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Published: 3/9/2019

If at First Your CNC Machine Shop Doesn’t Succeed with Robots, Automate Again
Alexandria Industries struggled with its first robotic machining cell. However, the aluminum extrusion components manufacturer—now with more than 20 robots—discovered that by simplifying and standardizing its automation strategy, it coul...

Published: 2/1/2019

Fixturing for Five-Axis CNCs
For some high-batch-size jobs and/or very complex parts, custom fixtures designed and manufactured in house enable Powill Manufacturing and Engineering to get the most out of its five-axis machining capability.

Published: 9/12/2018

What’s Empowering Machining Technology in Power Generation
Shops have many choices to handle large, heavy parts as well as small, delicate parts. Tight tolerances, tough alloys and complex geometry are the challenge.

Published: 9/10/2018

Hardinge Wants You to Rethink Normal
New ownership has shops rethinking normal for a new approach to getting the job done. Two booths are showcasing metalcutting and workholding products.

Published: 9/10/2018

Shop Works to get the Most Out of Its Five-Axis Capabilities
Vertical machining centers with rotary tables helped this Indiana job shop set itself apart, but specific machine features and additional equipment have helped it use them more efficiently to grow its business.

Published: 8/29/2018

Medical Grows as Its End Market Slows
While the baby-boom generation inexorably falls apart, bone screws, plates, rods, artificial joints and less-invasive surgical fixes indicate a bright future for manufacturers of the parts needed to help keep “Humpty” together. The ...

Published: 7/2/2018

Understanding Circle-Segment Milling Tools
The circle-segment cutter represents a class of milling tool in which the CAM software is key for using the tool effectively. Cutting profiles presented at the proper angles realize cycle-time reductions in contoured workpieces such as molds. A CAM ...

Published: 6/20/2018

A Different Kind of Machining Center
If one horizontal machining center is good, then three on a single platform should be better, right? That’s the thinking behind the Multicenter concept from Italian builder, Porta Solutions. It blends the volume production capabilities of rota...

Published: 5/6/2018

Four Questions a Shop Considering HMCs Should Ask
Compared to vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers offer the potential for improved spindle uptime, cycle times and throughput. Although they come with a higher price tag, their higher productivity can be significant to shops of al...

Published: 2/1/2018

Why Tie Payroll Hours to Machine Tool Hours?
J&R Machine uses machine-monitoring data not just to track machine uptime, but also to create a financial index that helps it shape decisions related to equipment, processes, staffing, sales and business in general.