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LIVE WEBINAR – September 29th – Digital Machine Shop: Automated CAM Software for Higher Productivity


Achieve tomorrow’s part manufacturing efficiency, today

This webinar highlights the advantages of automating the part manufacturing development process, focusing on automating the Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tasks.


Higher levels of automation help manufacturers, from startups to global companies, improve the overall operational efficiency, including:

  • Accelerate the development of part manufacturing processes
  • Capture and reuse of best-practice methods
  • Rapidly create optimal toolpaths using automated, rule-based methods

Join this webinar to learn how Siemens NX CAD/CAM software connects, automates, and accelerates end-to-end manufacturing processes, enabling manufacturers to deliver higher quality parts faster.

In this webinar about CAM automation, you will learn how to:

  • Automate the creation of manufacturing assemblies to describe the entire machining setup
  • Simplify the documentation of setup drawings well in advance of program availability
  • Create detailed models of fixtures and work holding equipment
  • Generate optimal cutting operations using the precise state of in-process workpiece (IPW)
  • Output complete, associative shop documentation directly from your CAM environment
  • Leverage integrated, G-code-driven machine simulation in NX CAM

Gain efficiency using one comprehensive CAM software

Prepare any CAD model and program any job using one CAM software. NX CAM provides comprehensive part model preparation and NC programming capabilities in a single system. This enables the use of consistent 3D models, data and processes to seamlessly connect planning and shop floor operations with a digital thread.

You can streamline and automate NC programming, while reducing cycle time, using powerful, application-specific tools. From 2.5-axis machining and mold manufacturing to simultaneous 5-axis milling and high-volume production, NX allows you to use one CAM software to make better parts faster.

JK Machining: Staying competitive through automation

This Michigan-based company focuses on Class 101 molds—high-production molds designed for 1 million or more cycles. Their automotive and medical customers demand high quality, tighter tolerances, timely delivery and reasonable costs.

Formerly, JK Machining used separate software systems for mold design and manufacturing. To move from design to production required multiple data transfers that introduced additional steps and errors into the process. Furthermore, it complicated the handling of inevitable and frequent design changes.

JK Machining selected NX based on several key characteristics of the software. The CAD tools of NX include powerful functions for working with customers’ models. For NC programming, NX CAM’s leading-edge 5-axis and high-speed machining capabilities enabled JK to take full advantage of its advanced machine tools. With its fully integrated capabilities, NX provided automation of the entire mold development process, from design through manufacturing.


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Doosan Machine Tools America Releases the PUMA SMX 5100L

Pine Brook, NJ – September 2, 2020 – Doosan Machine Tools presents the PUMA SMX5100L, the latest addition to the company’s twin-spindle, multi-tasking turn-mill centers. The PUMA SMX Series is specifically designed to complete complex parts in a single setup, and this new model joins the PUMA SMX2600ST (10” chuck) and PUMA SMX3100ST (12” chuck) models in the lineup. 

The PUMA SMX5100L is the largest machine in the series, with a maximum turning diameter of 32.7” and maximum turn length of 120.1”. Chuck sizes of 15”, 18” and 21” are available for the standard main turning spindle, which features a 49.6 horsepower built-in motor that spins at 2,400 r/min. Also available is an optional gear box spindle that rotates at 1,500 r/min and outputs an impressive 4,198 Nm (3,096 ft-lb) of torque for heavy duty applications. 

The B-axis milling head features a Capto C8, powered by a 49.6 horsepower motor that rotates at 10,000 r/min. The roller gear cam mechanism that drives the B-axis is backlash-free and highly rigid, outputting B-axis torque of 2700 Nm (1,991 ft-lb).

 “With its built-in size and strength, the PUMA SMX5100L is ideal for aerospace applications such as landing gear components as well as housings for large shafts like those found in the agriculture or oil field industries,” said Jim Shiner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Doosan Machine Tools America.

All PUMA SMX models have highly rigid machine construction. Minimized thermal deformation is achieved via strategically placed sensors throughout the machine, which offer real time measurement and adjustment of the axes. For added stability and speed, the Z-axis, in which the carriage moves, is supported by three rows of cross roller linear guideways.

Along with the largest machining space among the same-class machines, the PUMA SMX line comes standard with ergonomic features that enhance operator convenience and efficient maintenance. FANUC 5-axis machining software, which offer 600 blocks of look ahead and optimized servo acceleration/deceleration, are now built into the SMX Series control.

To see the PUMA SMX5100L twin-spindle, multi-tasking turn-mill center and other innovative products from Doosan Machine Tools, visit them online at

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Learn to make manufacturing lead time an asset

Embark on a path to profitability with the digital machine shop

If you are running a machine shop, you already know that manufacturing lead time is the top issue. However, many of the insights from a study of manufacturers will come as a surprise.

