There’s nothing mysterious about the need for calibration. As Michael Wilm, business manager for calibration products, Renishaw Inc., West Dundee, Illinois, put it: “When you get gas for your car, you count on the pump being calibrated. That’s why we calibrate machine tools. If you don’t calibrate a machine tool you have no idea it’s going to give you reliable service for manufacturing your product.”
Proper drill selection, the geometry built into the drills themselves, applying proper drilling parameters, and a few tips and tricks from the pros can address nagging drilling problems such as drill breakage, unbroken chips, tool runout, poor hole edges, and poor tool life.
When Moeller Precision Tool, Wixom, Mich., decided to invest in a high-end five-axis mill, it became clear that software from Tebis America Inc., Troy, Mich., was to be an important part of the process, from selecting the machine to programming it.
I’m always amazed by the wide range of technologies that go into the process of machining. At EASTEC 2019, I saw the latest and greatest technology from machine tool builders, cutting tool manufacturers, measurement providers, software developers, and many more.
Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
Efficient creepfeed grinding can remove material quickly and produce a precision ground surface on challenging materials. However, since creepfeed grinding applications typically draw more power and have higher forces, there are important considerations to pay attention to during application setup.
Andrew Biro - Applications Engineer, Norton Saint-Gobain
Optimized roughing can extend tool life, help generate better workpiece surface finishes, and save time by minimizing secondary processing steps. Despite these advantages, many shops still forgo this productive strategy, either because they don’t know how to implement it or don’t understand how it works.
It is a great honor to serve our manufacturing community as the president of SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution in 2019-20. I will start this position after SME’s 47th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 47) takes place June 10-14 in Erie, Pa.
Albert Shih, PhD, FSME - 2019-20 President, NAMRI/SME, SME Member Since 2002
Heidenhain, a global manufacturer of motion control feedback solutions, has established a new partnership with the Community College of Denver (CCD), making the Rocky Mountain region a focal point for CNC machining with Heidenhain’s Five-Axis Touch Numerical Control (TNC) technology.
Julian Renz - TNC Product Specialist, Heidenhain Corp.
Innovation is difficult to come by. In fact, the odds of a new product idea being commercialized are less than 4 percent—and that is the best case scenario. If you don’t want to beat those odds, there are five sure-fire ways you can make certain innovation never sees the light of day at your company.
Steven J. Blue - President & CEO, Miller Ingenuity
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