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Call for Speakers: Manufacturing & Technology 2020, an IndustryWeek Event

The Manufacturing Technology 2020 content team invites manufacturing professionals to submit speaking proposals for M&T 2020, to be held June 23-25, 2020, in Orlando.

Manufacturing & Technology, an IndustryWeek Event, is a conference and expo designed to provide a unique learning experience that provides real-world strategies, solutions, and best practices to solve real-world challenges facing the industry today and into the future.

To achieve this, we are looking for speakers with practical experience in developing, implementing, and managing leading-edge technology implementations, workforce best practices, and continuous improvement strategies in their manufacturing or industrial-focused organizations.

We welcome submissions from consultants or vendors as well, but such proposals will only be considered if paired with a co-presenter from a manufacturing company. 

See the 2019 event schedule here for samples.

M&T 2020 Tracks & Topics: 

We are accepting proposals for the following one-hour tracks (additional tracks may be added later):


M&T’s automation track covers the technologies, tools, and leadership/workforce practices around the increasing drive toward factory automation. The track is designed for manufacturing leaders across the industry and across disciplines who are trying to balance robotic innovations and human talent. Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Implementing and Scaling Cobot Applications
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Picking the Right Integrator
  • Automating SMEs

Continuous Improvement: 

This track targets both novice and veteran individuals/work teams advancing their lean and continuous improvement journeys. As such, sessions in this track should engage attendees tackling specific plant floor challenges or focusing on specific tools to help them do so. Topics of interest could include:

  • How to Launch a Lean/Continuous Improvement Initiative
  • Learning Lean Tools
  • Making Kaizen Work for You
  • Lean Training


This track is for leaders—from C-suite to plant management—who are charged with guiding their facilities and organizations through this disruption-rich, transformational time in U.S. manufacturing. It will offer expert insights on coping with new technologies and leadership practices, plus the new and business models the changes present. Suggested topics include:

  • Leading through Digital Transformation
  • Reimagining Your Company in an Age of Disruption
  • How to Create a Culture of Empowerment
  • Lessons Learned from Crisis

Supply Chain: 

The Supply Chain track is curated for M&T attendees at the front lines of the quickly shifting global and domestic supply chains. It covers best practices for building a sustainable supplier base and for managing a network that can survive rapid change. Topics should include:

  • Managing through Tariffs / Trade War
  • Blockchain Applications & Potential
  • Warehouse Automation
  • Combating Counterfeits


In a time of skills shortages and generational shifts, this track provides best practices and strategies to both build a better workforce and manage the diverse needs and challenges it requires. Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Using Technology to Fill the Skills Gap
  • Navigating the New Terms of Employment
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Training Techniques
  • Capturing Knowledge from the Retiring Workforce

Technology & Smart Manufacturing: 

This vital track targets attendees seeking the latest technology tools, implementation plans, and smart manufacturing strategies necessary to survive and thrive in the digital transformation. Suggested topics include:

  • How SME’s Can Take on the Digital Transformation
  • Blending 3D Printing into Traditional Manufacturing Operations
  • Retrofitting Brownfields with Smart Tech
  • Cutting Edge Tech: Drones, Wearables, Exoskeletons, 5G

To Receive Preference in the Review Process, Proposals Should: 

  • Involve a real-world implementation
  • Engage the audience in a highly creative or interactive way
  • Be applicable to a broad range of manufacturing leadership and industries
  • Provide practical takeaways attendees can either implement immediately or that drive robust discussions about new ways to improve operations.

Benefits of Speaking: 

  • Each presenter will receive one complimentary full-conference pass
  • Your name will be published on conference promotional materials, website, and in the attendee program
  • You will be recognized as a leader in your field and to the IndustryWeek community
  • Your company will receive a discounted conference pass rate.

How to Submit: 

Click here to submit your proposal. Submissions will be evaluated by IndustryWeek editorial staff and chosen based on the topic relevancy and related speaker experience. Due: November 1, 2019

Further questions? Like to discuss potential topics? Contact Jill Jusko at or (216) 931-9311.

