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Published: 1/21/2011

Take the Highland Road
From programming to setup to production, this Ohio job shop plans everything it does around untended machining. The company has been refining the process for more than a decade and has become very good at it.

Published: 1/19/2011

Five Options for Higher Productivity
Today’s market is more competitive and time-driven than ever, and seemingly small workflow improvements can often result in huge gains in the medium and long term. Accuracy and throughput can be greatly increased simply by choosing the best tool for...

Published: 12/21/2010

The Employee-Owned Advantage
This Ohio shop is 100-percent employee-owned. Thus, both management and shopfloor employees recognize the importance of optimizing efficiency wherever possible. Thanks to a strong willingness to invest in and embrace new technologies, sales-per-empl...

Published: 9/22/2010

From Blank to Box
Global Gear & Machining created a new cell that requires no human intervention.

Published: 9/20/2010

The Many Sides of Workholding
Here's a broad look at different ways to approach workholding, from bar feeders to collet chucks to robotics.

Published: 3/17/2010

Robotic Automation's Challenges, Solutions and Benefits
This article looks at considerations for implementing robotic automation.

Published: 1/22/2010

A Company's Road to Lights-Out
Consolidation is usually about companies. However, this Illinois shop has found that consolidating turning spindles from eight stand-alone lathes into a single CNC multi- spindle, then running it lights-out is the way to go.

Published: 1/18/2010

Grippers are a Workhandling Concept to Grasp
The cost of machine operation can be expensive, especially when machines must be manned all day long. In our current slow and unpredictable economy, many shops are looking at ways to reduce manpower and increase efficiency by automating their proces...

Published: 11/10/2009

The Responsiveness Robot
For this lean shop dedicated to low-inventory kanban relationships with customers, the most critical measure of efficiency revealed the value of robotic loading.

Published: 7/23/2009

Integrated Solutions for Chip Removal and Fluid Filtration
Shops can easily view chips simply as waste, hardly giving a second thought to the disposal process and the potential related savings. By keeping an eye on the waste and choosing the most efficient methods of chip disposal, a shop can easily add to ...