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5 Steps to Automation: A Pre-Automation Checklist

5 Steps to Automation: A Pre-Automation Checklist

Shop Metalworking Technology

Machines shops, small and large alike, struggle with increasing throughput, decreasing costs and improving quality. Automating CNC machining processes can help achieve all three–the trifecta of productivity improvements. But many shop owners are afraid automation will be too costly or complex. That doesn’t have to be the case.

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Select the Right Medical Device Machining Equipment

Select the Right Medical Device Machining Equipment

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Likewise, in medical device manufacturing, there’s more than one type of equipment for machining parts and devices. While traditional computer numerical control (CNC) machining is versatile and precise, nontraditional technologies, including laser and abrasive waterjet machining, also offer a host of advantages.

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Driven to Perform

Driven to Perform

Cutting Tool Engineering

“Compared to 10 years ago, mill/turn centers today have enough power to do some really decent work,” Fischer said. “There’s also an increased focus on shops looking to avoid moving parts from machine to machine, getting things done in one operation wherever possible. Multifunction, [driven tools] on a standard lathe are a big improvement for them.”

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Hard Turning's Strong Finish

Hard Turning's Strong Finish

Production Machining

Grinding operations are known for the superior surface finishes they can achieve. But the cost of a grinding machine, its relatively narrow scope of application, and the limited number of operators capable of running it effectively can be compelling factors in a shop’s mission to find a more practical or cost efficient means of attaining the required surface finishes. Hard turning can often serve as the solution, but the limitations of this process must also be carefully considered.

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 Hartwig Houston And Okuma Present Technology For Today And Beyond

Hartwig Houston And Okuma Present Technology For Today And Beyond

Southwest Manufacturing News

Machine tool manufacturer Okuma America Corporation and distributor Hartwig recently hosted a one-day machine tool open house event at the Hartwig showroom in Houston, Texas. The event provided attendees the opportunity to meet with Okuma America, Hartwig and additional industry representatives to learn the latest machine tool and accessory technology.

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The Manufacturing Institute and University of Phoenix Announce Winners of 2013 Scholarship Program

The Manufacturing Institute and University of Phoenix Announce Winners of 2013 Scholarship Program

Ten full-tuition scholarships focus on educating the manufacturing workforce

University of Phoenix is pleased to partner with The Manufacturing Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan education and research affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), to offer the Manufacturing Institute Scholarship program. The Manufacturing Institute and University of Phoenix have awarded 10 scholarships to current or transitioning employees in the manufacturing industry and students completing community college or industry-recognized credentials in manufacturing. Okuma applications engineer, Chris Davala, was selected to participate in the program and will be studying for a bachelor's degree in information technology.

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Hartwig Tulsa Oil, Gas And Aerospace Machine Tool Technologies

Hartwig Tulsa Oil, Gas And Aerospace Machine Tool Technologies

Southwest Manufacturing News

Hartwig Tulsa recently hosted a two-day open house event at their Technology Showroom to demonstrate how customers can increase productivity in their metalworking manufacturing.

Several machine tool demonstartions provided attendees insight into the newest cutting technologies from Okuma America Corporation, Bridgeport, Tsugami and Okamoto.

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Preventive Maintenance Makes Good Dollars and Sense

Preventive Maintenance Makes Good Dollars and Sense

MoldMaking Technology

By keeping up with your recommended preventive maintenance (PM) schedule, you can reduce your chances of having a catastrophic breakdown.

Preventive maintenance is about more than just protecting your CNC machine investment. By having a proactive preventive maintenance plan in place, you’re ensuring you can maximize your productivity too.

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Control Technology for a Better Fit

Control Technology for a Better Fit

Today's Medical Developments

Over the past 15 years, CNC machining has undergone technological advancements that allow for faster cuts, reduction in machining errors, better finishes, and even leaner operations.Technology for protheses and implants has also made drmatic advances. For example, today surgeons and radiologists are able to get a better idea of what size part they'll need to order for knee-replacement surgery.

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Precision Cutter & Tool Celebrates 25 Years

Precision Cutter & Tool Celebrates 25 Years

Mid-America Commerce & Industry

Precision Cutter & Tool, Lebanon, Missouri, celebrated its 25th anniversary on September 5th. The event included a luncheon, presentations and tours of the facility. Hartwig and Okuma helped with the event.

