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New White Paper from Okuma Details Energy-Efficient CNC Machine Tool Technologies

Machine shops of any size can apply these technologies on their shop floor to keep energy costs down.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 17, 2016) – Rising energy costs continue to affect profits and be a major concern for machine shops of all sizes. Hidden costs in CNC machining such as machine tool idling, unnecessary pump rotation and continuous running of peripheral equipment guzzle energy. Having the ability to manage these costs can provide significant savings.

A new white paper published by Okuma America Corporation, titled “Energy-Efficient Machine Tool Technologies, For Any Size Shop,” discusses findings from a 2015 survey of metalworking companies which revealed that shops could see an energy cost increase of $21,541 in just one year. The white paper describes how Okuma’s ECO suite technology, part of OSP suite, can achieve significant energy savings by reducing power consumption during machine operating and waiting times. The white paper is available for free download at http://www.okuma.com/wp-energy-efficient-machine-tool-technologies. ECO suite is available on Okuma machines equipped with the OSP-P300 control and the new OSP suite application.

ECO suite reduces power consumption through four new intelligent control applications:

• ECO Idling Stop – The world’s first application that stops machine tool idling, ECO Idling Stop has shown energy savings up to 74 percent during non-cutting operation (over a one month time frame). Using Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly Concept, this feature monitors the cooling status of the milling and turning spindles and automatically turns them off when cooling is complete.

• ECO Power Monitor – This allows operators to see how much energy is being used and saved. The machine tool’s display shows power consumption for spindles, feed axes and peripheral equipment.

• ECO Hydraulics – This optional feature provides accurate machining control at a very low rotation speed minimizing unnecessary pump rotation during dwell pressure applications. Rotation is optimized by combining the servo control technology on the machine tool with high efficiency hydraulic pumps. Demonstrations have shown 63 percent reduction in power consumption.

• ECO Operation – Operators set time limits for peripheral equipment, automatically stopping them after cutting is finished.

In addition to efficient technologies, many Okuma machine tools are equipped with a PREX Motor. PREX motors are compact and lightweight and are the first commercialized high-performance reluctance motor to make acceleration and deceleration highly responsive. Their ideal combination of horsepower, torque, thrust, and lower inertial mass is designed to optimize machine performance and reduce energy consumption by 5-13%.

Okuma’s ECO suite won the Excellence Award/Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the 45th Machine Design Awards, sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Business and Technology Daily News.

For more information on Okuma’s energy saving ECO suite visit http://www.okuma.com/eco-suite-energy-saving-cnc-control-applications.

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 http://www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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NEW CATALOG: EXAIR’s New Catalog 29 Features new CE compliant and UL Recognized Static Eliminators

EXAIR’s new Catalog 29 is our best catalog yet; a full color technical guide offering solutions to common industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, coating and static electricity problems. This 192 page catalog includes new Static Eliminators and their associated selectable voltage Power Supply. The Ion Air Gun, Ion Air Cannon, Ion Air Jet, Ionizing Point, and Super Ion Air Wipe have 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. These same products are also RoHS compliant. A new back blow nozzle for small diameters and stainless steel plumbing kits for Super Air Knives have also been added.
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/cat29.htm

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Delcam to host USA User Group Tour to Launch PartMaker 2016

Delcam’s PartMaker Division will host a series of User Group Meetings around the USA in the coming three months to launch PartMaker 2016.  The program at each event will feature comprehensive technical sessions on the new features of PartMaker 2016, including over fifty additional new features and enhancements, making it most significant release of the product to date.

The event dates and locations are as follows:
February 24 – Memphis, Tennessee
March 18 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 1 – Chicago, Illinois
April 1 – Cleveland, Ohio
April 1 – New England
April 8 – Los Angeles, California
April 8 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 8 – Buffalo, New York
April 21 – Indianapolis, Indiana
The full agenda, booking form and details including exact location for each event can be found at www.partmaker.com/2016usergroup

At each meeting, PartMaker product specialists will discuss the latest developments in PartMaker and will be on hand to answer any technical questions.  They will also discuss the future of PartMaker’s development efforts and to listen to delegates’ input for incorporation into future versions.

A complimentary catered breakfast and lunch buffet will be provided to all registered attendees.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to race the PartMaker staff at each venue’s indoor karting track.  The Indianapolis event will feature a tour of the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Major highlights of PartMaker 2016 include the most powerful 2 ½ axis milling machining strategies found on the CAM market today, support for the import of multiple solid models into a single PartMaker CAM project file, specialist support for broaching, faster 2D CAD drafting and tool path selection and much, much more.

Full details on the 2016 release, with videos demonstrating the new functionality, can be seen at www.delcam.tv/pmk2016/lz.

