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Boston Centerless Launches New Website

Woburn, MA – November 1, 2017 — Boston Centerless, a leading manufacturer and distributor of precision raw materials and preparation services, announced today the launch of its newly designed website, www.bostoncenterless.com. The completely revamped website features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality and enriched content areas to help customers fulfill their raw material needs.

“We are thrilled to debut our new company website to our customers, partners and suppliers who are looking to understand the scope of our products and services,” said Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless. “The redesign of our website is yet another way Boston Centerless is committed to creating the best overall customer experience for our customers”.

The website includes videos regarding the importance of straightness, diameter tolerance and roundness on Swiss screw machining operations as well as a variety of tools to assist with material selection. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new website and join the Boston Centerless mailing list to receive important product and service information as it becomes available.

About Boston Centerless

Boston Centerless supplies customers worldwide with precision ground bar materials for close tolerance CNC Swiss machining applications. The company also provides grinding services, material testing and validation for bar products, CNC Swiss consulting services, and manufactures a line of ultra-precise gages. For more information, visit www.bostoncenterless.com.

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NEW PRODUCT FROM EXAIR: Gen4 Ionizing Point Delivers Precision Static Elimination

EXAIR’s new Gen4(tm) Ionizing Point delivers a high concentration of positive and negative ions to neutralize static electricity without requiring compressed air.  This compact and shockless static eliminator is the ideal way to eliminate static electricity problems occurring in small spaces. They are ideal to keep small parts or products separate or from sticking to other surfaces. Gen4 Ionizing Points can protect sensors, eliminate improper readings of sensitive electronics, keep powder filling nozzles clear of clogs and prevent jamming, tearing or dust attraction on slitting, winding, rewinding, ink jetting and silk screening applications.

The Gen4 Ionizing Point has undergone independent laboratory tests to certify it meets the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the USA, European Union and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. It is also RoHS compliant. New design features include a metal armored high voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, a replaceable emitter point, integrated ground connection and electromagnetic shielding.

A new 115V/230V selectable voltage power supply has been designed to operate the Gen4 Ionizing Point. Visit EXAIR.com to see the entire static elimination product line including static eliminating Gen4 Super Ion Air Knives, Gen4 Super Ion Air Wipes, Gen4 Ion Air Cannons, Gen4 Ion Air Jets and a handheld Gen4 Ion Air Gun for manual operations. Price is $211.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH  45249
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/ip_pr.htm 

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EXAIR’S New Website Offers Better Ways to Improve Efficiency and Safety

EXAIR.com® is the new digital home of Intelligent Compressed Air® products for industry. EXAIR’s new website has improved the product selection process by providing descriptions immediately from the homepage. An improved account management and ordering process streamlines access to historical orders, allows one click repeat orders and eases editing of your information. This website is fully responsive to provide a consistent experience whether using a PC, tablet or smartphone. A comprehensive search functionality enables users to quickly locate model numbers and related information.

In addition to these new features, EXAIR.com continues to provide the critical tools any user will need for a successful application: 3D models and CAD drawings, product videos, complete performance data, installation and maintenance guides, air savings calculators, case studies, slide presentations and a huge application database to learn what these Intelligent Compressed Air® products can achieve. An expert level of customer support from our experienced Application Engineering staff is available immediately through online chat. The FAQ section covers every product line for fast access to common questions. Download the current price list or choose to have it mailed within the latest catalog from the Get a Catalog button.
For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/newsite.htm

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EXAIR’s New Threaded Line Vac Makes it Easy to Convert Standard Pipe Into a Powerful, High Volume Conveyor

EXAIRs new aluminum 2-1/2 NPT and 3 NPT Threaded Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. Their larger size makes them perfect for conveying bigger parts and large volumes of material over long distances. The Threaded Line Vac is designed to attach to standard plumbing pipe couplers, making it easy to build a complete system using pipe and fittings available from any home center, hardware store or plumbers supply.

Threaded Line Vac Conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air to produce a vacuum on one end with high output flows on the other. Response is instantaneous and regulating the compressed air pressure provides infinite control of the conveying rate. Applications include scrap trim removal, material conveying, part transfer, fiber tensioning and filling operations.

Aluminum Threaded Line Vacs are CE compliant and meet OSHA pressure requirements. Smaller sizes down to 3/8 NPT are available in stock. Threaded Line Vac models are also available in type 303 and type 316 stainless steel for more demanding high temperature, corrosive and hygienic environments. Line Vacs also come with smooth ends for use with hose and tubing and Heavy Duty Line Vacs provide abrasion resistance while producing maximum power for high bulk density material. If a secure pipe connection is required where the Line Vac will be frequently removed for cleaning, Sanitary Flange Line Vacs are also available. Aluminum Threaded Line Vac prices start at $110.00.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com

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Okuma Welcomes Praemo as the Newest Member of Partners in THINC

IIoT technology leader provides real world solutions to optimize production processes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 23, 2017) – Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tools announces that Praemo, an industry leader in applied IIoT and AI, has joined Partners in THINC. Praemo combines industry experience with IIoT and AI expertise to help customers increase productivity while reducing costs.

