Probing Alternatives for EDM: April 2017 Digital Edition

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The latest issue of Modern Machine Shop breaks down part probing options for different kinds of EDM equipment, investigates why the automotive market is so strong and more.


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Click the image to read the April 2017 digital edition of the magazine. 

According to Brian Pfluger, EDM product line manager with Makino, while many EDM users understand how part probing speeds setups, many don’t realize the potential value for statistical process control (SPC) analysis and machining validation. Some of the probing options broken down by Derek Korn in his April cover feature enable feature measurement or validation to occur automatically after machining on wire, sinker or hole-making EDM equipment.

Also in this issue of Modern Machine Shop:

  • Why is the U.S. automotive manufacturing market strong right now? Some facts and figures reveal the facets of this industry’s current vitality.
  • A deep dive into the workings of an automated grinding, inspection and packaging cell that churns out auto parts with zero defects.
  • What are the characteristics of an abrasive waterjet machine that fits in a machine shop?
  • A preview of products to be displayed at PMTS 2017, taking place April 25-27.

Our digital edition lets you flip through or download the entire magazine for viewing on your devices. Besides the articles mentioned above, you’ll find case studies, industry news, upcoming events and more. 


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  • Surface Finish: A Machinist's Tool. A Design Necessity.

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