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BIG Kaiser Elevates Industry Support with New Corporate Headquarters

Hoffman Estates, IL – BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. is excited to announce the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL. At 33,000 square-feet, the new facility is nearly three times larger than BIG Kaiser’s former headquarters, and features a state-of-the-art showroom and resource center, high-tech classroom, office space, warehouse and repair center.
The new 5,000 square-foot showroom features extensive tooling and demonstration displays from BIG Kaiser’s complete product lineup. In-house machining centers allow the showroom to double as a resource center for customer demos and training. The facility also includes a high-tech classroom for advanced product training and presentations.

“This is a significant and necessary investment for our company,” explains BIG Kaiser President and COO Chris Kaiser. “Our new facility symbolizes BIG Kaiser’s ongoing commitment to its customers and our confidence in the industry’s future.”

The move to the new headquarters allows BIG Kaiser to remain committed to providing customers with the highest level of support. The new 10,000 square-foot warehouse contains BIG Kaiser’s extensive product inventory, allowing for minimized shipping time and cost to customers. An in-house repair center is staffed with skilled technicians to quickly fulfill customer’s repair or maintenance needs.

“Our high levels of service and engineering support are very important to our customers. This facility brings the energy, capacity, resources and technology to support our reputation,” Kaiser continued. “We are excited about our future and thankful to our employees and all others who have gotten us to this point.”

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling is a leader in high precision tooling systems and solutions. With brands including Kaiser, BIG Daishowa, Speroni, Unilock, Sphinx, and more, BIG Kaiser’s line is focused on extreme accuracy and repeatability. BIG Kaiser’s mission is to support North American manufacturers with products that are designed and manufactured to a superior standard. Guaranteed.

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LMC PARTICIPATING IN MSQP PROGRAM FROM MORI SEIKI

LMC_1459_MSQP PartnershipLMC Workholding announces its approval as a Mori Seiki Qualified Peripherals (MSQP) supplier of face drivers, steady rests and chuck packages. LMC Workholding engineers and manufactures high quality chucks and standard and special workholding equipment. This includes international style power chucks and cylinders, wheel chucks, high volume machining power chucks, Neidlein face drivers and centers, Atling hydraulic steady rests, Richter manual steady rests, Stiefelmayer specialty clamping tools, Chandox brand chucks and cylinders and T de G large chucks.

Mori Seiki is a global leader in the manufacturing of lathes, machining centers, multi-axis turning centers and grinders. All orders for LMC products on new machine sales, and machines in the field under warranty, will be processed through MSQP. The MSQP program is the selection of quality peripheral equipment as Mori Seiki Qualified Peripherals, which will be used on Mori Seiki lathes and machining centers.

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Delcam to launch integrated CAM at SolidWorks World

Delcam, the world’s leading specialist supplier of machining software, will demonstrate its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks at the SolidWorks World 2010 exhibition to be held in Anaheim, California, January 31st to February 3rd. The initial version of Delcam for SolidWorks will include the company’s industry-leading technology for drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Future releases will cover the full range of machining operations, including turning, mill-turn and wire EDM.

Delcam for SolidWorks will, of course, be fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It will offer full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model will be reflected automatically in the toolpaths. However, this associativity will be more intelligent than that offered in many other integrated CAM systems. Delcam for SolidWorks will not simply modify the existing toolpaths but will also review the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and change them if necessary.

All toolpaths generated with Delcam for SolidWorks can be checked by the integrated simulation module on the computer before being passed to the machine tool. Finally, the software comes with Delcam’s full range of post-processors to allow fast accurate data transfer to all leading types of machining equipment.

Delcam for SolidWorks marks a new direction for Delcam. Previously, the company has supplied all of its machining software as stand-alone systems that can be linked to any CAD program. “We have received many requests from customers that want to be able to undertake their CAM programming from within the SolidWorks environment,” explained Tom McCollough, Vice President of FeatureCAM Development,. “Delcam for SolidWorks provides direct access to Delcam’s world-leading CAM algorithms from within this leading design software.”

