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PartMaker to Focus on Unique B-Axis Solutions at Westec

Delcam to demonstrate PartMaker’s novel solutions for B-axis equipped Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes at the West Coast’s premier manufacturing event.

Figure 1: PartMaker Version 2015 will be on display at Westec 2015. Released late last year, PartMaker Version 2015 features unrivaled technology for automating the programming of multi-axis machines equipped with articulating B-axis heads for machining milled features at arbitrary angles.

Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam, will demonstrate the latest version of PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes at Westec 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, September 15 – 17, 2015.  Highlighting the new version are a variety of improvements in the software to support today’s latest breed of B-axis equipped Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes. B-Axis refers to the ability of a multi-axis lathe to perform milling on at any angle, not just in a vertical or horizontal position.

Other highlights of PartMaker Version 2015 include the ability to generate a Post Processor Reference Guide, an on command manual explaining how to program a given multi-axis lathe and take advantage of all the machine’s capabilities with PartMaker as well as more powerful milling and turning functionality and improvements in the software’s knowledge based technology for storing optimal feeds and speeds for additional tools.

“B-Axis functionality, once at the bleeding edge of multi-tasking, has become more common place on both Turn-Mill and Swiss applications,” says PartMaker Inc. division President Hanan Fishman.  “PartMaker was an early entrant into the market for CAD/CAM support of such functionality and has established both thought and technological leadership for programming B-axis enabled machine tools.”

“In PartMaker Version 2015, we’ve made the software functionality for supporting B-axis machines both easier to use and more powerful,” says Fishman. “For a technologically advanced market like the West Coast with its heavy emphasis on both aerospace and medical device machining, we see these developments as particularly helpful to keep both current and future PartMaker users more productive.”

PartMaker 2015 also includes specialist support for a new breed of machine tools that has been growing steadily in popularity in recent years called Vertical Mill-Turns (VMT).  These machine tools are unique because they provide the turning functionality typically found on a VTL (Vertical Turret Lathe) with that of a 5-axis VMC (Vertical Machining Center).

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PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features.  It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts.  It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data.  Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions.  Delcam is a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Autodesk. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone – from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists — can use Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. In North America PartMaker is sold directly by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.

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EXAIR PRODUCT UPDATE: Move Liquid Farther with High Lift Reversible Drum Vac

EXAIRs High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is ideal for the recovery of fluids like: coolant, hydraulic oils, sludge and chips, waste water, tramp oil and liquid spills. The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac has been engineered to recover liquids found within below grade sumps, wells, underground tanks, pits and drains with up to 15 feet of lift.

The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac’s powerful vacuum can fill a 55 gallon drum in just 85 seconds from 15 feet and, with the turn of a knob, the same stainless steel pump can quickly empty the drum. Since the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is powered by compressed air, it has no electric motor to wear out and has no impellers to clog. In fact, the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac has no moving parts, assuring maintenance free operation. It is designed for continuous and heavy duty applications where electric vacuums fail, and can also be used for lighter duty applications.

The CE compliant High Lift Reversible Drum Vac attaches quickly to any closed head 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. High Lift Reversible Drum Vac Systems include the two-way pump assembly, 20 feet (3m) flexible vacuum hose (1-1/2 inch/ .38mm I.D.) with 90 degree quick release elbow connection and one aluminum wand. Deluxe Systems add a drum dolly, heavy duty aluminum tools and tool holder. Premium Systems also include a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. Prices start at $607.

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/hldvpr.htm

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Okuma’s GPW/GAW High Speed Compact Grinding Machine Series Now Equipped with the Intelligent OSP-P300G Control

Easy Operation CNC control maximizes efficiency and production.  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 7, 2015) – Okuma’s GPW/GAW grinder series is now equipped with the intelligent OSP-P300G CNC control. Okuma’s open architecture OSP-P control runs on a Windows®-based platform and fully integrates the machine, motors, drives and encoders, allowing for enhanced machine performance and true customization to suit particular machining needs. The Easy Operation control and touch screen increase efficiency by letting users easily and quickly toggle between machine operations, programming and wheel preparation screens.

The innovative wheelhead traverse structure gives these grinders a solid, compact footprint that saves valuable machine floor space while the user-friendly design allows various workpieces to be loaded effortlessly for easy automation in high production environments. The extremely rigid foundation allows for heavy-duty cutting and high speed grinding of 5.5kW with an optional 7.5kW.

