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Published: 1/17/2012

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.

Published: 12/10/2009

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.

Published: 10/14/2008

Automation Helps Move To High-Volume Production
This tool manufacturer had to automate its processes after switching from low-volume special orders to high-volume production runs. Since implementing Tsudakoma tilting rotary tables along with robotics and a pallet conveyor, the shop has increased ...

Published: 5/29/2008

Retrofits Invigorate Old Machine Tools
Retrofitting older machine tools with modern CNC, DRO and linear scales is often cheaper than buying new machines. According to two veteran retrofitters who have worked together for nearly 10 years, such retrofits can often bring outdated machines t...

Published: 2/3/2005

Retrofit Using Six-Axis DRO Offers Flexibility
Following a retrofit using this six-axis readout on a partial machine rebuild of a vertical milling/boring machine, this manufacturer is now benefiting from greater flexibility on existing machinery.

Published: 9/27/2004

CNC Retrofit Improves Accuracy And Productivity For Aerospace Components
By using the Sinumerik 840D, the results include reduced setup time, improved surface finish, reduced secondary finishing operations and significant improvements in overall productivity.

Published: 11/15/2002

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.

Published: 2/1/2002

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...

Published: 12/15/2001

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.

Published: 7/15/2001

Retrofitted Laser-Scale Systems Improve Linear Accuracy Of Gantry Mills
When aerospace machining specialist Alson Manufacturing of Compton, California, produced its first parts more than 30 years ago, allowable tolerances on a 160-inch part might have been 0.030 to 0.040 inch. Today, thanks to an industry-wide narrowing...