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Swiss Machine Tool Pre-setter Reduces Adjustment/ Replacement Times by 60%

November 6, 2018

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How to Recover from a Tool Change Interruption on an Okuma Mill

November 1, 2018

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If the automatic tool changer on your Okuma vertical or horizontal milling machine suddenly stops in the middle of changing a tool, there’s a quick and easy way to solve the problem. 

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A new simple to install and operate CNC loading and unloading platform is an affordable way for CNC shops to increase productivity.

October 25, 2018
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Gosiger now sells and supports a new CNC machine tending platform that enables any size shop to add robotic part loading and unloading to their production process. The result is lower cost-per-part and increased productivity.
 

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Vacuum Parts Washer Replaces 3 Cleaning Stations, Improves Quality Control & Provides Safer Workplace

October 16, 2018

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Plant Manager Steve Masters oversees an 86,000 square foot facility with over 100 machine tools that perform precision manufacturing of parts for aerospace, medical, power distribution and automotive industries. 

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Automation & Industry 4.0 at IMTS 2018

October 12, 2018

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A universal goal of the more than 130,000 visitors to IMTS 2018 (September 10 – 15) was improving the performance of their manufacturing operations. Much of what they saw had a common theme: The continuing evolution from focusing on discrete machines to bringing together various manufacturing technologies, such as traditional subtractive, laser, additive and digital connectivity. 

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New High Velocity HMC Reduces Processing Time by up to 60%

September 20, 2018

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5 Tips for Building a Spare Parts Inventory & Why You Need One

September 17, 2018

 

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Machining for Aerospace: 101

August 30, 2018

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Making components for aerospace applications presents a number of challenges for CNC shops that want to expand into the markets for civil, commercial and military aircraft. Dealing with harder-to-machine materials, tighter tolerances and traceability requirements may require adding more advanced manufacturing technologies and new skill sets.

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How to Clean Parts, Save Money & Go Green at the Same Time

August 14, 2018

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Although water-based solutions may effectively clean simple parts machined with water-soluble coolant, you need powerful solvents to properly clean parts exposed to oil-based cutting fluids that have blind holes, cross-holes, ID threads and other complex features.

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It’s 7:00 am and a machine is down. Do you know where your replacement parts are?

August 8, 2018

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You’re getting ready to run a job and your CNC machine broke down. The cause is a routine maintenance part that should have been replaced weeks ago. Well, your shop is busy and sometimes things just slip through the cracks.

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Gosiger Specialists Show You the Latest Okuma Technologies at IMTS 2018

July 17, 2018

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Gosiger personnel will be on hand in Okuma America’s IMTS booth 2018 (338500, South Hall) throughout the Show to introduce visitors to the latest CNC machining technologies including:

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Video Explains How Okuma Keeps Customers for Life

June 26, 2018

Capture2-2Okuma CNC machines are respected the world over for quality, reliability and industry-leading manufacturing technology. Among the many reasons is the user-friendly OSP open source control system. The award-winning OSP Suite combines software applications with Okuma’s Intelligent Technologies including Thermo-Friendly Concept, Collision Avoidance System, Machining NAVI and 5-axis Auto Tuning System.

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The Easiest Path to Great Technical Service

June 21, 2018

cnc-machining-bigAll CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment require service from time-to-time, either for routine maintenance or when something unexpected happens. Regardless of the cause, downtime is a dirty word in any shop. That’s why Gosiger wants to get you back up and running as soon as possible.

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Everything You Need to Know About 5-Axis Machining but didn’t Know Who to Ask

June 18, 2018

indheader-1The many benefits of 5-axis machining include:

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Getting a Loan to Grow Your CNC Shop is now a Lot Easier

May 30, 2018

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A few years ago, getting a loan to expand your CNC shop could be an arduous task. Banks and other lenders who were burned when the economy turned ugly were reluctant to fund small businesses. Today, the picture is much different.

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7 Tips for a Successful Visit to IMTS 2018

May 22, 2018

With more than 2400 exhibitors, 1.3 million square feet of exhibit space and over 100,000 visitors, the prospect of attending IMTS 2018 can be overwhelming. Of course, the advantages far outweigh any concerns. IMTS is the one place to see all of the latest manufacturing technology, meet with industry experts and attend seminars on the hottest topics.

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How the Industrial Internet of Things Reduced This CNC Shop’s Cost-Per-Part by Over 25%

December 22, 2017

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The 75-year-old, family owned business in this case study distributes testing equipment used by construction, laboratory, food service, pharmaceutical and other industries. A few years ago they decided to create a CNC shop within their facility to make a product of their own.

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New PrimeTurning™ Concept Boosts Productivity

December 15, 2017

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The traditional approach to a turning process involves cutting from the end of a workpiece toward the chuck. As a result, the entering angle of the cutting tool must be around 90º to enable the tool to reach the shoulder. Although using less of an entering angle would increase the feed rate, such an approach typically produces undesirably long, curved chips.

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Okuma’s Turn-Cut Function Eliminates Special Tooling and Secondary Machines

December 8, 2017

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Okuma Multus series multi-function, 5-axis CNC turning centers enable one-and-done machining of even complex parts. The exclusive Turn-Cut feature is just one of the many ways Multus machines eliminate the need to move a part to a dedicated lathe for specialized operations such as machining surfaces along the z-axis that have varying diameter shapes or, as demonstrated in this video, making ID and OD cuts.

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How To Blend Additive & Traditional Manufacturing

November 24, 2017

With 95+ years of experience supporting manufacturers, the Gosiger team is in a unique position to evaluate new technologies that can help customers improve productivity. Although additive manufacturing (AKA 3D printing) has been around for a number of years, many manufacturers struggle with how additive can enhance their production process.

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7 Ways To Get More Value When Attending A Trade Show

November 17, 2017

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Attending trade shows is a great opportunity to see the latest manufacturing technologies and help make better equipment buying decisions. Whether you visit small, local shows or larger events like IMTS, you’ll get more value for the time and money invested by following these 7 suggestions:

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5 Ways To Overcome Resistance To Change

November 10, 2017

Success in manufacturing is often the result of continuous improvements to both business and production processes. Our customers demand increasingly higher quality products delivered quickly and cost-effectively. This means we must constantly seek new methods and technologies to reduce production costs, while maintaining the integrity of our products and meeting tighter delivery schedules.

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Why Buy a Swiss-Style Turning Machine?

November 3, 2017

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High precision machining and high volume production don’t always go hand-in-hand. That’s why Swiss watch makers developed sliding headstock turning machines that achieve both goals.

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Troubleshooting Turning Machine Cutting Tool Problems

October 27, 2017

High-quality CNC turning machines are more reliable and versatile than ever before, which gives users the confidence to perform unattended and lights-out operation.This, of course, requires having the right machine tools, and accessories such as bar feeders and chip conveyors.

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Get New Orders by Doing Your Homework

October 13, 2017

No matter how good a job you do for your customers, it’s inevitable that you’ll lose one or two along the way. That’s why it’s important to have an ongoing marketing program in place. The two best sources for new business orders are (1) referrals from customers, suppliers and other contacts; and (2) additional orders from existing customers.

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Are You Saving Enough for Retirement?

October 6, 2017

For many small business owners, including those who own manufacturing companies, saving for retirement may not be high on the list of priorities. After all, the cost of day-to-day operations and reinvesting in the business may not leave much for personal retirement savings.

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5-Axis Simultaneous Machining Reduces Cycle Time For Complex Impeller

September 29, 2017

With 5-axis simultaneous machining, the Okuma MU-4000V enables manufacturers to produce complex, high-precision parts faster and with less operator involvement.

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Why CNC Machine Workers Shouldn’t Fear Industry 4.0

September 22, 2017

As U.S. manufacturers continue to find ways to make parts better, faster and at less cost, there is always a concern that factory jobs will become extinct. More sophisticated CNC machine tools, robotic automation and alternative technologies such as 3D printing fuel this concern. However, all evidence points to the contrary.

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Additive/3D, Robotic Automation & Everything CNC Machining at Gosigerfest 2017

September 8, 2017

Every 2 years Gosiger lays out tons of German food, cranks up the Polka Band, programs the robotic beer-tender and shares the latest manufacturing technologies with over 1,000 great folks like you.

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Coolest (-321º F) Cutting Demo at Gosigerfest 2017

September 1, 2017

This year’s Gosigerfest – September 20 & 21, 2017 – includes a number of live machining demonstrations captured by video cameras inside the machine tools and displayed on adjacent TV monitors, so you can see all of the details, up close.

