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Published: 10/14/2016

Filling Bins While the Building is Empty
Over the past decade, technology has advanced to the point that lights-out machining is more seamless than ever before, with built-in safety systems and even the ability to switch from one part to another in the middle of the night.

Published: 10/3/2016

When a Turn-Mill Doesn’t Turn
LeanWerks uses innovative probing, tooling and workholding strategies to enable its turn-mill to machine castings complete, in effect turning it into a five-axis machining center.

Published: 9/20/2016

Adding Value, Reducing Cost
Inverted vertical turning centers find a home in an automotive stamping house.

Published: 7/20/2016

Multitasking Encourages Successful Manufacturing
While multitasking allows a shop to perform various manufacturing operations unattended, without moving the part to other machines and refixturing, it also helps shops explore better ways to manufacture. The advantages of multitasking make manufactu...

Published: 7/1/2016

Machine Monitoring in a CNC Swiss Shop
Bold moves put this company well on the road to data-driven manufacturing.

Published: 5/1/2016

Multitasking Offers Medical Benefits
This shop uses a bar-fed turn-mill with a B-axis milling spindle and custom workholding strategies to more competitively machine components complete for low-margin medical devices.

Published: 4/27/2016

Millennial Multitasking Made Easy
CNC control software is being designed with features to better fit the tendencies of younger operators.

Published: 4/15/2016

Multitasking is More Than Doing Two Things at Once
Combining different metalcutting operations on a single machine platform is helping shops explore better ways to manufacture.

Published: 4/1/2016

Closed-Loop Gear Production
A familiar concept is now gaining serious traction, enabling manufacturers to develop closed-loop cells that automatically match the finished product to design concept goals.

Published: 3/1/2016

The Benefits of Horizontal Turning on a Mill-Turn Machine
A mill-turn machine that can rotate a large, bell-shaped workpiece in a horizontal orientation enabled this manufacturer to hit tight tolerance and cost targets. Minimizing non-value-added time and running lights out were also essential for success.