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Published: 5/30/2017

Hot Temperatures (and Technologies) at Eastec 2017
Eastec’s peculiar Massachusetts venue offered the chance to sample a broad variety of advanced manufacturing technologies. Here is a slideshow and some impressions from the trade show.

Published: 5/4/2017

It’s Not Just the Cells, It’s the Skills: May 2017 Digital Edition
The latest issue of Modern Machine Shop takes a hard look at manufacturing cells and the importance of the people running them, as well as a frank discussion of the ups and downs of machine tool consumption.

Published: 3/30/2017

New Workholding Equipment Fixes Chatter and Other Problems
Keeping up with the latest and best processes is important for any shop, even one that produces a product that has been manufactured since the Industrial Revolution.

Published: 3/29/2017

Workholding Basics: When to Use a Diaphragm Chuck
The accuracy and repeatability of these chucks make them well-suited for a number of applications.

Published: 3/6/2017

Wire EDM Offers More Than Just Precision
Among other benefits, these two shops have saved significant production time by using wire EDM for part-cutoff operations previously conducted on bandsaws.

Published: 2/23/2017

Parts Cleaning Expo Coming to Columbus in April
Join us at PCx for sessions presented by leading parts cleaning experts from around the world on the latest parts cleaning technologies, chemistries, and equipment during PMTS this spring.

Published: 2/20/2017

Precision Cartridge Mandrel for Internal Clamping
A new mandrel provides consistent workpiece ID clamping of very small diameters for grinding, turning, milling, drilling and measuring.

Published: 2/17/2017

Micro-Part Collets Make Subspindles Sing
A proprietary grinding process and the application of clamping force exactly where it’s needed ensure secure, concentric gripping with a collet system that can potentially fit every turning machine in a shop.

Published: 12/29/2016

One-Hand Quick-Change Vise Maximizes Freedom for Soft Jaws
A “four-leaf clover” device enables machining of deep profiles into four different directions of the jaw. Developed in a Pennsylvania job shop, the vise system is now marketed to other shops.

Published: 11/30/2016

One Next-Step Advancement for Cobots: Specialized Grippers
Grippers and end-effectors developed specifically for collaborative robots represent new advancements in this type of robot technology.

Self centering vise is a cost effective and universal workholding method for five sided machining.