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Interpolating Axes On Manual Machines
A skilled operator can machine a variety of complex parts on a manual machine tool with the aid of a digital readout, but the limits of what a DRO-equipped machine can do have always been clear. Manual machining can’t coordinate the motion between two axes. That means a DRO can be helpful for straight cuts, but it takes CNC to cut along curves...
New Era In CNC Control and Maintenance
Pete Bartelme and Dave Michalets
When Bob Smith, the first shift supervisor for the strut-machining department, arrives at his office Monday morning, one of his first tasks is checking emails. Not only does he want to see whether anyone in his building has sent something important to him, he also wants to see whether any of the machines in his department require attention...
The End of G-Code?
Since the very first CNC machine tool, there was G-code. G-code provided the instructions, which drove the tool from one position to another, which turned the coolant on and off, which changed the tooling. They were inseparable - CNC machining and G-code. If you wanted to run CNC machines, you had to learn G-code in order to speak the language of the CNC controller...
Ask the Expert: CNC Router Veteran Shares Practical Knowledge
Getting the most bang for your router bucks takes a little bit of homework and a lot of practice. We can’t put in the hours of practice for you, but we can provide you with advice straight from the mouth of leading industry experts. Jay Higgins is one such expert. Higgins came to the sign world in 1993 from the CNC manufacturing industry. With more than 20 years of CNC machining to his credit, Higgins is uniquely positioned with a broad understanding of CNC tools, hardware and software...
Forging, Casting and CNC Machining
Jeff del Papa
To forge something you make a mold out of very good steel. You put a plate of the metal you want to forge between the two halves of a mold, and squeeze the mold. HARD! As in many tens (and for large things, hundreds) of tons, from a press that may outweigh your house. (The moveable half of the mold is called a "tool"; the stationary half is called a "die.") The metal flows like toothpaste, and when you open the mold...
When Controls Converge: CNC,PLC & PC
Lawrence S. Gould
Good news! CNCs, PLCs, and PC-based industrial controllers are beginning to look and act more alike. They are also quickly losing their island status on the plant floor. The result is industrial controllers that do more on the plant floor. What's happening in factory control these days? In a word: convergence. Many of the features that differentiated programmable logic controllers (PLCs) from computer numerical controllers...
CNC Table Keeps CNC Machines and Controllers Together and Ready to Use
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has introduced the CNC Table, sized to fit any CNC Shark machine and controller as well as most other consumer CNC systems. CNC users can now have a dedicated, self-contained workstation at just the right height for operation and adjustment, with the controller box stored in a bracket attached to the underside of the table. Read the full
Advanced CNC Retrofit Package Gives New Lease of Life to Hob Sharpeners
Doubles accuracy and increases machine productivity immensely Naperville, IL– In collaboration with NUM, machine tool rebuilder North East Technologies Inc. has developed a CNC retrofit package that brings the performance of early generation hob sharpening equipment up to modern-day standards. The system doubles accuracy and can increase the productivity of machines immensely – by
Sets up and operates conventional, special purpose, and numerical control machines and machining centers to fabricate metallic and nonmetallic parts by performing the following duties.
Regional Container Lines has announced that CNC Line will replace OOCL as its partner in the RBC service, which connects China, Thailand and Vietnam.