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Published: 4/9/2019

Outsourcing Optimizes Control Panel Construction
Given the multiple challenges associated with in-house panel building such as quality design, expertise, support and technology, outsourcing quickly becoming a viable option.

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: 4/7/2019

Offline CNC Makes Precision Productive
Relieving the control of its calculation burden helps meet demand for increased volumes, faster deliveries and greater varieties of complex, mirror-finish components machined with diamond tools. 

Published: 3/29/2019

5 CNC Apps Simplify Machine Shop Routines
Whether purchased online or made to order, custom control functions help a contract machining startup save time and avoid mistakes.

Published: 3/6/2019

Retrofitting and Updating Keep Milling Machine CNCs on the Cutting Edge
After struggling to achieve higher feed rates and accuracy for complex milling of large compression molds, Century Tool and Gage Co. retrofitted Fidia CNC control systems onto existing machining centers.

Published: 3/5/2019

Checking Cutting Tool Offset Values
A setup program can be used to test for overtravel issues before a workpiece is run, eliminating program verification delays.

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: 2/2/2019

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...

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