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Keeping a Shop Network Safe
Concerns about cyber security should not stop shops from installing machine-monitoring systems.
Millennial Multitasking Made Easy
CNC control software is being designed with features to better fit the tendencies of younger operators.
A Foundation for Minimum Quantity Lubrication
Nakamura-Tome's Smart X operating system is designed to make younger operators feel more comfortable with the machine control.
How a CAD/CAM Consultant can Help
This article from CNC Software (developer of Mastercam software) gives a good picture of why and when some shops turn to an independent software specialist for CAD/CAM services such as CNC programming of difficult or complex parts.
Control Capabilities Often Go Unused
The value of some control capabilities don’t become apparent until they are seen in use. Heidenhain supports its CNC users with a new Chicago-area training facility.
Real-Time Tool Monitoring
Machine operators have long dreamt of a process monitoring system that detects tool wear, and potentially catastrophic conditions and automatically compensates for changes in tool geometry after resharpening. Now that dream is a reality.
Detecting Chips in a Milling Spindle
Chips in a milling spindle can subtly deform a tool assembly until the cutting tool is out of alignment. Grob's chip-in-spindle detection system detect stresses that may indicate chip interference.
Shop Applies App to Adopt CNC Technology Faster
A custom machine-operating and automatic program-generating app has helped racing parts maker Moser Engineering quickly reap the benefits of CNC machining even though nobody there had any prior experience with it.
Getting in Touch with Optimal EDM Results
Makino’s Hyper i control for wire EDM uses touchscreen navigation in its user interface, which helps a basic user to match the productivity and capability of an experienced operator.
The Foundry's Way Forward
An established supplier of short-run castings just opened and staffed a new, fully equipped, in-house CNC machine shop. Taking ownership of machining will improve the company’s range of services to customers as well as its quality control.