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Exploring the: Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs) Zone
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Micromachining Evolution

Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.


Automotive Cylinder Coating for High-Production Applications

Daimler’s Nanoslide cylinder bore coating technology can now be incorporated into an automated process for high-volume production.


The Foundry's Way Forward

An established supplier of short-run castings just opened and staffed a new, fully equipped, in-house CNC machine shop. Taking ownership of machining will improve the company’s range of services to customers as well as its quality control.


A Production Line Takes Shape

Although Pointe Precision built its reputation on low-volume, high-complexity aerospace and medical parts, its expansive high-volume production line may be its biggest success to date. Sound decision-making and attention to details at every step are...


Adopting a 24/7 Mindset

This shop considered a number of factors before establishing an effective process to run an HMC cell around the clock for applications in aerospace, oilfield and other industries.


The Costs and Benefits of Horizontal Machining

The shift from vertical to horizontal machining was even more expensive than this shop anticipated. It was also more valuable. Most of the shop’s machining centers are HMCs now—here’s why.


Expanded Possibilities for Cryogenic Machining

The technology for liquid nitrogen cooling is now available for machining applications in various industries on any brand of machine tool.


New Okuma Plant Relies on Automation, Production Control

The company says the DS1 facility in Japan is capable of 2 times the production capacity and 1/2 the lead time of the previous site.


What it Takes to Tackle Tungsten

When this aerospace job shop settled on machining tungsten alloys and other heavy metals as its specialty, it had to have a machine tool, cutting tools, workholding and process know-how to succeed.


Automation at Aztalan Engineering

A contract manufacturer expands its capacity using various approaches to feeding the machines.


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