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Boring bar incorporates damping system

February 27, 2017

BIG Kaiser has released the Smart Damper boring bar for lathe operations. A heavyweight, strengthened damping mechanism integrated into the toolholder functions as both a dynamic counter and friction damper. It absorbs vibration and eliminates chatter, helping to achieve better machining accuracy,...

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Going Deep

February 27, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Producing a deep hole with a good finish, accurate diameter, and straightness control is the goal of deep-hole drilling. Hole quality is key to the development of high-quality products.

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ISO 9001 and ERP: A united approach

February 27, 2017 | By Mike Sweet, Steve Pettyjohn

The ultimate measure of a manufacturing project's success is return on investment (ROI).

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5 IT Tools To Combat Thin Margins and Fierce Competition

February 24, 2017 | By Mark Humphlett

Software gives manufacturers the decision-making and quoting insights they need to achieve their profit goals for 2017 and beyond.

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Mini-drum allows tangle-free aluminum wire payoff

February 24, 2017

Indalco Alloys, a Lincoln Electric Company, introduces its mini-drum, a 60 lb packaging system designed to increase production using optimal bulk-size packaging. The payoff kit was designed specifically for Indalco’s SuperGlaze® aluminum MIG wire. The goal of the mini-drum is to increase...

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Helmets engineered for improved wearability

February 24, 2017

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the new T94 series welding helmets, designed to help improve operator comfort and visibility.The helmets have a chiseled shell design that provides optimal skin coverage and accommodates half-mask respirators. The aluminum heat shield and silver shell reflect...

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Horizontal machining centre creates large, heavy parts

February 24, 2017

Makino has introduced the a120nx horizontal machining centre, the largest machine in its nx series. This machine has X-, Y-, and Z-axis travels of 74.8, 63, and 66.9 in., respectively, and a pallet size of 39.4 by 39.4 in., which provides capacity for parts weighing up to 11,000 lbs. The machine...

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Multiaxis calibrator reduces heat effects

February 23, 2017

Renishaw’s XM-60 multiaxis calibrator measures all six degrees of freedom from a single setup in any orientation for linear axes. It can capture angular, linear, and straightness errors in a single setup. It also uses an XC-80 environmental compensator to correct for environmental conditions. It...

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Premier Tech announces three acquisitions

February 22, 2017

Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec-based Premier Tech has announced three business acquisitions, two in Europe and one in the U.S. The companies have combined revenues of $50 million and employ nearly 90 people. It is a total investment of $30 million for the purpose of enhancing the positioning of the...

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Create Operational Excellence in High-Variety Environments

February 22, 2017 | By Kevin J. Duggan

Move from lean to operational excellence by creating a visual flow of value to the customer.

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Fiber lasers deliver power up to 1,000 W

February 22, 2017

Amada Miyachi America Inc. has released four new LF series fiber laser welding machines in power levels from 250 to 1,000 W. Offering the control required for small component welding and fine precision cutting of metals, the lasers are suitable for microspot welding, seam welding, and precision...

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Turn to Coatings

February 22, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

As manufacturers begin to machine new materials it pushes cutting tool manufacturers to develop new coatings and new ways to apply coatings to support these demands.

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Empire Machinery takes on Salvagnini product line

February 22, 2017

Empire Machinery announced this week that it has partnered with The Salvagnini Group, headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, to sell the company's machines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. According to Empire, with an increasing demand for automated and customized bending, laser cutting and...

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Vise holds part ends for final workpiece cutoff

February 22, 2017

Kurt Mfg. Co. has released the SideWinder™ vise, which mounts directly to the back of 6- or 8-in. Kurt vises. It provides vertical workholding without interfering with an existing host vise or the machine spindle. These vises expand the capabilities for 6- or 8-in. vises by adding vertical...

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Finding Zen One Book at a Time

February 21, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

In his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author Robert Pirsig describes his 17-day motorcycle ride from Minnesota to California, revealing the many philosophical discussions he had along the way.In some ways the book is an homage to Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, which...

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