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When Four Spindles Make Sense

For the right applications, four-spindle CNC chuckers offer practically zero delay for part loading. That’s because two spindles can be loaded while the other two are making chips.


Becoming More Than The Mom & Pop Race Shop

Carney Custom Machining started with a VMC and customer base largely comprised of drag racers. Now the shop is vying to win work from other sources, and CNC turning is a big part of that strategy.


Machining And Racing

A visit to an automotive racing trade show revealed how some machining technologies are being applied to the production of hard core racing components.


For Plateau Honing, Consider Ball Style

The ball-style hone is a specialized abrasive tool that is instantly recognizable by its unique appearance. For engineers in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and machining industries, this application-engineered hone, characterized by the sm...


An Analytical Approach To The Outsourcing Decision

The decision to manufacture in-house or send work overseas should not be based solely on labor cost. After an honest evaluation of its machining processes, this OEM found it was more profitable to bring work back in-house.


How Clean Is "Precision" Clean?

Specially engineered aqueous cleaning equipment is normally necessary to obtain the cleanliness levels automakers demand. There are general system attributes that a precision cleaning system should possess.


Cylinder Head Porting On A Turn/Mill Machine

This complex milling operation is performed effectively on a machine that does turning.


Unattended Honing On A Vertical Chucker

An air-gage-monitored honing system added to an inverted vertical spindle chucking lathe allows unattended turning, boring and honing on one machine for greater process flexibility.


How To Machine Pure Abrasion

Powder metal parts have become the darling of the auto industry, but they can be a demon for the shops that must machine the finishing touches. This shop has found that the keys to success machining such abrasive materials are proper cutting tool se...


Understanding MQL

Minimum quantity lubricant can save money, improve tool life and improve the part finish. But it may involve changes to both the equipment and the processing strategy.


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