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Published: 4/23/2013

Automation at Aztalan Engineering
A contract manufacturer expands its capacity using various approaches to feeding the machines.

Published: 4/22/2013

Composites Technology at F-35 Suppliers Conference
A recent conference highlighted composites milling equipment as well as a new seven-axis fiber-placement machine specifically designed for the tricky material used to create critical F-35 components.

Published: 3/18/2013

Taking the Long View on Short Runs
Certain jobs require a processing strategy that strikes a balance between the needs of high-volume production and low-quantity toolroom work. Reorganizing material flows and investing in machining centers designed specifically for small lots helped ...

Published: 2/25/2013

The In-House Initiative
OEMs experiencing outsourcing issues might consider this manufacturer’s approach to establishing an appropriate level of in-house machining capabilities.

Published: 2/25/2013

Adapting to Aerospace Change
The changing demands of aerospace companies have prompted machine shops such as this one to evolve their processes and equipment to become more competitive.

Published: 1/17/2013

Worth Three Machines
A shop that closely tracks machining performance says its new horizontal machining center delivers productivity comparable to three verticals.

Published: 1/17/2013

The Big Step Up
A small shop added two new machines, each of which is more advanced than any of the previous machine tools the company has used. One of the co-owners committed to the work of bringing both of these machines fully into service. Here is the shop&rsquo...

Published: 1/17/2013

Consistent Tool Engagement in Five Axes
This tool path applies the consistent-tool-engagement-angle strategy that previously has been only available for two- and three-axis operations to four- and five-axis simultaneous movements.

Published: 12/3/2012

When Reshoring Really Happens
Bob’s Design Engineering illustrates how a shop that used to be organized for short-run work transformed its process for ongoing production.

Published: 10/17/2012

More Demanding Than Production
The challenges of prototyping have dramatically increased. This company reinvented itself to specialize in the tight-leadtime process development that prototyping now entails.