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Know Your Control

A new training center will enable Heidenhain to support its CNC users by ensuring that they are aware of all that the control can do. The value of some control capabilities don’t become apparent until they are seen in use.


Five-Axis Machining for Multi-Part Processing

Several parts at various orientations in one setup create what would seem to be a programming challenge, but control features make this cycle simple to create.


Using an App to Adopt CNC Technology Faster

Learn about a company that made the leap into CNC technology thanks to a custom machine-operating/program-generating app that enabled its inexperienced people to effectively run its new CNC turning center.


What to Know about Torque Motors

Torque motors are commonly used in indexing tables on machine tools. This succinct article helps you evaluate this and other applications in which power transmission for rotation calls for the advantages of a torque motor.


Tool Monitoring for Complex Machining

One of the biggest challenges to tool monitoring on a multitasking machine is coping with simultaneous cutting operations. Caron Engineering (Wells, Maine) designed a system to meet this challenge.


Shops Serving Oilfield Customers Appreciate Retrofits

Buying new is nice, but there are reasons why retrofits make sense for shops serving the oilfield industry.


White Paper Describes Preventing Chatter on CNC Lathes

Okuma's VSST and HSSC allow users to cut threads without chatter.


What Is Arbitrary Speed Threading?

This CNC function enables an operator to control chatter when repairing threads on components such as oilfield pipes.


An Eye on the Inside

There are myriad applications for RFID technology. This article shows an atypical one—how it’s used to monitor the degree of contamination on a laser cutter lens so an operator doesn’t have to.


The Value of a Short Stop

C&C Manufacturing came up with a simple and affordable way to ensure machines don’t sit idle for long periods of time. The Short Stop wireless device alerts machine operators when a cycle is complete.


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