For many manufacturers, the first step in a machining operation is to square off the blanks before moving on to machining part features. Keeping the workpieces in a production line as similar as possible is vital, as variances in dimensions can lead to machining errors or automation failures. This is a time-consuming, but necessary process that ensures precision machining can take place. But squaring blanks can also be a bottleneck that demands valuable machining time and slows down throughput. More.