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Licon mt Teams With Hydromat To Show Award Winning Twin-Spindle Machine at IMTS 2014 in Booth # S-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO – Hydromat is proud to announce that they will feature the Licon LiFLEX II 444 in their booth, #S-8348, at IMTS 2014. With this twin-spindle machining center, German machine manufacturer Licon mt is appealing to new markets and target groups for the processing of small and medium-sized workpieces, a perfect fit for expanding upon the Hydromat machine platforms at IMTS.

Licon mt’s product portfolio includes a range of model types that meet different requirements for machining workpieces of different material types, workpiece sizes, and varying degrees of flexibility and productivity.  The LiFLEX II 444 was added to the line last year and represents a new machine model for processing smaller and medium-sized components up to 445 mm in size. This machine is perfectly suited for heavy machining due to the rigid and compact design in combination with the high power/torque available. By expanding its product portfolio with the new LiFLEX II 444, Licon mt is consistently pursuing its strategy for 5-axis complete machining on complex workpieces in a single clamping.

The integration of a pallet-changer facilitates simultaneous loading and unloading of workpieces. Options include spindle compensation for the Z-axis and broken tool detection. The zero point clamping system ensures a quick changeover to other workpieces. Chip removal is optimized through suspended fixtures. LiFLEX II 444 is smaller and more compact when compared with other LiFLEX machining centers. The good price-performance ratio is very attractive to the market.

Winfried Benz, Managing Director of Licon mt, explains its market orientation: “With our small twin-spindle machine, LiFLEX II 444, we are able to offer companies around the world a viable alternative for machining medium-sized parts in small or medium volumes. We aim to continually optimize the process of complex workpiece machining with the goal of minimizing costs for scrap a as well as additional quality controls. To this end, complete machining is an essential element. The price-performance ratio of LiFLEX II 444 makes a further contribution to ensuring that unit costs are reduced to the bare minimum.”

This year, an international jury of experts has presented the “iF design award” for exceptional design to Licon mt, winning the coveted trophy in silver in the “Product” category for its expanded twin-spindle machining center LiFLEX II 444. The jury of 49 international design specialists adjudicated over 4,615 products, methods of communication and packaging from 55 countries entered in a range of categories in January this year. 

Licon mt is a highly regarded supplier of production line systems for the processing of complex components. Our customers are well-known automotive manufacturers and sub-suppliers in America, Asia and Europe. In addition to machine product development, our expertise extends to manufacturing its own machine components as well as system integration and software development. With headquarters in Laupheim, Germany, and subsidiaries in Michigan, USA and Beijing, China, Licon mt has more than 200 employees around the world.

Hydromat, Inc., is the industry leader in the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines — Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, the revolutionary AT Advanced Technology machines, as well as the ICON line of mill/turn productivity centers  — and has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service and technological innovation.

Sales Contact: Mr. Matthias Walter
Chief Sales Officer
Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO  63043

Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

For more information, visit our website: www.hydromat.com

 

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New VTM-2000YB Multitasking CNC Turning Center Provides Heavy-Duty Construction for Large Parts Machining

CNC turning center from Okuma is ideal for the aerospace industry.

Charlotte, N.C. (August 20, 2014) – At IMTS 2014 Okuma will introduce its new VTM-2000YB multitasking CNC turning center, which provides heavy-duty construction for large parts machining. The extreme rigidity and powerful cutting capabilities of this machine make it ideal for machining large diameter workpieces, such as those in the aerospace industry. The vertical architecture offers the advantage of “natural” part handling and excellent chip fall, while taking up minimal floor space. At IMTS this machine will be utilizing the full work envelope, cutting on a fan hub and engine case, featuring Super-NURBS and tooling from Sandvik, a member of Partners in THINC.

The VTM-2000YB takes the successful concept of the VTM-200YB and advances the design to increase rigidity, power, B-axis range, speed and accuracy. It utilizes Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly Concept to enhance thermal stability, and has powerful turning and milling capabilities with .001° B and C axes. This CNC turning center has 1.6 meters of Y-axis travel, combines powerful turning and milling functions for large parts in the same machine and includes a 36 tool ATC for tool changing.

