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EXAIR’S NEW PRODUCT: 3/8″ Super Air Wipe Dries, Cools & Cleans Small Diameters

EXAIR’s new 3/8″ Super Air Wipe™ produces a 360° airstream that can blow off, dry, clean or cool the material passing through it. The split design can be clamped around continuously moving material such as wire, cable, pipe, hose and extruded shapes.

The 3/8″ Super Air Wipe ejects a small amount of compressed air through a thin slotted nozzle that pulls in high volumes of surrounding room air. The airflow uniformly ejects from the 360° of its inner diameter. Coupling brackets that hold each half of the 3/8″ Super Air Wipe together can be latched together or removed quickly. Additional shims can be installed if more blowoff force is required. Air velocity can be varied with a pressure regulator and instant on/off control provides precision blowoff. Air consumption is 11.1 SCFM at 80 PSIG and the sound level is low at only 82 dBA.

Super Air Wipes are CE compliant and available from stock in aluminum and stainless steel in diameters from 3/8″ (13mm) up to 4″ (102mm). Large diameters up to 11″ (279mm) are available from stock in aluminum. Applications include wiping wire; drying inks; cooling hot extruded shapes; and blowoff of water, plating, coatings and dust. Pricing starts at $286.

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/106/3.8saw.htm

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Boston Centerless – A Peek into Six Decades of Striving for Excellence

Steven Tamasi, CEO

Our History

No matter what Len Tamasi did in his life, he strived for perfection.  He was a true perfectionist.

To understand where Boston Centerless is today, it’s important to talk about where we came from.  Len emigrated from Italy to the United States when he was seventeen years old, attracted by the American dream that drew so many others here. His family settled in Massachusetts.

After serving a few years in the Air Force, Len returned home to Boston.  He was first introduced to centerless grinding when working in a large machine shop while attending night school, hoping to one day be an architect.  However, as time went on, he came to realize that his perfectionist approach to this form of abrasive machining that incorporated an element of creativity and art form enabled him to do things that no one else could imagine.  Len believed that if he went out on his own, he could provide the best centerless grinding services in the Boston area, and in 1958 he quit his job, took out a second mortgage on his house, and founded Boston Centerless in a small garage with one centerless grinding machine.

Len Tamasi (left) starts Boston Centerless.

Len’s initial business plan was simple: to provide his customers with excellent quality and service, in the hopes that he would build a solid reputation and more work would follow.  That plan led him to twenty-six straight years of sales growth.  Over that period, Boston Centerless became a national leader for both grinding services (GrindAll Division) and accuracy ground bar materials (AccuRod® Division), known for its ability to hold the tightest tolerances in the industry.

In the early 1990’s, the business transitioned to the second generation. As I assumed the leadership role, I quickly saw the potential to exponentially grow the AccuRod Division.  With the rapid growth and increased sophistication of the CNC Swiss Screw machine industry, a real need for ultra-precise ground bar materials became apparent.

To position the company to take advantage of this significant opportunity, we put a plan together that included creating a World-Class culture, building a new, larger and lean factory, upgrading our equipment and developing an infrastructure to effectively manage all of these initiatives.  In 1995, we set out on our Lean journey and looked to cement our Core Purpose and Core Values.

Len Tamasi

We wanted to build on the foundation of excellence that Len had started.  With participation from the entire company, we agreed that if we executed on these initiatives, we could be a role model for U.S. manufacturing, and thus that became our Core Purpose.  After a few iterations, the Core Values that guide us every day are Be Trustworthy, Take Initiative, Put the Team First & Demonstrate Excellence.  By following these values in everything that we do, we showcase our desire to be not only a role model for other manufacturers, but also a thought leader in our industry.

Our Maturation

At the start of 1999, we moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in Woburn, MA, built specifically to optimize our production processes.  Today, we produce five times more than we did when we moved in.  That growth has come in many forms.  Throughout the 2000’s it was primarily from expansion of the existing products and services; grinding services from thru-feed to infeed to form grinding and producing and distributing precision bar materials of all types of stainless steels, titanium, aluminum, red metals and plastics.  In 2004, we created the PinGage Division and began selling thread and gear measuring wires and cylindrical plug gages.  We produce gage pins to 10 millionths of an inch.

