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Makino Improves Large-Part EDM With Z-Axis Sinker Unit

EDM operators may feel a bit of envy when they compare the high throughput rates and precision of small units to their large sinker machines. Most EDM sinkers designed for big parts are slower than smaller models and may not achieve the same degree of precision when it comes to machining ribs and similar features in workpieces. These differences may become things of the past. Makino has added a...

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Key Business Indicators Soar in September, Quickening Year's Pace

Attendees and show organizers gushed over the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in September, citing a high turnout for the six-day event, the quality and breadth of exhibitors, leading-edge machine and component displays, informative conferences and new-technology displays, opportunities for networking, and, importantly, the positive business atmosphere. These...

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Metrology Company Edges Into Additive Manufacturing Arena

Most machine shops and equipment OEMs know Renishaw as a metrology specialist. But the company also supplies laser-powered additive manufacturing (AM) systems, a capability it acquired with the acquisition of the U.K.'s MTT Investments Ltd. and its subsidiary MTT Technologies in 2011. The acquisition was the latest move by Renishaw to diversify and expand its business. The company also has a...

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Heimatec's BMT Live Tools Enhance CNC Operations

Upgrading the operation of a CNC turret is an important way of extending machine performance. If it's done right, operators can add fabrication versatility, spindle speed, and torque with little more than the addition of a live tool. One supplier that recently expanded its range of live tools is Heimatec Inc., of Prospect Heights, Ill. The company, whose parent firm is based in Renchen, Germany,...

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Siemens Sees Lack of System Integration as It Introduces Capabilities

Siemens has added capabilities to its Sinumerik suite of machine-control software that networks machining with production-level IT systems. "System integration is a big market," Chris Pollack, dealer support specialist in motion control systems for the company, said. The connection between work-handling operations and automation is "weak throughout the market," he said, so Siemens is expanding...

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Cutting Tool Sales Lag; IMTS Is (as Usual) a Hit

U.S. cutting tool consumption and manufacturing technology orders remained soft through August, impacted by such factors as the usual summertime slowdown, automotive model changeovers, and this year the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which in the past has caused many purchasers to delay placing equipment orders until after the September event. According to data...

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Manufacturers Must Go with Planning for New-Product Launches

It is vital that machine shops and other manufacturers have in place detailed production planning processes to assure that work begins on time; deadlines are met; machines, tooling, and other equipment are ready for operation; supply-chain logistics are set; and quality products are delivered on schedule to customers or directly to the market. Few managers dispute this. Eighty-four percent of...

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Tooling U-SME: There's High Regard for Continuous Improvement but No Execution

The idea behind continuous improvement (CI) is that as operational efficiencies increase, machine shops will eventually achieve world-class status and thus be more attractive to current and potential customers, as well as be more profitable. Simply put, a world-class company provides consistently high levels of product quality, maintains on-time delivery schedules, reduces production costs to the...

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New Measurement Tools Improve Process Control, Says Renishaw

Metrology specialist Renishaw has unveiled several tools that are designed to improve the accuracy and speed of part measurement and machine system calibration. These include: - SPRINT, a CNC machine tool scanning system for rapid form and profile measurement of prismatic and complex 3D parts. - The Equator 300 Extended Height (EH) gauging system, an enhanced version of the original 300 model,...

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Shops Fail to Do What They Stress with Workforce Training

Machine shops overwhelmingly report that continuous improvement, workforce training and development, and production planning are critical to their growth and profitability. Yet many fall short in implementing these measures. With manufacturing business trending up, failure to develop competency in these areas could put job shops at a competitive disadvantage and hinder their ability to capitalize...

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