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Published: 3/1/2018

Milling and EDM Automation Reshape Summit Tooling’s Mold Operations

Summit Tooling President Dan Martin credits the capability to run unattended machining 24/7 to the partnership that his company built with Makino.

Published: 1/1/2018

CNC Gives Moldmaker Greater Reach for Large, Contoured Molds

When building molds ranging in size from 150–5,000 tons, it is important to have CNC equipment that provides both the capacity and the capabilities to achieve accurate, efficient machining on a wide variety of jobs.

Published: 10/1/2017

Retrofitting and Updating CNC Controls Keeps Milling Capabilities on Cutting Edge

After struggling to achieve higher feed rates and accuracy for complex milling of large compression molds, Century Tool and Gage Company retrofitted Fidia CNC control systems onto existing machining centers.

Published: 9/1/2016

Five-Axis Machining Eliminates LSR Flash

Sometimes taking a different view of a problem can bring about a successful solution.

Published: 5/1/2016

Conversational CNC Helps Moldmaker Bridge Skills Gap

What can a company do when it has a healthy flow of work running through its facility but a lack of skilled workers to complete it all in an efficient, cost-effective manner? This moldmaker found the solution in two Hurco VMX 42i CNC mills with conv...

Published: 9/1/2015

VMC Enables Faster, Smoother Cutting

Higher spindle speed and sufficient CNC look-ahead improve efficiency, tool life and surface finish in the manufacture of foam injection molds.

Published: 3/1/2015

Enhanced Precision Drives Extreme Transition

A machine that reduces the need for recutting and benchwork laid the foundation for this shop’s shift from mold maker to mold manufacturer.

Published: 1/1/2015

Adopting a Production Mindset

An HMC with a pallet changer and modular fixturing system has streamlined job change-overs at this Tier 2 automotive toolmaker.

Published: 11/1/2014

No Compromises for Large-Mold Machining

Two double-column bridge-type VMCs reduced this operation’s reliance on outside suppliers without requiring trade-offs between power and precision.

Published: 9/1/2014

Investing in a Five-Axis Future

This shop’s first five-axis machine offers capabilities that exceed its needs—at least for now.