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Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Inc. and Hartwig, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership

Hartwig will become Authorized Distributor of Citizen in Mountain States Region

Allendale, NJ – February 02, 2010 – Hartwig, Inc. of St. Louis, MO, the largest distributor of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine tools and metal cutting solutions in the central and mountain United States, and Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Inc. of Allendale, NJ the largest U.S supplier of Swiss-type turning centers, signed an agreement to form a strategic partnership taking effect January 1, 2010.

The six states in the mountain region including Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho will become authorized distributors of Citizen’s Swiss product lineup and Miyano automatic lathe solutions for the Hartwig organization.  The Mountain Region will join Hartwig’s current territory representation for the Citizen and Miyano lines in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

“Hartwig is pleased to be representing the Citizen line in the mountain territory.  Our ability to support and service our customers with the best technology and products in all areas of manufacturing continues to support our customer strategy.” said Gary Hartwig, president of Hartwig, Inc. “Providing customers the range of solutions necessary to keep them competitive in a local and global setting is our goal and passion.”

“MCC is expecting great results from Hartwig as a result of the expanded territory for both the Cincom and Miyano product lines.” said John Antignani, Executive Vice President for Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Inc. “The synergy of the two product lines will enhance our capability to offer our customers better manufacturing solutions for 2mm to 64 mm bar applications. The service and support capability of the Hartwig group is a great fit for MCC’s policy of having the best local support for all of our products.

The partnership allows both companies to more effectively serve the increasingly sophisticated requirements of the Small Parts manufacturing industry in the Mountain States.

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BIG Kaiser Recognized as Official Mori Seiki Qualified Peripheral

Hoffman Estates, IL – BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling is excited to be recognized as an official North American Mori Seiki Qualified Peripherals (MSQP) supplier. BIG Kaiser was awarded with the honor in November at the grand opening of Mori Seiki’s new North American Headquarters and Technical Center in Hoffman Estates, IL.

The MSQP program was created by Mori Seiki as a means of standardizing peripheral equipment to complement their machines. All MSQP products have been strictly selected, tested and approved by Mori Seiki engineers, thus assuring they will work immediately when implemented in the field.

“Each of the products we utilize has a separate advantage. With BIG Kaiser, for every single machine that we provide with a patented BIG-PLUS® Spindle, their tools will mate up, giving us better rigidity and process, so the customer then gets out of a 40-taper machine the capability of a 50-taper machine,” explains Executive VP of Mori Seiki, Mark Mohr.

BIG Kaiser received MSQP designation for tooling (BIG-PLUS® and Capto tool holders, Kaiser boring tools and the Profit Maker Series), accessories (CCD Camera, Test Bars and ATC alignment tools), and Speroni tool presetters.

BIG Kaiser’s inclusion in the MSQP program signifies the company’s high standards in quality and performance. “BIG Kaiser is more than just a tooling and accessories supplier; we are a solutions provider,” says BIG Kaiser President and COO, Chris Kaiser. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Mori Seiki for the value that we add.”

Pictured in Image (from left to right): Jack Burley, VP, Sales & Engineering, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling; Chris Kaiser, President/COO, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling; Dr. Eng. Masahiko Mori, President, Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.; Shoji Takada, Director/General Manager, BIG Daishowa Seiki Co., Ltd.

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Delcam appoints FeatureCAM Sales Representative for Texas

CADCAM developer Delcam has expanded its North American sales team with the appointment of Jan Johnson as FeatureCAM Sales Representative for Texas.  In his new post, Jan will be managing pre- and post-sales activity for FeatureCAM, Delcam’s feature-based CAM system for milling, turning and wire EDM that combines cutting-edge technology with unsurpassed ease of use and programming speed.

“Jan has over 30 years of experience working with CNC manufacturers in Texas,” said Blaine Duke, Delcam’s Regional Manager for South Central USA.  “Jan has proved in his previous sales positions that his experience in providing machining solutions for CNC machine shops, plus his relationships with people, will make him very successful.  I’m excited to see the FeatureCAM growth that will take place following his appointment.”

Prior to joining Delcam, Jan was employed at AmTTech in Houston, Texas, as a Sales Engineer where he was responsible for selling Doosan Infracore Machine Tools in the city and surrounding areas.

Blaine Duke (right) welcomes Jan Johnson to the FeatureCAM sales team

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Latest PartMaker Version 2010 on Display at Westec

The latest PartMaker Version is officially released; packed with new functionality and enhanced capability.

