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Plastic Composite Routers from SGS Tool Company



Press Release - SGS Tool Company

8/28/2014

SGS Tool Company, a leader in solid carbide cutting tool manufacturing, has added a new Plastic Composite Router (PCR) to its high performance offering. The new Series 29 PCR product line is specifically designed for machine routing glass reinforced composite materials, such as fiberglass and G10, as well as most other common plastic and non‐metallic materials. 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

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

ARCH Global Precision Announces the Acquisition of Voisard Tool



Press Release - ARCH Global Precision

8/1/2014

ARCH Global Precision, a Strength Capital Partners platform company that is focused on precision machined components and precision cutting tools has acquired Voisard Tool (“Voisard”) located in Russia, Ohio from Gene and Pam Voisard. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Quick-Change Tooling Primes Pump Production



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2014

Long job changeover times and setup scrap constantly hindered drive-shaft machining operations at Bosch Rexroth Corporation’s drives and controls plant in Fountain Inn, SC. The shop desperately needed to reduce setup scrap and the almost 60 minutes of downtime that occurred every time it switched from one hydraulic pump drive-shaft job to the next on its twin-spindle/twin-turret turning machines. Full Article

Okuma and Boeing to Present Discussion and Demonstration of STEP-NC ISO Standard During IMTS 2014



Press Release - Okuma America

7/31/2014

During the upcoming IMTS 2014 show and the Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (TRAM) Conference, Boeing and Okuma will share their experiences in technology leadership with a new implementation of the STEP-NC ISO standard. Comparative titanium cutting shown every day at 11:00 a.m. in the Okuma booth, S-8500 to demonstrate programming efficiencies. 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

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

US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 2.1% in April



AMT & USCTI

6/11/2014

April U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $175 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 2.1 percent from March’s total and down 3.3 percent from April 2013. 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

Kaiser Tool Company's THINBIT Celebrates 50th Birthday



Kaiser Tool Company

4/25/2014

Fifty years is a long time for any company and is particularly amazing for a small manufacturing company.  The idea of THINBIT® grooving tools, its start in a garage and attic and its subsequent growth to where it is today is a wonderful story.  A story that speaks of the tenacity of its founders, William and Hazel Kaiser, and the hard work and resilience of its people throughout these past fifty years. Full Article

Vise Accessories from Kurt Manufacturing Company



Kurt Manufacturing Company

4/25/2014

Kurt’s broad line of vise accessories, including its 3-in-one jaw plates, vise handle hangers, sine parallels, and groove lock, add versatility to workholding setups and improve productivity. Full Article

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in February



AMT--The Association for Manufacturing Technology

4/14/2014

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 6.6% from January and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013. 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

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

United Grinding North America Names Terry Derrico as New President and CEO



United Grinding North America

3/24/2014

United Grinding North America, Inc. today announced that current President and CEO, Rodger Pinney, has been elected as vice chairmanof the company’s board of directors in conjunction with his planned retirement on April 1, 2014. Terry Derrico will join United Grinding North America, Inc. as its new president and CEO and assume complete responsibility for leading the company’s strategic, tactical, operational, and administrative functions in North America. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 14.5% in January



USCTI and AMT

3/14/2014

January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $158 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 14.5 percent from December’s total and down 10.6 percent from January 2013. Full Article

MFH-Raptor High Feed Milling Cutter with Anti-Vibration Design



Kyocera Industrial Cermanics Corp.

3/6/2014

Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation, Cutting Tool Division today introduced its new MFH-Raptor High Feed Milling Cutter, which features an anti-vibration design for increased productivity in ramping and helical milling at high speeds.The MFH-Raptor offers a variety of cutting options with three different inserts designed specifically to enhance general milling; to support large depth-of-cut operations (up to 5mm), and to provide a wiper edge for roughing and finishing, even in low-horsepower machining centers. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: You're Hired--Apprenticeships Can Reinvigorate Workforce



Chris Kaiser, President and CEO, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.

