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Feb. 20, 2007
February 20, 2007 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR Makino Makino— 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 ...
February 20, 2007
Makino— 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.
The Care of Spindles
Good spindle maintenance can help a shop to keep it machines up and running, and contributes to the production of high quality parts. This series of articles discusses spindle care and design, and techniques that will help shops to keep their spindles in good working order. Precision care for high-speed spindles High speed spindles are application specific, sophisticated, delicate and expensive. Here is how one manufacturer and supplier ensure high-speed spindles are optimally designed for their applications, and users know how to get the performance they expect while protecting their spindle investments. Read more. Spindle-alignment kit Pinpoint Laser Systems Inc. has a spindle alignment kit made to check parallelism, concentricity and wear on spindles, lathes and boring equipment. Read more. Five-minute spindle change A special spindle design gets old spindles out, new spindles in, and machines back in the cut. Read more. New spindle designs for high-speed machining A four year, $7.5-million spindle-development project headed by The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), Ann Arbor, Mich., has ended with the development of three new spindle designs for high-speed machine tools. These new high-performance spindle prototypes represent both the rolling-element and fluid-film families. Read more. High-speed spindles with synchronous motors meet many machining needs Many shops dealing with a variety of jobs need spindles that handle an entire machining operation on a single-spindle machine. For instance, applications may range from driving small-diameter, high-speed tools for micromachining and superfinishing to handling large-diameter tools and taps. An increasingly important spindle feature is the ability to stop at predesignated positions for thread cutting without an adapter collet or for reading barcodes using scanners that identify tools by reading marked toolholders. Read more. FEATURED ADVERTISER JobBOSS
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American Machinist Benchmarking Survey 2007
American Machinist is conducting its annual Benchmarking Survey, sponsored by IMTS. We use this survey to compile the largest body of performance benchmark data available on machine shop operations. Key findings from the study are reported in the magazine and American throughout the year. The results enable managers, like you, to compare your facilities to industry norms and gain a competitive edge in today's challenging business environment. Go to before March 12, 2007 to take the survey.
Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum
Does anyone still hand-grind tools? "I know inserts are great but when you need a part in a rush hand grinding can save the day. Is it a lost art?" What to do with shavings? "I have lots of shavings tangled with trash and contaminated with shop dirt and way oil. What can I do with them?" Unsticking aluminum threads "Does anybody have a good trick for unsticking frozen aluminum threads? We can't apply too much force without breaking the whole unit."
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