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5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Machining Unleaded Brass

Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013

Thanks to tougher state and pending federal regulations, if you machine brass parts that will be used to deliver potable water you are either preparing to or already in the process of machining these parts from no-lead brass. Moreover, it’s expected that in the near future lead will no longer be used in any ferrous or non-ferrous alloys. So CNC machine shops that traditionally work with leaded brass face new challenges as they switch to unleaded material.

The reason lead has traditionally been added to brass is that, because of its softness and lubricating properties, it enables CNC machines to operate at higher spindle speeds. Therefore, machining no-lead brass can mean slower speeds and feeds plus higher material and perishable tool costs. All of which can increase cost-per-part by 50% or more. With this in mind, Gosiger applications specialists offer the following suggestions to reduce the cost of machining unleaded brass:

  1. First and foremost, the CNC machine tools used to cut leaded brass may not have the torque, rigidity or other characteristics necessary to successfully machine unleaded brass, so you may need to modify or refurbish your current equipment, or upgrade to more capable machines. Depending on the nature and volume of parts you produce, it may also make sense to consider multi-function machine tools that can perform several operations in one setup. Gosiger applications engineers can advise you of your best course of action.
  2. Unleaded brass is harder to cut and generates greater heat. Therefore
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Topics: machining, Machining Challenging Metals, Exotic Metals

Considering Medical Parts Machining? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013

It’s no secret that there are vast numbers of medical products being manufactured for a wide variety of applications. These products may be as simple as a hand-held instrument, as complex as a computer-based imaging device and as unique as a custom-fit prosthesis. One thing they all have in common is that they impact the lives and wellbeing of millions of people. Therefore the machining of the parts that make up these devices must be held to extremely high standards, including zero defects.

Another commonality is that medical products companies typically contract with CNC machine shops to produce various parts, so there is a great opportunity for shops that would like to expand their business. As always, with opportunities come challenges, and breaking into the medical machining market is no exception.

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Topics: Gosiger, machining, Medical

Mobile Apps Save Manufacturers Time & Money

Posted on Wed, Feb 06, 2013

By now virtually all businesses have discovered the value of mobile devices to their daily operations – and manufacturing is no exception. Manufacturing-related apps for smart phones and tablets continue to proliferate for iPhones, iPads, Android-based and Windows-based devices. Here are just a few manufacturing apps that have recently come to our attention.

Gosiger Mobile Service App,(iTunes App StoreAndroid Market) this custom app from Gosiger allows customers to request Gosiger's premium service 24/7 remotely, watch training videos, ask questions, take photos of their machine, keep track of machine specifications, and keep up-to-date on current news and events all from the convenience of their mobile device.

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Topics: Productivity, Preventative Maintenance, machining, Manufacturing strategy

4 Success Secrets of The Most Profitable CNC Machine Shops

Posted on Mon, Nov 26, 2012

Gardner Research recently completed an in-depth study of CNC machine shops to better understand what separates high-performance shops – those that excel at income, profit and growth – from average ones. The study found that the characteristics of these higher performing CNC machine shops included gross sales that were 14% higher than other shops, and median net income margin of 12.9% versus 5.9%. Moreover, the average growth rate for high performing CNC machine shops was 51.6% while the other shops averaged only 25.1% growth.


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Topics: CNC Machines, machining, CNC Machining Center

Hard Turning Machining Success

Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Machining success depends largely on component rigidity, the geometry to be turned, lathe rigidity, and vibration damping characteristics. Rigidity is critical for successful hard turning. The rigidity of tooling, workholding, and the machine tool itself are all crucial elements that will affect your ability to successfully hard turn. Hard turning is a technology-driven process, dependent upon:

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Topics: Productivity, machining, hard turning

Hard Turning : The Ideal Machine For the Job

Posted on Thu, Aug 16, 2012

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Topics: Productivity, machining, hard turning

11 Ways Hard Turning Reduces Your Costs

Posted on Thu, Aug 09, 2012

Grinding does–and likely always will–have a place in manufacturing, as all components can not be hard turned due to tolerance requirements and the surface integrity of the part.


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Topics: Productivity, machining, hard turning

What is Hard Turning & When Should You Consider It?

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2012

Hard turning is defined as the process of single point cutting of part pieces that have hardness values over 45 Rc.

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Topics: machining, hard turning

Airbus and Boeing Develop New Manufacturing Strategies

Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012

Due to delays in production,  aviation juggarnauts Airbus and Boeing have been involved in a production race, working with suppliers to develop more effecient manufacturing processes. What does their race and creation of new processes mean for the manufacturing world?

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Topics: Manufacturing, machining, Manufacturing strategy

Tips For Machining Titanium

Posted on Tue, Jun 26, 2012

The popularity of titanium alloys as a material for structural and other parts has grown exponentially in the past few years. Unfortunately, many manufacturers find that working with titanium is challenging due to the physical characteristics of the metal and its chemical composition. For example, titanium is a poor conductor of heat and more heat is generated when machining titanium than many other metals.

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Topics: Gosiger, machining, Machining Challenging Metals, Exotic Metals