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Emuge to Hold Cutting TECH EXPO on November 7th at Newly Expanded U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Attendees will see North American Debut of the Very Latest Tapping and Milling/ Additive Technologies, in addition to Live Punch Tap and Circle Segment Machining Demonstrations

WEST BOYLSTON, MA U.S.A. (September 18, 2019) – Emuge Corp., a leading manufacturer of high performance taps, thread mills, drills, end mills and other rotary tools, has announced it will be holding a TECH EXPO on November 7th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at its impressive, new expanded 26,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that more than doubles the size of the Emuge Corp. U.S. headquarters and manufacturing/ technology center to over 50,000 total sq. ft. Tours of the new facility, introductions to the latest tapping and milling tool technology, as well as live machining demonstrations, will be given. Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“For manufacturers who are unable to attend EMO this year, our Cutting TECH EXPO is an excellent opportunity to see firsthand the innovative, cutting-edge Emuge technologies that are being unveiled to the world,” Bob Hellinger, President of Emuge Corp. “We are also very excited to welcome manufacturers to our newly expanded manufacturing/ technology center where they can tour the new machining showroom, training room and manufacturing and tool reconditioning space.”


The event will be held at Emuge’s North American headquarters and Manufacturing/ Technology Center at 1800 Century Drive in West Boylston, Massachusetts. An introduction overview on Emuge’s facility expansion and increased manufacturing capabilities will kick-off the event, followed by a presentation on new products and technologies. Exciting innovations on the horizon such as the new Emuge patented Taptor® drill and tap solution, as well as new end mills designed for hybrid/ additive manufacturing platforms, will be highlighted. In addition, new tool holding technologies for tapping and milling will be debuted. Attendees will also see live machining demonstrations, including for the first time in North America, a live Punch Tap application. Other demonstrations will include the latest in circle segment machining and other 5-Axis milling applications on Hurco and Hermle machining centers.

A catered lunch will conclude the event. To register, RSVP by October 21st by calling 508-595-3605 or by clicking

About Emuge Corp.

Emuge Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the 1,900+ employee German company EMUGE-Werk Richard Glimpel GmbH & Co. KG (Lauf, Germany) that has been the product technology and performance leader in their field for nearly 100 years. The company manufactures an extensive line of taps, thread mills, drills, end mills, toolholders, clamping devices and other rotary cutting tools ‒ over 40,000 items sold through distributors worldwide. Emuge also offers end-user technical support through a network of in-the-field engineers and in-house product specialists, all with extensive tooling and application experience.

Over 10,000 types of cutting tools and accessories are stocked in the company’s U.S. and Canadian Headquarters located in West Boylston, MA, USA. The recently expanded 26,000 sq. ft. facility includes a technology center with a machining and tooling demonstration showroom and classroom, tool & reconditioning manufacturing, warehouse, sales, support and administrative offices. For more information on Emuge Corp., contact Emuge at 1800 Century Drive, West Boylston, MA 01583-2121, Tel. 800-323-3013, internet:  (



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FANUC Programming Class in Chicago October 15-17th

FANUC invites you and your staff to attend their free program training class next month. It is 3-day Fanuc Program Training Class followed by 1-day advanced Fanuc Program Training Class. Register now as seats are limited. (see registration below). Class is free to Eurotech customers and all PMPA members

This class is being hosted by FANUC distributor, Quality Machinery Systems (QMS) in Naperville, IL. Classes are FREE to Eurotech Customers and PMPA members; for all others there is a $350 daily charge for training classes. (Those already registered for this class will receive address, hotels, etc in a separate email.) To register, visit the Eurotech website.

In addition, they also invite you to attend a free webinar on September 26th on selecting the right live tool. Eurotech Applications Engineer, Joey Shaver, will go through the various live tool manufacturers and highlight types of tools and the advantages of certain types. Even if you are not a current Eurotech customer, you can learn of strengths of different types of live tools, some special application tools that cut cycle times, and what to look for based on the type of application. Sign up early to secure one of the limited spots. To sign up, visit the website.

Should you have any questions, please call 352-799-5223.

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J350G Jig Grinder from Mitsui Seiki Offers Flexibility, Accuracy and Operator-Friendly Operation

[FRANKLIN LAKES – September 2019] The Mitsui Seiki J350G jig grinder offers a combination of application flexibility, accuracy, and operator-friendly operation. The machine’s grinding infeed stroke is the largest available among competing machines, with a U-axis range of -3mm to +50mm relative to the spindle center. This provides the flexibility to grind small and large diameter holes, as well as multiple features, using a single wheel in a continuous, automatic mode.

To maximize accuracy, the X- and Y-axes of J350G are hand scraped and incorporate needle roller bearings. The machine bed consists of a thick, highly rigid casting supported by three level points, assuring consistent perpendicularity and parallelism. Built-in, custom-designed Heidenhain scales contribute to +/- 0.0007mm accuracy on the X-, Y- and Z-axes.