The series is equipped with standard Chatter Control function that automatically adjusts wheel speed for accurate, stable machining. The high-speed grinding wheel spindle is ideal for cutting mass produced small parts with precision. Included in this grinder series are the GP14W, 15W, GA14W and 15W.

Key features of the GPW/GAW series

  • OSP-P300G control
  • Dead center workhead (Std: C type)
  • Chucking headstock (T specs standard)
  • Tailstock quill stroke 35 mm
  • Wheel spindle motor: 5.5 kW (10 hp) (inverter drive)
  • High feed rates X-axis ø30 m/min; Z-axis: 20 m/min
  • Superior rigidity for powerful grinding
  • Variety of loader patterns for easy automation

For more information on Okuma’s GPW/GAW series visit http://www.okuma.com/gpwgaw-series.

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 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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Boston Centerless Announces New Distribution Center in Cleveland

Woburn, MA – August 5, 2015 — Boston Centerless announced the opening of a new distribution center in Cleveland, OH, servicing the Great Lakes and Greater Midwest areas. The distribution center is stocking a variety of materials utilized for CNC Swiss screw machining. Materials are available off-the-shelf in nominal sizes as well as pre-ground. Customers in that area can now receive materials next day, reducing delivery time by more than half. The company will provide free local delivery within a 50 mile radius.

Boston Centerless offers Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) programs designed to meet its customer requirements while helping them to lower inventory costs and increase cash flow. VMI programs include Kanban, Blanket Order Release, JIT and Hold-for-Release programs. “The opening of the Cleveland, OH distribution center is our fourth warehouse to open since 2013,” said Dave Mersereau, Sr. Vice President and General Manager at Boston Centerless. “Our focus is to provide our customers across the country with the fastest delivery of materials as well as support them with inventory management programs.”

The company’s other distribution centers are located in Nevada, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

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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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Delcam’s New PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer App in the Okuma App Store is Ideal for Viewing Multi-Channel CNC Programs on Machine Tools with Ease and Efficiency

Delcam’s PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer App automatically aligns multi-channel CNC programs side by side for immediate viewing increasing shop productivity.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 3, 2015) – Okuma Apps put the power of improving part quality, reducing costs and increasing profitability in your hands. Delcam’s PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer app in the Okuma App Store  quickly and efficiently aligns multi-channel CNC programs side by side on one screen for easy viewing with a few simple clicks of a button. This unique technology makes it simple for users to see what’s happening simultaneously on the machine and allows them to search and edit NC programs immediately and effortlessly.

A PartMaker product specialist provides each user with a customized machine configuration for their shop. Synchronized processes are displayed across multiple channels for nearly any multi-axis machine/control combination. The app also allows users to connect to a CNC editor to make changes or corrections to optimize programs increasing productivity and throughput.

PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer features:

  • Viewing of multi-channel CNC programs side by side on one screen
  • Automatically displays synchronized processes across numerous channels
  • Easily searches programs and connects to a CNC editor for program changes or corrections
  • Compatible with all machine tools

Okuma’s App Store is the industry’s first and only centralized, online marketplace for CNC machine tool apps and related content. Okuma’s open architecture control and Windows® are fully integrated allowing for true customization to suit particular machining needs. For more information on Delcam’s PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer App and to download apps visit http://www.myokuma.com/.  To learn more about Delcam and the PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer visit http://www.partmaker.com/multichannelviewer/.

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 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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Edge Technologies Announces New Regional Sales Manager: Travis Prestidge

Travis Prestidge Edge Technologies Regional Sales Manager

St. Louis, MO – Edge Technologies has announced the hiring of Travis Prestidge as the new South Central Regional Sales Manager, which includes the states of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Southern Illinois, Missouri, and Texas; as well as the country of Mexico.

Prestidge, a five year veteran of the machine tool industry, has a unique background in metrology and technical sales demonstration. He routinely worked with customers to ensure that their exacting tolerances could be met with the prospective capital equipment purchase, by way of coordinate measurement machines and laser trackers.

In addition to machine tool sales, Prestidge also has a wealth of previous sales experience.  After gaining a Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University in 2003, he went on to work at the regional sales level.

“I’m very passionate about manufacturing and couldn’t be more excited to join the team at Edge”, says Prestidge. “More importantly, however, I can’t wait to forge new customer relationships.”

“Travis brings five years accessory sales experience and an extensive knowledge of the dealer network to our organization”, noted Rick Bauer, Vice President of Edge Technologies. “We look forward to introducing him to our customer base and expect him to hit the ground running.”