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Okuma Customer Precision Products Reduces Scrapped Parts with Custom Machine Tool App

Precision Products, Adam Kauger and Tim Kauger

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 10, 2016) – Okuma customer Precision Products, a manufacturer of precision machined parts for firearms manufacturers and various industries, has written a machine tool app that streamlines their cutting operations, while reducing operator error and scrapped parts.

Precision Products, a Licensed Firearms Manufacturer, machines more than 300 variations of shotgun parts. To manage such a large number of variations in cutting, they customized the functionality of the Okuma control on their LT2000 EX twin spindle turning center with a machine tool app that displays easy, touch screen selections to program parts. This new app minimizes the chance of operator error, reduces training time and increases shop floor efficiency by simplifying CNC machining complexities.

The open architecture of Okuma’s OSP-P control allows users to customize operations to suit their unique machining needs. Adam Kauger, Project Manager, Precision Products, has no formal app development experience but was able to learn the skills required with some online training. Okuma supplied the API (application programming interface) to Kauger who then wrote the machine tool app. He allowed for numerous variations (such as different restriction sizes that get updated for each part), by writing macros for subprograms. “I really believe in the benefit of being able to get the API’s and write our own apps. Now I see how much you can do with an Okuma,” says Adam.

Precision’s custom machine tool app has given them the ability to simplify operations and maximize efficiency in addition to ensuring the quality and precision of their parts. “It’s a big time saver and also minimizes costly errors,” says Tim Kauger, Precision’s owner.

Okuma Apps put the power of improving part quality, reducing costs and increasing profitability in your hands. For more information on the Okuma App Store and to download apps visit https://www.myokuma.com/. For more information on Precision Products and other Okuma Testimonials visit http://www.okuma.com/testimonials.

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.

Precision Products
Precision Products Machine & Fab., Inc. was founded in 1990 and is located in Hazlehurst, Georgia. They specialize in manufacturing precision-machined parts. Backed by state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software, capabilities include CNC and conventional machining, some of which includes robotic work cells. Precision Products actively enforces a Quality Assurance Program to ensure the production of the highest quality products possible and to ensure continual process improvement. They take pride in providing competitive prices, quality products, unbeatable customer service, and strict confidentiality with customers. For more information visit www.precisionpro.com.

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Tsugami/Rem Sales to Demonstrate LaserSwiss Machine at MD&M West Show

[Windsor, CT- January 8, 2016]
Tsugami/Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami machine tools, announced today that it will demonstrate its S206 LaserSwiss machine at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, CA in February.

This will be the first time the company has demonstrated the Tsugami S206-II with IMG 400LS Laser Cutting System at this show. The “LaserSwiss” combines 6-axis Swiss machining with laser cutting on one machine, allowing manufacturers to perform Swiss turning and laser cutting operations with one setup. All operations are programmed and driven from the machine’s Fanuc 32i-B control. The nozzle standoff adjustment is NC controlled, and the laser’s frequency, pulse width, focus and power are all adjustable ‘on the fly.’

“This machine is ideal for medical manufacturing,” Tsugami/Rem Sales Vice President Mike Mugno said, “and it’s changing the way small, tubular parts are made. Our customers have replaced two machines with one, eliminated the need for multiple part setups, and significantly reduced part production time.”

Tsugami/Rem Sales will also demonstrate the B0205 5-axis CNC Swiss Turn at the show. The 20 mm 5-axis Swiss Turn is convertible, meaning it can be run as a traditional sliding headstock machine with a guide bushing or as chucker without the guide bushing.

“The chucker conversion option provides distinct advantages,” Mugno said. “It allows operators to machine parts from bar stock, rather than centerless ground stock, and results in shorter remnants. This flexibility reduces manufacturer’s part production costs.” The B0205 has an electronic servo-driven guide bushing and 21 tool positions.

To see live cutting demos of these machines at MD&M West, visit the Tsugami/Rem Sales booth, #667. The show runs February 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Local manufacturers unable to attend the show are invited to schedule private machine tool demonstrations at the new Tsugami Technical Center in Fullerton, CA, or at Tsugami/Rem Sales’ distribution partner Ellison Technologies’ California facilities in Santa Fe Springs and Freemont.

About Tsugami/Rem Sales

Tsugami/Rem Sales (www.remsales.com) has been the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami machine tools since 1978. A division of Morris Group, Inc. of Windsor, Connecticut, Rem Sales sells new Tsugami machine tools via national distribution channels and direct sales agents. The company also provides application engineering, service and customer training.

