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Expanding the Horizons of Aerospace Automation

Once considered also-rans behind automated drilling and filling, alternative aerospace automation processes, like painting, coating, sanding and other surface preparation, are starting to catch

General Rules of Burr Minimization, Elimination

According to deburring expert Dr. LaRoux Gillespie, “Everything on burrs has to do with the ductility of the material that you are machining.” He pointed out that machining glass, which has zero

Civil Segments Heading for a Downward Glide Path

World aircraft industry growth is sputtering. While military demand remains robust, most civil segments are feeling the impact of negative macroeconomic and geopolitical developments. We saw

Machine Tool Orders Rise in May, AMT Says

Machine tool orders rose in May as the industry recovers from a two-year slump, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (McLean, VA) said in a monthly report.

How Long Do You Need Your Machine Tools to Last?

In the aerospace industry it’s common for OEM contracts and programs with their component suppliers to extend from 10 years to as many as 40 years. Many, if not most, aerospace parts demand

And Now, for Some Magic in Front of the Curtain

The concept of the fully automated toolroom has moved from wish list to workable reality now that virtually every aspect of tool management, cleaning, assembly, presetting and delivery can happen