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Ready Robotics launches Ready Academy online platform to teach automation topics

Columbus, Ohio-based Ready Robotics has launched the Ready Academy, an online educational platform that helps manufacturing professionals learn how to design, deploy, manage, and scale automation.

The platform launches with more than 40 hours of educational videos with curriculum developed by robotics PhDs Kel Guerin and Jake Huckaby. Building on more than four years of the company’s experience enabling manufacturers to deploy automation on their own, the curriculum covers automation topics including project assessment, end-of-arm tooling, parts presentation, robot safety, no-code robot programming, and building machine-tending tasks.

Key to the rapid learning enabled by the platform is the use of the company’s Forge/OS enterprise-grade operating system and Task Canvas for robot programming. In the same time it typically takes to learn how to program simple movements in a robot’s native programming language, students can achieve lights-out automation. This is accomplished through Task Canvas’ intuitive programming interface. Robot programming is condensed into a matter of days so that more attention can be given to all the other equally critical components of automation.

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Okuma’s MCR-S double-column machining center roughs, finishes press dies in one setup

Okuma America Corp. has introduced the MCR-S double-column machining center. It roughs and finishes press dies in one setup and is designed for heavy- duty machining of process-intensive press dies. Featuring full 5-face and 5-axis machining, the system is suitable for die repair work, handling hardened cast-iron, nonferrous, and exotic materials.

According to the company, the machine’s one setup process achieves a 25% reduction in cycle time compared to similar models by using faster cutting feed rates and spindle speeds and eliminating manual die finishing.

The Hyper-Surface feature detects and automatically compensates for surface disturbances in the part program to eliminate streaks or stripes for a high-quality surface finish.

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Doosan Presents the Versatile 5-Axis DVF Series

Pine Brook, NJ – October 14, 2020 – Doosan Machine Tools’ DVF Series of compact 5-axis machining centers is built for a wide range of 5-sided and simultaneous 5-axis applications. DVF machines are fully loaded to meet customer needs for cutting diverse and complex shapes in one setup. The FANUC 31i-B5 CNC controller makes full 5-axis simultaneous control (all axes feeding at once) possible, giving full contouring capabilities.

The DVF 5000 is equipped with a CAT40/BIG PLUS® taper 18,000 r/min spindle, which facilitates high speed metal removal. The DVF 5000 features a 19.7” (500mm) diameter B- over C-axis rotary table with a 24.8” (630mm) option. The machine table is an integrated cantilever style full 5-axis table, which allows for the machining of parts from a variety of angles. Built-in table support holds a maximum weight of over 880lbs and minimizes any table deflection. The rotary table is designed for user friendliness and consummate work efficiency, minimizing interference as the part is machined. Absolute glass scales on XYZ axes and angular optical encoders on B and C axes ensure high resolution positioning and repeatability. 

The DVF 6500 has the same spindle as the DVF 5000, but is designed with an integrated 25.6″ (650mm) diameter A- over C-axis rotary table. Even larger is the new DVF 8000 version, which comes with a 31.5″ (800mm) diameter rotary table. There will also be available a special T model of the DVF 8000 that is capable of turning operations., slated for release later in 2020. 

Each DVF machine comes with a 60-tool servo-driven automatic tool changer that can be expanded up to 120 tools, giving the customer more tooling to tackle complex parts that have varying profiles. An oil cooled spindle controls heat to minimize thermal issues. The DVF Series also incorporates roller LM guideways for speed and added rigidity. Their compact footprint enables installation where floor space is limited or comes at a premium.

These vertical 5-axis machining centers can be customized with a diverse range of tailored options that provide automation and convenience features that make them ideal for unmanned machining. One example is an optional/retrofittable AWC (Auto Workpiece Changer) for the DVF 5000, which gives you lights out machining capability. The AWC can be ordered in numerous pallet configurations: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 24. The DVF 6500 and DVF 8000 models also come with their own automation options.

“The DVF Series is a perfect fit if you’re trying to minimize setups, run production parts overnight or switch over to prototype parts quickly,” said Jim Shiner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Doosan Machine Tools America.

To see the DVF Series of compact 5-axis vertical machining centers or other innovative products from Doosan Machine Tools, visit them online at

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Tornos Technologies US Virtual Open House – Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Tornos U.S. is proud to present its virtual open house as a unique webinar.

This event will address the medical industry and explain how our products support manufacturing in this segment. In addition, the open house will elaborate on the idea of the success of Swiss-type machines. Tornos U.S. is excited to be showcasing machines from the showroom floor that demonstrate a variety of machining operations as well as part production. There will be a special promotion announced during the event, so make sure to register using the link below so you don’t miss out!

Register Here

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Big Kaiser Celebrates 30 Years

BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc., a provider of high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industry, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“On August 1, 1990, KPT Kaiser opened its doors and began its mission to make Kaiser CKB modular boring tools, developed in Switzerland and a leader in the North American market,” said a company spokesperson.

