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On the Road: Small Shop Has Overcome Big Challenges for 50-Plus Years
For the business partners of New England CNC, a small machine shop that has operated in Hamden, Conn., for 54 years, a lot of self-ingenuity has made the business not only a survivor of constant change in the industry, but a successful one at that. [Continue Reading]
IMTS Parts Are as Valuable as the Whole Show
The International Manufacturing Technology Show is a big event made up of many individual parts, which, themselves, are equally worth the cost of admission. This year, they include the Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (TRAM) conference, a major social media plan, and an aggressive student outreach program. [Continue Reading]
IMTS’ Goal: A ‘One-Stop’ Showplace for Manufacturing Technology
In an interview, Peter Eelman, vice president of exhibitions, says the International Manufacturing Technology Show will provide a complete picture of the state of manufacturing -- and a chance for all stakeholders to come together. [Continue Reading]
Flow International Reveals Waterjet Cutting Lineup at IMTS
At the International Manufacturing Technology Show, Flow International plans to feature three versions of its Mach Series machines: the Mach 4c, Mach 3b, and Mach 2c. [Continue Reading]

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Custom Manufacturing & Fabricating info:

Custom manufacturing provides built-to-order parts, custom products, and select services, sometimes using specialized processes or equipment unavailable in standard production techniques. These processes create a significant amount of the components and machinery used in today's industrial marketplace. In principle, custom manufacturing also extends to many of the pre- and post-treatment services used to produce a finished item, such as grinding, which applies abrasives to remove excess material and shape a product to better fit its intended design. It encompasses a broad range of methods, and can involve both manual and automated controls.

Fabrication is another term used to designate a wide array of industrial procedures. Generally speaking, it is the shaping and forming of raw or processed materials to create a component. Fabrication can involve cutting, welding, casting, molding, extruding, as well as many other techniques used alone or in combination with one another. Custom fabricating can be a streamlined or multi-stage process, with computer-controlled or manually operated tools and machinery. Chemicals also play a role in numerous fabrication processes, ranging from material treatment to outright shaping.


Alternatives to Casting
Casting is versatile and can create complex geometries.
How Swiss Screw Machines Work
Screw machines are automated lathes which can machine turned parts.
Applications of Electroless Nickel Plating
This article briefly explains the electro nickel plating process and its benefits. Current density levels involved in the process, as well as pre-treatment cleaning are also included.
Deep Drawing: Benefits and Industrial Applications
A discussion of industrial deep drawing: how it works, when it's beneficial, and factors that influence cost.

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Grinding Considerations for Machining Brittle Materials: Specific Grinding Parameters Help Prevent Sub-surface Damage in Brittle Materials.
Over viewing the mechanical characteristics and the material removal mechanism of ductile or brittle materials, this paper highlights that desired removal rates and dimensional accuracy can be achieved with minimized material damage by following certain grinding parameters. It presents wheel bond, shape of the abrasive, grit concentration, depth...
Article on Concentricity in Deep Hole Applications
Highlighting that straightness from drilling and trepanning, roundness and uniform finish from honing, and concentricity from other machining in a lathe as few machine shop operations for generating deep bore straightness, this paper throws light on bore considerations like range of variation and precision available as machined. It points that...
Concentricity in Deep Hole Applications
Stating that boring process should be verified by proper planning in order to produce holes as accurately as the application required, this paper briefs the range of properties of form and their role in manufacturing of machined deep holes. Paper highlights the importance of understanding the general requirements of straightness and concentricity,...
Grindal Company Grinding Specialist Since 1965
This paper states that developments in hard turning have been many, and a major cost saving to companies that require tight tolerances for certain applications. It explains how grinding is the best choice when coming to quality control surface finish to Ra6 holding size to tolerances within .0001 to .0002 or better roundness within 30 millionths....

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