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Okuma to Feature Automation Applications and Solutions at Annual Winter Showcase

Okuma to Feature Automation Applications and Solutions at Annual Winter Showcase

Machine tool users are invited to attend the annual showcase to learn how to incorporate a variety of automation systems to increase shop floor efficiency, decrease costs and save money.  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 15, 2018) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, presents their annual Winter Showcase, Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Charlotte, North Carolina. Machine tool users will see cutting demonstrations on 22 machines and learn how they can apply diverse automation applications to their manufacturing process to save time and money. Many demos shown at IMTS 2018 will be at this event as well, providing users another opportunity to view Okuma’s advanced technology advancements firsthand.

More than 40 companies and members of Partners in THINC will feature CNC machining solutions on various demos and be available to discuss every facet of manufacturing needs, from automation, tooling, workholding, programming, coolant and fluids, to chip control, and digitalization.

“Okuma will be showcasing our latest machine tool technology, such as our MU-S600V with built-in machine-to-machine automation. Our engineering experts and industry partners will also be available to speak one-on-one to answer questions regarding manufacturing challenges,” said Wade Anderson, Director of Partners in THINC and Product Specialist Sales Manager.

Daily Showcase Agenda:

  • 9:00-9:45am: Embracing Technology, Chris Bathgate: Machinist sculptor Chris Bathgate shares his journey of creating unique, metal artwork, the challenges he’s faced and the technology he’s embraced along the way.
  • 10:00-10:30am: Speed Up Function – Getting the most from your HMC, Errol Burrell: Okuma machining center product specialist Errol Burrell shares the inside scoop on how to get the most from the Speed Up Function software with the latest HMC and OSP controls.
  • 10:30-11:00am: Automation – Integration and its Profound Impact for Manufacturers, Gosiger and Okuma: Gosiger Automation and Okuma share examples of how to automate processes and the areas that have to be considered for successful integration.
  • 11:00-11:30am: Solving Manufacturing Problems Through the Power of OSP, THINC Developers Group: The team will discuss how they work together to develop new or custom apps and how using the openness of the OSP control can solve manufacturing needs.12:00-1:00pm: LUNCH BUFFET
  • 1:15-2:00pm: Automating Collision Avoidance Software to Protect Your Investment, Esprit and Okuma: We’ve teamed up with Esprit to create game-changing integration that makes modeling for Collision Avoidance Software easier to use and more productive than ever.
  • 2:00-2:30pm: Adding Value for Your Employees through Competitive Benefit Packages, Liberty National: Employee retention is a concern for every shop owner or business leader. Liberty National shares how their competitive packages can add value to your workforce. 

    Unique, metal artwork by machinist sculptor, Chris Bathgate, will be on display for the two-day event. The Baltimore-based artist is a self-trained machinist. He utilizes handmade tools and automated CNC milling and drilling machines to create precisely-crafted elements that assemble into complex sculptures.

    Lunch will be provided daily. For detailed information about the 2018 Winter Showcase event and to register visit https://site.okuma.com/winter-showcase. For more information on Okuma America Corporation visit https://www.okuma.com/.

    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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Hydromat Inc. New “Eclipse”, a Larger, More Powerful Rotary Transfer Machine introduced at IMTS 2018.

ST. LOUIS, MO –Hydromat Inc. presented the new Eclipse 12-100, a unique 12 station Rotary Transfer machine for the first time at a trade show during IMTS 2018, September 10 – 15. The Eclipse was an instant success with much attention paid to the expanded capacity and new technologies employed in this rotary machining center. The Eclipse is a ground up re-design of the famous Hydromat concept with all new components. This machine platform offers multiple tool spindles in a single footprint integrated with one chip management & coolant system.

The Eclipse features a one-piece, heavy duty cast iron machine base that is 2m in diameter, nearly twice as large as the traditional 12 station Hydromat machine. This new ductile iron casting is designed for the use of 3-axis and 4-axis all electric servo, quill type tool spindles. No hydraulics are needed for tool spindle motion as in Hydromat machines. These new technologies along with the beefier base yield exceptional accuracy and repeatability. Designed to be exceptionally ridged, these modules were designed with beefy castings for superior vibration dampening properties and maximum precision.

