LYNDEX-NIKKEN PARTNERS WITH MIMATIC® TOOL SYSTEMS TO OFFER LEADING EUROPEAN LIVE TOOLS FOR CNC LATHES, WITH AN INITIAL FOCUS ON MAZAK LATHES

Mundelein, IL – Lyndex-Nikken continues to build upon its inventory of leading live tools with the addition of products from Mimatic Tool Systems’ impressive line. Designed and manufactured to Mazak specifications in Germany, Mimatic live tools enhance the performance of CNC lathes. Mimatic live tool housings are machined from solid blocks of a special steel […]

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Shop Doc – Problems Turning Tiny Parts on CNC Swiss

Dear Shop Doc, We have a CNC Swiss that we use to turn very small precise parts. When a part has several different diameters I notice that when one diameter is on the nominal dimension, often the others are off nominal by several tenths. Is this due to different tool pressure at the different depth […]

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Apples, Oranges and Lathes

By Lloyd Graff. Nicholas Kohart’s company makes components for the natural gas industry in his manufacturing plant near Philly. Business is brisk, though the shale boom has changed his product mix. He is now in the market for a 2” capacity CNC lathe (might go a little bigger) with live tooling and sub-spindle. He runs […]

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Hundreds Attend Okuma CNC Technology Showcase

Charlotte, N.C. (December 11, 2012) – Over 500 people attended the recent CNC Technology Showcase held at the American headquarters of machine tool builder Okuma America Corporation. The event featured 26 CNC machines, 38 members of Partners in THINC, five seminars, hands-on Try It stations for the THINC®-OSP control, three racing showcars, two guest speakers […]

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Need a Little CNC Help From My Friends

By Lloyd Graff Hans Peters needs some help. He recently bought a machining business with several late model Citizen CNC Swiss-type lathes. He has business, but his key setup and programming guy was the previous owner who temporarily stayed on to ease his path into the operation. But now he’s moving on shortly to run […]

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Cycle Time

The stats from the PMPA (Precision Machined Parts Association) for August confirmed what I’ve been feeling for the past year. Business is really strong for machined parts manufacturers. It goes pretty much across the board. Automotive, aerospace, medical, even oil and gas and appliance are doing nicely. So is my machinery business that sells to […]

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One Chance

The issue that seems to be giving America heartburn in 2016 and driving the election rhetoric is the gulf between the well-off and the falling-off. Underlying that is the feeling that it is getting harder and harder to move from “barely getting by” to “feeling successful.” I listened to a remarkable podcast this week by […]

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Business at Midyear?

Observations of the machining business at mid-year. There seems to be a real case of the blahs in the market. Auctions from the wreckage of the domestic frackers are swamping the Southwest. Waves of 10-year-old CNC lathes and mills are hitting the market and depressing prices. Haas VF-2 and VF-3 machines, market staples, have softened […]

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