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 Hartwig, Inc. Demonstrates Their Latest Automation Technology

Hartwig, Inc. Demonstrates Their Latest Automation Technology

Southwest Manufacturing News

Machine tool distributor Hartwig Inc., recently hosted a two day event, "The Whole Package". The event featured the latest in machine tool demonstrations and automation technology, with over 20 machines under power at their Irving, TX facility. The event focused on educating attendees on the utilization of industry automation, new technology and Hartwig's engineering services to increase productivity and profit, along with showcasing the entire product mix that Hartwig offers.

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WNC Technology Center Gaining Nearly $1 Million in New Machinery

WNC Technology Center Gaining Nearly $1 Million in New Machinery

Western Nevada College

Gosiger Inc. Allows College to Demonstrate CNC Machines

Future Machine Tool Technology students at Western Nevada College are going to benefit two-fold from demonstration machinery by Gosiger Inc. and a grant that will upgrade and update the center. Not only will WNC students learn how to use some of the latest Computer Numerical Control machines, they also will be under consideration for employment by local manufacturers who will visit the campus to see demonstrations of the machines.

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Shopfloor Data and the Future of Manufacturing

Shopfloor Data and the Future of Manufacturing

Production Machining

Redundancy is far too common in many areas of life. Standardized processes that streamline production might be the perfect solution.

For the Okuma OSP, the e-Connect system uses a single Ethernet connection from PowerStream VP to the machine tool control that allows for quick and easy installation of the interface in about 15 minutes, versus 8 hours or more to set up and program non-Ethernet connected devices. Additionally, the e-Connect interface eliminates setup inconsistencies because installers simply follow the menu-driven procedures. Data from the high pressure system is pushed directly to the Okuma OSP, so Okuma’s MacMan-net data system can then share this information to a central monitoring system

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Not the Same Old Grind

Not the Same Old Grind

Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

New materials used in grinding aerospace parts force the creation of new processes, while machine requirements continue to enhance productivity levels.

New materials tend to create a domino effect on aerospace machining processes. As environmental concerns force a change in materials from traditional chrome electroplating to high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spray coating, this in turn affects selection of grinding wheels, and ultimately the choice of the grinding machine itself.

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Down With Downtime

Down With Downtime

Cutting Tool Engineering

In business for more than 3 decades, Suburban Manufacturing Co. has a 30,000-sq.-ft. CNC machine shop, employs 65 workers and is doubling in size every 3 years.

As a result, the Eastlake, Ohio, company is quickly moving up the ranks in the Weatherhead 100, an index of northeast Ohio’s fasting growing companies. In 2011, Suburban ranked 69th, and moved to 41st last year. According to Rick Grice, company president and founder, the essential ingredients in keeping Suburban successful and competitive are its innovative people and that the company is employee-owned, which it has been for nearly 10 years.

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Cool Tool

Cool Tool

Cutting Tool Engineering

High-pressure, through coolant drilling provides a host of benefits.

High-pressure coolant is an excellent tool in the fight to reduce cycle times when drilling, which is why most part manufacturers use it. “The majority of shops have it,” said Erik Egland, applications engineer for toolmaker OSG Tap & Die Inc., Glendale Heights, Ill. “When you break it down by machine tool, I would say 30 to 40 percent of individual machines have at least through-coolant capability, if not the high pressure.”

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Do More With Less

Do More With Less

Shop Metalworking Technology

Drive to cut costs spurring interest in multi-tasking machines.

Multi-tasking machines make a compelling argument for job shops and OEMs in low volume production environments: one machine for multiple machining functions means you can reduce or eliminate stand-alone lathes and mills, reduce setup errors and costs of fixturing, and improve productivity.

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Mechatronics Inside Equals Innovation Outside

Mechatronics Inside Equals Innovation Outside

Control Design Magazine

Okuma's Melding of Mechanical and Electronics Fosters Collaboration and Breakthroughs in Real-Time, Active Optimization — and Apps, Too.

Many machine builders talk about mechatronics, but only a few truly weave mechanical and electronics together to work harmoniously in their machines, organizations, and even their people. One of these rare organizations is Okuma in Nagoya, Japan, and its U.S. subsidiary, Okuma America Corp., in Charlotte, N.C.

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What's On Your Pallet?

What's On Your Pallet?

