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Published: 10/11/2019

Training CNC Machine Operators
A blended-learning approach uses external resources to teach the basics, saving in-house training for company-specific issues.

Published: 9/6/2019

Increasing Employee Output Through Automation: Here is What We Found in 7 Recent Shop Visits
Modern Machine Shop editors routinely visit machining facilities to report on shops that are succeeding. Here is what our editors found on seven recent shop visits, all related to using labor more efficiently.

Published: 9/16/2019

5 Ways the External Work Offset Can Help You
External work offsets can be valuable because they let you shift the point of reference for fixture offset entries from the machine’s home position to a more logical one.

Published: 8/5/2019

Standardized Controls Aid Shop's Apprenticeship Program
Cox Manufacturing’s commitment to standardization, from the parts it makes to its machine controls and apprenticeship program, is an important factor in its growth.

Published: 7/10/2019

News of Note: July 2019
New options for training young folks, NTMA offers blockchain services, a new partnership promoting additive manufacturing in aerospace work, and other industry news.

Published: 7/4/2019

7 CNC Parameters You Should Know
Parameters tell the CNC every little detail about the specific machine tool being used, and how all CNC features and functions are to be utilized.

Published: 6/12/2019

5 Things New CNC Operators Must Know
These subjects are the building blocks of training newcomers on a specific CNC machine tool.

Published: 4/26/2019

Using AI to Predict CNC Machine Spindle Issues Before They Are Issues
A machine tool builder is using artificial intelligence technology to predict when a spindle problem might occur, so shops can better prepare for and schedule necessary maintenance.  

Published: 4/9/2019

Outsourcing Optimizes Control Panel Construction
Given the multiple challenges associated with in-house panel building such as quality design, expertise, support and technology, outsourcing quickly becoming a viable option.

Published: 4/8/2019

Automating Small NC Programming Tasks Pays Off Big Over Time
What started as a few Java macros the programmer whipped up to make life easier has grown to a shop-wide file management system integrated into other software, such as Vericut. 

Siemens Answers with the Most Innovative CNC Solutions for Machine Tool Technology