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Helping New Engineers Understand Manufacturing

Priorities, processes and personnel are three things new engineers must understand about the shop floor.
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5 Things New CNC Operators Must Know

These subjects are the building blocks of training newcomers on a specific CNC machine tool.
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Holemaking

Improving Peck Drilling Canned Cycles

Most CNCs don’t have a canned cycle for machining deep holes into malleable materials. Here’s what you do.
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Training CNC Machine Operators

A blended-learning approach uses external resources to teach the basics, saving in-house training for company-specific issues.
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CNC & Machine Controls

5 Ways the External Work Offset Can Help You

External work offsets can be valuable because they let you shift the point of reference for fixture offset entries from the machine’s home position to a more logical one.
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Develop Your Company Playbook

Like a sports team, your company can also benefit from a written plan.
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CNC & Machine Controls

Monitoring Time for Preventive Maintenance Tasks

Not all maintenance tasks should be performed based on a calendar date. You can use a custom macro to monitor your machines.
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Converting Time and Date to a More Useful Format

FANUC and FANUC-compatible CNCs have multiple ways to monitor time. They are accessed by four system variables: milliseconds clock, hours clock, current date and current time. Here’s how to format information in a helpful way.
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CNC & Machine Controls

Use Offset Data to Determine Turret Index Position

Determine the optimal index position based on cutting tools’ current geometry offset settings.
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Checking Cutting Tool Offset Values

A setup program can be used to test for overtravel issues before a workpiece is run, eliminating program verification delays.
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External Input for Programmed Values

Parametric programming provides three easy ways to access external data.
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Improve Program Compatibility Among Your CNCs

Put in the effort to eliminate machine-specific programming methods.
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Keep Your Company in the Loop

Demand that all employees are constantly learning and staying up to date with the latest manufacturing technology.
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The Urgency of Producing a Start-Part

Production cannot begin until the first workpiece is produced and passes inspection.
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Making CNC-Related Decisions

The diversity and similarity of components, manufacturing processes and machine tools must be considered to optimize your production process.
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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing Teaches Designers New Tricks

Considering what is required to design additive parts can illuminate the value of understanding all manufacturing processes, including subtractive ones. 
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Helping Machine Operators with Math

Requiring machine operators to perform calculations repeatedly has a negative impact on productivity.
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Holding Size with Tight Tolerances

Tolerances of less than 25 microns can be challenging to achieve and hold. Here are some suggestions for holding them for multiple workpieces.
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How to Deal with Complexities That Affect Worker Skill Levels

The goal must be to keep tasks as simple as possible for those who perform them.
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CNC & Machine Controls

3D Printers: CNC Machines by Any Definition

By thinking of 3D printers like any other CNC machine, users can find it easier to adapt to the technology.
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