Cutting Tool Engineering

Implementing automated pallet systems in small and medium-size shops can reduce labor costs and increase productivity.

More small and medium-size job shops are turning to unattended machining to compete effectively. A key part of many lights-out strategies is an automated pallet system to load and unload pallets of fixtured parts into and out of machine tools. By keeping a machine running through a second or third shift without adding personnel, shops can increase productivity.

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J.S. Foster Aims for Better Service With Machine Investment

J.S. Foster Aims for Better Service With Machine Investment

Metalworking Production & Purchasing

New twin spindle turning center helps serve internal clients.

Jack Foster grew up in the metalworking industry, learning the business from his father Joseph, who first opened J.S. Foster (www.jsfoster.com) more than 40 years ago. The elder Foster was known for his ingenuity, helping his customers create some components that are still in use today. Jack Foster inherited that pride in quality parts, and has used his own ingenuity to grow his business interests so that J.S. Foster Corp. is just one part of his manufacturing interests. But it's still the heart of the business, and new investments are making it more agile and efficient in the way it serves its interna; and external customers.

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Shop Grows its Multitasking Operations

Shop Grows its Multitasking Operations

Production Machining

Here's a look at what this shop's expanded multitasking capabilities have meant to its success and how it plans to continue building momentum.

The family-owned company began operations in 1916, serving the screw machine industry with a lineup of cam machines. Today, Nolte Precise Manufacturing (Cincinnati, Ohio) has evolved into a full-service contract manufacturing business, providing medium- to high-volume precision machined and assembled components to original equipment manufacturers while also offering a total supply chain solution with a combination of CNC lathes, mills and Swiss machines alongside its automatic screw machines and assembly processes.

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Enhance Mold Precision by Going Five-Axis

Enhance Mold Precision by Going Five-Axis

MoldMaking Technology

Here’s how to manufacture large or high-precision, complex molds while maintaining efficiency.

Efficient CNC machining capabilities are more important than ever for moldmakers seeking to maintain a competitive edge in today’s market. Oftentimes, large, heavy parts require intricacies that become increasingly difficult to maintain using a standard three-axis or four-axis horizontal machining center. Switching to a 5-axis CNC machine can provide users with the ability to manufacture large or high-precision, complex molds while still maintaining efficiency.

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XL Tool Stays Nimble With Mexico Move and Restored Work

XL Tool Stays Nimble With Mexico Move and Restored Work

Metalworking Production & Purchasing

Staying competitive serving the automotive industry in North America never gets easier, and recent changes in the marketplace have demanded that shops large and small in the industry find new ways to meet the demands of that clientele. XL Tool Inc. (www.xltool.com) has proven to be a true success story in the management of that change. The company not only has a healthy operation here in Canada, but it has also set up shop in Mexico. Both facilities are now diversifying to expand their market reach.

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Open for Business: Machine Tool Event Brings Out the Crowds

Open for Business: Machine Tool Event Brings Out the Crowds

Shop Metalworking Technology

"We're bringing some parts back in-house that were manufactured in Korea and India. We want to bring value-added operations to our parts by making more of them here in Canada, so we're just getting into machining now," says Paul Larsen of Multimatic Dynamic Suspension, a former Magna company based in Markham, ON.

Shop Metalworking Technology caught up with Larsen at EMEC Machine Tool's open house. The company recently purchased two Okuma milling machines to add to several other Okuma's, some of which run 24/7 at the 250,000 sq ft plant.

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Automation at Aztalan Engineering

Automation at Aztalan Engineering

Modern Machine Shop

A contract manufacturer expands its capacity using various approaches to feeding the machines.

Machine tool automation is not a new idea at Aztalan Engineering of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Instead, for this contract manufacturer, using automation to load and unload parts is an established practice. In the 1990s, the company took over production of a set of components from another shop, buying and installing the two robot-loaded CNC lathes this previous shop had used. The cell delivers high productivity to this day. And yet, the experience with these robots did not mean that the third lathe added to this cell would get a robot of its own.

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The Future of CNC Is Now

The Future of CNC Is Now

Canadian Industrial Machinery

New control technology enables better communication among different systems, including robots.

CNC developers, machine tool builders, and robot suppliers are beginning to join forces to make communication easier and streamline the programming process.

