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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.


Advanced Technology Drives 40 Years of Manufacturing

Mazak has been manufacturing machine tools in Florence, Kentucky, for 40 years. The growth and development of the production technology deployed in this plant reflect the most important advances in manufacturing during this span—from enhanced flexib...


Remember Fadal? It’s Back

At IMTS 2014, you’ll see that a familiar U.S. machine tool brand is back.


Clamping Options for Five-Axis Machining

In five-axis machining, the workholding has to get out of the way. The wrong choice of clamping risks collision and can obscure one of the principal benefits of a five-axis machine.


Profiler Expected to Exceed 100 Cubic Inches per Minute in Titanium

Five-axis, five-spindle machine aims at reduced cost per piece for production of large aircraft components.


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