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Mold Machining In Motion

This shop's strategy for limiting lead time on large molds affects the choice of machine tool. It also affects who does the programming.


Overriding The Skills Shortage

With experienced operators in short supply, this shop developed a software solution to compensate.


Latest Acramatic Control Is Born From Acquisition

Built on a single-processor Pentium III foundation, this control is suitable for a range of machine tools including two-axis lathes and five-axis machining centers.


What The Control Can Do

Mold and die makers know better than other sorts of shops that a machine tool's performance is determined by the electronics as much as by the iron.


Machines For Today's Toolrooms

If there's room for improvement in any NC program, this shop addresses the problem once and for all by making the correction in the postprocessor.


Production Without Paper

Giving operators electronic access to job information was the first step. Letting operators electronically refine that information came next.


In Latest Version Of

Look-ahead is a common CNC capability today. The term describes the control's ability to read ahead some number of blocks in the program, to anticipate sudden changes in speed or direction and react accordingly. Different CNCs look ahead different n...


What's Possible At 10,000 RPM

High-value work doesn’t have to demand a high-cost machine tool.


Probing For Process Improvement

Advances in machine accuracy and probing technology make on-machine inspection a powerful tool for automating and speeding part processing.


Toward A Truly Open Manufacturing Environment

Modular systemization is revolutionizing machine tool control. CNCs are only the beginning.


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