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The USC-2M and 3M have been designed to maximize the performance of modern indexable gundrills.
Fast turnaround times and increasingly complex components are standard requirements in the mold industry.. To meet these growing customer demands with the greatest possible efficiency, high-performance 5-axis machining centers are a must for manufacturers.
The main manufacturing floor at MaTech.
MaTech managed production for years using a project management software and a variety of Excel spreadsheets and manual processes. The company upgraded to an integrated production management system. The ERP software is from Global Shop Solutions.
One of many Shop Floor Data Collection stations throughout the company,
Founded in 1976 by George McNab to serve the growing demand for precision aerospace components, Mac Machine Company Inc. has since expanded its manufacturing capabilities to serve the defense, commercial aircraft, and medical diagnostics and implant industries. Mac Machine provides clients like Honeywell, Northrup Grummon, Sandia National Laboratories, and Zimmer Medical with a variety of precision parts, assemblies and weldments, all designed and produced at its 20,000-sq-ft facility in Baltimore, Maryland.
One of the work stations on King Machine’s shop floor.
Global Shop Solutions' ERP software provides information to all areas of King Machine's business by giving every employee the tools they need to do their jobs efficiently and accurately.
One of Enoch’s automated machines.
Operating out of 48,000-sq.-ft. in Clackamas, Oregon, Enoch Precision Machining operates more than 80 automated machines. New planning and scheduling software has improved production.
The Eriez Xtreme RE7 Rare Earth circuit
The Eriez Xtreme RE7 Rare Earth circuit helps remove metals and other impurities and is now incorporated in the company’s tube and grate magnets.
Advancements in threading technologies.
Investing in CNC Swiss technology allows a shop to perform threading operations. Every Swiss machinist should be aware of the latest advancements in this field.

National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons issues statement slamming rioters who "stormed the U.S. Capitol (yesterday), attacking police officers and first responders because Trump refused to accept defeat in a free and fair election."
Lasers are used in a myriad number of applications to cut, drill, weld, mark, or structure parts in a wide variety of applications in many industrial sectors to optimize manufacturing processes and satisfy the need for ever increasing quality of components.
Marcus Ralston
Marcus Ralston explains his outlook regarding three key milestones of the evolution taking the cutting tool industry into the 21st century.

When grinding carbide and HSS tools in in volume production, large filtration or central systems from VOMAT are a worthwhile investment for cleaning dirty grinding oils.
The costs of cooling lubricants in tool grinding often exceed the costs for grinding wheels. Tool manufacturers who acknowledge this can save money with ultra-fine filtration technology that is optimally adapted to a company’s production capacity and manufacturing requirements. Vomat in Treuen, Germany, is a filtration specialist that offers a range of products that can reduce these costs.
The 525 SC full-radius end mill and 570 SC mini copying end mill mold construction tools are designed for HSC operation at steel material hardness’ of 52 to 65 HRC.
Inovatools USA LLC in Hartland, Michigan, offers a broad product range of high-performance solid carbide mills that meet the exacting requirements in mold, fixture and die manufacturing.
Quick-change tooling can reduce set up times.
Many machine shops are losing tens of thousands of dollars in company profits each year by not implementing quick-change tooling on mills and lathes. Implementing this technology can easily reduce downtime an hour a day.
New whitepaper from Forest City Gear
A new paper by Forest City Gear engineer Andrew F. Vincent, Ph.D., has been released entitled, A Note on the Design of the Gap Between Helices on a Double-helical Gear. The paper focuses on how the design and how it “imposes a necessary lower bound on the gap between the helices it is meant to produce.”
ISM PMI Graph July 2019 through Nov 2020
As the overall U.S. manufacturing industry continued to rebound in November 2020, the cutting tool sector found itself on the downside of an economic rollercoaster. That said, optimism for the year ahead continues to grow.
Metal scrap represents the second largest source of revenue for metalworking operations. Shops that invest in back-end systems to improve metal scrap processing will earn a higher value for their metal scrap from metal scrap recyclers.
Making investments to facilitate operational improvements—and financing those investments in a way that preserves cash flow—will be critical to sustainable growth. Here is what manufacturers should consider to make the most of this opportunity when it comes to achieving value from waste streams.
Vesconite Hilube hand-scraped gibs for a vertical boring mill
Wear pads between the saddle and the machining bed on lathes and CNC machines are being replaced with a wear-resistant polymer known as Vesconite Hilube
Factors driving the need for increased automation
More than a third of manufacturers say the Covid-19 pandemic is a catalyst for increasing automation, and additional drivers for adding and expanding automation include the need for increased productivity and a shortage of skilled workers, according to a new survey from MC Machinery of Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Jobs are coming back to the U.S.
Despite COVID, reshoring is up in 2020 and by year’s end total numbers should top more than a million jobs coming back to the U.S. in the last decade, according to a new report from the Reshoring Initiative.
The graph includes the 12-month moving average for the durable goods shipments and cutting tool orders. These values are calculated by taking the average of the most recent 12 months and plotting them over time.
September 2020 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $156.1 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 14.7 percent from August's $136.1 million and down 20.5 percent when compared with the $196.3 million reported for September 2019.