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The Advantages of Through-Spindle Coolant

Posted by Dror Pockard on Jan 6, 2016 10:15:45 AM

High speed steel (HSS) tools and flood coolant have traditionally combined for reliable and cost-effective machining processes. However, when a machining giant like Haas Automation, Inc., starts to transition from HSS and flood coolant to carbide tools and through-spindle coolant, the manufacturing world takes notice. In a recent video, two representatives from Haas Automation demonstrated the advantages of through-spindle coolant over flood coolant.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, coolant driven spindle technology

The Manufacturing Mix: Top Innovative News Stories from the Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Dror Pockard on Dec 24, 2015 10:54:22 AM

As new technology emerges, many companies are rethinking manufacturing practices that have been established for decades. Staying on top of the latest news and tech trends can help you maintain a competitive edge in your market. This edition of The Manufacturing Mix highlights some of the biggest news in November 2015 to help you get out ahead of new technology trends.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, coolant driven spindle technology

Friendly Reminder: Your Coolant Is More Important Than You May Think

Posted by Dror Pockard on Dec 21, 2015 1:23:34 PM

Coolant (or cutting fluid) has become somewhat of an unsung hero in the machining process. About 20 years ago, coolant only accounted for 3% of the cost of production. Today, manufacturers are taking it for granted even though costs now account for more than 15% of production (Astakhov 4). When there’s a machining issue, you might turn to tool degradation or other machine-related issues before finding fault with the coolant. This is a friendly reminder — maybe it’s time to reexamine the importance of coolant.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Coolant Fluid

Tips for Machining with Confidence: Keeping Your Coolant Clean

Posted by Dror Pockard on Dec 15, 2015 2:42:09 PM

Coolant is often the unsung hero of the machining process. However, it is essential to maintaining high surface quality and extending tool life. The only problem is that manufacturers take it for granted, allowing it to become dirty and detrimental to production quality. Keeping your coolant clean is absolutely essential to your metal cutting efforts.

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Speed vs. Precision: Why You No Longer Have to Make the Choice with Your CNC Machines

Posted by Dror Pockard on Dec 10, 2015 11:03:07 AM

While small milling and drilling processes can seem like a minor piece of the massive manufacturing projects taking place in the medical and aerospace industries, these small machining processes are often where you lose the most production time. When the Matimop Eureka R&D network recognized this issue, they started looking into ways to boost efficiency without revamping their entire network of CNC machines. After researching coolant-driven spindle speed increasers, it became clear that they could rely on this solution to boost machining RPMs without sacrificing precision or accuracy.  In fact, they found that working at higher speeds could actually improve quality in many key cutting applications.  

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, coolant driven spindle technology

Is Your Coolant Clean? How Poor Fluid Quality Affects Machining

Posted by Dror Pockard on Dec 7, 2015 12:30:00 PM

For many machine shops, water is an essential part of the coolant mixture for more balanced lubricity and cooling capabilities. However, introducing water to your machining environment changes your maintenance requirements. If you aren’t on top of coolant quality, you risk allowing microorganisms into your cutting processes.

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Topics: coolant driven spindle technology

Back to Basics: Which Type of Cutting Fluid is Best for You?

Posted by Dror Pockard on Dec 3, 2015 3:08:53 PM

There are some obvious expectations when it comes to cutting fluid—high thermal conductivity for cooling, good lubricating qualities, stability against oxidation and corrosion prevention to name a few. But if you want to optimize your machining operation, you have to ensure you’re using the right type of fluid for the job. Don’t take your fluid for granted—make sure the choice you make can support your needs.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Cutting Fluid

The Manufacturing Mix: Top Innovative News Stories from the Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Dror Pockard on Nov 26, 2015 9:26:17 AM


If you’re sticking to the status quo, your company may be missing out on the benefits of key new technologies. In this installment of The Manufacturing Mix, we’ll look at some recent news articles highlighting the importance of applying modern techniques in today’s manufacturing organizations.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, manufacturing news

One-Minute Video Series: Optimizing Profile Milling Operations

Posted by Dror Pockard on Nov 23, 2015 9:34:37 AM

As we’ve seen in previous posts in this series, high speed machine (HSM) spindles offer a  far quicker, more efficient and highly cost-effective method of CNC machining. Here, we’ll take a look at profile milling operations to see how HSM spindle performance compares with a standard machine spindle.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, milling

Reducing Your Dependence on Clean Air in CNC Machine Environments

Posted by Dror Pockard on Nov 18, 2015 12:49:00 PM

Let’s face it – clean air is an expensive commodity in any environment but it’s particularly so in the world of CNC machining. While certain applications absolutely require clean air, such as plasma cutting, manufacturers need to find ways to reduce their dependence on it if they want to boost profits. 

