial Up?

Vibration analysis may be the machining center’s missing piece. If you haven’t performed this analysis on your high speed machine, you probably don’t know what the machine can do.


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