Metal Cutting

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Postprocessing System Eases Technology Adoption

At this aerospace manufacturer, software from ICAM minimizes time spent reworking out-of-the-box postprocessors for new machines and improves confidence in part programs.


Larger Equipment Helps Expand Vision

The largest vertical-capacity Carl Zeiss CMM in the Western hemisphere and four large boring mills from MAG Giddings & Lewis prove critical to machining massive wind turbine components at Three-M Tool and Machine.


Cell’s Benefits Derive From Sum of Its Parts

This shop’s experience with implementing a cell consisting of four robot-fed HMCS demonstrates that success depends on more than automation alone.


Automated VMC Fills Capacity Gap

A new Feeler VMC from Methods Machine Tools has not only met this manufacturer’s need for additional capacity, but also taken on more work than initially expected.


Uniformity Paves the Way for Flexibility

Standardizing on one brand of machines provides the flexibility this firearm component manufacturer needs to accommodate a variety of custom component designs.


Pallet Changer Keeps Machine and Operator Busy

A new VMC with an automated pallet changer helped this shop meet customer requirements for lower prices and faster deliveries.


Shop Finds Perfect Fit in New VMC

A Feeler VMC from Methods Machine Tools helped this shop produce larger parts more efficiently and accurately.


Cell Controller Boosts Production Flexibility

By serving as the “brains” of a cell consisting of two machining centers and a work delivery system, cell control software from Erowa helps this manufacturer run lights-out 24/7 and achieve 90-percent spindle utilization.


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...


Five-Axis Machine Blends Power, Small Work Zone

A manufacturer of blisks and impellers needed to quickly find a new five-axis machining center, or risk losing a lucrative job. Two new VMCs fit the shop’s requirements and provided unexpected benefits. (Includes video.)


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