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

White Paper - The Pros and Cons of Spindle Speed Increasers

Posted by Dror Pockard on Nov 12, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Are you looking to increase efficiency and throughput to handle large customer orders with ease?  As manufacturers consider the move to high speed machining, most have come to realize that the most cost-efficient solution is to purchase a high speed machine spindle for existing equipment.  But how do you know if a coolant-driven, electric, air-driven or mechanical speed increaser is best? Colibri’s new white paper, The Pros and Cons of Spindle Speed Increasers can help you decide. 

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments

Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments: Maximize Repeatability

Posted by Dror Pockard on Nov 9, 2015 2:22:00 PM

Process repeatability is critical for ensuring quality in CNC machine environments.  That’s why it’s so important for manufacturers to set up their equipment to automate the job from start to finish.  Every time an operator intervenes to change a tool or move a work piece, they are introducing a point of possible inconsistency.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

[VIDEO] Here's What You Need to Know Before Moving to High Speed Machining

Posted by Dror Pockard on Nov 1, 2015 5:21:00 PM

As manufacturing plants look to increase output, one of the biggest decisions they’ll face is when and how to upgrade to high speed machining.  After all, it’s a significant investment and needs to be implemented without sacrificing precision or disrupting existing machine processes. 

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

Tips for Machining with Confidence: Clamping in High Speed Machine CNC Environments

Posted by Dror Pockard on Oct 29, 2015 3:24:00 PM

In the world of CNC machining, boosting spindle speed is critical for increasing throughput and, ultimately, the bottom line. However, operators can’t simply crank up the RPMs in their metal-cutting processes – there are adjustments that must be made to ensure that quality doesn’t suffer.  If machining companies want to gain a competitive advantage, they must carefully balance speed and accuracy.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Innovative approach to high speed machining

Exciting Trends from EMO

Posted by Dror Pockard on Oct 22, 2015 3:56:00 PM

 

Upon returning from EMO MILANO 2015, one of the most important global exhibitions for the metalworking industry, it is clear that many manufacturers are gearing up to enter a new era –from both a technology and efficiency perspective.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

One-Minute Video Series: Speeding Up Your Slot Milling

Posted by Dror Pockard on Oct 15, 2015 2:35:00 PM

Increasing throughput is a key goal for every manufacturer. In the world of CNC machines, speed is money and production companies must find a way to move faster.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

Leading Distributors to Demonstrate New Twist on High Speed Machine Spindles at EMO Milan

Posted by Dror Pockard on Sep 29, 2015 10:21:00 AM

“Plug and play” has become the new watchword in high speed machine spindles for CNC machine environments.  When they integrate seamlessly with existing machinery, automatic tool changers and tool magazines, companies can increase throughput and improve quality at the same time.

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Topics: EMO Milano 2015

Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments: Reducing Cutting Tool Vibration

Posted by Dror Pockard on Sep 20, 2015 3:09:13 PM

Quality is top of mind in every organization, but in the exacting world of CNC machining, it takes on a whole new meaning.  These companies must continuously eliminate any possible issues that could lead to work piece flaws. 

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Counting Down to Zero Stop

Posted by Dror Pockard on Sep 8, 2015 11:27:00 AM

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, machinists still have trouble figuring out when a CNC machine job is complete.  Having to wait around and guess when an application is finished is highly inefficient and a significant safety risk.  It is high time companies had a more effective method for monitoring and determining a machine’s exact zero stop time.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

Extending Tool Life in CNC Machine Environments

Posted by Dror Pockard on Aug 31, 2015 9:20:32 AM

As any craftsman will tell you, it's important to take care of your tools – and it’s no different in CNC machine environments.  Small tools must be properly maintained to ensure that they remain effective and jobs can be run as efficiently as possible.  Additionally, it lowers the risk of breakage related accidents and work stoppages.  However, when small CNC machine tools are used under ideal conditions, it is possible to extend their life far beyond manufacturer expectations.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

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