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Just This Once, You Can Blame the Gage

By: George Schuetz

Even the old, reliable gage is subject to wear. George Schuetz, director of precision gages at Mahr inc., gives guidance for machinists to maintain their gages.
#qualitygagingtips

Five-Axis Machining Centers

Onsrud's Hybrid Mills Streamline Large Metal Manufacturing

By: Evan Doran

C.R. Onsrud’s five-axis Hybrid Mill machining centers helped Aerospace Fabrications streamline its products’ machine times by as much as 40%.
#casestudy

6 Ways to Encourage Women in Manufacturing

By: Jenny Rush

Entrepreneur Nancy Westcott, president of GoatThroat Pumps, offers guidance and advice for encouraging girls and women to pursue manufacturing careers.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

What Makes Smart Robots Smart?

By: Matt Danford

How manufacturing technology “thinks,” and the extent to which it should, are critical considerations in applying artificial intelligence intelligently.
#datamatters

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Using AI for Predictive Maintenance, Employee Development

By: Eli Plaskett

Maximo from IBM Watson can use "true AI" software to implement predictive maintenance and AR-assisted repair using the sensors that come standard on CNC machine tools.

Automation

Practical Approaches to Automation

By: Emily Probst

Automation isn't just useful for large volumes of the same part. Today, it is increasingly being used in machine shops for high-mix, low-volume jobs.

Solving the Education Gap

By: Grady Cope, Owner, Reata Engineering

One way that shops can address the skills gap and the looming labor dilemma is to start making their own talent.
#viewfrommyshop #workforcedevelopment

Automotive

New CMMs Gather More Data, Faster, for Automotive QC Department

By: Jedd Cole

Continental’s single-touch-probe CMM was bogging down quality control and limiting the information the company could glean for safety inspections. Two Altera CMMs from LK Metrology cut cycle times and increased insight. 
#casestudy

IMTS spark: Drivers of Revenue and Profit Margin at Top Shops

By: Jenny Rush

Gardner Business Media's Chief Data Officer Steve Kline shares insights and trends from over a decade of the Top Shops benchmarking program.
#topshops

Managing Generation Z in Manufacturing

By: Mark Rohlfs, President, East Coast Precision Manufacturing

The next generation of manufacturing employees have a solid work ethic and vast technical skills that provide value in the machine shop. 
#workforcedevelopment #viewfrommyshop

Cutting Tools

Increasing Productivity in Drilling Holes in Steel

A new three-fluted drill designed for high production can improve the speed of drilling holes in steel by 50% while improving roundness and accuracy.

IMTS Spark Knowledge Centers Provide In-Depth Manufacturing Information

By: Evan Doran

Gardner Business Media and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology have partnered to produce in-depth knowledge centers addressing key topics in manufacturing that will shape the industry in years to come.