For more information on Okuma’s VTM-2000YB visit the Okuma Booth S-8500 at IMTS 2014.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America C-orporation 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, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability.  Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Partners in THINC

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 THINC®-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.

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MA-12500H Horizontal Machining Center on Display for the First Time at IMTS 2014

Combination of speed and power is well suited for large part aerospace machining.

Charlotte, N.C. (August 15, 2014) – Okuma’s MA-12500H horizontal machining center will be on display for the first time at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Booth S-8500. The hallmark of this machine is its ability to provide a good balance of speed and cutting power for machining of aluminum alloys, cast iron and difficult-to-machine materials. This makes it well suited for large part aerospace machining. The MA-12500H is so fast and powerful, it’s the machine of choice for building lathes at the Okuma DS1 plant in Oguchi, Japan. At IMTS this machine will demonstrate large-part machining, utilizing the full work envelope, cutting a propeller hub.

Key Features of Okuma’s MA-12500H Horizontal Machining Center

Built on an integral bed and base, and designed with reinforcing ribs for increased stability and load carrying capacity, the MA-12500H incorporates Okuma’s exclusive Thermo-Friendly Concept to achieve maximum thermal stability and accuracy. Standardly-equipped with a 50 taper 6,000 rpm, 60/50 horsepower spindle, it is also available with either a 12,000 rpm wide range spindle or 4,500 rpm heavy duty spindle.

*Maximum load capacity of 11,000 pounds

*Rapid traverse (X, Y, Z) of 1,653 ipm

*Maximum part size: 78.72” diameter x 62.99” high, 10,141 pounds

*Axis travels: X-86.61”, Y-62.99”, Z-64.96”

*.001 degree B-axis rotary table

*49.21” square pallet

*Parallel-type 2 pallet APC

*81 tool matrix ATC standard, up to 171 tool matrix optional

For more information on Okuma’s MA-12500H horizontal machining center visit http://www.okuma.com/ma-12500h and Okuma America Corporation booth S-8500 at IMTS 2014.

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, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability.  Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Partners in THINC

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 THINC®-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.

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Edge Technologies Introduces New FMB Turbo 20-100 Bar Feeder To The Precision Bar Turning Marketplace at IMTS Booth #A-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO – Edge Technologies introduces the new FMB 20-100 bar feeder at IMTS 2014, Booth #S-8348. This unit expands on the already established Turbo “Heavy Metal” line of hydrodynamic 12’ through 24’ Bar Loading Magazine Feeders. Quick change polyurethane guide channels allow for quiet operation at high RPM while feeding round, square or hex bar stock. This unit also offers a one size channel set that automatically adjusts for all material sizes.  This feeder is compatible with all types of sliding or fixed, CNC or cam operated lathes with spindle bores up to 102mm.

The robust design of the Turbo 20-100’s cast iron base and support stands are resistant to flexing.  With the unit weighing over 8,200 pounds, this keeps vibration from bent bars to a minimum, so a smooth operation is guaranteed. Double-pusher space-saving design is 4 foot shorter than single pusher bar feeders.

The Turbo 20-100 features a Bosch IndraDrive controller with a servo motor drive to the feed mechanism. Flexible control of bar length and rate of feed guarantees the optimum practical and economic use of the bar feeder. Easy options on the operator control panel guarantee proper interaction between the bar feeder and the CNC lathe, with parameters clearly shown on the text display.

The polyurethane guide channels can be changed quickly and easily in about 10 minutes to accommodate multiple bar stock diameters. Oil filled guide channels envelope the stock, providing the ideal guiding system for high RPM turning operations. During this process the rotation of the bar creates a hydro-dynamic effect, centering the bar stock in the channel reducing noise and vibration. The guide channel is securely closed with a toggle lever system while machining bars.

A Roller Steady device on the Turbo guides the bar stock between the bar feeder and lathe. Rollers or blocks provide excellent feeding of round or profiled material. The rollers are quickly adjusted to the bar diameter.

Bars are placed in the storage magazine at the side of the guide channel. This area features a loading capacity of 11 inches. The new bar is automatically positioned in the lathe ready for facing before the first component is produced. Loading time for a 12‘bar is 30 seconds. Maximum adjustable feeding speed is 700 mm per second and maximum adjustable return speed is 1000 mm per second.

