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By: George Schuetz 6/13/2019

There’s a Micrometer for That

A micrometer consists of two opposing surfaces, a stationary anvil and a moveable spindle. On most micrometers, these hardened steel or carbide-tipped contact surfaces are flat. However, micrometers can also be equipped with contact tips with unique forms for measuring special part characteristics.

Convenience is one of the reasons the micrometer is often the tool of choice for length/diameter measurements. The basic micrometer provides direct size information quickly, has high resolution and is easily adaptable to many different measurement applications. In addition, today’s electronic technology provides fast, easy readings and the potential to collect the results. Beyond the basic flat anvil micrometer, there are a variety of micrometer types that extend these advantages to many special measurement applications.

By: Mike Lynch 6/12/2019

5 Things New CNC Operators Must Know

Today’s manufacturing companies find it nearly impossible to find and hire qualified CNC machinists. Indeed, most find it difficult to find people that have any shop experience at all. Instead, they must hire people who simply show an interest in and (hopefully) have aptitude for manufacturing – and train them from scratch.

Given this, there are five subjects that would-be CNC machinists must understand before they can spend meaningful time on a specific CNC machine tool.

With the crash of wooden mallets upon the lid of a sake barrel, Methods Machine Tools’ new Precision Center was officially open for business. The traditional Kagami biraki ceremony took place June 5 with executives from companies that have partnered with Methods to help test and launch the ultra-environmentally controlled facility.

At its core, Methods’ new Precision Center is meant to remove all environmental variables that could impact the performance of machining centers and equipment when extremely tight tolerances are required. Customers who may have difficulties achieving extremely tight tolerances, for instance, could turn to the center to rule out — or pinpoint — variables within their own facilities as the culprit. These variables fall across two broad categories: the climate conditions and air pressure within the room itself, and an ultra-solid foundation to minimize machine vibration.

“As much as our customers want it to be a finisher, a drill is still a roughing tool,” says Salvatore DeLuca, product manager at Allied Machine and Engineering. “It’s always going to cut slightly oversized.”

Nonetheless, he says it is easy to understand high expectations for replaceable-tip drills like those manufactured by Allied, a specialist in holemaking tools. In the right application, the latest offerings can leave holes straight and smooth enough to make dedicated finishing tools unnecessary.

Before leaving for a Taiwanese machine tool trade show a few months ago, I forced my own @MMS_Derek Twitter hand(le).

Knowing many of my Twitter followers might never attend the Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS) — or visit Taiwan for that matter — I tweeted prior to my trip that I would capture some of my experiences (silly or otherwise) from the time I left my house to when I returned home one week later. My goal was to offer a taste of what it is like to travel halfway around the world seeking insight into the latest machining and manufacturing technology. You can find all those tweets (and video) here. You’ll also find fun facts about traveling in Taiwan.

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