3/1/2014

It may seem that no stone has been left unturned in the ongoing push to bridge the skills gap in American manufacturing. As an industry, manufacturing has devoted concerted efforts towards countering misconceptions, building inroads with technical colleges and general recruitment. And while there have been high-value, public victories in changing these perceptions, the fact remains that manufacturing jobs remain unfilled while thousands of Americans, lacking the correct set of skills, are seeking work. Full Article

Manufacturing Technology Orders End 2013 on Strong Note



AMT--The Association for Manufacturing Technology

2/10/2014

December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $491.89 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 9.9% from November and up 11.8% when compared with the total of $439.90 million reported for December 2012. Full Article

Quick-Change Five-Axis Workholding Systems Keep Spindles Turning



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

2/1/2014

With five-axis machines continuing to grow in popularity, given their more accessible prices and programming software, demand has also grown for modular workholding systems specifically built for these machines that can be changed out quickly and deliver reliable, accurate fixturing job after job.Several leading workholding providers have developed all new five-axis workholding systems that deliver just that. Full Article

Bilsing Carbon Fiber Master Boom Meets GM World Tool Standards



Bilsing Automation

1/30/2014

Bilsing Automation has announced that it offers Carbon Fiber(CF) Master Booms that meet dimensional specification and standards as set by General Motors for its World Tool Boom. Full Article

Sandvik Coromant Teams with Star SU for Gear Milling



Sandvik Coromant & Star SU

1/15/2014

Sandvik Coromant, the world’s leading producer of cutting tools for the metal cutting industry, has teamed up with Star SU on an extended basis. Beginning as an authorized OEM agent, and now a national channel partner with Sandvik Coromant for Gear Milling tools, Star SU is a top industry provider of gear related tools and milling cutters in the Americas. Full Article

November Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 0.6% From October



AMT--The Assocation for Manufacturing Technology

1/13/2014

November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $437.79 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 0.6% from October and up 20.7% when compared with the total of $362.63 million reported for November 2012. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Down 16.6% in November



AMT & USCTI

1/8/2014

November U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $156 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 16.6 percent from October’s total and down 7.0 percent from November 2012. Full Article

Using Digital Tools to Optimize Your Cutting Tools



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2014

Significant advances in tooling materials, design and operation, combined with an array of constantly improving computer-driven tools, are helping the manufacturing industry keep pace with demands for improved productivity and efficiency. In addition to cloud-based computer-aided design and manufacturing software (CAD/CAM), new digital tools, and linkages to those tools, are being developed all the time. Full Article

SD-SP15 New T-Slot Cutters with a Unique Spline Connection



ISCAR Press Release

12/17/2013

ISCAR is introducing the SD-SP15, a new family of narrow slotting and groove milling cutters, featuring 1.25” diameter milling heads with 8 teeth in a width range of .125 - .250” for maximum depth of cut up to .315”.   Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 13.1% in October



AMT & USCTI

12/11/2013

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 13.1 percent from September’s total but down 5.8 percent from October 2012. Full Article

Collets for Hydromat Rotary Transfer Machines



Hardinge Inc.

11/21/2013

Hardinge Inc. (Elmira, NY) manufactures a complete line of collets for Hydromat rotary transfer machines to help you fully meet your high quality production needs. Hydromat collets are manufactured to rigid specifications including material, heat treatment and accuracy for the high-production environment. Full Article

QuickFlex® System from WTO Saves Money Up Front--and Over Time



WTO USA

10/24/2013

The perfect combination: ER collet chuck and Quick Change system in one toolholder. Full Article

Siemens and KUKA Announce Cooperation



Siemens and KUKA Roboter GmbH

9/20/2013

Siemens Drive Technologies Division and KUKA Roboter GmbH have announced comprehensive cooperation at EMO in Hanover. The central pillar of the cooperation is integration of KUKA robots and Siemens CNC solutions for loading machine tools. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Off 8.2% Through June



The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI)

8/14/2013

June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $155 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 6.6 percent from May and down 12.8 percent from the June 2012 level of $195 million. Full Article

Four Partners Join Komet Service Program



Senior Editor James Sawyer

5/29/2013

The Komet Service program for North America that was announced at IMTS 2012 is bearing fruit. Two partners already have been brought on board and two more companies soon will become part of the program, one in June and the other in July. Full Article

To Swiss or Not to Swiss?



