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December 20, 2017 - Volume 11 Issue 24
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The staff at Tooling & Production would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

After a year of seemingly endless investigations, scandals, and fake news, we hope you're able to take a real break from the surrounding craziness and spend some quality time with your family and loved ones over the holidays.

Without a doubt, the economy provided some of the best news in 2017. It was a solid year for the manufacturing industry and it is ending on an encouraging note as the USMTO just reported that orders are up nearly 8% for the year. With tax reform on the verge of reality for the first time in 3 decades, we believe the machine tool/metalworking industry will continue to play a vital role in the rapidly improving economy. As Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Robotic Automation, and Digital Manufacturing continue to take hold, the outlook for 2018 is bright.

The same is true for us here at Nelson Publishing. Our eNewsletters -- Tooling & Production (T&P), Modern Applications News (MAN), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight continue to grow. We were proud to celebrate MAN's 50th anniversary this year -- just 2 years after T&P's 80th anniversary celebration!

In what has become our annual tradition, we have put together our "Best of 2017" 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 2018!


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  "Top 10" Most Read Features
Image - Ohio Factory Uses New 5-Axis Machine to Cut Production Time on Rotor Shafts from Several Weeks to One Day Ohio Factory Uses New 5-Axis Machine to Cut Production Time on Rotor Shafts from Several Weeks to One Day
Siemens Large Drives motor factory in Norwood, Ohio recently made an investment to upgrade their manufacturing capabilities at the 117-year old facility. A new and highly advanced machine from WFL has aided in the manufacturing of steel rotor shafts. In turn, Siemens Norwood has been able to provide a new product to fill a major gap in the market.
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Image - Lord Corp. Has Zero Tolerance for Oversized Bores in Inconel Lord Corp. Has Zero Tolerance for Oversized Bores in Inconel
Engineers at Lord Corp., a manufacturer of expensive and complex aerospace parts, were struggling to achieve tight tolerances for precision bores on a new engine mount prototype. The stakes on this project were high -- a single scrapped part due to an oversized bore was a loss equal to the company's entire monthly budget. Lord reached out to Big Kaiser to find a way to improve the boring process reliability.
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Image - German Toolmaker Switches to New Cutting Edge Hardening Technology and German Toolmaker Switches to New Cutting Edge Hardening Technology and "Saves a Lot of Money"
Since quality in the toolmaking process has an enormous impact on quality in manufacturing, it is clear that the final surface hardness of the tools is essential, and additional hardening of the cutting edges is usually necessary. The production planners at Werkzeugbau Laichingen, in Ulm, Germany, have been relying on induction hardening technology from eldec. This flexible technology significantly decreases and simplifies the production process.
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Image - Yacht Racing Team Makes Waves by Using 3D Printing Technology to Reduce Manifold Weight by 60% Yacht Racing Team Makes Waves by Using 3D Printing Technology to Reduce Manifold Weight by 60%
Additive manufacturing's rapid prototyping ability allows British yacht racing team to refine custom parts and reduce costs, while increasing performance.
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Image - Nissan Plant Installs Cobots to Solve Cycle Time Overruns; On Schedule to Achieve Positive ROI in One Year Nissan Plant Installs Cobots to Solve Cycle Time Overruns; On Schedule to Achieve Positive ROI in One Year
With an aging workforce and a need to cut extra spending on relief workers due to inefficient production processes, Nissan Motor Company has implemented Universal Robots' UR10 Cobot systems at its Yokohama Plant.
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Image - How to Choose the Right Metalworking Fluid for a Padded Reaming Job How to Choose the Right Metalworking Fluid for a Padded Reaming Job
Padded reamers are often used in the manufacturing of engine valve guides and crankbores as one of the last steps before engine assembly. Not using the proper fluid for the job can cause problems. Quaker's Metalworking Lead Product Manager Scott Pardel explains why choosing the right fluid is crucial to producing a smooth surface finish.
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Image - So What's the Best Way to Efficiently Produce Burr-Free Surfaces? So What's the Best Way to Efficiently Produce Burr-Free Surfaces?
For today's manufacturers of precision components, there's no getting around deburring, rounding and polishing. These production steps are often seen as a necessary evil due to the high costs associated with them in some cases. Choosing the right technology is key to reliable processing at reduced costs.
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Image - Halliburton Taps into Tooling Solution That Reduces Thread Milling Process from 116 Minutes to Just 6 Minutes Halliburton Taps into Tooling Solution That Reduces Thread Milling Process from 116 Minutes to Just 6 Minutes
They say small changes can make a big difference. And that is definitely the case for oil and gas player Halliburton at its Singapore plant. The energy company has made significant time and cost savings in its manufacture of vital components, thanks to a tapping solution from Sandvik Coromant.
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Image - "Fabric" Created by 3D Metal Printer Could Revolutionize Future Spacecraft Designs
NASA is currently using a metal 3D printer to produce multi-purpose "space fabric." Elizabeth Landau, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, writes that this metal fabric may lead to a future spacecraft that is built from a "whole cloth" design.
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Image - Why Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea Why Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea
As we begin a new year, "Smart Manufacturing" is definitely one of the trends in manufacturing that is widely praised and accepted as the future of the industry. However, Steven L. Blue doesn't see it that way. The President & CEO of Miller Ingenuity, a global supplier of mission-critical solutions in the transportation industry and author of the new book, "American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right," argues that this trend isn't all that smart.
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  "Top 10" Most Read Product Spotlights
Image - New 10-Axis Lathe Ideal for Machining Large Diameter Parts New 10-Axis Lathe Ideal for Machining Large Diameter Parts
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Image - Quick-Swap Fixture System Reduces Waste and Downtime Quick-Swap Fixture System Reduces Waste and Downtime
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Image - New Compact Laser Engraving System Offers State-of-the-Art Direct Part Marking, Traceability, and Branding New Compact Laser Engraving System Offers State-of-the-Art Direct Part Marking, Traceability, and Branding
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Image - Multi-Task Machining Software Improves Toolpath Speed; Reduces Cutting Time Up to 60% Multi-Task Machining Software Improves Toolpath Speed; Reduces Cutting Time Up to 60%
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Image - Penetrating Oil Creeps into Millionth Inch Spaces to Break Up Rust, Corrosion and Loosen Frozen Metal Parts Penetrating Oil Creeps into Millionth Inch Spaces to Break Up Rust, Corrosion and Loosen Frozen Metal Parts
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Image - New Back Blow Air Nozzle Perfect for Cleaning Tiny Inside Diameters New Back Blow Air Nozzle Perfect for Cleaning Tiny Inside Diameters
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Image - Versatile 4-Axis Fiber Laser Part Marking System Ideal for Cutting Tools, Surgical Instruments, Medical Implants Versatile 4-Axis Fiber Laser Part Marking System Ideal for Cutting Tools, Surgical Instruments, Medical Implants
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Image - 3D Hybrid System Enables Additive and Subtractive Processing of Metals in One Machine Tool Platform 3D Hybrid System Enables Additive and Subtractive Processing of Metals in One Machine Tool Platform
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Image - Live Tooling Now Available for Haas BMT Turret Live Tooling Now Available for Haas BMT Turret
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Image - The The "Next Big Thing" in CAD Software
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