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5ME and Okuma Join Forces to Demonstrate the Advantages of Aerospace Part Processing Via Cryogenic Machining

Press Release - 5ME and Okuma


Two test facilities – in Michigan and North Carolina – invite aerospace manufacturers to present real-world challenges and leverage the advantages of cryogenic machining technology for production applications. Full Article

North American Robotics Market Has Strongest Year Ever in 2014

Press Release - Robotic Industries Association


Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.  A total of 27,685 robots valued at $1.6 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28% in units and 19% in dollars over 2013. Full Article

United Grinding Unveils New Machines, Growth Strategy

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


At its annual Motion Meeting in Thun, United Grinding’s Studer brand CEO Fred Gaegauf unveiled several new products and suggested that as many as six new platforms could be forthcoming during the year ahead. Following the launch of the S141 cylindrical grinding machine in 2014, for the manufacture of spindle shafts, spindle casings rotor shafts and more, Studer is launching the S131 and S151, thus introducing a new grinding series. Full Article

Keeping Your Cool in Order To Keep Costs Down

Edited by Executive Editor James D. Sawyer with information from Walter USA LLC.


The machining of blades for steam and gas turbines has long been a difficult, demanding, and costly operation. In recent years this situation has begun to change. On the one hand, advances in machine tool technology and data processing have brought improvements to the process. However, the industry’s increasing use of high-temperature superalloys and difficult-to-machine materials is bringing a new set of complications and costs to this area of the power generation industry. Full Article

Mitsui Seiki Launches New Vertex 55X II Vertical Machining Center

Press Release - Mitsui Seiki


Mitsui Seiki has evolved its popular “Vertex 550-5X” line of machines with new features and capabilities, and a broader range of options and configurations within the series. The new model series, comprising six distinct models, is now called Vertex 55X II. Linear axes (X, Y, Z) strokes are 550 mm (21.7”) x 600 mm (23.6”) x 500 mm (19.7”).  Full Article

Advanced Technologies for Machining Oil-Field Parts

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Despite falling oil prices, the investment valve in the oil and gas industry remains on—for now—as manufacturers continue their race to provide large, precision parts for fracking, subsea drilling and other related activities. But as anybody in the energy sector knows: this is the land of boom or bust. So when the going is good, the industry can’t source pumps, drill bits and drilling equipment, tubular stock, and valves fast enough. Full Article

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