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Smooth, Fast and Friendly Controls for Productivity

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Machine control providers continue to offer increasingly innovative and intuitive programming solutions for machinists who are demanding more from their CNCs. The latest machine controls come with special features to complement hardware advances and help machinists program the most complex parts with increasing ease and guidance. Many of the latest machine controls, for example, feature embedded intelligence with software algorithms that can automatically select the optimal machining method for a given part.  Full Article

Machine Vision Inspection Speeds Up Automotive Lines

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


The automotive industry might represent the ultimate challenge to providers of machine vision equipment used in robotic guidance and material inspection. “The automotive industry is a microcosm of the entire industrial world,” explained David Dechow, staff engineer for FANUC. “Every potential industry is represented, from raw metal to electronics to wiring to machinery and everything in between.” Machine vision—electronic imaging for inspection, process control, and automated guidance—provides unique benefits in practically every facet of the industry.
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Solving the Customization Riddle in Energy Manufacturing

Paul Ryznar, President and CEO, OPS Solutions, LLC

Augmented reality instructions for nonstandardized work can optimize the process of manufacturing and assembly. When a national oil and gas company contracted with a Michigan based engineering group for a multimillion dollar oil equipment order, the group approached Light Guide Systems for assistance. This situation presented our team with truly unique challenges—and pushed us to find creative solutions—that show the growing capability of technology to assist in customized manufacturing. Full Article

Software Update: Leveraging Data to Improve Processes

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Katie Richardson is Program Director, Kennametal Inc. Latrobe, PA. Manufacturing Engineering: How can software help manufacturers improve productivity? Katie Richardson: A better operation starts with better tools. Since its launch in 2013, Kennametal’s Novo digital process planning application has continued growing by supplying complete tool data and process knowledge electronically, saving process planners, cost estimators, and manufacturing engineers countless hours of catalog lookups and process guesswork. That same intelligence for driving new efficiencies is now available on PCs and tablet devices in the new Version 1.6.
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Shop Solutions: Programming, Macros Automate CAM’s Reach

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


At Wilson Tool International, two senior CNC programmers demonstrate how management flexibility in executing their jobs has greatly improved productivity from the time orders are received to the completion of machined parts to fill the orders. It’s a case of how a company’s success can be traced directly to management’s efforts to improve productivity and cut costs by hiring the right people and equipping them with the most advanced CNC programming system. Full Article

Meghan Summers-West Named President of CNC Software, Inc.

Press Release - CNC Software, Inc.


Meghan Summers-West has been appointed president of CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam® CAD/CAM programming software for CNC machine tools. Former president, now chairman, Mark Summers made the announcement to all 139 employees on Thursday, April 2 at the company’s headquarters in Tolland, Connecticut. Its educational division staff located in Gig Harbor, Washington, participated in the celebratory announcement via teleconference. Full Article

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