Figure 1: PartMaker Version 2010 is now available to end users. PartMaker Version 2010 is the most ambitious PartMaker release made to date, featuring an unprecedented level of new technology and improvements across the entire PartMaker product line.

Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc, is pleased to announce that PartMaker Version 2010, its latest version of PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes is now available.  PartMaker Version 2010 is the most significant PartMaker release made to date as it features a number of new powerful features and enhancements that will allow users to program faster, make more complex parts and take advantage of the latest in machine tool technology.

“PartMaker Version 2010 is the most significant release made to date and will provide every PartMaker user an immediate productivity improvement,” states Delcam’s PartMaker Inc. Division President, Hanan Fishman.  “Plugging into Delcam’s development staff, the largest in the CAM industry, has facilitated the incredible leap in technology included in PartMaker Version 2010.  Perhaps most importantly, all the new technology in PartMaker Version 2010 is provided in PartMaker’s industry leading easy-to-use user interface, allowing users to truly take advantage of the new functionality Version 2010 provides.”

Major highlights of this newest release, PartMaker Version 2010, include the ability to perform 5-axis simultaneous milling on multi-axis lathes, more powerful milling functionality, enhanced grooving routines, faster tool path creation, improved solid model-based programming tools and the ability to better visualize thread whirling.  A host of additional productivity, user-driven enhancements will also be featured in PartMaker Version 2010.

The 5-axis simultaneous milling functionality in PartMaker Version 2010 is based on robust, well-proven technology used in PowerMILL, Delcam’s world leading specialist NC CAM software for the manufacture of complex shapes.

5-Axis Simultaneous Milling for Multi-Axis Lathes

PartMaker Version 2010 features an optional module to perform simultaneous 5-axis swarf milling on multi-axis lathes.  Swarf machining is a technique that allows side cutting with an endmill while proceeding along the surface of a part, such as the sidewalls of a tapered rib.  Swarf machining can be used for profiling the edge of components using the side of the tool to remove material.  The benefits of 5-axis simultaneous swarf machining over traditional 3-axis milling strategies include significantly reduced machining time and improved surface finish.  Employing swarfing can allow parts to be machined complete in a single set-up by allowing for more advanced de-burring techniques thus eliminating time consuming and laborious additional finishing.

The new swarfing functionality in PartMaker lets users take advantage of B-axis lathes with 5-axis simultaneous machining functionality.  PartMaker’s 5-axis swarf milling is powerful, yet easy to use, allowing the user to apply this complex machining technique in an intuitive manner.

PartMaker and PowerMILL Integration

For all complex 5-axis machining strategies currently supported by PowerMILL, including blade and blisk machining, as well as for highly sophisticated 3-axis strategies, PartMaker Version 2010 will feature the option for a direct interface to PowerMILL.  PowerMILL tool paths can be imported directly into PartMaker Version 2010, manipulated and synchronized on PartMaker’s Process Table, simulated and post processed directly from the PartMaker working environment.  This integrated solution of two market leading technologies assures users they will never be limited in their ability to program and optimize parts in the most efficient and powerful way possible.

More Powerful Milling Strategies

PartMaker Version 2010 features a number of more advanced 2 ½ axis milling routines not available in previous PartMaker versions including a variety of High Speed Machining Strategies, Trochoidal Milling, Rest Area Machining, Face Milling and a more powerful Pocketing strategy among others.  These additional milling strategies are also based on PowerMILL technology and have been adapted to work inside of PartMaker in an efficient and easy-to-use manner.  Additionally, the software’s chamfering ability is much improved, allowing users to automatically chamfer or round any edge with a single mouse click.  This functionality is critical for “dropping parts complete” on multi-axis lathes and eliminating costly secondary operations.  PartMaker Version 2010 also features totally new and highly sophisticated functionality for thread milling as well as automated face milling.

Improved Thread Whirling Programming and Simulation

PartMaker Version 2010 includes an improved facility for automating the programming and simulation of thread whirling, a programming technique often used in the programming of “bone screw” threads as well as other specialty threads commonly found on threaded surgical implants.  The popularity of thread whirling attachments on Swiss-type lathes have grown substantially in recent years because of the dual benefit this technique offers manufacturers making threaded parts.  Specifically, thread whirling allows threaded products to be produced faster because this technique only requires a single pass, where as traditional multi-pass threading routines require multiple passes to achieve the same result.  Additionally, with the rigidity afforded by a sliding-headstock Swiss-lathe, thread whirling can also provide higher and more repeatable precision.

