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Hurco Combines CNC Machine with 3D Printer



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

8/13/2014

IMTS 2014 will see the debut of a new technology from Hurco Companies Inc. (Indianapolis) that combines 3D printing and CNC milling.The adapter allows Hurco machine tools to conduct 3D plastic printing directly on the machine tool without the need for a separate 3D printer. Full Article

Viewpoints: Think About IMTS 2020 Before You Attend IMTS 2014



Scott Walker, President, Mitsui Seiki USA Inc.

8/1/2014

IMTS is the manufacturing world’s “big box” superstore. For those attending, knowing your objectives in advance is wise. Before you prepare your IMTS 2014 “must see” list, I suggest asking yourself and your team: “What do we want to be working on five years from now? What types of parts? What industries? What technologies do we want in place by then? What do we want our factory floor to look like? How will we manage all the data?” Full Article

Glued & Screwed



Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

8/1/2014

In many ways Command Technology (Baltimore, MD) has always been like any other thriving contract manufacturer: Dozens of CNC machining centers, excellent QC, and a good team. But twenty years ago, Command’s founder and owner, George Braswell, challenged himself to create a capability that would set the company apart. Ironically (for a machine shop), the answer relied on glue and a torque screwdriver. Full Article

Searching Toolboxes for the Right Solution



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2014

Suppliers of advanced tooling and workholding solutions are an innovative lot who like doing nothing better than trying to one-up the competition on behalf of their customers. That involves paying careful attention to where the opportunities for advanced technologies lie and how to expand their offerings of products and services. Full Article

Strausak, a Subsidiary of Rollomatic Holding, Has Returned to the USA



Press Release - Strausak

8/1/2014

Strausak AG, Lohn-Ammannsegg, Switzerland decided to open a subsidiary in Mundelein, IL and incorporate in the state of Illinois as of July 1st, 2014. Hank Ecker, previously regional sales manager of Rollomatic Inc, has assumed the responsibility of Strausak Inc. as its president. Rollomatic Holding, LeLanderon, Switzerland acquired Strausak in 2011. Full Article

Tech Front: Research Team Develops New Ultralight, Ultrastiff Additive Materials



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

8/1/2014

A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL; Livermore, CA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) has developed a new material for additive manufacturing processes that is as dense and light as an aerogel, but has 10,000 times more stiffness. This material is described in the researchers’ paper published in a June 20 article in the journal Science. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: Workshops for Warriors Expands Training



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

8/1/2014

Workshops for Warriors is a nonprofit organization in San Diego, CA, that provides free training and certification in advanced manufacturing techniques to US veterans. Recently, it has expanded its curriculum to include training in state-of-the-art Amada CNC laser and Flow CNC waterjet cutting.  Hernan Luis y Prado founded Workshops for Warriors in 2010. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Precision Tooling has Never Been Valued More



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2014

“Demand for precision tooling has never been higher and valued more, especially since the last recession when manufacturers made significant investments in improving their productivity with advanced technology,” said Tim Fara, president, Bilz Co. Inc. (Lombard, IL). Full Article

IMTS 2014: Spindles Hold Sway, but Multifunction on the Way



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2014

Is there really anything conventional about CNC metalcutting machine technology these days? To the lists of high-tech machines that include vertical, horizontal, universal, single-spindle, multiple spindle milling, turning, five-axis and multitasking machines, you can now add multifunction for machines that combine the new wave of additive processes, or 3D printing, to traditional subtractive machining. Full Article

Gary Norville to Retire from Messer Cutting Systems, Inc.



