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December 11, 2013 - Volume 07 Issue 12
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The staff at Modern Applications News would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As we look back on 2013, we are encouraged to report that the metalworking industry remains at the forefront of an improving economy. With the recent report that U.S. manufacturing growth is at its fastest pace in 2 1/2 years, the outlook for 2014 is bright.

The same can be said for us here at Nelson Publishing. Our eNewsletters -- Modern Applications News (MAN), Tooling & Production (T&P), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight have experienced exponential growth over the last few years. Our lists of subscribers and advertising partners have expanded at a rapid rate. We are grateful. We are also excited by the thought of even brighter days ahead. But first, we wanted to take one final look back at some of the more interesting happenings in the past year.

While T&P's proud history dates back to 1934 and MAN's to 1967, we thought we would commemorate this being the 8th year of our eNewsletter program in this "Best of 2013" issue. We have compiled two "Great 8" lists -- the Most Interesting Features and Most Interesting New Products, as judged by our readers. We hope you enjoy these stories and catch some helpful information you may have missed the first time around. Again, we want to thank you for your loyalty to our publications and we'd like to wish you a successful and prosperous 2014!


  "Top 8" Most Read Feature Articles
Image - Off-Road Diesel Equipment Manufacturer Adds Nearly 2 Weeks to CNC's Annual Capacity By Attacking Reaming's Hidden Costs Off-Road Diesel Equipment Manufacturer Adds Nearly 2 Weeks to CNC's Annual Capacity By Attacking Reaming's Hidden Costs
A "Quik"decision by Kirby Risk Precision Machining reduced reaming time by 7 to 1 and tool change time from 2 hours to 7 minutes.
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Image - Machine Shop Hits a Homerun with Solution for Vexing Dermatitis Problem Machine Shop Hits a Homerun with Solution for Vexing Dermatitis Problem
Concerns about dermatology in a machine shop? This sounds more like discussing ballet on the baseball field. Dermatitis is not a general complaint among grinder operators, but finding a solution to the problem was almost as tricky as finding a prima ballerina who can pitch for the majors.
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Image - How 3D Measurement Technology Works and Why It Will Help Your Shop Increase Efficiency and Eliminate Downtime How 3D Measurement Technology Works and Why It Will Help Your Shop Increase Efficiency and Eliminate Downtime
In today’s technical marketplace, there is a constant need for gathering three-dimensional data on parts and products. Whether it’s small machined parts requiring precision diameters, alignment of large equipment or setting up machine tools, dimensional measurement data can help companies make more informed decisions and produce better quality products. Collecting these results in 3D provides greater insight into data, allowing companies to have more confidence in the level of accuracy and comprehensiveness of their measurements, all while becoming more efficient.
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Image - North Carolina Job Shop Seeks to Diversify and Expand Customer Base in Aerospace and Other Markets; Boasts “Large Shop Ability, Small Shop Agility” North Carolina Job Shop Seeks to Diversify and Expand Customer Base in Aerospace and Other Markets; Boasts “Large Shop Ability, Small Shop Agility”
James Tool's strategy to acquire the latest machine tools and other technologies has led to expansion and a valuable certification.
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Image - Motivation, Innovation, and Modernization Enables Employee-Owned Job Shop to Save Time and Money While Doubling in Size Every 3 Years Motivation, Innovation, and Modernization Enables Employee-Owned Job Shop to Save Time and Money While Doubling in Size Every 3 Years
At Suburban Manufacturing, employees are given the chance to innovate and redesign processes. That policy, along with a switch to Okuma's horizontal machining centers, has allowed this "true job shop" to better compete for business.
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Image - Portable Robot Arm Cuts Production Time By More Than Half at California Faucet Maker Portable Robot Arm Cuts Production Time By More Than Half at California Faucet Maker
To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the robot arm's performance and ease of use.
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Image - New Grinder and CNC System Allow Illinois Gear Shop to Reduce Its Cycle Time More Than 80% New Grinder and CNC System Allow Illinois Gear Shop to Reduce Its Cycle Time More Than 80%
It didn't take long for Custom Gear & Machine to take advantage of its new Reishauer grinder and Siemens digital NC system. "We were making parts within a few days after the installation."
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Image - Small, New England Shop Finds Way to Improve Accuracy and Productivity Without Cutting Employees Small, New England Shop Finds Way to Improve Accuracy and Productivity Without Cutting Employees
New Eurotech machines have eliminated all manual operations, sealed in better accuracy and kept a team-driven, family environment at Seekonk Manufacturing in Massachusetts. "It's amazing; you put in a raw piece of steel and it comes out looking like a jewel with the Eurotechs."
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  "Top 8" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - 5-Axis Workholding Line Brings Maximum Flexibility to Machine Tables 5-Axis Workholding Line Brings Maximum Flexibility to Machine Tables
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Image - New End Mills Perform 60% Faster in Roughing and Finishing Applications New End Mills Perform 60% Faster in Roughing and Finishing Applications
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Image - New Powerful Stainless Steel Flat Air Nozzle Ideal for Ejecting Heavy Parts and Slugs, Chip Removal, and Part Cleaning New Powerful Stainless Steel Flat Air Nozzle Ideal for Ejecting Heavy Parts and Slugs, Chip Removal, and Part Cleaning
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Image - One-Touch Swing Clamps Provide Clamping Forces Up to 800 lbs. One-Touch Swing Clamps Provide Clamping Forces Up to 800 lbs.
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Image - New Solid Ceramic End Mills 20x Faster Than Solid Carbide End Mills with 5x Longer Tool Life New Solid Ceramic End Mills 20x Faster Than Solid Carbide End Mills with 5x Longer Tool Life
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Image - 5-Axis Water Jet Cutting System Cuts Taper-Free and Beveled Parts from Virtually Any Material 5-Axis Water Jet Cutting System Cuts Taper-Free and Beveled Parts from Virtually Any Material
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Image - Drill and Tool Grinder Combines Accuracy, Quick Setup, and Versatility in One Machine Drill and Tool Grinder Combines Accuracy, Quick Setup, and Versatility in One Machine
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Image - Smart New 5-Axis Vise's Novel Design of Pulling Jaws Together at the Top is Pure "Genius" Smart New 5-Axis Vise's Novel Design of Pulling Jaws Together at the Top is Pure "Genius"
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