PartMaker Version 2010 includes specially developed algorithms and user interface to automate the programming of this unique manufacturing technique.  Additionally, PartMaker’s 3D simulation fully simulates machining with a thread whirling attachment as these attachments can generally be quite large inside the working envelope of a machine and thus provide additional risk of collision during machining.

Additional Productivity Enhancements

PartMaker Version 2010 includes a number of user requested productivity enhancements.  Among these improvements are: enhanced grooving functionality, powerful and flexible threading capability, improved solids-based programming and additional CAD functionality.  Additionally, 2D tool path selection has been improved from previous versions. The new automated tool path selection techniques in PartMaker Version 2010 will provide users a significant productivity improvement by measurably speeding up programming time.  Space ball support has also been added in PartMaker Version 2010.  Additionally, a number of improvements to the software’s Tool Database have been made in Version 2010.

Automatic Software and Multi-Axis Post Processor Updating

PartMaker Version 2010 features a new facility for automatically updating to the most recent release of the software directly from the PartMaker application’s user interface.  Additionally, users will also be able to update to the most recent version of their licensed multi-axis turning post processors directly from the software’s user interface as well.  PartMaker Inc.’s application staff maintains a library of well documented, well supported multi-axis turning post processors which include virtually every Swiss and Turn-Mill machine ever built.  These post processors are constantly being improved to include new functionality. With PartMaker Version 2010, users will be able to tap into these improvements automatically, by just downloading their licensed post processors from the software’s user interface with the click of a button.  These updates improvements to both post processors as well as accompanying machine simulation files for the software’s Advanced and Full Machine Simulation modules.

PartMaker Version 2010

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Delcam a triple launch at WESTEC

Figure 1: PowerMILL 10.0 PartMaker Version 2010 and FeatureMILL Version 2010 unveiled at WESTEC 2010, March 23 – 25, 2010. Major improvements include background processing, multi-threading and 5axis

All the new releases of Delcam’s CAM software will be demonstrated at WESTEC 2010 in Los Angeles California, March 23-25, 2010 on booth #2269. Most important to note for these new CAM releases is that Delcam’s development team (the largest in the industry) has been able to use the full power of recent hardware developments to further reduce calculation times with both parallel processing and multi-threading to dramatically increase output.

The main benefit of these developments is that users can prepare data in the foreground while calculating toolpaths in the background. This eliminates the need for the user to wait for each calculation to be completed before he can start preparing the next operation. Similarly, the user can be setting the parameters needed to machine one area of a part, while toolpaths are being calculated in the background for machining a second area with a different strategy.

Productivity is also increased because the computer can continue with a series of calculations during the user’s breaks or even overnight. Calculations can be “queued” (lined up) by the operator and the software will automatically start the next operation as soon as each toolpath is generated. This approach can be used with single core equipment but the benefits are even greater with computers having two or more cores.

The multi-threading capabilities allow individual calculations to be divided between the cores in a multi-core machine. This improves calculation times significantly so increasing user productivity, reducing any down-time where machine tools are waiting for NC data and minimizing lead times (an average around 25%) on a dual-core PC.

Other specific enhancements within PowerMILL include improvements to workplane and block definition, easier editing of toolpath start points and further development of the Tooling Database. FeaturCAM 2010 features faster 3D and machine simulation, dual simulation view, improved pattern tree structure and improved definitions for turning and milling feeds.

The most important development in PartMaker 2010 is the ability to import PowerMILL strategies for highly-sophisticated 3-axis and complex 5-axis machining, including blade and blisk machining, directly into PartMaker. They can then be manipulated and synchronized on PartMaker’s Process Table, and then simulated and post processed directly from the PartMaker working environment. This integrated solution of two market leading technologies assures users they will never be limited in their ability to program and optimize parts in the most efficient and powerful way possible.

In addition, PartMaker Version 2010 includes an improved facility for automating the programming and simulation of thread whirling, a programming technique often used in the programming of “bone screw” threads as well as other specialty threads commonly found on surgical implants. Other productivity enhancements include enhanced grooving functionality, powerful and flexible threading capability, improved solids-based programming and additional CAD functionality.

