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.
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.