Razor™ by Praemo, securely connects to data sources and gathers pertinent information. With the help of predictive analytics and prescriptive intelligence, production disruptions can be detected before they happen. Razor™ insights and suggested recommendations help customers take preemptive action to reduce equipment downtime, optimize production processes, and manage risks.

“Okuma has a long legacy of innovation, producing high quality machining centers, and fostering growth inside their ecosystem; all with a relentless focus on customer success. At Praemo, we admire these traits and believe that our innovative Razor™ technology will augment Okuma’s existing capabilities and provide an even greater value to customers and partners,” says Michael Martinez, CEO, Praemo.

“Partners in THINC is excited to have Praemo join our partnership. They provide leading edge, real world solutions to our customers. Their technology allows our customers to tap into the benefits of AI and IIoT to maximize the full benefits of their manufacturing processes,” says Wade Anderson, Okuma Product Specialist and Tech Centers Manager.

Members of Partners in THINC provide superior technologies that are integrated with Okuma’s CNC machines and controls to deliver advanced manufacturing system solutions.

For more information on Praemo and other members of Partners in THINC, visit http://www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.

Praemo
Praemo is revolutionizing how industrial companies think about the role of digital technology inside their operations. We help our customers reduce equipment downtime, optimize production processes, and manage risks. This results in improved productivity, lower costs, and a more sustainable operation overall. Praemo is leveraging the best technology and practices from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Lean to deliver benefits to our customers. Razor was built with an ‘edge-first’ approach to Connect to customer’s equipment, sensors, and backend data systems to collect data. It operates within the confines of a customer’s network or safely transmits data and information between the customer and the cloud. It processes the data using Predictive Analytics to generate alerts about upcoming production and equipment events. It leverages Prescriptive Intelligence to combine industry expertise with “learned” behavior to automatically create actionable recommendations. These Events and Recommendations are delivered as intuitive notifications to users who “subscribe” to the equipment. Razor was developed for industrial applications under the guidance of Praemo’s experienced industry practitioners. We are committed to building technology with the mission of delivering truly sustainable productivity and cost improving digital technology in a more intuitive and cost-effective method than ever before.

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New Okuma Video Features Summer Showcase Event Highlights

Machine tool users saw hands-on cutting demos and learned how to implement new CNC technologies to increase efficiency and profitability.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 7, 2017) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, hosted more than 200 customers from 100 companies at their 2017 Summer Showcase, July 19-20 in Charlotte, North Carolina. To view event highlights, please visit http://bit.ly/2wifHXZ.

Participants viewed cutting demonstrations on more than 15 machine tools and were educated on breakthrough technologies that can give them a competitive edge. Demonstrations featured exotic material cutting on titanium as well as stainless steel and aluminum and were focused on the automotive industry.

Summer Showcase Highlights:

  • Okuma’s New Laser Technology: The LASER EX series features state-of-the-art laser technology combining subtractive and additive manufacturing, coating and precision hardening on multitasking machines.
  • Get Connected: Okuma has made the process of connecting machine tools easy for customers through use of the OSP control, IIoT and MTConnect. Data collection and analysis enables customers to improve profitability. 
  • Sandvik Coromant Prime Turning: PrimeTurning™ is a new methodology which enables turning in all directions as opposed to conventional turning. This allows for more flexibility, productivity and efficiency when cutting chips, and can reduce cycle time up to 50 percent. 
  • Trochoidal Milling: Trochoidal milling and other alternative tool paths allow for higher feeds and speeds, fitting perfectly into the framework of cost-driven, machining planning.

For more information on Okuma’s machine tool lineup visit http://www.okuma.com/cnc-machine-tool-lineup.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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Fourth Video in Okuma CNC Control Series Explains How to Use Turret Pulse Handle

Video shows step by step process of activating the Turret Pulse Handle to check for possible tooling clearance issues. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 7, 2017) – A new video from Okuma America Corporation, a world leading builder of CNC machine tools, shows the advantages using the Turret Pulse Handle on the OSP-P300L control. The video provides a visual demonstration of how to access the Turret Pulse Handle and set parameters. Once parameters are set, users manually jog the turret to check for clearance issues before cutting chips to avoid live tooling crashing into way covers.

This is the fourth in a series of videos that show how a CNC control can be used to innovate and drive business growth in machine shops. To view this video please visit http://bit.ly/2tzHKkC.