Edge Technologies provides bar feeding, loading and unloading products for CNC lathes in the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success, demonstrated by 30 years of sales and service, including more than 10,000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace.

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ITA Offers High-Efficiency Mist Collectors that Alleviate Workplace Hazards

 

Summary: To meet heightened concerns about health and safety in the workplace, ITA offers high-efficiency Mist Collectors that far exceed regulatory guidelines.

Berlin, Maryland (March 9, 2015) – At a time when state and federal regulators may be moving toward tighter workplace safety requirements, ITA is assuring its customers that Coral Noil Mist Collectors far exceed minimum health and safety standards.

Noil Mist Collectors remove both water-soluble and oil-based mist used in machine tool operations through a three-stage filtration system. In the first stage an impeller converts the mist back into a liquid and recovers the coolant for recycling. Next, a dense cellulose filter cartridge removes finely aspirated particles. A third-stage high-efficiency polyester filter rated 99.9% @ 2 micron particle size removes remaining particles.

For shops that require an even greater degree of filtration, ITA offers customers a fourth stage Post Filter accessory that increases efficiency to 99.9% @ 0.3 micron particle size, and returns the clean air back into the work area.

“Airborne oil mist can land everywhere, on floors, machinery and employees,” according to an ITA company spokesperson. “An effective mist collector reduces worker accidents caused by slips and falls from oil and dirt buildup on shop floors. And it improves air quality, minimizing health risks that metalworking fluids and machine mist can cause.”

The high-speed impeller in Noil Mist Collectors is dynamically balanced, and the second and third stage filters do not rotate, assuring quiet and vibration-free operation, another workplace benefit. The compact design of the unit offers various mounting options: directly to the machinery, or on a floor stand, wall mount or ceiling suspension.

ITA’s spokesperson points out that the same triple filtration system that provides safety benefits to workers also cuts down on a facility’s production costs. By efficiently evacuating coolant mist and oil mist from the air, Noil Mist Collectors can then recycle them back to the machine tool, reducing the cost of coolants. A cleaner workplace environment also means less dirt and grime that can collect and eventually foul up machinery. Noil Mist Collector filters are made to deliver long-lasting performance, significantly reducing the frequency of filter maintenance and machine downtime. The polyester filter can even be washed and reused.

Noil Mist Collectors are protected by a full five-year warranty. For more information, or help in finding the right mist collection system for your facility, call 410-777-8555 to speak to an ITA expert. Or visit www.ita.cc where you can download the Noil brochure.

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NEW PRODUCT BY EXAIR: Back Blow Air Nozzle For Cleaning Inside Diameters

EXAIR’s new 1/4 NPT Back Blow Air Nozzle has been designed to effectively blow debris and liquids from pipe or hose inside diameters, channel, bores, holes, internal threads and other internal part features. An array of holes provide a forceful 360 degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips and light oils from machining processes. This nozzle prevents blowing chips further into a part, tube or pipe and eliminates any safety hazard created by blowing debris out the far end of a pipe or tube.

The Model 1006SS Back Blow Air Nozzle is manufactured with a small profile and will fit inside openings as small as 7/8″ and is effective on diameters up to 4″. It is constructed of type 316 stainless steel to provide durability and superior resistance to corrosion. Installation is simplified and a secure fit is assured with 5/8″ flats milled on the body. Since airflow is directed back toward the operator, personal protective equipment is recommended. Chip shields to protect the operator from the exiting debris are available. Extension pipes from 12″ to 72″ are stocked to provide necessary reach for longer tube and pipe clean out.

Sound level is low at 80 dBA and meets OSHA noise requirement 29 CFR 1910.95(a), as well as being CE compliant. Price is $92.

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/back.htm

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Skilled Material® from Boston Centerless Improves CNC Swiss Productivity

Woburn, MA – May 27, 2015 – Skilled Material bars from Boston Centerless address the challenges faced by CNC machine shops regarding the need for highly skilled operators and lowering overall cost of production. The process of CNC Swiss screw machining relies heavily on the quality of bar materials in order to run smoothly. Variations in material diameter, straightness and roundness greatly impact the success of component manufacturing.

