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What you Need to Know About Milling Machines

   This machine has been dubbed one of the most common and one of the most useful pieces of machinery in any industry. Milling machines are a type of machinery that removes material from a workpiece using rotary cutters. This process is called milling, hence the name milling machines. These machines come in many variations with many different purposes, designs, and functionality. They can drill, bore, and cut an array of materials and are useful across a variety of industries. If that is not one of the most useful tools, then we don't know what is.     Milling machines are used to achieve similar results to lathes. There are a few differences, however. Unlike lathes which rotate the workpiece, milling machines hold it still using a vice or fixture. These machines use cylindrical tools such s drills and endmills to remove the unwanted material. Milling machines are usually used on flat surfaces, but on occasion and depending on the workpiece, it can work with some irregular surfac
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Centerless Grinding: What is it?

      Before we had centerless grinding, round parts we needed to manufacture were either ground between centers or by gripping them with a chuck or fixture. Centerless grinding requires nothing like that, instead parts are fed between a grinding wheel and a smaller regulating wheel while resting on an angled workpiece support, which is a blade-like device that sits between the opposing wheels. This kind of grinding is critical for manufacturing high-volume automotive components including valve spools, control rods, camshafts, crankshafts, pistons, sleeves, and rollers. Not only is this kind of grinding important for the automotive industry, but also for the medical and aerospace industries, basically any industry where you need an extremely accurate round object to complete the project you're doing.     There are three forms of centerless grinding and they are through-feed centerless grinding, end-feed centerless grinding, and in-feed centerless grinding.  - In through-feed grindi

The Benefits of Internal Assembling

          It is no secret that many manufacturers have been taking their work overseas because it is cheaper in some cases and they can mass produce what they need to meet their market needs daily. This accounts for a large part of businesses; however, we are starting to see that manufacturing operations can be more cost effective and competitive if they stay in the United States. In this article, we will go over some of the benefits of internal assembly and show you why it may be better for you to keep your manufacturing business right at home.      Companies that have successfully located manufacturing and assembly activity in the U.S. are using foreign trade zones to help improve supply-chain efficiency, reduce costs, and stay compliant with Customs and Border protection. Because FTZ’s are outside of the Customs Territory, the operator may choose to pay the duty rate on the finished product or the part, whatever is cheaper. You can be granted “direct delivery” and “weekly entry” t

What is Stamping and What is it Used For?

               Many manufacturers offer some sort of metal stamping, but what is it and what would it be used for? Stamping is the process of placing any flat sheet metal of your choice in either blank or coil form into a stamping press where a tool and die surface forms the metal into your desired shape. A stamping die is a special tool that cuts and forms sheet metal into its desired shape and are typically made out of special forms of hardened steel called tool steel.  This system is used to make parts to many important products in industries such as aerospace, telecommunications, and agricultural sectors.            One of the biggest advantages of pressing and stamping parts is that you will often be able to complete the fabrication process more quickly. Because the stamping and pressing process moves along very quickly, you are able to get your products within just a few minutes in most cases. Stamping can be used in many different industries based off the needs of the customer

The "O" Word: Let's Talk About Outsourcing

If you’re a customer of Amerascrew , you’ll know that we are proud to produce American-made parts. In fact, our website states, “Don’t go overseas when the quality your business needs is right in your own backyard!” So why do so many companies these days send jobs overseas to manufacture products in warehouses in places like China and India? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of outsourcing. First, manufacturers can find much cheaper labor costs in countries where the living wage is much lower than that of the United States. Avoiding high operating expenses of course means that money is being saved. Second, outsourcing plays a big role in the globalization of a company, and may even create international business allies in developing countries where these jobs are being created. Another benefit of outsourcing is that when so-called “simple” jobs such as assembly are done overseas, the home company can redirect time and energy into the high-dollar administrative tasks or thos

Styles of Automatic Screw Machines

            When you hear the term "automatic screw machine" or the less formal saying of just "screw machine", you may be under the impression that they serve the same function as a screwdriver or drill. This is not the case. Automatic screw machines are essentially lathes used to machine parts for industry or sale. They are capable of threading material, although that is not their sole purpose.      A screw machine is essentially a lathe which rotates a piece of material (i.e., wood, clay, metal) on an axis to perform various operations such as cutting sanding, knurling, drilling deformation, facing or turning. At Amerascrew , our engineers analyze your needs closely to give you the most cost-effective method for your parts.     Automatic screw machines fall into two easily recognizable categories -- Swiss and Turret -- and while they function differently, their output and benefits are more or less the same.      Swiss Screw Machines          Swiss screw machines

How CNC Machining Works

The term CNC stands for 'computer numerical control', and the CNC machining definition is that it is a subtractive manufacturing process which typically employs computerized controls and machine tools to remove layers of material from a stock piece—known as the blank or workpiece—and produces a custom-designed part. This process is suitable for a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, wood, glass, foam, and composites, and finds application in a variety of industries, such as large CNC machining and CNC machining aerospace parts. The automated nature of CNC machining enables the production of high precision and high accuracy, simple parts and the cost-effectiveness when fulfilling one-off and medium-volume production runs. Before the operator runs the CNC program, they must prepare the CNC machine for operation. These preparations include affixing the workpiece directly into the machine, onto machinery spindles, or into machine vices or similar devices, and attach