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In Taiwan’s Machine-Tool Industry, Contract Workers Do More than Scrape By

Michael C. Anderson, Senior Editor


Contract workers in many businesses in many countries are lower in the pecking order than the full-timers, with lower pay, fewer or no benefits. Not so in Taiwan's "golden circle of manufacturing." In Greater Taichung, skilled—but aging—hand scrapers have become too valuable to be tied to a single company. Dah Lih’s Tim Wen explains.

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EMCO Maier Introduces VT 400 for Production Inverted Vertical Turning



EMCO Maier is expanding its successful line of compact heavy-duty inverted vertical turning machines for production with the Vertical VT400, designed with integrated automation for complete machining of cast or forged chucking parts to 400 mm (15.75 in.) dia.  The VT400 utilizes the machine spindle and chuck to load and unload parts. Full Article

EDM’s Home Field Advantage

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


It used to be that EDM, or electrical discharge machining, was known more for making things that are used to make things, such as molds and dies. Increasingly, EDM is being used to produce final parts. The highly automated process—where electrical discharge sparks are used to cut and shape parts—is viewed as dependable, able to produce quality parts time after time. “A correctly equipped EDM machine has the ability to not only do several EDM processes without operator intervention,” said Bob Ianitelli, president and chief operating officer of Madison Heights, MI-based Belmont Equipment & Technologies. Full Article

CNC Makes Grinder Rebuild Look Easy

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz.


"When ASB Industries called us with a rebuild application for a Mesta Roll Grinder with a 60" [1.5-m] swing and 288" [7.3 m] between centers, we knew we were going to be stepping it up a notch or two on this job,” said Jim Leigh, Pyramid Rebuild & Machine LLC (Tallmadge, OH). As it turns out Barberton, Ohio-based ASB Industries, a leading single-source provider of cold spray and thermal spray industrial coating services, needed the machine for precision pre- and post-machining preparation work for a thermal spray coating process. Full Article

New Technologies Raise the Bar for Abrasive Waterjets

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


As price pressures squeeze manufacturing margins, new abrasive waterjet technologies are enabling job shops to cut components faster and more accurately, getting parts to customers more quickly and lowering overall production costs. The abrasive waterjets boast an ability to cut a very wide array of materials, ranging from thick, hard metals to stone, granite and glass, while leaving no heat-affected zone (HAZ) on the workpiece with this inherently cool manufacturing process. Full Article

Cutting Oil Saves Shop $250K Plus Annually

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Many metalworking shops buy their cutting oils based strictly on price. While this might appear initially attractive on the procurement side, it often leads to a false economy when the total increased costs of tooling, downtime, and scrap, not to mention unhappy operators, are considered. Spending more to use a higher-quality cutting oil can produce a dramatic return on investment, and lower over-all cost per part.  Full Article

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