Download this eBook to learn about:

  • Roadblocks preventing efficient machine shop operations
  • New technologies, including robotics and 3D printing that are transforming part manufacturing
  • Integrated manufacturing ecosystems that enable companies to become more competitive and profitable

Read findings from the NC machining study by Lifecycle Insights.

Excerpt from the eBook: “The explosion of 3D printing has provided a buzz of excitement for makers in recent years. Many forecast a day when production parts can be simply printed in a matter of an hour instead of cutting metal over the course of a day. Interestingly, findings from the study show that the future is closer than forecasted.”

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Without a doubt, manufacturing lead time is the biggest challenge for most machine shops. So how do successful manufacturers deliver higher quality parts faster?

Download this eBook to receive study insights and learn about:

  • Roadblocks preventing efficient machine shop operations
  • Data-driven and flexible part manufacturing
  • New transformative technologies, including robotics and 3D printing;
  • Integrated, highly-automated manufacturing ecosystems.

To stay ahead, download a complimentary copy of the eBook, The Digital Journey of the Modern Machine Shop by Lifecycle Insights.

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FANUC Recognized by General Motors as a 2019 Supplier of the Year Winner

ROCHESTER HILLS, JUNE 29, 2020 – FANUC was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during a virtual ceremony honoring the recipients of the company’s 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

During the event, GM recognized 116 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or introduced innovations to the company. The awards ceremony was originally scheduled as a live-event to be held in March but was postponed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recognition is for supplier performance in the 2019 calendar year.

This is the 16th time FANUC has received the award.

“Our suppliers play a key role in delivering the products, services and experiences our customers deserve – and these award-winning suppliers went above and beyond our expectations,” said Shilpan Amin, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

“We also believe it’s important at this point in time to thank our entire supply base for their efforts the last few months to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” added Amin. “Not only have we been able to safely restart our manufacturing operations, our suppliers played a key role in assisting our initiatives to increase the supply of ventilators and personal protection equipment (PPE) for frontline health care workers to help save lives and keep communities safe.”

The Supplier of the Year award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

“On behalf of our entire team at FANUC, we are honored to once again receive this prestigious award from General Motors,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO, FANUC America Corporation.  This is the 16th time and 15th consecutive year that FANUC has won this award, an achievement that signifies our continued effort to provide automation solutions that help our customers solve their production challenges.”


FANUC CORPORATION is the global leader of Factory Automation, Robots and ROBOMACHINEs. Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. FANUC technology has been a leading force in a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines.  For more information visit:

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION, providing industry-leading CNC systems, robotics, and factory automation technologies and proven expertise to help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability.  For more information visit:

General Motors (NYSE: GM) is a global company committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities, sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found at

FANUC America Corporation PR contacts:

Robotics: Cathy Powell
Public Relations and Communications Manager
FANUC America Corporation
T: 248-377-7570

Factory Automation: Debra Schug
CNC Strategic Communications Specialist
T: 847.898.5673

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Electric Vehicle Market Offers Compelling Opportunity for Savvy, Forward-Thinking Companies

New York, Aug. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”) announces the availability of a broadcast titled, “Investors Pile into the Accelerating Electric Vehicle Market.”

To hear the AudioPressRelease please visit: The NetworkNewsAudio News Podcast

To read the full editorial, visit:

Net Element Inc.’s (NASDAQ: NETE) legacy business model has been firmly centered within the fintech space, with the company operating a payments-as-a-service transactional model and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprises in the U.S. and selected emerging markets. Net Element has plans to divest itself of its payments processing business and portfolio to transform the company into a pure-play electric vehicles manufacturer going forward.

“We feel, after considering an array of strategic alternatives, that the agreement with Mullen provides our shareholders with the most compelling opportunity,” said Net Element chairman and Chief Executive Officer Oleg Firer. “We conducted an extensive search of companies that have disruptive technologies and believe that Mullen represents the best path forward. COVID-19 has created a unique set of challenges for our payment processing business, as many of our payment processing customers are located in the Northeast, which has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus. We expect that the merger with Mullen will create a new path forward that should reward our long-time shareholders.”

About Mullen Technologies:
Mullen Technologies is a Southern California-based licensed electric vehicle manufacturer with international distribution that operates in various verticals of businesses focusing in the automotive industry: Mullen Automotive, Mullen Energy, Mullen Auto Sales, Mullen Funding Corp., and CarHub. Each of these divisions provide Mullen with diversity of different products and services within the automotive industry.

For more information, please visit:

About Net Element, Inc. ( NETE)
Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service transactional and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprise (“SME”) in the U.S. and selected emerging markets. In the U.S., the Company aims to grow transactional revenue by innovating SME productivity services using blockchain technology solutions and Aptito, its cloud-based, restaurant and retail point-of-sale solution. Internationally, Net Element’s strategy is to leverage its omni-channel platform to deliver flexible offerings to emerging markets with diverse banking, regulatory and demographic conditions. Net Element was ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500™.  In 2017, Net Element was recognized by South Florida Business Journal as one of 2016’s fastest-growing technology companies.