Part of the reason we were able to achieve such growth was in no small part due to our application of lean manufacturing principles.  In 2006, we were awarded the Shingo Prize Northeast Silver Medal for Excellence in Manufacturing, marking the first time a metal working contract manufacturer in the United States had received this prize.

As we entered the 2010’s, we solicited feedback from our customers and the industry in general, and as a result, determined that we needed to do more.  As the OEMs in the Medical Device, Aerospace, Automotive and Defense industries continued to grow, so too did the need for a true, international supplier and distributor of high precision raw materials and preparation services required to help companies machining metal and plastic components become highly efficient.

To help meet this growing need, we drafted a strategy that included not only product and service line extensions, but also geographic expansion. Since establishing that plan, we have added new distribution centers in Cleveland, OH and Minneapolis, MN, and have established sales representation in East Asia. We invested in a Material Validation Center, through which we can provide ultrasonic testing, eddy current testing, XRF alloy verification and laser marking.  And in an effort to assist our customers with their challenges to maximize their capital and human resources, we began offering consulting and training services for CNC Swiss machining through our SwissAssist program.

Where We Are Today

Today, we not only supply round bar materials, but also precision flats and additional raw material shapes and forms. The various material preparation services we offer make it easy for our customers to do business with a single vendor. We also customize inventory management programs.

Our primary market segment is the Medical Device industry. We also service the Aerospace, Defense, and Automotive industries, as well as a multitude of others. Our materials are utilized in critical applications all over the world, whether it’s keeping an airplane in the air or providing life-saving surgical implants and instruments. We have sold our products to all 50 states in the last year and to over 20 countries around the world. Over the course of our history, we have transformed ourselves from a small centerless grinding company to a full service precision material and preparation services company.

Steve Tamasi

Ultimately, we are here to stand as an industry leader and to help our clients grow and expand. We do that by striving for our core purpose and operating based on our core values. To find out how we could serve you and your business, contact us at 800-343-4111 or info@bostoncenterless.com. You can also visit us online at www.bostoncenterless.com.

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The Haas VF-1 – Thirty Years of Very Firsts

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Haas Automation’s very first vertical machining center – the industry-leading VF-1. The “V” in the model name stands for vertical – an industry-standard designation for a vertical mill – and company founder Gene Haas added “F1” to the name to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One.”

Developed in 1987 and introduced at IMTS 88 in Chicago, the Haas VF-1 established an industry milestone by being the very first American-built vertical machining center to sell for less than $50,000 – an unheard of price at that time. With a published price of $49,900 – published pricing was another Haas very first – the Haas VF-1 quickly became the industry benchmark for affordable CNC technology.

Factoring for inflation, that $49,900 starting price would be nearly $104,000 today. But 30 years later, the 2018 Haas VF-1 still sells for less than $50,000 – in fact, it’s just $46,995 – and Haas Automation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of CNC machine tools, with an extensive lineup of more than 100 high-performance products. Prices for all Haas machines and options are published online for all to see – something no other machine tool builder can claim – and customers can even build and price their new machine at HaasCNC.com.

To commemorate 30 years of the VF-1 – and other Haas very firsts – Haas Automation has launched a year-long Very First campaign that will include worldwide demo day events, a video series documenting both Haas and customer very firsts, and much more. The campaign will culminate with the return of machine No. 1 – the Very First Haas VF-1 – to IMTS 2018 in Chicago, where the story began.

All Haas products are manufactured in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot facility in Southern California, and distributed through a worldwide network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs). Each HFO has complete showroom facilities, factory-trained service personnel, extensive spare-parts inventories, and fully stocked service vehicles to provide the industry’s best service and support.

At present, there are roughly 200,000 Haas CNC machines and 100,000 Haas rotary products in use around the world. In 2018, Haas Automation will build more than 15,000 machines, with around 60 percent of them going to international markets.

