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Tracking Time with Custom Macro

System variables allow for time-based applications like tool-life monitoring, preventive maintenance, sampling inspections and machine warm-up.
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The Effect of Lot Size on Productivity

The more parts to be produced, the more elaborate the manufacturing process. Here are some other important considerations that can impact productivity.
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Controlling Your CNC Display Screens

CNC manufacturers have begun offering programs that allow end users to customize how display screen pages look and work.
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Maintaining Productivity with Repeat Business

Recurring tasks need to be streamlined and sometimes performed offline.
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Testing Job Applicants for CNC Programming Proficiency

The best way to confirm prior experience of new CNC programmers and operators is with formal assessments of knowledge and ability.
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Design vs. Manufacturing — Can We All Just Get Along?

The relationship between these two basic departments is critical to the success of any manufacturing company.
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Second-Referencing Variables in Custom Macro

This technique allows operators to query a large number of values using only a few CNC commands.
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Impacting Productivity

Stop employing these four common CNC shop practices to make better use of employee and machining time.
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Mobile Spreadsheets for Sizing Adjustments

This is one area in which operators often struggle, so provide a reference tool to make the job easier.
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Identifying Machines from Within CNC Programs

The technique outlined here offers a seamless way for a single CNC program to be used when a job is run across different machines.
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Process Documentation

Drawings that include these seven details can help clarify specific operations.
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Changing Program Behavior

User-defined codes allow you to make minor method changes to machine workpieces without reprogramming.
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The Right Speed and Feed

A bit of math is involved in programming the appropriate rates for a particular tool.
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Conflicting CNC Applications

Almost every critical feature can be used in multiple ways. Be aware of the options, and choose those that are most appropriate for your specific applications.
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Developing an In-House Training Curriculum

You’ve decided who you’re going to train. You’ve assessed your CNC operator needs. Now it’s time to figure out exactly what content you’re going to teach.
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Meeting Your Specific CNC Operator Needs

You’ve identified the right candidates and decided to train them in house, now how do you make sure the training actually covers what your particular shop needs?
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In-Plant Training

This might be your best bet for filling CNC positions in your shop, but selecting the right candidates for this training is key.
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A Custom Macro for Bar Pulling

This alternative to bar feeding can provide many of the same capabilities, but at a fraction of the cost.
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Considerations for a New CNC Machine

Here are five factors you shouldn’t overlook.
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Haven’t We Run This Job Before?

Replicating successfull setups should help eliminate common snags that derail repeat jobs.
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