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Shop Solutions: CNC Retrofit Improves Job Shop Performance

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


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

Viewpoints: A Closer Look at Alternative Machining

Peter Loetzner, CEO, EMAG LLC (North America)


New material substrates and an increasing number of compact designs in aerospace engines, automotive transmissions, medical devices and elsewhere have had the dual effect of stimulating more creative approaches to machining, plus a review of the many techniques long classified as nontraditional. Full Article

Best Practices for Robotic Welding

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


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

Shop Solutions: Getting into Five-Axis with CAM Programming

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


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

US Adds 4,000 Manufacturing Jobs in September

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The United States added 4,000 manufacturing jobs in September from August and 161,000 jobs from a year earlier, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its monthly jobs report released Oct. 3.Manufacturing jobs totaled 12.154 million for the month. That’s up from 12.15 million in August and 11.993 million in September 2013. Full Article

Taking the Factory's Pulse with Shop-Floor Monitoring

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


To run factories at optimal efficiency, plant managers need to mine real-time shop-floor operational data as fast as possible, to quickly determine where and when any manufacturing process bottlenecks occur. With today’s shop-floor data management software and related hardware solutions, manufacturers can leverage more key production performance data than ever in order to fine-tune their manufacturing processes. Full Article

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