Weekly Update 01/08/2009

Jan. 8, 2009
January 8, 2009   Articles Think You're One Of The Best Shops? American ...
January 8, 2009
Think You're One Of The Best Shops?
American Machinist’s “Best Machine Shops” program has caught this industry’s attention, and we are getting more shops across the country involved in it. And now is the time to start preparing for next year’s program. Read the full story here

Creative Fixturing Puts Parts Into The Work Zone
The highly sought after perfect fixture puts as many parts as possible into a machine tool at one time without disturbing the toolpath and it doesn’t exceed the limitations of the machine that’s being used. Read the full story here

Mazak Optonics Goes Underground
Yamazaki Mazak Optonics Corp. opened in February a new, 108,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Minokamo, Japan — near Nagoya — that sets a new level for plant design, layout and cleanliness, and it’s 36 ft. (11 m.) below ground. Read the full story here

The Power Of Seven
Today’s small shops are increasingly discovering the power of 7-axis, dual-spindle CNC screw-type turning machines. Read the full story here

Innovation In Italy
Since 1958, BI-MU has showcased the latest innovations for the entire manufacturing sector, and the 26th edition of the Italian tradeshow that took place in October, 2008, at the Milan Exhibition Center, fieramilano, was no exception. Read the full story here

Hot Products
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Case Studies
Case Studies / WhitepapersSponsored case studies provide real-world accounts of what's happening in the machining industry. They chronicle the events faced by business owners and managers who had to deal with changes in the competitive environment, and plots the owners' or managers' response which usually entails a change in their business strategy.Latest case studies:
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