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Secrets to the Art of Hand Scraping

Hand scraping of mating surfaces on a machine tool enables the surfaces to be flatter, more accurately aligned, longer wearing and freer to glide across one another. No automated or mechanical operation can match these benefits. Machine builder Okum...


Bloodhound Fin Support Machined with Vortex

Machining strategy contributes to 40 percent cycle time saving on large five-axis aluminum part.


Video: Robot Changes Vise Jaws for Continuous Machining

If a robot can load and unload parts, why can’t it do the same for workholding? Here is video of a robot changing the vise jaws so the same machining center can run different operations in unattended machining.


Product Slideshow: Machining Centers

The March issue includes a spotlight section on machining centers. Click through the slideshow to learn more about these machines and others.


Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

Automatic pallet changers and support for automation are some popular features of recently released machining centers. View the December slideshow for more on these machines.


A Case Study in Craftsmanship

With some 300 models of machine tools on offer, and new technologies such as the i5 CNC control now on the market, SMTCL is showing aggressive—and impressive—growth.


The Decision Not to Automate Fully

Robotic automation for this machining line was feasible, but the company chose to run it 24/7 with a staff hired just for this job.


Tool Monitoring for Complex Machining

One of the biggest challenges to tool monitoring on a multitasking machine is coping with simultaneous cutting operations. Caron Engineering (Wells, Maine) designed a system to meet this challenge.


OD Turning on a Machining Center

A tool like the one seen here can make it possible to machine precise cylindrical features of an otherwise odd-shaped part to a fine finish without resorting to a lathe.


How Much Can Unattended Production Add?

Using a horizontal machining center, this shop kept production going through two 10-hour shifts per day. That seemed like a lot, but a pallet system enabled the shop to go even further.


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