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Introducing, Easy Toolsetting with the Blum TC54-20

Introducing, Easy Toolsetting with the Blum TC54-20

Introducing, Easy Toolsetting with the Blum TC54-20

This device is the perfect solution for reducing setup times and providing protection again broken tools.

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Riten Industries Inc. - C4T (Center for Tomorrow)

Riten Industries Inc. - C4T (Center for Tomorrow)

Riten Industries Inc. - C4T (Center for Tomorrow)

This video demonstrates Riten Industries' live center with permanent bearing protection.

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Delcam's PartMaker Programs MULTUS

Delcam's PartMaker Programs MULTUS

Delcam's PartMaker Programs MULTUS

Delcam's PartMaker has helped Pioneer program more complex parts on their Okuma MULTUS multitasking CNC machine.

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Additive Value

Additive Value

- Canadian Metalworking

Renishaw's Dafydd Williams and Mark Kirby on the what, why and how of additive manufacturing

It's still called "3D printing" in the media, but knowledgeable industry insiders are taking additive manufacturing across traditional design and material constraints to create services that can do much more than simply reverse engineer simple parts.

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The First ABB Robotics SVIA PickVision Installed in the US

The First ABB Robotics SVIA PickVision Installed in the US

- Southeast Manufacturing News

ABB Robotics and SVIA, LLC Industrial Automation have announced that the first machine tending cell in the United States featuring SVIA's PickVision Smart Camera vision system and an ABB robot was installed at the Atlas Copco facility in Grand Prairie, TX, on July 19, 2013.

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Crystallizing a New Approach to Today's Turning Needs

Crystallizing a New Approach to Today's Turning Needs

- Modern Machine Shop

A recently developed insert grade turns concepts for production turning operations on their heads. Shops cutting steel workpieces in high volumes may have to realign their thinking accordingly.

Engineering productive and profitable turning operations for common but demanding steel materials, such as the ISO P25 material classification, is a challenge. Steel workpiece materials in this category are found in a range of applications—from automotive parts to heavy-duty fasteners to aerospace components. Many of these parts are made in high volumes.

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As the World Turns

As the World Turns

- Fabricating & Metalworking

A process-controlled hard turning cell in this Texas machine shop deploys programmable gages for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings – and the cell pays for itself in 18 days.

Conroe Machine, LLC (Conroe, TX) is doing what most machine shops only dream of – hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an unmanned cell that operates a “self controlled” process. The company is proof that the dream is achievable for any shop ready to use the talents of today’s young automation experts to exploit new technology, like the programmable Equator™ gage from Renishaw Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL).

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Turning Geometries Double Tool Life

Turning Geometries Double Tool Life

- Today's Medical Developments

Biomet, a medical sector specialist, reduces costs with Sandvik Coromant T-Max P inserts.

When the team at Biomet Orthopedics’ facility in Valencia, Spain, was looking to improve the process of rough face-turning in a chromium cobalt prosthesis component, they found that switching to new ISO S geometries from Sandvik Coromant offered dramatic benefits. This included a 100% gain in tool life, far fewer machine stoppages, and greater machining security alongside significant annual savings in production time and costs.

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Automation for the Small Job Shop: Competitive Advantage

Automation for the Small Job Shop: Competitive Advantage

- Fabricating & Metalworking

In part two of this three-part series, we walk through the mechanics of process control on the floor, the flexibility and lean manufacturing capabilities of automated welding, and how robots handle all sorts, sizes, shapes of parts – ideal solutions for the competitive job shop.

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GUI Software Supports Metrology Product Line for Okuma THINC Controls

GUI Software Supports Metrology Product Line for Okuma THINC Controls

- Southeast Manufacturing News

Blum LMT, Inc. has introduced a new development, the Gauging Guide, a graphical user interface (GUI) developed to complement many of Blum's core metrology products, including lasers, tactile tool setters and workpiece probes. The GUI is designed to make the use of Blum's core products easy for operators and programmers, and was developed for use on Okuma THINC Series controls. "Unlike other metrology equipment GUI's, Blum's Gauging Guide is the only one that currently utilizes Okuma's THINC API, allowing operators to take advantage of the integration between the Okuma THINC control and Blum's Gauging Guide with a simple one touch of the screen," said a company spokesperson.