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Explore Lights Out Production, Eco-Friendly Parts Washing & More at Gosigerfest 2017

August 25, 2017

With everything else on your mind, being current with the latest manufacturing techniques can be a challenge. That’s the whole idea behind Gosigerfest 2017. It’s an opportunity to learn about developing technologies and production methods that can help you stay ahead of the competition and improve your bottom line.

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An Inside Look At The New Gosiger West Coast Headquarters

August 18, 2017

Gosiger opened its new West Coast headquarters earlier this year, showing off the new 17,500 square foot facility during an open house event in May. Customers toured the new space, participated in technical seminars, and watched demonstrations of the latest CNC machining techniques.

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See How To Set The Home Position You Want At Program’s End

July 28, 2017

Customers often ask Gosiger applications engineers how to go beyond basic control functions to fit a particular situation. This video from Gosiger’s West Coast facility explains how to set up a home position at the end of a program on the Okuma OSP-P300 control. In this case, the customer didn’t want to use G30 P1 on the control because it delivers all 3 axes to the tool change position. The video shows how to set a new home position for only the Z-axis.

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5 Steps Toward Bridging The Knowledge Gap

July 14, 2017

I once knew a teacher who bristled at the word “training.” She said, “You can train dogs to do simple tricks. You can train monkeys to perform certain tasks, but human beings should be educated.”

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How To Cost-Effectively Clean Machined Parts & Be Kind To The Planet

June 23, 2017

In many high-volume production applications, the customer may demand that parts be thoroughly cleaned of any cutting oil, chips or other debris prior to delivery. In some cases, water-based cleaning agents may suffice. However, many complex parts and those made from metals that don’t react well to aqueous cleaning require the use of hydrocarbon or modified alcohol solvents. These chemicals, of course, can have serious environmental and worker safety issues if not used properly.

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Choosing The Right Cutting Tool Material

June 9, 2017

Key factors when selecting cutting tools for any machining process are cutting data, tool path, workpiece material and cutting tool geometry. Perhaps one of the most important considerations is the material from which the cutting tool is made.

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How To Easily Transfer Programs To Okuma’s OSP Controls

June 2, 2017

Gosiger applications engineers created two videos that take you through the process of moving and copying part programs on the Okuma OSP-P200 and -P300 controls, and transferring programs from a remote PC to the OSP controls using a shared folder that eliminates the need for a USB drive or RS232 wired connection.

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Are You Maintaining Your Body As Well As Your Machine Tools?

May 26, 2017

The Spanish proverb “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools,” is particularly fitting for CNC shop owners, whether male or female. Running a demanding business with its tight deadlines, employee issues and financial risks takes a toll on even the heartiest of souls. That’s why paying attention to your health is so important.

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A CNC Shop Owner Looks At The Changing Face Of Manufacturing

May 19, 2017

Rusty Arant of North Carolina’s Northeast Tool is a true believer in applying the latest manufacturing technologies to keep his family business competitive. That includes adding a robotic automation system designed by Gosiger Automation that dramatically reduces time and cost-per-part. You can read the full case study elsewhere on the Gosiger Web site.

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3 Reasons To Automate Your CNC Shop Today

May 5, 2017

In the recent national elections much was made of the loss of American manufacturing jobs (7 million since the peak employment year of 1979). Most politicians place the blame squarely on unfair trade policies and lower offshore labor costs. Although these certainly were contributing factors, according to the Department of Commerce, the reality is this: Despite employing fewer workers, manufacturing output in the U.S. has actually doubled since 1979 to an adjusted-for-inflation $1.91 trillion in 2015.

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7 Reasons To Switch From Vertical To Horizontal Machining

April 21, 2017

An interesting trend popped up in a recent study of high-performing CNC shops: Many have greatly improved the efficiency of their machining processes by switching from a Vertical Machining Center (VMC) to a Horizontal Machining Center (HMC).

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Metalworking Orders Grew In January

April 14, 2017

In its latest report, Gardner Business Media reports that the metalworking industry grew in January for the first time since March 2015 with the Gardner Business Index reaching 53.8.

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Dynamic Machining Methods Demonstrated

April 7, 2017

Using the BlueSwarf tap testing and dashboard to determine end mill cutting parameters, an Okuma GENOS M560V vertical machining center (VMC) is captured on video as it engages in various dynamic machining methods.

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Are You Buying A Machine Tool Or A Solution? 5 Questions To Answer.

March 17, 2017

There are many compelling reasons to invest in a new CNC machine tool including: replacing an older model that, literally, just can’t cut it any longer, expanding capacity and/or capabilities to take on new orders, and improving productivity. However, before you start comparing speeds and feeds and other performance indicators, step back for a moment to consider the bigger picture. Ask yourself five strategic questions, the answers to which will help sharpen your perspective.

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Gosiger APP for Okuma OSP Control Requires No Programming Experience

March 3, 2017

The Okuma OSP control’s open architecture allows users to create custom programs and shortcuts that can reduce costs, enhance quality and increase productivity. 

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5 Things You Need To Know About Industry 4.0

February 17, 2017

Much is being said about a fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and what it bodes for the future of manufacturing. To put it in context, each of the preceding three centuries have seen dramatic shifts in the way technology impacts our world:

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Here’s How American Manufacturers See The State Of Metalworking

February 3, 2017

Practical Machinist online community and industrial equipment supplier Grainger conducted a survey in early 2016 to find out how metalworking manufacturing is changing.

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New Gosiger West Headquarters Expands Customer Support Capabilities

January 27, 2017

On January 9, 2017 Gosiger moved its West Coast headquarters from Fullerton, CA to a new, 17,500 square foot building in Cypress, CA, The new facility is approximately twice the size of the previous space with an expanded showroom, training area and replacement parts inventory.

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Additive + Subtractive Manufacturing Work Together To Boost Productivity

January 13, 2017

Additive manufacturing, AKA 3-D printing, is clearly becoming more viable in certain production situations. However, additive cannot replace conventional machining in all applications. In fact, the best way to harness the efficiencies of additive today may be to combine it with subtractive manufacturing. In this way, you gain the advantages of both technologies without being restricted to the limits of either method.

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Make Automotive Or Aerospace Parts? Don’t Overlook 3-D Printing.

December 30, 2016

A new video from Stratasys, a global supplier of 3-D printing systems, presents new additive manufacturing technologies that enable production of much larger parts used in automotive, aerospace and other applications.

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How ISO Certification Means Greater Value From Your Next Okuma Machine Tool

December 16, 2016

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, establishes criteria that companies must meet to be certified as producing safe, reliable high quality products.

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5 Ways To Get More Orders From Existing Customers

November 25, 2016

A great deal of research proves what common sense tells us: Retaining an existing customer is far more cost-effective than finding a new one. However, we often overlook the fact that satisfied customers can also be a potent source of additional business. That’s why marketing to your current customers should be at the forefront of your selling efforts.

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How To Reduce Machine Tool Energy Costs

November 18, 2016

The cost of energy may rise and fall, but it always has an impact on a CNC machine shop’s profitability. Additionally, conserving energy today helps keep overall costs more stable while insuring we’ll have the energy we need tomorrow. That’s why energy efficiency is one more factor to consider when buying your next machine tool.

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How To Produce The Perfect Chip

November 4, 2016

When we machine metal of any kind, the chips – or swarf – give us clues about the efficiency of our cutting process. For example, early machinists noted that blue chips indicate heat is being properly dissipated, so the cut was going well. Blue swarf, therefore, were considered “perfect” chips.

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IMTS 2016 Was More Than Simply a CNC Machine Show

October 28, 2016

Interconnectivity and data sharing, more user-friendly control interfaces, robots as co-workers and additive manufacturing were all well represented at IMTS this year. While it’s expected that the newest technologies will be on display at the every-other-year extravaganza, the significance of these and other recent advancements is that they represent a paradigm shift in the way both manufacturers and suppliers view the industry.

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An Inside Look At Okuma America’s Charlotte, NC Facility

October 21, 2016

Ever wonder what you’ll see if you visit the Okuma America headquarters in Charlotte North Carolina? This brief video lets you, literally, fly through the facility where you’ll see Okuma CNC machines, the expansive parts warehouse and other customer support areas. 

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What It Takes To Be A High Performing CNC Shop

October 7, 2016

This is the sixth year that Gardner Business Media, has surveyed CNC shops to find the strongest performers and determine what they are doing to rise to the top of the list. As in the past, there are many statistics that reveal a significant difference between how the top 20% of shops operate versus the rest.

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The Cobots are Coming! The Cobots are Coming!

