VIP, March 2006

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March 21, 2006 In This Issue Edition Feature Current Articles Online Product Demonstration Practical Machinist Hot Product Tech Zone of the Month Webcast Events Newsletter Sponsor JobBOSS JobBOSS is the most widely used shop ...
March 21, 2006

In This Issue
  • Edition Feature
  • Current Articles
  • Online Product Demonstration
  • Practical Machinist
  • Hot Product
  • Tech Zone of the Month
  • Webcast
  • Events
Newsletter SponsorJobBOSS
JobBOSS is the most widely used shop management software for the metalworking industry with bar-code data collection, performance analysis, and contact management. Nearly 4,000 hi-tech shops and more than 21,000 shop technology system users rely on JobBOSS for quoting, scheduling, costing, purchasing, inventory, shipping, and quality control. Click here to find out more.
Edition Feature

Technology has led the way to productivity gains in machine shops, but determining the best technology to buy often is a difficult job. Software or a new piece of equipment can increase productivity, but so can integrating - or wisely using -- equipment that a shop already has. Here are several articles that can help to determine how to look for and sort out technologies that could help a shop become more productive.

Current Articles

On autopilot: machining in the dark - Florida shop rakes in profit with the lights out...
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Do-it-yourself thermography - Affordable, easy-to-use imagers bring preventativemaintenance surveys in-house...
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Finding the right technology to invest is not difficult if you have a solid business plan and an idea about what you want to do. Douglas Peterson vice president for CNC business at GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc. in Charlottesville, Va., talks about pinpointing technologies to invest in...
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Technology can bring together the design of a product with the processes that are needed to make the product, and the marriage of product design and process flow often is not obvious. Ed Miller is president of CIMdata Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich. talks about product design and process flow...
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Integrating automation - from the time an order for automation is placed to the time it is operating on the shop floor -- could take six to nine months, and could be the difference in winning or losing a contract. American Machinist Senior Editor Charles Bates looks at machine tool producers who are providing faster ways to automate, making their customers more competitive more quickly. Read about quick automation options...
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Gantry loading equipment and bar feeders offer some of the easiest ways to increase productivity in a shop. Both provide relatively inexpensive and simple ways to keep turning and multi-tasking machines supplied with feedstock so that tools keep making chips. Read about these productivity enhancers...
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Online Product Demonstration

If you are considering a shop management and control solution, take a close look at the industry leader: JobBOSS.
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— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series of online Webinars. Designed for shops of all types and sizes, the seminars are free to anyone who registers. The planned seminars are intended for shops in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries. In addition to metal cutting and die/mold, the seminars will cover new technologies, such as micromachining. Mark Rentschler, marketing manager, says, "Online seminars allow anyone with an Internet connection to attend without losing a day of work." The seminars concentrate on shop efficiency, lean manufacturing, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metal cutting processes. Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations. Click here for more info on upcoming seminars and registration information.
Here is a quick taste of what you will find... From CNC Machining -- Endmill Feedrate Question "I got a possible problem with a Feed rate and RPM on a project I run a Lot of and was wondering if I am overdoing or underdoing the cutting tool. I would like to get the most out of my machine but also like long tool life too. This is my problem..." Join the discussion and read the answers... Click here. From CAD/CAM -- "Affordable" 3D CAD package options? "I'm looking for an affordable - which means not more than about $2000 - 3D CAD package with which I can do 3D models of simple knife blades. The models would then be exported into another CAM program for production...." Join the discussion and read the answers... Click here. From EDM Machining -- My Ram EDM Project "I am currently involved in a "research project" to determine the cost to produce the tail cap of a 2AA Maglite using a Ram EDM process. I am hoping that the tail cap will be able to machined with greater accuracy than that of a CNC mill. I am a "starving college student" and I would greatly appreciate any possible help that anyone could provide me. I need to know about costs of machines, as well as cost for running time, and I have seen that there are many different types of EDM machines, what do I need for something like this? " Join the discussion and read the answers... Click here.Hot Product Neidlein Live And Dead Centers From LMC Workholding
LMC's Neidlien live and dead centers provide precision performance for a wide range of lathe and grinder applications with trouble free operation. Tech Zone of the MonthGRINDINGKeeping choppers up and maneuvering... Read more
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National Manufacturing Week including National Industrial Automation Show and Conference
March 20-23, 2006
Chicago, IL
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High Performance Medical Machining Seminar
March 23, 2006
Holliston, MA
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Automation & Assembly Conference & Exhibits
March 27-30, 2006
Los Angeles, CA
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WebcastTool Shop Optimization: Why Technology Is Not EnoughThursday, April 20, 2006 at 2pm ESTSponsored by:
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