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Published: 6/15/2011

Minimizing Turnaround Times for Big Parts
The key to success (and the primary challenge) for any job shop is minimizing turnaround time for non-repeating work. This Indiana shop shares some of its strategies for reducing lead times for the various large-scale jobs it encounters.

Published: 6/3/2011

Make Maximum Use of the Magazine
This shop streamlined its selection of cutting tools to machine a number of parts on a pallet system. Cutting down on cutters delivered other benefits as well.

Published: 6/3/2011

The In-House Advantage
A shop that introduced its own product realizes the advantages of designing and machining a part under the same roof.

Published: 4/26/2011

Beyond Milling or Grinding
Ultrasonic machining opens new possibilities for NASA engineers using previously unmachinable materials.

Published: 4/14/2011

Micromachining Powder Metal on a VMC
By refining its micromachining process for powder metal tool steels, this shop has reduced production costs, lead times and secondary bench work for complex tooling components.

Published: 3/21/2011

Design the Parts Around the Process
To guarantee that components for a new helicopter could be readily produced, the company looked at the capabilities of available machine tools in the market first, and then finalized the design of the components accordingly. It created a Precision C...

Published: 2/15/2011

The Pursuit of Perfection
The “Pursuit of Perfection” is how Acero Precision defines its mission and while such lofty words make nice copy, all one needs to do is visit this contract manufacturer to experience how serious the company is about the technology, personnel and pr...

Published: 2/10/2011

How Cameras Improve Capacity
Web cameras provide an inexpensive way to bring remote processes together, and to improve timing and confidence in unattended machining.

Published: 1/28/2011

The 400° Difference
Cryogenic machining achieves dramatic tool life gains not by flooding the cut, but by refrigerating the tool.

Published: 12/22/2010

Easily Upgrade Machines with Hexapods
If you are like me, you’ve never heard of a hexapod until recently (or now), but I put two and two together to figure out that it was a machining apparatus with six legs.