Hardinge Celebrates 125 Years with Machine Tool Show Expo
By Jim Lorincz
Hardinge Inc. celebrated its 125th anniversary with a Machine Tool Show (HMTS) on May 13 and 14 at its corporate HQ and technology center in Horseheads, NY, featuring Hardinge machine process technologies, including grinding, turning, workholding, and milling. The two-day exhibition displayed a full array of leading Hardinge Group brands, including Hardinge CNC lathes, Bridgeport vertical machining centers, Kellenberger, Jones & Shipman, and USACH grinding machines, and technologically advanced workholding and rotary products.
In addition, 64 technology partners and suppliers exhibited their products and services and technical seminars highlighted developments in machine technology. Leading supplier categories from among the technology partners included grinding wheels, dressers, coolant and coolant management systems, CNC programming, tooling and cutting tools, workholding, shop floor data collection and analysis, gaging, and automation, among others. Exhibitors also included the newest members of the Hardinge Group, Forkardt precision-engineered chucks and Buck Chuck standard manual power chucks. Hardinge is the largest manufacturer of collets, including 5C, 16C, and 20C collets, and Swiss collets for virtually all brands of machines as well as custom-engineered solutions.
Hardinge’s customer base of contract manufacturers and job shops make parts for the widest variety of end-user markets including but not limited to aerospace, agricultural, transportation, consumer goods, electronics, medical, pharmaceutical, energy, and defense. As a result, Hardinge is constantly refining existing machine technologies and introducing new products. For example, new products that will be introduced at IMTS were previewed at HMTS. Included were the Hardinge Conquest H51 Super Precision CNC lathe and the USACH grinders with multiple wheelheads on a turret, which are capable of simultaneous precision OD and ID grinding applications.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation parked its Big Rig semi tractor trailer with CNC and robotic solutions at HMTS for the convenience of visitors. Hardinge is working more closely with Mitsubishi Electric offering its CNC controls as an option on a number of its lines of machines. Hardinge distribution partners, EMEC Machine Tools, Gosiger, Hartwig, and the Morris Group, participated, and Mitsubishi Electric and FANUC America were co-sponsors of the daily luncheons. Valuable door prizes were given away each day.
Published Date : 5/19/2014