More on what is inside Delcam for Solidworks
Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 30,000 customers around the world. For example, the software will offer PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus all of advanced strategies for high-speed machining, including trochoidal roughing, spiral finishing and Delcam’s patented Race-Line Machining technique. These strategies ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.

At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks will have the same strong focus on ease-of-use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes it so consistent and reliable. Most importantly, the software will include FeatureCAM’s Automatic Feature Recognition system which automatically extracts detailed feature information from the SolidWorks model. The system not only recognizes holes and pockets within the model but also groups similar holes by size and type automatically, and indentifies draft on pocket walls, and any fillets or chamfers within the pocket. Once the features have been identified, Delcam for SolidWorks undertakes automatic selection of cutting tools, machining strategies, and feeds and speeds, to complete the programming operation.

SolidWorks World

SolidWorks World

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New MICROLOK® AO From Birchwood Casey Provides Robust Corrosion Protection For Iron And Steel Components – Ideal Low Cost, Non-Polluting Replacement For Cold Blackeners

5556 Birchwood Casey

5556 Birchwood Casey

Eden Prairie, Minnesota: Now manufacturers can finish iron and steel components with a low temperature, environmentally friendly process that serves as a low-cost replacement for polluting cold blackening.

Nothing like it — the MICROLOK® AO Process from Birchwood Casey forms a non-toxic, aluminum oxide conversion coating that is 0.000060 inches (1.5 microns) thick, silver/black in color, and tightly adherent to the metal surface. When sealed with a rust preventive, the finish provides robust corrosion protection that is better than cold blackening at half the cost, without undesirable pollution hazards.

Ideal for users of cold blackeners who want a replacement that is safe to apply and avoids the use of EPA regulated (copper & selenium) chemicals. The patented MICROLOK AO solution contains no regulated chemicals – process rinse waters are generally sewerable as nonhazardous discharge. Applying the finish requires only five steps and 15 minutes:

1. CLEAN the metal surface: SAFE SCRUB; 120-140°F: 5 minutes.
2. RINSE in clean water.
3. APPLY MICROLOK AO finish: 120-140°F: 8 minutes.
4. RINSE in clean water.
5. SEAL in DRI TOUCH® AMBER Rust Preventive: 1 minute.

Additional benefits include: anti-galling protection to aid in assembly and startup; temperature stability up to 1400°F; safe 120-140° F operation with no boiling or splattering; no scale or sludge buildup in tanks, bath maintenance is much simpler requiring only pH monitoring.

Applications include: tooling and machine components; automotive parts including tierods, ball joints, clutch and brake components; and large components such as oilfield drilling equipment. MICROLOCK AO is an ideal choice for any component with its attractive, nondimensional silver-black finish, corrosion protection and anti-galling properties.

Most cold blackening lines can be easily converted to the MICROLOK AO process, or new tank lines, of any size, are available from Birchwood Casey at modest cost, ranging from small-scale manually operated lines to large volume CNC operated systems.

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Doraville Custom Machine Services Wins the Okuma Real Help Machine Tool Giveaway

Charlotte, NC (December 11, 2009) – Okuma America Corporation has named Charles Blair and Doraville Custom Machine Services the winner in their Real Help Machine Tool Giveaway contest. Mr. Blair submitted a video entry, answering the question “How can an Okuma help your business?” His video was selected from a pool of nearly 400 entries.

Doraville Custom Machine Services was founded in early 2007 by Mr. Blair and his father with a used cnc lathe. Over the past 2 years the company has specialized in prototyping work for research facilities and the medical industry and they are looking to branch into more production-type work. Mr. Blair entered the contest because, “Our equipment wasn’t the best kind suited for production work and our existing turning center sits broken more often than it runs.”

“We are pleased that we can offer real help to Mr. Blair and his company,” stated Larry Schwartz, President and COO of Okuma America Corporation, “and help them grow their business.”