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CAM Software Includes New Options for Turbo Machinery and Porting

CAM Software Includes New Options for Turbo Machinery and Porting

- West Manufacturing News

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced that it has released the newest version of GibbsCAM NC programming software, GibbsCAM 2013. This new version includes enhancements to the entire suite of GibbsCAM software to improve efficiency. Two new options have been added to the software suite as well, 5-Axis MultiBlade and 5-Axis Porting.

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Efficient High-Speed Roughing

Efficient High-Speed Roughing

- Production Machining

The Vortex roughing strategy produces tool paths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation.

Efficiency is key to getting the most from any machining process. Conventional roughing strategies, though, typically only achieve the optimum cutting conditions during a straight-line cut. Any internal corners within the model significantly increase the engagement angle of the cutter. To protect the cutter, this increase needs to be balanced by setting a lower feed rate. The user then has the choice of using this lower rate over the whole tool path, which increases the machining time, or varying the feeds and speeds as the cutter moves around the model, and so increasing wear on the cutter.

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CAM Software Available for Entry Level Users (page 48)

CAM Software Available for Entry Level Users (page 48)

- Production Machining

Delcam offers a free version of its Gold-Certified Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system. Delcam for SolidWorks Xpress provides the 2D milling and drilling functionality available in Delcam for SolidWorks.

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Shop Solutions: Precision Programmable Gage Cell

Shop Solutions: Precision Programmable Gage Cell

- Manufacturing Engineering

A Texas shop’s automation team has incorporated an Equator programmable gage from Renishaw Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) into a process-controlled hard-turning cell for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings. Conroe Machine (Conroe, TX) is doing what most machine shops only dream of—hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an untended automated cell that operates a self-controlled process.

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Measurement Software Adopts Multi-Touch Interface

Measurement Software Adopts Multi-Touch Interface

- Modern Machine Shop

This interface shows how multi-touch technology creates an enhanced experience for users of metrology software on the shop floor.

How users interact with control software on computerized manufacturing equipment generally follows developments in personal computing. The user interface offered by PC-DMIS Touch from Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, Rhode Island) is one of the latest examples. This software for portable arm and direct computer controlled (DCC) CMMs uses multi-touch display technology, which first became popular on smartphones and tablets.

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Prototyping Past 1,000 mph

Prototyping Past 1,000 mph

- Automotive Design & Production

When setting out to build a car capable of surpassing 1,000 mph, strong but light materials are required for a vehicle to move faster than a bullet fired from a gun (~900 mph). In fact, the Bloodhound supersonic car (bloodhoundssc.com) looks a little like a bullet. The U.K.-based public-private partnership’s mission statement: “Confront the impossible and overcome it using Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics.” No land vehicle has ever gone as fast as they hope to in 2015. The current record: 763 mph, set in 1997 with Andy Green behind the wheel. He is slated to be the Bloodhound driver, as well.

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50 Years In North America For Marposs' Precision Measurement Equipment

50 Years In North America For Marposs' Precision Measurement Equipment

- Southeast Manufacturing News

Marposs Corp. recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of its founding in North America at their Auburn Hills, MI facility.

Marposs products include inspection, measurement and process control solutions including gauges and compensation systems for grinders and other machine tools; manual gauges, sensors, probes and other gauge components; automatic measurement and inspection systems; hardware and software for data collection and process analysis; tool, machine and process monitoring and control systems; automaticassembly systems; and equipment for leak testing and non-destructive testing. "Marposs is one of the world's leading suppliers of precision metrology equipment for improving productivity and reducing cost in manufacturing," said a Marposs spokesperson.

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Blum Gauging Guide

Blum Gauging Guide

Blum Gauging Guide

Blum LMT, Inc. recently introduced the new Gauging Guide. This graphical user interface (GUI) was developed to complement Blum’s core metrology products, such as lasers, tactile tool setters, and workpiece probes. The GUI, developed for use on Okuma’s THINC®-OSP CNC controls, makes using these core products easier for operators and programmers. Blum’s Gauging Guide is the only industry GUI that utilizes Okuma’s THINC API, allowing operators to take advantage of the integration between the Okuma THINC control and Blum’s Gauging Guide with a simple, one-touch screen.

