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Published: 2/2/2019

External Input for Programmed Values
Parametric programming provides three easy ways to access external data.

Published: 1/17/2019

Fiber Optics Improve EDM Spark Monitoring, Wire Life
This controller uses fiber-optic cables to overcome major hurdles in monitoring EDM spark output, improving wire life and reducing voltage consumption.

Published: 10/31/2018

Die Manufacturer Embraces IIoT to Move to Shorter-Run Production
As a punch and die supplier’s customers implemented leaner strategies, it needed to shift to shorter-run manufacturing. An ethernet communications system enabled machine CNCs to communicate with bar feeders to automatically switch part program...

Published: 9/4/2018

Will Voice Recognition Enable a Transformational HMI for Machine Tools? (See Video)
A new digital assistant for machining brings voice control to various CNC types and voice-actuated access to machine-tool-related information. Given its promise to free shopfloor personnel to work more effectively, one machine tool builder sees it a...

Published: 8/23/2018

New Control Improves Feed Rates on Remanufactured Legacy Machine
Replacing the original 25-year-old control on an otherwise sound remanufactured VMC enabled a moldmaker to increase feed rates, cut cycle times and increase profitability.

Published: 8/9/2018

Learn How to Increase Productivity at IMTS
Exhibitors at the IMTS 2018 Metal Cutting Pavilion will feature smart machining technology including connectivity, automation, process integration and updated controls that can increase productivity.

Published: 6/14/2018

MMS Looks Back: 1960s - The Radical Becomes Practical
Stories about whether to adopt numerical control reveal the value of careful consideration over wholehearted embrace or outright dismissal of new disruptive technologies. This story is part of our 90th anniversary series.

Published: 3/28/2018

Machining Centers Help Shops Increase Output, Reduce Inspection Times
Mazak machining centers reduced an Iowa shop’s setup and inspection times, enabling it to win an aerospace contract.

Published: 3/12/2018

Manufacturing News of Note: March 2018
IMTS 2018 opens registration, partnership enables remote access to CNCs, and other industry news.

Published: 2/7/2018

Control Beyond CAM Unlocks Five-Axis Potential
Capabilities native to the CNC can facilitate levels of performance that would be impossible to achieve by relying solely on post processed part programs.

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