Machine shops use a variety of techniques to track the condition of their cutting tools, ranging from simple to sophisticated. No matter what monitoring method is used, it can be crucial in preventing catastrophic tool failure. At its best, monitoring also significantly boosts tool life and slashes tooling costs.
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The newly developed 5-axis portal milling machines of the FZP Series from Zimmermann are compact, flexible and highly accurate. This is ensured by the thermosymmetrical design with center-guided Z-slide.
Roush Yates Engines explored ways to improve the accuracy, integrity and throughput of its measurement data, and decided to implement DataSure 4.0, a data acquisition solution developed by The L.S. Starrett Co.
The U.S. has not been competitive, so companies sourced offshore to meet consumer and industrial demand for low-priced goods. Fortunately, however, a positive localization trend since 2010 indicates an increasing rate of reshoring by U.S. companies and foreign direct investment by foreign companies.
BLM GROUP USA has added more processing power to its LS5 and LC5 flat sheet laser cutters with the new option of a 10kW fiber laser source.
The IM-8000 dimensional measurement system has a rotary unit, which allows for 360-degree measurement capability on both turned and machined parts.
Rotary machines can help shops reduce their cost per part.
Better wheels and more capable machines add to grinding’s edge on tough materials
Stressed out at the thought of programming, operating, or owning a Swiss-style CNC lathe? Chill out. It’s easier than you think.
February 2021 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $149.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 3.3 percent from January's $144.8 million and down 17.1 percent when compared with the $180.3 million reported for February 2020.