Press Release - Messer Cutting Systems

8/1/2014

Gary Norville started at Messer Cuttings Systems Inc. in September 1980 selling and installing cutting machines. During Gary’s career with Messer, he worked in many different departments gaining vast knowledge of the company working his way up the corporate ladder. Gary became President and CEO of Messer in 2007 and his last day is August 29, 2014. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Solutions for Machining Clean, Green and Fast



Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

8/1/2014

Whether you’re milling, grinding, eroding, lasing, or using any of the other manufacturing disciplines represented at IMTS, it’s a safe bet you rely on the technology displayed in the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental pavilion. Not just “use,” but RELY on. As in, if you screw up on these, your shop shuts down. Full Article

IMTS 2014: A New Layer of Interest in Fabricating/Laser Pavilion



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

8/1/2014

Located in the North Building, the fabricating, laser and additive pavilion will be one of the biggest draws at IMTS, with the addition of 3D printing technologies that allow layer-by-layer manufacturing with more materials than ever.This pavilion features a variety of major players in the fabricating, laser and growing additive arenas. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Somewhat Unique, Always Challenging



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

8/1/2014

Gears are a somewhat unique product, said Alan R. Finegan, director, marketing, Gleason Corp. (Rochester, NY), however, “the processes used to produce them are still metalworking processes. Changes in gear making are likely to mirror those in the broader metalworking industry. Like many industries, gear manufacturing is a very mature industry and changes tend to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.” Full Article

Sandvik Supports the Hurco Chipmaker Challenge with Tooling Prize



Press Release - Hurco Companies Inc.

7/31/2014

Hurco announced today that Sandvik Coromant will donate $1,000 worth of tooling to the champion of the Chipmaker Challenge, a contest designed to highlight manufacturing entrepreneurism, which will be held at the International Manufacturing Technology Show Tuesday (IMTS), Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Hurco booth (S-8619). Full Article

New Enhanced Big Bore Series of Tsudakoma Rotary Tables



Koma Precision

7/10/2014

KOMA Precision, Inc. introduces a new improved line of extra-large center bore, dual disc hydraulic clamping rotary tables from Tsudakoma, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality, precision rotary tables. Like all Tsudakoma rotary tables, RCB Series has the proprietary dual lead worm gear system with ultra-precision cross roller bearings. Full Article

Shop Solutions -- Making the Grade: New Solutions Make Precision Products More Competitive



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/9/2014

Precision Products Inc. had a reputation to uphold. Known for machining a wide variety of quality components in a very efficient manner, the company is successful because it never rests on its laurels. Management continuously searches for new ways to optimize their processes, fine-tune their operation and stay on top of current trends. But after purchasing a new machine and earning a contract for components machined in stainless steel, owner and engineer Bruce Palmer was no longer in his comfort zone and needed external support. Full Article

Rem Sales to Introduce Several New Machine Tools at IMTS 2014



Press Release

7/8/2014

Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami machine tools, announced today the details of its IMTS 2014 technology display, which features four new machines that have never been displayed at an IMTS.Rem Sales will unveil its new Tsugami S206-II with IMG 400LS Laser Cutting System, which combines 6-axis Swiss machining with laser cutting on one machine. Full Article

Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. Begins Phase II of Expansion Project



Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.

7/2/2014

Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. will officially break ground Tuesday, July 15, at 10:30 on Phase II of its expansion project. It involves a 30,000 square foot addition to its West Third Street facility which includes research and development space, training areas, offices, and cafeteria space. The addition is expected to cost $15.1 million. Full Article

Toyoda Increases Prescence in West, Southwest with New Distribution



Toyoda Machinery

7/2/2014

Toyoda Machinery USA is pleased to introduce the following companies to its distribution network for the West Coast and Southwest regions: LMI Machinery, Inc.; HS&S Machine Tool and Metrology; North South Machinery; and D&R Machinery, LLC. All distributors will be carrying the full Toyoda line of horizontal and vertical machining centers, grinding machines, bridge- and gantry-type mills, and vertical turning lathes. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Auto Tranny Gear Can't Beat Automated Brush Deburring



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2014

HHI Forging, the largest supplier of forged and forged/machined steel components in North America, produces wheel-end, transmission, drivetrain, and steering and suspension components for such transportation industry customers as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, and Harley-Davidson. Full Article