September 30, 2016

Science fiction films dating back to Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic, Metropolis, have long warned that robotic machines may eventually surpass and dominate their human inventors. While there is no doubt that robots and robotic devices are getting smarter, that artificial intelligence continues to evolve, and that driverless cars are becoming a reality, so far we humans are more likely at risk of a Zombie Apocalypse than a robot rebellion.

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Here’s an Easy Way to Sharpen Your Metal Cutting Skills

September 23, 2016

Whether you have a newbie in your shop or just want to hone your own or your employees’ metal cutting skills, Sandvik Coromant has just what you need: A free, e-learning course that covers both the basics and latest metal cutting techniques.

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What, Exactly is IIoT (or Industry 4.0) and What Does it Mean for You?

September 2, 2016

Additive manufacturing is touted as the next paradigm shift in manufacturing. The concept of building up material to make parts, versus thousands of years of subtracting or forming metal to manufacture these parts is, indeed, an event of seismic proportions.

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An Easy Way To Keep Your Okuma CNC Running Smoothly

August 19, 2016

Just like a car or truck, CNC machines require routine maintenance to keep them in top form. A well maintained machine tool will perform at peak efficiency and reduce costly breakdowns that interrupt production. Performing routine maintenance, as required, will also prolong the life of the machine.

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New Hardinge CNC Turning Center Debuts At IMTS 2016

August 5, 2016

New technology abounds at IMTS 2016 and Gosiger will be there along with the CNC machine brands we offer.

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How To Detect Tool Breakage Without Interrupting The Machining Cycle

July 29, 2016

Undetected broken drills or taps are notorious time and materials wasters. Almost as bad is a detection system that interrupts the machining process to check the tools. In this video Gosiger engineers demonstrate how a BK Mikro checking device can be used in-magazine to check for tool breakage outside of the cutting area.

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See Unique Quick Changeover Automated Cell In Okuma’s IMTS 2016 Booth

July 22, 2016

IMTS 2016 will be filled with the latest advances in manufacturing technology. A particularly interesting example is an automated cell on display in the Okuma booth (S8500). The cell is a joint effort by Partners in THINC members Okuma, Gosiger Automation, Kitagawa, Fanuc and Schunk.

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Using Ceramic Cutting Tools on Super Alloys Delivers Big Savings

July 1, 2016

Choosing the right cutting tools and techniques when machining super alloys and other difficult materials can dramatically reduce cost-per-part.

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Newest Multi Spindle Machine Technology Now Available

June 24, 2016

With 135 years of machine tool experience behind it, Schütte CAM or CNC multi spindle machines have the rigidity, speed and accuracy to handle complex parts and challenging materials.

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Manufacturing Facility Automates Cell, Reduces Work-In-Process 80%

June 3, 2016

Recently a global supplier of compressors decided to rethink its process for making a series of bearing housings. According to the Production Manager, “After analyzing quality control and machine maintenance data we determined it was time to replace some of our machine tools. However, we didn’t want to simply buy new machines, we wanted to find a better way to make this part. At that time, we were performing two operations on a turning machine, manually moving the part to a horizontal milling machine for two more operations, removing the part to press a babbitt insert into place, and then taking the part to a grinder for two finishing operations.

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Machining Hard Materials on a Vertical Machining Center

May 27, 2016

In this video an Okuma GENOS M560-V Vertical Machining Center is put to the test by machining S7 56Rc steel for a die/mold application. The VMC is equipped with a 15K Big Plus spindle and Hi-Cut options.

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Gosiger Customers Speak Out

May 20, 2016

On the Gosiger web site you’ll find many resources that can help you meet a number of manufacturing challenges. Among these are customer success stories that all have a common theme: The customer was faced with a specific need that required something more than an off-the-shelf product. They needed a partner with deep and broad machine tool and engineering experience to determine the best way to achieve their desired outcomes – both immediate and for the future.

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5 Ways Technology & Culture Will Shape Future Manufacturing

May 6, 2016

Changes in our everyday life and in manufacturing are happening faster than ever before. In the world of CNC machining it’s not as much about the number of new technologies emerging as it is about the rate of advancement in existing technologies and the cultural changes of a new generation of owners and managers.

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5 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your CNC Machine

April 29, 2016

You may remember a long running campaign for automotive transmission service that stated: “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” The phrase still holds true when it comes to performing preventative maintenance on cars, trucks or CNC machine tools.

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Cryogenic Machining: Coolest Video

April 8, 2016

Machining titanium and other exotic materials presents a number of challenges, and although there are many conventional techniques that help in this process, this video presents a unique, unconventional approach: Cryogenics.

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5 Ways To Determine the True Cost of Owning a CNC Machine

April 1, 2016

When making a major buying decision it’s important to consider factors beyond the initial price tag. After all, our goal is to get the greatest overall value. When buying capital equipment, that means getting the right machine for the job and the best return on our investment.

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Automation Cell Video Demonstrates Integrated Inspection & Feedback

March 25, 2016

Okuma’s Partners in THINC is a collaboration of industry leaders who work together to solve customer problems and develop new ways to improve manufacturing productivity and profits.

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How to Quickly Change Chuck Faces Without Operator Assistance

March 18, 2016

A collaboration between Gosiger Automation, Okuma, Fanuc and Kitagawa work holding produced this robotically automated machining cell that significantly reduces the time and labor associated with part-to-part changeovers.

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See How Getting Started with Your Okuma CNC Control is Quick & Easy

March 11, 2016

In the early days of CNC machine controls, setting up programs could be a bit challenging. Okuma changed all of that with the Windows-based THINC OSP control that makes getting started quicker and easier than ever before.

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5 Reasons to Add Robotic Automation to Your CNC Shop

February 26, 2016

The battle to reduce production costs, improve product quality, and satisfy customer demands is fought daily in the world of CNC manufacturing. One of the most effective strategies facilities of all sizes can employ is robotic automation – whether for a single production cell or an entire factory.

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3 Manufacturing Developments You Can’t Ignore

February 19, 2016

A recently released survey conducted by the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT – the folks who bring us IMTS every other year) identifies three major trends that have enormous impact on how OEMs, distributors, integrators and end users will function in the future.

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A Low-Cost Robotic Automation Solution for CNC Shops

February 12, 2016

There's no doubt that applying robotic automation to part production provides a number of benefits including reduced cost-per-part, better use of machine operator time, increased CNC machine utilization, improved part quality and consistent daily output.

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5 Reasons To Take Additive Manufacturing Seriously

January 29, 2016

Few foresaw the impact digital technology and the Internet would have on all of us. Is 3-D printing the next major paradigm shift?

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How To Maintain Through-Spindle Coolant Performance

January 22, 2016

Many CNC applications require a steady stream of coolant to optimize cutting speeds and throughput. This is especially true when machining parts from hard-to-machine steel alloys, titanium, and other metals that often require precisely applied high-pressure coolant to maintain cutting efficiency and to reduce tool wear.

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5 Ways To Avoid CNC Machine Collisions

January 8, 2016

A number of new cars include collision avoidance systems that automatically apply the brakes when sensors detect a dangerous situation. Okuma has been equipping CNC machines with systems that prevent costly downtime and collision damage for more than 10 years.

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7 Ways To Optimize CNC Machine Performance Throughout its Life

January 1, 2016

We all want to get the most out of our CNC machines, but no matter how well they are designed, built and equipped, these tools are only as productive as we allow them to be. Which is to say that there are many possible production procedures, and some are more efficient that others.

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Intelligent Control Makes High Speed Grinders Easier To Use

December 25, 2015

Equipping Okuma GPW/GAW grinding machines with the proven OSP-P300G touch screen control system makes these compact, high speed grinders even more capable.

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Robotic Automation Transforms Tool & Die Shop

December 18, 2015

Production Machining magazine recently recorded this interview with Gosiger Automation customer Jeff Meyer, co-owner of Toolcraft LLC. The company was primarily a tool & die shop until Tuthill Transfer Systems, a worldwide supplier of pumps and meters, asked them to consider producing one of their key parts. This would mean changing from making one-at-a-time items to running hundreds of parts.

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How the Right Control Makes a Vertical Machining Center Even Better

December 11, 2015

The Bridgeport Conquest V1000 Vertical Machining Center from Hardinge Group is an affordable alternative to many higher-priced machines that delivers great value, including its feature-packed Mitsubishi M70, 64-bit control with NAVI MILL programming.

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Here Are 5 Trends in CNC Manufacturing You Need to Know

December 4, 2015

When enough CNC shops engage in a given activity it becomes a trend that others should be aware of. Here are five manufacturing trends identified by recent surveys and discussions with shop owners. They may not all be right for your company, but it’s prudent to consider how they might affect your business.

