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Shops Migrate to Higher Value Parts Making

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Following the money trail is a police-drama honored way of sorting out the usual suspects in solving a crime. Keeping an eye on the money is also a good strategy for shops looking to remain competitive, as well as a bigger payday. Today, adopting five-axis machine technology is a tried and true method of producing more complex workpieces with higher value in both the raw and the machined states. Full Article

Laser Wrinkle Rings Swiss Machine Bells and Whistles

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Swiss-style or not, CNC automatic lathes have carved out an impressive record machining precision engineered parts for a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace, electronics, hydraulics, and automotive. The Swiss-style lathe continues to evolve adding new functions to maximize efficiency in machining complex parts complete. By now the ability to bring multiple tools into the cut has found general acceptance as well as recognition of the challenge that it poses to programming skills. Full Article

GF Machining Solutions Sees Steady Growth

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


GF Machining Solutions expects continued growth in its machine tools business, tied to markets such as aerospace, automotive and medical. Full Article

ABB Begins Manufacturing Robots in the US

Assistant Editor Katelyn DaMour


ABB Robotics announced May 20 that it has started manufacturing robots in the US at its Auburn Hills, MI, location—making it the first global robotics company to do so. ABB made the announcement at an Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony, held in conjunction with one of its Customer Days. Full Article

Local CNC Experts Help Chinese Company Develop Gear Cutting Machine

Press Release - NUM Corporation


NUM China has helped Betek to accelerate the development of a groundbreaking six-axis precision gear hobbing machine. By utilizing a direct-drive spindle and NUM’s ultra-precise electronic gearbox and renowned CNC gear hobbing technology, together with a unique HMI developed by a local specialist machine designer, the new Betek YK3132Z gear hobber provides unprecedented cutting speed and processing efficiency. Full Article

NASCAR Driver Races His Job Shop Every Week

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


During a casual lunch under a white tent in Metro Atlanta this past week, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski told a crowd of machinists, engineers and other manufacturing professionals how his team races its production capabilities every week during his 38-race schedule. The 31-year-old driver from Rochester Hills, MI, who drives the No. 2 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series, spoke at Mazak’s Southeast Technology Center, where about 300 people attended an educational event over two days. Full Article

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