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Machine Tool Buying in the Internet Age

December 2, 2019
Much about the process of buying machine tools has changed over the last decade. And much hasn’t.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

Purchasing Cutting Tools in the Digital Age

November 27, 2019
You don’t have to spend too much time looking to be overwhelmed with useful information from distributors and cutting tool manufacturers about solutions that yield lowest cost per part, per hole, or per tool.
Jim Lorincz
By Jim Lorincz Contributing Editor, SME Media

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Best-Selling Machining Books of 2019

Best-Selling Machining Books of 2019

January 16, 2020
Practical Machinist wanted to simplify your quest by providing you with a list of the best-selling machining books of 2019 according to our community. All the books in this list are a must-have, so we strongly encourage you to add them to your machine shop library, if you don’t have them already.
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GWS Tool Group Acquires Intrepid Tool Industries

January 8, 2020
GWS Tool Group has acquired Intrepid Tool Industries. Intrepid is the first add-on acquisition in 2020 for GWS.
By GWS Tool Group Press Release

Hang On Tight

January 5, 2020
Smart chucks and zero-point locating systems, quick-change vises and modular workholding are good examples of advanced workholding systems, but you might be thinking, “Who needs it? Give me a 6" machinist’s vise, a three-jaw power chuck, some toe straps and a few T-nuts and I’ll make whatever parts you send my way.”
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media

Walter Acquires Melin Tool Co.

January 3, 2020
Walter has reached an agreement to acquire the Melin Tool Co., a privately-owned, Cleveland-based company and manufacturer of solid-carbide and HSS end mills, drills and countersinks.
By Walter USA Press Release

Two Roads to Toolpath Evolution

January 2, 2020
The evolution of toolpath development has taken two routes, according to Ben Mund, senior market analyst for CNC Software Inc., Tolland, Conn.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

Seco Tools to Acquire QCT’s Division for Cutting Tools

December 20, 2019
Seco Tools, a division of Sandvik Machining Solutions, has reached an agreement to acquire the cutting tools division of QUIMMCO CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO (QCT), a privately owned Mexican company offering integral machining solutions.
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Expert Opinions

  • Real-Time Monitoring
    Tooling & Workholding

    Putting Machinery on a Strong Fitness Plan Starts with Real-Time Monitoring

    August 16, 2019
    Having a plan for maintaining and improving the performance and reliability of every machine on a shop floor is vital to manufacturing operations. Reliable machines make short-notice production runs possible. And the more flexible manufacturers are, the more new customers they’ll attract.
    By Louis Columbus, IQMS, Michael Buchli, Dassault Systèmes
  • Alan Rooks
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    Change and Continuity in Manufacturing

    June 1, 2018
    On May 9, I took a whirlwind tour of change in manufacturing by visiting several open house events. First up was BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. in Hoffman Estates, IL, where Matt Tegelman, applications manager and product manager Kaiser, talked about the Industrial Internet of Things.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
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    How Factory Intelligence is Evolving

    May 11, 2018
    Intelligent factories have existed since manufacturing’s historical inception, but intelligence—defined as the acquisition and application of manufacturing knowledge—resided only with the factory’s staff.
    By Larry Maggiano - Senior Systems Analyst, Mitutoyo America Corp.

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