The spokesperson continued, “When the company began in 1990, most shops used boring tool technology from the 1950s, where tool changes were a costly and a time-consuming process. Labeling themselves `The Tooling Problem Solvers,’ the sales team set out to take on the industry’s toughest problems and prove the efficiency and time savings of modular boring tools. Today, the modular connections are still the same, meaning a tool built in 1969 can still be used on a machine today.”

“I started the company out of necessity,” said BIG KAISER President and CEO Chris Kaiser. “I knew we needed to change how we were selling the boring tools manufactured by my father’s company in Switzerland, Heinz Kaiser AG.”

Now a member of the BIG Daishowa Group of companies, BIG KAISER plays an integral role in the company’s worldwide R&D and manufacturing strategy. BIG KAISER develops and provides high-performance toolholders, boring heads, workholding, measuring instruments and custom engineering support for machining companies.

“After 30 years, I am proud to say we have had a good number of customers from the very beginning,” Kaiser said. “Possibly the first was a Swiss-born machinist who carried Heinz Kaiser boring tools back from his vacation in Zurich to his job in the repair center at United Airlines in San Francisco. We are grateful that companies like United, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky, Caterpillar, John Deere, Metalex, Vermeer, Viking Pump and others are still with us to this day.”

For more information contact:

BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc.

2600 Huntington Blvd.

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

888-TOOL-PRO / 224-770-2999

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FANUC Hosts Take Control, a Virtual Event – October 19-22

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – (Oct. 2, 2020) – FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs will launch its first virtual event called “Take Control”.  The event will debut Oct. 19-22, and include three distinct zones: Knowledge, Solutions and Exploration.   

“For manufacturers, there’s nothing like the opportunity to visit tradeshows like IMTS, Pack Expo, FABTECH and many other technology events that feature automation and robotics,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO, FANUC America.  “Since the start of the pandemic, we haven’t had the opportunity to gather together in one place to meet face to face.  We invite all companies – both large and small – who are searching for ways to solve manufacturing problems to connect with us virtually.   Let our team of problem solvers help you take control of your operations as we all search for new ways to adapt to this business climate.”

The Knowledge Zone offers an opportunity to hear first-hand from FANUC executives and industry experts about the latest business trends, automation products and advice for customers looking to get their organizations better positioned to compete globally.   Topics will cover: how automation helps companies address tough problems; collaborative robots; omni-channel fulfillment; digital twins for the machining process; robots in the protein industry; how to maximize machining efficiency; tips for those new to automation and an education outlook towards 2025.

The Solutions Zone will focus on FANUC’s breadth of automation solutions.  This is an opportunity to interact with our product and process experts who will be available to chat live with attendees about their challenges, answer questions and set up one-on-one meetings.  Over 150 videos will be available to examine FANUC’s latest products and how they are applied in industry for a variety of processes including assembly, fulfillment, machining, packaging, palletizing, painting, welding, and more.  

Finally, because so many companies face travel restrictions, the Exploration Zone provides an immersive overview of FANUC’s capabilities, including product demonstrations across all industries, application-specific labs, manufacturing expertise, customer support, inventory, education and training.  

Click here to register to attend FANUC’s “Take Control” Virtual Event.  

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading CNC systems, robotics and factory automation.  FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability.  

FANUC embraces a culture of “Service First” which means that customer service is our highest priority.  We are committed to supplying our customers with parts and support for the life of their FANUC products.    

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in:  Auburn Hills, MI; Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Huntington Beach, CA; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; Birmingham, AL; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico.  For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: .  Also, connect with us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.  

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Mark Fordyce, Vice President of Hydromat – RE Announces Retirement

After nearly four decades of experience in Hydromat engineering and remanufacturing, Mark Fordyce, now Vice President of Hydromat-RE has announced his retirement. He officially stepped down from his position as of September 25th, 2020.

Mark began his career as a Hydromat machine set-up/design production supervisor in a small shop in Rockford, IL in 1981. After applying to Hydromat, Inc for a technician position he was hired as a Project Engineer working in the Hydromat engineering department. In the 18-1/2 years with Hydromat Inc, he worked his way through the Hydromat engineering department in various roles, eventually being the Engineering Manager. In 2006, Mark joined Component Bar Products, where he led both the engineering department and the rebuild, repair parts, and machine repair division. After the 2019 JV of Hydromat-RE and Component Bar Products’ Rebuild Division, Mark continued to service Hydromat users as the Vice President of Hydromat-RE and led the team from the O’Fallon, Missouri facility.

Mark has been an integral part of the Hydromat organization, and his contributions will continually be valued. Hydromat, Inc., Component Bar Products, and Hydromat-RE thank Mark for his hard work, commitment, and dedication over the years.

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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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