The bar remnants are withdrawn to the back end of the magazine and a gripper extracts it out of the collet and deposits it in a remnant basket. The gripping device is used to both insert the new bar into the bar stock collet and to extract the remnant. It is not necessary to chamfer the bar if it is cleanly cut. No adjustment for bar size is necessary and it is completely “Self-Centering”. Bar pusher collet changes can be done less than 1 minute.

Edge Technologies is a leading productivity solutions provider to the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success and innovation demonstrated by 30 years providing bar feeder and lathe automation solutions, including over 10,000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace.

Sales Contact: Mr. Rick Bauer
Sales & Operations Manager
Edge Technologies
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO 63043
Phone: 314.692.8388
Fax: 314.692.5152
rbauer@edgetechnologies.com

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Polygon Solutions’ New Rotary Broach!

Polygon Solutions’ latest rotary broach product not only expands their tooling product line, but it also brings an innovative solution to manufacturers hoping to capitalize on the ‘Made in USA’ re-shoring trend.

Polygon Solution Inc.’s new ‘Made in USA’ broach is a rotary broach with multiple text letters allowing machinists to stamp or mark their part in a lathe or milling machine without removing the part from the machine. Polygon’s rotary broaching system is usually used for making hexagon or square holes in precision machined products. The new ‘Made in USA’ broach will have its official debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 8-13, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

Polygon Solutions first introduced an innovative and award winning adjustment free Rotary Broach Tool Holder in 2010, ideal for CNC machines because of maintenance free sealed bearings and a new pressure relief system. The company later announced a series of letter broaches in 2012. The broaches have letters or numbers and are inserted into Polygon’s broach holder to mark parts. The different identifying marks improve quality to distinguish between mixed lots of parts made in the same machines.

Students examining a Polygon Broach

The ‘Made in USA’ broach was first tested during Polygon’s annual National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Day tour in 2013. Lee Virtual School students in Fort Myers, FL were taught about product development and how the new rotary broach ‘wobbles’ or displaces material to create the text. Polygon showcases new products to students in hopes of promoting the desire for STEM education in a new generation of engineers and machinists.

“Made in America is one of the strongest selling points we have, even for our U.S. Customers,” says Matt Chambers of Marine Concepts in Cape Coral, FL. “The quality of the overseas product has been from the start an inferior product, and as the cost of quality is more than ever being taken into account, not only are we sought after for quality but our total cost for our customer is less.” Marine Concepts and Polygon Solutions Inc. actively work together as members of the Florida’s Southwest Regional Manufacturing Association (SRMA).

Polygon’s new broach is not limited to the ‘Made in USA’ mark. The company sells its tools worldwide and is also developing the system to mark logos, slogans and symbols. “We’ve had a few challenges to get it to work perfectly,” says Peter Bagwell, Product Engineer at Polygon. “But we keep working with our customers and our partners to get it right. Customers re-shoring their parts want to show they are now made in the United States.”

Partners include the Precision Machined Product Association and National Tooling & Machining Association. Bagwell adds “We’ve learned from our customers that our rotary broach holder is very easy to set up in the machine and very easy to use for making small hexagon and square holes. We hope the new ‘Made in USA’ broach helps them achieve an even higher level of satisfaction in both their parts and ours.”

Visit www.polygonsolutions.com

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ICON Technologies Presents the ICON 6-150 Mill/Turn Machining Center To Trade Show Audiences For First Time at IMTS 2014 in Booth #S-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO -   ICON Technologies, a division of Hydromat, presents a unique multi-station Mill/Turn center, the ICON 6-150, to the precision metal cutting marketplace at IMTS 2014. Designed with four machining stations and two dedicated loading/unloading stations, the ICON was developed around flexible machining principles. Equipped with a six position table, it shuttles pallets to four machining modules for fast, ultra-precision cutting.

Each of these four machining modules is equipped with one cartridge style motor spindle. Each spindle type is selected based on the type of cutting to be performed at that station. ICON offers high torque spindles in the following configurations; 10,000 RPM, 20,000 PRM, 42,000 RPM, & 60,000 RPM. These spindles are air-purged and liquid cooled, or permanently grease lubricated, and therefore are virtually maintenance free.