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Pinpoint Laser System Introduces a new Laser Microgage 2D Display that Stores Alignment Data

Peabody, MA, January 2010: Pinpoint Laser Systems® is announcing a new storage display to be used with the Pinpoint Laser Microgage 2D family of products. This new Microgage 2D Display is fully compatible with our existing 2D measuring systems and enables the operator to record readings right on the factory floor. The measurement and alignment readings are stored in the portable Microgage 2D Display and then can be uploaded onto a laptop PC running our Pinpoint Capture software for analysis, plotting and storage. This Microgage 2D Display, along with our Microgage 2D system, can be used for machine tool alignment, roll and web alignment, bore alignment, shaft alignment and a variety of other industrial measuring applications.

The Laser Microgage 2D is a powerful measuring and alignment system built for a wide variety of industrial applications. A laser transmitter projects a compact, highly focused laser beam that is detected by a portable receiver. The receiver is connected to the Microgage 2D Display and dimensionally shows where the receiver is located relative to the laser beam. Measurements can be made over a range of 180 feet with precision of better than 0.0001 inch. Adding several attachments allows the user to measure flatness, straightness, squareness, parallelism, bore alignment, shaft alignment and many other industrial alignment parameters.

The Laser Microgage 2D is compact, easy to use and set up on the factory floor for both simple and complex measuring and alignment jobs. All Pinpoint products are designed and manufactured here in the United States at our manufacturing facility located in Peabody, Massachusetts. Along with developing new products and measuring systems, we also design custom mounts and fixture for customers.

NPR Laser microgage 2d Display

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HEIDENHAIN Offers Safety-oriented Rotary Encoders In a Small Footprint

SCHAUMBURG, IL – (December 2009) – Opening up the market for innovations in the automation, medicine and electronics equipment industries, HEIDENHAIN Corporation presents a new generation of rotary encoders with IP 64 protection, absolute position-value formation and functional safety, all within a 35 mm diameter housing size.  These small rotary encoders are known as HEIDENHAIN’s 1000 Series and designed to be especially useful as single-encoder measurement feedback systems in safety-oriented applications.

HEIDENHAIN’s safety-oriented position encoders with functional safety provide two independently formed position values via a serial EnDat interface.  They are certified according to the EN ISO 13849, EN 61508 and EN 954-1 standard for performance level d, safety integrity level 2 and category 3, respectively.  The EnDat 2.2 version of these new absolute rotary encoders with serial data transfer offers a singleturn resolution of 23 bits, and a multiturn resolution of 12 bits. The supply voltage range is from 3.6 V to 14 V.

Eight new rotary encoders round out HEIDENHAIN’s 1000 Series including ECN 1013, ECN 1025, EQN 1025, EQN 1035, ROC 1013, ROC 1025, ROQ 1025 and ROQ 1035.

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GibbsCAM 2010 Ships With Multiple Enhancements Includes New Plunge Roughing, Additions to 5-axis and Advanced 3D Machining, Plus 64-bit Implementation

MOORPARK, CA – January 5, 2010 Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for maximizing programming efficiency of CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that it is now shipping GibbsCAM 2010.  This new release includes multiple new features, additions, enhancements, and productivity tools.

“We have been working very hard to provide customers new functionality across the GibbsCAM product family,” says Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “We added many capabilities to make programming and machining easier and more efficient, especially with new features in 5-axis and solids machining. We also implemented 64-bit operation to enable faster processing of long programs and complex parts, added support for new tools and tool holders, extended functionality within various modules, and extended and updated interoperability with various CAD systems,” he adds. “All this is in addition to the recent integration of VoluMillTM and making GibbsCAM compatible with the Windows® 7 operating system.”

GibbsCAM 2010 began shipping to new customers and maintenance customers in January 2010.

Key GibbsCAM 5-axis Enhancements

These include more spiral machining options, new gouge check projection options, a new lead in/lead out “flip” option, a new axial shift damp option for trimming applications, and support for countersink and keyway cutters. More specific additions are the following.

Geometry Creation – A Surface Tools plug-in has been added to create surfaces for repairing or improving machinability of surfaces from solids.

Adaptive Cuts – This new option enables regulating the distance between paths based upon the angle of the surface to be machined to provide a consistent surface finish, regardless of surface angle.

Impeller Roughing – Has been enhanced with functionality that covers more contingencies, especially useful when roughing near and around splitter blades.

Tool Retraction – A new option, Retract Through Tube Center, enables retracting cutting tools from angled pockets while avoiding walls, especially useful for machining cylinder head ports and similar geometry.