Table longitudinal travel (X axis) is 500mm, transverse travel (Y-axis) is 300mm, and quill travel (Z-axis) is 100mm. Maximum distance from the table surface to the grinding spindle nose is 450mm. The machine’s work surface is 700mm x 350mm and permissible table load is 300kg.

Table and saddle maximum rapid feed rates are 2,000 mm/min and grinding feed rates are variable from 0.1mm/min to 2,000 mm/min. The standard high-frequency spindle motor operates from 9,000 rpm – 45,000 rpm. A variety of spindle motor options include an air-turbine motor with 75,000 rpm capability.

The machine’s 3m2 (2,220mm x 2,610mm) footprint is 50 percent smaller than that of the previous model, maximizing floor space efficiency. A standard total enclosure machine cover permits easy operator access while fully addressing safety and environmental concerns.

The J350G’s Fanuc 31i-B control has a 15″ touch panel LCD screen and is preloaded with G-MAPS conversational-style programming software. The control also permits easy manual programming via graphic icons, data entry, or conventional methods.

“The J350G jig grinder gives users the ability to grind a wide variety of features automatically, without changing wheels,” said Tom Dolan, Mitsui Seiki vice president of sales and marketing, “It thereby provides the flexibility required in today’s manufacturing environment.”

For more information, contact Mitsui Seiki at (201) 337-1300,

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Nagel USA Introduces NaCen Superfinishing Machine Platform

Nagel Precision, Inc. a global manufacturer of high quality superfinishing systems based in Ann Arbor, MI, introduces a new line of economical, state of the art superfinishing machine platform NaCen, specifically developed for small and midsized shops seeking a
high degree of flexibility and affordability.

The machine concept is suitable for finishing numerous round, tapered and flat components. With a maximum centre distance of 650mm, all parts typically superfinished in passenger cars such as cam shafts, transmission shafts, gears, rotors, balance and oil
pump shafts can be finished. Gear faces and similar flat surfaces can also be finished on this equipment. Up to four finishing heads can be mounted on the machine base. The finishing module can either be a tape head or a stone head or a combination of both. Necessary electrical interfaces are available for automating the machine. Loading is possible from four sides (front, rear, right and top). The machine is also equipped with an integral dual cartridge 200-litre filtration system.

No programming skills are required and user interface permits intuitive operation. In addition, MTTR reduction features such as remote diagnostics, commonly available only on high end equipment is also made available on NaCen. Nagel will exhibit the NaCen machine at EMO 2019 in Hanover (16 to 21 Sept., Hall 11, Stand B06). For more information contact 734-426-1812.

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Hudson Valley Community College Celebrates Grand Opening of New Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills

TROY– Hudson Valley Community College hosted a grand opening ceremony for the $14.5 million Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. This 37,000-square-foot facility will allow the college to double enrollment from 144 to 288 students in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology A.O.S. degree program and meet an urgent workforce demand for skilled manufacturing employees in the region. Hudson Valley President Roger Ramsammy was joined at the event by the college Board of Trustees; the board of the college Foundation; elected officials, donors, manufacturing and economic development leaders, and students, faculty and staff.

Hudson Valley’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program prepares graduates for careers as CNC machinists, toolmakers and industrial technicians, along with marketing, sales, procurement and supervisory jobs. It is the only community college training program of its kind within 125 miles and has a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates, with nearly all students securing work prior to graduation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 900,000 more manufacturing jobs today than in 2010, but the country’s manufacturing companies are struggling to hire qualified employees necessary for business and economic growth. By 2020, more than 200,000 new positions are expected for machinists and industrial maintenance technicians nationwide. With the opening of the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills, Hudson Valley is even better positioned to help fill the shortage of well-trained, skilled craftspeople and help manufacturing firms to expand, create new jobs and contribute to the ongoing economic growth of the Capital Region.

CAMS is a one-stop manufacturing technology center that will train students on the latest machine tools, equipment, tooling and software needed for employment with manufacturers in the Northeast. The building’s design provides corporate partners with access to offices and conference space adjacent to faculty offices, student classrooms and labs. Facilities will be available for corporate demonstration purposes, shared training activities, meetings and events that connect the college to its workforce partners more than ever before.

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation worked for more than two years to secure gifts toward the construction of CAMS, including a leadership challenge gift of $1 million from the Gene Haas Foundation, a longtime partner of Hudson Valley and provider of the equipment used in training its students; a $2.9 million grant through Empire State Development as part of the New York State Regional Economic Development Council awards announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in December 2017; and $1.5 million in federal funding through the U.S. Federal Economic Development Administration, announced by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in December 2017, as well as numerous contributions from other local partners, alumni and friends.

