Inventory Free

Usually I live my business life talking to people who are extremely skilled at cutting bars of metal into a lot of useful widgets and selling them for a modest profit to a company that assembles them into useful industrial products. But a few days ago I had a lengthy chat with Mitch Free, who […]

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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 […]

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Edge Technologies Announces New Regional Service Technician: Jason Bell

St. Louis, MO –Edge Technologies announces the addition of Jason Bell to the Western US Region for service and installation of both the FMB and Edge lines of automatic bar feeders. Bell, a longtime resident of southern California, received a degree in Aviation Maintenance from Orange County College in 2010. He soon joined Parker Hannifin’s […]

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Edge Technologies Announces New Regional Sales Manager: Travis Prestidge

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 […]

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Industry Scuttlebutt

Mitch Liss of Edsal Manufacturing, who I interviewed at length for TMW five years ago, is moving his shelving manufacturing company out of Chicago to beautiful Gary, Indiana. I was shocked when I saw the announcement because Liss is a lifelong Chicagoan, whose employees came largely from the city. But Gary provided incentives. Chicago taxes […]

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Keeping Your Kid Alive

I grew up around diabetes. Grandma Graff was a constant presence in our family. She was a practicing diabetic. She measured her food by the bite. Injections of insulin were like clockwork. To me, as a kid, she was diabetes. Her husband was also a diabetic but did not manage it well. I never met […]

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Talent is Arriving

I attended my first Technical Conference held by the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), this past weekend in Indianapolis. Some observations. I think there are a lot of good things going on in American machining firms now. Talent is arriving, just in time to replace the tiring Baby Boomers whose feet are aching from 40 […]

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Shop Doc – Push Back Trouble Using Collets

Today’s Machining World Archives January/February 2011 Volume 7 Issue 1 Dear Shop Doc, On our CNC lathes we occasionally have trouble with push back when using collets on bar jobs. Our collets have smooth bores and I am wondering if a serrated collet would help or if it will just create more problems. Chuck Force […]

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Shop Doc – Should I Scrap?

Today’s Machining World Archives April 2011 Volume 07 Issue 03 Dear Shop Doc, I recently bought a shop with CNC lathes and mills. In one room there are old #00 and #2 Brown & Sharpes. I have nobody with the expertise to run these machines. A dealer I trust said I should scrap them. What […]

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