July 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 7
Drills with interchangeable carbide tips provide productivity, fl exibility, accuracy and economy. PLUS:
- Reducing a machine tool’s energy consumption helps achieve ‘green’ machining
- Tool presetters help three shops boost accuracy, productivity and savings
- What to consider when ordering engineered, application-specific milling tools
- Routine grinding machine maintenance boosts productivity and parts accuracy
- Fire suppression systems protect your shop—and your future
- Learn details about the many products manufacturers offer the metalcutting industry.
June 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 6
Shops seeking to true and dress superabrasive grinding wheels need solutions beyond ‘tried-and-true’ methods. PLUS:
- New laser machining center laser ablates 3-D profiles in superhard cutting tools
- Maximizing productivity and calculating required machining power when facemilling titanium
- The abrasive waterjet has become the tool of choice for trimming and shape cutting composites for aerospace applications
- Parts that meet drawing dimensions can still end up as scrap if they lack surface integrity
- New tools give shops a battle-ready edge for this difficult-to-machine material
- How to get the most from multitask machines; and learn who offers what types of training by reading summary reviews of companies’ training programs.
May 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 5
Innovative technologies and techniques for manufacturing minimally invasive medical devices. PLUS:
- Parts manufacturers should head straight to their high-strength round inserts to turn nickel-base alloys
- Despite economic turmoil, builders of vertical machining centers are keeping their customers and themselves in the game with new technology, services and added value
- Boring tools can do more than true holes—they can also help overcome manufacturing obstacles
- Shops can be both lean and green by using a work cell-based approach to parts washing as well as environmentally friendly cleaning compounds and technologies
- Learn who off ers what in metalworking products, from insert holders to cutting tools to grinding machines, by reading summary reviews of companies’ literature.
April 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 4
Quality Mould Inc., a maker of molds for glass products such as lamps and headlights, thrives by leveraging its skills and using advanced technology. PLUS:
- Tracking and reducing burr costs or—better yet—minimizing burr formation can improve productivity
- Process monitors—either vibration- or digitally based—help parts manufacturers save money and ensure quality on small production runs
- Challenging Swiss-style machining jobs can require specialty collets or novel applications of standard workholding
- Rough-and-ready grinding calculations—and an opinionated Viking—help quickly determine appropriate grinding parameters
- With a new ownership structure in place, Kaiser AG is entering it seventh decade serving the metalworking industry.
March 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 3
New materials, the need for lightweight parts and the burgeoning size of some aircraft challenge manufacturers of landing gear components. PLUS:
- The ins and outs of specifying and ordering a flexible specialty machine tool and having a machine builder produce it
- Ballsizing, lapping with wire and brushing are three simple and economical hole-finishing techniques that yield impressive results
- How to machine polymeric composite materials with single-layer diamond abrasive tools
- The benefits of minimum-quantity lubrication—which is suitable for many types of machine tools—are numerous
- Today’s Web-based training programs can get machine operators ready to cut metal before they ever lay hands on the real deal
- A parts manufacturer fi nds that brushing the cutting edges of tools with nylon bristles extends tool life, improves part quality and reduces manufacturing costs.
February 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 2
Machining wind turbine components provides opportunities for diversiﬁ cation and growth. PLUS:
- Expanding orthopedic implant market spurs search for new turning center technology
- Examining the process through the lens of an electron microscope
- Computer-aided error detection and prevention helps prevent disasters and improve machine eﬃciencies
- Grooving miniature parts requires a conservative cutting approach and a choice between solid-carbide and insertable tools
- One of the world’s largest cutting tool companies began as a kitchen-table operation in a remote part of Israel.
January 2009 | Vol. 61 | Issue 1
Production of precise, tough oil-ﬁeld components demands the use of sophisticated multitask machines. PLUS:
- Keys to maximizing productivity when facemilling steel
- Case histories and comments about hard milling from frontline die and mold shops
- Increasingly sophisticated drills enable shops to tackle nickel-base superalloys with ease
- Carbide drill with unique design reportedly minimizes walking while extending tool life
- With its patent expired, the Coromant Capto modular toolholding system is now governed by an ISO standard.