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RobotWorx Launches Service Support on Facebook

Charlotte, NC, July 29, 2020 – RobotWorx Has announced the launch of a new service group on Facebook dedicated to Industrial Robotics. The group covers a number of topics related to reconditioning, preventative maintenance, diagnosis and repair, general support and even training. Open to the public, the group provides a space for collaboration and immediate support Monday through Friday during office hours. If a question goes un-answered by the community, an admin will promptly engage and help the individual. The RobotWorx service group is comprised not only of like-minded individuals in the industrial robotics industry, but also of a group of admins with real world experience.

The admins include, Tom Fischer, Operations Manager, welding engineer, certified welding inspector (CWI), and project management professional (PMP) with over 20 years of experience. Carl Faulkner-Service Manager, 17 years of robotics-automation experience in manufacturing. An additional 7 years’ experience with RobotWorx in production, project, and service roles directly assisting customers in their robotic automation needs. Robert Cole, Production Manager and Service Technician with 11 years’ experience in overall trouble shooting, preventive maintenance, system builds, and programming.

RobotWorx is an authorized integrator of top robotic brands including ABB, FANUC, KUKA, and Motoman. In addition, RobotWorx offers its own line of pre-engineered workcells and robotic grease products. RobotWorx would like to invite the industrial robotics community to join and follow the Industrial Robotic Service Group. Ready to support, they stand by for your questions.

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About RobotWorx – A Scott Company

RobotWorx offers high quality new and reconditioned industrial robots, parts, systems and integration for both large and small companies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. They have over 25 years of experience integrating robotic systems for a large variety of applications. They are an official FANUC Authorized System Integrator, Yaskawa Motoman Solution Provider, ABB Robotics Integrator, and KUKA Robotics System Partner.

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Productive Robotics Launches Analytics: A Cloud-Based System for Remote Monitoring for all OB7 Collaborative Robots

CARPINTERIA, Calif., July 28, 2020—Productive Robotics, Inc., the Santa Barbara, CA-based designer and manufacturer​ of OB7 collaborative robots today releases Productive Analytics.  Productive Analytics provides real-time status monitoring for all OB7 cobots. With this easy access to the operating status of all cobots and their entire production history, customers are able to optimize their production, identify production errors, minimize downtime, and remotely monitor their robot activity.

“As our robots are running longer hours and ‘lights out,’ we’ve had more and more requests to be able to remotely monitor their activity.  We created Productive Analytics to both monitor robot operation, as well as to provide reliable and accurate production data,” states Zac Bogart, president of Productive Robotics.

The system provides data on current running jobs, past jobs run, running hours, production results, production errors, job run times, and robot idle times. Scheduled reports are automatically delivered via email in PDF and CSV files for importing into company’s production data systems. No network ports are left open on OB7 cobots, assuring safety from hacking or malware.

“With our extreme focus on security, there is no internet access into our robots, and all production data is fully encrypted before it is sent to the Productive Analytics cloud,” states Bogart.

With valuable production data and robot monitoring, customers can identify errors and bottlenecks, minimize downtime, and optimize production. Production data can be transmitted via either wired network, wirelessly through Wi-Fi, or through customers’ own private cellular connection.

Productive Analytics is available free of charge for all OB7 cobots currently in operation. All OB7 cobot models also provide seven-axis capabilities and “no programming,” simple teaching platform – the user simply shows OB7 how to do the job and OB7 learns – providing customers with complete ease of use. Like a human arm, seven joints give OB7 the flexibility and dexterity to reach around objects or obstacles where others can’t. Unlike a human arm, each of OB7’s joints can rotate 360 degrees in both directions allowing the cobot to work in more confined workspaces and areas that a six-axis robot can’t reach. All OB7 cobots are fully designed and manufactured in the United States.


Productive Robotics Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a line of industrial collaborative robots and accessories used in diverse manufacturing processes. Its full line of OB7 cobots are the only USA made, 7 axis cobots on the market, offering the simplest, most flexible, and fastest to teach collaborative robots. Through their “no programming” platform where OB7 learns by physical demonstration, seven-axis 360-degree movable arm, and proprietary intellectual property, Productive Robotics’ full line of next-generation cobots offer customers flexible and unlimited application advantages over other cobots in the market. To learn more about Productive Robotics visit or call (805) 244-9300.