The college partnered with several local construction companies to build CAMS, which was designed by the Troy-based Mosaic Associates Architects. Contractors included: Bette & Cring Construction Group of Latham for general construction; Tri-Valley Plumbing & Heating, Inc. of Schenectady for plumbing; John W. Danforth Co. of Ballston Spa for mechanical; T&J Electrical Associates, LLC of Clifton Park for electrical; Comalli Group, Inc. of Albany for communications cabling; and Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited of Clifton Park for special inspections. The college broke ground on the building in April 2018.

“All of us at Hudson Valley Community College are so proud celebrate the grand opening of the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills today,” said Dr. Roger Ramsammy, president of Hudson Valley Community College. “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the donors, public officials, and industry partners who have made this project possible. Their support and generosity in making CAMS a reality will allow our students to secure excellent jobs and the employers in our local manufacturing industry to fill their need for skilled workers. This is a perfect example of how the college and the community continue to work together to enrich our region’s economy.”

“I am pleased to congratulate President Roger Ramsammy and the entire HVCC community on the opening of the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills,” said United States Senator Charles E. Schumer. “I will always remember being at the 2016 Commencement when President Matonak publicly assigned me the homework of finding some federal funding for this project.   We rolled up our sleeves and were able to secure $1.5 million from the Economic Development Administration the following year.   I am proud to be a small part of the creation of the CAMS and know that it will provide skills training for good paying jobs for thousands of students in the decades to come.”

“The opening of Hudson Valley Community College’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology training facility is a major development for the Capital Region’s economy,” said United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This world-class facility will help train the future of New York’s advanced manufacturing workforce. One of the best ways to ensure strong economic growth in our state is by preparing students and our workers for high-skilled manufacturing jobs. I will always fight to ensure that our students and workers have the resources they need to be successful in a 21st century economy.”

“By further building our talent pipeline, the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills is growing the skilled workforce that will encourage manufacturers to expand in the Capital Region and around New York State,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

“I am honored to have my name on this extraordinary facility that is a new standard for manufacturing education, and I am overwhelmed by the teamwork that has brought it to fruition,” said Haas Manufacturing President and Founder Gene Haas.

“The Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills is a state-of-the-art facility that will provide students the opportunity to be trained utilizing current technology and machinery,” said Vice President of Allendale Machinery Systems and Co-Chair of the CAMS Capital Campaign Marty McGill. “The Center represents the new image of what manufacturing is today: not just a job, but a well-respected and rewarding career.”

“Our investment in the HVCC CAMS building and corporate sponsorship of students has been the single most transformative investment we have made,” said Simmons Machine Tools President and COO and Co-Chair of the CAMS Capital Campaign David William Davis. “It has improved our profitability, increased our market share, and allowed us to offer technologies at value levels attractive to our customers overseas and here in North America. We believe this region has much to offer in terms of human capital, but only if our people are equipped with useful skills that enable digital manufacturing to be harnessed by our manufacturing companies.”


About Hudson Valley Community College: Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in three schools: Business and Liberal Arts; Health Sciences; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it enrolls more than 10,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 80,000 successful alumni.

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Mobile Analysis: 3D and 2D CAD Viewer “to go”

The CoreTechnologie 3D_Analyzer Viewer is now available through a mobile license-lending feature.

The powerful 3D_Analyzer Viewer of the German-French software manufacturer CoreTechnologie (CT) comprises in the current version 4.3 a new license-borrowing function that allows to use the software for a limited time for example on a laptop. Already the inexpensive basic version of 3D_Analyzer includes 24 different interface formats, such as CATIA V5/V6, NX, Inventor SolidWorks, Creo, STEP, JT as well as FBX and OBJ. In addition, the new version also reads major 2D drawing formats.

Outstanding Analysis Capabilities

The 3D_Analyzer professional version of the Viewer provides outstanding analysis capabilities that are usually available only in much more expensive CAD systems. For assemblies, the model comparison as well as a collision and clearance check are available. Models can also be analyzed for wall thicknesses, draft angles, undercuts and projected areas. Thus, the Viewer is the ideal tool for users who sometimes use a CAD system for viewing and detailed analysis, but in general do not design or edit the parts. The flexible viewer helps to relax the license utilization of expensive CAD licenses and thus significantly reduces costs. A special highlight of the professional Viewer is the possibility to save all imported CAD models as JT or 3D PDF files.

