In-house or Outsourcing: What are the Plusses & Minuses?
When does it make sense to outsource certain manufacturing operations, and when is it better to do everything in your own CNC shop?
How to Protect Part Surface Finish During Unloading
If surface finish of machined parts is important to your customers, a vacuum unloader may be the answer.
5 Facts About Short Loader Bar Feeders
Common misconceptions about short loader bar feeders include appropriate bar stock length and limits on bar profile. Read more about the facts.
How To Keep Chip Debris Out Of Your CNC Machine Sump
Even tiny chip particles that find their way into the machine tool sump can create problems. LNS ChipBLASTER has a solution.
Shared Data Between Bar Feeder & CNC Enables Lights-Out Production of Mixed Parts
How this manufacturer of precision punches and dies used IIoT connectivity to make profitable low volume/high mix production possible.
5 Places to Find Your Next Machine Operator
Looking for your next machine operator can be frustrating. Finding a talented individual and investing in training may be your smartest move.
How to Load Bar Stock Diameters from Less than 1 mm to 120 mm
There are limits to the range of bar stock diameters that any individual bar feeder can accommodate.
More High Performing CNC Shops Are Adopting Automation
Contract and job shops are finding that robots are not the only way to automate production and improve performance.
You Don’t Need High-Volume Production to Save Time & Money with Automatic Bar Feeders
Even if you don’t crank out high volumes of parts, automatic bar feeders can make your shop more productive and profitable.
Next Generation Chip Conveyor Hinge Belts Accommodate Higher Horsepower CNC Machines
As CNC machines continue to evolve, so do the critical elements of LNS Turbo chip conveyors.
How to Reduce Tool Wear & Coolant Costs with Bag-less Filtration
Cyclonic separation is the secret behind removing particles as small as 2 microns from machine tool coolant, while eliminating the cost of filter bags.
Building Safety Into Automatic Bar Feeders
How optimizing CNC machine performance and providing a safe workplace can go hand-in-hand.
5 Ways to Retain Machinists and other Key Employees
It’s a challenge to find qualified manufacturing personnel. It’s also expensive. That’s why it pays to invest in keeping the talent you have.
How to Resolve Bird Nest Chip Problems in Heavy-Duty Machining Applications
Machining oil and gas drilling components and other heavy-duty applications can cause chip bottlenecks. Read more on how to solve the problem.
How One CNC Shop Reduced Labor Hours from 168 to Just 4
Rethinking a manufacturing process to achieve unattended operation enabled an automotive parts supplier to beat the competition.
Why Continuous Education Matters & What to do About it
When it comes to training employees, “one-and-done” doesn’t apply. "Read more" about some tips on maintaining a knowledgeable workforce.
Why a CNC Shop Switched to an Automatic, Spindle-Length Bar Feeder
Loading 3” diameter, 280 lb., 12-foot bar stock was challenging, but is machining spindle-length bars cost-effective?
How this CNC Shop Uses Ethernet Connectivity to Satisfy Customer Demands
When a customer’s Lean Manufacturing program strained this shop’s capacity, the solution was an Ethernet communications system-equipped bar feeder.
Stop at the One-Stop IMTS 2018 Booth to Optimize CNC Machine Performance
Only in IMTS booth # 338586 (South Hall) will you find the industry’s broadest line of productivity enhancing CNC machine peripherals.
Why Invest In A Filtering Chip Conveyor?
Multi-function CNC machines provide flexibility for meeting customer demands. Filtering chip conveyors let them operate at peak efficiency.
See Real Time Ethernet Connectivity Demos at IMTS 2018
LNS e-Connect Ethernet communications system enables lights-out operation, reduces material waste and more.
Removing Waste Oil From Coolant Protects Machine Operator Health
Waste oil that accumulates in coolant tanks causes health problems and increases coolant cost.
What to Look for in a Steady Rest
There’s more to effective workholding using a steady rest device than you may think.