For more information about Haas Automation and Haas products – or to configure and price your next Haas machine tool – visit www.HaasCNC.com/VeryFirst.

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NEW PRODUCT BY EXAIR: Sanitary Flange Air Conveyors Ease Installation and Cleaning for Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Food Systems

EXAIR’s new Sanitary Flange Line Vac air operated conveyors are the best way to convey materials through systems which require frequent or mandatory cleaning. The ISO 2852 compatible sanitary flanges limit areas where bacteria can grow and help prevent contamination. Made from type 316 stainless steel to provide maximum hygiene and corrosion resistance, these Line Vacs are available in 1-1/2 inch, 2 inch, 2-1/2 inch and 3 inch flange sizes. Flanged Line Vacs convert flanged piping systems into a powerful conveyor for product, parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. Their larger size makes them perfect for conveying bigger parts and large volumes of material over long distances.
Sanitary Flange Line Vac Conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air to produce a vacuum on one end with high output flows on the other. Response is instantaneous and regulating the compressed air pressure provides infinite control of the conveying rate. Applications include material conveying, part transfer, fiber tensioning, scrap trim removal and filling operations.

All EXAIR Line Vacs are CE compliant, meet OSHA pressure requirements, and are ready to ship from stock. Additional families of Line Vac are available to fit hose, tube or threaded pipe. Many smaller sizes are available down to 3/8 inch hose or 3/8 NPT threads and large hose or pipe sizes up to 5 inches. Many other materials are available including aluminum, type 303 and type 316 stainless steel. A Heavy Duty Line Vac is available in hardened alloy for abrasion resistance and maximum conveying power. Sanitary Flange Line Vac prices start at $1095.

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/sflv.htm

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EXAIR – Air Gun with Variable Flow from the Squeeze of a Trigger

EXAIR’s new VariBlast® Compact Safety Air Guns are a small and lightweight cast aluminum air gun capable of handling tough jobs. Because of the engineered variable flow trigger they are able to produce light, medium or heavy force upon a target simply by pulling the trigger. This comfortable and ergonomic air gun has two ¼ NPT air inlets and a storage hanger for convenience. Air consumption of the VariBlast Compact air gun is only 10-17.5 SCFM, depending on the nozzle installed, which is among EXAIR’s most efficient air guns. It is capable of producing up to one pound of force, making it a great choice for light to medium duty applications.

These CE compliant air guns can use EXAIR’s extensions up to 72″ long for extended reach and can be purchased with a chip shield. This product line of VariBlast Compact Safety Air Guns utilize EXAIR’s 1/8 NPT engineered air nozzles which reduce compressed air use and meet OSHA requirements for dead-end pressure and noise exposure.

exair air gunAll of EXAIR’s Safety Air Gun product lines use engineered air nozzles for high performance and safety – designed to maximize safety and minimize air consumption. The Heavy Duty and Soft Grip Safety Air Guns provide higher force for tougher applications. All are available with extension pipes and Chip Shields. VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun Prices start at $58.

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/106/vcsag.htm

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NEW PRODUCT BY EXAIR: New Anti-Static Super Air Knife with 34% Better Performance is CE, UL and RoHS Certified

EXAIR’s new Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife eliminates static electricity 34% better at low inlet pressures which saves compressed air and money. Production speeds, product quality and surface cleanliness can improve dramatically. It eliminates static on plastics, webs, sheet stock and other product surfaces where tearing, jamming or hazardous shocks are a problem. Gen4 products have undergone independent laboratory tests to certify they meet the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the USA, European Union and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. They are also RoHS compliant. New design features include a metal armored high voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, integrated ground connection and electromagnetic shielding.

The Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife incorporates EXAIR’s Super Air Knife that minimizes compressed air use by inducing surrounding airflow at a ratio of 40:1. The unique amplified airflow carries the ions to the target, making it possible to eliminate static charges in less than a half second. Air volume and velocity are infinitely controllable from a “breeze” to a “blast” to gently wipe or forcefully blow away debris.