Advanced 3D Master Technology

The future-oriented version 4.3 of the 3D_Analyzer fully supports the advanced 3D master technology. Thus CAD models from V5, NX and Creo as well as from STEP AP 242 and JT can be read including dimensions, tolerances as well as the predefined views, so-called captures. The use of the 3D Master eliminates the need for 2D drawings, since in the 3D model all information relevant for production is available and combined by means of the different captures. Among other things, intelligent 3D master models enable paperless production and avoid differences between 3D and 2D data. The clever technology is currently gaining importance for the integrated production process in the context of Industry 4.0. With the 3D_Analyzer Viewer, 3D master models can also be used on lightweight, cost-effective tablets.

Further information is available at


Background Information

Since its foundation in 1998, the software manufacturer CoreTechnologie with locations in Germany, France, USA, Japan and Great Britain has been led by the managing directors Dominique Arnault and Armin Brüning. With innovative products, the visionary company has consistently optimised its product portfolio and secured the technological leadership in the area of conversion software. Each year, CoreTechnologie invests more than 30 per cent of sales in the research and implementation of new technologies and has the most complete product range in this field.

In the focus of technology development is the product line of “3D Evolution” which guarantees efficient and lossless exchange of complex data structures between independent and heterogeneous CAX software solutions. With extremely powerful native interfaces for all leading CAD systems and for conversion of all common 3D formats, the software module ensures optimal interoperability of most various IT solutions.

Apart from providing visualisation and manufacturing data across most various systems, CoreTechnologie offers outstanding technologies for automatic data correction, feature-based conversion, geometry optimisation, quality control and long-time archiving as well as for visualisation of complex 3D models. The software components for software manufacturers of the most different CAX applications are the company’s second leg.

The customer portfolio of CoreTechnologie comprises more than 400 companies from the automotive, aerospace, engineering and consumer goods industry who are in many cases the quality leaders in their relevant segment.

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Using ESPRIT to Develop New Manufacturing Methods: a conversation with M2GN’s Laurent Poullain and Brian Orcier

M2GN, located in Courlaoux, near Lons-le-Saunier in Eastern France, manufactures parts for key French industries. Founded in 1986, the company was purchased in 2005 by Laurent Poullain following the retirement of its first owner. In the beginning, M2GN focused on manufacturing unitary, or single, parts for special machines. Mr. Poullain wanted to evolve the company and invested in a newer machine shop and a larger, more functional building. Today M2GN specializes in precision machining and has a staff of 16 employees. Its activity is divided into four key industrial sectors: 30% in aeronautics, 35% in packaging, 25% in the food industry and 10% in mechanical engineering. Single parts represent 50% of its business, with the rest consisting of small and medium parts primarily for the aeronautics industry.

DP Technology recently spoke with Mr. Poullain, M2GN’s manager, and Brian Orcier, the company’s programming manager, about how ESPRIT CAM software has improved their manufacturing operations.

How did you acquire the ESPRIT software?

Laurent Poullain: The need for a new CAM software presented itself in 2015 when I wanted to further develop our team of turners, who worked from the beginning in conversational programming (on Mazak Mazatrol or Mori Seiki Mapps controls). At the same time, we bought a DMG MORI NTX bi-spindle 5-axis lathe, which was equipped with all modules of ESPRIT software.

How fast was the workshop able to integrate the new software?

L.P: Some controllers were able to adopt the new software quickly. For others, it took a little longer. In their defense, the first parts were complex; they required simultaneous 4 and 5-axis machining. Usiprog, our ESPRIT integrator, provided excellent support to us throughout this project. After six months, the entire team was working on its own and comfortably using the ESPRIT software.

How have you recently expanded the use of ESPRIT in your workshop?

L.P: After buying the NTX machine, we decided to buy two more licenses, one for 5-axis turning and one for EDM. We also updated the license on the NTX lathe.

You say that M2GN has a large machine park. How does ESPRIT help you to control all these machines?

LP: M2GN has a park with different brands of relatively new machines, which are divided into three parts: a turning pole consisting of five lathes and two multi-tasking centers, a milling center composed of four machining centers and two milling machines, and a final pole dedicated to EDM, which is mainly comprised of Fanuc machines. ESPRIT allows you to control the whole workshop with the same interface and lets you easily switch from one machine to another.

