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MTConnect Is For Real

Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-te...


Diagnostic Software Stimulates Accurate, Timely Decisions

This component-based troubleshooting and diagnostic system is said to consolidate large amounts of manufacturing information in a format that enables technicians to quickly find exactly what they need.


CAM And Turn/Mill: Making More With Less

A shift in thinking has led to an overhaul of this company’s machine tools and production processes. The result has been a significant improvement in capacity that has allowed more parts to be brought in-house and more profits at the end of the day.


Integrated Tool Management

Bridging the gap between process engineering and shop floor activities can bring about a "deproliferation" of cutting tools.


Automating Time Studies

This company has created a system that replaces the stopwatch and clipboard system of time study and the manual data transfer and analysis process.


Scalable Measurement And Quality

Machine shop owners face a fundamental conflict in their efforts to make metrology an integral part of manufacturing processes. On one hand, the critical relationship between quality and profitability makes metalworking professionals reluctant to ch...


The Hidden Costs Of Cutting Tools

This shop brought the hidden costs down by paying close attention to tool inventory.


The Data Exchange

Many machine shops contemplate updating their software but are reluctant to do so based on fears of lost or unusable data. This company made the switch unscathed and offers tips on what software features can help fulfill a shop's needs.


Overcoming Overflow

Making the best use of limited resources helped this shop bounce back from a flood. Now the shop's most important process-improvement tool is the software it bought to manage the flow of information.


Overriding The Skills Shortage

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


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