Weekly Update 01/10/2008

Weekly Update 01/10/2008


January 10, 2008


KEYENCE


3-Axis Laser Marker Has Simultaneous X, Y and Z Beam Control

The new Keyence MD-V9900 YVO4 Laser Marker has the world's first 3-axis beam control. It eliminates the need for mechanical devices to move the marker to accommodate different target heights, inclined surfaces, cylinders or circular cones. The MD-V9900 features a 42mm focal length and an ultra-large 300 x 300mm marking area. Details and Specs.

From Standard To High-End Machines

Affordable High Tech
A lot of machine tool builders offer affordable models. And, while these machines may be scaled back or streamlined when it comes to options, they still incorporate the same advanced engineering and innovations found on high-end machines.

Accuracy Drives Machine Tools
Find out exactly what goes into building an ultrahigh-precision machine. From handscraping to specialized facilities, it all adds up to machines with 3D volumetric accuracies around 15 microns.

CBN Improves Machine Performance
You've got your high-end machine tool. Now run the tooling that will optimize its performance.

Why Robots?
In today's manufacturing world, the one-man-one-machine scenario just doesn't make sense for most shops. You can increase productivity/machine use by as much as 90 percent. Here's how.

Common Mistakes Made When Automating
Ok, so you are ready to automate. Here are tips on how to avoid mistakes that many shops make.

When 2+3 Doesn't Equal 5
Running your 5-axis machining center more like a 3-axis machine can add up to more precise machining operations, especially if you're a mold shop.

Less Electrode Wear
A new control reportedly reduces electrode wear to less than 0.1 percent while increasing machining speeds by as much as 20 percent. The control also eliminates the need for multiple electrodes.
American Machinist Webcast

Is your software helping you achieve your business goals or holding you back?

Toolmakers and manufacturers are faced with a difficult decision when selecting design or manufacturing software solutions. With so many choices, making sure you have the right solution for your business can become a daunting exercise. While it's easy to get lost in the technical feature-ware presented by the vendors, toolmakers and manufacturers should focus on the solution's fit to their process and its contribution to their business goals.

American Machinist will be presenting this webinar on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 2pm ET/11am PT. Register Now!

Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

Pop Mech. June '66 Letter To Editor (from one of our own)
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Rusty Drill Bits
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