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Job Flexibility Is Focus of Multipurpose Machining Center

Makino is looking at the big picture when it comes to developing machining systems. The Mason, Ohio, company recently added the T1 5-axis horizontal machining center (HMC) to its line, a unit that meets the needs of multiple markets, including titanium parts in aerospace. "The T1 is designed to appeal to a lot of industries," David Ward, horizontal line product manager at Makino, told ThomasNet...

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USMTO Explained: Why Track Machinery Orders Instead of Shipments?

The monthly U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders -- aka USMTO -- report is a compilation of survey data provided by U.S. manufacturing technology builders and distributors, and it provides the most up-to-date picture of the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian manufacturing technology market. The first USMTO report was issued in March 1996 (as a report of January 1996 data), and at that time was named the...

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Engineering & Design

Surefire Ways to Reduce Pump Energy Consumption

ClydeUnion Pumps' Turbine Water Lubricated turbine/pump set As energy costs and competition rise, putting pressure on margins and profitability, energy efficiency in plant operations is even more important now than it was in the past. Experience shows that energy savings are usually best achieved by performing an energy audit. When deciding to carry out an energy audit, a good starting point is...

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Machinery Orders Reach 2013 Peak in December, but Cutting Tool Shipments Fall Again

U.S. machine tool orders in December closed 2013 on a high note with a monthly volume of $492 million, but cutting tool consumption fell 11.7 percent to $138 million and for the second straight month. The data were reported by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing through its U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report and the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) it jointly publishes with...

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Designing Effectively for Large-Scale Metal Fabrications

For job shops that do fabrication and machining, effectively designing a large-scale fabrication project requires some highly detailed planning and not just engineering. Installation and transport are critical factors that, if not assessed correctly, can drive up cost well beyond the quoted price and cut into profits. These factors are well known to most engineers faced with large projects, but...

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Engineering & Design

Processors Struggle with Project Planning in Making Infrastructure Improvements

A report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) says in the battle to keep aging process manufacturing infrastructure operating, organizations are prevented from making true upgrades by the lack of financial and human resources, poor project planning, and regulatory hurdles. The lack of project support, coupled with the heavy capital investment involved with an infrastructure replacement...

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Multi-Tasking Machines Turn Up Possibilities on Big Gear-Set Jobs

Many manufacturing shops increasingly incorporate full 5-axis multi-tasking machine tool technology. It allows them to handle basically any kind of part that comes through the door and do so with one type of machine in single setups, thereby increasing productivity. But rarely, if ever, do these shops realize that large spiral bevel gear sets are among that wide mix of part-processing capability....

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Engineering & Design

Gas, Utilities, Chemical Processors Are Facing Infrastructure Crisis

Credit: Honeywell A new report studying the impact of aging infrastructure in the process industries indicates that nearly one in five executives plans to spend more than 40 percent of their operating budget on upgrade projects in the next five years. These leaders are being increasingly challenged to ameliorate decades-old oil and gas, water/wastewater, power plant, and mine structures that are...

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High-Precision Sinker EDM Means Zero Margin for Error

Extremely high-precision sinker-style electrical discharge machining (EDM) is an unforgiving process, and every aspect of it -- from producing electrodes, to workpiece set up, to maintaining consistent machine temperature -- must be as close to perfect as possible. Because when part tolerances run as tight as two microns or less, even the slightest of inaccuracies at any stage are magnified and...

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