September 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 9
Fallbrook Technologies’ prototype shop continues to produce one-offs for licensees of its continuously variable planetary technology while performing commercial jobs. PLUS:
- Job shop beneﬁts from a big, 5-axis, twin-spindle machine
- Ofﬂine presetting maximizes machine availability and reduces scrap
- A combination of planning, housekeeping and the proper equipment enhances shop safety
- 5 factors shaping the ceramic tool market
- And columns covering the benefit of avoiding free worker benefits; the advantages of modular machine tools; how machine monitoring software provides data-driven manufacturing; the benefits of photo-activated adhesive workholding; an overview of broaching tools; some miscellaneous tips and tricks for machinists, and a walk on the lean side.
August 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 8
Tool management systems prevent mistakes and boost the bottom line. PLUS:
- A comparison of three threadmaking options: tapping, forming and milling
- Laser-assisted machining tackles hard materials
- Solid-state LED lighting in machine tools allows for increased visibility, reduced downtime and lower power consumption
- And columns covering the requirements for making difficult shop decisions; how the CNC evolution continues with Mazak's Smooth Technology; some considerations when evaluating CAM software; a Q&A about improving part inspection, and advice when applying multiple-rib grinding wheels.
July 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 7
Horst Engineering shifts production from Mexico to Connecticut; and INOVA Geophysical rethinks machining process, saves close to $1 million by reshoring production from China. PLUS:
- Abrasive waterjet machines become easier to use and more affordable as equipment evolves
- Bandsaws turn high-tech with advanced control and cloud-based intelligence
- And columns covering potential buried treasure in machine shops; CAD/CAM questions and answers; examples of custom workholding; the importance of preventive maintenance; some toolholder options for high-speed machining; how to straighten shafts and tubes, and the quest for cutting tool knowledge.
June 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 6
New aluminum alloys can pose machining challenges, but they can be mastered with sound cutting strategies. PLUS:
- How shops can help keep groundwater clean and be green in other ways
- Parting off presents challenges, but paying attention to the basics makes it a lot easier
- Manufacturing consultant leverages CAM software to help customers adopt transformative technology
- And columns covering the global machine shop; how to fixture challenging parts; the importance of inspecting parts only when needed, and the benefits of multiple-grit grinding wheels and truing cup wheels.
May 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 5
Move, shred or pack them—chip management doesn’t have to be hard. PLUS:
- Steelville Manufacturing Co. uses ﬂexible manufacturing systems to enhance machine tool productivity and help continue shop growth
- New talent, experienced hands hone Peerless Precision’s capabilities
- And columns covering supplier relationships; how inertia active control cuts cycle time; the advantages of scalable CAM software; the need to train workers to sharpen their skills; coolants for challenging cuts; a conversation with a fresh "face of manufacturing"; the application of flame straightening corrections, and whether your next robot will be collaborative.
April 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 4
Vertical machining centers play a central role in the growth of S&S Machine Shop. PLUS:
- Software developers raise the bar with improved toolpaths, integration and simulation
- When grinding complex cutting tool proﬁles, attention should be paid to the software, the wheel and the tool blank for best results
- And columns covering the importance of keeping employees' personal matters separate from professional ones; some methods for minimizing chatter; boring heads that improve productivity; how quick-change tooling can boost profits; how flame hardening works, and some answers to queries about barreling and scrubber nozzles.
March 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 3
High-efﬁciency software makes roughing of molds smoother, more efﬁcient. PLUS:
- Modular automation increases productivity and ﬂexibility at a lower price point than custom solutions
- Small shop becomes big aerospace manufacturer with a little help from its friends
- Learn details about the numerous new products manufacturers are offering the metalworking industry
- And columns covering the need to protect a shop's digital information; correcting linear positioning errors of machine tool axes; some advice on selecting wire EDM workholders; creating process visibility with cloud computing; how to select and use the best gages; the lost art of flame straightening, and creating a plan to replace retiring workers.
February 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 2
Cryogenic machining systems can extend tool life and reduce cycle times. PLUS:
- Table-type horizontal boring mills add versatility to a machine shop
- A journey of waste reduction and continuous improvement for machine shops
- And columns covering how to manage requests for pricing discounts; how to keep seeing clearly through machine vision panels; the need to check the tailstock when parts go bad; finding shop apps for mobile devices; shop fundamentals, some essential elements for successful endmilling, and battling burn and other grinding issues.
January 2015 | Vol. 67 | Issue 1
Collaborative robots lend a helping hand. PLUS:
- Hybrid machining expands a part designer’s pallette and speeds the art-to-part cycle when prototyping
- Shops are deep-hole drilling on standard machine tools, but certain applications still require specialized machines
- Shops have plenty of choices when gripping small parts
- And columns covering the need to adapt to today's shop customer; measuring with capacitance sensors; the closing of the programming-to-production gap; how coordinate measuring machines benefit part manufacturers of all sizes; the use of roll grinding to finish corners, and the importance of following—and saving—instructions for new and existing jobs.
December 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 12
Machine tools for cutting composite materials have unique requirements. PLUS:
- The pros and cons of turning with the ‘perfect’ insert
- While many machine shops have an EDM, they still have to decide when to outsource certain jobs
- Choosing the best marking method for delicate workpieces
- And columns covering the cultivation of machining's future; an interview with an enterprising Colorado manufacturer; when to turn to a turnkey solution; more tips and tricks for parts finishing, and some methods to purposely burn workpieces.
November 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 11
2015 Buyers Guide issue:
- Manufacturers index
- Disributors index
- Machne Shop index.
October 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 10
Cloud-based CAD gains momentum. PLUS:
- Simultaneous machining on multiple spindles enhances efficiency and lowers cost per part for high-volume production
- Thermal and mechanical methods can increase part surface hardness while leaving the inside ductile
- Machine-integrated inspection systems can improve quality and profitability
- Integrating digital tool libraries into CAM software enables process improvement
- And columns covering the benefits of taking shop workers to IMTS; the advantages of preloading ball nuts; how workholder modeling slashes setup time; metrology software benefits; some significant advances in deep-hole drilling, and still more tips for effective finish work.