Process Zones

Exploring the: Large-Part Machining Zone
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Systematic Success

A more efficient manufacturing process has enabled this manufacturer to ramp up production of its devices for the oil and gas industry.


Going Live on a Vertical Lathe

For this company, investing in live tooling and a high-pressure coolant system on a pair of new CNC vertical lathes eliminated setups, increased throughput and led to safer material handling on the shop floor.


A Novel Modular Clamping System

This clamping system minimizes setup times, enable a machine to access five sides of a part and provides highly repeatable positioning for bulky components.


The Million-Dollar Job

A shop specializing in large parts describes the most expensive single order it ever shipped.


Vertical Turning Adds a Horizontal Ram

For American Vulkan, having both a vertical and a horizontal ram on a large VTL is a critical advantage. The added flexibility enables the company to finish some of its biggest coupling components in one setup to a level of precision and surface qua...


Large-Part Additive Manufacturing

These articles sample possibilities for additive manufacturing of large metal parts.


Key Elements of the World’s Largest Inverted VTL

A number of noteworthy design elements enable this inverted vertical turret lathe to accurately and effectively machine very large components.


Delivering Value in Program Production

A contract manufacturer specializing in ongoing production programs describes the investments involved in winning this work.


Gearing Up to Make Big Gears

Over the years, this Indiana job shop/contract manufacturer developed a specialty in gear making. Now it is taking this specialty to a grander scale. Two large machines for high-precision internal gear grinding are the main anchors of the company’s ...


Doosan Makes a Power Play

The South Korean builder is directing its focus toward rigid machine platforms capable of heavy cuts in tough materials.


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