Give CNC Lathes an Uptime Makeover

Give CNC Lathes an Uptime Makeover

- Cutting Tool Engineering

Today, shops might opt for a quick-change chuck. Simply twist a few screws and load a new set of top jaws. And, compared to the hours of lost production in the prehistoric days of paper tape and brazed carbide cutting tools, dropping eight to 10 grand for a quick-change chuck is a no-brainer.

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Time to Part

Time to Part

- Cutting Tool Engineering

An overview of parting and grooving operations.

In parting, or cut-off, operations, the objective is to efficiently and securely separate one part of the workpiece from the other. To achieve this, a straight cut is made to a depth that equals the radius of a bar, or workpiece.

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Oil Mist Collection Improves Employee Health, Safety

Oil Mist Collection Improves Employee Health, Safety

- Modern Machine Shop

Using Fox oil mist collectors from LNS America, Staub Machine was able to improve air quality and reduce downtime needed to complete maintenance tasks.

Just as we now know that smoking is bad for you, it follows that inhaling the particles produced in the machining process is not healthy either, says Tony Staub, president Staub Machine Company. To protect his employees’ health, Mr. Staub needed to filter the coolant vapors produced by machine tools in his Hamburg, New York machine shop. By using Fox oil mist collectors from LNS America (Cincinnati, Ohio), Staub Machine maintains a safer work environment that is free of oil residue.

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Transforming Manufacturing With Renishaw’s Process Control

Transforming Manufacturing With Renishaw’s Process Control

- West Manufacturing News

Renishaw recently presented a manufacturing process control seminar on metrology solutions to improve machining performance and increase manufacturing process capability. The event was presented in conjunction with Okuma America Corporation and software providers Prolink and Applied Automation Technologies (AAT) at Okuma’s THINC facility in Charlotte, NC.

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Increase Productivity With These Affordably Priced Automatic Magazine Bar Feeders

Increase Productivity With These Affordably Priced Automatic Magazine Bar Feeders

Alpha 538 is designed for sliding headstock turning machines up to 38 mm bar work capacity and loads 12-foot bar stock with diameters from .20” to 1.5” (5mm to 38mm). To achieve flawless bar loading on sliding headstock machines, Alpha 538 includes a Swiss safety connection that uses a telescopic tube and T-Tube liners. Also included is the LNS patented 3-S direct electronic headstock synchronization system. Within the same frame length an extended pusher length is available for recessed spindles or machines configured without guide bushing

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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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Mini Toolholder Clamps 0.3mm Tools

Mini Toolholder Clamps 0.3mm Tools

The TRIBOS-Mini directly clamps the smallest of tool shanks consistently along the entire axis. Machining medical, dental, and micro level parts are the most challenging applications faced today. This innovative toolholder from SCHUNK eliminates troublesome collets, collet nuts, and inconsistent tool clamping.

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ROTA NCR Precision 6-Jaw Compensation Chuck

ROTA NCR Precision 6-Jaw Compensation Chuck

The clamping of thin-walled and easily deformed components is challenging. With the ROTA NCR 6-jaw compensation chuck, SCHUNK offers a standard solution for this type of workpiece. SCHUNK has standardized the sizes of the ROTA NCR with diameters up to 1200 mm opening up the possibilities for precision workpiece clamping with large lathe chucks. 

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New Gear Cutting Live Center from Riten

New Gear Cutting Live Center from Riten

American gear manufacturers have traditionally used an imported center for hobbing, cutting and grinding. Many of these companies have expressed their preference for a source of American-made centers with comparable quality, lower cost, quicker delivery, and faster turnaround on repairs. Riten Industries now offers its "Raptor" series, specially-engineered live centers that are available for immediate delivery through its extensive distribution network. 

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Conroe Machine

Conroe Machine

Equator™ programmable gauges help create the ultimate automation cell for bearing machining and parts sorting

Conroe, Texas, USA – Conroe Machine is doing what most machine shops only dream of – hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an unmanned cell that operates a 'self controlled' process. It integrates a FANUC robot with the Equator™ gauging system, using Renishaw EZ-IO software to provide simple comprehensive communication functions, for 100 percent part inspection and auto-compensation of a twin-spindle Okuma 2SP-250 lathe. The cell also boxes and palletises finished parts. The company states that the turning cell paid for itself in an amazing 18 days.