3 Chip Conveyor Accessories that Conquer Challenging Applications
Standard hinge belt chip conveyors may need help with certain machining applications. Read more about accessories that make a world of difference.
Is it Time to Revisit Apprenticeships?
Having difficulty finding qualified employees? Maybe it’s time to take a step back.
Quick and Easy Changeovers and Other Adjustments Demonstrated on the GT 326-E Bar Feeder
LNS “how to” videos demonstrate 4 important, yet easy-to-perform functions of the GT 326-E automatic magazine bar feeder.
Bar Feeding Tip: Are You Using the Right Collet Chuck?
The wrong collet chuck can create feeding problems for servo-drive equipped bar feeders. Read more on what you need to know.
5 Steps To A Perfect Bar Feeder Installation
Getting a new bar feeder up and running shouldn’t be a hassle. Read more on what you need to know for a pain-free experience.
Consider A Military Veteran For Your Next CNC Shop Employee
If you find it difficult to find talented employees in a tight job market, consider reaching out to returning military personnel.
3 Keys For Matching A Chip Conveyor To Your Machining Requirements
Reliable chip conveyors come in a variety of styles, including magnetic, standard hinge belt, coolant filtering and fully automated, factory-wide 3D systems. Each type has its place in today’s manufacturing environment and will do its job well so long as it is properly aligned with your machining processes.
“How to” Bar Feeder Videos Demonstrate Easy Ways to Optimize Productivity
A series of brief videos explain how to easily use 4 key features of Express 220 S2 and 332 S2 automatic magazine bar feeders.
7 Ways Any Size CNC Shop Can Make More Money With Automation
Contrary to what some may think, automation is not just for high-volume production. In fact, many smaller CNC shops find that automating their manufacturing process not only reduces labor and material costs, but also provides the versatility and flexibility to take on more complex, higher-paying jobs.
7 Ways LNS Products Respect The Environment While Optimizing Machine Tool Performance
April 22 marks the global event known as Earth Day. During this celebration of the world in which we live, nearly 200 countries promote efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.
Touch Screen Makes Setting End of Bar Quick & Easy
Among the most popular and versatile LNS 12-foot bar feeders are the Hydrobar Express 220 S2 and Hydrobar Express 332 S2. Both models have a number of built-in functions that make setups and changeovers fast and easy to perform.
Straight Talk About Bar Stock and Bar Feeders
Turning bar stock that’s not completely straight can have a negative impact on manufacturing efficiency. For one thing, uneven rotating material oscillates, which creates vibrations that are transmitted to the cutting zone, so you can’t safely operate at optimum spindle speeds.
See How Oil/Coolant Mist Collector Annual Maintenance Takes Less Than 5 Minutes
Just 5 minutes each year keeps your workplace air and surfaces cleaner, safer and healthier.
How Bar Feeders Are Game Changers When Machining Medical Parts And Products
Many CNC shops have found great opportunities in the medical products market using bar feeders to reduce costs and improve quality.
Can Freezing The Cutting Tool Ignite Your CNC Turning Performance?
The concept behind cryogenic machining is that super-cooling a cutting tool enables it to perform more efficiently because it is less affected by heat build-up.
How Bar Feeders Affect The Surface Finish Of Turned Parts
CNC turning and multi-tasking machines are more sophisticated and capable than ever before and, coupled with a bar feeder that provides proper support, can produce parts with exceptional surface finish.
Here's An Easy Way To Optimize Performance And Prolong The Life Of Your Chip Conveyor
All chip conveyors including those from LNS, run better and last longer if you maintain proper belt tension. Like any belt-driven device, the first few months of operation place the greatest wear on a new belt. That’s why it’s important to readjust the belt tension at that time.
What Makes High Performing CNC Shops So Successful?
Higher performing shops believe in using the latest manufacturing technologies to drive growth and profitability.
