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Automotive Machining in Motion

A number of videos showing innovative ways to manufacture automotive components has recently been added to MMS Online. Read about the technologies here and then click to see them in action.


Taking Spindle Health Seriously

Minimizing machine downtime became all the more important as this shop began targeting higher-production automotive work. To that end, it is in the early stages of implementing predictive spindle monitoring technology to head off problems that could...


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.


Has Lean Become Too Extreme?

Surges in demand reveal a weakness of just-in-time supply chains.


Another Angle On HSM

The savings in setup time were welcome enough, but this mold maker found that a 3+2 machining center also accelerated its use of high speed machining.


Attaining Ten-Millionths Bore Accuracy

Conventional honing has been continuously improved and automated, now allowing boring accuracies to be measured in millionths.


The Value Of Indexable-Insert Center Drills

This indexable-insert center drill, said to be an industry first, combines the drilling performance advantages of solid carbide with the positioning repeatability and quick-change benefits common to indexable-insert tooling.


Triple Tap Life

A maker of vehicle components finds that a treatment process for taps produces dramatically longer tool life.


Cutting Spiral Bevel Gears On A Five-Axis Machining Center

To produce high-precision ring gears in low- to mid-volumes, an emerging option is the use of five-axis machining centers. Mitsui Seiki CNC vertical and horizontal machining centers are being used in this application.


3D Scanning: Reproducing One-Of-A-Kind Prototypes

A laser scanning system helps this shop capture the free-form surfaces on a hand-sculpted original. The resulting digitized models are the basis for CAM applications such as programming a CNC machining center. 


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