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Exploring the: Turn/Mill & Multitasking Machines Zone
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Making Lean Connections

When Nilpeter embarked on a lean initiative 14 months ago, no one at the printing press manufacturer had any inkling that they had already taken an important first step.


Doosan Makes a Power Play

The South Korean builder is directing its focus toward rigid machine platforms capable of heavy cuts in tough materials.


The Evolution of the Y Axis on Turn-Mill Machines

Introduced to the turn-mill machine tool design in about 1996, the Y axis was first used on a single-spindle, mill-turn lathe with a subspindle. The idea of a Y axis on a CNC originated from the quality limitation of polar interpolation and the diff...


Multitasking is Multiple Choice

Different levels of multitasking machine tools address different types of parts.


An Innovative Way to Use a Steady Rest

This shop found a way to modify one of its two-turret CNC lathes so that a tricky aerospace component could be properly supported for critical operations.


Why a Y Axis?

As machine tool capabilities have advanced, many builders are offering Y-axis capabilities to turning centers and multitasking machines.


How Center Rock Sees Setups

The company that made the rock drills used to free the Chilean miners last year is exploring the right level of multitask machining.


Cut Cycle Times in Half

Jake Grainger says he always had a mechanical bent, and 38 years ago when he first walked into a screw machine shop he was hooked.


Connecting the Technologies

This Missouri shop uses new advances in machine to machine communications to achieve its goals of lights out manufacturing and quick changeover.


What it Takes for Oilfield Success

Hunt and Hunt’s president says adopting turn/mill machines was one of the most challenging endeavors his 55-year-old shop ever undertook. He also says it’s the best thing the shop could have done to become more efficient at contract work.


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