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AMT Looks to Raise MTConnect Data Standard at IMTS
IMTS organizer Association for Manufacturing Technology developed MTConnect, an open-source, royalty-free machine-to-machine interoperability standard seven years ago, and it wants to increase industry uptake. AMT says MTConnect eases data collection and transfer for greater machine utilization analysis. [Continue Reading]
Cutting Tool Sales Surge, But Will Momentum Continue?
June was, in fact, the fourth month of growth in cutting tool sales this year. Only February and May failed to post gains over their previous months. Nevertheless, first-half figures are on track to only match last year’s. [Continue Reading]
Mazak Readies New Machines, Automation for IMTS
Mazak plans to exhibit 21 machining systems under power, including a number of new models, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. One of them, a horizontal machining center for aerospace, will be shown via video, as it is too big for booth display. [Continue Reading]
On the Road: New England CNC Keeps its Eye on the Future
In the 54 years it has been in business, New England CNC has overcome many challenges. Nowadays, despite the rise of reshoring, the movement of manufacturing offshore, along with its effect on business and pricing. is still one of the major issues with which the small machine shop has to contend. [Continue Reading]

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A machine is a mechanical, electric, or electronic device capable of performing work. Its usefulness derives from the ability to modify the total energy used to achieve a task. A simple machine changes the direction or quantity of applied force through a mechanical advantage, such as leverage, and it usually accomplishes this in a single motion. More complex machinery can have multiple simple machines performing in tandem, along with a wide range of moving parts. These machines can reduce the amount of labor necessary to complete a task by redistributing energy expenditure in a manner more efficient than that of direct manual effort. Whether molding, casting, forming, cutting, assembling, inspecting, or packaging, machines can be found at nearly every level of industrial manufacturing in both automated and operator-controlled form.

Generally, a tool is a piece of equipment that increases the effectiveness of an operation involving two or more objects. The most basic types of tools are simple machines, such as a hammer or a crowbar, that rely on a single motion to perform their work. Complex tools, such as torches, punches, or sanders, usually have multiple moving parts and require several stages of motion to finish their task. Tools are useful accessories at the foundation of many industrial projects, and have a wide array of applications, including cutting, shaping, transporting, fastening, guiding, or shielding, to name just a few.


A Guide to Simple Machines
This is a guide to simple machines.
Using ECM Motors in HVAC Systems
The role of ECM motors in place of PSC motors in HVAC systems can be energy-efficient and cost-beneficial.
Crimpers Buying Guide
Crimping involves the deformation of a substrate material in order to join it to another material, often wire on metal. Because of the wide range of crimping operations there are many differences to consider when purchasing a crimping tool.
How Milling Machines Work
Milling machines are tools that can be hand or power driven to machine a variety of materials, incorporating dynamic movement and orientation to achieve superior tolerances.

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Tailor Your Wire Cloth: Versatile Material Can Handle Myriad Duties but Requires Careful Selection.
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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...
Bearing Repair Provides Valuable Alternative to Bearing Replacement for Heavy Industries
Over viewing the concept of bearing repair which could effectively extend the life of the bearing, this paper discusses about the challenge of determining if and when a bearing can be repaired, by deciding the best economical option. Paper reviews the potential problems which are recognized in any bearing repair program, along with the...

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