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Aerospace Automation Picks Up the Pace

Aerospace Automation Picks Up the Pace

- Manufacturing Engineering

Robotic drilling, fastening systems gain ground in aerospace/defense as metrology technologies boost robot accuracy.

With thousands of fastener locations that need to be drilled and filled to complete a plane, drilling and fastening remain the largest areas of opportunity for automated robotics applications in aerospace. New developments are also making robots more attractive than ever in the aerospace and defense space—especially improved rigidity and accuracy in the robots themselves.

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GibbsCAM: Maximize Your Shop's Profits

GibbsCAM: Maximize Your Shop's Profits

GibbsCAM: Maximize Your Shop's Profits

See for yourself how GibbsCAM can make your shop more profitable. Quick and easy programming, error-free post processors, and faster run-times all increase your bottom line.

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GibbsCAM: Maximize Your Shop's Profits

GibbsCAM: Maximize Your Shop's Profits

GibbsCAM: Maximize Your Shop's Profits

See for yourself how GibbsCAM can make your shop more profitable. Quick and easy programming, error-free post processors, and faster run-times all increase your bottom line.

Savings Through Spindle Up Time

Savings Through Spindle Up Time

- Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

The need to improve machine efficiency is more important today, than at any time in history.

U.S. manufacturers have invested billions of dollars in new equipment during the past two decades to grow their manufacturing base, only to miss two key areas: people and processes.

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Tsudakoma RNA Rotary Table on Okuma MC-V4020 Vertical Machining Center

Tsudakoma RNA Rotary Table on Okuma MC-V4020 Vertical Machining Center

Tsudakoma RNA Rotary Table on Okuma MC-V4020 Vertical Machining Center

Zoller: Efficiency: Get a grip on your processes

Zoller: Efficiency: Get a grip on your processes

Even today tool data is often entered manually! A time-consuming and extremely risky process – unacceptable and inefficient in times of sophisticated, IT-controlled manufacturing. Create a simple, uninterrupted data process from the initial steps of tool definition through stock keeping and up to machine use, efficiently organized with an intelligent tool management. Read here, how to always have the right data at hand in your tool flow and how to remain in control of the situation for each manufacturing step.

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Sandvik - Cost Efficiency with Hard Part Turning

Sandvik - Cost Efficiency with Hard Part Turning

- Production Machining

Either as an alternative or complement to grinding, hard part turning offers a number of advantages that have become even more evident with further developments in insert concepts.

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Kitagawa-Northtech, Inc. Brings Comprehensive Repair service Team to Customers' Facilities

Kitagawa-Northtech, Inc. Brings Comprehensive Repair service Team to Customers' Facilities

Excellence in Redefining Productivity™ for customers worldwide is Kitagawa-NorthTech’s primary focus. Continually shaping solutions and operations to better serve customers, Kitagawa-NorthTech expanded their current in-house repair service program to include an on-site repair option to meet the needs of machine shops requiring minimal down-time for repairs.

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SMW Autoblok - AXN Indexing Chuck

SMW Autoblok - AXN Indexing Chuck

SMW Autoblok - AXN Indexing Chuck

The AXN Indexing Chuck from SMW Autoblok is ideal for parts with intersecting centerlines and multiple operations.

Koma Precision - 4th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Asnuntuck Community College a Success

Koma Precision - 4th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Asnuntuck Community College a Success

Asnuntuck Community College 4th Annual Manufacturing Technology Benefit Golf Tournament held in September netted $33,000.00. The tournament, in its fourth year, benefited Machine Technology at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut. Asnuntuck Machine Technology Program has been instrumental in helping ready the manufacturing workforce through their educational courses, as well as being the catalyst for scholarship programs.

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ABB Joins Partners in THINC

ABB Joins Partners in THINC

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, is pleased to announce that ABB, a leading provider of power and automation technologies, has joined Partners in THINC.

ABB, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, operates in 53 countries and in more than 100 locations globally. ABB manufactures and supplies robots, robot software, peripheral equipment, process equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service tasks such as welding, handling, assembling and finishing just to name a few. Their target industries include automotive, energy, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage applications.

