September 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 9
Heavy-duty multitask machine tools provide numerous benefits for producing large, complex components—when the application is right. PLUS:
- 3D printing is poised to turn prototyping on its head
- When tool presetters are integrated into a shop, a key question is who will take the measurements
- Rotary broaching allows machine shops to bring broaching in-house
- Growing U.S. auto market needs supply flexibility and more lightweight parts.
August 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 8
CTE’s 2014 Salary Survey shows the earnings of metalworking professionals have headed upward. PLUS:
- A tool inventory management system shows who’s using what and for what purpose
- Teach your vertical machining center to ‘dance without a partner’
- Thread milling is an attractive alternative to tapping
- Certification helps machine shops develop consistent QA practices—and new business
- Get a grip on machined parts with face drivers
- Advances in software, sensors and connectivity create more choices and greater accessibility for machine monitoring
- Tapered-pipe tapping calls for interrupted-thread taps
- Gear makers embrace indexable-insert tools.
July 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 7
Toolholder vibration negatively impacts all aspects of machining. PLUS:
- JDA Aqua Cutting and JDA Custom offer both machining services and motorcycle-related products
- Portable coordinate measuring machine arms bring sophisticated inspection to the shop floor
- Solutions for 10 of the most challenging deburring applications
- Bremen Castings celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, but doesn’t look back
- An examination of wheel performance shows the ups and downs of creep-feed grinding
- Ultrasonic machining is a sound but unsung option
- How needles and other medical ‘sharps’ are ground.
June 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 6
Despite setbacks and challenges, orthopedic implant market set to grow; and shop makes one-of-a-kind knee implants with CAM templates. PLUS:
- Ways to keep machines and operators cool, clean and calm
- 10 questions about machining titanium alloys
- Preventive maintenance is an important part of a machine shop’s routine—and every shop handles it differently
- The importance of effectively cooling the cutting zone when grooving.
May 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 5
‘More of everything’ boosts Swiss machining productivity—and complexity. PLUS:
- Hydraulic vises offer accurate workholding for workpieces large and small
- When selecting a boring or reaming tool to finish a hole, the application is everything
- Cutting fluids make it easier to keep your cool when workpieces are difficult to machine
- Despite setbacks, South Carolina shop thrives, develops winning production strategy
- Gage repeatability and reproducibility studies improve measurement systems.
April 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 4
Look, down in the hole, it’s a valve, it’s a vane—it’s a heat-resistant superalloy! PLUS:
- U.S. energy market in overdrive as shale drilling booms
- Shops of all sizes need an enterprise resource planning system
- Various methods are available to thread holes, each offering pros and cons;
- Laser technology has taken hold in the moldmaking industry, offering new possibilities for fabrication, detailing, maintenance and repair.
March 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 3
Adaptive control helps CNC machines output more parts. PLUS:
- Omega Manufacturing specializes in challenging wire EDM work, but offers one-stop parts manufacturing
- Metal-injection molding has arrived as a way to manufacture small, complex parts
- New developments expand the application range of replaceable-tip drills
- Valley Tool invests in high-performance machine tools to effectively compete and grow.
February 2014 | Vol. 66 | Issue 2
Transforming horizontal machining centers into lean, mean, part-making machines. PLUS:
- High-speed grinding can provide great gains when grinding ODs
- With a focus on machining large parts in multifunctional mill/turn machines, QualTech Industries quickly attracted customers after opening 4 years ago in Kings Mountain, N.C.
- While hydraulic toolholders are said to have limited applications, their high gripping force and simple operation help them secure a place in machine shops
- Aerospace parts market booms with sustained jetliner demand.
January 2014 | Vol. 65 | Issue 1
Network of NIMS-certified training centers expands; how a cooperative organization helps manufacturers train their employees in-house; and Connecticut Spring & Stamping developed an apprenticeship program to meet its own training needs. PLUS:
- Tips on choosing live tooling for a mill/turn center
- Combination cutting tools for holemaking applications save a significant amount of time when the application is right
- Bandsawing bundled materials requires some special insight
- Tool data management optimizes production resources and data.
December 2013 | Vol. 65 | Issue 12
Determining when complex turning and multitasking are the right solutions. PLUS:
- A guide to when should shops say farewell to used cutting tools
- New and traditional parts marking technologies help prevent counterfeiting
- The fundamentals of using coated abrasives in metalworking
- Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument integrates two shops’ design, engineering and manufacturing functions.
November 2013 | Vol. 65 | Issue 11
2014 Buyers Guide issue:
- Manufacturers index
- Disributors index
- Machne Shop index.
October 2013 | Vol. 65 | Issue 10
New technology makes EDM die sinkers smarter, faster and smaller than ever before. PLUS:
- New and traditional grinding technologies combine to control vibration and improve precision
- Tucked into the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, Linda Tool, a family-owned machine shop, continuously adds to its capabilities
- Design for manufacturability is catching on among the more sophisticated clients of machine shops
- Multisensor measurement reduces part-inspection time for machine shops.