Colibri Blog

What Mechatronics Means                                           For CNC Manufacturing

Posted by Marie Orian on Jan 1, 2018 5:28:22 PM

Mechatronics has been hailed as the innovation engine behind the fourth industrial revolution. That’s quite a forcible claim. So where did the term originate and why, what are its current applications and how is it leading the future of CNC manufacturing?

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Topics: Innovative approach to high speed machining, Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments

Do You Have The TEST DATA To Prove It?

Posted by Marie Orian on Dec 5, 2016 2:58:52 PM

Increasing demands for quality and efficiency in machine tooling and processes leaves no doubt that end users have become a very discriminating audience. Therefore it's vital to provide them with test and validation reports that present reliable, in-the-field stats of product performance.

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Topics: Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments, Machining

RAKE IT 'TILL YOU MAKE IT: Rake Angles at a Glance

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Nov 22, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Basic tool geometry is determined by the rake angle of the tool; which is always at the top side of the tool. With the tool tip at the center line of the workpiece, the rake angle is determined by the angle of the tool as it moves away from the workpiece center line location. Rake angles influence both tool strength and cutting pressure.

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Topics: Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments, Machining

THE SECRET LIFE OF CHIPS

Posted by Marie Orian on Sep 19, 2016 2:34:29 PM

Machining gurus have a mantra: "Look at the chips, they'll tell you everything." Identifying various chip characteristics and understanding what they signify can really help you to optimize CNC Machining to achieve improved throughput, prolonged tool life and a better surface finish.

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Topics: Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments, Machine Shop

CNC Programming – Not Only For the Young

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Jun 6, 2016 11:55:31 AM

CNC Programming is a practical skill that could be ideally suited to the older, experienced worker. The work itself isn't physically taxing, yet the entire programming procedure can only benefit from someone who already understands machining processes and has a firm foundation in systems optimization. Years of experience teaches what no college course could possibly instill in a new graduate. Therefore it's well worth repurposing an older workers' wealth of know-how by training them in tech-based skills.

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Topics: Improving Quality in CNC Machine Environments, Machine Shop, Machining

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

A Graphical Look at the Power of High Speed Spindles (Infographic)

Posted by Sharon Weiss on Jan 7, 2016 1:43:34 PM

To really understand how high speed spindle increasers can impact your business, you’d first want to see them in action. However the next best thing might be a cool visual, presenting all the features that allow these devices to help you increase production, improve quality, save time and resources – in short, to boost your profits.

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

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

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