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Weekly Update 10/30/2008

Oct. 28, 2008
October 30, 2008   Articles Editor's Note We are providing in this email another ...
October 30, 2008
Editor's Note
We are providing in this email another electronic path to two articles on how to use the Microsoft Excel software to generate CNC code because the links to those items in our last newsletter was faulty. The items and the repaired link are at the bottom of this newsletter.
Sorry about that.
Why 5-Axis Machining?
Mal Sudhaker, milling-area manager for GF AgieCharmilles, said there are several reasons that shops are doing more 5-axis machining. Read the full story here

Robots Get a Cold Clean Blast
As a large robot integrator, RobotWorx of Marion, Ohio, buys and sells hundreds of used robots each year. When RobotWorx buys them, the robots typically arrive covered in grime, welding residues, paint, grease and other debris. Read the full story here

Complete Control Packages
Ward Robotics Inc. offers intuitive multi-axis servo control packages. These complete, bolt-on packages include motors, cabling, distributed I/O, custom user interfaces, detailed data tracking, Internet connectivity and e-mail notifications. Read the full story here

Generate NC Tool Paths with Microsoft Excel
Many parts require you to do repetitive calculations to create a tool path. If you’re programming manually, that can be a daunting and time consuming task with a large potential to make errors.

Many shops opt to use a CAM system or parametric programs, but not every machine or shop has these capabilities. Read the full story here

Microsoft Excel Tips
Here are tips on how to use Microsoft Excel software to generate CNC machining code. Read the full story here

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Benchmarking at IMTSAmerican Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year. American Machinist, reviews the results of this third annual survey, and talks about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS. Watch Now!Tool Shop Optimization: Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop Applying concurrent engineering processes to design and manufacturing can help toolmakers increase productivity and shorten product delivery times—improving responsiveness to customers and your company's bottom-line results.Watch Now!Sponsored by: Cimatron Group
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