Solutions Come in Many Sizes and Shapes



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2014

Manufacturers want to make parts and hit their schedules with a minimum of problems. Job shops, in particular, have their own need for a great deal of flexibility, enabling them to switch from one job to another with the minimum of wasted time. For medium volume, high mix production, manufacturers can benefit from the latest automation on multipallet single machines or in multiple machine cells. Full Article

UpFront: Celebrating Young People in STEM



Sarah A. Webster

7/1/2014

It’s usually not a good idea to say you have a favorite child, but I’m going to do it anyway here: Our July issue, focused on workforce development, is easily one of my favorites. Inside, you’ll find our second annual list of 30 Under 30 honorees. It’s so heartening and uplifting to read about all the excitement young people have around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)—fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in advanced manufacturing. Full Article

Quality Scan: Using More Effective Coolant Application to Improve Grinding Quality



John A. Webster

7/1/2014

Unlike machining processes such as milling and turning, grinding wheels do not present a defined cutting edge to the chip-forming contact zone. Full Article

Methods Machine Tools Gets Aggressive on West Coast



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

6/26/2014

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.—a leading supplier, developer and service provider of precision machine tools—launched its new location in Greater Los Angeles this week with a two-day open house and a traditional sake-barrel smashing celebration. Jamie Hanson, Director of Corporate Development at Methods, said the opening marked a critical stage of the company’s West Coast expansion, which also included launching an all-new facility in San Leandro in May. . Full Article

ExOne to Open Combined Production Service Center and Machine Sales Center in Italy



The ExOne Company

6/19/2014

The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE) ("ExOne" or "the Company"), a global provider of three-dimensional ("3D") printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced today the planned opening of a new combined Production Service Center (“PSC”) and Machine Sales Center in the Lombardy region of Italy on or about August 1, 2014.  Said Omar, most recently ExOne’s European Sales Director, will be ExOne Italy’s Managing Director. Full Article

Keeping Energy Production in High Gear



Joel Neidig, Technology Manager, ITAMCO

6/16/2014

Worldwide demand for energy is growing. Fortunately, so too is the technology for producing energy. This is where the gear—that humble mechanical cogwheel that quietly goes about its job of rotating and delivering torque to various pieces of machinery—has an important role to play. Full Article

BIG M 2014: Why Manufacturers Ought to be Institutionalized



Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor

6/12/2014

National Network of Manufacturing Institutes leaders answer questions at The Big M event Full Article

RAPID 2014: EOS Launches the EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) System



Press Release From EOS

6/10/2014

EOS, the technology and market leader in design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM), will be exhibiting again at RAPID, June 10 – 12, 2014, held this year in Detroit. At Booth 1210, the company will be displaying its brand-new EOS M 290 system, the successor to the established and market-leading EOSINT M 280, designed for the tool-free production of high-quality serial components, spare parts and prototypes. Full Article

Mats Ceder Named President of DE-STA-CO



Press Release From DE-STA-CO

6/9/2014

DE-STA-CO, the world’s leading manufacturer of positioning and holding equipment, welcomes Mats Ceder as president, effective June 10, 2014. Ceder succeeds John Podczerwinski, who announced his retirement after leading DE-STA-CO through three years of record earnings since joining the company in 2011.  Full Article

STUDER S11 Cylindrical Grinder Wins Advanced Manufacturing Award



Press Release - UNITED GRINDING

6/3/2014

At the recent global MACH 2014 manufacturing technology exhibition in Birmingham, England, Metal Working Production magazine awarded Fritz Studer AG the gold medal in the "Best Grinding/Finishing Equipment" category for the S11 production cylindrical grinding machine. In conjunction with the exhibition, the manufacturing trade publication presents its MWP Advanced Manufacturing Awards for innovative products in every aspect of metalworking engineering and production. Full Article

A Revolution in Gear Manufacturing



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

6/1/2014

With demand for precision gears big and small growing across a wide swath of industries, along with the economy, new innovations in gear production technology are changing the way some manufacturing minds think about making gears in the first place, which hasn’t substantially changed in decades. Full Article

