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December 09, 2015 - Volume 09 Issue 12
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The staff at Modern Applications News would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! With so much tragedy and sadness to deal with in recent days, we hope you have the chance to take a break from work and spend some quality time with your family over the holidays.

As we look back on the manufacturing industry in 2015, the numbers aren't bad but they're certainly not spectacular. Still, we are encouraged to report that the metalworking industry remains at the forefront of an improving economy. With emerging trends such as Additive Manufacturing and the Internet of Things, the outlook for 2016 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 again experienced substantial growth over this past year, and for that, we are grateful. While we are excited by the thought of even more growth in the days ahead, we always enjoy taking a quick look back. Why not? MAN's proud history dates back to 1967 while T&P dates back to 1934. T&P celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015!

In that spirit, we have once again put together our annual "Best of 2015" issue. We have compiled two lists -- the Top 10 Most Read Features and Top 10 Most Read Product Spotlights, 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 2016!


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  "Top 10" Most Read Feature Articles of 2015
Image - Ultra-High Performance Toolpath Technology Enables Detroit Fab Shop to Increase Efficiency Over 200% Ultra-High Performance Toolpath Technology Enables Detroit Fab Shop to Increase Efficiency Over 200%
In recent years, improvements in toolpath optimization have focused primarily on computerization. But a breakthrough technology changes all this. Ultra-high performance toolpath (UHPT) software improves the way that tools cut their way through material, using high-speed continuous tangent motion rather than sharp, interrupted movements.
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Image - CAM Software Changes Everything for Small Manufacturer CAM Software Changes Everything for Small Manufacturer
The Welding Place purchased a CNC machine, in part, to manufacture a camera accessory product line. Along with new CAM software, they were able to cut profiling time from 20 minutes to 1.
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Image - Hand Scraping Creates Ideal Flatness and Aligns Components Within a Millionth of an Inch Hand Scraping Creates Ideal Flatness and Aligns Components Within a Millionth of an Inch
Okuma details how Hand Scraping sets the foundation for CNC machining accuracy, higher part production and long-term stability.
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Image - Small Job Shop Installs Robotic Arms and Eliminates the Need for Constant Machine Tending Small Job Shop Installs Robotic Arms and Eliminates the Need for Constant Machine Tending
The addition of Universal Robots' UR5 robot arm has allowed Boog Machining to handle low-weight pick and place tasks while freeing up employees to complete other duties. The robot paid for itself in just one year.
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Image - Why Factory Floor Automation Projects Fail Why Factory Floor Automation Projects Fail
Factivity's John Leibert discusses how not to let that happen. His key advice -- focus on the three Points-of-Integration.
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Image - 7 Helpful Tips for Deep Hole Boring 7 Helpful Tips for Deep Hole Boring
Deep hole boring comes with a variety of challenges when trying to finish a hole of substantial depth. Big Kaiser's Applications Manager Matt Tegelman discusses some important factors to consider in choosing the right solution for your boring needs.
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Image - Retrofitting Your Shop's Machines Could Lead to Substantial Savings Retrofitting Your Shop's Machines Could Lead to Substantial Savings
The rapidly evolving business climate has made CNC retrofitting a viable option for job shops. Work can now be done at a price point comparable to the cost of the CNC a decade ago.
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Image - Perceptron's Coord3 Metrology Equipment Delivers Wide Array of CMM Capability to Carolina Measurement Company Perceptron's Coord3 Metrology Equipment Delivers Wide Array of CMM Capability to Carolina Measurement Company
Two different types of Coord3 CMM machines provide the needed capability for Carolina Metrology's dimensional measuring of automotive, aerospace, appliance and power generation parts.
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Image - Self-Serve Inspection Using a Quick-Swap Fixture System is Breaking the QC Bottleneck for Precision Machine Shop Self-Serve Inspection Using a Quick-Swap Fixture System is Breaking the QC Bottleneck for Precision Machine Shop
Kennebec Technologies' vision for an ideal quality inspection process has led to "super cells" featuring in-line CMMs and quick-swap fixture plates. With a projected savings of more than $100,000 this year, the Maine manufacturer's decision to switch to this setup was a "no-brainer."
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Image - 3D Printer Helps Create a Really Cool Model of the 1931 Bentley Blower 3D Printer Helps Create a Really Cool Model of the 1931 Bentley Blower
Misko Models was able to produce a 1:5 scale model of a 1931 Bentley thanks in part to a high-precision 3D printer from Solidscape.
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights of 2015
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Image - First 5-Axis Wireless Rotary Tombstone First 5-Axis Wireless Rotary Tombstone
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights of 2015 Cont'd
Image - New Carbide Drills Penetrate 3 to 5 Times Faster than Traditional Drills New Carbide Drills Penetrate 3 to 5 Times Faster than Traditional Drills
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Image - CE Compliant Reversible Drum Vacs Fill a 55 Gallon Drum in 90 Seconds CE Compliant Reversible Drum Vacs Fill a 55 Gallon Drum in 90 Seconds
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Image - Loc-Jaw Clamping System Produces 6000 lbs of Holding Force Loc-Jaw Clamping System Produces 6000 lbs of Holding Force
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Image - Affordable Waterjet Ideal for Small Shops with Limited Space Affordable Waterjet Ideal for Small Shops with Limited Space
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Image - "One & Done" Manufacturing Cell for Firearms "One & Done" Manufacturing Cell for Firearms
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Image - New Tablet Brings Real-Time Production Information to the Sheet Metal Shop Floor New Tablet Brings Real-Time Production Information to the Sheet Metal Shop Floor
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