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Published: 5/7/2019

What Robotics Means for the Cutting Tools Industry
Friend or foe? Helper or fiend? Here’s what robotics really mean for the cutting tools industry and which pitfalls to avoid.

Published: 4/27/2019

Manufacturing to Meet Tech Community at MT360
I will hold onstage conversations with additive manufacturing and collaborative automation leaders as part of the new technology event to premier May 12-14, 2020, in Santa Clara, California.

Published: 4/19/2019

Fixture Feedback Keeps Automation Accountable
Self-validating hydraulic workholding keeps processes reliable and limits the need for on-machine probing.

Published: 4/8/2019

Automating Small NC Programming Tasks Pays Off Big Over Time
What started as a few Java macros the programmer whipped up to make life easier has grown to a shop-wide file management system integrated into other software, such as Vericut. 

Published: 4/5/2019

Machining, Disruption and the Years Ahead
Three major technological advancements have changed modern manufacturing. Pay attention or get left behind.

Published: 4/2/2019

Horizontal Machining Plus Automation Prove to Be a Rewarding Investment
After watching a machinist take four hours to set up a part on a VMC, Dan Olsen of Mach Machine knew he had a problem. The solution seemed clear: horizontal machining. The automation system wasn’t expected; but the novelty was well worth it be...

Published: 3/18/2019

Cutting Tool Manufacturer Grows on Diversification, Automation
A new, heavily automated facility helps Tool-Flo supply new customers with grooving, threading and other indexable cutting tools.

Published: 3/1/2019

Understanding the Internet of Things
Part of the strangeness is this: There is not much to understand! Cheap sensors, fast connectivity, and data storage and applications in the cloud all come together to simplify certain kinds of automation needs. A band saw in the lab at Georgia Tech...

Published: 2/28/2019

Eyeing Automotive Machining Applications in Taiwan
I took time to check out machining equipment geared toward components for automobiles—electric vehicles in particular—at the recent TMTS show in Taichung.

Published: 2/12/2019

Small Shop Sees Big Gains from Right-Sized Automation
A three-person German machine shop applies quick-change workholding and flexible robotic automation to succeed in a high-mix/low-volume production environment.