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/OkumaAmericaCorporation or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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EXAIR’s New Catalog 31 Features Blowoff, Drying and Cooling Products

EXAIR’s new 208 page Catalog 31 is our best catalog yet; a full color technical guide offering solutions to common industrial conveying, cooling, cleaning, blowoff, drying, coating and static electricity problems. Catalog 31 introduces new VariBlast Compact Safety Air Guns, Gen4 Static Eliminators and 1/8 NPT Atomizing Nozzles.

VariBlast Compact Safety Air Guns are small and lightweight air guns that are capable of handling tough jobs. Designed with a variable flow trigger, they are able to produce different force values from the same nozzle simply by pulling the trigger.

Newly designed Gen4 Super Ion Air Knives, Gen4 Standard Ion Air Knives and Gen4 Ion Bars have all undergone independent laboratory tests to certify these new products meet the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the European Union, USA and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. They are also RoHS compliant.

Liquid Spray Atomizing Nozzles are now available in 1/8 NPT, 1/4 NPT and 1/2 NPT, allowing you an even greater selection of nozzles for your coating or cooling applications.

EXAIR products help companies conserve compressed air, reduce dangerous noise levels and eliminate harmful dead end pressures. Detailed technical explanations, performance data, application photos and dimensional drawings are provided for each product. A price list is also included.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/cat31.htm

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Doosan Unveils New NHP High Productivity Horizontal Machining Centers

Pine Brook, NJ – July 10, 2017 – Doosan Machine Tools is pleased to introduce the new NHP Horizontal Machining Center series, built from the ground up for rapid metal removal rates. Designed to meet the manufacturing demands of industries including automotive and aerospace, the 400mm pallet NHP 4000 and 500mm pallet NHP 5000 are feature-rich yet configurable for a range of applications.

The NHP machines come standard with a 15,000rpm spindle with 40 horsepower and 169 ft-lbs of torque. For heavy cutting, a high-torque 15,000rpm spindle with 223 ft-lbs is available, and a 20,000rpm spindle is in development for customers with higher speed precision applications.

Up to 1G acceleration/deceleration on X, Y and Z-axes significantly enhances productivity, delivering productivity increases as high as 25% over the previous model. Ball screw shaft and bearing cooling systems keep the temperature of fast moving axes stable, ensuring precision machining.

The new random access disc-type tool magazine allows high-speed 0.9 second tool-to-tool and 2.3 second chip-to-chip times. In addition to minimizing non-cutting time, this design also reduces vibration, resulting in more stable operation.

NHP 4000 300dpi DoosanIn optimizing the construction of the machine, the footprint of the NHP has been reduced by 15% compared to the previous model, yet the machining area has been expanded by 24%. The three point leveling design makes machine installation and maintenance much more convenient. The center-through bed chip management evacuates large volumes of chips quickly for enhanced efficiency.

The pallets can accommodate loads of up to 400kg (880 lbs), for the NHP 4000 and up to 500kg (1100 lbs) for the NHP 5000, and both through-pallet and overhead hydraulic fixturing options are available. Additionally, the APC has been refined to achieve a 27% faster indexing time.

“The new NHP Series machines deliver the productivity and precision that manufacturers need to stay competitive,” states Jim Shiner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Doosan Machine Tools America. “From the spindle to the ATC to the APC, we’ve fine-tuned every component on these horizontal machining centers for non-stop world-class performance.”

For more information on the NHP 4000, NHP 5000 or any other Doosan machine tool, please visit www.doosanmachinetools.com or call 973-618-2500.

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New Product From Exair! Patented No Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzle Covers 360 Degrees

EXAIR’s patented 1/4 NPT No Drip internal mix 360 degree hollow circular pattern atomizing spray nozzle atomizes fluid and sprays away from the nozzle in all directions. These can provide a smooth, even coating on the inside diameter of a pipe or similar ductwork. They are also effective for operations where mist over a broad area is needed, such as dust suppression, humidification and cooling. They combine liquid and compressed air inside of the air cap to produce the finest mist of atomized liquid that can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of your application. These spray nozzles provide liquid flows from 1.6 to 14.7 gallons per hour with liquids up to 300 centipoise.

EXAIR’s patented No Drip valve assembly stops liquid flow when air pressure is shut off. This stops post spray drip which can ruin product finishes on painted or coated surfaces. No Drip Atomizing Spray Nozzles are also an important tool for saving expensive coatings and chemicals or conserving water. They can be used with water, light oils, chemicals, rust inhibitors, paints & dyes.

The stainless steel construction of these No Drip atomizing nozzles adds to their durability and corrosion resistance. EXAIR No Drip atomizing nozzles are available with 1/8 NPT, 1/4 NPT and 1/2 NPT connections and in a variety of sizes and shapes to meet your needs. All models come with our 5 year Built to Last Warranty and are CE compliant. No Drip internal mix 360 degree hollow circular pattern spray nozzles ship from stock and start at $383.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/106/ndsmat.htm

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