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Weekly Update 12/04/2008

Weekly Update 12/04/2008

December 4, 2008


Distortion-Free Laser Marking on Difficult Surfaces
The KEYENCE MD-V9900 YVO4 Laser Marker provides distortion-free marking of products with irregular shapes and sizes at production speeds, without requiring mechanical devices to move the marker or products. It features the first simultaneous 3-axis (X, Y, Z) beam control, a large 300x300mm marking area, a 42mm variable focal length, and a variable beam spot size. More info

Finding Your Niche
Machine shops can develop specialties -- their own niche in the market -- that will help them to find business and thrive. Read the full story here

Gunsmithing - Making Parts For A Recession-Proof Sector
It’s not just the major firearms manufacturers that are keeping machine shops around the country busy. Read the full story here

Rotary Broaching
Rotary broaching is an easy and economical way to accurately machine polygon forms into the inside diameter or outside diameter of parts. With rotary broaching, shops can increase profits by machining complex shapes on standard CNC lathes or mills, manual machines or screw machines without having a secondary operation. Setup is as easy as centering the tool on the work. With feeds slightly faster than drilling, complex forms can be machined quickly. Read the full story here

What's New In Rotary Broaching
Because of the growing popularity of Swiss-style machines, Schlitter Tool has developed a series of rotary broaches. Read the full story here

Changing The Image Of America's Machine Shops
Shops today are advanced technology centers that turn over the image of a dark, dirty machine shop. It's time to take the dark image of a machine shop out of in the last century? Read the full story here

CAD-Integrated Reverse Engineering
ReverseEngineering. com, providers of CAD integrated reverse engineering software for measurement, inspection, 3D digitizing, and scanning physical objects has become an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with SolidWorks Corp., the maker of SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Read the full story here

Hot Products

Small Engines
Sunnen specializes in systems for the high precision honing of all types of small engine applications. Our precision bore machining technology builds more efficient, cleaner and longer running engines that comply with strict new emissions standards. And our improved bore geometry reduces blow-by, oil consumption and delivers higher power.

Gradient Lens Corporation has introduced a complete video system that operates with any Hawkeye Precision Borescope, rigid or flexible. The Luxxor Video System includes a Sony XC-555 Video Camera, a Luxxor 24 Light Source, Luxxor Light Guide, Luxxor Video Coupler Lens, USB Image Capture Interface, and the Hawkeye SuperKit storage case. The complete system sells for under $4000.

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Case Studies

Case Studies / Whitepapers

Sponsored 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.

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Precision Holemaking at High Cpk
Increase Productivity by Hard Milling Stainless Steels
11 Criteria For Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement
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Keys to ISO Success
Toolmaker Slashes Delivery Times by Going Lean

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