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What to Consider When Adding Angle Heads

Angle heads can enable a three-axis machine tool to be more versatile. That said, this shop explains that there’s more to getting started using them than simply loading them into a machine’s spindle.


Taking a Big Step

This Indiana shop made a leap from manual machining and basic CNC technology to a sophisticated turning cell and has not looked back. It's been a customer driven transition.


Punching Above Your Weight

A multitasking machine enabled this small shop to bid competitively against larger operations by eliminating setups and reducing cycle times, but it first had to learn what jobs work best using turn-mill equipment.


When One? When Two?

East Branch Engineering often uses live-tool turning centers to complete complex parts in one setup. However, it also leverages a flexible and reconfigurable “mini-cell” strategy to enable a single operator to tend two machines at once, essentially ...


Vertical Turning Big Parts Delivers Big Savings

Finding a niche and investing in efficiency is key to success for this contract shop.


Cutting Gears with Multitasking Machines

Multitasking machines provide an excellent point of entry for machine shops interested in adding gear manufacturing to their list of capabilities, including power skiving.


Hobbing Bevel Gears on a Turn-Mill Center

After deciding to manufacture bevel gears for its own purposes in-house, Index developed a “gear hobbing package” that transforms its R200 and R300 turn-mill centers into gear cutting machines.


A Youthful Approach to Production Machining

Growing up in the industry helped this young shop owner learn key strategies for getting the most from his machines.


The Y of Multitasking

The Y axis has some primary capabilities that make it extremely efficient and cost effective in multitasking operations.


Making it in Medical

Here are the challenges that modern medical machine shops face and how they have helped shape this shop in particular.


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