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December 13, 2016 - Volume 10 Issue 14
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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 a tumultuous year -- including an historic and unprecedented U.S. presidential election -- now behind us, we hope you have the chance to take a break from your daily craziness and spend some quality time with your family and loved ones over the holidays.

Looking look back on the manufacturing industry in 2016, we are encouraged. We believe the machine tool/metalworking industry will continue to play a vital role in an improving economy. As Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Robotic Automation, and the Internet of Things continue their transition from theory to reality, the outlook for 2017 is even brighter.

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 once again experienced substantial growth over this past year, and for that, we are grateful. We are excited by the thought of even more growth in the year ahead -- a golden year for MAN as it celebrates its 50th anniversary!

In what has become our annual tradition, we have put together our "Best of 2016" 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 2017!


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  "Top 10" Most Read Feature Articles
Image - Custom Rifle Barrel Makers Learn Trick from the Hammer Forging Guys Custom Rifle Barrel Makers Learn Trick from the Hammer Forging Guys
Hammer forged barrels are not well thought of by precision rifle shooters, but according to Sunnen's application engineer, Dave Sengelaub, a critical manufacturing process used by the hammer forging guys is suddenly getting attention from custom barrel makers today.
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Image - How Shops Can Now Use a Smartphone to Guarantee Their Stainless Steel Parts are Corrosion and Rust-Free How Shops Can Now Use a Smartphone to Guarantee Their Stainless Steel Parts are Corrosion and Rust-Free
The evolution of metalworking has taken a giant leap thanks to the intersection of cutting-edge technology and the Internet of Things. One of those technologies, a passivation tester, can give shops a competitive edge in quality control.
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Image - Michigan Manufacturer Solves Parts Identification Problem with Laser Marking Machine and Quick-Swap Fixture System Michigan Manufacturer Solves Parts Identification Problem with Laser Marking Machine and Quick-Swap Fixture System
In business for over a hundred years, Armstrong International was finding that its identification labels were not holding up, creating problems when service or replacement was needed. So they searched, and found, a solution that has become a permanent fixture to their operation.
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Image - Solid Ceramic Endmills Help Aerospace Job Shop Meet Critical Delivery Date Solid Ceramic Endmills Help Aerospace Job Shop Meet Critical Delivery Date
Most shops evaluate new cutting tools in an effort to reduce machining time, increase tool life, or improve part quality, and sometimes all three. Stellar Precision Components Ltd., a Tier II aerospace supplier in Jeanette, Pennsylvania, did it for an entirely different reason.
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Image - Tennessee Manufacturer Employs Collaborative Robots to Optimize Production By 20% Tennessee Manufacturer Employs Collaborative Robots to Optimize Production By 20%
A mobile fleet of Universal Robots now receives daily work orders to take over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks from employees now reallocated to more rewarding jobs at Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG), a high mix - low volume electronics manufacturer. The capabilities of the robots have drawn a lot of interest from tier one & two automotive suppliers as well as the medical device industry.
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Image - Ohio Foundry Finds ERP Software That Improves Efficiency in Quoting, Invoicing, Ordering, and Other Shop Floor Operations Ohio Foundry Finds ERP Software That Improves Efficiency in Quoting, Invoicing, Ordering, and Other Shop Floor Operations
Humtown Products needed a next-generation ERP solution to increase its responsiveness to customers, and they found it with Epicor's ERP Version 10. Now, "we can literally quote a customer, have the quote approved, and begin making parts within 15 to 30 minutes," says Brenda Mohr, a solution provider at Humtown.
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Image - How Toolpath Technology is Reducing Production Time and Increasing Profit Margins for Shops Worldwide How Toolpath Technology is Reducing Production Time and Increasing Profit Margins for Shops Worldwide
Manufacturers have transformed into highly cost-efficient operations by improving machining performance 50 to 300 percent without the need to make changes to existing equipment and infrastructure.
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Image - 9 Key Factors to Consider When Dealing With Mist Collection in Your Shop 9 Key Factors to Consider When Dealing With Mist Collection in Your Shop
The experts at ITA provide a "buyer's guide" for mist collectors. They break down the important elements to think about if you need to find a mist collection solution.
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Image - Waterjet Manufacturer's Carbon Composite, Steel Parts Give Competitive Edge to Formula SAE Race Team Waterjet Manufacturer's Carbon Composite, Steel Parts Give Competitive Edge to Formula SAE Race Team
Determined to race its way to a Top 10 finish at the intensely competitive Michigan Formula SAE this May, the University of Minnesota's Gopher Motorsports team has enlisted the help of waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. to cut parts for the team's #52 race car.
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Image - Low-Cost, High-Strength Welding Process Joins Steel and Aluminum Sheets of Different Thicknesses; Ideal for Automotive Industry Low-Cost, High-Strength Welding Process Joins Steel and Aluminum Sheets of Different Thicknesses; Ideal for Automotive Industry
Friction stir welding is a still-young (and often unfamiliar) pressure-welding process for joining flat components and semi-finished components made of light metals. Due to the great joint strength that can be achieved and the associated lightweight construction potential, this process is being used increasingly in the automobile industry, mechanical engineering, and in aviation and railcar construction.
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - Firearms Manufacturer Develops Custom App to Reduce Scrap and Operator Error Firearms Manufacturer Develops Custom App to Reduce Scrap and Operator Error
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Image - Research Shows What Drivers Really Want -- And It's Not Self-Driving Cars Research Shows What Drivers Really Want -- And It's Not Self-Driving Cars
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Image - CARVEsmart™ and Mitee-Bite Products Team Up to Offer Ultimate Workholding Solution CARVEsmart™ and Mitee-Bite Products Team Up to Offer Ultimate Workholding Solution
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Image - Next Generation CAM Software Features Enhanced Thread Milling and New Toolpath Strategies for Roughing Large Pockets and Slots Next Generation CAM Software Features Enhanced Thread Milling and New Toolpath Strategies for Roughing Large Pockets and Slots
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Image - New Back Blow Air Nozzle Eliminates Blowing Chips Out the Far End of a Pipe or Tube New Back Blow Air Nozzle Eliminates Blowing Chips Out the Far End of a Pipe or Tube
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Image - New High Precision 3D Metal Printer Optimized for Titanium, Stainless Steel, and Nickel Super Alloy Parts New High Precision 3D Metal Printer Optimized for Titanium, Stainless Steel, and Nickel Super Alloy Parts
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Image - CNC Controller Now Able to Control 10 Axes/Spindles and 2 Auxiliary Axes CNC Controller Now Able to Control 10 Axes/Spindles and 2 Auxiliary Axes
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Image - Metal Additive Manufacturing System Features Patented Bi-Directional Re-Coater; Reduces Build Time by 30% Metal Additive Manufacturing System Features Patented Bi-Directional Re-Coater; Reduces Build Time by 30%
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Image - High-Pressure Vises for Milling, Drilling and Grinding Offer 18,000 lbs. Clamping Pressure High-Pressure Vises for Milling, Drilling and Grinding Offer 18,000 lbs. Clamping Pressure
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Image - New Inserts and Grades Improve Surface Roughness and Cutting Edge Durability New Inserts and Grades Improve Surface Roughness and Cutting Edge Durability
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