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Machinists' Ready Reference
10th edition

Compiled by C. Weingartner

The same great book made even greater with enhanced readability and expanded content! Durable and easy-to-read book provides the essential procedures, charts, tables (including expanded trig tables), and formulas used by machinists, toolmakers, mechanical engineers, and designers. Handy 4-1/4" x 6" book is spiral bound to lie flat when open.

The book's 11 sections cover:

  • Mathematical Information
  • Drills
  • Tapers
  • Screws, Threads, and Fasteners
  • Milling, Shaping, and Turning
  • Gears
  • Weights, Gages, and Tolerances
  • Tool Steels and Other Metals
  • Metric Information
  • Reading Shop Prints
  • Supplementary Information

ISBN: 978-0-9703398-5-0
352 pages; 4-1/2" x 6"; spiral bound
(For large quantity discounts, call Matt, 734-975-2800, x300.)

Machinists’ Ready Reference Contents

I. Mathematical Information

  • Rules for Common Fractions
  • Decimal Equivalents of 8ths, 16ths, 32nds, 64ths of an Inch
  • Formulas for Circles ad Spheres
  • Properties of the Circle
  • Angle at Center and Length of Chord for Spacing Off the Circumference of a Circle
  • Coordinate Constants from Outside
  • Coordinate Constants from Center
  • Area and Measurement of Plane Geometric Figures
  • Distance Across Corners of Hexagons and Squares in Inches/Millimeters
  • Tables of Squares and Square Roots
  • The Sine Bar
  • Gage Block Information (Inch Dimensions)
  • Metric Gage Blocks
  • Angle Gage Blocks
  • Pin Measurements for Gibs
  • Constants for Calculating Gibs and Dovetails with Common Angles and Standard Pins
  • Pin Measurements for Dovetails and Inside Cavities
  • Different Methods of Expressing Plane Angles
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Bend Allowances
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Formulas for Finding Functions of Angles
  • Formulas for Right Triangles and Oblique Triangles
  • Tables of Trigonometric Functions

II. Drills

  • Drill Nomenclature
  • Grinding of Twist Drills
  • Common Drill Troubles and Causes
  • Drill Reconditioning
  • Decimal Equivalents of Number and Letter Size Drills
  • High Speed Steel Tool Data
  • Metric Size Drills with Decimal Inch Equivalents
  • Tables of Cutting Speeds—Metric Size Drills; Fraction Size Drills; Letter Size Drills; Number Size Drills
  • Drilling Speeds for High Speed Drills

III. Tapers

  • Metric Taper Pins
  • Diameter of Taper Pin at Small End and Drill Sizes
  • Milling Machine Arbor Tapers
  • Milling Machine Spindle Tapers
  • American National Standard Tapers
  • Brown and Sharpe Tapers
  • Morse Tapers
  • Formulas for Figuring Tapers and Tailstock Offset
  • Amount of Taper for Lengths up to 24 Inches
  • Amount of Taper for Lengths up to 600 mm
  • Percentage of Tapers and Corresponding Angles
  • Tapers per Foot and Corresponding Angles

IV. Screws, Threads, Fasteners

  • Basic Thread Dimensions and Tap Drill Sizes
  • Basic Thread Shapes—Notations and Formulas
  • Constants for Finding Pitch Diameter and Root Diameter of Screw Threads
  • Pitch Diameter Limits for Class ll Screws and Nuts
  • Metric Thread Series—Comparison Chart
  • Thread Forms
  • Formulas and Chart for Finding Tap Drill Sizes—Metric
  • Measuring Metric Threads by Three-Wire Method
  • Measuring Standard Threads by Three-Wire Method
  • American National Pipe Thread Dimensions
  • Counterbore Sizes for Cap Screws and Machine Screws
  • ASTM, SAE and ISO Grade Markings & Mechanical Properties for Steel Fasteners

V. Milling, Shaping, Turning

  • Plain and Differential Indexing
  • Speed and Feed Calculations for Milling Cutters and Other Rotating Tools
  • Feeds and Speeds for Milling
  • Sharpening Milling Cutters
  • Clearance Tables—Straight and Cup Wheels
  • Shaper Tool Shapes
  • Shaper Cutting Speeds
  • Application of Lathe Tools
  • Spindle Speeds in R. P. M. for Turning and Boring
  • Cutting Speeds in Surface Feet per Minute
  • Cutting Speeds and Tool Angles for Non-Ferrous Materials
  • Cemented Carbide Cutting Tools
  • Lubricants for Cutting Tools
  • Grindability Charts
  • Standard Marking System Chart for Grinding Wheels
  • Diamond and Cubic Boron Nitride Marking System Chart
  • Nomograph Method for Calculating Speeds Required to Machine Steel with Carbides

VI. Gears

  • Gear Tooth Dimensions
  • Involute Gear Cutters for Teeth of Gears
  • Rules and Formulas for Spur Gear Calculations
  • Conversion to Metric Gear Design
  • Rules and Formulas for Spur Gear Calculations—Metric Module Standard
  • Diametral Pitch/Module Gear Equivalents
  • Rules and Formulas for Worm Gear Calculations (Solid Type)
  • Rules and Formulas for Worm Wheel Calculations
  • Rules and Formulas for Helical Gear Calculations
  • Rules and Formulas for Bevel Gear Calculations

