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Manufacturing Engineering: January 2022

The January 2022 edition of Manufacturing Engineering is available as a digital magazine. Links to individual articles are below.
This mill-turn configuration, the QuickTECH i42/i60 Ultimate mill turn from Absolute Machine Tools, has 10 axes, with two turning spindles, two milling spindles (with simultaneous machining) and two B-axes. It has up to 39 total tools, 24 of which can be live tools with B-axis milling capability.

Multi-Axis Machining: Beyond Mainstream

January 10, 2022
Five-axis machining has progressed from exotic to mainstream over the past few years.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
For most machining operations, consistent chip thickness requires continuous adjustment of the programmed feedrate. According to CGTech, its Force product is the best way to achieve this.

Tips, Tricks and Best Practices for Efficiently Generating Productive CNC Programs

January 12, 2022
Automated feature recognition, knowledge-based machining, advanced toolpath simulation and digital twins are a few CAM technologies making programming more of a technical exercise than the tribal knowledge-inspired art form it has long been.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
Haimer Microset machines have a release-by-touch function that lets machinists move the optical carrier with one hand, without having to hold down a button.

Implementing and Expanding Use of Presetters

January 19, 2022
Presetters can make life easier on the factory floor. When is the time to step up their use?
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
ESA 120/70 UNILOCK chucks have a built-in air chuck circuit mechanically linked to the clamping mechanism. When air pressure is applied to unclamp the receiver, the air circuit is completed internally.

Closing the Gap on Data Transmission in Workholding

January 17, 2022
Electronics, sensors and other advanced technologies in workholding provide manufacturers with a whole range of options for data transfer.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media
Most manually operated machines can be fitted with a DRO. These machines feature Acu-Rite DROs.

Digital Readouts Continue to Aid Industry

January 20, 2022
While it seems a relic of the 20th century, today’s DRO provides much more than position readout.
By Larry Bellisario-Adams Contributing Editor
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
Today’s rotary surface grinders offer sophisticated sensors and controls that can reliably achieve tighter dimensional tolerances, flatness, parallelism and surface finish in much less time.

Advanced Rotary Surface Grinders Deliver ‘Endless Possibilities,’ Tighter Tolerances

December 29, 2021
To combat the loss of more seasoned operators to retirement, job shops are turning to more modern, automated surface grinders.
Del Williams
By Del Williams Technical Writer

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