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5 Advantages of a Collet-Ready Spindle

November 20, 2015

While typical CNC turning machines require a spindle adapter to install a collet or jaw chuck, many Hardinge products, including the Conquest H51 horizontal turning machine, have a unique collet-ready spindle design that eliminates the need for an adapter. Naturally, this makes changeovers quicker and easier, but the benefits don’t end there. Here are 5 more advantages:

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Precision Pricing: Increase Cost Without Losing Business Value

November 6, 2015

Casey Brown, who presented at the first ever Gosigerfest Executive Session on Wednesday, September 23, presented her knowledge and expertise about strategic pricing using relevant examples of things we buy every day.

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Sprocket Machining Demo Shows VMC Versatility

October 16, 2015

In this video Gosiger CNC Applications Specialist Brian Stall demonstrates the Hardinge Conquest V 1000.

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Automated Cell is the Result of 7 Members of Partners in THINC Working Together

October 2, 2015

This brief video shows an automated cell incorporating an Okuma GENOS L300-M CNC machine tool enhanced by seven members of Okuma’s Partners in THINC that collaborated to solve a customer’s manufacturing problem.

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Complex Impeller Done-In-One on This 5-Axis Machining Center

September 25, 2015

In this impressive video an Okuma MU-500VA machining center machines a 160mm impeller, using Esprit CAD/CAM software and Sandvik Coromant tooling.

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Tooling & Aerospace Materials: Learn From Experts

September 22, 2015

Machining aerospace materials can be challenging in a number of ways, especially when dealing with high temperature alloys. This is especially true for CNC shops that traditionally work with more common materials such as carbon steels and non-ferrous alloys. For example, heat-resistant alloys may require both significantly lower cutting speeds and greater tool pressures.

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Why Smart OEM Machine Tool Companies Depend on Distributors

September 18, 2015

From time-to-time a company may rethink how it takes its products to market. For machine tool OEMs the question is: Should we sell directly to the end user, or work through a distributor? Considering the complexities of selling, installing, training and servicing today’s sophisticated machine tools, it makes good sense for OEMs to form a partnership with an experienced, stable machine tool distributor.

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Latest Data Reveals how High-Performing CNC Shops Get that Way

September 4, 2015

According to the fifth annual study of high-performing CNC machine shops by Gardner Business Media, the differences between the top shops and the rest of the 277 surveyed are striking:

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How to Get Serious Solutions for Your CNC Concerns

August 28, 2015

How often are you confronted with a machining issue for which you’d like some expert advice? While searching the Internet can certainly help, nothing beats discussing the situation face-to-face with an industry expert. On September 23 & 24 at Gosiger’s national headquarters in Dayton, Ohio that’s precisely what you can do.

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No Need to Sacrifice VMC Performance For a Low Purchase Price

August 21, 2015

When it’s time to buy a new car most of us are drawn to the top-of-the line model equipped with all the latest bells and whistles. Then reality sets in and we decide which features are really important and those we can live without for the price we want to pay. However we still want excellent performance, reliability, safety, and value for our investment.

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Automotive Industry is Trying Different Materials. Is Your Shop Ready?

August 7, 2015

Automakers round the world are faced with a serious dilemma: How do you meet various government emission and fuel economy standards while still producing strong, safe vehicles? Reducing weight is a key strategy, of course, and that means moving away from steel to lighter materials. It’s estimated that steel currently accounts for about 60% of an average automobile’s weight. However steel content decreases as automakers incorporate aluminum, plastics, manganese, composites and advanced high-strength, but lighter weight, steel alloys. The most recent example is the venerable Ford F-150 pickup that now uses aluminum for 25% of its curb weight.

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Flexible Pallet Cell Makes Robotic Automation Affordable

July 31, 2015

Manually loading and unloading workpieces is not only tedious, repetitious work for machine tool operators, it also adds time and labor costs to every part you make. Automating the process using an industrial robot can reduce these costs while giving your shop’s productivity a significant boost. Now Gosiger Automation reduces the cost of robotic automation with its Flexible Pallet Cell (FPC).

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High Volume Production of Long Rods & Shafts on a Swiss-Style Lathe

July 24, 2015

Swiss-style sliding headstock CNC machine tools are ideal for high volume output, provided they have the necessary rigidity and accuracy. In this video you’ll see how a Nomura NN20UB8 turning machine equipped with a Quick Load Servo bar loader makes long shafts from blanks with no operator intervention.

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Low-Cost Robotic Solution for CNC Automation

July 17, 2015

For CNC machine shops considering their first move into robotic automation and for many typical part-making applications, Gosiger Automation developed the Modular Drawer Cell (MDC). This compact, lower-cost alternative to custom systems automates up to 2 mid-size CNC lathes, grinders and machining centers to increase efficiencies by up to 50%.

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The Inside Story on In-Machine Probes

July 10, 2015

CNC machine probes are much more versatile than some shops realize. Are you taking full advantage of in-machine probe technology?

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Videos Explain How to Install Okuma Machine Tool APPs

June 26, 2015

APPs are no longer just for smart phones, tablets and wearable tech. Manufacturers now have a wealth of APPs available that can help improve part quality, reduce costs and increase profitability. Okuma America has developed a number of APPs for the THINC-OSP control that is the heart of Okuma CNC machines.

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White Paper Explains Advantages of Horizontal Machining Centers (HMC)

June 19, 2015

If you’ve ever thought about adding a horizontal machining center to your shop, this White Paper may help you decide if an HMC is right for you.

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Okuma Partners in THINC Adds New Member

June 12, 2015

Okuma’s Partners in THINC brings together over 40 companies dedicated to helping manufacturers improve productivity and solve machining challenges. The Okuma OSP Control, with its open architecture, is at the center of these solutions. Gosiger and Gosiger Automation have been long-time THINC members, applying their expertise to maximizing CNC machine performance for their customers.

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Video Shows How to Easily Match APPs to Your Okuma CNC

June 5, 2015

SCOUT (System Compatibility Output Utility) enables you to quickly and easily determine which APPs your Okuma CNC machines are compatible with. The utility compares the makeup of your machine to the system requirements for all of the applications available from the Okuma APP Store.

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Want More Business for Your CNC Shop? Clarify Your Marketing Goals.

May 29, 2015
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These days business is good for most manufacturers in general, and CNC machine shops in particular. It’s a pleasant feeling after the deep recession we all suffered through. However it’s still a very competitive world and keeping the pipeline filled with orders can be challenging.

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5 Tooling APPs That Will Save You Time & Money

May 22, 2015

App imageYou can download these and other free APPs from industry-leading tooling company, Sandvik Coromant, here.

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Can a Lower Cost VMC Deliver Quality & Reliability? Okuma Says “Yes!”

May 11, 2015
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Okuma Unveils New 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center & New CNC Lathe

May 8, 2015

MU6300Ideal for complex, multi-sided machining, the new MU-6300V Vertical Machining Center (VMC) offers a variety of spindle options to accommodate your most challenging 5-axis jobs. Rear of machine pallet loading enables easy connection to a pallet pool or Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS).

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See How Okuma Contributes to This CNC Shop’s Success

May 1, 2015

In this video from the “My Okuma Story” series, the father and son owners of Lumar Machining & Manufacturing Ltd., an Ontario, Canada CNC machine shop, explain how they bought a non-CNC machining company in 2005 and transformed it into a fast-growing business. The new owners installed Okuma CNC machines that enabled them to go after low volume, complex parts jobs in automotive, aerospace and other industries. As a result the company’s sales doubled in 2012 and they have been growing ever since, expanding into a new, 25,000 square foot space.   

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CNC Shop Execs Discuss Manufacturing’s Future, Hear Top Shops Report

April 24, 2015

RoundtableDiscussionWishing to gain insights into the key issues facing CNC machine shops, Gosiger, Inc. recently sponsored a roundtable discussion among a dozen shop owners and managers in southeast Ohio. The event was held at the Aileron center for business development, north of Gosiger’s Dayton headquarters. Participants also heard a presentation by Gardner Business Media Senior Editor, Derek Korn, about the findings of the most recent Top Shops survey conducted by Modern Machine Shop Magazine.

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Dimension Machine Co. Video Tells “My Okuma Story”

April 10, 2015

Dimension Machine 3 Don Barth’s CNC shop, Dimension Machine Company located in Cincinnati, makes thousands of precision parts each year for a wide variety of industries including transportation, OEM special machinery and forestry products. In this video Don and his daughter Ruth Ann explain how their 20 Okuma machine tools help them meet customer demands and how Don’s vision keeps them ahead of the competition.

