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Published: 2/10/2012

A Big-Picture View of Micromachining
 Matrix Tooling makes injection molds for components that have features you cannot see.

Published: 1/23/2012

Robots as Precision Machine Tools
To remain competitive, high-end manufacturing companies are looking for accurate, reliable and maintenance-free machine tools offering fast change-over, programming and setup. Industrial robot technology could provide an excellent base for machining...

Published: 10/17/2011

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.

Published: 9/26/2011

Wear Abatement Strategies for Capital Equipment
The machining industry, like many other manufacturing market segments, has been forced to scrutinize capital equipment purchases in an effort to squeeze the most from a tight capital project budget with short expected returns.

Published: 8/26/2011

Transforming Industrial Robots into Precision Machine Tools
Robots fitted with an adaptive control system get real-time course corrections throughout the machining cycle.

Published: 8/19/2011

Cycle Efficiency
Automated machining processes enable this maker of high-performance mountain bike parts to manufacture efficiently with minimal staff.

Published: 8/18/2011

Automated Production on HMCs Requires Automated Gaging
An innovative approach to automated gaging helps deal with a fundamental challenge inherent to a flexible, multi-machine environment: Many machines with many operations multiply the chances for error.

Published: 7/19/2011

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

Published: 6/20/2011

Get Ready for Robotics
A weakened dollar combined with increased global demand has many factories scurrying to increase production and hiring. And while there is a larger pool of potential employees, it has always been difficult—especially for smaller firms—to find qualif...

Published: 6/15/2011

Practical Automation for a Variety of Turning Applications
A key way to reduce labor costs on turning centers is to add automation for part loading and unloading.