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Published: 5/29/2008

Lending A Hand To The Machining Center
This coolant-operated gripper loads in the spindle like a toolholder, allowing the machining center to lift and move its own workpieces.

Published: 4/13/2008

Using Twin-Table Machines To Maximize Spindle Uptime
By integrating twin-table, bridge-style machining centers, this shop virtually eliminates spindle downtime during job chang-eovers. An operator can safely set up a new job on a table located outside the machine's workzone while the machine mills a w...

Published: 3/2/2008

The Returns On Automation
Machine tool automation, particularly grinding machine automation, offers various returns on investment. Different shops notice different advantages, and sometimes shops overlook important benefits when they are deciding whether to automate.

Published: 3/1/2008

Bar Feeders And Workpiece Surface Finish
Quality surface finish of a part is not only dependent on the turning machine itself, but also on the barstock loading and support system. The bar feed system becomes critical to the surface finish outcome by enabling the turning machine to create t...

Published: 1/1/2008

Automated Production Of Oil-Drill Couplings
A machining cell combines lathes, a robot and a conveyor system to enable automated production of precision oil-drill couplings.

Published: 12/28/2007

Handling Parts In A Robotic Cell
Here’s a review of the workholding and workhandling challenges a shop faces as it moves a part through a robotic cell, from serving up the blanks to the transfer of the final workpiece to post processing and gaging. Productivity, Inc. takes the read...

Published: 11/30/2007

The Hammond Way
Embracing innovation is part of the culture in this California production shop. Its founder takes competition and technical challenges as quests that demand creative solutions from man and machine.

Published: 9/2/2007

Double-Sided Productivity
Having a bar feeder on one side and a parts carrousel on the other side ensures that a turn-mill machine will achieve maximum productivity, whether the workpieces are mostly milled or mostly turned. In general, smaller parts are machined from bar st...

Published: 7/1/2007

Robots Make A Clean Sweep
A plant already effective at using robots for work handling applies robots to the end of the process as well, using them to clean and deburr intricate parts.

Published: 6/1/2007

Successfully Feeding The Medical Market
This medical shop has adopted five-axis, bar-fed machining technology to adapt to compressed delivery schedules and increasingly complex part geometries.