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a cog in the machine

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the machine anymore!
See also: cog, machine

a small cog in a large machine

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a small cog in a large machine anymore!
See also: cog, large, machine, small

a small cog in a large wheel

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a small cog in a large wheel anymore!
See also: cog, large, small, wheel

cog in the machine

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the machine anymore!
See also: cog, machine

cog in the wheel

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the wheel anymore!
See also: cog, wheel

cog in the wheel

Also, cog in the machine. One who holds a minor but necessary post in a large organization, as in Frank knew he was just a cog in the wheel of this giant corporation. This term alludes to the role of the mechanical cog, one of the teeth on a wheel or gear that, by engaging other teeth, transmits or receives motion. Used figuratively since about 1930, it sometimes is put as small cog in a large wheel, emphasizing a person's lack of importance.
See also: cog, wheel

sex-machine

n. a sexually promising person; a person obsessed with sex. Heidi looks like such a sex-machine, but she is a real wallflower.
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Will entering the machining business allow it to achieve strong revenue growth, rack up brilliant ROIs, or save a flagging metalcasting business?
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in the lab's opinion, something had changed in the machining process to cause the problem.
Bremen's cell consists of a Mazak VTC-20B vertical machining center, a Mazak horizontal HTC400 machining center, a Marr Orbit rotary basket parts washer and a Mitutoyo Bright 504 CNC coordinate measuring machine (CMM).
In other words, if it is possible to produce parts much more quickly--in one time study on an aluminum steering knuckle, the job required 143 seconds with machining centers and could be done in 45 seconds with three LTC six-spindle machines integrated with a rotary part transfer device--then the investment may be well spent, Benz adds, "Our machines are used where labor costs are high.
In 1995, its value-added machining and assembly was at full swing.
3-hp (continuous) motor that drives the spindle to 40,000 rpm, this machine is designed for small-parts machining.
For very large or single parts, the entire model is digitized to generate machining programs for a CNC machining center, as well as the graphite mill and EDM machine.
aerospace manufacturer for three Power Flow machining systems.
For example, consider the nature of machining in the aerospace industry.
Traditionally, casting customers with low volume casting requirements or pre-production research and development projects have avoided investment casting because of the long lead time between patternmaking and machining, plus the high cost of tooling necessary to produce the pattern in wax.
Manufacturers looking to replace under utilized VTLs or to reduce set up and fixture costs will find an affordable solution in Cincinnati Machine's multi-tasking H5 GEMINEX(TM) machine series, its newest generation H5, 5-axis horizontal machining centers.
The beauty of this process, Dove explains, is that there is the ability to actually create mass customized parts as needed much more quickly than could be attained through traditional machining operations, to say nothing of the fact that the geometries that can be realized (e.
Cincinnati Machine products include composites processing equipment, profilers, routers, and five-axis CNC machining centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers and turning centers.