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Buying Time

Buying Time

Cutting Tool Engineering

Using standard tooling on a CNC lathe means leaving money on the table.

To a racecar driver, quick changeover means the difference between victory and defeat. But it seems machine shop owners and manufacturing engineers aren’t getting the message. Talk to most any machine tool expert and you’ll hear the same thing: fewer than 10 percent of all 2-axis lathes are equipped with quick-change tooling.

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Automation Boosts Throughput, Helps Best Use Skilled Workers

Automation Boosts Throughput, Helps Best Use Skilled Workers

Modern Machine Shop

By automating tasks that require lesser skills, Hy-Tech was able to increase throughput and use its operators to their fullest potential.

Finding skilled workers to bring on board has become a challenge for many manufacturers. This was the case at Hy-Tech Machine. Adding to that problem was the fact that the skilled employees it already had were spending their time handling material, loading and unloading parts, and completing other tasks that were not the best use of their talents. By automating some lower-skill-level procedures, Hy-Tech was able to improve throughput and use its employees to their fullest potential.

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Apex Precision Starts Up in Aerospace

Apex Precision Starts Up in Aerospace

Manufacturing Engineering

Despite lingering uncertainty in the economy, management at the start-up contract manufacturer thinks now is a good time to start a company.  How did they do it?

On one hand, 2012 may not have appeared to be the best time to start a new company in North America. Matt Rudd, president and CEO for Apex Precision Solutions (Mason, MI), acknowledged the difficulties. Economic uncertainties lingered, with small manufacturers continuing to find access to capital difficult. As a result, many smaller manufacturing players were exiting the field. That made it a perfect time to rush in, according to Rudd.

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Improve Productivity Using CNC Technology

Improve Productivity Using CNC Technology

Northeast Manufacturing News

Okuma America hosted a CNC Technology Productivity event at its company headquarters with 26 machines on display. Jim King, President and COO of Okuma America, spoke to attendees, “this is the largest number of machines being demonstrated in the history of our company.” “Manufacturing has always led the economy out of a recession and current times are no exception,” said Jim King.

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Multitasking Capabilities Help Shop Stay Ahead of Orders

Multitasking Capabilities Help Shop Stay Ahead of Orders

Production Machining

With the new Okuma CNC lathe multitasking production center, this company is increasing the size of its net, going after new markets, taking a hard look at aerospace engine coolers and a large array of medical applications.

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Apex Precision Starts Up in Aerospace

Apex Precision Starts Up in Aerospace

Manufacturing Engineering

Despite lingering uncertainty in the economy, management at the start-up contract manufacturer thinks now is a good time to start a company. How did they do it?

On one hand, 2012 may not have appeared to be the best time to start a new company in North America. Matt Rudd, president and CEO for Apex Precision Solutions (Mason, MI), acknowledged the difficulties. Economic uncertainties lingered, with small manufacturers continuing to find access to capital difficult. As a result, many smaller manufacturing players were exiting the field.

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Machining and Metalworking Manufacturing: It's All About Making Money

Machining and Metalworking Manufacturing: It's All About Making Money

Midwest Manufacturing News

Money. We earn it, find it and spend it but do we ever stop to think about how it's made? The United States Mint in Denver, CO, thinks about how coins are made every single day. That is their business and has been since the United States Mint in Denver began its first year of operation in 1906. Today, the Denver Mint's daily output can exceed 50 million coins a day.

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Agility Delivers Workholding Dollars

Agility Delivers Workholding Dollars

Manufacturing Engineering Media

Setting targets leads to finding the best solutions.

Quick change (QC), zero point clamping, modular vises and clamping devices are just some of the buzzwords one hears in the workholding world. Typically stated objectives are reduction in setup time and downtime, increased spindle utilization, and flexibility to match requirements of automation and increasingly popular five-axis machining. No industry is exempt. The return on investment can often be measured in hundreds of hours of production time gained over a year, leading to gains measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and more. So important are the benefits, suppliers of workholding believe, that if only end users can be brought into a meaningful dialogue about their production needs and challenges, decisions to tool up new machines, or retool existing production machines would become self-evident.

 

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Lathe with Multitasking Capability Helps Shop Stay Competitive

Lathe with Multitasking Capability Helps Shop Stay Competitive

Modern Machine Shop

Purchasing a multitasking turning center has helped Mercer Machine Tool accept a wider range of jobs to ensure the future of its business.

