September 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $195.9 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
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Producing metal products is one of the most energy intensive industries. Improving both energy and production efficiency, as well as ensuring product quality is at the top of any manufacturers to do list. Engineers should consider using fixed thermal imaging cameras to optimize their manufacturing process.
St. Louis-based Hydromat Inc. is celebrating its 40th anniversary (1979 -2019). As part of this celebration, the company engaged Orange County Choppers (OCC) to build a custom motorcycle to commemorate this milestone.
Midway between Houston and Austin sits Brenham, Texas, home to Blue Bell ice cream and the world’s largest BBQ pit. Within this smallish town you’ll find a not-so-small contract manufacturer, MIC Group LLC.
As part of an ongoing effort to make processes and products more environmentally friendly, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. is making modifications to its production materials and packaging.
Seco Tools, a division of Sandvik Machining Solutions, has reached an agreement to acquire the cutting tools division of QUIMMCO CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO (QCT), a privately owned Mexican company offering integral machining solutions.
The keynote for Haimer USA’s May Open House at its headquarters in Villa Park, Illinois, was delivered by President Brendt Holden, who remarked that his company’s toolholding and related products are designed to provide consistent setup for their customers’ machining jobs.
Makers of workholding devices face a moving target. The machine tools they work with are changing. There’s more high-speed machining. More high-feed machining. More multi-axis machines. New uses of coolant to reduce temperatures during cutting operations.
There’s growing evidence that some of the moldmaking business that fled the U.S. chasing cheaper sources offshore is returning. Moldmakers are not finding enough of a favorable cost differential to offset poor mold performance and the need for rework of faulty molds.
The winner-take-all drive that fuels professional auto racing is also driving new achievements in precision machining.