About Ellison Technologies

Ellison Technologies (www.ellisontechnologies.com) is the largest machine tool integrator in North America, representing 70% of the metal cutting market. With 16 locations across the U.S., Ellison is committed to the survival and growth of the manufacturing industry. In addition to distributing the latest CNC machine tool technology, Ellison provides engineering solutions, service and parts support, turnkey solutions, robotic automation and machine financing.

 

 

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Okuma Expands Application Engineering Team

Brad Fitzpatrick, Jeff Hampton and Lee Johnston Join Okuma.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 13, 2016) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, is pleased to announce the addition of three new team members, Brad Fitzpatrick, Jeff Hampton, and Lee Johnston, to the Application Engineering Department. They are responsible for demos, training, specification reviews, process developments and technical support for Okuma customers and distributors.

  • Brad Fitzpatrick, Junior Applications Engineer, previously held positions in mechanical assembly, machine run off, options installation, mechanical inspection, and sales and project management. His area of expertise is lathes. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management from Ohio University and an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cincinnati State Technical College.
  • Jeff Hampton, Applications Engineer, has more than 25 years of experience in the machine tool industry in set-up and operation, CAD/CAM programming, manufacturing and application engineering. Jeff’s focus is on machining centers and their technologies. He obtained his CNC Machinist Journeyman Card from Jackson Community College, Jackson, Michigan.
  • Lee Johnston, Senior Applications Engineer specializes in 5-axis application. He has several years of CNC machining experience in the automotive industry and has held positions in machine repair, retrofits, design, PLC programming, technical support and technical writing.

“We are excited to have Brad, Jeff and Lee join the Applications Engineering team at Okuma. Their passion, combined experience and superior CNC machine tool skills are an asset to Okuma, our customers and distributors,” says Rod Tojdowski, Senior Manager Application Engineering for Okuma America Corporation.

For more information on Okuma machine tools visit http://www.okuma.com/americas.

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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EXAIR’s new 1/4 NPT internal mix deflected flat fan atomizing spray nozzle

NEW PRODUCT: Spray Nozzle Coats, Cools, Treats and Paints in Tight Spaces

EXAIR’s 1/4 NPT internal mix deflected flat fan atomizing spray nozzle atomizes fluid and sprays at a right angle to the nozzle orientation. This allows spray to be placed precisely where it is needed when the mounting and work areas are limited. These nozzles are ideal for coating the inside of enclosures and ductwork. 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 1.8 to 6.9 gallons per hour.

With EXAIR’s atomizing nozzles, you can coat, cool, treat and paint a variety of products using compressed air and liquids with a viscosity of up to 300 centipoise. They are commonly used with water, light oils, rust inhibitors, chemicals, paints and dyes.

The stainless steel construction of these atomizing nozzles adds to their durability and corrosion resistance. EXAIR atomizing nozzles are available with 1/4 NPT and 1/2 NPT connections and in a variety of sizes and shapes to meet your needs. All models are adjustable, come with our 5 year Built to Last Warranty and are CE compliant. Internal mix deflected flat fan spray nozzles start at $187.

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/smad.htm

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Game Changing PartMaker 2016 Now Released

Latest PartMaker version, which sets a new standard for power and ease of use in a production machining oriented CAM system, is now available to end users

Fort Washington, PA – Delcam has released the latest version of its PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, Wire EDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes, PartMaker 2016. PartMaker 2016 represents a total game changer in the field of CAM software for production machining, offering an unprecedented level of power and ease of use.

Major highlights of PartMaker 2016 include the most powerful 2 ½ axis milling machining strategies found on the CAM market today, support for the import of multiple solid models into a single PartMaker CAM project file, specialist support for broaching, faster 2D CAD drafting and tool path selection and much, much more.

In addition to these technologies, PartMaker 2016 includes over fifty additional new features and enhancements. Comprehensive details on all the new features and functionality in PartMaker can be found at the PartMaker 2016 learning zone at www.delcam.tv/pmk2016/lz/.

“PartMaker 2016 is a truly groundbreaking piece of technology,” says PartMaker Inc. President, Hanan Fishman. “PartMaker 2016 blends machining power and ease of use in a way the market for production oriented CAM software hasn’t seen before. PartMaker 2016 will help both current and prospective PartMaker users program faster and achieve significant productivity gains including marked reductions in machining time for the parts they program.”

Headlining PartMaker 2016 is a completely revamped approach to 2 ½ axis milling operations across the entire product range including PartMaker Mill, Turn-Mill and SwissCAM. PartMaker 2016 offers a host of new 2 ½ axis milling options based on parent company Delcam’s proprietary milling technology, technology developed and supported by the industry’s largest CAM-focused development team. The new milling functionality in PartMaker 2016 is specifically targeted at the needs of production machining applications, allowing users not only to program faster but also machine parts faster than ever before. The new milling toolpath technology included in PartMaker 2016 offers an unprecedented combination of power and ease of use. It allows users to create highly efficient and sophisticated toolpath strategies without even requiring a solid model.