How Bar Feeders Made Lights-Out Production Possible and Reduced Labor Costs 30%
Implant Direct's production manager explains how the company developed a highly-efficient manufacturing plant that outputs millions of products each year.
Which Type of Chip Conveyor Best Fits Your Production Needs?
Nothing is more frustrating than production grinding to a halt because the chip conveyor can’t handle the load. Bottlenecks, cuttings building up in the work zone and contaminated coolant are just a few of the problems that reduce productivity and can even cause equipment damage.
5 Steps to Improving Your Manufacturing Process
The Value Stream Mapping process is used to improve manufacturing efficiencies and reduce production costs. In essence, it’s an orderly method that identifies labor, time and material wasted in delivering a quality product or service to the customer.
How Automatic Adjustments Speed Bar Feeder Changeovers
The Hydrobar Express 220 S2 and Hydrobar Express 332 S2 like all LNS automatic magazine bar feeders include many design features that make changeovers fast and easy. Click "read more" below to see exactly how complete changeovers take 8 minutes or less.
5 Steps to More Critical Thinking
Whether an employer or employee, a CNC machine programmer or OEM salesperson, your ultimate level of success depends on critical thinking skills.
At Your Service: Easy Front Rest Changeover for Express 220 S2 & Express 332 S2
LNS bar feeders are designed and built for reliability and fast, easy changeovers. The Hydrobar Express 220 S2 and Express 332 S2 front rest changeover video is one of a series of video service tips that walk the viewer through each step of changeover procedures or other actions, in real time.
How a Growing Manufacturing Company Embraces Technology to Stay on Top
An enduring myth about manufacturing is that workers labor in dirty, often unhealthy environments. The fact is, today’s modern manufacturing facilities tend to be neat, clean and ergonomically designed for worker safety.
5 Frequently Asked Questions About Bar Feeders
Not all bar feeders are created equal, nor are the companies that sell them. Read answers to often asked questions about bar feeders.
Does Your Cell Phone Put Your CNC Shop at Risk?
Protecting computer systems and inter-machine communications is vitally important, but your cell phone could be a weak link.
5 Ways to Improve Your Use of Time
We’ve all been there. It’s the end of the workday and – although we’ve been in constant motion – we didn’t get nearly as much done as we’d hoped. It’s frustrating and downright discouraging.
5 Ways to Prepare for Lights-Out Production
Recent advances in bar feeder technology and the growth of inter-machine communications make lights out production for turning applications more attractive and viable than ever before.
See how an LNS Automatic Workholding System Saves Production and Time
A steady rest is often the best solution for machining a workpiece whose length and stiffness makes it difficult to machine without distortion or deflection.
7 Ways a 3D Chip Conveyor Saves Time & Money
Using an automatic, continuous 3D disc-type chip conveyor means never having to empty a chip hopper again.
4 Steps to Resolving Conflicts with Employees, Customers, and Others
Most of us would rather avoid conflict with others whenever possible. However, there are times in our work lives when we find ourselves at odds with a customer, a fellow employee or our higher ups. If we’re not careful, tensions can escalate and we end up in a no-win situation.
5 Myths About American Manufacturing Debunked
Politicians and other special interests regularly bemoan the decline of American manufacturing. Naturally these statements may resonate with someone who has been personally touched by job loss or business failure.
New, Affordable & Compact Solution to Loading Bar Diameters as Small as 0.8 mm
LNS has long been the industry leader for reliably loading very small bar stock. With the new GT 112-E automatic magazine bar feeder, LNS takes the capability to the next level while significantly reducing the required floor space.
How 3D Printers Can Improve Your Metal Cutting Processes
3D models can be a useful tool for refining your manufacturing processes to reduce cost-per-part.
Why Industry 4.0 Matters
It’s more than a buzzword. Industry 4.0 means big changes for manufacturers and manufacturing equipment providers.
