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The Future of Advanced Automation in Precision Machining

As manufacturers push for tighter tolerances, smaller components, and faster turnaround, advanced automation continues to have widespread applications in an increasing number of industries. Automation not only increases part repeatability in micro and ultra-precision machining processes, it significantly reduces the labor required to produce a part. Eliminating labor costs reduces per-piece...

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AMT Viewpoint: The Future Is Looking Up!

With the November USMTO data just released, the end of 2014 looks to be finishing better than expected, and the harbingers of future good tidings are knocking on the door of 2014. Manufacturing technology orders for November were up 1 percent from October, and year-to-date orders were down 8 percent from the first 11 months of 2012. All indications are that December will be strong enough to keep...

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November Machinery Orders Inch Up, but Cutting Tool Consumption Plummets

U.S. manufacturing technology orders in November totaled $437.79 million, an uptick of 0.6 percent from October, while the month's cutting tool consumption was down 16.6 percent. The data were reported by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology through its U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report and the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) it jointly publishes with the United...

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Model Development for Cutting Optimization in High-Performance Titanium Machining

[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from the Makino white paper "Model Development for Cutting Optimization in High-Performance Titanium Machining." It has been shortened for length and scope. To read the full white paper with complete details of Makino's modeling process, click on the link at the end of this article.] Titanium alloys have been widely used in the aerospace, biomedical and...

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Makino VMC Can Machine Parts Up to 1000 MM

Makino's new 5-axis vertical machining center (VMC) is rigidly designed for large-load precision machining. The latest entry in Makino's D-series of 5-axis machining centers, Model D800Z is designed to handle workpieces up to 1,000 mm (39.4 in) and 1,200 kg (2204.6 lb) while also providing easy technician or user access to spindle and table. The rigid structure supports a variety of...

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DMG Mori Seiki Releases New Generation 5-Axis Machining Center

DMG Mori Seiki has released a new 5-axis machining center with tightened performance specifications and increased precision performance. The DMU 80 P duoBlock is designed with rigidity and accurate machining techniques in mind. The fourth-generation of the center can cut within 5 micronmeters with a range of 363 tools from the quick-change tool magazine, which can juggle tools within 0.5 sec. The...

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Mitsubishi to Unveil Budget Laser-Cutting Machine at FABTECH

Among the machinery suppliers that will be making product introductions at FABTECH 2013, Nov. 18-21 in Chicago, is one promoting an entry-level laser-cutting system for steel and aluminum. Mitsubishi will officially unveil its eXS series machine. The eXS is a 2.7-kW CO2 laser, of which every component is manufactured in-house by Mitsubishi, including the all-important resonator. Jeff Hahn,...

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OMAX Software Suite Update Enables Greater Control, Customization

Waterjet manufacturing company OMAX Corp. has updated its proprietary Intelli-MAX Software Suite for waterjet machining control. The update, called Intelli-MAX 20, improves control of tool path design and implementation on abrasive waterjet systems, the company says. OMAX highlights the enhanced tooling control and an overall refined and simplified user interface as the primary benefits of this...

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SNK Opens Tech Center to Focus on Service

SNK America opened its Mount Prospect, Ill., tech center with an open house and a presentation on the importance of service to maintain good customer relations. The tech center is dedicated to providing up-to-date service on SNK machine tools and offering interested customers a look at working SNK machines. Like other tech centers, SNK's is not just an exhibition area, but a facility where...

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SECO Tools, Local Companies Partner with Indiana University

SECO Tools has agreed to sponsor Vincennes University's precision machining technology program by supplying equipment for its training laboratory. SECO has pledged to outfit the Vincennes precision machining training facility with $16,000 of CNC machine tools. SECO representatives Brad Walburn, Mike Colson, and Jim Bilsland delivered the presentation to Scott Wallace, VU precision machining...

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