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Compact Okuma ID Grinding Machine Delivers Higher Speeds & Feed Rates

April 3, 2015

The Okuma GI-10NII high-speed internal grinding machine enables production of a wide variety of parts from jet engine components to bearings. Capable of grinding IDs up to 6”, this model is equipped with extremely rigid, high-speed grinding wheel spindles and Okuma-designed drives and motors for exceptional accuracy, repeatability and throughput.

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Okuma Pallet Pool FMS Designed For Shops With Limited Floor Space

March 27, 2015

Okuma Pallet Pool FMS Designed For Shops With Limited Floor Space  If you’ve considered the advantages of a Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) for your CNC machining operation but don’t think you have the necessary floor space, Okuma has a solution for you. The company’s newest Pallet Pool System connects select Okuma machining centers, including 5-axis machines, to enable automatic part handling and pallet changes.

The system is extremely flexible:

  • Various pallet options can be arranged either in line with the Z axis or transversely in line with the X axis to accommodate your process flow
  • The systems can be retrofitted to select Okuma machines
  • Compact construction and single level storage system means the systems fit in even tight spaces
  • Standard load station can be manually rotated around its vertical axis and locked at 90º intervals
  • The Pallet Pool Control (PPC) fully integrates with the Okuma THINC®-OSP  control for error-free operation
  • All critical information is displayed at the operator load station to save worker time
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New Hardinge Vertical Machining Center Slot Cutting Video

March 20, 2015

The fully digital Hardinge Conquest V1000 Vertical Machining Center (VMC) demonstrates the power of its direct drive motor in this brief video. Using a Seco Square 6 cutting tool, it quickly machines slots at 1471 RPM and 37 IPM.

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A Woman’s Place is on Your Manufacturing Floor

March 13, 2015

women-in-manufacturing-cncWomen make up 47% of the US workforce, but only 24% work in manufacturing. This amounts to a largely untapped resource for new talent. However misconceptions of both employers and young women may be keeping the number of females in the industry so low.

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Want to Save Time & Money on CNC Machine Repairs? Here’s How.

February 27, 2015

The interesting thing about clichés is that they wouldn’t exist unless they contained an element of truth. So it is with the old saw “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true in the world of CNC machine tool maintenance.

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Robot Uses Vision System to Process & Inspect Small Parts

February 13, 2015

In this video a FANUC LR Mate 200 iC Robot is equipped with a machine vision system that enables it to unpack, process, inspect and repack small machined parts. Watch the video.

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Free White Paper Explains The Benefits of Automation

February 6, 2015

You can download two, free white papers prepared by Gosiger Automation by visiting our resources page, www.gosiger.com/resources

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Using Thread Whirling to Machine Better Bone Screws

January 23, 2015

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Making parts for medical applications is a growing field that opens up opportunities – and challenges – for CNC shops of all sizes. Orthopedic parts, like bone screws, are good examples. Although these devices appear to be relatively simple, efficiently producing a bone screw that meets the required standards of quality isn’t as easy as it looks.

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Automation Video: One Robot, Two VMCs, 4 Workpiece

January 16, 2015

Automation Video: One Robot, Two VMCs, 4 WorkpieceIn another example of Gosiger Automation designed robot-based factory automation, this video, demonstrates how a Fanuc M-16iB robot services two Okuma Vertical Machining Centers (VMC). Each machining center is equipped with 4-position, 4th axis indexers. Four workpieces at a time are loaded into precision workholding fixtures, and returned to precision pallets for further automated processing. Note how the conveyor system moves the workpieces into position for the robot arm to pick and load them into the machine tool, then flips the fixture around to deposit the machined parts into the pallets. The machined parts are then moved along the conveyor to the next step in the process.

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New Hybrid Multi-Spindle CNC Machine More Flexible & Affordable

January 9, 2015

 ISM B27 Hybrid CNC multi-spindle bar machineManufacturers need no longer choose between CAM actuated automatic and CNC multi-spindle machines. U.S. machine tool distributor and factory automation specialist, Gosiger, Inc. has partnered with industry-leading Japanese multi-spindle machine builder Shimada to create the new, ISM B27 hybrid CNC multi-spindle bar machine.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Personal Productivity

January 2, 2015

5 Ways To Improve Your Personal ProductivityAs a CNC factory owner or manager you know the importance of making your manufacturing processes as efficient as possible. To a great extent this means investing in appropriate technology and having a productive workforce. In fact, improving worker productivity should be a continuous activity on every factory floor. However striving to be more productive should not be reserved only for the floor workers. Everyone in the organization from top management on down should be focused on continuously improving personal productivity. So here are 5 simple ways managers can become more productive.

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Lights Out Manufacturing: Free White Paper Tells What You Should Know

December 26, 2014

Lights Out Manufacturing: Free White Paper Tells What You Should KnowPicture a factory at night, pumping out perfect parts with no one around. No labor costs, lower energy expenses and a customer order ready for shipping the next morning. Is it a dream or reality? Well, with today’s advanced manufacturing and communications technologies, lights out manufacturing can be a reality for everything from the smallest CNC machine shop to the largest factories.

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Get Instant Text Alerts from Your Okuma CNC Machine Wherever You Are

December 12, 2014

Get Instant Text Alerts From Your Okuma CNC Machine Wherever You AreGosiger software specialists developed this A2P (Application-to-person) messaging system to enable Okuma machine owners to receive text alerts from their CNC machine tools directly to their smart phones. Using SMS technology and Internet access, GO-TextAlert allows multiple phone numbers to receive trouble alarms, status codes and customized data.

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5 Easy Preventative Maintenance Steps to Optimizing CNC Machine Uptime

November 28, 2014

5 Easy Preventative Maintenance Steps To Optimizing CNC Machine UptimeDespite all of your efforts to increase productivity through advanced CNC machine technologies, factory automation and smarter machining techniques, unnecessary machine downtime can eliminate everything you’ve gained. That’s why a planned preventative maintenance program (PPM) is so important. And it really isn’t all that complicated. In fact the basics of PPM can be summed up in these 5 actions:

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7 Reasons to Consider a Multifunction CNC Machine

November 14, 2014

7 Reasons To Consider A Multifunction CNC MachineStudies show that human beings are not particularly good and multitasking, despite our belief that we can successfully do more than one thing at a time. That’s why talking and texting while driving leads to so many bad outcomes.

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3 Ways Trochoidal Milling Can Save Time and Labor Costs

November 7, 2014

3 Ways Trochoidal Milling Can Save Time And Labor CostsTrochoidal milling can help resolve many challenging CNC machining operations such as:

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Precision of Swiss-Style Turning Machines Hinges on Construction

October 24, 2014

The distinguishing characteristic of a Swiss-style turning machine is the sliding headstock that feeds bar stock through a guide bushing. This feature enables the precise, high volume machining of many parts, especially those with small diameters. Because of the importance of accurate guide bushing positioning and spindle performance, how these components are crafted is vitally important.

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Free White Paper Explains Advantages of Solvent-Based Vacuum Parts Washers

October 17, 2014

PartsWashing_AfterPartsWashing_BeforeWorkpieces often leave a machine tool covered with metal dust, dirt, chip remnants and machine oils. Whether these are parts for your own products or components to be shipped to a customer, they typically need thorough cleaning. Doing so manually means increased labor costs, machine downtime and the cost of cleaning agents, as well as their proper disposal, whether solvent- or aqueous-based.

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Machining Titanium: What You Should Know

October 10, 2014

Machining TitaniumShortening machining cycle time, reducing labor costs and extending tool life can all play a major role in improving productivity and, thereby, your bottom line. While using the most advanced machine tools is certainly a key component in achieving greater productivity, it’s not the entire answer. It’s equally important to optimize all aspects of a manufacturing operation from raw materials through delivery to the customer.

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Robotic Automation Reduces Costs to Manufacture Pipe Couplings

October 3, 2014

Automation Reduces Time & Labor Costs To Manufacture Pipe CouplingsTwo Okuma CNC machines used to make pipe couplings are tended by a FANUC R2000 iB robot in this 2-minute video. The robot uses two sets of grippers to load and unload the parts from each machine tool which greatly reduces mind-numbing, repetitive labor to free the machine operator for other tasks, reduce cost-per-part and keep the process running smoothly.

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Video Demonstrates 62% Reduction in Grinding Operation Cycle Time

September 26, 2014

This video shows a grinding cell incorporating an Okuma GA-47 grinder with a FANUC robot equipped with a vision system and manually adjustable grippers. The Okuma grinder has a flexible, 2-axis configuration for greater versatility and handles parts up to 60” long, weighing as much as 660 lbs.

