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Using accessories to maximize machine performance. Machine tool accessories can offer economical solutions to many tooling and machine setup issues. Used in combination with a machine that delivers... (View Full Article)
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When purchasing new equipment, it is typical to spend a great deal of time researching which machine offers the specifications and features to meet your needs. Buying a new piece of capital equipment... (View Full Article)
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The energy industry poses special challenges for suppliers of workholding devices and their users, simply because workpieces cover a wide range of sizes, shapes, and weights for applications in the... (View Full Article)
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Additive manufacturing using a new laser sintering process may soon enable this Nebraska company to carve out a niche creating aircraft ducting from high-temperature PEEK polymers. Additive... (View Full Article)
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Lead Machinist Kevin Harvey uses a Speroni MAGIS tool presetter primarily to measure offsets, diameters, and lengths, and verify he is holding runout well within than the guaranteed maximum of 3... (View Full Article)
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When selecting toolholders for endmills, a sidelock holder or an ER collet may be the best choice, with alternatives offering a new twist. While every type of toolholder has an advantage in a specific... (View Full Article)
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Extended-reach tooling can provide significant productivity benefits through reductions in setup times. However, there is a price to pay; the laws of physics dictate that vibration and rigidity may... (View Full Article)
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Boring is a common hole finishing operation, but boring large-diameter holes is a bit of a niche market. "Depending on the industry, you may only find a handful of shops in some areas capable of doing... (View Full Article)
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The patented BIG-PLUS® System was developed by BIG Daishowa Seiki more than 15 years ago to provide the ultra-high rigidity, concentricity accuracy, and exact repeatability necessary for... (View Full Article)
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Machine operators use keypads and computers to run tooling programs and measure parts with digital gages and coordinate measuring machines. By definition, CAD/CAM work is accomplished digitally.... (View Full Article)
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Compensating for synchronization errors during rigid tapping canmake aworld of difference in feed rate, breakage and overall productivity.... (View Full Article)
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Adjustable finish boring heads allow for a range of diameters to be machined with one tool. inish boring can take some time but achieves tight hole tolerance and fine surface finish requirements. And... (View Full Article)
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There are many ways to achieve this, but for shops still relying on the old tried, true and blue 6" machinist vise for workholding, the only option is to cram as many vises on the table as possible.... (View Full Article)
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Part manufacturers are examining every aspect of the production process, from cutting tool parameters to workholding methods, to find ways to reduce costs and improve quality. Conversations with... (View Full Article)
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While drilling is a commonplace operation in many shops, it is still important to control the machining environment precisely, minimize runout, and use new technology where applicable. Without a... (View Full Article)
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An Elk Grove Village based aluminum die-cast house and machining operation isn't afraid to go all in with their tooling. In a highly competitive market seconds count in any operation. One place most... (View Full Article)
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Workholding solutions for the oil and gas industry constantly are challenged by materials, the size and shape of workpieces, and the processes being performed, which include but are not limited to... (View Full Article)
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Many shops are moving away from centralized toolroom operations and opting instead for distributed tool presetting on the shop floor. The presetting machines available today are accurate, easy to use... (View Full Article)
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Courtesy of Zoller Connectivity converts presetters into shopwide productivity boosters. Productive machining is all about keeping spindles turning and making chips. Time spent touching off tools,... (View Full Article)
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Aerospace manufacturer Fokker Aerospace Group relies on Speroniâ s STP46 tool measuring and presetting machine to ensure that step drills used to cut and chamfer holes on aircraft flap skins are... (View Full Article)
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Courtesy of All images: BIG Kaiser Toolholders with increased taper-to-taper contact, such as this Mega E collet chuck from BIG Daishowa, are useful for high-speed milling since they enable stable... (View Full Article)
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Thanks to a more rigid boring head from Big Kaiser Precision Tooling, a new machine that had been relegated to only roughing jobs is now holding the tight true-position and diameter tolerances that... (View Full Article)
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Machine shops discover different uses for presetters. â You can pay me now or pay me later.â That famous catchphrase from ads for Fram oil filters applies as well to tool presetters. Many shops are... (View Full Article)
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The emergence of micro-cutting tools for industrial applications is a more recent evolution of a class of cutting tools that trace their popularity back more than a half century to use for drilling... (View Full Article)
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When loading a toolholder into a machine tool spindle with an automatic toolchanger, misalignment of the ATC gripper to the spindle can damage the spindle taper. In addition, a misaligned, clamped... (View Full Article)
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02/14/2013 BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. Add Article Andretti Autosport Finds Shared DNA, Culture with BIG Kaiser Details Cancel 02/14/2013 BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. Add Article Rigidity... (View Full Article)
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Far from being outdated by the latest machine tool technology, angle heads often prove an ideal complement by pushing done-in-one capabilities even further. Proper application, however, requires... (View Full Article)
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Microdrilling refers to the mi crometer-scale dimension of the cutting volume produced with each toolpath-not the size of the part it is cutting. Microcutting can be used to create miniature, small,... (View Full Article)
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An automated tool presetter from Speroni, Italy, supplied through NCMT, has reduced the variability of machining processes at the Denham factory of Martin-Baker, a manufacturer of ejector seats.... (View Full Article)
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I recently visited a customer who is producing fluid ends for the fracking industry in P20 steel material. The company's operators wanted to reduce cycle time by rough boring instead of performing... (View Full Article)
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Aerospace and defense manufacturers are demanding shorter lead times, better quality, and lower costs from their suppliers. Oftentimes, the supply chain will default to delivering on a lower price to... (View Full Article)
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When it comes to boring, there are a number of factors that can lead to poor performance. Whether it is long cycle times, short tool life, or poor part quality, any or all of these factors may need to... (View Full Article)
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Tool presetters are used to measure offsets offline to keep machine tools running. They quickly pay for themselves by reducing downtime on machine spindles. Consider how much time it takes to touch... (View Full Article)
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One of the shopâ s challenges was to take equipment long used for short-run machining and apply it to production. Disciplined processes with well-designed approaches to setup and tooling were key.... (View Full Article)