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21st century tools

21st century tools
For those tool and die departments stuck in the 1970s, here are some upgrade options to make them run smoother by Kip Hanson, senior editor       Hand-sharpened, high-speed steel tool bits and drills. Vises and toolholders bought some time during the Reagan era. Machine tools that were paid off when office printers sported dot matrix heads, and produced amortization schedules on green and Read full article >>

Get vertical

Get vertical
Being a leader in sheet metal fabrication often means venturing outside your shop’s comfort zone – and into machining by Kip Hanson, senior editor       We’ve all heard the clichés. One-stop shop. Soup to nuts. Full service.   The opportunity to find everything under one roof might be expected from a big box or automotive superstore, but it’s far less common in manufacturing where those Read full article >>

Machining on a Turret Punch Press

Machining on a Turret Punch Press

Different offerings from OEMs allow job shops to perform tapping and forming using a turret punch press

By Colin Carlu Olexa Associate Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Not all job shops are aware of the fact that tapping and forming can be performed on a punch press. In our last issue, we featured an article about where exactly punching fits in this current era of increasingly more powerful Read full article >>

Streamlining Machined Part-Data Collection

January, 2012By Colin CarluAssociate EditorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Job shops looking to simplify part QC data collection might want to consider Starrett’s DataSure data system. DataSure offers a way to collect data on parts quickly and effortlessly, while also increasing traceability. For shops with highly quality-conscious clients, or possibly about to take on such clients, this is a Read full article >>

Is a Multi-Axis Machining Center Right for You?

June/July, 2012It can be the key to higher productivity and untended operationBy Ed HuntressContributing EditorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Would a multi-function, multi-axis machine handle this Midwestern manufacturer’s machining processes more efficiently? The company, which makes consumer and industrial products, had a machining process that was begging to be automated. It’s not especially Read full article >>

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