Representatives of Okuma and Morris South, a division of Morris Group, Inc., one of Okuma’s major distributors will work with Mr. Blair to determine which Okuma machine will be best suited for Doraville Custom Machine Services current and future needs. Machine installation will take place sometime early in 2010.

Mr. Blair’s entry and all the contest entries are posted online at http://oac.okuma.com/giveaway.

In addition to prizes from Okuma, members of Partners in THINC provided entry prizes and prizes for the weekly winners and the finalists. Participating sponsors include: Sandvik-Coromant, Iscar Metals, Inc., Renishaw, Schunk, Caron Engineering, Zoller, Iemca, FANUC Robotics and Marposs.

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NEW GS DRILL FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE DRILLING FROM SUMITOMO

gsdrillMount Prospect, IL – Sumitomo introduces the solid carbide GS Drill Series – the new “Global Standard” in solid carbide drilling. With an advanced carbide substrate and highly wear resistant DEX coating, the GS Drill Series allows for increased feed rates and running speed. The DEX coating has alternately stacked AlCr and SiNi coating layers that not only provide high heat resistance, but also exceptional chipping resistance.

Another feature of the GS Drill is wider flutes to accommodate for excellent chip evacuation when machining steels, stainless steels, cast irons, super alloys, and non-ferrous materials. Also with its newly configured point geometry, the GS Drill reduces cutting forces and promotes stable drilling.

The GS Drill Series is available in external coolant and coolant-through styles. External coolant drills are available in 2XD and 4XD lengths, while coolant-through drills are offered in 3XD, 5XD and 8XD lengths.

For more information, contact Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc., 1001 Business Center Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056, Phone: (800) 950-5202, Fax: (847) 635-9335, e-mail: info@sumicarbide.com, or visit the Sumitomo Web site at www.sumicarbide.com.

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GE and FANUC Complete Joint Venture Dissolution

GE Intelligent Platforms to continue focus on software and services, control systems and embedded computing; FANUC to promote industry-leading CNC portfolio globally.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA December 11, 2009 GE (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD announced today that the two companies have completed their agreement to dissolve the GE Fanuc Automation Corporation Joint Venture. This agreement reverts the respective portions of the joint venture back to the parent company and allows each company to focus on its existing businesses and pursue growth in its respective core industry of expertise. The two companies signed the final agreement today in Chicago, and will now operate independently as GE Intelligent Platforms and FANUC LTD.

“Today begins the next phase in GE Intelligent Platforms’ focus to provide our customers with a sustainable advantage through industry-leading technology and the passion and expertise of our people,” said Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms. “We will continue to invest in our product and solution platforms that allow our customers to compete and succeed in a challenging economy. In addition, we intend to utilize our world-class enterprise software as a platform for faster growth for the entire GE portfolio. ”

GE Intelligent Platforms continues to be a leading high-performance technology company that serves a vast array of industries around the world including government & defense, telecommunications, energy, water, transportation, and consumer packaged goods. The company delivers software and services, control systems, and embedded systems globally.

FANUC Honorary Chairman Dr. Seiuemon Inaba said, “Our joint venture has achieved great success in the computer numerical control (CNC) business. We have achieved many things together, but FANUC is now looking forward to focusing our efforts on our industry-leading CNC portfolio and the opportunities unique to our industry that will deliver great benefits to our customers.”

The two companies will continue to work together in a commercial relationship related to GE’s motion control and motor products with no interruption in supply of these components. In addition, GE intends to support its CNC customers in the Americas through its CNC services business.

Sylvester added, “We are truly grateful to Dr. Inaba and his team at FANUC for their partnership with GE over these past 20 years, and we wish them continued success in the future. We are confident that this change will allow both companies to serve our customers better as we continue to innovate and solve some of our customers’ toughest problems.”