The bar fed collet version of the Eclipse 12-100 has a maximum workpiece diameter of 65mm (2.5”) and features a maximum workpiece length of 180mm (7”) with 127mm (5”) of material outside the collet. The Eclipse will also be available in an Indexing Chuck version that will feature a table with vertical chucks capable of 360° rotation of the workpiece. This system is ideal for mid to high-volume, precision production of irregular-shaped castings or forgings and is designed with the flexibility to easily accommodate families of parts. The Eclipse Indexing Chuck machine will utilize hydraulically-actuated, self-centering two- or three-jaw chucks, or custom clamp fixtures, to provide the highest accuracy and part clamping rigidity. Workpieces are mounted in the chucks by robotics or pneumatic loaders.

A revolutionary new cut-off saw was designed by Hydromat Inc. engineers at their headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. It features bar and workpiece spacing prior to saw blade retraction after the cut, moving both the saw blade away from the workpiece in the collet and the bar stock away from the blade, to eliminate the blade dragging during the saw’s return to home position. A two-speed drive motor with belt reduction yields a highly accurate cut. The saw utilizes standard size 360mm diameter carbide brazed saw blades. The blades are flanked by replaceable guide supporting pads to dampen blade harmonics. A high-pressure flush to clean the blade gullets of chips is standard.

The 3-Axis toolspindles are larger than previous Hydromat spindles to accommodate the heavier cuts and larger parts and machined with this platform. They are designated as 55/250 units, referring to the 55mm front bearing size and a 250mm stroke at the Z axis. The X-Axis stroke is 80mm and the Y-axis is 100mm. A coolant fed option is available.

The 55/250 4-Axis Profile Toolspindle Module offers a flange spindle for mounting a dynamic profile turning head with 30mm X(2)-Axis stroke, or a Ø 160mm dual or single slide profiling head for 5,000 rpm cutting.

The units utilize HSK 50 tool holders, and they are a stout design weighing in at 536 kg total mass. These units are direct drive powered by a Fanuc ailT6/12000HV motor with a KTR GS38 coupler. This motor continuous rating is 5.5kW at 7.4HP and a 30-minute rating at 7.5kW at 10HP. It has dual windings and pumps out 35 Nm at low speeds and 13.2 Nm at high speeds. The high-resolution encoders and the latest servo and spindle HRV Control realize Nano Control Servo system with high speed, high precision and high efficiency. The ai series motors are best suited to large size machine tools because it has high power up to high speed, and has high torque at low speed, well suited to the milling axis of large machines and large lathes.

An optional 20,000 RPM tool spindle powered by the same Fanuc aiIT2/20000 is also available. It features a proportionally lower cutting force related to the higher speed. The bearing configuration is the same as the 12,000 RPM version, but features a KTR GS28 coupler on this configuration. Both the 12,000 and 20,000 RPM Eclipse units are through spindle coolant capable.

A new CNC head, also designed by Hydromat, features an outside diameter of 160mm with a radial stroke of 25mm. The Eclipse features quick-change, presettable tool heads for easy changeovers.

The Eclipse 12-100 machine is the solution for the elimination of secondary operations by producing parts complete from bar stock, castings, forgings or cold formed blanks. The new Eclipse machining platform eliminates secondary operations and reduces work in progress. Additional cost reduction occurs due to extremely short remnants and thin cutoff for significant material saving.

This multi-station transfer technology enables load and unload processes on station one, and simultaneous machining on the other 11 stations, making the Eclipse ideal for medium to high production of complex work pieces requiring multiple operations, complex cuts, and where tight tolerances are critical. The Hydromat Eclipse engineering team embodies a rich history of manufacturing disciplines and they work closely with the customer to develop an innovative production solution. The Eclipse supports Lean Manufacturing principles and competitive manufacturing at small, medium and large production quantities.

Hydromat, Inc., is the industry leader in the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines — Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, as well as the ICON 6-250 Productivity Center and ICON 6-150 & 8-150 Mill/Turn Centers — and has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service, and technological innovation.

The Eclipse offers a high degree of machining flexibility derived through engineering exper-tise coupled with a visionary concept, the type of creative thinking that has produced this superior Rotary Machining Center for small to large batch production.

Sales Contact:
Mr. Matthias Walter
Chief Sales Officer
Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO 63043

Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

www.hydromat.com

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Cylindrical Grinding’s Alive and Well at Kent USA

Cylindrical grinding is one of the oldest of all machining technologies. Though credit for its invention remains a bit fuzzy, most attribute development of the first production grinding machine to Charles Norton (ironically, not the same Norton of grinding wheel fame), who worked at Brown and Sharpe and was charged by company founder Joseph Brown with working the kinks out of the “universal grinding machine” he’d been struggling with for some time.