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

5/1/2013


Choices lead to machining solutions for most small complex parts Full Article

Rego-Fix: Swiss-Made Precision Toolholding



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

4/9/2013

The three sons of the late Fritz Weber lead the next chapter for Rego-Fix, the fast-growing Swiss precision toolholding manufacturer   Full Article

Seco Relocates Custom Tooling Division to HQ in Troy, MI



Seco Tools

3/29/2013

Seco Tools recently announced that it will close its Lenoir City, TN, custom tooling unit facility and relocate it to its North American headquarters in Troy, MI.  Full Article

Komet Names First Service Partner



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

2/14/2013

Cutting tool developer Komet of America Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has named CountyLine Tool (East Peoria, IL) as its first North American Komet Service licensed partner, providing customers with tool refurbishment services as well as Komet brand standard and made-to-order solid carbide tools. Full Article

Agility Delivers Workholding Dollars



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2013

Quick change (QC), zero point clamping, modular vises and clamping devices are just some of the buzzwords one hears in the workholding world. Typically stated objectives are reduction in setup time and downtime, increased spindle utilization, and flexibility to match requirements of automation and increasingly popular five-axis machining.  Full Article

Coatings Targeted to Specific Materials



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2013

Steel, cast iron, heat-resistant alloys head the list for PVD, CVD coatings Full Article

Toolholders that Grip, Lock and Raise the Bar



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

1/1/2013

The toolholding industry is launching new systems for gripping, clamping and locking, as well as deadening vibrations. It's also expanding its toolholder lineup, going ever bigger for applications in the energy, machinery and heavy-duty transportation markets and ever smaller for medical and aerospace parts.
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Seco Tools Wins Workforce Honor



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

10/26/2012

I had the pleasure of visiting the North American headquarters of Sweden-based Seco Tools and its technical center in Troy last week. Seco opened its bright and modern 81,000-square-foot building in suburban Metro Detroit in July of 2008 – right before the US financial markets tanked and the global economy plunged into the Great Recession.     Full Article

Tooling Up for Better Energy Management



10/25/2012

Manufacturer of crash-management components finds itself in better shape after getting a handle on tool consumption.

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Walter Plants a Tree, Opens its Technology Center



Senior Editor James Lorincz

10/5/2012

The inauguration of Walter North America’s technology center at its manufacturing complex in Waukesha, Wisconsin, marked an important milestone in the company’s continuing growth from the company’s inception 12 years ago. Full Article

Materials Test Tooling Smarts



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

9/1/2012

Which came first the machine tool to cut the most advanced, difficult-to-machine materials, or the cutters, toolholders, fixturing, and chip evacuation coolant systems required to apply the power and precision required in chipmaking? The answer is as elusive, it seems, as that to the fabled query about the chicken and the egg. Full Article

Open the IMTS Toolbox



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

8/1/2012

Real competitiveness in traditional material removal processes begins where a tool is held to meet a fixtured workpiece. One or the other or both are moving, turning, indexing, or profiling, often simultaneously. Making the right selection of tooling and workholding including cutting tool, substrate, coating, geometry, as well as toolholder, toolchanger and ancillary coolant delivery and chip removal systems for the material application is critical to optimizing process performance. Full Article

It's Manufacturing's Turn in the Spotlight



Senior Editor James D. Sawyer

7/1/2012

The Great Recession was not kind to manufacturing, but the industry has bounced back in fine fashion. It grew a phenomenal 91% from 2009 to 2010 and an impressive 66% from 2010 to 2011. Thus far this year manufacturing has grown 20%—beating forecasts. Full Article

From Odd Shapes to Superhard Materials: Advancing Technology



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

5/1/2012

If it uses grit and takes off material, we’re probably in it," says Harlen Gibbs, operations manager, Minnesota Grinding (Crystal, MN), and he means that quite literally. If you add the word "true" to Gibbs’ characterization, you would be describing the precision machining possible with the latest advances in grinding technology. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Texas-Sized Tools for Oil Patch Jobs



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

5/1/2012

Parts used in the oil drilling business for the Oil Patch are tough and large with hardness of Rc 36–40 with diameters to 40" (1016 mm), lengths to 220" (5.6 m), and weighing up to 2 t. They require equally tough, rigid, highly flexible machine tools to deal with them. Some shops with the right tools thrive on the challenge of machining these workpieces. Full Article

Simulating Manufacturing Processes



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

4/1/2012

With today’s complex multitasking machine tools, simulations of manufacturing processes are becoming much more pervasive, both in metalcutting operations simulated with the latest NC simulation and verification packages and at a more macro level through highly realistic 3-D plant-floor visualization systems.  Full Article

Small Parts, Smaller Features



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2012

The emergence of micro-cutting tools for industrial applications is a more recent evolution of a class of cutting tools that trace their popularity back more than a half century to use for drilling printed circuit (PC) boards. End mills and, more recently, thread mills have expanded the traditional reach of micro-cutting tools in dental, medical, and aerospace applications. Full Article



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