Large-Part Machining

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Published: 8/4/2019

Meet Colossus: An Inside Look at One of the Largest Five-Axis Machining Centers in the U.S.
My behind-the-scenes tour on the shop floor of Baker Industries began and ended with its Emco Mecof PowerMill, one of the biggest five-axis machining centers in the United States. The tour also shed light on the company’s highly aggressiv...

Published: 7/1/2015

Systematic Success
A more efficient manufacturing process has enabled this manufacturer to ramp up production of its devices for the oil and gas industry.

Published: 3/31/2015

Going Live on a Vertical Lathe
For this company, investing in live tooling and a high-pressure coolant system on a pair of new CNC vertical lathes eliminated setups, increased throughput and led to safer material handling on the shop floor.

Published: 6/11/2014

A Novel Modular Clamping System
This clamping system minimizes setup times, enable a machine to access five sides of a part and provides highly repeatable positioning for bulky components.

Published: 3/21/2014

The Million-Dollar Job
A shop specializing in large parts describes the most expensive single order it ever shipped.

Published: 1/4/2013

Vertical Turning Adds a Horizontal Ram
For American Vulkan, having both a vertical and a horizontal ram on a large VTL is a critical advantage. The added flexibility enables the company to finish some of its biggest coupling components in one setup to a level of precision and surface qua...

Published: 5/15/2012

Large-Part Additive Manufacturing
These articles sample possibilities for additive manufacturing of large metal parts.

Published: 5/10/2012

Key Elements of the World’s Largest Inverted VTL
A number of noteworthy design elements enable this inverted vertical turret lathe to accurately and effectively machine very large components.

Published: 10/20/2011

Delivering Value in Program Production
A contract manufacturer specializing in ongoing production programs describes the investments involved in winning this work.

Published: 8/18/2011

Gearing Up to Make Big Gears
Over the years, this Indiana job shop/contract manufacturer developed a specialty in gear making. Now it is taking this specialty to a grander scale. Two large machines for high-precision internal gear grinding are the main anchors of the company&rs...