Metalworking Index Plateaus After Blistering First Quarter

Michael Guckes

Expansion of the Metalworking Index slowed in April, falling slightly to 62.2. Every component reported expanding activity, with the exception of exports.

Teknics Releases Zerolox Five-Axis Workholding Console

Teknics has released the Zerolox XP 80Z Zero Point workholding automation console, which is designed for improved repeatability and high clamping force.


Why Fast Quoting Delivers Better Business Opportunities

Shops that can’t respond quickly to RFQs may be spending hours quoting jobs that are already gone. It’s wasted time and lost opportunity. Here’s what you can do about it.

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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.

The Parts Cleaning Series

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

Top Shops

The Gardner Business Intelligence and Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Program is both an honor for the shops chosen annually, and a benchmarking tool for all who participate. See how your business stacks up.

Trends in Parts Cleaning

The latest cleaning trends point toward environmentally friendly ways to clean effectively, involving the replacement of harmful chemical solvents within a cleaning process or switching to a mostly aqueous method.


NSK Named Motion Industries' 2020 Supplier of the Year

Motion Industries awarded NSK as 2020 Supplier of the Year, based on its product and service offerings plus ratings based on Motion’s Supplier Stratification formula.


Mitutoyo Launches EJ Counters, LG100 Linear Gages

New EJ Counters and LG100 Series Linear Gages are designed to be compact and easy to use, offering reference point detection, environmental resistance and more.


SME Announces 2021 Award of Merit Honorees

SME has awarded Hwa-Soo Lee, PhD, LSME, CMfgE, and Matthew Clegg as its 2021 SME Award of Merit recipients.

Digital Demos

Automation Solutions featuring Hwacheon's D2-5AX and Automatic Workpiece Changer

In this digital demo, Jeong Hoon highlights many of the benefits the D2-5AX provides when machining complex shapes and parts. You will also learn how to maximize productivity during this inside look into Hwacheon’s automatic workpiece changer, the perfect solution for mass production.


Winco Introduces Two New Spirit Level Types

J.W. Winco Inc. has added a new cross spirit level, GN 2276, and screw-on spirit level, GN 2283, to its offerings. Both come in two sensitivity ratings.


LK Metrology Celebrates Independence, 58 Years in Business

UK-based LK Metrology, fully independent after a change of leadership in 2018, finds success in its 58th year of operation.


Five Traits Define Top Performers in Five-Axis Machining

Benchmarking data reveal how elite manufacturers make the most of more axes of motion.

AquaTec 7655 Offers High Emulsion Stability

Oelheald US Inc. has released AquaTec 7655, a water-miscable cooling lubricant suitable for high-capacity machining.


Shelton Machinery Owner Helps Finance School Engineering Lab

Nick Shelton, owner of Shelton Machinery, was named benefactor for new engineering lab at Cathedral High School after making a significant donation.


Properly Reading Dial Indicators

Dial indicators provide useful readings about tolerance ranges at a glance — but new users need to know how to set up these indicators before using them.


New Walter Copy Turn System Offers Stability

Walter released the W-1011-P/WL25 Copy Turn system, with positive locking technology for enhanced stability, longer tool life and reduced vibrations, according to the company.


Starrett Appoints Jim VandeHei as Director of Sales

Jim VandeHei joins the L. S. Starrett Co. as director of sales, Starrett Metrology Systems.


Haimer Shrink Fit Toolholders Raise Boulevard's Feed Rates

Haimer’s Inductive Shrink Fit technology provides efficiency benefits over side-lock and collet holders, with Boulevard Machine & Gear seeing its feed rates more than double on certain materials.

Siemens Adds New Motors for Sinamics S210

Siemens has introduced new servo motors for its S210 single-cable servo drive system: Simotics S-1FS2, S-1FK2 and S-1FT2.


Velo3D Adds Stefan Krause to Board of Directors

Additive manufacturing company Velo3D has added Stefan Krause to its board of directors. Kraus has served as CFO at BMW and as chairman at Rolls Royce Motorcars, Postbank AG and BHF Bank.

In the Supply Chain, Flexibility Equals Strength

Machining job shops offer lessons in supply chain resiliency. Also, goodbye and best wishes to a longtime teammate making a change.


Kennametal Introduces FBX Drill for Aerospace Machining

The FBX drill from Kennametal is designed for flat-bottom drilling for structural aerospace parts, combining advantages from a flat-bottom drill and a Z-axis plunge mill.


Absolute Machine Tools Promotes Nicole Conrad

Nicole Conrad has been appointed to chief marketing officer of Absolute Machine Tools. Conrad worked her way up from the role of administrative intern.