PartMaker 2016 also offers users the ability to import multiple solid models into a single PartMaker CAM project file (*.JOB file). Additionally, this new functionality lets users quickly extract multiple parts from an imported solid assembly. This allows for more flexible programming of complex parts as well as improved ability to manipulate milling work holding in PartMaker’s CAM environment.

PartMaker 2016 also includes the CAM software industry’s first, dedicated functionality for broaching. Broaching is a deformative manufacturing technique for creating features with sharp corners. While broaching has its roots in old world screw machine technology, it has become a popular machining technique today, particularly in the medical device field in bone screw applications with hex shapes, Torx or Hex lobular and square and spline drives. PartMaker Version 2016 automates the programming of both index and rotary (also known as wobble) broaching operations in an intuitive and visual manner. The software allows broaching operations to be simulated using powerful, 3D simulation.

More on PartMaker

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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Okuma Announces New Houston Tech Center Coordinator

Ted Winkle joins the Okuma team.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 1, 2015) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, is pleased to announce that Ted Winkle has joined the Okuma team as the Houston Tech Center Coordinator. He is responsible for managing all technical center activities in addition to supporting sales and Okuma distribution partner Hartwig.

Winkle previously held supervisory and engineering positions in the manufacturing industry and has extensive sales and technical training experience. He has more than 20 years of hands-on experience as a design engineer and operating Okuma machines which has allowed him to acquire comprehensive knowledge of turning and milling applications, and tooling and fixture design.

“I first learned to program and operate a CNC machine on Okuma lathes with OSP-5020 controls and have been partial to the brand ever since. Okuma has been an important part of every stage of my career, so being able to join the Okuma team is kind of like a homecoming for me,” said Winkle.

Winkle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Texas at Tyler. He will be based in Houston, Texas.

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 Introduces New Economically Priced Scout 320 Magazine Bar Feeder

LOUIS, MO – The Scout 320 is the newest and most economically priced Edge brand magazine bar feeder for feeding round, square and hexagonal bar stock in a diameter range of 3-20mm and lengths up to 12’ into CNC lathes. It features robust construction with heavy gauge structural steel that ensures rigidity and long term durability. A two-pusher system drastically reduces the overall length of the unit by as much as 4 feet. A short pusher pre-feeds the bar then retracts, then a second full-length pusher lowers into position to continue the feeding process. The Scout 320’s double pusher system is propelled by a toothed belt for accuracy, as well as smooth quiet running.

As a standard feature on the Scout 320, the synchronization device for Swiss style lathes employs an electro-magnetic coupling, mechanically linking the lathes headstock’s z-axis travel to the bar feeder’s pusher to ensure synchronous movement and no loss of connection between the bar stock and pusher collet.

Dual anti-vibration devices stabilize the bar stock at two critical points between the guide channel and lathe spindle maximizing RPM potential. Its adjustable roller design provides superior support and easy set-up of all bar diameters without the cost of multiple bearing blocks.

The Scout features a 3-20 mm bar diameter capacity with hydrodynamic quick-change polyurethane guide channels. An extruded aluminum case surrounds the Scout’s polyurethane guide channels, increasing strength and stability. The channel is flooded with oil to create a hydrodynamic effect to support the rotating bar resulting in the ability to run at higher RPM with reduced noise and vibration. The top guide channel is profiled for all bar stock sizes. The “U” shaped bottom guide channel sections slide easily out of their base. To make the change for a new channel size, a new section is inserted, a screw is tightened and the Scout is ready to run a new bar stock diameter.

The Scout 320 features the convenience of an easy-to-use remote control pendant with a Mitsubishi control and servo drive that provides the Scout’s motion control and functionality. Functions include: manual and automatic operation, manual load/unload of bar stock for set-up and/or change over, movement of bar pusher, and the emergency stop. The control is easy to program, yet flexible enough for all applications. Parameters are set through simple F functions. Alarms are well defined and displayed on the operator control panel; panel swings out for ease of use.

At their national technical center headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Edge Technologies not only stocks bar feeders, but provides full-service technical support, service in the field, and order desk capabilities for their stock of parts and accessories. Installations and training round out Edge Technologies’ offerings.

Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success and innovation demonstrated by 25 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

Vice President

Edge Technologies

11600 Adie Road

St. Louis, MO 63043

Phone: 314.692.8388

Fax: 314.692.5152

rbauer@edgetechnologies.com

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

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