VIDEO

Top Shops Share Their Top Technology

In this video taken at the 2019 Top Shops Conference, the year’s four Honors Program winners describe how they’ve each benefited from a new addition to their business.
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Automation

Video: How to Succeed at Lights-Out Machining — Findings from Top Shops Data

Differences in machine shops’ profit margins suggest the value of improvement methodology, unattended machining and machine tool monitoring, as well as the effective combination of all three of these.

HMCs

Dual-Spindle Technology Highlighted at Absolute Open House

The flexibility of two, independent spindles opens the door for machining facilities to do a variety of production work.

An Alternative Method to Pay for New CNC Machines

Financing might be a more attractive option to using conventional bank loans or cash on hand to purchase new CNC capital equipment as one industry expert explains.
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Turn/Mill

A Seven-Axis Multitasking Machine Demands a CAM Software Upgrade

A new order led Forbidn Manufacturing to buy a multitasking machine, but to program it effectively required taking on Esprit CAM software. The combination produces the part in two hours instead of eight.
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3D Printing Plugs a Problem

Superior Metal Products had a problem with chips and coolant being shot back through tube material it was machining on a bar-fed CNC turning center. The solution to plug the back end of the tubes was a 3D printed device.

Millennials Talk About Managing Millennials

At a past Top Shops Workshop, three of the four Top Shops Honors Program winners that year were millennials. They described their approach to managing people of their generation and creating an enticing, accommodating workplace for them.
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Automation

5 Impressions of EMO 2019, from Automated to Autonomous Manufacturing

The robot show? Not quite that. But automation and the expectation of processes that can run unattended if needed are clearly core to manufacturing now.
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Die/Mold

Multitasking Machining Centers Double Throughput, Cut Costs

Purchasing one, then two more, multitasking machining centers has transformed the way Concours Mold Inc. builds molds.
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Measurement

Fast Part Inspection Enables Quick Turnaround

Renishaw probes, used both on and off the machine tool, helped Tridan Engineering turn a Rally car part in just 17 days. It previously would’ve taken months to complete and inspect.
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