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Published: 9/6/2019

Increasing Employee Output Through Automation: Here is What We Found in 7 Recent Shop Visits
Modern Machine Shop editors routinely visit machining facilities to report on shops that are succeeding. Here is what our editors found on seven recent shop visits, all related to using labor more efficiently.

Published: 7/17/2019

4 Examples of American Machining Evolution
A tour of this 160-year-old machine tool manufacturing plant in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, highlighted the progress of both the company and machining technology in general since the dawn of “Industry 1.0.”

Published: 7/3/2019

How Metal Burnishing Can Significantly Improve Product Life
Lambda Technologies’ low-plasticity burnishing process strengthens machined metal parts to extend product lifespans without compromising part geometry.

Published: 6/7/2019

For Large-Part Machining, Five-Axis Capabilities Prove Essential to Staying Competitive
Metalcraft of Mayville’s old milling machine for large parts failed just when the company began seeing increased pressure to take on projects requiring more flexibility and capabilities. Two five-axis HMCs from Toyoda helped the company stay i...

Published: 6/1/2019

Center of Excellence Is New Twist on Old Manufacturing Department Structure
The new Spirit AeroSystems facility for five-axis machining allows a small team to oversee a significant amount of machining capability. Is this the way of the future as machining systems become more automated?

Published: 5/23/2019

3 Mindset Changes for Lights-Out CNC Machining
Expanding capacity into the unattended hours calls for counterintuitive new ways of thinking about the work.

Published: 5/14/2019

In Lights-Out Machining, Part Loading Is Not the Problem — Here is How This Shop Handles Unloading
Correct unloading of the parts affects part quality as well as the capacity of the unattended machining system. Here is more of the experience from our “168” shop.

Published: 5/9/2019

May 2019 Product Spotlight: Machining Centers
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers of varying capacities and configurations.

Published: 5/5/2019

Running Unattended at Night Lets Machine Shop Serve New Customers During Day
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use h...

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...