Since that time, cylindrical grinding has evolved into the go-to method for producing extremely precise round components such as shafts, mandrels, bearing journals, and core pins, as well as creating formed shapes and contours on a wide variety of turned parts.

With all the talk these days of hard turning, however, never mind the availability of ever more complex, capable, and above all highly accurate CNC lathes, it’s easy to wonder if cylindrical grinding is going the way of cam-actuated screw machines and high-speed steel tool bits.

Some might welcome that day. After all, grinding has always been a bit of a black art. There’s the wheel selection with all its various grits and grains and bonds to contend with. There are the extreme tolerances to be held, workpieces hardened to the very edge of machinability, and feeds and speeds often determined more by gut feel than they are scientific method.

Despite these challenges, grinding isn’t going away anytime soon, no matter how advanced lathe technology becomes. That’s because some parts are simply too difficult or too accurate to machine anywhere else.

Grinding doesn’t have to be difficult, though, nor a matter of tribal knowledge and best guesses. Recent developments in machine tool and control technology have brought grinding success within the reach of virtually any job shop or manufacturing company, regardless of their experience level.

One excellent example of this is Kent USA’s JHU-2706H NC Cylindrical Grinder. With a load capacity of 154 lbs. between centers, maximum grinding diameter and length of 10.6 and 23.6 inches respectively, and a variety of easy-to-use plunge and feed cycles, there’s little this machine can’t handle.

So maybe you’ve been sending parts out to a specialty shop and have grown tired of the long lead-times and high prices. Maybe you’ve tried hard turning and met with limited success. Either way, there’s no reason not to bring your grinding work in-house. It’s not as difficult or mysterious as you might be thinking, and chances are excellent it will lead to additional work. Whatever else happens, cylindrical grinding is alive and well, thank you.

Kent Industrial USA, Inc.
1231 Edinger Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780 USA
www.kentusa.com

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NIMS Debuts Enhanced Testing Platform, Pilots for Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Machine Maintenance, Service, and Repair

Monday, October 1, 2018 — NIMS debuts three highly anticipated initiatives in a continuation of its mission to provide world-class, industry-developed and validated, competency-based skill standards and credentials: an all-new online testing center and the piloting of credentials for Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Machine, Maintenance, Service, and Repair (MMSR).

The improved testing platform delivers tools and features to enrich the user experience and better facilitate testing procedures at the 2,500+ education institutions and businesses in the NIMS system.  The platform was custom-built in collaboration with education technology company Learnosity.  Enhancements include:

  • Immediate test feedback
  • Interactive test demo environment
  • 24/7 access to testing activity reports
  • Expanded purchasing capability, including seat-based user subscriptions
  • Electronic submission of performance affidavits
  • Accessible testing interface featuring screen reader and keyboard navigation

Executive Director Montez King notes, “Testing partners asked and we listened.  The new credentialing experience is innately interactive which will improve instruction and training quality, and result in higher pass rates across the US.”

October 1 also marks the launch of pilot testing for NIMS’ new and revised credentials for CAM and MMSR, respectively.  The forthcoming credentials are the culmination of partnerships with manufacturing employers, trade associations, and education institutions across the United States, including Autodesk and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology.  As with all NIMS credentials, the CAM and MMSR credentials derive from NIMS’ national, industry-written and industry-approved skills standards.

CAM and MMSR credentials will publicly launch in early 2019.

About NIMS
NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards, credentials, and apprenticeship solutions for jobs in US Manufacturing and related industries. With a stakeholder base that represents thousands of employers, NIMS offers more than twenty years of fostering industry-education partnerships to create an ecosystem of innovative talent cultivation centered on standards and credentials.  For more information visit www.nims-skills.org.

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SHE Software welcomes the brightest minds in EHS to the ‘Windy City’

[Chicago, Illinois] SHE Software, a global leader in health and safety software, is hosting an exclusive conference in Chicago aimed at educating environment, health and safety (EHS) professionals on how to overcome challenges in workplace health and safety.

EHS Daily Advisor’s Annual Report for 2017 revealed that employee engagement is the most pressing concern for EHS professionals, closely followed by employees taking shortcuts and ignoring guidelines. Doing so can have serious consequences.

Statistics released by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) revealed that 5,190 workers were killed while on the job in 2016, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that 171 of these fatalities took place in Illinois. It also reported that US businesses spend up to $170 billion a year in costs associated with injuries and illnesses.