Exair New Anti-Static Super Air Knife with 34% Better Performance is CE, UL and RoHS CertifiedEXAIR’s Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife product line is available from stock in 3″ to 108″ long. The electrical ion source is shockless and there is no radioactive element. A new selectable voltage power supply has been designed to operate Gen4 products. Visit EXAIR.com to see the entire Gen4 static elimination product line. Applications include surface cleaning, neutralizing plastics, bag opening, printing machinery, packaging operations and elimination of painful static electricity shocks. Price starts at $399.

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
http://www.exair.com/106/g4siak.htm

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New Okuma Video Recaps Winter Showcase Highlights

More than 700 people in the machine tool industry learned about the latest technologies and complete manufacturing solutions to boost shop floor productivity.

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, hosted several hundred machine tool users from more than 250 companies at their 2018 Winter Showcase, December 5-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. To view event highlights, please visit https://youtu.be/x4NpaD4GwGg.

Participants viewed cutting demonstrations on 26 machines and custom demos that featured complete manufacturing solutions from Partners in THINC members – all contributing to increased efficiency and productivity. They also toured Okuma headquarters to see the Aerospace Center for Excellence, spindle exchange and board repair.

Winter Showcase Highlights: 

  • Okuma’s New Additive Technology: The debut of the MU-8000V LASER EX super multitasking machine featuring state-of-the-art laser technology that combines subtractive and additive manufacturing.
  • GENOS M460V-5AX: The debut of the new affordable excellence 5-axis VMC. 
  • Complete Manufacturing Solutions: Partners in THINC custom demos featuring cost reduction for part production, data analysis, collaborative robotics, OSP control functionality, and the power of Okuma’s horizontal machining centers. The demos showed how shops can take advantage of the endless manufacturing possibilities enabled by Okuma machine tool technologies.

For more information on Okuma’s machine tool lineup visit http://www.okuma.com/cnc-machine-tool-lineup.

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/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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NEW PRODUCT BY EXAIR:Large Atomizing Spray Nozzle Covers 360 Degrees

EXAIR’s 1/2 NPT internal mix 360 degree hollow circular pattern atomizing spray nozzle atomizes fluid and sprays away from the nozzle in all directions, up to 13 feet in diameter. These nozzles are ideal where a liquid application is needed in a broad area, such as dust suppression, humidification and cooling. They can also be used to coat the inside of large diameter pipe or duct. By combining liquid and compressed air inside of the air cap these nozzles 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 10.8 to 150 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 1/8 NPT, 1/4 NPT and 1/2 NPT connections and in a variety of sizes and shapes to meet your needs. Patented No Drip versions, ideal for saving expensive liquids and preserving product finishes, are also available. All models are adjustable, come with our 5 year Built to Last Warranty and are CE compliant. 1/2 NPT Internal mix 360 degree hollow circular pattern spray nozzles ship from stock and are $681.

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/106/lgat.htm

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Boston Centerless Launches New Website

Woburn, MA – November 1, 2017 — Boston Centerless, a leading manufacturer and distributor of precision raw materials and preparation services, announced today the launch of its newly designed website, www.bostoncenterless.com. The completely revamped website features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality and enriched content areas to help customers fulfill their raw material needs.

“We are thrilled to debut our new company website to our customers, partners and suppliers who are looking to understand the scope of our products and services,” said Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless. “The redesign of our website is yet another way Boston Centerless is committed to creating the best overall customer experience for our customers”.

The website includes videos regarding the importance of straightness, diameter tolerance and roundness on Swiss screw machining operations as well as a variety of tools to assist with material selection. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new website and join the Boston Centerless mailing list to receive important product and service information as it becomes available.

About Boston Centerless

Boston Centerless supplies customers worldwide with precision ground bar materials for close tolerance CNC Swiss machining applications. The company also provides grinding services, material testing and validation for bar products, CNC Swiss consulting services, and manufactures a line of ultra-precise gages. For more information, visit www.bostoncenterless.com.

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