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NEW PRODUCT: EXAIR Soft Grip Back Blow Safety Air Gun for Cleaning Small Inside Diameters

EXAIR’s new Soft Grip Back Blow Safety Air Gun uses the smallest back blow nozzle available to deliver a blast of air to effectively blow debris and liquids from inside small pipe or hose diameters, channels, bores, holes, internal threads and other internal part features. The ergonomic design of the air gun keeps the operator’s hand in a comfortable position so it can be used for hours of continuous use without fatigue.

An array of holes on the Model 1004SS M4 Back Blow Air Nozzle provides a forceful back-facing 360-degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips and light oils from machining processes. This nozzle prevents blowing chips further into a part, tube or pipe and eliminates any safety hazard created by blowing debris out the far end of a pipe or tube. Air consumption is only 4.5 SCFM at 80 PSIG with a low sound level of 75 dBA. The nozzle is manufactured to clean inside openings as small as 1/4 inch (6mm) and up to 1 inch (25mm). It is constructed of type 316 stainless steel to provide durability and superior resistance to corrosion. The air gun with nozzle is OSHA and CE compliant.

A variety of Safety Air Guns with Back Blow Nozzles are available for cleaning diameters up to 16 inches (406mm). Chip Shields to protect the operator from the exiting debris are included with the Soft Grip, VariBlast Compact and Heavy Duty Back Blow Safety Air Guns. Extension pipes from 6 inches (152mm) to 72 inches (1829mm) are available to provide reach for longer tube and pipe clean out. Prices for the Soft Grip Back Blow Safety Air Gun start at $161. 

For more information, contact: 

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363

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Mazak to Host Midwest Advanced Manufacturing Technology Event

Mazak to Host Midwest Advanced Manufacturing Technology Event

Company will welcome TMA Precision Machining Competition for high school students

FLORENCE, Ky., February 12, 2019 – Mazak will host an annual Discover More with Mazak™ Technology and Education Event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, on May 9, 2019, featuring live machines showcasing advanced Mazak technologies. This event also will incorporate the 28th annual Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) Precision Machining Competition for Illinois high school students who demonstrate outstanding skills with manufacturing technologies.

Through interactive presentations, attendees will experience the capabilities of 10 advanced Mazak turning, vertical, 5-axis and Multi-Tasking machines, including high-quality equipment manufactured in Mazak’s Florence, Kentucky, U.S. headquarters. Attendees also will have opportunities to discuss machining challenges with Mazak personnel and to learn more about how Mazak partners with its customers.

Attendees also will interact with MAZATROL Smooth CNCs, which allow for both EIA/ISO and conversational programming. These controls offer advanced machine design and unequaled engineering resources for unsurpassed ease of use and productivity. Mazak’s comprehensive suite of digital SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY solutions and network connectivity options make remote monitoring simple for advanced productivity and production efficiency, adding digital manufacturing functionality with support for the MTConnect® open-source, royalty-free manufacturing protocol that enables data collection from the CNC on any networked machine.

The TMA Precision Machining Competition will enable local high school students who create and submit machining projects to be considered for 25 eligible award options in six categories. Student attendees, parents and instructors also will network with representatives of the local manufacturing industry to gain answers to questions and discuss career opportunities. More than 240 students from 20 high schools submitted nearly 300 projects for the 2018 competition.

The event will feature live demonstrations of the following Mazak machines:

  • QT-PRIMOS 100 light-duty 2-axis turning center with high speed, accuracy and torque for big productivity advantages in a compact footprint. This machine also features an integrated gantry loader.
  • HC-5000 machining center with high-speed tool changer and 84-tool drum-style magazine.
  • HQR 250MSY Multi-Tasking Turning Center with twin-spindle, twin-turret configuration for single-setup machining and high-volume throughput.
  • Kentucky-made QTU-350MY HP CNC Multi-Tasking Turning Center with high-performance turning spindle and powerful motor for rotary milling tooling.
  • VC-500A/5X 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center with trunnion-style rotary/tilt table for accurate, cost-effective processing of small complex parts.
  • VC-500C Vertical Machining Center with 3-axis table for accurate processing of small parts.
  • VTC-300C Vertical Machining Center with powerful 40-taper spindle, full traveling column design and fixed table for machining extremely long and heavy workpieces.
  • INTEGREX i-150 advanced Multi-Tasking machine that combines the capabilities of a high-powered turning center and a full-function machining center for versatile, precise single-setup production and high throughput.
  • INTEGREX i-300ST advanced Multi-Tasking machine with combined turning and machining capabilities, along with a second turning spindle for DONE IN ONE® processing and a lower turret.
  • INTEGREX j-300 5-Axis Multi-Tasking Turning Center with increased axis travels and a powerful milling/turning motor for efficient production in a robust machine platform.

