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Moving Forward with Self-Directed Work Teams

We all deal with change in different ways. It’s critical to first, recognize, and next, do something constructive about it. The Ohio shop is well on its way on both fronts.


Micromachining Evolution

Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.


A Compact but Rigid VMC for Machining Titanium Blades

In recent years, machine tool builders have developed models specifically designed for the efficient machining of titanium and other hard metals.


From Media to Manufacturing

Video producers with no previous knowledge of CNC discover the power and possibilities of modern machine tool technology. Their example says something about where manufacturing talent might come from, and also about the importance of manufacturing a...


Expanded Possibilities for Cryogenic Machining

The technology for liquid nitrogen cooling is now available for machining applications in various industries on any brand of machine tool.


The Challenges of Machining Glass-Filled Plastics

Plastics reinforced with glass present more machining variables to manage than conventional metals. This shop has developed a process to overcome those challenges and has become more adroit at short-run work along the way.


The Value of a Portable Second-Op Machine

A portable second-op machine can make more effective use of labor while freeing primary machines to carry out the complicated work they were designed to perform.


Smart Machining Centers

These days, precision machine shops are often looking to expand the range of work they can take on profitably. It is not enough, in many instances, to be exclusively a turning shop.


Composites Technology at F-35 Suppliers Conference

A recent conference highlighted composites milling equipment as well as a new seven-axis fiber-placement machine specifically designed for the tricky material used to create critical F-35 components.


Taking the Long View on Short Runs

Certain jobs require a processing strategy that strikes a balance between the needs of high-volume production and low-quantity toolroom work. Reorganizing material flows and investing in machining centers designed specifically for small lots helped...


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