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    We have both. We had/have a programming cell on...

    We have both. We had/have a programming cell on the shop floor and Engineering/Programming in an office. The machinists who program in CAM software do that in the cell on the floor where as the...
  2. Learning to be a GOOD operator, then good setup...

    Learning to be a GOOD operator, then good setup person, then programmer would be a much more natural progression. A good setup guy can easily make what you have as a wage goal, but they are not easy...
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    What he said. I have a spreadsheet I created to...

    What he said. I have a spreadsheet I created to help with that internally, but you still need a machining background or you can get whatever numbers you like. I think it would be best for you to...
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    Somewhere I have a picture of a Kuka robot...

    Somewhere I have a picture of a Kuka robot holding a mailbox in a small town in Iowa.
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    Most Okuma Mills will not have conversational...

    Most Okuma Mills will not have conversational software on them like you are used too. It will need G-code to run the machine. The M560/460 machines are good machines. We have two of the M560s, one 3...
  6. I think it is RegoFix

    I think it is RegoFix
  7. We use Chick 1550 vises on our HMC's and they...

    We use Chick 1550 vises on our HMC's and they perform great. The only thing I dislike are the costly Monoblock soft jaws and fixture plates. I have not been happy with the Kurt dual station vises...
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    I bought the cheap "Northern Tool" auto darkening...

    I bought the cheap "Northern Tool" auto darkening helmet 3 years ago for $40 or $50 and it is still working great. The only thing that would make me spend more is to get one with a "grinding" mode so...
  9. We have gotten spindle and table probes on the...

    We have gotten spindle and table probes on the last 5 mills and don't plan on getting machines without them. Running tool break detect in cycle and verifying part location are helpful even during...
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    Deadly, the issue is that his machine does not...

    Deadly, the issue is that his machine does not have the option to use Okumas spindle speed variation.
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    There are gauges on CNC grinders that can measure...

    There are gauges on CNC grinders that can measure while it is grinding to the .0001. We have a machine and robot and the robot checks the parts on a gauge (bore with a few tenths tolerance)
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    tool=# is just because he has a different version...

    tool=# is just because he has a different version of the ATC macro. The one I use is G116 T# Q3
  13. I have had that happen before also and the only...

    I have had that happen before also and the only thing that makes sense is that the insert seat is sprung.
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    I needed a drill chuck for a drill press at home...

    I needed a drill chuck for a drill press at home and ended up buying a Shars keyless drill chuck (I think 5/8" capacity) for around $40. It is very well made. I was VERY shocked at the great fit and...
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    And at $400 a week I would try and find cheaper...

    And at $400 a week I would try and find cheaper rent. $1000 a month in rent when you only make $1600 is going to not be all that easy I am thinking.Once you realize everything else you need to pay...
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    You could do it by creating a loop that you use a...

    You could do it by creating a loop that you use a variable to exit:
    NTHRD

    (Threading portion of program)

    IF[V1 EQ 123]NTHRD

    You then set common variable 1 to 123 to get it to loop. Once you...
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    I plug in a mouse a lot when I am doing things on...

    I plug in a mouse a lot when I am doing things on the windows side of the control. A unit like this can be useful also:...
  18. I have used an added monitor when I was doing...

    I have used an added monitor when I was doing demos or training on new machines but not for everyday use. The things i could see it being useful for would be to have a print, data collection...
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    I used Mueller gauges or tools like this in the...

    I used Mueller gauges or tools like this in the past:
    http://www.auto-met.com/fowler/pdf/316.pdf
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    A little late but I have turned cam type profiles...

    A little late but I have turned cam type profiles on machines where I programmed it like I was cutting it in a 4th on a mill and then used that code to drive the turning tool. You end up with a low...
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    Nice find Dew! If you get them let me know what...

    Nice find Dew! If you get them let me know what you think. If it fits a P200 it should also work on the 15" P300 control
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    We just get the ones from Okuma. A little...

    We just get the ones from Okuma. A little expensive though.
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    I worked as an AE for a machine tool distributor...

    I worked as an AE for a machine tool distributor for some time. It was great job in most ways as long as you have the right attitude. I would do ride alongs with the sales team, machine...
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    I used MasterCam to program a B-Axis Mill/Turn...

    I used MasterCam to program a B-Axis Mill/Turn and I can/could make it do what I needed. We did relatively complex parts on it. If you have a lower turret though, even with the new "Mill/Turn" module...
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    There are many machines out there running using...

    There are many machines out there running using just spare M codes to control the robot. Not nearly as clean of an install, but it does work. You do not get all the different feedback and control...
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