M2GN is specialized in manufacturing the unitary part, with high added value; what exactly does that mean?

L.P: [It means] we have established 100% control of all the parts coming out of the workshop. This allows us to check the quality of our parts daily to ensure that they have been manufactured properly. To do this, we utilize specific Mitutoyo control tools.

What do you consider to be the top three advantages of ESPRIT?

Brian Orcier: What impressed us was its ease of use and its flexibility: with just a few clicks, one can apply several machining strategies to any type of operation. Also, the reliability of the post-processors that adapt to each machine. ESPRIT gives us a new method for programming and manufacturing parts.

Are you satisfied with the ESPRIT solution?

L.P: Yes. Today, what makes me confident I made the right choice is that even the most reluctant programmer at the beginning now uses ESPRIT every day. It enables them to make the most of their machine to produce increasingly complex parts without outside help. It gives them peace of mind; the risk of error is minimized, and they have autonomy in their work with the recovery of the 3D files, and the automatic recognition of forms, etc.

Do you plan to further expand the use of ESPRIT in the workshop?

Laurent Poullain: At this time, we are thinking about purchasing a 5-axis machining center that would also allow us to extend the use of ESPRIT in the workshop and standardize our CAM system to be even more versatile and efficient.

For more information about ESPRIT, contact:

(In North America):

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From Concept to Manufacturing, Link Is the Solution 

Denver, CO (August 7, 2019) — Denver-based company, Link has been helping companies with product development since 2007.  Founder Marc Hanchak formed Link after seeing a gap in the services that product development companies were offering in Colorado.

“At that time, there were plenty of engineering consulting firms, and several industrial design companies, but no one that offered a complete solution covering all aspects of product design from concept to manufacturing,” Said Founder Marc Hanchak.

That’s what Link does… they help their clients at every stage along the process: from concept ideation, to intellectual property and marketing, business plan and cost forecasting, industrial design, engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing.

“I feel it’s our responsibility as a product development consultant to be educators in the community. We give hundreds of hours of free advice to startups, and several of us teach at universities around town. We also participate in small business events, pitch competitions, and student design competitions,” added Hanchak.

Link works across many different industries from medical devices and children’s toys to the outdoor and consumer product industries. Link provides creative design solutions to problems others don’t see as easily because they are narrowly focused in one industry.

Recently, Link was brought in by Denver-based Guerilla Gravity for their newest mountain bike design.

“Working with Link brought a new level of creativity to Guerrilla Gravity and the bikes we manufacture. Working with a company right around the corner allowed us to be more innovative and iterate quickly. As a critical team member, they created a stunning concept that accommodates our unique manufacturing method, which is the first of its kind in our industry. Truly made in Colorado, from sketch to final product,” responded Will Montague, President and Co-Founder of Guerilla Gravity.

Link prides themselves on having a really cool place to work, creative environment that is constantly changing, not to mention employees have off every Friday.

Their studio in Denver has the full prototyping capability from 3D printers to CNC machinery, laser cutters, welding equipment and casting capabilities, all of which speed up the product development process.

The push to make things locally is ever increasing and companies are looking to work with local manufacturers and you can truly say with LINK that your product has been designed and made in Colorado.

“We love all things local and being a part of the resurgence of making it here in Colorado and avoiding the overseas process,” added Hanchak.

For More on Link Product Development visit them online at

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Mazak’s Discover 2019 Technology and Education Event Commemorates 100th Anniversary

Discover 2019 will take place at Mazak Corp.’s North American Manufacturing Headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, November 5-7 and 12-13. Attendees will experience new technology designed to increase efficiency and productivity. This includes hybrid multitasking machines with additive manufacturing, friction stir welding and hot wire deposition; digital manufacturing solutions including mixed-reality remote service support and a new machine spindle health monitoring system; and artificial intelligence in Mazak’s Smooth Technology manufacturing platform.

The 30 machining systems at Discover 2019 will be either new to the industry or making their North American debuts. The event will feature several learning seminars with Mazak’s partners, access to Mazak application experts, a student day for recruitment and regularly scheduled tours of the Mazak iSmart Factory.

“Today’s manufacturers face challenging production demands that shift on a daily basis and want immediate solutions to overcome them,” says Dan Janka, president. “In most instances, they don’t have the luxury of being able to wait for the next major manufacturing trade show to explore potential solutions. This is why Mazak customers have come to rely on the Discover events for keeping up with the latest manufacturing advancements and strategies.”

This year’s show also coincides with Mazak’s 100-year anniversary.

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