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In-Process Inspection Saves Powertrain Time

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Northern Tool, a division of Star Cutter Co. (Farmington Hills, MI), is well-known for designing and producing special carbide cutting tools—often for automotive powertrain production—that accomplish more than one cutting operation in a single pass. With its CNC tool grinders, OD grinders, roughing OD grinders, and edge prep machines, plus blank prep machines and a cutoff and laser-etching machine, the company produces carbide drills, reamers, end mills, and form tools. Full Article

ID Grinders End Tolerance Nightmares



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Most people have work-related dreams. However, for Ruben Ramirez Jr., the grinding supervisor at HydraForce Inc. (Lincolnshire, IL), holding tight tolerances on complex parts was a waking nightmare. Full Article

High-Volume Shop Thrives on Tooling Success



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Vickers Engineering (New Troy, MI) is a Tier I supplier of machined castings mainly to big automotive OEMs such as Toyota and Honda, as well as to the energy and other industries. Producing five-million parts a year, Vickers continuously strives to improve cycle times and tool life, whether to win a new job or to improve upon one that’s been recurring for years. Full Article

Automation Smooths Shop’s Entry into CNC Production



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/6/2016

Steve Meyer, co-owner of Toolcraft LLC, located in Ft. Wayne, IN, admits he had to be “dragged kicking and screaming” by his sales manager, John Taylor, into the realm of robotic automation for his long-established tool and die company. However, after going through the process with Gosiger Automation (Dayton, OH), Meyer said, “it has been a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and it was definitely the right move for our company.” Full Article

Retooling Face Milling Triggers Ripple Effect



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/6/2016

Usually there’s more than the obvious reason to make improvements on the big jobs. For Shaw Industries (Franklin, PA), the biggest benefit was the ripple effect on the rest of their workload. Full Article

Swing-Frame Grinder Cuts Production Time



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/6/2016

Lincoln Industries (Lincoln, NE) has reduced the time required to polish truck exhaust stacks prior to platingby more than 40% with a combination buffer/abrasive belt grinder. Chrome-plated exhaust stacks for major heavy-duty truck manufacturers and the aftermarket are among the company’s primary products. Full Article

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