Decoding Surface Finish Gages and Parameters

George Schuetz

George Schuetz

Long-wavelength waviness and short-wavelength roughness require a wide variety of instruments and parameters for proper measurement — and lower numbers aren’t always better.


ABB Expands Easy-Setup Cobot Portfolio with GoFa and Swifti

ABB Inc. has added the GoFa and Swifti cobots to its portfolio, offering easy-to-program automation for increased operational safety and efficiency.


Voice Control of Machine Tools has Arrived

Voice interface technology has come of age and is now found on a wide variety of products such as phones, tablets, PCs, TV remotes and many other devices.  Why not on machine tools as well?

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Practical Approaches to Automation

Automation isn't just useful for large volumes of the same part. Today, it is increasingly being used in machine shops for high-mix, low-volume jobs.

Five Axis Machining

A broad overview of what first time five-axis machine users will need to think about and also what the newest technology offers to existing users.

The Parts Cleaning Series

ON DEMAND: Learn how to use the latest technology and stay within environmental limitations with this 6-part webinar series.

Why Multitasking?

Machine tools that can perform turning, milling and other operations on one platform offer process efficiencies that more and more shops are leveraging to their advantage.

Turning Machines

Doosan Lynx 2600SY Turning Machine Uses New FANUC Controller

Doosan Machine Tools’ Lynx 2600SY offers a middle ground between the Lynx 2100LSYB and the Puma Series boxway machine, while including FANUC’s 0i-TF Plus.


Andretti Autosport Names AAT3D Official Metrology Provider

Applied Automation Technologies (AAT3D) is now providing its metrology systems to Andretti Autosport, particularly the CAPPSNC system for closed-loop production feedback.


Robotics Partners Design Easy-to-Use Robotic Deburring Cell

RoboDK, DIY-Robotics and ATI Industrial Automation have released a plug-and-play Robotic Deburring Cell technology bundle, which they say rapidly integrates into user systems.


Walter's AC001 and A3000 Introduce Preset Vibration Damping

Walter’s AC001 vibration damping adaptor for long milling tools and A3000 boring bar line include preset axially and radially flexible damper elements to enhance stability for machining deep cavities.


Global Shop Solutions Celebrates 45 Years

Global Shop Solutions is celebrating its 45th anniversary, with president and CEO Dusty Alexander crediting his father, founder Dick Alexander, for the company’s success.

Introducing Our New Podcast, “Made in the USA”: The Show for This Moment in U.S. Manufacturing

Join us as we talk about jobs, the supply chain, generational transition and other important themes that will shape the way forward for U.S. manufacturing. Hosted by Modern Machine Shop editors Brent Donaldson and me.        


Midaco Pallet and Trunnion Add Horizontal Capability to VMCs

Midaco says its trunnion-equipped pallet system allows vertical machining centers to machine multiple part sides without requiring cable management.

Made in the USA: A New Podcast from Modern Machine Shop

The podcast series explores the current state of American manufacturing.


Fuji's Gyroflex Machine Meets Various Production Needs

Fuji Machine’s Gyroflex Ultimate Multitasking Machine offers a swift automation solution for complex parts, with 0.4-second indexing and spindle speeds up to 12,000 rpm.


TCI Precision Metals Unveils Online Store

TCI Precision Metals has launched an online store, where it offers more than 1,700 different configurations of standard machine-ready blanks and offers custom quotes.

Pick the Right Stock to Avoid a Bad Quote

Stock selection can have a big impact on a machine shop’s bottom line. When quoting a job, don’t fall into the trap of minimal material mentality.                    


Teknics's Zerolox Nano XP 80Z Provides Powerful Workholding

Teknics ZeroClamp says its Zerolox Nano XP 80Z Zero Point Workholding automation console provides over 5.5 tons of clamping force — and supports simple automation.


U.S. Air Force Makes Siemens Teamcenter System of Record

The U.S. Air Force has chosen Siemens’ Teamcenter software, part of the Xcelerator portfolio, as its product lifecycle management system of record.

People-First Mindsets Improve Machine Shop Acquisitions

Focusing on the human side of the business — employee health, safety, success and growth — is the only way to satisfy both the buyer and seller.


Siemens Sitrans CloudConnect 240 Extends Digital Awareness

Siemens Sitrans CloudConnect 240 collects a second data stream from HART-based field devices, facilitating IoT solutions for the process industry.


NIMS Appoints Four New Board Members

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills appointed four new people to its board of directors: Annika Langéen, Allen Reid, Paul Myles and Sara Lozano.


Webinar | Automated CNC Machine Setup for the Smart Factory

Learn how to maximize the value of your CNC equipment through automated setup with Jon Caliguri of DSI.

CNC & Machine Controls

Mazak VC-Ez 20 Provides Cost-Efficient Vertical Machining

Mazak’s VC-Ez 20 three-axis vertical machining center with onboard Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC offers an affordable, compact option for reliable, precise machining.