For a complete list of machine tools running live demonstrations, presentation schedules and to register for the Midwest Event, visit

Discover Mazak Midwest: Preliminary Schedule

Thursday, May 9, 2019

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Exclusive customer interactive machine presentations

11:30 a.m.-2:00 pm  Lunch

5:00 p.m.        Guest arrivals and TMA Precision Machining Competition begin

6:00 p.m.        TMA awards presentation

About Mazak Corporation

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productive machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky, produces over 100 models of turning centers, Multi-Tasking machines and vertical machining centers, including 5-axis models. Continuously investing in manufacturing technology allows the Kentucky iSMART Factory to be the most advanced and efficient in the industry, providing high-quality and reliable products. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to customers. For more information on Mazak’s products and solutions, visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Big Reveal: Hydromat’s 40th Anniversary Commemorative Motorcycle to Appear on “American Chopper”

In celebration of Hydromat’s 40th anniversary, To commemorate the milestone, the company brought in Orange County Choppers (OCC) of the Discovery Channel TV series, “American Chopper,”  to build a custom motorcycle. The bobber-style bike is themed with the classic Hydromat logo style. OCC’s head designer, Jason Pohl, utilized the red color theme of the new Hydromat Eclipse 12-100 machine to tie the past to the present.

The design and build of the 40th Anniversary Hydromat bike will be featured on the first episode of American Choppers 2019 season, airing on the Discovery Channel on February 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

Hydromat CEO Bruno Schmitter, President Matthias Walter, and other Hydromat associates welcomed OCC’s founder Paul Teutul Sr. to the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) for the unveiling of the Hydromat motorcycle. The unveiling will be aired as part of the upcoming show, which will also include scenes from OCC’s visit to Hydromat’s campus in St. Louis, Missouri, along with their design and building processes.

Orange County Choppers is featured on the reality TV series “American Chopper” on the Discovery Channel. After a five-year hiatus, the show has returned to the network as Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. rejoin the custom bike building industry.

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Ecoclean at PMTS 2019

Solutions optimally adapted to the challenges in precision parts cleaning

(Southfield, Michigan) In precision machining, parts cleaning is a decisive manufacturing step for the quality and functionality of components. At PMTS 2019, Ecoclean Inc. (booth 7061) will discuss developments in its product portfolio that help in achieving cleanliness requirements quickly, reliably and economically. In addition to a broad range of solutions, from which some can be seen live, a presentation from Ecoclean at the Parts Cleaning Conference will discuss the influence and future of Industry 4.0 and
Digitalization in industrial parts cleaning.

The requirements for component cleanliness are decisive factors in the selection or optimization of a cleaning process for machined parts that must operate perfectly as a finished product, or be prepared for subsequent production steps, e.g. heat treatment, welding, adhesive bonding, sealing, coating, as well as assembly. The size and geometry of the components, materials, type and amount of contamination, throughput, the required flexibility and any automation / manufacturing integration also play an important role. This results in different demands on cleaning systems and processes. At PMTS in Cleveland (OH), which will take place from April 2 –
4, 2019, Ecoclean will be presenting a future-oriented range of solutions. They are designed to provide the required cleaning quality in a stable and sustainable manner, with minimal cost per cleaned part.

The standard in solvent-based cleaning

With the EcoCcore, Ecoclean will showcase a cleaning machine, which sets standards in solvent-based cleaning. The fully enclosed system is designed to for the efficient cleaning of large quantities of parts to meet tight cleanliness specifications. It works either with non-halogenated hydrocarbons or modified alcohols. The base EcoCcore system owes its performance to a feature packed standard equipment list which comprises, e.g., two flooding tanks, heat recovery, full-flow and bypass filtration, plus assorted details minimizing non-productive cycle times. In addition, the machine cuts per-unit costs due to its high throughput while achieving
a superior cleaning quality at the same time. This high quality is attained, among other factors, by an innovative preliminary steam degreasing technology wherein the oil-containing solvent, contrary to common practice, does not end up in the flooding tank but is directed straight into the distillation unit. The steam pre-degreasing step also provides advantages where high oil input rates are encountered and in cases where the second flooding tank is used for a corrosion protection treatment. For applications in which coarse and fine cleaning as well as corrosion protection is required, it can be equipped with a third flooding tank. The optional automatic loading unit enables fully automated cleaning processes. For the ultra-fine degreasing treatment that commonly follows wet chemical cleaning with a solvent or aqueous medium, Ecoclean offers an innovative plasma solution. It permits an additional low-pressure plasma cleaning step to be performed in the cleaning chamber of the wet cleaning system, e.g. EcoCcore. By means of this combined cleaning cycle, the free surface energy that is key to optimum adhesive strength can be raised to 50 to 80 mN/m in virtually one single process.

Optimally adapted water-based cleaning

Information will also be provided on solutions for water-based cleaning. In these fields Ecoclean provides different cleaning machines that meet various requirements regarding part geometry and size, throughput and cleanliness. When it comes to fine and ultrafine cleaning, e.g. in machine tool production, precision mechanics, medical engineering and the optical industry, the ultrasonic cleaning systems made by UCM, a member company of the SBS Ecoclean Group, shine with many advantages at both the machine and
process technology levels.