The machine is equipped with four servo driven, direct drive B-axis motors. These B-axis motors are installed on stations 2, 3, 5, & 6 and have a position accuracy of +/- 4 seconds. Each table is equipped with a zero point clamping system, made by EROWA in Switzerland, to securely and accurately clamp the base pallet to the B-axis motors. The positional repeatability of these pallets is 0.002 mm. An optional 350 Nm disc brake can be added for precise positioning during heavy cutting at an elevated level of force. Stations one and four are for loading, unloading, gauging, A/B loading and inverting for sixth side machining.

These four cutting stations produce 5-sided machining with 4-axis interpolation; 6 sides if the idle station is used for work piece inversion. Each machining unit is equipped with its own HSK E40 size, 12-tool changer allowing for maximum tooling flexibility. HSK E32 size is available as an option.

ICON Technologies Introduces the ICON 6-150 Mill/Turn

An additional heavy cutting B-axis motor type is also offered for profile machining utilizing the 4th axis. With a more stout design, it has a more rigid profiling capability with increased torque. Power is driven through a zero backlash worm drive gear box rather than the direct drive of the standard B-axis motor.

The ICON 6-150 also can also come equipped with a 5th axis machining unit that features a high-speed integrated direct-drive motor spindle, one created by the designers at ICON Technologies in conjunction with the Fischer Precise spindle company. Available with this optional 5th axis, the ICON 6-150 Mill/Turn Center is perfect for medical applications and the production of aerospace, hydraulic, automotive, and other precision machined parts.

Workpieces are mounted by hand or by robotics on pallets that are transferred to each station by the rotary table. At each of the four machining stations the B-axis motors engage with the pallets for indexing or turning of the workpieces. The part sizes can range up to 150mm in diameter and the height is dependent on part configuration, work holding, and cutting force requirements.

The Machine frame is designed as a sturdy, welded, steel construction. It supports the indexing table and the four (4) machining units. The openings below the machining stations assure an optimal evacuation of coolant and chips from the working area. Individually arranged and controllable coolant nozzles are installed inside of the machine frame for the purpose of providing coolant to the cutting tools and preventing chip accumulation inside the machining area.

The openings below the machining stations assure an optimal evacuation of coolant and chips from the working area. Individually arranged .and controllable coolant nozzles are installed inside of the machine frame for the purpose of providing coolant to the cutting tools and preventing chip accumulation inside the machining area

This Multi-station transfer technology enables simultaneous machining on all four stations, making the machine ideal for medium to high production of complex work pieces requiring multiple operations, complex cuts, and where tight tolerances are critical. The ICON Technologies engineering team embodies a rich history of manufacturing disciplines and they work closely with the customer to develop an innovative production solution.

Sales Contact:   Mr. Matthias Walter
Chief Sales Officer
Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO  63043
Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

For more information, visit our website: icon.hydromat.com

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Hydromat Shows Updated Features on EPIC R/T 45-12 Rotary Transfer Machine at IMTS 2014 in Booth # S-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Hydromat EPIC R/T 45-12 is a collet style rotary transfer machine for precision metal cutting of stock sizes up to 1.75 inch round, 1.5 inch hex and 1.25 inch square and a length up to 6 inches. This machine utilizes 12 horizontal tool spindles and has the capacity of up to 6 vertical tool spindles, featuring up to 18 tools in the cut at once.  It also has the rigidity to handle all components and all material types within its work envelope. Hydromat’s non-rotating bar stock design provides quiet, vibration free operation.

All Hydromat Rotary Transfer machines are built as modular systems consisting of horizontal and vertical tool spindles rigidly mounted around a cast base with high-precision machining of all critical surfaces. This arrangement provides tremendous versatility and flexibility in a turnkey machining system. This current version of the EPIC R/T 45-12 machine features the new Bar Change Stop, an automatic hard stop built into the bar feeder that further refines bar position by giving accurate position reference for the end of the new bar. It then begins the countdown for the remnant based on a known and fixed distance.

