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Shop Solutions: Getting into Five-Axis with CAM Programming

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

11/1/2014

Hytech Machine transitioned in two short years from a G-code based CNC shop to a CAM-centric operation with five-axis capabilities. Out in the woodsy surroundings of Anderson, SC, the 22-employee job shop is leveraging its newly established CAD, CAM, and five-axis machining capabilities to satisfy a wide range of customers in the automotive, electrical device, heavy equipment, and many other industries. Full Article

Shop Solutions: CNC Retrofit Improves Job Shop Performance



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

11/1/2014

Major Tool & Machine (MTM: Indianapolis, IN) is a large job shop, producing precision milled and turned hardware throughout the company’s 500,000 ft2 (46,451 m2) Indiana facility for mission critical, one-off projects for leading aerospace, energy, nuclear, and defense companies. According to owner and CEO Steve Weyreter, MTM started with an aggressive retrofit strategy. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Refrigeration Company Warms to Fiber Lasers



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

10/1/2014

Traulsen has earned a premier name in refrigeration for the foodservice market. That reputation is grounded in a long history of delivering products designed and built to the highest possible standards of performance, quality and durability in the industry. These standards for innovation and value were set by its founder, Harry Traulsen, who formed the business in 1938 as Traulsen & Company in Queens, NY. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Big Workpieces Need Accurate Boring Capacity



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

10/1/2014

Schurman Machine Inc. (Ridgefield, WA) is a diverse manufacturer and fabricator of large workpieces for the energy, oil and gas, pulp and paper, utility, and steel industries. Typical workpieces that are machined and fabricated include pumps and valves, gearboxes for the wind energy market, and virtually any kind of workpiece that requires machining. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Machine Roof Cover Contains Dust and Sound



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

10/1/2014

Large CNC machining centers require special effort to minimize the impact of dust and sound on surrounding work areas while still allowing access for loading and unloading large workpieces and tooling. A case in point is a C.R. Onsrud five-axis machining center at GIW Industries Inc. (Grovewood, GA) that incorporates a retractable roof cover over its enclosure to answer both needs. Full Article

Best Practices for Robotic Welding



Tom Whitter, Technical Support Specialist, Tregaskiss, Division of ITW Welding

10/1/2014

The cost to implement welding automation can be substantial, requiring companies to plan out the purchase carefully and to justify the expenditure to the appropriate financial or management personnel. The payback on the investment, however, can be equally beneficial. Full Article

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