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Published: 11/15/2001

Mills Hard Powder Metal With CBN Inserts
This shop machines hard, abrasive metal components for plastics-compounding and extrusion machinery. The components are barrels and screws used in machines for mixing and compounding plastic, food and industrial products.

Published: 8/15/2001

Software Provides The Edge For Toolgrinding
These days, software is increasingly providing the machining skills that once were the domain of experienced operators. This is especially true at cutter grinding shops where complex three-dimensional geometry, difficult materials, extreme tolerance...

Published: 6/1/2001

Tool Management System Complements DNC
It quickly became apparent to this company that handling the many tools - knowing where the tools were and how many were available - was the horse, and the DNC system was the cart.

Published: 5/15/2001

Using Helical Interpolation To Make Large-Diameter Holes
Producing a large-diameter hole is a common application for many shops, and there are numerous methods that can be used to achieve the end result. However, there are often numerous obstacles to completing the process cost effectively.

Published: 4/15/2001

Retooling Saves Time And Space
Fermer Precision machines a variety of precision parts from aluminum, cast iron, powdered metal, carbon steel and low-carbon steel for automobiles, firearms, medical products and train brake systems. The company relies on a Mori Seiki SV-500 and two...

Published: 12/15/2000

Reducing Cycle Time With Tool Selection/Management Program
Most products at BuTech are turned from Type 316 stainless steel bar stock with hardnesses of 28 to 32 HRC. The cold-worked stock provides a higher hardness than typical for this stainless steel type.

Published: 12/15/2000

Small Milling Tool Accounts For Big Productivity Gain In Machining Forging Dies
Who would have ever thought that such a small mill could so consistently and so reliably finish machine that hardened die steel.

Published: 6/15/2000

Vacuum Pump Maker Finds Innovative Ways To Reduce Manufaturing Costs
With new tooling, this manufacturer was able to mill housings at 3,000 sfm and a feed rate of 230 ipm. Cutting time dropped from 20.68 minutes to 12.74 minutes, a savings of nearly 40 percent.

Published: 5/15/2000

Improved Tool Changeover Time And Increased Tool Life For Turret Punching
A desire to reduce CNC punch press tool setup time and shorten product deliveries motivated this shop to invest in a new tooling system.

Published: 11/15/1999

Aerospace On A Diet
The difficulty of close tolerance finishing in both high temperature alloys and titanium is particularly real in the Aerospace industry, where thinwall construction is becoming more common. Read how an insert gave this shop an edge.