Hydromat’s updated two axis programmable flange offers up to +/- 30mm of extended travel for offset features, rotary O.D. and I.D. recessing, thread milling, chamfering and in-process de-burring. This innovation eliminates costly secondary operations while adding value to the manufacturing processes.

The new Overhead Cut-Off saw is now utilized on many Hydromats on short part applications, or in a chuck machine where the clearance below the blade is constrained. It also offers easier access to the saw for easier blade changes. The overhead saw configuration eliminates the possibility of chipping a saw tooth on the blade from a falling remnant during the bar change sequence.

Another Hydromat innovation has streamlined the coolant plumbing by creating a high/low coolant ring positioned above the table. This allows for unlimited options for both high and low coolant pressures where they are required most, while doing away with excess plumbing.

The EPIC R/T control gets updates for 2014 that include new programming features. While navigating from the main menu there is now an integrated Coolant Temperature Sensor read-out that gets its data from probes in the machine. This allows the operator to pre-set a certain temperature that the machine must reach before allowing it to go into automatic cycles.

The new Advanced Parts Counter screen features production status for the export breakdown of data for production count, Warm-up, Starved, Blocked, In Fault, Pending Action, and calculate Total Production Efficency.  With the optional Quality Control software system, based on an advanced product quality plan with scheduled inspection intervals, the operator sees an alarm right on the EPIC interface screen advising an inspection of the next part.  The EPIC control will search for the latest CMM report based on a time code stamp. The operator is able to see trends, and pull quality inspection reports from the interface screen, knowing when to make offsets based on the data. The QA Department can actually stop the machine from the lab if problems are detected.

The EPIC R/T 45-12 possesses the characteristics of more conventional Hydromats – maintaining the integrity, reliability and flexibility of its predecessors – while featuring the latest in CNC rotary transfer technology – Embedded Motion Control (EMC), a special plug & play control architecture embedded into each toolspindle unit, offering fully independent functionality for each axis motion. Modular tool spindle system with quick-change pre-settable heads help the EPIC R/T offer quick and easy changeovers – typically 1-3 hours. The EPIC R/T 32/45-16, as with all Hydromat machines, supports Lean Manufacturing principles and competitive manufacturing at small, medium and large production quantities.

A wide variety of rotary transfer machines offered by Hydromat give the manufacturing professional the right tool for the right job. The Hydromat machine is the solution for the elimination of secondary operations by producing parts complete from barstock, castings, forgings or cold formed blanks. The Hydromat machining platform eliminates secondary operations and reduces work in progress. Additional cost reduction occurs due to extremely short remnants and thin cutoff for significant material saving. Also increased productivity is partially due to modular tool spindle system with quick-change pre-settable tool heads for easy changeover.

Typical components ideally suited for machining on Hydromats include automotive ABS and brake systems, fuel, electrical, engine and steering components; plumbing and HVAC valve castings, faucet bodies and gas valves and connectors; hardware power tool and appliance housings; electrical wire connectors and switch bodies; defense and aerospace fuse bodies and instrument housings.

Hydromat, Inc., is the industry leader in the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines — Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, the revolutionary AT Advanced Technology machines, as well as the ICON line of mill/turn productivity centers  — and has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service and technological innovation.

Sales Contact: Mr. Matthias Walter, Chief Sales Officer

Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO  63043
Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

For more information, visit our website: www.hydromat.com

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EXAIR: Longer Super Air Knives Cover Wide Spans

EXAIR has expanded Long Super Air Knives to include a maximum length of 108′′ (2743mm) and is now manufacturing all knives 60′′ (1524mm) and longer in one piece construction. New one piece construction ensures seamless airflow and eliminates coupling multiple short length air knives together. One piece construction decreases overall height by 1⁄2′′ making it better for tight spaces. Super Air Knives produce a laminar sheet of airflow to blow off, dry or cool wide surfaces up to 108′′ (2743mm) wide. The energy efficient design minimizes compressed air use by entraining 40 parts room air to one part compressed air. It is ideal for use on wide parts, webs and conveyors.

