Weekly Update 02/14/2008

Weekly Update 02/14/2008

February 14, 2008


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    Don't Let Spindles Idle
    While it's great to reduce part-cutting cycle times when it's possible, opportunities to optimize machining processes further abound when shops focus on reducing spindle-idle time. Find out if you should be taking a closer look at shortening spindle-idle time. Read more

    Operations Lists Grow For Machine Tools
    Lathes with live tooling, mill-turn machines or multitasking machines ¬-- no matter how they are referred to, such machines continue to offer more capabilities. As a result, shops can machine parts in a single clamping, and eliminate secondary operations that previously were done on separate pieces of equipment. Read more

    Putting More Money In The Bank With Barfeeeders
    If you're barfeeding your turning machines, there are two new magazine barfeeders that are designed to save you money. These two systems, according to their manufacturer, represent the latest advancements in the design and manufacture of magazine-style feeders. Read more

    Affordable Automation
    Two machining systems offer job shops affordable alternatives to manual machine tending and high-priced automation equipment. Both systems provide the same productivity and laborsaving advantages as custom systems, yet with job-shop flexibility. Read more

    Automated Prep Work
    Automating part-surface prep work just got a whole lot easier. Through automation-compatible controls, a special rotary blast machine readily interfaces with either robots or pick-and-place devices for unmanned operation. Read more


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