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Common Cutting Tools Used in Machine Shops

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By on August 6, 2019

Do you work in the machine tool industry? What kind of tools do you use on a daily basis? There are a lot of industry-specific terms and tools that it can seem daunting to be familiar with all the necessary tools and their functions. That’s why in this blog we wanted to lay out for […]

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5 Things You Need to Know if You are New to the Machine Tool Industry

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By on August 6, 2019

  The machine tool world can be overwhelming if you are new to it. You may hear terms like tolerances, CNC, CPK, surface finish, uptime, and cost per part thrown around, and it may seem like a foreign language if you are just starting out in this industry. We know that many people are just […]

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5 Machine Tool Measurements You Should Know

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By on August 5, 2019

If you’ve worked with machine tools before, you’ve likely heard the terms coaxiality, runout, cylindricity, roundness, and total runout, but do you know what each means? In this post we will lay out each of these terms so that you know what each means and so you are able to grasp the difference between them, […]

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Are Your CNC Machines Operating at High Efficiency?

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By on August 2, 2019

Are you having trouble holding tolerances on your precision machined customer parts? There can be many causes for this, but one reason could be that your machine may not be in alignment. How often do you verify that you turning center or multi-axis milling machine is within factory standards? A number of variables can cause […]

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3 Industries That Have been Transformed by CNC Machines

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By on August 1, 2019

Machine tools are instrumental in creating a broad spectrum of objects–everything from large automotive and aerospace parts to cell phone cases to diminutive screws and board game pieces. Machine tools, and more specifically, CNC machines, are used to manufacture objects that require a high level of precision. These objects can be made out of various […]

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Top Tips for Leveling Your CNC Machine

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By on July 31, 2019

Leveling your CNC machine is a very important function that you can perform on it. A level machine is critical to optimizing its capability and essential to producing the highest quality of machined parts for a myriad of applications. If you work with CNC machines, you undoubtedly know the importance of keeping your machine level–it […]

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The Importance of Mechanical Skills in the Data Center: HVAC

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By on July 30, 2019

Knowledge of HVAC systems is essential for data center workers since heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are so integral to the data center. A good HVAC technician will be familiar with a wide range of HVAC systems, controls, and installation methods. The skills needed for a thorough knowledge of HVAC include: Knowledge of refrigeration Knowledge […]

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Balancing How To #4 – Calculating a Trial Weight Mathematically

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By on July 26, 2019

In our last Balancing How-To, I stated that an initial trial weight is sometimes a guess.  Sometimes based on experience, and sometimes on common sense.  But if you prefer to be a little more scientific about it, there are ways to calculate a good trial weight. There are a few requirements to calculate a trial […]

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What You Need to Know about Different Bearing Types

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By on July 25, 2019

As anyone who works with rotating machinery knows, bearings are essential to machine functions. One of the first things to know about bearings is that there are two main types. We will go over these two main types and more in this installment of our Condition Monitoring Basics series of blog posts. The two main […]

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How Long Will a CNC Machine Stay in Alignment?

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By on July 24, 2019

This is not an easy question to answer. We all know that machines can move and don’t stay level forever. Do you ever have a crash on your machine that could throw off the alignment? While we hope this doesn’t happen often, the reality is, crashes and wrecks do happen.  However, there are some things […]

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What You Need to Know about Cost Per Part

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By on July 23, 2019

Knowing your cost per part is critical to ensuring your machine shop is operating efficiently. But how do you calculate this? Here is a simple equation to calculate cost per part: Total fixed costs + Total variable costs ÷ Total units produced Fixed costs include things like building rent, insurance for employees, and other overhead […]

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Finding Unbalance and Misalignment on a Spectrum

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By on July 22, 2019

  Unbalance and misalignment are problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible, but before you can begin to fix them, first you need to know how to find them on a spectrum. We will go over this below. For example, with a fan, unbalance appears on the spectrum as a higher than […]

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Safety First: Life-saving Tips for Machine Tool Operators

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By on July 18, 2019

  You can’t overestimate the importance of safety in the workplace. Especially with recent tragic stories of workplace accidents like the one in a steel processing plant in California or at a silicone plant in Illinois, the need for safety in the workplace is more important than ever. In this post we will focus particularly […]

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RESOURCES

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By on July 16, 2019

I read that Albert Einstein once said, “I don’t need to know everything, I just need to know where to find it when I need it.” If one did some research, that may not necessarily be true. However, if a question comes up, it’s always helpful to have resources to refer to. When it comes […]

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The Importance of Mechanical Skills in the Data Center: Bearing Replacement

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By on July 15, 2019

A key purpose of vibration analysis is to detect bearing problems before bearings fail and damage is done. This, of course, means that bearings will need to be replaced.  Proper bearing extraction and installation is important to extending the life of bearings as well. First, it is important to know when you need to replace […]

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