January 28, 2019
Rod Zimmerman of cutting tool manufacturer Iscar Metals lives in a pleasant green zone in a Fort Worth suburb. Yet within a half mile of his home, an oil company has sunk a vertical hole 7,500′ (2,286 m) deep, from which it has splayed nine lateral lines, each going about half a mile.
January 29, 2019
Horizontal machining centers (HMCs) are versatile four-axis and, increasingly, five-axis machine platforms that maximize processing of multi-sided large parts by minimizing part handling.
January 30, 2019
Swiss-style machine tools can be a good choice for making complex parts. On the downside, however, Swiss machining itself has a reputation of being complex—and, therefore, more difficult to master than standard machining.
February 4, 2019
California Polytechnic State University’s (Cal Poly) Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department is ensuring its students are prepared for the future of fabrication by integrating abrasive waterjet into its curriculum.
February 5, 2019If Achates Power, based in San Diego, is ahead of its time now, it was completely revolutionary when it was founded in 2004 by Dr. James U. Lemke, former physics professor and founder of Spin Physics Inc.
Tooling & WorkholdingFebruary 7, 2019Two of the essential characteristics of any successful machine shop are speed and accuracy, but depending on the application, they can be relative terms.
February 8, 2019Over the past 90 years, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, Miss., has built a reputation by engineering and producing exactly what its customers need.
February 6, 2019The U.S. oil and gas industry has been completely transformed by fracking. Once an experimental sideline to traditional drilling, in 2016 hydraulically fractured horizontal wells totaled 69% of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the U.S. and 83% of the total linear footage drilled. Fracking has only grown since then.
Advanced Manufacturing Now
AutomationFebruary 7, 2019Manufacturing automation is trickling down from the massive automotive assembly lines toward the “mom and pop” machine shop. As you take your first look at automation, consider the benefits of and barriers to this technology.