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The Race to Unleash American Machine Tool Performance
October 2020 | Digital Edition
FEATURE STORY

How Machine Tool Dynamics Could Become a U.S. Supply Chain Strategy

A collaborative agreement being overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy involves a deceptively simple test — a test that could radically increase throughput of the United States’ existing base of CNC machine tools.

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Automotive

Monitoring the State of Tool Monitoring

Digital technology that enables tool changes to be triggered by data-driven predictions of tool wear rather than part counts also is opening the door to other opportunities for optimizing production. A look at in-the-field applications shows that advanced tool monitoring is a step toward plant-wide digitalization.


Automation

Simplifying Job Shop Automation with Hand-Guided Robots

Easy to implement and flexible enough to handle a range of applications, hand-guided robots can help job shops automate high-mix, low-volume production.   


Workholding

Workholding Considerations for Five-Axis Machining

Five-axis workholding isn’t just about applying technology; it’s also about applying a different mindset.


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