Presentation on Industry 4.0 and Digitalization in industrial parts cleaning

Sandro Siminovich, Director of Sales at Ecoclean Inc, will make a presentation talking about “The influence and future of Industry 4.0 and Digitalization in industrial parts cleaning” at the Parts Cleaning Conference, providing an even deeper insight on future trends of parts cleaning. The presentation will discuss how new technologies and approaches such as Smart Manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 could affect industrial parts cleaning equipment and impact plant productivity. Attendees will leave with a thorough understanding of possible solutions, trends, capabilities advantages and pitfalls of remote connectivity and diagnostics of industrial cleaning systems. Sandro will speak on Thursday, April 4th, at 9.00 am.

Ecoclean, Inc. is located in Southfield, Michigan, and employs just over 50 staff members. Besides sales, service and spare parts departments, the company manufactures many machines locally, including the EcoCcore presented at PMTS. This yields an improved local support for customers and an increase of local knowledge. Customers have easy access to the production facility to check progress of machine build and runoff their equipment prior to delivery. In addition, a local build machine reduces the influence
of foreign trade policies in end price to the customer. Ecoclean has a Showroom and Test Center in Southfield that is equipped with different machines capable of performing tests with different cleaning media, deburring, hot air and vacuum drying. Customers are always welcome to visit and bring their parts to see the results simulating real production conditions. The on-site laboratory will be able to evaluate contamination and residual analysis to make sure the process meets customer demands.

Ecoclean Inc. at PMTS: Booth 7061

Contact: Ecoclean Inc., Sandro Siminovich, Phone +1 (0) 248 450 2000,
26801 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48033, USA,

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HEIDENHAIN’s New LC 201 Single-Section Linear Encoder for Absolute Applications

SCHAUMBURG, IL (January 2019) – Long machine tool axes are increasingly being equipped with linear drives, and HEIDENHAIN’s new LC 201 absolute linear scale was introduced to specifically meet those drive position feedback needs. This new scale is a single-section METALLUR tape encoder which is ideal for use in linear motor applications that may be required to reach high acceleration levels within the linear drive systems.

HEIDENHAIN’s LC 201 scale is especially useful in the machine tool and aerospace machining sectors, but will also work in applications for electronics, automation, medical technology and metrology industries. The encoder has an absolute 2-track graduation and a large single-field scanning window – using a reflective light method of scanning. This produces high signal quality, resistance to contamination – all with no homing routine required at start-up. This new single-section encoder is available in measuring lengths from 440 mm to 4240 mm, and the multi-section version goes up to 28 meters or more with the TNC Control. This new encoder uses the same reader head and cables as its multi-section older brother.

Developed as an addition to the LC 200 linear encoder family, the LC 201 has its same form, fit and functionality.  Also, the entire LC 2xx series encoders are bolt-hole compatible with HEIDENHAIN’s LB 382 series encoders, thereby providing a simple upgrade path for existing machines from incremental to absolute feedback.

Special features of the LC 2xx series encoders are:

  • Absolute feedback in a one-piece scale body.
  • Selectable thermal properties.
  • Improved end blocks with integrated sealing air throttle.
  • Multiple scanning units can be installed on one scale.

The encoder is produced with the ultrafast Endat 2.2 interface and allows speeds up to three meters per second. It is also made Fanuc αi and Mitsubishi interfaces as well.


DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, headquartered in Traunreut, Germany, develops and supports motion control feedback solutions for the machine tool, semiconductor, electronics assembly and test, metrology, automation, medical, energy, biotechnology and other global markets. HEIDENHAIN employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide in its core business activities. The North American subsidiary is HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, and San Jose, CA, and has been serving the U.S. industry for over 50 years.

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The Okuma GENOS M460V-5AX offers the most machine at the best price

The New Standard in 5-Axis Machining – the Okuma GENOS M460V-5AX

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 15th, 2019) – Okuma America Corporation announces the debut of the new 5-axis, GENOS M460V-5AX vertical machining center, combining a full 5-axis simultaneous control with rigid, cast iron, double-column construction and a high-speed spindle. These features give this CNC machine the ability to easily cut a variety of complex parts and exotic metals with speed and precision.

Key Features of the GENOS M460V-5AX

    • Spindle: The spindle motor design produces less vibration and power loss at the tool tip for excellent surface finishes
    • Pre-Tension Ball Screws: High precision ball screws generate smooth roller guide movement to all three axes and allow for better control of the machining process
    • Solid Trunnion: Using a hypoid gear drive, the sturdy trunnion has outstanding accuracy, rigidity and table rotation speed
    • OSP Control: Okuma’s open architecture machine control is PC based and allows customization for optimum machining performance
    • Thermo-Friendly Concept: Designed and built to be thermally stable to compensate for ambient temperatures around the machine and heat generated during machining – enabling increased accuracies
    • 5-Axis Auto-Tuning System: Maintains precise machining and easily fine tunes the machine by measuring geometric errors and automatically adjusting as needed

The GENOS M460V-5AX delivers machining excellence through a small machine footprint, rapid feed rates, precise cutting and smooth surface finishes. For more information on Okuma’s newest 5-axis VMC visit:

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 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

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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

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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

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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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