The conference, which takes place tomorrow (27 September) at the Courtyard Marriott Magnificent Mile, aims to educate EHS professionals on how to implement a suitable health and safety management system that increases employee engagement and more importantly, keeps employees safe.The event will see some of the best and brightest minds in EHS deliver seminars to share their knowledge and experience, including Josh Savit of Predictive Safety, Cheryl Kreindler of Golder, Bill Pace of Cardinus, and Matthew Elson, CEO of SHE Software.

An important range of industry topics will be covered including how to manage fatigue amongst your workforce, how to focus on the positives over the problems and what the future holds for workplace safety in the United States.

Matthew Elson, CEO of SHE Software, said: “OSHA’s statistics are a stark and shocking reminder of the serious consequences that can occur from poor EHS management.

“Our conference is all about educating EHS professionals by offering expert guidance and advice on how to overcome common challenges in workplace health and safety and how to instill a positive and inclusive safety culture that encourages vital employee engagement.”

This event is part of a four-part ‘road show’ hosted by SHE Software and its partners, who are also travelling to New York, Seattle and California to meet with and educate EHS professionals across a range of industries and sectors.

Hailing originally from Scotland, SHE Software launched in America in early 2018 following a sharp increase in demand for its cutting edge software. The firm continues to gain global recognition for Assure, its highly configurable, state-of-the-art software solution designed to reduce risk for organizations by simplifying health and safety management.

About SHE Software
Hailing originally from Scotland, SHE Software launched in America in early 2018 following a sharp increase in demand for its cutting edge software. The firm continues to gain global recognition for Assure, its highly configurable, state-of-the-art software solution designed to reduce risk for organizations by simplifying health and safety management.

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Okuma America Corporation Names Summer Cline as Vice President of Finance

Cline brings several years of successful finance experience to her new role.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 6, 2018) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leading builder of CNC machine tools, announces that Summer Cline has joined the company as Vice President of Finance. In her new role, Cline will handle finance responsibilities as well as oversight of accounting, human resources, and information technology.

“Summer brings 12 years of successful project management experience, along with the ability to analyze and investigate scenarios for enhancement and continuous improvement. This skill set will enable Ms. Cline to lead Okuma’s finance, information technology and human resource departments into the future,” said Lisa Rummel, Okuma Chief Financial Officer.

“Okuma is a well-known, world-leading manufacturer of machine tools, and I’m delighted to be a part of the team. I look forward to focusing on our day-to-day fiscal operations and the various ways we can grow the company in support of our corporate goals,” said Cline.

Prior to joining Okuma, Cline served as VP of Finance for Source Technologies and Director of Strategic Projects with Compass Group North America. She holds a Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from NC State University.

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 its 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 https://www.facebook.com/OkumaAmericaCorporation or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

 

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Kent: Vertical Machining Centers – The Real Estate Argument

I’ve always been a fan of those little “phone booth” style vertical machining centers. They’re fast, the toolholders are small and light, and for the most part they boast enough axis travel to machine a wide variety of workpieces. Granted, they can’t take a massive cut, but they make up for at least some of that shortcoming with their quickness.

But for as long as shops have been buying CNC vertical machining centers, they’ve typically chosen ones with axis travels far greater than what’s needed for the parts they produce; if machine tools were houses, this would be the equivalent of buying a seven-bedroom house for a family of two. So what gives?

The bigger the machine, the more floor space it requires. More electricity is needed to power it, and it takes the operator more effort to reach deep inside when loading a new tool or swapping out a workpiece. Why not purchase one of those phone booths and give your back a break?

Yet it turns out there are some very good reasons to oversize your next machining center. For starters, jobs shops don’t know what’s coming through the door from one day to the next—an extra couple feet of X-axis travel beyond the bare minimum might be the difference between winning a killer job and a no-quote.

Provided the machine tool has the necessary spindle speed and power to effectively cut your parts, and isn’t so large that rapid traverse rates suffer, the additional real estate supports more vises and fixtures; this is turn means more parts, longer cycle times, and the opportunity to load up a few dozen parts and go do something productive while the machine is busy making chips.

It also means greater flexibility. Even a 40-inch X-axis VMC has enough room for a handful of vises, a rotary table, and a tool probe off to the side. There’s plenty of space to have multiple jobs set up at once, and if your machine is equipped with quick-change workholding, swapping out a vise or two for the rush order your best customer just dropped takes about as long as it does to say “expedite fee.”

Taken one step further, a traveling column machine like the Kent CNC KVTC-2260/40 has sufficient elbow room that perhaps dozens of jobs can be set up at once, dropping setup time to virtually zero, or enough travel to machine a part the size of a coffee table. Phone booths have their place, but there’s nothing like having room to maneuver.

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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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