Machine Builders Dig Deep into Their Bag of Tricks



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2014

The challenge for manufacturing today is to meet the demand for tighter tolerances, better finishes, and shorter leadtimes for workpieces—all at a lower cost. Grinding results have always seemed to depend on the skill of operators who were privy to the mysteries described as some mythical “black art.” Full Article

Quality Scan: Track Your Pipes—From the Cradle to the Grave



Ivan Winkler, CWI, Senior Manager, Field Operations North America, TUV Rheinland Industrial Solutions

6/1/2014

Across the US, miles of piping are being placed and replaced due to new fracking projects. If structural integrity of pipes is compromised during manufacture, storage, delivery or installation, it may result in coating damage, which in turn will lead to pipe corrosion, causing gas leaks. This can increase project costs down the road and even endanger safety and health of personnel, the public and environment. Full Article

Keeping Automated Manufacturing on Track



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

6/1/2014

Automation systems are much more than just using robots to weld, cut or finish components. Today’s part-handling automation choices are expanding, with new or enhanced robotic and non-robotic material-handling solutions that can improve cycle times, optimize factory floor space and help lower overall manufacturing costs. Full Article

Medical Metrology Finds the Best Fit



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

5/1/2014

Finding the best fit of device to part is especially significant for metrology companies with a diverse portfolio. That is the case for Mitutoyo (Aurora, IL), according to Allen Cius, their vision optics manager. The company offers over 6000 products, from hand calipers to horizontal arm CMMs that can measure objects the size of whole car bodies. Mitutoyo metrology capital equipment systems fit within three basic families of products: vision-based systems, form measurement machines, and CMMs. Full Article

New Technology in CNC Automatic Lathes Drives Higher Productivity



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

5/1/2014

You don’t have to look too hard to find a Swiss-style CNC automatic lathe to productively machine precision parts for medical devices. Parts are typically 12–20" (305–508-mm) long, with length-to-diameter ratios of 12–15×, and machined from bar from 10 to 32-mm diameter. Outlier sizes down to 3 mm and up to 38 mm and even larger are available for specialized applications.  Full Article

Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC Receives Crystal Award for Excellence



Cleaning Technologies Group

4/23/2014

Barney Bosse, CEO of Cleaning Technologies Group, accepted the Crystal Award for Excellence from Ohio’s Edison Technology Centers on March 27, 2014. The presentation was made by its Edison Centers Director Council during a luncheon held at the Ohio Statehouse and attended by state legislators and executives from other innovative companies. Full Article

Flexible Modular Automation System From GF Machining Solutions



GF Machining Solutions

4/23/2014

GF Machining Solutions has announced the System 3R TRANSFORMER, a modular automation system designed to integrate with a wide variety of technologies. With TRANSFORMER, manufacturers can begin by simply automating a single machine and then easily expand to include up to 12 machines within the cell. A TRANSFORMER cell accommodates a wide range of machining technologies and allows components from different manufacturers to be included within the same call. Full Article

Is an Automotive Tooling Capacity Gap Looming?



Laurie Harbour, President and CEO, Harbour Results Inc.

4/1/2014

Will there be a significant gap in automotive tooling capacity within the next five years? If so, how will this affect reshoring or the demand that other industries, such as appliance, aerospace and consumer products, are placing on the automotive tool supplier base? These are the important issues that Harbour Results Inc. (HRI) investigated in its latest research. With HRI’s years of experience in automotive tooling it seemed obvious when looking at the data that there could be a problem but this needed validation. Full Article

Connecting the Digital World with the Factory Floor



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

4/1/2014

The classic manufacturing conundrum is how to make products quicker, cheaper, and better. Product lifecycle management (PLM) software attempts to help manufacturers answer that question with an approach that enables builders to produce higher-quality parts with improved designs that are more easily manufactured at competitive prices, all while drastically compressing the design-to-manufacturing cycle to beat the competition to market. Full Article