Ever since CNC Swiss screw machines first entered the US market in the mid-1970s, Boston Centerless has been working with its customers and the machine tool builders to learn the factors associated with smooth Swiss turning applications. With 40 years of hands on experience, Boston Centerless has developed a deep understanding of how diameter, straightness and roundness tolerances can dramatically affect the effectiveness and efficiency of CNC Swiss screw machining operations. The underlying factor is that with variation in any of the dimensional variables stated above, the Swiss turning operations are inconsistent and more difficult to control. The inconsistent operation requires more human (labor) input into the process, which puts more demand on the skilled labor and increases cost associated with that labor.

The reliability and consistency of Skilled Material bars removes variation at the outset, making the process much more robust and predictable, allowing for a confident and dramatic reduction of labor input required to keep the process in control and produce good parts. In addition, total cost savings can come in the form of reduced downtime, longer tool life, faster production times and less scrap. Skilled Material allows for machines to run unattended or lights out, further reducing costs. Simply put, Skilled Material addresses the two largest issues facing manufacturers today: lack of skilled labor and pressure to reduce costs. Material integrity and traceability are always part of the Skilled Material process. Laser marking, RFX Material

Verification and UT Testing are additional capabilities offered to ensure compliance. Boston Centerless can handle all aspects of supply chain management, including inventory management programs.

About Boston Centerless:

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 or call 781-994-5000.

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FFG Signs Agreement to Acquire Pfiffner Group. Hydromat Inc. Hails Deal as Progressive and Good for US Business

LOUIS, MO – On April 20th 2015, Fair Friend Group (FFG) signed an agreement with K.R. Pfiffner AG (Pfiffner Group) to acquire all shares of the Pfiffner companies. Soon the transaction will be finalized once there has been confirmation by the relevant authorities. This deal adds high precision, high volume machining to an already impressive portfolio of brands in FFG’s Machine Tool Division.

Pfiffner’s partner in the Americas, Hydromat Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is optimistic about the future with the FFG led Pfiffner Group, “I met with Luigi Maniglio, President of FFG Werke GmbH prior to the announcement of this acquisition and I believe that he and his team are fully engaged in the growth and advancement of FFG’s Machine Tool Division.  Because of this, the Pfiffner Group will be stronger and more innovative than ever, and that will make Hydromat Inc. even more successful and better able to meet the demands of our customers,” commented Bruno Schmitter, President & CEO of Hydromat Inc., “We are very pleased with this partnership.”

The agreements between Hydromat Inc. and the Pfiffner Group will remain the same as before and interviews with Hydromat Inc. management express an excitement about the involvement of the FFG acquisition, “It (Pfiffner) should be a very strong enterprise moving forward.  Jimmy Chu and FFG have a reputation for investing in and building great machine tool companies, not dismantling them. We are very happy that our partner, Pfiffner, an already excellent company, will be guaranteed a very bright future,” said Matthias Walter, Executive Vice President & CSO for Hydromat Inc.

FFG Werke GmbH is an independent group member of the global FFG family that benefits from the leadership of Fair Friend Group. In 2013 FFG acquired six European machine tool brands; VDF Boehringer, Hüller Hille, Hessapp, Honsberg, Modul and Witzig & Frank. In 2014 Hydromat Inc. became the sales and service organization in North America for Witzig & Frank, a previous partner of Hydromat Inc. for many years.

FFG’s Machine tool sector has 19 brands and 31 machine tool enterprises mostly in Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea, China, the USA, Italy, Germany, and now adds Switzerland to their map. Within the FFG group, the machine tool division generates approximately 1.8 billion Dollars of  total sales of about 3.3 billion US Dollars. As a member of a global conglomerate with manufacturing plants in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Pfiffner group will have access to the technology, sales, and service capacities of FFG, creating the potential for expanded growth.  The FFG group has a strong financial record and always looks to invest further in its technologies and customer support capacities.

“The growth strategy that FFG employs is perfectly in line with the needs of the Pfiffner Group, and it will enhance their already stellar reputation for innovation, quality and precision in the rotary transfer sector,” added Kevin Meehan, Hydromat’s Executive Vice President & COO for Hydromat Inc., “This development will solidify their position as the leader in the CNC rotary transfer segment, and our customers are sure to benefit from future technological developments driven by a stronger Pfiffner.”

Hydromat, Inc. is the industry leader in the Americas for the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines that include; EPIC R/T Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, as well as the revolutionary multi-station ICON 6-250, 6-150, and 8-150 Mill/Turn Productivity Centers. Hydromat has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service and technological innovation that provides the correct productivity solution for their customers.

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