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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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Company Puts Lens-Grinding Know-How Into Shaft Grinder

After several months of publicity before the International Manufacturing Technology Show, France-based industrial giant Fives officially unveiled its Landis Twin Turret (LTT) grinding machine at the trade fair in Chicago earlier this month. Jointly manufactured in the United Kingdom and the United States by Fives' Landis business unit, the LTT grinder is engineered for production of shaft-type...

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Seen at IMTS: Universal Gripper Simplifies Robotic Part Removal

Robotic automation is becoming essential to machining operations for the benefits it provides in productivity, quality, and economy. At last week's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) robots were everywhere - not only in the booths of automation suppliers but on display alongside machining systems and other production equipment. They were certainly more numerous than at the last...

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IMTS Must-Sees: Robots, Data Visualization, and Hybrid Manufacturing

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is fully underway in Chicago, and a few trends have surfaced at the show that will affect the machining business. Here are some of the most notable ones, which ThomasNet News will cover in more detail here in the near future. IMTS began at McCormick Place on Sept. 8 and will conclude on Sept. 13.   Trend No. 1: Data Interpretation...

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At IMTS, Keep Automation in Mind as a Shop Strategy

The start of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago is only days away. Attendees who plan to be at McCormick Place anytime between Sept. 8 and 13 are finalizing lists of which exhibitors, conferences, and events they need to see. In a trade show that takes up all four buildings of McCormick Place, it's easy to overlook opportunities to learn about new technologies,...

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AMT Looks to Raise MTConnect Data Standard at IMTS

One technology the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) wants attendees at the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) to learn about is MTConnect, an open-source, royalty-free communication standard designed to collect production data from equipment, devices, and controls and convert it to a universal format for sharing and analysis to improve their utilization....

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Cutting Tool Sales Surge, But Will Momentum Continue?

Economic data appear to be trending up for U.S. machine shops and equipment OEMs. According to cutting tool sales figures from June, consumption of the consumables increased by $181 million, the strongest monthly showing this year. This figure represents a 7.3 percent jump from May and a 9.9 percent rise from June 2013. Cutting tools are regarded as primary consumables in U.S....

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Mazak Readies New Machines, Automation for IMTS

With the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) only weeks away, more exhibitors are revealing the machines, technologies, and services they will be featuring at McCormick Place in Chicago, Sept. 8-13. One major display will be offered by machining systems maker Mazak Corp., of Florence, Ky. Mazak plans to exhibit 21 machining systems under power, including a number of new models. It...

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