Key Enhancements to Solids Machining

New, More Capable Plunge Roughing – No longer a plug-in, it is a tile in the CAM palette, with the ability to calculate material removal strategies that accommodate carbide-inserted drills, which require special motion for no-drag retractions, while avoiding collision in tight or narrow areas.

Enhancements to Advanced 3D Machining – These include the addition of Hit Flats with specified tools for Pocketing, the ability to specify flatness tolerance in Flats Cut to ensure all desired “flat” areas are machined, locking high feed rate for Shortest Route and Minimal Vertical retract styles, addition of Trim to Ramp Advance as a Contour option for waterline cuts, specifying surface finish with step-over distance or scallop height parameters, and using Stock Bounding Box as an additional machining boundary.

Addition of Option for Stock – Facet bodies, generated from a previous machining process, or brought in through a data file, can now be used as initial stock in solid pocketing.

64-bit Implementation

A significant development, the 64-bit implementation allows taking advantage of the more powerful, multi-processor PCs equipped with 4GB or more of RAM. This provides tighter interoperability with 64-bit CAD systems that are co-resident with GibbsCAM on a PC. Also, 64-bit operation reduces computation time when processing extremely long programs or working with complex geometry. It will also enable users to take advantage of system enhancements when running under the Windows 7 operating system.

Even More Enhancements

GibbsCAM 2010 includes many more features, some for ease of use, and others to extend functionality, including enhancements to the user interface and for the Milling, MTM (multi-task machining) and Wire EDM modules, as well as new add-ins for data exchange to support Inventor 2010, SolidWorks 2010, and additional CAD file import and translation. Furthermore, the Macros menu was enhanced with changes for easy access, uninterrupted operation, and support for 5-axis and Advanced 3D processes and calls to plug-ins.

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Fiberguide’s Multimode Fibers Provide Accurate High Power Laser Delivery

Lightweight and flexible optical fibers eliminate heavy articulated arms

Stirling, N.J. (January 11, 2010) – Delivery of high power laser light in scientific, military, and industrial/ commercial applications normally requires bulky, inconvenient and often heavy articulated arms. For a more efficient approach to laser delivery, Fiberguide Industries offers its multimode, step-index optical fibers.

Fiberguide’s multimode fibers are a simple way to accurately deliver high power laser beams. They feature an air-gap design, where the fiber extends into free space. This provides an epoxy-free region where thermal energy can be safely dissipated without burning the surrounding material, a common cause of failure in standard connectors. To maximize power handling and beam uniformity, fiber end surfaces are cleaved and then laser polished to eliminate contaminants, scratches, chips and pits.

Standard core diameters of 100µ, 200µ, 300µ, 400µ, 600µ, 1000µ and 1500µ are available, with non standard diameters available upon request. To aid in the correct fiber diameter selection for each particular application, Fiberguide’s new data sheets provide updated technical information.

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METTLER TOLEDO Introduces GWP® Risk Check for Balances and Scales

COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 12, 2010) – METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to announce the launch of GWP®
Risk Check for balances and scales. Risk Check is an interactive online assessment tool that provides both qualitative and quantitative analysis of balance performance and weighing environment. In a matter of minutes, Risk Check provides advice on optimizing quality assurance. Quality Managers gain insight on improving weighing processes to save time and money, and to reduce waste.

“Risk Check interacts with every type of balance, independent of model, type, or manufacturer,” explains Martin Huber, Ph.D., marketing manager for laboratory balances at METTLER TOLEDO. “It offers orientation in the mass of regulation guidelines.”

Risk Check helps quality managers assess the appropriateness of their weighing environment, and balance testing frequency. Then, by plugging in real-world data, quality managers discover if their “weighing risk”–the possibility that poor weighing accuracy or the environment are skewing measurements–is low, or if they need to make changes to help ensure safe, accurate and consistent results.

Finally, Risk Check provides expert advice on which adjustments will optimize balance performance and reduce the risk of inaccurate measurements. This can be critical in industries where external auditors test a company’s quality system according to set standards. “It serves as a sort of ‘mock audit’–a rehearsal for the actual audit,” explains Huber.

Risk Check analyzes weighing risks based on the international weighing guideline Good Weighing Practice™, or GWP®. The guideline is appropriate for use by quality, laboratory and manufacturing managers in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food and beverage industries, or in any industry that relies on accurate materials weighing to produce uniform results.

In order to determine the level of weighing risk in a current working environment and discover how to obtain more consistent, precise results for better quality assurance, visit www.good-weighing-practice.com and select “Risk Check.”

GWP Good Weighing Practice™

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