Maintaining a competitive business in an industry that is fighting to keep jobs from being outsourced and still recovering from the recent recession is no easy task, but Mercer Machine Company sticks to a simple plan: Cast a wide net. While shops that focused on a handful of uncomplicated, high-volume jobs that easily could be sent abroad closed down, Mercer invested in advanced technology to win work its competitors wouldn’t attempt. By using a CNC turn-mill from Okuma (Charlotte, North Carolina), the shop was able to improve quality while reducing operator involvement.

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Texas Offline to Show GibbsCAM Software Capabilities

Texas Offline to Show GibbsCAM Software Capabilities

Southwest Manufacturing News

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced that it has been selected for membership in Okuma America’s Partners in THINC, a collaborative network of over 40 companies that service the metal-cutting and manufacturing industry with specialized software, equipment, expertise and a commitment to solve problems and increase productivity for end users.

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Sort, Select, Start Up

Sort, Select, Start Up

Cutting Tool Engineering

Choosing a multitask machine from a bewildering array of options can be challenging, but the right one can be a shop game changer.

The simplest definition of multitasking is “the performance of multiple tasks at one time.” In the world of machine tools, however, multitasking takes on a far more dynamic meaning. Simultaneous turning operations, machining multiple part surfaces and combining several manufacturing operations into a single setup are just a few of multitasking’s many flavors.

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Job Shop Productivity Open House

Job Shop Productivity Open House

Manufacturing News, Midwest Edition

Okuma America and distributor Morris Midwest hosted a Job Shop Productivity event with 19 machines on display as well as metrology and automation equipment held at the Okuma Chicago Tech Center in Roselle, Illinois. Attendees brought their challenging parts and machining problems so Okuma and Morris application engineers, along with Partners in THINC members, could help find solutions. One common goal among attendees was the need to achieve increased cutting conditions and enhance machining efficiency to meet ever tighter delivery times.

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Sort, Select, Start Up

Sort, Select, Start Up

Cutting Tool Engineering

Choosing a multitask machine from a bewildering array of options can be challenging, but the right one can be a shop game changer.

The simplest definition of multitasking is “the performance of multiple tasks at one time.” In the world of machine tools, however, multitasking takes on a far more dynamic meaning. Simultaneous turning operations, machining multiple part surfaces and combining several manufacturing operations into a single setup are just a few of multitasking’s many flavors.

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Richard Childress Racing Puts CNC Machining on Fast Track

Richard Childress Racing Puts CNC Machining on Fast Track

Southeast Manufacturing News

Richard Childress Racing (RCR), one of the well-known names in NASCAR Sprint CUP racing, knows a little bit about the value of getting on track and up to speed quickly. It is part of the organization's culture. So when its machine shop, where custom parts are manufactured for RCR race cars, was losing four to eight hours of machine cycle on critical "first piece" parts, it was a detriment to that culture of speed.

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Gosiger's Southeast Office Continues Partnership with Okuma and Partners in THINC Members

Gosiger's Southeast Office Continues Partnership with Okuma and Partners in THINC Members

Southeast Manufacturing News

Gosiger's Southeast office wrapped up its 2012 Learning Series hosting its third workshop of the division's three-part series on the topic of lights out manufacturing. This third and final event dfeatured Gosiger's own Automation division along with Partners in THINC member participants from previous Gosiger East Coast office events.

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Where Grinding Still Beats Hard Turning

Where Grinding Still Beats Hard Turning

Plastics Technology

Although advances in CNC turning centers and cutting tools have made substantial strides in favor of hard turning over grinding, according to Okuma's Rob Titus, grinding often turns out to be the better choice. Okuma is probably best known for its CNC lathes and machining centers. However, the company also offers a line of cylindrical OD and ID CNC grinders, and is always eager to find the best process for an application--whether it involves hard turning or grinding.

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When RESHORING Really Happens

When RESHORING Really Happens

Modern Machine Shop

When Bob’s Design Engineering in Hillsboro, Oregon, won a major production job three years ago, the shop’s owner and senior employees had just one question: “Now what?” they asked. They had not expected to win this project. As the very name of the company suggests, Bob’s Design Engineering has historically been focused on prototyping and short-run product development, not machining for mature production. In fact, many of the company’s customers are in the electronics industry, which has a long history of sending production overseas.

