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Published: 3/15/2000

Quicker Tool Change For Mills
This article examines a retrofitted mechanical drawbar system with a preset die spring that enables an operator to manually do what a machining center does automatically--change tools quickly.

Published: 1/15/2000

A Shop Preset For Productivity
The tool presetters at this shop are interfaced to its computerized tool inventory system as well as linked to the machine tools for direct downloading of offset data. Digital image processing at the presetters is the key.

Published: 1/15/2000

The Right Tool, Right Away
In-house custom tool grinding extends the reach of CNC machining.

Published: 11/15/1999

ISO 9000--The Next Phase
The standard for ISO 9000 accreditation is changing. Here's what it might mean to you.

Published: 1/15/1999

Absolute Control
Tool management for this aerospace manufacturer begins in NC programming and reaches throughout the shop floor.

Published: 11/15/1998

More And Better Information
That's what employees of this shop now have. It's also what the shop itself has - improved information about its own needs and capabilities.

Published: 11/15/1998

The ABCs Of Activities Based Costing
A lot of job shops still use a flat shop rate when costing, estimating or quoting. This job shop developed its own software following another approach that is almost as simple but more accurate.

Published: 3/1/1997

Shop Control Getting Easier With Better Tools
Keeping metalworking shops under control has never been easy. Fortunately, shop management systems are getting better at functioning in this hectic environment.

Published: 2/1/1997

Connecting People, Not Just Computers
Disconnects between people are far too common in manufacturing businesses today. They occur, despite large investments in manufacturing business systems, because there are still barriers between the people trying to do business and the information t...

Published: 11/1/1996

Snapshot Of A Computer-Integrated Job Shop
Getting some basic software packages to "talk to each other" is the latest step in this job shop's steady march toward computer-integrated manufacturing -- at least for the moment.