The cycle time for the operation is reduced by 62%, from the original time of 45 minutes to just 16.8 minutes. In addition to dramatically improving cycle time, one operator can now manage multiple cells, which greatly reduces labor costs-per-part. The new cell also eliminates the need for workers to physically manage extremely heavy parts.

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How Producing Small Numbers of Parts Benefits from Robotic Assistance

September 12, 2014

Fanuc LR Mate 200iCSome manufacturing people think robotic-assisted CNC machining is strictly for high-volume production. In fact, even small production runs can benefit from automating repetitive processes and freeing machine operators to manage multiple workstations.

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Free Cutting Tool APPs From Sandvik Coromant

September 5, 2014

sept-apps-blogA dozen APPs are ready to download from cutting tool maker Sandvik Coromant for smart phones and tablets. Here are a few examples:

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Okuma APP Store Supported by Gosiger Featured at IMTS 2014

August 29, 2014

Gosiger's App Offering in the Okuma Apps StoreJust like the online sites you visit to download the latest APPs for your smart phones, tablets and computers, you can now access productivity-enhancing APPs for your Okuma CNC machines from the Okuma APP Store. You can also get a first-hand look at the APP Store in the Okuma booth at IMTS 2014.

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New Intelligent Multitasking CNC Machines for Aerospace, Oil & Energy, Medical and More

August 22, 2014

Okuma’s-Intelligent-Technologies-solutions-191x163_(1)A new series of high-accuracy multitasking CNC lathes dramatically reduces the number of fixtures required for complex part machining, thus reducing setup time while increasing machine uptime. Now available from Okuma and Gosiger, the Multus U Series includes the U3000 with a 39.4” bed and the 59.05” bed U4000.

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Impressive Video Demonstrates High Feed Rate Milling Technique

August 8, 2014

Impressive Video Demonstrates High Feed Rate Milling TechniqueMilling this complex part from pre-hardened 4140 steel (36 Rc) required a combination of a machine tool capable of both high speeds and the ability to precisely control machine movements, an assortment of high-performance cutting tools, and the right CAM software. In this video, the cast of characters includes an Okuma Genos M560V vertical machining center, Sandvik-Coromant tooling and Esprit ProfitMilling CAM software.

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Eliminating Chatter: BlueSwarf To The Rescue?

August 1, 2014

Eliminating Chatter: BlueSwarf To The Rescue?Chatter, the vibration created when CNC machine tooling engages a work piece, affects turning, milling, and drilling operations, but is especially troublesome for milling. Even minimal chatter can shorten tool life and impact part quality. Too much chatter can even damage machine tools.

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Productivity Enhancing High Volume Production Solutions in Gosiger IMTS 2014 Booth S-9266

August 1, 2014

Productivity Enhancing High Volume Production Solutions In Gosiger IMTS 2014 Booth S-9266Gosiger High Volume Division provides unique solutions for manufacturers who want to increase throughput, reduce cost-per-part and improve time-to-market. In IMTS booth S-9266 visitors can see these products for themselves and discuss their specific applications with Gosiger technical experts. Product lines represented include:

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Free Aerospace Machining White Papers

July 25, 2014

july-aerospace-blogAerospace machining represents a great opportunity for CNC machine shops that are searching for new income streams. However there are a number of challenges to overcome and specialized skills required.

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Defeating Machine Safety Features a Recipe for Disaster

July 18, 2014

july-safety-blogWorkplace safety is a major concern for the makers of manufacturing equipment and for machine tool distributors and automation specialists like Gosiger. Modern machine tools are equipped with various safety components that prevent users from accessing critical areas while the machine is operating. Likewise, automation systems using robots and other loading/unloading devices employ safety cages with access doors that are locked during machining cycles, light curtains that stop robot or machine activity when the beam is interrupted, and other safety precautions.

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Manufacturing Pallet Systems: 7 Questions

July 3, 2014

pallet-systems_(1)It’s no secret that factory automation is one of the keys to improving manufacturing productivity. Of course, the term “automation” includes a number of technologies that can be applied to various manufacturing functions. The trick is to integrate the right components into a seamless automated system that best meets your needs.

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Gosiger Presents Custom APPs in IMTS 2014

June 27, 2014

june-apps-imts-blogMost of us have become addicted to various APPS on our personal computers and mobile devices. They make life easier and richer by enabling us to perform a wide variety of activities at our desks and on the go. APPS also serve us well on the factory floor and when away from our shops so we can monitor activities and improve productivity.

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CNC Controls Service Tip: a Simple Way to Prevent Costly Repairs

June 13, 2014

CNC Controls Service Tip: A Simple Way To Prevent Costly RepairsBecause the computers and electronics that enable us to program and control CNC machine tools are typically housed in a protective cabinet, we sometimes forget that they are still subject to damage if heat builds up or debris finds its way into the enclosure. In fact, a widely accepted rule of thumb is that the rate of failure for electronic devices is cut in half for every 50º F (10º C) decrease in temperature.

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7 Myths About Careers in Manufacturing & What To Do About Them

June 6, 2014

7Myths About Careers In Manufacturing and What To Do About themFinding qualified CNC machine operators and other manufacturing personnel today can be challenging and raises questions about future workforce availability. One solution, of course, is to work with local schools to encourage students to consider a career in manufacturing and point them toward appropriate educational opportunities.

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Survey Sees Bright Future for Manufacturing

May 30, 2014

Survey Sees Bright Future For ManufacturingAccording to survey data released by Gardner Business Media, American manufacturers have rebounded from the Great Recession. In fact, the Index of Durable Goods showed that production of durable goods is at an all-time high.

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New Turn-Cut Program for HMCs Eliminates the Need for Secondary Machines & Accessories

May 23, 2014

New Turn-Cut Program For HMCs Eliminates The Need For Secondary Machines & Accessories

Thanks to a new programming option called Turn-Cut, users of Okuma Horizontal Machining Centers (HMC) can now avoid buying expensive special purpose machines, tooling, fixtures and other add-ons to perform turning operations on large, unbalanced parts. With it you can create bores and diameters including circular and angular features. The system is especially useful for working on valves and manifold-type parts.

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Video Shows Robotically Assisted Unattended Production Of Precision Aluminum Parts

May 16, 2014

FanucVideo Shows Robotically Assisted Unattended Production Of Precision Aluminum PartsIn this Gosiger produced video, a Fanuc M-16iB robot unloads and stacks precision aluminum parts. The work cell is designed for long periods of unattended operation of the Okuma sub-spindle lathe that is fed 12’ bar stock by an automatic, magazine bar feeder. The Fanuc robot gripper carefully unloads the parts because the robot is programmed to apply the optimum amount of pressure. This ensures that the highly precise aluminum parts will not be damaged or distorted when removed and placed in the outgoing conveyor.

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Looking Forward to IMTS 2014

May 9, 2014

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We’re all looking forward to the promise of another good year for manufacturing in 2014 and, although it may seem far away, we’re also looking forward to IMTS 2014. Early indications are that a record number of exhibitors and visitors will grace the halls of McCormick place next September 8 – 13. Certainly there will be exciting new technologies and sharing of information that will help everyone from the smallest CNC machine shop to the largest mega-manufacturers advance their operations. Here are a few other highlights according to information released by The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

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Ergonomics & Robotic Automation

May 5, 2014

The science of ergonomics involves designing and arranging things so that people can use them as efficiently and easily as possible. When ergonomics is applied to CNC machining the primary focus is on improving productivity and safeguarding the machine operators.

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THINC—Partnership for Building Serious Solutions

April 30, 2014
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This photo gallery depicts the partnership and tells the story of Gosiger Automation and Okuma's THINC technology working together to provide serious solutions. Read and learn more from our white paper that outlines how Okuma Intelligent technology stops crashes, compensates for temperature issues and reduces machine chatter.  
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New CNC Technologies & Industry Seminars at Hardinge HMTS ’14, May 13-14

April 16, 2014

Hardinge, Inc. presents a 2-day event for CNC machine shop personnel who want to see the latest machine tool technologies from Hardinge, Bridgeport, Kellenberger, Jones & Shipman, and Usach. Along with these industry-leading turning machines, machining centers, grinders and workholding products, 40 Hardinge Technology Partners, including Gosiger, will display the latest machine tool accessories that can help optimize your productivity.

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Gosiger High Volume Introduces: The Shimada Hybrid CNC Multi-Spindle Bar Machine

April 11, 2014

Shimada_B27-1THE RIGHT MACHINE FOR THE RIGHT PRICE

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7 Tips for Machining Aluminum Alloys

March 28, 2014

MachiningCenter-Aluminum_193x161Machining aluminum alloys for aerospace, electronics, computers, and other applications presents a number of challenges for CNC machine shops. If you’re considering expanding your capabilities to include making aluminum alloy parts, there are a number of important factors to consider:

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Video Shows How 5-axis Machining Center & Robot Reduce Cycle Time

March 25, 2014

This video demonstrates how a Fanuc M20iB services a 5-axis Okuma machining center. The robot is mounted on a Robot Transfer Unit (RTU) that enables it to handle multiple machine tools. This clip shows how parts are loaded through a custom side door on the machine tool so operators have access to the both the front of the machine and the machine’s control panel.