VII. Weights, Gages, Tolerances

  • Weights of Round and Square Steel Bars per Lineal Foot
  • U.S. Standard Sheet Metal Gage Numbers with Approximate Thickness and Weights
  • Standard Wire Gages
  • Standard Keyways and Collar Diameters
  • Keyway Formulas
  • Woodruff Keys
  • International Standard Preferred Metric Limits and Fits

VIII. Tool Steels and Other Metals

  • Basic Numbering System for Steels
  • Tool Steel Classifications
  • General Properties of Tool Steels
  • Carbon Content of Carbon Steels for Different Uses
  • Hardening of Carbon Tool Steel
  • Tempering or Drawing of Hardened Steel
  • High-Speed Steels
  • Iron and Steel Definitions
  • High Temperatures Judged by Color & Colors for Tempering
  • Hardness Conversion Table
  • Unified Numbering System for Metals and Alloys

IX. Metric Information

  • Metric Measures
  • Rules for Rounding Off Numbers
  • Conversion Charts—Inches to Millimeters
  • Conversion Charts—Millimeters to Inches
  • Conversion Charts—Decimal Fractions of Inches to Millimeters with Drill Numbers or Letters
  • Decimal Inch Equivalents of Millimeters and Fractions of Millimeters
  • Reading Metric Micrometers
  • How to Read Vernier with English/Metric Graduations
  • Comparison of Thermometric Scales

X. Reading Shop Prints

  • Reading Engineering Drawings and Shop Prints
  • Standard Line Forms
  • Section Line Symbols
  • Applications of Lines
  • Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Types of Dimensions
  • Terminology of Tolerances and Allowances
  • Modifying Symbols
  • Dimensioning and Datum Symbols
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Feature Control Frame
  • Geometric Characteristic Symbols
  • Application of Feature Control Frames
  • Rules for Geometric Characteristics
  • Surface Texture Specifications
  • Surface Characteristics
  • Roughness Average of Different Processes
  • Lay Symbols
  • Surface Texture Symbols and Construction

XI. Supplementary Information

  • Handy Multipliers for Machinists and Engineers
  • Ohm’s Law—Direct Current and Alternating Current
  • Miscellaneous Machine-Shop Formulas
  • Index

Properties and Uses of Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals
By H. C. Kazanas

This book is designed for educators and students involved in metal trades including toolmaking, diemaking, drafting, Machines Trades Education, sheet-metal work, and  welding.

 It covers such areas as nonferrous metals and alloys; production of irons and steels; tool steels; heating, quenching, and tempering; annealing and aging; surface hardening and plating; and testing of metals. Instructor's guide is also available.

ISBN: 0-911168-39-7
112 pages; 6" x 9"; paperback

Instructor's Guide: ISBN: 0-911168-40-0

Winning Ways:
Best Practices
in Work-Based Learning

Edited by Albert J. Pautler, Jr., and Deborah M. Buffamanti

Students who participate in work-based learning apply and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquire in school. They learn the value of good work habits, practice essential interpersonal skills, and find school more relevant to their real-life needs. At the community college level, participating students are more likely than others to complete their studies, to graduate with lower school-related debt, and to find permanent employment after graduation. Winning Ways presents the surest routes to career success, as described by 25 highly regarded educators, public policy experts, and industrial trainers.

Winning Ways: Best Practices in Work-Based Learning

  • examines the effects of recent changes in technology, the nature of work, and the economy on workforce education.
  • covers specific types of work-based learning, including internships, apprenticeships, tech prep, co-op education, and on-the-job training.
  • discusses supporting curricula at the middle school, high school, and community college levels.
  • provides industry's view on employers' needs and effective training methods.
  • describes training philosophy and practices at successful companies.

Contents by chapter:

  • Education and Work: The Choices We Face
  • Growth Patterns in Workplace Training
  • Best Practices in the Second Chance System
  • Human Capital and the New Economy
  • An Emerging Perspective on Policies for American Work and Education for the Year 2000: Choices We Face
  • Corporate Training in America
  • Diversity Training Makes JCPenney a Special Place to Work
  • Learning at Hewlett-Packard
  • Creating a Culture of Learning at Rich Products Corporation
  • The Bank of Montreal Institute For Learning
  • Evaluation of Corporate Training Programs
  • Quality Learning: A Cooperative Venture in Control and Responsibility
  • Reengineering Schools for a High Performance Economy
  • Improving School-to-Work Transition of American Adolescents
  • Developing Best Practices in Middle Level and High School Vocational/Career/Occupational Programs
  • Basic Academic and Vocational Skills Required of Employees with Only a High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeships and Community Colleges: Linkages in America's Defense
  • Youth Apprenticeship in the United States: Transmission or Transformation of the German Apprenticeship System
  • Postsecondary Technical Education: The Proprietary Sector
  • Best Practices for Work-Based Learning in Community Colleges
  • Essential Information for Community College Faculty

Editor Albert J. Pautler, Jr., is a professor of education at SUNY-Buffalo and a consultant to many organizations.

