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Shop Solutions: In Silicon Valley, Automation Isn't Just for the Big Guys

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2015

For Hi Tech Precision Machining Inc. (HTPMI; San Jose, CA), a 12-pallet LPS feeding a single horizontal machining center with a 14,000-rpm spindle is positioning the precision machining company located in the heart of Silicon Valley to better serve its current and potential customers in the medical, semiconductor, and telecommunications industries. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Performance Sled Production Climbs on Multitask Machining



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2015

Business is all uphill for a Cannon Falls, MN, shop due to the shear climbing power of its custom-built Black Diamond Xtreme Pro-Lite sleds. The shop manufactures high-performance aftermarket components that transform average snowmobiles into aggressive, supercharged and lightweight extreme mountain machines. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Gearboxes Require Massive Machining Center



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2015

For producing gearboxes with torques up to 400,000 N•m and power ratings of up to 1000 kW, Knödler-Getriebe GmbH (Ostfildern, Germany) invested in a four-axis H 14000 machining center from Heller Machine Tools (Nürtingen, Germany; Troy, MI), offering extremely long traverse paths and 2300 N•m torque. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Modified Vises Put Clamps on Product Changeover



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

12/1/2014

Cox Machine Inc. (Wichita, KS) has adopted a new workholding setup for machining 44 different parts continuously without requiring changeover. Quantities and sizes for the aerospace structural components range from the size of a deck of cards to a 6" (152.4-mm) vise. Previous setup methods on a pair of Haas VF-2YT machining centers took up to an hour per job. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Coolant-Through Retrofit for Deep Crosshole Drilling



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

12/1/2014

Columbus Hydraulics Co. is a hydraulics cylinder designer and manufacturer for applications ranging from fire trucks to agricultural equipment, railroad track laying systems to earth-moving machinery. Since 1952, the company has mastered a number of challenging part-machining operations. Full Article

Shop Solutions: In-Process Gaging Supports Grinding at the Limit



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

12/1/2014

Swiss company Polymeca AG enjoys an excellent reputation within its industry for precision grinding. At its headquarters in Heerbrugg, it manufactures products such as axle systems for theodolites with press fits that have an accuracy of up to 0.001 mm. “In fully automated grinding centers, sophisticated process metrology is required to achieve these narrow tolerances,” said Markus Petschnig, managing director. Full Article

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