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Published: 9/1/2017

Applying Automotive Machining Lessons to Aerospace
Although motorsports are a natural focus for a shop owned by a former NASCAR driver, five-axis machining and an emphasis on process planning have opened the door to new aerospace work.

Published: 6/1/2017

Making Mountains out of Mold Steel—Literally
When graphite molds wouldn’t cut it for a manufacturer of hand-blown drinking glasses, this shop machined more durable stainless steel molds to create the famous mountainous shapes that emerge from the bottom of its customer’s nifty drin...

Published: 5/1/2017

Understanding the Machine Tool Industry’s Ups and Downs
In recent years, China’s patterns of consumption have had an exaggerated effect on global cycles.

Published: 5/1/2017

The Key to Success with Flexible Machining Cells Is People
This aerospace component manufacturer is committed to flexible machining cells for producing complex parts for the latest commercial airliner programs. Its newest cell adds both capacity and capability—and takes the company to a new level of commitm...

Published: 3/1/2017

Additive Manufacturing Belongs in a Machine Shop
A fourth-generation family machine shop integrates metal additive manufacturing as another production operation.

Published: 1/1/2017

Mold Manufacturing Automation Leaves No Part Behind
The right mindset, the right five-axis technology and an intuitive approach to palletization help this mold shop extend automated control to the majority of its high-mix work.

Published: 12/1/2016

The 2016 Capital Spending Survey
The machine tool market bottomed in the summer of 2016, but will continue to rebound in 2017 as shops invest in technology for unattended operation.

Published: 11/1/2016

Slideshow: Trends and Technology at IMTS 2016
The size and scope of a show like IMTS makes it impossible to cover everything of interest, but here's a taste of the technology and trends we were taking note of this year.

Published: 11/1/2016

Clearing Weldment Machining Challenges
Rather than replacing an old horizontal boring mill with a similar model, this manufacturer of stone-cutting equipment now uses a dual-pallet HMC with a quill spindle to provide W-axis extension to reach past weldment obstructions and more effective...

Published: 11/1/2016

The Role of Employee Incentives in Successful Automation
This shop doesn’t emphasize lights-out production so much as leveraging automation while the lights are still on. One key to this is a wage and compensation plan that rewards employees for maximizing automation’s impact.