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7 Ways to Improve CNC Machine Maintenance

March 21, 2014

cnc_machine_maintenance_blogMany newer cars have maintenance reminders built in that alert owners when it’s time for routine services like oil changes, which is a great convenience. Surprisingly, having this feature doesn’t keep some drivers from putting off servicing the vehicle until problems arise. True, you still must make the appointment and then either wait, or leave and arrange for someone to take you back to pick up the vehicle. However most of us realize that it’s important to protect this major investment, and that preventative maintenance is less costly and less inconvenient than dealing with a breakdown.

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7 Reasons Why Your Next Hire Could Be a Military Veteran

March 10, 2014

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We all know the problem: Manufacturing, especially CNC machining, requires a different set of skills and talents than in the past, and it’s become a challenge to find capable employees. Good, experienced machinists have jobs or can easily find a new one if necessary. That means that the available pool of candidates will most likely need some training before they become productive.

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Traceability, Liability and Counterfeiting: 3 Reasons to Mark Critical Parts

March 7, 2014

There are some obvious reasons to avoid permanently marking the parts you machine, including equipment cost and adding another step to a manufacturing process. These may be valid reasons if the parts you are making are low-cost commodity items or ones that have no possibility of causing a product failure. However, if the parts you produce fall outside of those parameters, you should give serious thought to encoding them with identifying information for 3 good reasons:

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Software Solution Integrates Inspection into Automated CNC Cell

December 31, 2013

CNCCELLDayton OH – According to machine tool distributor and factory automation specialist, Gosiger Inc., new software and machine control technologies enable manufacturers to integrate dimensional part inspection within a robotically automated CNC machining cell.

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Looking Forward to IMTS 2014

December 30, 2013

IMTSWith 2013 winding down, we’re all looking forward to the promise of another good year for manufacturing in 2014 and, although it may seem far away, we’re also looking forward to IMTS 2014. Early indications are that a record number of exhibitors and visitors will grace the halls of McCormick place next September 8 – 13. Certainly there will be exciting new technologies and sharing of information that will help everyone from the smallest CNC machine shop to the largest mega-manufacturers advance their operations. Here are a few other highlights according to information released by The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

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7 Fast Facts About 5-Axis Machining

December 26, 2013

5 axesInvesting in a 5-axis CNC machine can open doors to greater productivity, reduced capital investment, lower operator-cost-per-part and the opportunity to accept work from customer previously unavailable to you. How is this possible? Because simultaneous 5-axis machining provides all of these benefits:

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7 Ways to Tell if Your Manufacturing Process is Truly “Lean”

December 24, 2013

leanmachiningLean manufacturing has been around for quite a while, and many manufacturers have embraced the philosophy of continuously looking for ways to eliminate waste in their processes. However, the true meaning of Lean involves much more than automating an activity or streamlining an operation, as important as those things are. So here are 7 questions to ask yourself about your Lean program.

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Factory Automation: Robots & More

December 23, 2013

roboticAutomationRobotic-based CNC machine tool automation is proven to reduce operator time and cost-per-part. It also enables unattended and lights-out operation, eliminates human error and improves spindle utilization. All of which greatly enhances productivity. For more on this topic, download the free white paper The Case For Robotic-Based Automation.

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7 Ways to Keep Your IT Systems Safe

December 20, 2013

ITsecurityCNC machine tool users typically love new technologies. That’s why most have embraced the digital world through computer networks, remote monitoring and reporting, mobile devices loaded with APPs, and online transmission of CAD drawings and other important data.

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7 Reasons to Rethink Parts Washing

December 19, 2013

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  1. Improve Productivity. There’s more to maximizing manufacturing efficiency than installing the latest-and-greatest machine tools. It also involves looking at the entire process and making sure that each step is as streamlined as possible. This includes assuring that the cleanliness of a part meets the customer’s expectations.
  2. One solution won’t clean all parts. If some parts you produce have simple geometry while others are more complex with blind holes, cross-holes and ID threads, for example, you may need different cleaning methods for each. Simple parts can be cleaned with water-based solutions while more complex parts may need solvent-based cleaners.
  3. You may need more than chemicals. Some parts require mechanical cleaning methods along with the proper solutions. These can include high-pressure sprays, agitating the chemical bath, or rotating the basket within a cleaning chamber.
  4. Ultrasound can help. In some cases cleaning is aided by ultra-high sound frequencies that produce thousands of tiny bubbles that implode when they strike the surface of a part. The energy released gently removes contaminants from the part.
  5. Best performed in a vacuum. Vacuuming air out of the cleaning chamber serves 2 purposes: (1) It protects the parts from airborne contaminants, and (2) it removes air pockets from the complex part features to allow the solvents to clean more effectively.
  6. How safe is solvent cleaning? It’s no secret that solvents are harmful to workers and the environment. That’s why they are strictly regulated in many states. To clean safely and effectively with solvent-based chemicals requires a special kind of cleaning apparatus.
  7. Versatility is the key. The ideal parts washer operates in a sealed chamber using hydrocarbons or modified alcohol-based solutions that are internally recycled through a distillation process, and combines spraying, immersion, submerged jets, ultrasonic and vapor cleaning options applied either statically or with oscillation or rotation added.
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Video Shows How Efficient & Versatile a Swiss-Type Lathe Can be with the Right Peripherals

December 18, 2013

latheLong rods and shafts that require multiple operations can be efficiently machined on one Swiss-type lathe – if part of a well thought out work cell. Gosiger High Volume department met this challenge as demonstrated in this brief video of a customer installation.

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Are You Prepared if Violence Erupts in Your Workplace?

December 17, 2013

Workplace violence is not a subject we like to think about and, in a simpler time, was seldom on our radar. However as recent events demonstrate all too clearly, acts of violence in schools, malls, theatres, other public places and, yes, in workplaces is on the rise.

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How Safe is Your Workplace?

November 28, 2013

While we all want our employees to be safe in the workplace, the fact is there were close to 3 million reports of nonfatal injuries reported to OSHA last year. Over 900,000 cases involved days away from work. FEMA reports that in 2011 there were 85,400 non-residential fires in the U.S. that caused 80 deaths and 1,100 injuries. The dollar loss from these fires amounted to $2,435,700,000.

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4 Ways High Performing CNC Machine Shops Get That Way

November 26, 2013

ResearchFor the third year, Gardner Research conducted an in-depth study of CNC machine shops to better understand the reasons some companies perform better in terms of income, profit and growth. The study focused on 4 keys to success:

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Service Tip: CNC Machine Preventative Maintenance Pays big Dividends

November 21, 2013

MaintenanceGosiger encourages all customers to have in place a comprehensive Planned Preventative Maintenance Plan for all of the equipment in their shop. By performing the regular inspections and service that every machine requires, you can avoid unnecessary downtime, lost production, late deliveries and expensive machine repairs.

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Technology Showcase Presents the Latest Productivity Tools for CNC Machine Shops

November 19, 2013

2013 Tech ShowFrom December 10 – 12, 2013 Gosiger's partner, Okuma, will present the latest technology tools and strategies to help CNC machine shops maximize productivity and profitability.

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Complex Shaft Machining, Including Hobbing, Now 75% More Efficient

November 19, 2013

militaryRecently a customer asked Gosiger to help reduce the cost of machining complex pump shafts it produces for military and other applications. The CNC machine shop was using 5 machine tools to perform 14 operations on the workpiece, including turning, drilling, milling and hobbing. This required multiple setups, programming, machining cycles, and movement of the part between the 5 machines.

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7 Steps Towards an Educated Workforce

November 14, 2013

describe the imageIn the world of CNC machining we tend to think of employee training as beginning and ending with “how to” lessons relating to specific machining functions. In fact, companies should be thinking in broader terms and promoting continuous education. Here are 7 suggestions to help you shape an employee education program that works for your business:

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Gosiger Automation Video Demonstrates Improved Loading & Unloading Process

November 12, 2013

RobotIt’s no secret that using robots to handle large, heavy, unwieldy parts reduces production time and eliminates many worker safety issues. However even a basic loading and unloading scenario, like the one in this video, requires much more than simply placing a robot arm in front of a machine tool. Gosiger Automation specializes in thinking through the entire manufacturing process to integrate all of the components necessary to achieve optimum productivity.