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Abrasive Flow Machining Increases Racing Performance

Abrasive Flow Machining Increases Racing Performance

West Manufacturing News

Earlier this year, in the wake of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon's dramatic first and second-place finish at the 2012 Indianapolis 500, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced a multi-year renewal of its machining technology partnership with tooling and engineering services company Kennametal Inc.

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Okuma Launches New Website

Okuma Launches New Website

West Manufacturing News

Okuma America Corporation has launched a new website at www.okuma.com. The site is designed to deliver expanded content offerings and state-of-the-art usability features. The website serves as a centralized hub for all of Okuma's online properties, with connections to specialized platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Why Your Next VMC Should Be an HMC

Why Your Next VMC Should Be an HMC

Moldmaking Technology

Mold manufacturers often have one initial reaction when it comes to horizontal machining centers (HMCs). “Too expensive.” True, horizontal machining centers are traditionally more expensive—at the time of purchase—than vertical machining centers (VMCs). So how can this investment be justified? Can you really afford it?

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Machine Uptime is Critical for On-time Delivery

Machine Uptime is Critical for On-time Delivery

Manufacturing News, West Edition

Machine uptime is of great importance at Weir Specialty Pumps in Salt Lake City, UT. If pump components cannot be machined on time, pumps cannot be assembled. Machine downtime would delay product delivery to customers. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) principles have been utilized at Weir Specialty Pumps for many years and the manufacturing process has benefited from the TPM practices. "The problem we have been facing in implementing TPM on every machine is lack of manpower in our Maintenance department," said Russell Jensen, Production Manager, Weir Specialty Pumps.

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Machining in New Directions

Machining in New Directions

Shop Metalworking Technology

The problem: aging equipment stymies growth into new markets. The solution: new CNC machines for close tolerance machining to meet new market needs. CNC technologies turn a job shop into thriving business.

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Managing Machining's Thermal Effects

Managing Machining's Thermal Effects

Modern Machine Shop

Thermal growth is an inherent factor in any machining process. Read how one company constructs its machines to adapt to changing thermal conditions.

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Fixturing for the Long Run

Fixturing for the Long Run

CNC-West

When Chris Taylor and Steve Grangetto founded San Diego, CA’s 5th Axis®, Inc. in 2005, they knew exactly what kind of company they wanted to create and what it would take to build it. In fact, their vision for the company was clearly stated in the name they chose for the company.

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Hartwig Wichita Hosts Manufacturing Technology Show

Hartwig Wichita Hosts Manufacturing Technology Show

Midwest Manufacturing News

Hartwig Wichita, located at 4959 S. Lulu Court in Wichita, KS, recently hosted a two-dayManufacturing Technology Show. The event focused on educating attendees on the utilization of existing technology and equipment to increase productivity and improve quality.

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How to Eliminate Chatter

How to Eliminate Chatter

Moldmaking Technology

Some techniques commonly used to combat chatter. Use these guidelines to establish a good foundation for optimizing your moldmaking processes.

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Hartwig Tulsa Hosts Learning and Demonstration Open House Event

Hartwig Tulsa Hosts Learning and Demonstration Open House Event

Manufacturing News SW Edition

Hartwig Tulsa hosted an open house event to demonstrate how customers can increase productivity. The two-day event offered learning labs and hands-on participation focused on 4-axis versus 2-axis turning, Swiss turning, vertical machining and a variety of metrology products.

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A Long-Term Partnership with Big Rewards

A Long-Term Partnership with Big Rewards

Production Machining

When it comes to shop productivity and profitability, purchasing the right machine tool is only half the battle. The best and latest machine means nothing unless the shop knows how to best put it to use. Pushing a toll to its limits requires both metalcutting expertise and support.

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Lights Out, Machines On

Lights Out, Machines On

Throughput Magazine

Industry insiders discuss key considerations and share their insights about Lights Out manufacturing, a well established production style that is a major contributor to the current resurgence in American manufacturing and fast becoming a common denominator in many manufacturers’ formulas for success.

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Increasing Business with Hard Turning

Increasing Business with Hard Turning

Production Machining

By gaining experience in hard turning, a shop adds to its arsenal a cost-effective alternative to grinding, opening doors to new opportunities.

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