ISBN: 0-911168-94-X
240 pages; 7" x 10"; paperback

Managing the Occupational Education Laboratory
Revised Edition
By George Storm

Details on the most effective and efficient methods of lab management.

Contents include selecting equipment and supplies, facilities planning, material control, maintenance, record keeping, preparing budgets, organizing personnel, orienting students, and serving adult and special-needs students. A valuable resource for all vocational educators.

ISBN: 0-911168-84-2
216 pages; 7" x 10"; paperback

Workforce Preparation:
An International Perspective

Edited by Dennis R. Herschbach and Clifton P. Campbell

In this important book, 20 leaders in workforce/vocational education and training from around the world detail how different countries are reforming their schools and workplaces to strengthen employment-related education.

Dennis R. Herschbach is the coordinator of the Comparative and International Studies program in the Department of Education Policy, Planning and Administration, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park.

Contents by chapter:

Part I: Policy Perspectives on Workforce Preparation

  • Planning, Efficiency, and Equity: A Conceptual Framework
  • Women, Education, and Training: Old Challenges in a New Age
  • Education and Training Partnerships: An Enabling Framework
  • Education, Training, and the Economy
  • Workforce Certification
  • Financing Workforce Preparation Programs

Part 2: Case Studies of Selected Country Practices

  • Vocational Education and Training in the Nordic Countries
  • Germany’s Vocational Training/Apprenticeship System
  • Vocational Education and Training Practices in the Netherlands
  • Vocational Education and Training Policies and Practices in the United Kingdom
  • A Social Partnership: The European Union and Irish Vocational Education and Training
  • National Vocational Training Agencies: The Latin American Model
  • Combining School and Work: New Pathways for Learning in Australia
  • How the Japanese Prepare for Work
  • Maximizing Human Potential and the Process of Economic Growth in Singapore
  • Vocational and Technical Education in a Transitional Economy: A Case Study of Laos

280 pages; 7" x 10"

Paperback (ISBN 0-911168-97-4):

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HS to Employ

High School to Employment Transition
Edited by Albert J. Pautler, Jr.

Leading educators and public policy experts address the transition to work for students who will not graduate from a four-year college. Research on students’ experiences, employers’ needs, and government policies are covered. Also analysis of successful programs and suggestions for improving students’ transitions.

ISBN: 0-911168-88-5
284 pages; 7" × 10"; paperback

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Outdoor Power Equipment
Electrical Systems

By William A. Schuster

This book presents a step-by-step introduction to understanding and troubleshooting the electrical systems of lawn and garden equipment powered by small gas and diesel engines.

Coverage ranges from basic electrical theory and circuits through circuit testing, starting and charging systems, and ignitions. Because the author does not rely on extensive use of mathematics to explain electrical theory, a wide range of readers can gain clear understanding of the topic. While components may differ, the theory also applies to other equipment such as motorcycles, snowmobiles, and watercraft.

Appropriate for beginning students through experienced technicians.

ISBN: 1-57074-262-6
140 pages; 8-1/2" x 11"; paperback

Workforce Education Issues for the New Century
Edited by Albert J. Pautler, Jr.

This book presents expert views and advice for creating successful career and technical education programs nationwide. Prominent educators address curriculum content and design, teacher education, federal legislation, and research results and priorities. Fields covered include career and technical education, vocational education, school-to-work, tech prep, and technology education.

Workforce Education: Issues for the New Century also

  • provides methods for improving and promoting the field
  • discusses ways to effectively integrate academic and vocational education
  • describes successful techniques for student recruitment
  • details the best practices of successful programs

Editor Albert J. Pautler, Jr., is a professor of education at the State University of New York-Buffalo and consultant to many organizations.

Contents by chapter:

Part 1: Background

  • Vocational Education: Past, Present, and Future
  • A Philosophic View for Seeing the Past of Vocational Education and Envisioning the Future of Workforce Education: Pragmatism Revisited
  • Legislative Review of Workforce Education Legislation
  • Career & Technical Education: Basic Concepts and Current Status
  • Career & Technical Education: The Foundation for School to Work

Part 2: Career Development

  • Overview of Career Development Theory
  • Elementary- and Middle-Level Career-Development Issues
  • High School Career Development Issues
  • Career Development for All

Part 3: Program Areas

  • The Tech Prep Associate Degree Program
  • Issues in Technology Education Related to the Evolution of the Field
  • High School Vocational Education: Facing an Uncertain Future
  • Postsecondary Workforce Education
  • Reclaiming a Lost Legacy: Integration of Academic and Vocational Education

Part 4: Special Topics

  • Vocational Teacher Education
  • Curriculum Issues
  • Gender Equity in Workforce Education
  • A Canadian Perspective on Vocational Education and Training
  • Trends and Issues in Workforce Education for Special Populations

Part 5: Future Perspectives

  • Research Priorities and Needs in Vocational Education
  • Future Perspectives in Workforce Education
  • The Transition from School to Careers

ISBN 0-911168-95-8
296 pages; 7" x 10"; paperback