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    You need to either look into the machines...

    You need to either look into the machines schematic and find where the wires from the foot switch normally used to open/close the chuck are and add a relay contact in parallel with them, or follow...
  2. I never had to dig into the machine to find the...

    I never had to dig into the machine to find the switch. The solution was to go into maintenance mode and manually run through a pallet change. With the pallet lifted up and paused during the rotation...
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    I'm not running that setup, but I've used several...

    I'm not running that setup, but I've used several Fanuc robots as parts tenders for various CNC machines. I've never found the need to buy an interface from a dealer, mostly because they aren't...
  4. OX, The shop where my CNC machines are is 40'...

    OX,

    The shop where my CNC machines are is 40' x 64' with a ceiling 21' tall at the peak. It has an exhaust fan on the peak at one end that I fire up when I really go to town throwing chips. It...
  5. I have more than a sneaky suspician that it isn't...

    I have more than a sneaky suspician that it isn't the bacteria that causes the problems, but the ammonia that is released.

    I'm slowly getting back to work on an incredibly restricted schedule....
  6. I stumbled on this thread and was quite...

    I stumbled on this thread and was quite interested. Last summer, at the suggestion of my coolant supplier, I switched to a popular brand of vegetable based coolant. II use it in all my machines, but...
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    In our case, we use plastic shim stock because it...

    In our case, we use plastic shim stock because it holds up as good as or better than steel, brass, or aluminum shim stock, it's available in a range of thicknesses, and it's easy to laser cut to a...
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    I've had nothing but stellar support from...

    I've had nothing but stellar support from Renishaw. I did get a machine with an older probe once that they no longer supported, and they gave me a smoking good deal trading it for a current probe....
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    We use a product called PractiShim. It's...

    We use a product called PractiShim. It's available in several thicknesses and works incredibly well.

    AccuTrex Prodcuts Inc.
    112 Southpointe Boulevard
    Canonsburg, PA 15317
    (724) 746-4300

    You...
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    On our Kitty horizontal I use standard macros to...

    On our Kitty horizontal I use standard macros to handle the pallet load.
    M71 loads pallet #1
    M72 loads pallet #2

    M71 ensures that pallet #1 is loaded
    M82 ensures that pallet #2 is loaded

    In...
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    HAAS spindle encoders are notorious for going...

    HAAS spindle encoders are notorious for going out. I'm on my 3rd one...
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    If it's a Fanuc control, you have a high speed...

    If it's a Fanuc control, you have a high speed peck drill cycle (G73) and a deep hole peck drilling cycle (G83)

    The retract distance before the next peck is controlled by a parameter (off the top...
  13. Tearing up a spindle is not a warranty issue, so...

    Tearing up a spindle is not a warranty issue, so I wouldn't expect any help from them unless the spindle itself was defective.

    In my case I got off easy. The spindle was reground on site. Frank...
  14. I had a wreck with a VMC a couple years back....

    I had a wreck with a VMC a couple years back. Busted an insert on a facemill going 140IPM, which busted off the other inserts and tried to literally rip the toolholder out of the spindle. The impact...
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    I use monster tool endmills all the time. They...

    I use monster tool endmills all the time. They don't last particularily long, but given that they are priced comparable to a couple decent inserts, I treat them as disposable.

    We do thousands of...
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    You need to program in all the commands (some are...

    You need to program in all the commands (some are hidden and not obvious) in order to make it work. And yes, you can do a manual tool change inside an automatic program, it's simply a matter of...
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    Program it as a manual process inside mazatrol...

    Program it as a manual process inside mazatrol and simply insert the appropriate individual steps using EIA. I used to feed a tool that was to long into the spindle with out Fanuc Roboat that we used...
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    While the lower turret is nice to have, I...

    While the lower turret is nice to have, I specifically ordered mine without it. There is no place to park it out of the way when slug feeding or removing large or awkward parts with an industrial...
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    The amount spent running around getting and...

    The amount spent running around getting and putting back tools is significant. You can really reduce cycle times with a bit of planning.
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    Most people start on the main and transfer to the...

    Most people start on the main and transfer to the sub, simply because when you barfeed, you start on the main.

    For slug fed parts with a lot more operations on the "backside" of the part, it makes...
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    What you modeled in CAD means spit. That's what...

    What you modeled in CAD means spit. That's what size the part should be, assuming your tools cut on center and they are the optimal diameter. A tool that runs out or is a larger diameter will make...
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    If you're mazak runs EIA, you have it made, as...

    If you're mazak runs EIA, you have it made, as you can always just run your existing code as a manual process inside a Mazatrol program. Obviously the tool#'s and variables may need to be changed.
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    Are you doing this manually, or in a probing...

    Are you doing this manually, or in a probing cycle like measure boss or bore? The cycle calls the probe calibration data. Doing it manually may not. I find I'm generally +/- .0005 or better with the...
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    I do parts all day long that are bout 10" x 15"...

    I do parts all day long that are bout 10" x 15" made from 6061 T6. The finish requires them to be machined flat and parallel to +0 /-.0002". It's a simple task. Your step is typically one of a few...
  25. As a shop owner, I can tell you that of all the...

    As a shop owner, I can tell you that of all the customers I have had show up with NDA's for me to sign, and then they want a quote; I have gotten absolutely zero work from them yet spent hundreds of...
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