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ID Grinders End Tolerance Nightmares

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Most people have work-related dreams. However, for Ruben Ramirez Jr., the grinding supervisor at HydraForce Inc. (Lincolnshire, IL), holding tight tolerances on complex parts was a waking nightmare. Full Article

High-Volume Shop Thrives on Tooling Success



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Vickers Engineering (New Troy, MI) is a Tier I supplier of machined castings mainly to big automotive OEMs such as Toyota and Honda, as well as to the energy and other industries. Producing five-million parts a year, Vickers continuously strives to improve cycle times and tool life, whether to win a new job or to improve upon one that’s been recurring for years. Full Article

In-Process Inspection Saves Powertrain Time



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Northern Tool, a division of Star Cutter Co. (Farmington Hills, MI), is well-known for designing and producing special carbide cutting tools—often for automotive powertrain production—that accomplish more than one cutting operation in a single pass. With its CNC tool grinders, OD grinders, roughing OD grinders, and edge prep machines, plus blank prep machines and a cutoff and laser-etching machine, the company produces carbide drills, reamers, end mills, and form tools. Full Article

Shining a Light on Mold Repair and Refurbishing



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/1/2016

Out front at Absolute Laser Welding Solutions (Sterling Heights, MI), there was a sign advertising for two welding positions. It was easy to see why the sign was up. Inside, the 40 × 80' (12 × 24-m) shop was busy. A large oven, capable of generating heat up to 1200°F (650°C) was operating. A mold was being assembled. Welding was taking place at different workstations. Absolute Laser Welding Solutions, or ALWS, has been in business since early 2013 and its workload keeps expanding. As the name implies, ALWS emphasizes laser welding Full Article

Family Fluids Business Changes with Times



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/1/2016

Hangsterfer’s Laboratories faces the same challenges as other companies in the metalworking fluids industry. Environmental concern and regulatory demands have increased. Customer demands have intensified as manufacturers in industries such as aerospace use more difficult-to-machine metals such as titanium and Inconel. Today, metalworking fluids must “comply with the latest environmental regulations while providing the performance requirements for today’s demanding manufacturing needs,” said Edward Jones, COO and technical director at Hangsterfer’s. Full Article

Automation Smooths Shop’s Entry into CNC Production



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/6/2016

Steve Meyer, co-owner of Toolcraft LLC, located in Ft. Wayne, IN, admits he had to be “dragged kicking and screaming” by his sales manager, John Taylor, into the realm of robotic automation for his long-established tool and die company. However, after going through the process with Gosiger Automation (Dayton, OH), Meyer said, “it has been a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and it was definitely the right move for our company.” Full Article

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