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Are High Speed CNC Machines Right for You?

Posted by Sharon Weiss on May 24, 2016 2:36:00 PM

High speed machining (HSM) seems like an obvious choice for increasing machine shop throughput and boosting quality. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to speeding up your machining processes using this technology.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

TOOL WEAR 101

Posted by Sharon Weiss on May 18, 2016 11:19:39 AM

Although replacing worn tools is an accepted part of any machining job, the accumulated labor and production down-time involved, can really start to add up.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

Strive for Perfection: Planning an Optimum High Speed Machining Process

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Apr 18, 2016 4:49:57 PM

In a previous blog post we talked about “Getting Back to Basics--The Fundamentals of Milling Processes”. Now that we understand the basics, how we can adapt what we know to our own business and the specific types of high speed machining we need to do?

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, High Speed Spindles

Are You Ready To Turn The Lights Out?

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Apr 12, 2016 4:15:52 PM

Lights-out manufacturing is a manufacturing methodology (or philosophy), rather than a specific process. Factories that run lights-out production are fully automated and require no human presence on-site. Thus, they can be run with the lights off.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Machining, manufacturing

Why Is The Metalworking Industry Hurting For Qualified Workers?

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Apr 4, 2016 5:42:00 PM

Machining is a far more interesting career than most people may realize. From the challenges of implementing new complex equipment in the shop, to CNC programming and beyond. Why is it then that there’s a serious lack of skilled workers in the machining industry? 

This disturbing global trend has left the industry severely underserved by qualified CNC machining and technical staff; negatively affecting the metalworking industry’s ability to grow, develop and innovate - especially compared with other sectors such as electronics and communications.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Metalworking Fluid

The Manufacturing Mix: Top Innovative News Stories from the Manufacturing Industry. March Edition

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Mar 31, 2016 5:10:26 PM

 

No matter how overburdened your to-do list, it's vital to squeeze industry-related reading into your day. Reserving a fixed time on your calendar for catching up on industry news is your best bet to making it a habit. Is it really that important? The answer is a definite YES! Sometimes even the most trivial industry news item may help you identify a key opportunity or spot a potential threat to your business. Never forget that the small kernel of knowledge you gain today could lead to a big competitive edge tomorrow.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

Real-Time RPM Monitoring of High Speed Machining Operations Saves the Day

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Mar 21, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Our friend John works at a busy machining shop. He’s doing some finishing on a Die & Mold component of hardened steel, using a high-speed spindle to get a better surface finish and save time doing it. A lot of complex machining work has already been done on the part, so if something goes wrong now, he’ll have to scrap an expensive workpiece. 

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, RPMs

INVESTING IN A 5-AXIS MACHINING CENTER – IS IT WORTH THE EXPENSE?

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Mar 9, 2016 10:29:38 AM


Years ago, machine shops wondered why they should switch from manual mills to CNC. The scenario for investing in 5-axis machining technology is similar. Those who didn’t switch to CNC eventually got left behind. With any business, investing in the latest technology is a requirement to stay on top and compete effectively. 
In metalworking manufacturing, the ultimate goal is to lower total cost for processing parts to specified tolerances. Increased productivity is one obvious way that a 5-axis machine helps to achieve this goal. The decision to use a 5-axis machine is also based on minimizing the number of machines needed to complete the machining process of a given part, as well as the need for optimum uniformity, high accuracy and improved product quality.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Machining

ARE YOU EQUIPPED FOR THE CNC MANUFACTURING GROWTH BOOM?

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Mar 1, 2016 12:14:12 PM

We don’t think you need a crystal ball in order to predict where certain manufacturing sectors are heading in the near future. However tooling up to meet the demands of these key growth areas can certainly help you to cash in and stay competitive.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

The Manufacturing Mix: Top Innovative News Stories from the Manufacturing Industry. February Edition

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Feb 25, 2016 11:42:08 AM

Although no two manufacturing industries are exactly alike, we try to select a range of the latest advances and trends from the global manufacturing sector that can provide all our readers with valuable information about innovation, opportunities and challenges that are shaping today’s evolving manufacturing environment.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

Job Satisfaction in the Machine Shop

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Feb 17, 2016 12:59:31 PM

A number of machinists were asked to rank the most important factors that influence their level of job satisfaction. Listed below in their order of importance:

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Machine Shop

‘Plug & Play’ Extreme RPM Live Tools

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Feb 8, 2016 11:36:54 AM

First coined by software designers back in the 90’s, Plug & Play described a device that when initially connected, requires no reconfiguration or adjustment by the user. Today, it’s a well-established design concept used in just about every industry on the planet.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

[Whitepaper] Women in Manufacturing: The Perspective from Colibri

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Jan 25, 2016 11:41:51 AM

Did you know that while women account for 47% of the world’s workforce, they only make up 27% of the manufacturing labor pool? It may seem like a wide (and somewhat troublesome) gender gap, but if recent trends are any indication, women are poised to play a much greater role in the future of manufacturing, especially when it comes to CNC machine manufacturing.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, manufacturing news

[Press Release] Colibri Spindles Publishes New Whitepaper on Women in Manufacturing

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Jan 21, 2016 2:54:00 PM
 
Lavon, Israel January, 21, 2016—Colibri, a world leader in advanced high-speed spindle technologies and solutions, is pleased to announce the publication of its latest original whitepaper, Breaking the Steel Ceiling: Women Prove Themselves in the CNC Manufacturing World. This whitepaper takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future role of women in manufacturing. Its release is part of a broader effort from Colibri to increase engagement with all professionals in the metalworking sector.
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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines

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

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Jan 18, 2016 4:05:52 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. It’s an important factor in optimizing your machining operation, so don’t take it for granted—make sure you’re using the proper type of cutting fluid to best support the application at hand.

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Cutting Fluid, Cutting Speed

Tips for Choosing a CNC Machining Partner

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Jan 14, 2016 11:24:00 AM

For engineers and product designers to effectively carry out their ideas, it’s important to find the right CNC machining partner. And while this may sound simple enough on paper, it’s easy to run into obstacles. Consider focusing on these key factors when outsourcing a machine shop to help streamline the process.

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

Cutting Speed vs. Spindle RPMs—It’s All About Balance

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Jan 11, 2016 3:10:00 PM

Simply increasing cutting speed or increasing spindle RPMs doesn’t constitute high speed machining (HSM). This is a misunderstanding that can lead to inefficient and ineffective machining processes. Clearing up this misconception is essential for HSM success.  

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Topics: High Speed CNC Machines, Cutting Speed

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

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