Oil/Coolant Mist Collector Technologies: What You Need to Know
The methods oil/coolant mist collectors use to trap airborne particles greatly impact performance. An LNS white paper explains the differences.
7 Ways Today's Bar Feeders Help You Work Smarter
Bar feeders have evolved from simple loading devices into smart machines that enable faster and more cost-effective manufacturing.
The Need for Women in Manufacturing & How to Find Them
Women make up only 29% of the manufacturing workforce. Read more about what you can do to improve the situation.
Interconnectivity Reduces Material & Labor Costs for Family-Owned CNC Shop
A CNC turning machine and LNS bar feeder sharing information enabled this manufacturer to cost-effectively bring a new product to market.
Why You Need a Preventative Maintenance Program & How to Get Started
Want to save money, reduce production delays and keep your machines running longer? Preventative maintenance is the ounce of prevention you need.
5 Questions to Help You Find the Right Chip Conveyor
Choosing the right kind of chip conveyor can mean the difference between worry-free production and constant headaches. Read more on what you need to know.
7 Ways to Find the Right Employee
Throughout the country, manufacturers struggle to find qualified employees. Read more about 7 suggestions for improving your odds.
What is the Real Cost of Owning Manufacturing Equipment?
There’s a big difference between purchase price and total cost of owning CNC machines and accessories. "Read more" on the tips that can help you achieve your best ROI.
3 Manufacturing Trends to Watch
Fads have a short lifespan, but advancements in manufacturing technology that continue to evolve and gain increasing traction are trends that should not be ignored.
7 Reasons to Add a Steady Rest System to Your Turning Machine
There are times when a simple clamping device provides all the support you need to successfully machine a workpiece. However, if you’re not getting the desired results, you may need an automatic work holding system that includes a steady rest.
5 Ways to Motivate Millennial Workers
Born between 1980 and 2000, the Millennial generation was raised in a much different world than were many manufacturing shop owners and supervisors. These generational differences sometimes make it difficult for managers and their Millennial employees to understand each other’s behavior.
Why A Contract CNC Shop Bought 100 Bar Feeders
When you’re a successful machine shop that cranks out high volume, close tolerance parts for medical, automotive and defense industries, you can’t take chances when buying new equipment. That’s why one CNC shop decided to hold auditions for the work cells it needed to fulfill a long-time customer’s new parts order.
4 Ways You Can Keep Machine Operators Safe & Healthy
A healthy workforce reduces absenteeism, helps contain medical costs and boosts morale – which leads to greater productivity. Best of all, you can enjoy these benefits by simply choosing machine tool peripherals designed with worker health and safety in mind
When is a Short Load Bar Feeder Your Best Option?
Short load bar feeders load spindle length bars into the lathe for automatic operations, and are perfect for production lots as small as 20 – 30 parts. The key here is to choose a bar feeder that has quick setup times, ideally in the range of 2 – 3 minutes or less.
See How LNS Improved This Manufacturer's Productivity By 90%
Nilpeter makes six models of flexographic presses in its Cincinnati, OH facility. Each model requires a number of high-precision parts including impression rollers. A typical press has eight impression rollers, and each must be precisely machined to final diameter tolerances of +/- 0.00005”.
Ransomware, Hackers and Scammers – Oh My!
As if we don’t have enough to worry about, Internet related crimes against small to medium size companies – including manufacturing plants – is on the rise.
What is IIoT, And Why Should You Care?
Along with the latest machines and technologies, IMTS 2016 saw a number of examples of how data gathering and communications can play a significant role in improving manufacturing productivity.
Is a 12-Foot Automatic Bar Feeder Your Best Choice?
There are three basic types of automatic bar feeders available:
- Long form bar feeders that load 12-foot bar stock
- Short loaders for spindle length bars
- Six-foot bar loaders.
Each type has its own characteristics and advantages. Choosing the right bar feeder depends on your applications and overall production needs. So when is a 12-foot bar feeder your best choice?