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DATE: May 10, 2021

In October 2020, Boeing Co. officials announced the company was restarting its 737 MAX jetliner program. That was good news for brothers Josh and Andrew Baskins, co-founders of Baskins Machined Products LLC (BMP) of Collinsville, Oklahoma, which began tooling up for the aircraft in 2017. Starting with a single special-order MA-600 II horizontal machining center (HMC) from Okuma, this nine-year-old, 20-person job shop soon had a dozen such machines sitting on its production floor, all optimized for one thing: cutting titanium.

DATE: May 1, 2021

Kelk, a globally recognized leader in electronic measuring equipment for steel and aluminum rolling mills, paper mills, and mining applications uses an Okuma LB3000 EX II horizontal lathe to expand the range of parts it can produce in house.

DATE: December 1, 2019

A strong relationship with suppliers is an important part of a shop's success. When the two can come together to tackle important shopfloor concerns, resolution comes more quickly and results are usually more effective and long lasting. One shop in the San Jose, California, area recently leaned on on e of its machine tool suppliers to help implement strategies for reducing setup times and streamlining the process, and it's paying huge dividends.

DATE: February 1, 2019

Okuma America Corporation recently hosted their annual Winter Showcase at its headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Attendees and machine tool users represented from various industries viewed cutting demonstrations on 22 machines and learned how they can apply diverse automation applications to their manufacturing process to save time and money.

DATE: December 1, 2018

MYT Works Inc., a New York-based manufacturer, is intimately familiar with both movies and manufacturing. The company designs and manufactures slider dollies, skater dollies and tripod heads to hold and move cameras for smooth camera tracking, panning and circling shots for film. To achieve the precision needed to avoid any shaking in camera movements, the company uses machining simulation software to preview and validate CNC machining programs when it manufactures its products.

DATE: November 1, 2018

Automated machining and data collection have helped Custom Tool to not only grow its business through more lights-out production, but also to establish a continuous-improvement mindset that has enabled it to become more efficient in numerous areas.

DATE: October 23, 2018

Three countries, three machine shops, and a long history of successful manufacturing. THE PROBLEM: Reducing machining operations while improving part quality THE SOLUTION: Invest in live tool, twin spindle, Y-axis CNC lathes

DATE: September 10, 2018

Vertical machining centers with rotary tables helped this Indiana job shop set itself apart, but specific machine features and additional equipment have helped it use them more efficiently to grow its business.

DATE: June 20, 2018

The aerospace sector plays a starring role in Canadian manufacturing. Its 700 firms directly and indirectly support more than 200,000 jobs and contribute $28 billion in GDP. The “State of Canada’s Aerospace Industry Report,” released in June 2017 by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, named aerospace as the top manufacturing investor in R&D. In 2016 it generated nearly 30 per cent of Canadian manufacturing R&D investment.

DATE: April 1, 2018

Comp Cams has made numerous improvements to its CNC camshaft grinding process. The company has also implemented what it calls its “Micro Surface Enhancement” finishing technology, which works in tandem with its enhanced grinding process to further improve camshaft longevity and durability.

DATE: March 30, 2018

A key success factor for Industry 4.0 and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) initiatives is the emergence of more and better sensors in machining centers, and even in the cutting tools themselves. These sensors provide the data and connectivity that are the foundation for the “factory of the future.” But, far from being futuristic, there are a range of “smart sensors” available today—collecting data and showing operators the health of their machines and the metalcutting process. The evolution is achieved through increasingly accurate measurement of the position of the part and the geometrical form of the finished part, as well as the configuration and control of the tools used in the process.

DATE: March 23, 2018

Intelligent Process Control (IPC), using recent historical gauging data to determine process corrections, is now available with the Equator controller. Connection to a compatible machine tool can be as simple as connecting an Ethernet cable from the Equator to a CNC machine. This capability is currently installed at Renishaw customers worldwide, with the goal of performance gains across a wide variety of industries, applications and CNC machine types, including lathes, machining centers and highly automated machining cells.

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