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Pallet System Software Boosts Cell Flexibility

The software running this shop’s newest FMS from Fastems adds a layer of automation that enhances the inherent flexibility, productivity and effectiveness of lights-out operation. Dynamic job scheduling is the key.


People are Part of the Process for Machining Inconel

A Tacoma shop describes its winning strategy for efficient machining of Inconel. That strategy includes careful choices of cutting tools and cutting parameters. It also includes a healthy breakfast.


Moving Forward with Self-Directed Work Teams

We all deal with change in different ways. It’s critical to first, recognize, and next, do something constructive about it. The Ohio shop is well on its way on both fronts.


The Tactical Merit of Five-Axis Machining

A job shop relying on homegrown talent to win aerospace and defense work expands its five-axis capabilities


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.


One Spindle Housing, Two Dedicated Spindle Motors

This technology combines two separate and dedicated spindle motors in a single spindle housing—one designed to perform high-torque roughing and the other designed for high-speed finishing.


Multi-Axis Workholding System Uses Three-Side Dovetail

The Get-A-Grip pedestal fixture for five-axis workholding uses a triangular clamping geometry for the matching workpiece and clamping dovetails.


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 Compact but Rigid VMC for Machining Titanium Blades

In recent years, machine tool builders have developed models specifically designed for the efficient machining of titanium and other hard metals.


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