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Simplifying Tricky Sizing Adjustments

When simple arithmetic will not suffice, use custom macro B to calculate more complicated workpiece measurements.
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Trial Machining

Programming this operation, when it’s required, can improve productivity.
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A Cheat Sheet for the Unwritten Rules

The things you and your experienced staff take for granted can lead to confusion and costly mistakes by new hires. Make it easier for them by writing them down.
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Alarms and Messages

Programming custom machine-stopping commands can guide operators through the machining process.
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Training CNC Operators

Make sure shop newcomers know these basics before they are trained on the machines.
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A Waste of Time

Here are five productivity killers to look for the next time you walk through your manufacturing shop.
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Refining the Macro

These tips will help you optimize the structure of your part family custom macro.
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Divide and Conquer

For simplicity, break up your part family custom macro into multiple programs.
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Part Definition Variables

Build the necessary data into your part family custom macro.
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Structuring a Part Family Custom Macro

There are three common ways to get data into the program.
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Understanding G27, G28, G29 and G30

Take a closer look at these reference position commands.
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Training CNC Operators

Include specific instruction that targets entry-level workers.
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Taking Full Advantage of Geometry and Wear Offsets

They offer benefits that many CNC users overlook.
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Task Simplification

Use these techniques to simplify dull tool replacement.
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G28 Versus G53

Which command is better to get your machine axes to the reference position?
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Create a Consortium of Companies in Your Area

Exchanging ideas and methods among neighboring, non-competing manufacturers can benefit everyone involved.
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Compatibility Versus Unique Features

You have to strike the right balance between taking advantage of the benefits offered by special features and maintaining consistency.
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System Variables Versus the G10 Command

Custom macro B enables users to read and write data into accessible registers, whereas G10 code permits writing into all offset registers. But which option is best for applications that only require the ability to write data?
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Different Company Types Have Different CNC Needs

A company’s CNC needs can vary depending on what it produces.
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Add Intelligence to a Tool-Changing Custom Macro

Knowing what is accessible from within a custom macro can help you decide whether you need a more-intelligent tool-change command.
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