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 American Machinist Weekly Update 

In The Spotlight

DCM Tech’s industrial surface grinders are designed with advanced sensors and controls that maintain very tight tolerances, removing material down to within one ten-thousandth of an inch of the final thickness, eliminating variability, and improving quality and productivity.

Resurfacing Build Plates for Metal AM

Rotary surface grinding restores the workspace for metal 3DP efficiently and precisely – improving the productivity of the process and the quality of the finished products.


Top Stories

Cutting tool in CNC machining operation.

US Cutting Tool Demand Remaining Steady

Consumption of cutting tools – like durable goods demand – continued an upward trend in the latest monthly totals, but recent inflation may slow demand in some manufacturing sectors.


Apprentice with instructor protecting ears from noisy CNS machine.

Soundproof Your CNC Machine Centers

Excessive noise can lead to serious health problems for workers in machine shops – but implementing sound-absorbing baffles and panels to absorb excessive noise generated, and adopting the right hearing protection, will help keep workers safe.


Technician and apprentice review CNC machining details.

How Can Technicians Work Together to Improve Plant Performance?

Process variability has to come down in order for output quality to increase. Automation, machinery, and condition-based maintenance will help – but operators and managers have to help each other to coordinate their process improvement efforts.


Every cutting insert experiences a drop in performance as it approaches the end of its performance life. If this condition goes undetected for any amount of time, the part-machining performance as well as part quality may have suffered already.

Early Warning Inserts Keep Shops in the Cut

Shop managers and operators can identify insert wear quickly and easily, avoiding damage to tools or parts, thanks to advances in cutting tool coatings.


Continuous billet casting.

Global Steel Output Trailing Again

Steel production volumes continue to fall behind year-ago results, by nearly 7.0% YTD, as producers deal with supply problems, inflation, and other uncertainties.


'There has never been a more critical time for creating a written communication plan, including a social media policy, than now. '

Messaging During Unsettling Times – And All Times

You need a communication plan for your business’s long-term strategy, and to ensure your brand remains strong and recognizable when troubling circumstances unfold.


Editor's Choice

The Arnold Lasersystems Ravensburg compact cell for laser cutting of gears.

Laser Cutting Technology for Gearmaking

Compact workcells for laser welding small, round components, for high-volume or batch production, with manual set-up or robotized automation.


Heidenhain PlantMonitor software.

Monitoring Software Aids Digital Manufacturing

The PlantMonitor capability allows machining operations at multiple production sites to be watched and tracked, simultaneously, with aggregated data visible on a single screen.


Hamar Laser’s T-1295 / T-1296 five-axis multi-purpose target and mounting fixtures.

New Targets, Fixtures for 5-Axis Laser Alignment

Multi-purpose targets and mounting fixtures make laser alignment systems more capable and versatile; one multi-purpose target replaces two targets, making the new system more economical.


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