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Space-Efficient Automation for CNC Lathes

Loader moves entirely within the footprint of the machine.


Automation at Aztalan Engineering

A contract manufacturer expands its capacity using various approaches to feeding the machines.


Multitasking Benefits a Process in Many Ways

Multitask machining is the ability to perform various manufacturing operations unattended, without moving the part to other machines.


A Tidy Turning Cell

This compact cell offers automated turning and inspection for extended periods of unattended operation.


The Big Step Up

A small shop added two new machines, each of which is more advanced than any of the previous machine tools the company has used. One of the co-owners committed to the work of bringing both of these machines fully into service. Here is the shop’s exp...


Vertical Turning Adds a Horizontal Ram

For American Vulkan, having both a vertical and a horizontal ram on a large VTL is a critical advantage. The added flexibility enables the company to finish some of its biggest coupling components in one setup to a level of precision and surface qua...


The Stem Solution

A small shop committed to labor-saving automation added a nine-axis turning center to machine mountain bike stems. The value of this complex machine is that it delivers a simple process. The learning curve was worth it, the owners say.


Probing for Quality

Committed employee owners are the foundation of this company’s achievements in high precision manufacturing.


Making the Move to Multitasking

Implementing a done-in-one approach to production has to be managed carefully. This shop seems to have made all the right moves in what has turned out to be a truly transformative experience.


Software Simplifies Turn-Mill Operations

An international player in the highly competitive aeronautics, automotive, defense and optical industries makes the most of software for multitasking program verification and optimization.


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