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CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma America Corporation Announces Renishaw Gaging System Installed at Okuma Tech Center in Houston

CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma America Corporation Announces Renishaw Gaging System Installed at Okuma Tech Center in Houston

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, is pleased to announce that Renishaw’s Equator™ gaging system is on display at the Okuma Tech Center in Houston. This is an exclusive on the Houston market. The Equator™ is a groundbreaking alternative to traditional dedicated gaging. The patented, affordable design delivers high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts.

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Make the Right Choice

Make the Right Choice

- Today's Energy Solutions

Maximizing Performance in Super Alloy Turning Applications by Picking the Right Insert Geometries.

The oil and gas industry continues to drill deeper wells off-shore and exploit the oil shale in Canada and the Dakotas. In addition, changing well environments are forcing companies to use super alloys, such as Inconel, rather than the stainless and carbon steels used in the past.

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ESPRIT ProgramsMULTUS B200

ESPRIT Programs
MULTUS B200

ESPRIT Programs
MULTUS B200

ESPRIT is used to program an Okuma Multus B200 with Sandvik tooling for a show part demonstrating front-end programming, full machine simulation/verification, and optimized unedited G-code from the post processor - all from one system, ESPRIT. It should be understood this part ran with no G-code edits!

Schunk Celebrates 20 Years in North America

Schunk Celebrates 20 Years in North America

SCHUNK founded its United States facility in 1992 and has been manufacturing toolholding products and providing sales and support to local customers from the Morrisville, North Carolina facility for the past 20 years. This has lead to unparalleled success for North America, which spurred the development of two more entities, SCHUNK Canada and SCHUNK Mexico, in 2006.

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Caron Engineering TMAC7 Demo

Caron Engineering TMAC7 Demo

Caron Engineering TMAC7 Demo

Protect your CNC machine while providing valuable data with Partners in THINC member Caron Engineering's TMAC7, PC-based, tool monitoring adaptive control application software.

Renishaw: New multiple tool setting and inspection probing for machine tools demonstrated at IMTS 2012

Renishaw: New multiple tool setting and inspection probing for machine tools demonstrated at IMTS 2012

Renishaw's new RMI-Q multiple probe radio transmission system uses a single radio receiver for tool setting probe and spindle-mounted touch probe installations, offering fast integration and a cable-free machine environment. The system is easily integrated on a wide range of machining centers and CNC milling machines, offering users automated on-machine tool setting, tool breakage detection, part set-up and part verification capability. The new RMI-Q system will be demonstrated at the Renishaw booth at IMTS 2012.

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Riten - Lady Liberty Dominates Riten Booth at IMTS

Riten - Lady Liberty Dominates Riten Booth at IMTS

Visitors to the Riten Industries exhibit will be surprised to see a giant fiberglass replica of the Statue of Liberty. Standing over 13 feet, the statue holds aloft not a torch but a Riten live center. To support the company's successful center repair and trade-in program, the base of the statue is engraved with "Give me your tired, your poor, your rusty centers yearning to turn free".

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Schunk: The Universal Hydraulic Toolholder

Schunk: The Universal Hydraulic Toolholder

With the TENDO E compact, SCHUNK has started a new era in tool clamping. With this advanced toolholder, it is no longer required to use different holder technologies for milling, drilling, and reaming.

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Quick Change Chuck  Reduces Setup Time

Quick Change Chuck
Reduces Setup Time

Quick Change Chuck
Reduces Setup Time

A Quick Change Chuck from Schunk turns a Multus B300 high production machine tool into a job shop machine with a quick turn of a wrench

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AutomatedOil Coupling Cell

Automated
Oil Coupling Cell

Automated
Oil Coupling Cell

Improve efficiency, reduce downtime and increase safety with robotics and automation. A FANUC robot and Okuma machine tools (LU-45 horizontal lathe, 2SP-V60R CNC vertical lathe) combine to create an oil coupling cell that improves spindle utilization.

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RenishawOMV Software

Renishaw
OMV Software

Renishaw
OMV Software

Renishaw’s on machine verification (OMV) software allows you to automatically check compliance of complex CNC machined parts against the relevant CAD model while still on the machine tool.

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Turn-Cut onMA-600H

Turn-Cut on
MA-600H

Turn-Cut on
MA-600H

The Okuma MA-600HB horizontal machining center demonstrates our unique Turn-Cut functionality. Turn and mill all in one set-up, on one machine - save time and money!