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5 Ways the Bad Guys Can Hurt Your Business

November 7, 2013

SaxIt’s challenging enough to run a successful CNC machine shop these days without worrying about people trying to steal from you. Unfortunately, it’s a reality we all must face. Certainly, there have always been thieves and con artists, however today’s technologies and the rapid pace of business provide new opportunities for them to get hold of your hard earned dollars. Following are 5 of the most common scams aimed at businesses of all sizes and what you can do to keep the scammers’ fingers out of your pocket.

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Okuma APP Aids CNC Machine Maintenance

November 5, 2013

describe the imageDayton OH – Okuma machine tool distributor and automation systems developer Gosiger, Inc. recommends a new, free APP from Okuma that alerts machine users when routine maintenance is required. If properly used, the Scheduled Maintenance APP helps keep machines operating at peak efficiency and reduces downtime and workflow interruptions.

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7 Reasons Why the Boss Needs to Walk the Shop Floor

October 29, 2013

bdamonOwners and managers of CNC machine shops are typically hands on people. They often get started by running jobs themselves, and some never stop. As the business grows, however, many get bogged down in administrative duties, meeting with customers (extremely important), and putting out fires. All of which may keep them from spending time on the production floor.

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5 Hints for Using a Parts Book

October 24, 2013

SopuesAll machine tools and peripheral equipment come with instruction manuals and parts books. These days they may be electronic files in place of or in addition to paper books. The electronic versions are particularly handy as they are easier to store and find. Plus you can usually use them on your PC, laptop, tablet, or other mobile device.

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Reaching Out to the Next Generation of CNC Machine Operators

October 22, 2013

CECAR ClimateEcosystemsChangeAdaptationRDespite improvements in the overall economy, unemployment in the U.S. remains higher than desirable. Even so there are CNC machine shops that can’t find qualified candidates for available jobs. One reason is that experienced machine operators who are capable of working with today’s advanced manufacturing equipment are hard to find. Another is that many young people have a misconception of what working in a modern manufacturing facility is like. Worse yet, those who have an interest may not have the opportunity to gain experience with today’s sophisticated CNC machine tools and, therefore, are less desirable new hires.

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4 Reasons You Could Lose Good Employees

October 17, 2013

woodleywonderworksAccording to a recent survey by Monster.com, nearly half of the employees who responded say they are unhappy in their current jobs and 81% plan to look for a new job this year. That’s a frightening statistic for employers who are likely unaware that they have disgruntled employees.

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7 Facts About Dual Column (Bridge-Type) CNC Machines

October 15, 2013

describe the imageDating back to the time when all machine tools were operated manually and part tolerances were more forgiving, the “C” machine design was the industry standard. When CNC came along, dimensional tolerances tightened and manufacturers demanded faster spindle speeds to deal with harder-to-machine alloys, the inherent performance problems with the “C” design became obvious. We asked Jim Endsley, Product Specialist Machining Centers for Okuma, to explain why the company moved from “C” designs to the current double column or bridge design. Here are the facts Jim shared with us:

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New, Affordable, Programmable Peripherals Interface Saves Okuma CNC Users Time & Money

October 10, 2013

describe the imageDayton, OH – Machine Tool Distributor and Automation Systems Integrator Gosiger, Inc. has developed a new product to enable Okuma CNC machine users to seamlessly integrate a variety of peripheral devices such as bar feeders, high-pressure coolant systems, hydraulically activated fixtures and steady rests through one interface to the machine’s OSP 200 and above control.

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Yeah, Gosiger Has an App For That

October 8, 2013
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Remote Offset APP Demonstrated in New Gosiger Video

October 3, 2013

describe the imageGosiger Controls Specialist Jon Weaver shot this video of a Remote Offset application developed for a Gosiger machining cell customer. Using the Okuma Application Program Interface (API) that enables programmers to create Windows®-based APPs for the Okuma OSP operating system, this program provides the cell operators an easy way to adjust tool offsets from outside the cell.

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7 Reasons You Should Consider a 5-Axis CNC Machine

October 1, 2013

describe the imageFor most manufacturers investing in any CNC machine tool is a major decision, and well it should be. Operating costs continue to rise while competition and customer demands can drive profit margins down. So investing in new equipment is a serious proposition. Yet sometimes, in an effort to keep the initial investment to a minimum, some shops fail to see the bigger picture. Take 5-axis CNC machining centers for example. Some shops see 5-axis as overkill based on the way they’ve always operated. Yet there are many substantial reasons why investing in a 5-axis machine may be the most cost-effective move you can make. Here are 7 of them:

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Service Tip: 7 Things You Need to Know About Gibs, and Why You Should Care

September 30, 2013

Here are 7 things to keep in mind about gibs:CNC machine gib

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7 Things You Should Know About CNC Machine Motors

September 26, 2013

HorsepowerMost of us first heard the term “horsepower” when we became interested in motor vehicles. As youngsters, the concept was pretty simple: More horsepower meant faster cars. That was before we learned about the other factors that affect automobile performance such as torque and RPM.

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7 Ways to Make Your Employees More Productive

September 24, 2013

EmployeeManagers and owners of CNC machine shops are always striving for greater productivity through new techniques and technologies. It’s true that more capable machine tools and automating certain functions are keys to improving performance. However, even the most advanced manufacturing facilities need talented, committed people to make the most of these tools. So how do you keep your employees motivated?

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7 Reasons CNC Manufacturers Should Perform Background Checks

September 19, 2013
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See How 1 Call Center Speeds up Technical Service

September 17, 2013

Dayton, OH – When a CNC machine shop customer needs parts, technical service, or simply a question answered, they want it handled right now. None of us have much patience when a machine is down or when we need information to keep production moving. That’s why over the past few years Dayton, Ohio based CNC machine tool distributor and automation integrator Gosiger, Inc. has refined its ability to respond to customer phone calls by using Internet Protocol (IP) technology and a new customer response model.

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See How this Robot Uses IRVision to “See” & Load Automated CNC Machining Center

September 12, 2013

describe the imageThis video shows how a Fanuc M-20iA six-axis industrial robot equipped with an IRVision system locates, picks up and loads parts into an Okuma Multus B-300 CNC machining center.

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5 Reasons to Invest in a Horizontal Machining Center

September 10, 2013

investChange is often difficult. We tend to get comfortable in the way we’ve always done things. Then there’s the fear of making a bad decision, which can cloud our judgment. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages when expanding or upgrading your CNC machine capabilities.

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7 Ways to Reduce Tool Wear

September 5, 2013

WornToolsCNC machine cutting tools are perishable by nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to prolong the life of your cutting tools. Not only are the tools, themselves, an expense but replacing worn tools can interrupt production and add labor costs. Not replacing worn tools in a timely manner can also impact the quality of a workpiece.

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Hiring Foreign Workers? What Are Your Legal Responsibilities?

September 3, 2013

CourtroomAs the U.S. economy continues to improve, CNC manufacturers are attempting to add to their workforce. Some of the individuals showing up for these jobs are foreign-born. As we are all aware from the ongoing debates in Washington over immigration reform, there are many unauthorized workers in this country.

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CNC Machine Shops Tell Their Stories to Okuma

August 29, 2013

StoryDayton, OH – Earlier this year Gosiger, Inc. OEM partner, Okuma America Corporation, extended an invitation to users of its CNC machines to “Tell Your Okuma Story.” The CNC machine shops were asked to submit a brief description of their success stories and best practices for consideration to be included in “Go Beyond” video productions to be placed on the Okuma Web site.

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How to Step Up Your CNC Game for Under $100,000

August 27, 2013

describe the imageThe economy is improving but with competition the way it is these days, no CNC machine shop – regardless of size – can afford to stand still. To take your business to the next level you need to invest in quality, high-performing machine tools – without going broke. That’s why, for a limited time, Gosiger is making it possible to step up to an Okuma Genos L300-MY Turning Center for only $99,900.

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Latest CNC Machining Technology & Great German Beer: GosigerFest 2013

August 22, 2013
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CNC machining is a serious business, whether you’re turning out high-volume brass fittings or high-precision, titanium aerospace components. But who says you can’t have a little fun along with your hard work? That’s the essence of GosigerFest, held September 25 & 26 2013 at Gosiger’s headquarters in Dayton, Ohio.

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How to Hire the Right Salesperson For Your CNC Shop

August 20, 2013

HunterDo you need a salesperson to help drive and grow your CNC machining business? It’s a tricky question because there are so many variables that come into play, not the least of which is the fact that salespeople are additional overhead until they start producing.

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