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Published: 3/29/2019

5 CNC Apps Simplify Machine Shop Routines
Whether purchased online or made to order, custom control functions help a contract machining startup save time and avoid mistakes.

Published: 3/6/2019

Retrofitting and Updating Keep Milling Machine CNCs on the Cutting Edge
After struggling to achieve higher feed rates and accuracy for complex milling of large compression molds, Century Tool and Gage Co. retrofitted Fidia CNC control systems onto existing machining centers.

Published: 3/5/2019

Checking Cutting Tool Offset Values
A setup program can be used to test for overtravel issues before a workpiece is run, eliminating program verification delays.

Published: 3/1/2019

Understanding the Internet of Things
Part of the strangeness is this: There is not much to understand! Cheap sensors, fast connectivity, and data storage and applications in the cloud all come together to simplify certain kinds of automation needs. A band saw in the lab at Georgia Tech...

Published: 2/2/2019

External Input for Programmed Values
Parametric programming provides three easy ways to access external data.

Published: 1/17/2019

Fiber Optics Improve EDM Spark Monitoring, Wire Life
This controller uses fiber-optic cables to overcome major hurdles in monitoring EDM spark output, improving wire life and reducing voltage consumption.

Published: 10/31/2018

Die Manufacturer Embraces IIoT to Move to Shorter-Run Production
As a punch and die supplier’s customers implemented leaner strategies, it needed to shift to shorter-run manufacturing. An ethernet communications system enabled machine CNCs to communicate with bar feeders to automatically switch part program...

Published: 9/4/2018

Will Voice Recognition Enable a Transformational HMI for Machine Tools? (See Video)
A new digital assistant for machining brings voice control to various CNC types and voice-actuated access to machine-tool-related information. Given its promise to free shopfloor personnel to work more effectively, one machine tool builder sees it a...

Published: 8/23/2018

New Control Improves Feed Rates on Remanufactured Legacy Machine
Replacing the original 25-year-old control on an otherwise sound remanufactured VMC enabled a moldmaker to increase feed rates, cut cycle times and increase profitability.

Published: 8/9/2018

Learn How to Increase Productivity at IMTS
Exhibitors at the IMTS 2018 Metal Cutting Pavilion will feature smart machining technology including connectivity, automation, process integration and updated controls that can increase productivity.

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