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Published: 6/13/2011

Rigid, Reliable Machines Aid In-House Production
This plastics industry manufacturer relies on machines from Toyoda to produce twin-screw extruders and other production equipment in-house. This strategy saves the company money and enables it to respond flexibly to changing market conditions, among...

Published: 2/14/2011

Cell Works the Night Shift
At this aerospace and medical component manufacturer, a Doosan HMC paired with a flexible pallet magazine and cell controller from Fastems has increased production and part quality while eliminating variation throughout the production chain.

Published: 1/25/2011

HMCs, Turn/Mills Aid Diversification Strategy
This company had expanded its facility, implemented Lean practices and taken other steps to improve efficiency, but breaking into new sectors such as wind energy would require new technology. Two turn/mill machines and two HMCs from Mazak enabled th...

Published: 12/20/2010

Precision Metrology Supplier Relies on HMC Accuracy
Global metrology supplier Quality Vision International produces critical measurement equipment components in-house to control quality and accuracy. HMCs from Makino enabled the company to not only achieve the precision required for components of one...

Published: 11/10/2010

Milling, Turning Machine Line Supports Versatility
This shop relies almost exclusively on Milltronics machines for its milling and turning operations. The machines’ easy-to-use, conversational control, reliability and capacity for tight tolerances help support the versatility the shop needs to stay ...

Published: 11/9/2009

Shifting Gears To Integral Drive Adds Productivity
Machines with geared-head spindles are typically employed for machining titanium and other tough materials that require high torque. However, replacing such models with integral-drive HMCs from Makino has enabled this contract manufacturer to signif...

Published: 5/13/2009

HMC Reduces Setup Time On Low-Volume Jobs
Producing parts right the first time is especially important for a job shop that pays as much as $10,000 for raw material. Although complex geometries and tight delivery schedules initially made this challenging, a four-axis HMC with pallet changer ...

Published: 5/13/2009

Horizontal Leap Helps Shop Change And Grow
Migrating from short-run jobs and prototyping to tackling complex defense compartment components during the past few decades has kept business humming at Proteus Manufacturing. However, increased business led to new production challenges. With a sin...

Published: 12/19/2008

Software Supports Cell-Based Production Process
Implementing advanced manufacturing cells can help a shop improve productivity, but the cells themselves may be only part of the solution. That’s the case at Wilcox Industries, which combined advanced manufacturing capabilities of automated machinin...

Published: 11/14/2008

HMC Reduces Cycle Time On Large Parts
Despite using Kitamura machining centers with great effect, this shop didn’t have a big enough machine to accommodate its largest jobs without a time-consuming, labor-intensive process. That is, until Kitamura released the MyCenter HX1000i, an HMC l...