The Long Super Air Knives provide a uniform, high volume, high velocity curtain of air that is infinitely adjustable from gentle blowing force to a hard-hitting blast of air. The compact profile measures 1.75′′ x 1.44′′ with compressed air inlets located on each end and the bottom to permit easy mounting in tight spaces. The Long Super Air Knife is quiet, maintenance free, has no moving parts to wear out and is CE compliant.

Long Super Air Knives are available in 60″ (1524mm), 72″ (1829mm), 84″ (2134mm), 96″ (2438mm) and 108′′ (2743mm) lengths. They ship from stock in your choice of aluminum, Type 303 or Type 316 stainless steel. A factory installed plumbing kit is also available that makes it easy to connect Long Super Air Knives to any plant compressed air system and obtain the best performance. Prices start at $1063.

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/lgsak.htm

 

 

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Boston Centerless Opens Third Distribution Center on the West Coast

Woburn, MA – June 11, 2014 — Boston Centerless has opened a third distribution center located in Nevada to better service customers on the West Coast.  The new warehouse located in Sparks, just outside of Reno, will provide customers in the western part of the country with materials that are specifically produced for CNC Swiss screw machining applications. The Sparks location will decrease delivery time to these customers by as much as 70%.  Materials stocked will include various sizes and grades of AccuRod.0002TM precision ground bar product and Carpenter’s Project 70®+ PDB® stainless steel.  They will be available for immediate delivery to the surrounding states.  Both products offer the benefits of precision ground bar without the wait of custom grinding.

In addition to AccuRod.0002 and Project 70+ PDB, Boston Centerless will also stock nominal sizes of 17-4 and 17-4 PH900 stainless as well as Ti 6AL4V ELI titanium and other medical grade alloys.

The Sparks facility is the third distribution center to be opened by Boston Centerless in the past year to help fuel their continued growth. “Having a presence on the West Coast will greatly benefit our customers in that area, enabling us to get product to them much faster,” said Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless.  “It will also help attract customers that felt distance was a barrier to doing business with us previously.” The two other distribution centers are located in Minnesota and New England.

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

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Titanium Bone Screws focus of Rotary Broach Plant Tour

Fort Myers, FL – Polygon Solutions Inc. is a manufacturer of rotary broach tools for the precision machining industry focused on medical and aerospace parts. Polygon first entered the rotary broach market with an award winning tool holder, and continues to innovate with new tooling for manufacturing hexagon and six-lobe forms in titanium bone screws. These new tools were featured at the recent plant tour for the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association.

Polygon’s advancements with rotary broach technology have continued with a new Micro size rotary broach holder for machining small shapes using Swiss type CNC machines and lathes. The innovative design of the tool holders includes sealed bearings for easy maintenance and pressure relief holes for smoother machining operations. However, the main interest of this year’s tour was the broaches used for machining Titanium fasteners and bone screws.

Polygon has been making the cutters out of high speed steel, a very hard substrate that resists wear and chipping. The company currently offers M-2, M-42, PM M-4 and PM T-15 varieties for machining different materials. Peter Bagwell, a Product Engineer for the company, was asked about which materials are used for broaching bone screws, and explained how the choice of substrate material depends on the method of broaching. Bagwell also talked about a new rotary broach material the company is researching.

The demand for rotary broach tools is growing as more exotic materials are being used to make innovative aerospace and medical device fasteners. Polygon is working with bone screw manufacturers to help them choose the right method of broaching in addition to the selecting the right tools. Polygon specializes in standard hexalobular (or Torx-type) rotary broaches in addition to custom shapes and sizes. The six-lobe ISO standard hexalobular form is currently the most popular.

Polygon Solutions has hosted an open house with the SRMA for two years in a row. “We value the partnership with our local customers and suppliers and are happy to bring them in and show them what we’re offering,” says Bagwell. We also maintain healthy relationships with other organizations like the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). The company believes participation in each of these networks is key to remaining the leader in rotary broach technology.

Polygon is a newer member to the SRMA, which boasts a wide variety of manufacturing business. “Many people move here and move their businesses her due to the great lifestyle Southwest Florida has to offer,” says Bagwell. “However, the exposure to the growing number of innovative medical and aerospace companies is really making it an attractive place for all manufacturers.”

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