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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms and Accenture Help Metro de Madrid Transform Its Operations and Increase Service Levels

Metro de Madrid

Metro de Madrid

Charlottesville, VA, November 30, 2009 – Metro de Madrid, the third largest metro system in the world, with the help of Accenture (NYSE: ACN) together with GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has successfully introduced a program to transform its maintenance operations and provide higher standards of transportation services. The program, known as ŒCOMMIT, aims to increase Metro de Madrid’s operational performance and raise the level of its customer service.

To meet Metro de Madrid’s operational goals, Accenture implemented a new operational maintenance model and designed a technology infrastructure to manage in real-time the installation of metro’s equipment such as elevators, escalators, energy distribution and management, telecommunications, hydraulic pumps, ticketing and turnstiles. The model comprises monitoring and automation tools with capabilities including advanced diagnostics of failures and incidents to minimize service disruptions, the analysis of incidents and equipment faults to reduce maintenance costs and maximize manpower resources, and remote maintenance and remote monitoring of installations of equipment to increase efficiency. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platform’s supervisory control and data acquisition software suite, Proficy iFIX, was implemented as a part of the solution. iFIX provides real-time information management to help Metro de Madrid drive better analytics and leverage more reliability, visibility into day-to-day operations, flexibility and scalability across their enterprise.

We are delighted with the early successes the COMMIT program has delivered, Manuel Vázquez , Metro de Madrid’s Infrastructure Director. The work Accenture and GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms carried out is central to the expansion of our network and delivery of superior service as we now have real-time diagnostic and monitoring tools that enable us to be proactive rather than reactive at all levels and aspects of the network’s operation.

Since the launch of the COMMIT program in June 2006, Metro de Madrid has realized a range of benefits including:

  • Putting into service about one third more equipment and facilities without deteriorating the quality of service. The costs of implementation were also controlled;
  • Manpower efficiencies with a reduction in second on-site visits to resolve equipment failures or malfunctions;
  • Increase in positive customer experience due to real-time availability of the state of services offered;
  • Improved technical and service management internally and with its suppliers.

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Mastercam X4: Spotlight on Lathe

Tolland, CT – Mastercam X4 Lathe is here with a new suite of CAD/CAM tools focused on delivering speed and efficiency for your machining jobs. From roughing and finishing to easy grooving and threading, Mastercam Lathe has been designed to reduce programmer interaction and increase machining flexibility.

Powerful Part Modeling
Mastercam’s streamlined CAD engine makes design work easier than ever before. Each piece of geometry you create is “live,” letting you quickly modify it until it’s exactly what you want.

Precise Turning
Mastercam X4 Lathe delivers a streamlined set of programming tools, including:

  • “Quick Toolpaths” for programming parts with just a few clicks.
  • Optimized facing including roughing and finishing.
  • Complete threading with multiple starts, diameter calculation, and user customizable thread tables.
  • In addition to turning, full 3- to 5-axis milling, including machines with B-axis tooling arms.
  • Grooving with multiple depth cuts and pecking.
  • Easily assign groove depth, width, wall angles, corner radius, chamfer, and corner dwells.
  • Stock recognition for optimized turning toolpaths with minimal user interaction.
  • Comprehensive lead-in/lead-out controls minimize the need to modify the CAD model to control tool motion.
  • Steady rest option supports long work pieces, minimizing deflection from tool pressure and material weight

Designed for Ease

  • Fully associative toolpaths are linked with your geometry. Modify any element of the job and immediately get updated toolpaths without starting over.
  • Mastercam’s CAD File Change Recognition tracks files from Mastercam or any other CAD system and will show you what’s been changed for easy toolpath updating.
  • Comprehensive insert libraries including Sandvik®, Kennametal®, Iscar®, and Valenite®.
  • See your part as it will come off the machine with solid model toolpath verification.
Full C-axis machining when combined with Mastercam Mill

Full C-axis machining when combined with Mastercam Mill

For more information about Mastercam X4 Lathe, please visit www.mastercamlathe.com.

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