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Lydall Breaks Ground on New Filtration Center of Excellence

MANCHESTER, Conn., July 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lydall, Inc. (NYSE: LDL), a leading U.S. manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and specialty filtration solutions that create a cleaner, safer and quieter world, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, July 24 to celebrate a major expansion of its production facility in Rochester, New Hampshire. The ceremony marked the beginning of construction on Lydall’s Filtration Center of Excellence, where the company will develop new, high-performing and environmentally sustainable media for air and liquid filtration. The new facility will also house two new production lines that will enable Lydall to dramatically increase production of fine fiber meltblown filtration media for N95 respirators, surgical masks and air filtration systems. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Mayor Caroline McCarley and Will Arvelo, Director of State of New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, were also in attendance.

“This celebration represents a turning point for our company and solidifies our position as the leading provider of specialty filtration solutions in both the U.S. and the world,” said Sara A. Greenstein, President & CEO of Lydall. “To address the immediate need for personal protective equipment, or PPE, and to support the wider need for improved air quality beyond COVID-19, Lydall is fully prepared to deploy our deep manufacturing experience and longstanding heritage in innovation to deliver the products that will keep people and places safe.’”

Each of the elected officials who attended the event spoke about the great importance of the products Lydall makes and the company’s role in the fight against COVID-19:

  • Senator Shaheen: “The quick work to begin building these production lines really affirms why we – as a nation – need to prioritize local manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other key products needed to fight this virus. This contract comes at a critical time as COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the country and will help Lydall produce 1.7 billion N95 masks per year to provide essential PPE to frontline workers. Thank you to all of the Lydall employees who are coming to work every day – putting the health of others before their own – so those on the frontlines can do their jobs safely.”
  • Mayor McCarley: “New Hampshire is a close-knit community. You are making an incredible contribution, not only for the city of Rochester and the state of New Hampshire, but also for the United States and the world.”
  • Will Arvelo: “What you do for frontline workers, and for all of us, is critically important. What you’re building here will showcase the city of Rochester and the state of New Hampshire. When business and government leaders come together, we create great things for the world.”

By May 2021, when both new production lines are fully operational, Lydall will increase its capacity of fine fiber meltblown filtration media to support the domestic production of 1.7 billion N95 respirators or 6.5 billion surgical masks per year. Lydall’s specialty meltblown media is also a key component for MERV-, HEPA- and ULPA-grade filters used to improve air quality in hospitals, airplanes, restaurants, office buildings and other public spaces. To serve the European market, Lydall also manufactures meltblown filtration media at its facility in Saint Rivalain, France.

Lydall’s investment in the expanded facility and new production lines is supported by a $13.5M commitment from the U.S. federal government. This commitment is a product of the ongoing collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Department’s Joint Acquisition Task Force and funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

For more information on Lydall’s COVID-19-related products, visit

About Lydall, Inc.
Headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut with global manufacturing operations, Lydall delivers value-added engineered materials and specialty filtration solutions that promote a cleaner, quieter and safer world. We partner with our customers to develop bespoke, high-performing and efficient solutions that are adaptable and scalable to meet their needs. Lydall is a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. For more information, visit Lydall® is a registered trademark of Lydall, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

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Fives Recognized by Fastmarkets Global Awards for Steel Excellence

Farmington Hills, MI, July 24, 2020 -Fives, a global industrial engineering group, was honored by Fastmarkets Global Awards for Steel Excellence, receiving industrial recognition. A prestigious acknowledgement, identifying world-class innovations and excellence for companies and key partners throughout the steel industry.

This year’s ceremony marked the 11th Annual Fastmarkets Global Awards, held virtually on July 23, 2020. The nominations chosen were selected from 30 different categories, determined by a combined panel of industry professionals. Fives wins in two categories.

Winner – Technology Provider of the Year

Fives received the award as a Technology Provider of the Year for its ground-breaking heat treatment and real-time quality management technologies, enabling steel manufacturers to improve operational efficiency, increase the quality of finished products and enhance the flexibility of operations.

“Fives has been a global leader in a variety of industries for more than 200 years. We have been involved in landmark projects leading technological innovations for the steel industry with solutions that provide increased productivity and flexibility of operations, while drastically reducing environmental impact. I am very proud of our team and am honoured to receive this prestigious award,” stated Guillaume Mehlman, President of Steel & Glass at Fives, during the Fastmarkets Global Awards Ceremony.

Winner (Joint Award) – Information Technology Services Provider

As a collaborative initiative, Fives and Marcegaglia developed the SmartLine, a fully automatic strip processing line control system based on predictive modelling. In 2019, the SmartLine was commissioned for Marcegaglia’s continuous galvanizing line in Ravenna, Italy.

“This was a joint effort between Marcegaglia and our Fives’ teams. Marcegaglia had a vision for a fully integrated control system of the coil finishing lines based on predictive modelling, incorporating all the upstream metallurgy and all the processing steps down to the finished coil in order to achieve the highest quality yield and productivity. The result has been a great success for both of our organizations,” added Guillaume.

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