Viewpoints: Manufacturing is the New IT Career



Carlos Cardoso, Kennametal Chairman, President and CEO

4/1/2014

Like many of our nation’s citizens, a career in manufacturing made it possible for me to live the American Dream. Full Article

Additive Joins Subtractive on Advanced All-in-One Machines



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2014

The path of precision machining has taken a decidedly unexpected change in direction. Yes, machining centers, in their various configurations of horizontal, vertical, and universal, continue to hold their preeminent positions in shops for their ability to create value-added benefits to individual workpieces or parts in serial production. Full Article

KT Engineering Thinks Ahead



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

3/1/2014

Visitors to KT Engineering (Rancho Dominguez, CA) find a clean and orderly manufacturing area with an undercurrent of purpose-driven energy: CNC machinists clearly know the nuances of the equipment and the minutia of their tasks. Engineers walk briskly carrying SPC reports, slight furrows at their brows—countenances of concentration. Assemblers work adroitly, handling freshly finished parts with care. Machine tools buzz, coolant splashing their interior windows. All the elements—place, procedure, people, production—pulsate. Full Article

Viewpoints: Advanced Manufacturing Tools Pave Way for Reshoring



Brian Papke, President, Mazak Corp.

3/1/2014

After years of decline, the percentage of the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) represented by manufacturing has turned positive and is forecasted to continue in an upward direction. Industrial companies continue to bring work back to this country, and most experts foresee the trend will run well into the next decade. Reshoring is a tremendous boon for the United States, but once American manufacturers bring these products back from overseas, they realize they must significantly increase their efficiency to remain competitive. Full Article

The Aerospace Precision-Machining Race



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

3/1/2014

That huge backlog of aircraft being recorded by the global giants Boeing and Airbus, along with a lengthening list of regional aircraft, is stretching the supply chain’s capabilities to machine the newest difficult-to-machine materials. Components must rotate faster, run hotter, and burn cleaner for new jet engine designs that are claimed to be 20% more fuel-efficient. Engines and designs that are structurally lighter are being developed, using advanced materials that challenge existing manufacturing processes. Full Article

Laser Welding Applications Expand



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

3/1/2014

Lasers for welding have proven their worth in the last 35 years in select applications. Despite their high capital cost, the precise, intense heat source makes lasers the right choice where there are tight tolerances, close fit-ups, and thin materials. These are applications where lasers produce less distortion, with their smaller heat-affected zone (HAZ) around the weld. Full Article

On the Ball at Beaver Aerospace



Sarah A. Webster, Editor in Chief

2/1/2014

Beaver Aerospace & Defense Inc. (Livonia, MI), maker of precision ballscrews, ball splines and complete electromechanical actuation systems, demonstrates the importance of investing in new machines—not just for current production, but as a business strategy to win new orders. A supplier to the commercial and military aerospace and defense industry, Beaver is an FAA-certified repair station, FAA-Approved Parts & Components supplier and award-winning supplier to high-caliber OEMs. Full Article

WEISS North America Announces Key Hires



WEISS North America

1/30/2014

Industry leading specialist for rotary tables and automation WEISS North America, Inc. (Willoughby, OH), is anticipating an aggressive product growth trajectory to coincide with its planned 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility expansion by the end of 2014. Full Article

Koma Precision Introduces New Advanced Tool Presetter Models 66B / 68B



Koma Precision Inc.

1/9/2014

 Elbo Controlli, a worldwide leader in presetting solutions distributed through Koma Precision, Inc., is continuing its advancement into the tool management market with a new generation of tool presetters.   The newly designed 66B and 68B are tailored specifically to customer’s requirements of a powerful tool measuring system at a price point that no other solution can match. Full Article

Koma Precision, Inc Introduces a New Series of Tsudakoma Rotary Tables



Koma Precision Inc.

1/8/2014

KOMA Precision, Inc. introduces a new line of high accuracy, high rigidity, energy saving and zero maintenance rotary tables from Tsudakoma, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality, precision rotary tables.   Full Article



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