Metal Cutting

Exploring the: Retrofit/Rebuild Zone
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Retrofits Lift Venerable Machines to New Heights

Retrofitting nine 20-year-old skin mills at Boeing’s plant in Auburn, Washington reduced machine downtime and improved both safety and productivity.


Device Rejuvenates Legacy Control System

An old but still very usable vertical turning center became easier to operate, and actually realized more cutting time, thanks to a control retrofit that cost only hundreds of dollars.


High Speed Electric Spindle Rigidity Helps Company Meet Quality Challenges

High spindle speed is a necessity for this engraving company, but the rigidity of the spindle is another major factor in achieving quality engraved numbers, letters, logos or other characters.


Control Helps Museum Fill In The Gaps

Today, with Hollywood leading the way in the precise, high tech creation of real and imaginary forms, anything seems possible, such as bionic people, dinosaurs or extra-terrestrial beings. But the final machining of the prototypes, molds and net sha...


Control Keeps Press Manufacturer Competitive

The Web Press Division of KBA North America Inc. (York, Pennsylvania), a builder of high speed presses for newspaper printing, recently investigated its need for improved control in the production of parts used in its equipment construction.


California Specialty Parts Machinist Has No Room For Error

Much of the current equipment at this plant is German and Swiss machinery, including two Deckel mills (FP4 and FP3), a Bridgeport mill and Schaublin (10-inch) and HES (20-inch) lathes, among other various saws. In order to keep the parts as accurate...


From Manual To CNC Mills: A Three-Phase Transition

V & G Dynamic Machine & Tool, Inc. of Marble Falls, Texas, uses high-end VMCs and CNC mills and employs skilled machinists and CNC operators to support the development of new instrumentation and technology for the semiconductor industry.


Spindle Retrofit Helps Rapid Prototyping Company Keep VMCs Running

One critical aspect of the rapid prototyping business is turnaround time--the time it takes to produce a prototype from a customer design. Reliability of machine tools is critical in this competitive business.


Higher Quality, Reduced Defects Via Remanufactured Grinders

This off-highway vehicle manufacturer's grinders were difficult and time consuming to set up, and holding tight tolerances had increasingly become a 'hit or miss' proposition.


Doubling Accuracy Of Manual Grinding Machines With CNC Wheel Dressers

Retrofitting older grinding machines with a CNC wheel dresser makes it possible to reduce the total tolerance band on broaching tools produced with the new dressers from 0.0004- to 0.0002-inch.


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