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Published: 12/10/2009

Device Rejuvenates Legacy Control System
An old but still very usable vertical turning center became easier to operate, and actually realized more cutting time, thanks to a control retrofit that cost only hundreds of dollars.

Published: 3/16/2009

Die/Mold Shop Joins Constant Velocity Revolution
According to machine tool supplier GBI Cincinnati, data processing inefficiency inherent in many CNCs can cause actual feeds and speeds to vary significantly from those called for in the part program, leading to acceleration and deceleration during ...

Published: 1/26/2009

Linear Scales Improve Lathe Accuracy
When Ford Automotive offered a contract to this Canadian automotive manufacturer for producing rear toe links, the company found its lathes simply weren’t capable of attaining the accuracy required to complete the job. In addition to enabling the co...

Published: 8/19/2008

Software And CNC Package Improves Production By 15 Percent
With a unique part program software suite onboard a powerful CNC, one shop has found it’s producing more and better parts much faster on a recently acquired turning center. 

Published: 9/18/2007

Protecting Capital Equipment
"The Atam," as this shop refers to the device, is designed to perform machine diagnostics and real-time, in-process tool action monitoring. The process analyzer from Atam Systems (New Albany, Ohio) is a relatively simple tool.

Published: 5/16/2006

CNC Retrofit Improves Production And Saves Money
Brooklyn Technical Services selected the Siemens Sinumerik 802D panel-based control system for this creep feed grinding application because it provides a lot of value for the customer in a compact package.

Published: 9/14/2005

Shop Jumps Into CNC Machining
Although this shop was already established and highly successful, it recently decided to make the "jump" into CNC machines, acquiring three new machines.

Published: 5/24/2005

U.K. Shop Is Turned On To Lights-Out Machining
Fisadco Engineering, a Hull, United Kingdom precision machining firm, had some reservations about unmanned machining, but it has become a staunch advocate since it installed a Tornado 220M lights-out turning package from Colchester CNC (Kalamazoo, M...

Published: 12/15/2002

Scales And DROs Customize Lathe To Keep Power Companies Running
When a multimillion-dollar turbine generator at a power plant needs to be repaired, time is of the essence. This company rehabilitates and rebuilds existing generators.

Published: 3/15/2002

Networked Machine Shop Learns The Value Of Proper Grounding
In business for more than 22 years, McAfee Tool&Die Inc., uses conventional machine tools, stamping presses and injection molding machines, as well as more than a dozen computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools, including three 3-axis machi...

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