With the help of a Kennametal SiAlON KYS40 ceramic end mill, Stellar Precision Components completed an order for Inconel 625 prototype aerospace parts, with precision, speed, and cost-efficiency....More
NUM Corp.’s Flexium+ CNC modular control platform is the basis of a new, high-efficiency gear-hobbing machine with an electronic gearbox that “completely eliminates” the time necessary to change mechanical gears, as is required on standard machine tools....More
Glebar Co. released details of a centerless grinding process it has devised for its GT 610 CNC machine, intending it as a tool for automotive parts manufacturers to expedite design and production of fuel injector nozzle valves....More
Emphasizing continual education and training will increase enterprise productivity and retain top performers. Stimulating employees’ ability to gain expertise and share it will narrow the Skills Gap....More
Staying productive during an eight-hour workday can be a challenge. Distractions and poor task planning are a few problems that can lower engineers’ efficiency. These six tips focus on better work habits, and will improve decision-making routines....More
Multi-axis machining is an effective step toward factory automation, offering the opportunity to condense multiple machine operations into one, saving takt time, total production time, production cost, and improving tolerances....More
The return of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in September 2016 is fueling hopes for a rebound in activity for precision parts design and production— but the biennial event still will fulfill its traditional role of presenting new manufacturing concepts and designs to an in-the-know crowd of designers and manufacturers....More
Today, all manufacturing is high-tech manufacturing. Products, technologies, and workers have a different value to the enterprise. Manufacturers need adopt a new awareness of their business and its opportunities....More
On projects that demand speed, performance, and precision, Ingersoll Cutting Tools’ negative/positive cutters can materially raise the removal rate, double edge life, and put an end to catastrophic insert failure....More
Most customers who buy multi-axis and mill-turn machine tools also invest in advanced technology for probing, but experience shows that operators are not familiar with the process’s best practices. The ideas listed here are intended to help them use probes to make machining processes more precise and efficient....More
Chip evacuation, lateral forces on long unsupported shanks and chatter during long-reach machining compound the basic challenges of cutting metal, but there are techniques that can improve MRR and protect the tools....More
For your viewing pleasure, Aurora Flight Sciences is flying a Cessna Caravan fitted with a robotic copilot as it completes work under Phase 2 of a Darpa program to demonstrate automation that could reduce the crew required to fly existing aircraft.
Maintaining a schedule, a program, is essential in the production of engineered parts – but machine shops will take process improvements or technology updates, any time. For much of the current year that time has been the weeks leading up to (and including IMTS 2016), but the roll-out of new technology concepts and capabilities continues. As time moves forward, the new ideas continue to emerge.
Machine shop operators have an eye for what’s new and different, but some ideas hit them as so novel, so insightful, that the idea lingers – and may soon hold a preferential spot in the understanding. It’s a lasting impression. Take a look at some of the product introductions that left a lasting impression at IMTS 2016.
After months of previewing new manufacturing technology — machinery and devices, tooling, automation, programming software, etc. — the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016 is in the books, leaving some first impressions and lasting ideas that will shape manufacturing and technology going forward.
Without question, if you are a manufacturer, you are feeling the effects of an ever-increasing velocity of change in the industry. Customers are demanding more from you whether it takes the form of managing more complex product requirements, ever-shrinking lead times, or simply the need to be "always on" 24/7/365. Supply chains are becoming more global—sourcing material from one country, managing cross-border logistics, and ensuring quality is maintained at each stage opens you to significant risk at each stage....More
Are your competitors outbidding you and able to deliver higher quality parts more quickly? Is it possible that they have adopted a winning digital machine shop strategy that is taking business away from you?
Join our webinar to learn how you can digitally transform your business to become more competitive, efficient and profitable. The smart, flexible and connected digital machine shop will enable you to:...More
Machine Shops and Fabricators: Understanding the Benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
The focus of this webcast will help you gain an understanding of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) technologies, and how they can enable machine shops and fabricators to operate more efficiently. IIoT provides machine shops and fabricators with new visibility that supports the ability to:...More