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Published: 3/24/2006

Don’t Forget The Drawbar
The force that holds the toolholder in the machining center's spindle can weaken over time. If you haven't checked drawbar force in a while, this may be the weak link in your process.

Published: 12/13/2004

Understanding MQL
Minimum quantity lubricant can save money, improve tool life and improve the part finish. But it may involve changes to both the equipment and the processing strategy.

Published: 6/17/2004

Provide A Service, Then Make The Part
The way this shop serves its customers brings in machining work by design.

Published: 7/15/2003

Sourcing Automation
A new kind of 'automation project manager' helped this company install a roboticized machining cell, the first of several now operating in its plant.

Published: 12/15/2002

High Speed Machining, Italian Style
One of the highlights of BI-MU, Italy's recent biennial machine tool show, was the number of innovative machine tools (and related technology) focusing on high speed machining.

Published: 10/15/2002

Getting To Know Grob
With some familiar names in the machine tool building business fading away recently through mergers, acquisitions, or shutdowns, it may be interesting to learn of an unfamiliar or little known machine tool builder.

Published: 10/15/2002

Weighing The HMC's Pluses
A horizontal machining center enabled this scale manufacturer to get its machining department back into shape.

Published: 7/15/2002

Korea Shows It Can
Machine tool builders in Korea have been playing a catch-up game for the past decade. A review of current developments in machine tool technology indicates that Korea is rapidly pulling up with manufacturers in Japan, Europe and the United States. ...

Published: 3/15/2002

The Long View On Short-Run Work
This shop doesn’t know what parts it will machine tomorrow, but it has a good idea who its customers will be well into the future.

Published: 1/15/2002

Better HSM For Big Parts
'High speed machining' is accepted and commonplace in many shops. HSM is so widely used, in fact, that its acceptance is beginning to affect the design of machine tools.