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Published: 5/14/2010

Determining Machining Effectiveness, Not Guessing It
KitchenAid uses Overall Equipment Effectiveness to determine in real numbers the impact individual machine tools have on parts production for its stand mixers. In doing so, it brings actual machining processes closer to ideal ones.

Published: 5/13/2010

Telling the Mainstream about Manufacturing
How do we reach the next generation of manufacturing employees? One machine tool company succeeds with local efforts. Meanwhile, “C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.–Now!” seeks to go national.

Published: 2/2/2010

There Are Apps For That, Too
These two iPhone apps provide manufacturing professionals and students with quick access to helpful cutting tool information directly from their smart phones.

Published: 12/17/2009

Ten Ways To Maximize Profits In Any Economic Environment
In these tough economic times, it’s difficult to keep your company above water, let alone profitable. When business is booming, many shops focus on job completion and quality.

Published: 11/30/2009

Tool Certainty
For GKN Aerospace to overcome tool-related variations on its largest milling machines, it had to confront error sources that go unnoticed in many shops.

Published: 11/16/2009

MTConnect Is For Real
Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-te...

Published: 11/16/2009

Executive Dashboard Helps Drive the Business
 Doing more with less is the order of the day. Quickly understanding how a business is doing on a daily (even hourly) basis is key to decision making.

Published: 11/2/2009

Quick Change for Screw Machines
New quick-change dovetail form toolholders bring lean operations at a lean price.

Published: 10/19/2009

Speaking of Precision
The Precision Machined Products Association has created a blog to facilitate the transfer of important knowledge that will help keep precision machining competitive, sustainable and profitable.

Published: 9/25/2009

Training Process Constraints: Money, Time, Culture
Training, like any other manufacturing process, has to be seen as something that can be continuously improved.