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Published: 6/1/2019

Monitoring Time for Preventive Maintenance Tasks

Not all maintenance tasks should be performed based on a calendar date. You can use a custom macro to monitor your machines.

Published: 4/27/2019

Converting Time and Date to a More Useful Format

FANUC and FANUC-compatible CNCs have multiple ways to monitor time. They are accessed by four system variables: milliseconds clock, hours clock, current date and current time. Here’s how to format information in a helpful way.

Published: 4/6/2019

Use Offset Data to Determine Turret Index Position

Determine the optimal index position based on cutting tools’ current geometry offset settings.

Published: 1/1/2019

Improve Program Compatibility Among Your CNCs

Put in the effort to eliminate machine-specific programming methods.

Published: 12/1/2018

Understanding CNC Machine Accuracy and Repeatability

Properly evaluating machine tool capability requires understanding how the both user and the builder can influence precision.

Published: 9/1/2018

Managing Risk Is This Shop’s Bold Strategy

Flying S routinely makes bold moves in how it processes machined parts and pursues business growth. This boldness comes from carefully minimizing risks.

Published: 2/20/2018

5 Steps to Digital Manufacturing

Industry 4.0, what some call the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is a move made toward digitization.

Published: 2/20/2018

Making Parts on a Swiss/Laser Machine

Adding laser cutting to Swiss-type machining is helping this shop do more work for its customers in the medical industry. 

Published: 7/17/2017

Preparing Precision Turning for Industry 4.0

Ready or not, Industry 4.0 is moving forward, and it’s critical for manufacturers to be ready for it. Many machine tool builders and accessory builders are equipping their products with Industry 4.0 compatibility in anticipation of its implementatio...

Published: 3/1/2017

Look Beyond Machine Utilization When Installing a Machine-Monitoring System

Connecting machines to a network for production monitoring almost guarantees that utilization will go up, but that’s only the first step toward data-driven manufacturing.

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