Focusing on the human side of the business — employee health, safety, success and growth — is the only way to satisfy both the buyer and seller.
Christina M. Fuges
Editorial Director, MoldMaking Technology
Loading and unloading a repetitive job was straining employees at B.I.C. Precision Machine, so the shop integrated a cobot arm from Absolute Machine Tools into its production process.
A legacy boring-mill machine retrofitted with a new FANUC control can hold tighter tolerances and accommodate rapid travel rates for faster machining.
The Esprit CAM system has enabled artistic fountain creator Wet Design to increase efficiency and spend its time creating instead of troubleshooting code.
Open Mind’s HyperMill CAM software includes powerful five-axis milling modules that decrease machining times for complex parts, as happened at NDK Paragon.
After watching a machinist take four hours to set up a part on a VMC, Dan Olsen of Mach Machine knew he had a problem. The solution seemed clear: horizontal machining. The automation system wasn’t expected; but the novelty was well worth it before long.
Sandvik Coromant’s 3D-printed CoroMill 390 cutter helped Flying S Inc. achieve six-times the productivity on MAX5 cast aluminum alloy than with previous tools.
Sunlight-Tech Inc. has used GF Machining Solutions’ Microlution laser micromachining and micro-milling centers to produce parts with tolerances tighter than 1 micron.
Greenleaf Corp.’s proprietary insert, cutter and machine adjustments helped OCCO reduce crankshaft machining costs to, in some cases, a quarter of the original cost.
With the help of TechSolve Inc., Nolte Precise Manufacturing Inc. optimized a brass part and saved $22,000 while opening up significant extra production time.
The OptiPath and Force modules of CGTech’s Vericut software have improved programming and cycle times at Ultra Machining Company.
Datanomix’s Fusion software led J&W Swiss Machine to a 13% increase in cycle-time conformance and a 1.5 day improvement on its on-time delivery.
When pen-and-paper methods of tracking job efficiency left AccuRounds’ engineers and managers in the dark, the shop switched to MachineMetrics. But machine monitoring brought morale challenges along with it.
C.R. Onsrud’s five-axis Hybrid Mill machining centers helped Aerospace Fabrications streamline its products’ machine times by as much as 40%.
After adopting the Romi C 830 and C 510, TPEI can turn larger workpieces and take larger depths of cut compared to its previous lathes.
Continental’s single-touch-probe CMM was bogging down quality control and limiting the information the company could glean for safety inspections. Two Altera CMMs from LK Metrology cut cycle times and increased insight.
Selecting an ERP software can be difficult. Finding a system that was flexible and worked with both sides of its business was important for Brunswick Steel as it switched to ERP from Global Shop Solutions.
Illinois-based job shop 3D Industries had difficulty managing its communication and data, a trouble that disappeared after the company began using Adion Systems’ ProShop DME.
By using digital technology and optimized indexable inserts from Big Kaiser, Schmauser Müller Metalltechnik has increased its process reliability and efficiency in fine boring applications as well as improved tool life.
A Lincoln College of Technology machining instructor details the most useful features of Mastercam — his school’s software of choice.
A vertical machining center with a fourth axis from Kent USA enables Mega Industries LLC to serve national laboratories quickly and accurately.
Mitee-Bite Products’ fixtures demonstrated their powerful clamping support in a project with Akron Gear & Engineering to vertically hold a 1-ton ring during machining.
By investing in a Transor Filter System, Advanced Tooling Inc. was able to immediately improve cycle times and gain a consistent cutting environment.
By switching to CAMWorks software, Decimal Engineering was able to boost its throughput and quality while saving time and money.
MSP recently worked with Renishaw PLC to automate part setup and improve productivity for 3T Additive Manufacturing Ltd., helping cut part setup time from 5 hours to 10 minutes.
According to Brush Research Manufacturing, abrasive finishing tools do not release large amounts of grit into a machine’s coolant. Hear from three shops using these tools.
Neuman & Esser uses their eight-year-old Droop+Rein from Starrag as a “workhorse” for complete machining.
Choosing a single brand of machine tools enables Ketchie Inc.’s operators to be self-sufficient. They can quickly learn to set up and program virtually any machine in the shop.