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Shop Solutions: Drop-In Retooling Puts Rush into Titanium Turning

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2015

It goes without saying that we should never let tooling hold back a good machine. That truism holds as much for short-run work on difficult superalloys as for high-volume machining of commodity steels and aluminums. Because of its reputation for handling the tough jobs, Micor Industries (Decatur, AL) is a very busy place. The 70-man contract machine shop runs 80 hours a week on average, dealing with titanium, Inconel, 2507 stainless steel and similar high chrome and nickel alloys. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Gas-Shielded Flux-Cored Wire Cures Shop's Weld Cracking



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2015

In four decades, Weldall Manufacturing (Waukesha, WI) has grown from a one-man operation in a rented room to a full-service metal fabrication and metal processing manufacturer. The job shop specializes in medium to large weldments—some as large as 200,000 lb (90,000 kg)—for customers in industries that include power generation, wind energy, nuclear power, construction equipment, mining, and railcar fabrication. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Waterjet Finds its Groove in Autodesk's Maker Culture



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2015

One might describe software developer Autodesk’s Workshop at Pier 9 as a traditional communal workspace. In reality, it is a highly advanced maker space where artists, engineers, designers, architects and others network and share resources and knowledge that blur the lines between art and manufacturing. It is here where creativity and advanced technology foster innovative designs and transform how things are made. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Precision Shop Finds Customer Success in Its FMS



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

For AFAB Precision Machining (Lake Forest, CA) success is based on its service-oriented philosophy, which firmly links its customers’ success to the company’s own success. To achieve that mutual benefit, AFAB has invested in automation that drives its internal manufacturing innovation. Recently, AFAB purchased a Makino a51nx horizontal machining center with a 12-pallet MMC2 flexible manufacturing system that has cut cycle times in half. Full Article

Shop Solutions: CAD CAM Puts Magic into Shop's Machining



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

There is no magic formula that guarantees manufacturing success. However, the combination of hard work, knowledge, and advanced technology is about as close as you can get. That’s the formula employed by Andrea Cecutti, the owner of AC&A (Lake Forrest, CA). When he opened his small California startup, AC&A, Cecutti wagered everything on advanced machines, skilled and motivated people, and Tebis CAD/CAM software. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Abrasive Nylon Brushes Finish Parts Inline



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

The abrasive nylon brush is one of the more noteworthy advancements in tools for in-line machine deburring, edge radiusing, cleaning, and other surface finishing applications. With new advances in abrasive technology, machining center operators like Eric Sun, founder of Orange Vise Co., a machine shop and machine tool manufacturer in Union City, CA, are able to complete surface finishing simultaneously with other machining operations, speeding product completion, improving quality, and saving off-line finishing time and costs. Full Article

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