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Dayton Progress Corporation Announces High School “Manufacturing Challenge” Competition

Dayton, OH – To combat the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers, Dayton Progress Corporation, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio announces a “manufacturing challenge” competition aimed to promote awareness of careers in industrial manufacturing to Dayton area high schools. The Dayton Progress Manufacturing Challenge includes a prize package valued at over $40,000 which will be awarded to the school with the most effective and creative program for promoting throughout the school year of awareness of career opportunities in manufacturing. The winning school will receive state-of-the art manufacturing computer technology hardware and software and scholarships for their students.

“Manufacturing is alive and well in the Dayton region, with 2,400 manufacturers employing more than 100,000 people” said Alan Shaffer, President & CEO of Dayton Progress, one of the largest of the Dayton-area manufacturers. “While careers in manufacturing are some of the highest paying of all jobs that do not require a college degree, as well as having top opportunities for those having a college degree, unfortunately, they are also often not highlighted in either news media or by our secondary schools. . That’s why we created this Challenge and Scholarship competition – to reward those schools and their students which do the best job of year-long manufacturing career awareness development. We’re confident that these awareness programs will result in more students who are not college-bound entering manufacturing as well as more college-bound students choosing a technology and engineering path.”

In addition to the Manufacturing Challenge prize, four well-paid after-school internships will be offered to qualified senior year students from among the top three school districts participating in the contest. Each of the internships is expected to lead to full-time employment upon graduation. The interns will be trained for a manufacturing career by Dayton Progress.

“Dayton Progress is pleased to be taking a leadership role in the effort to alleviate the severe shortage of skilled workers through awareness of manufacturing careers” continued Shaffer. “As one of the largest area manufacturers, we want to make high school students aware of the high-paying career opportunities in this region. It is also important to reward those schools and their students who do the best job of career awareness development.”

“Not every high school student will or can attend college, especially not immediately after graduation” said Shaffer. “Graduating from college with $25,000 in debt – which is the average – is certainly not for everyone either. One goal of this Challenge is to increase awareness of career opportunities that will enable these students to have a family, a home and a comfortable retirement – all with just a high school education.”

The Manufacturing Challenge Prize. The winning school district will receive a Dayton Progress Manufacturing Technology and Scholarship Grant, valued at $40,000 consisting of:

1. Three new computers with monitors, capacity and accessories suited for Computer Aided Design (CAD).

2. Licenses for the latest CAD software, based on state-of-the-art CAD technology used today in industry.

3. The cost of training a faculty member in the use of the CAD systems.

4. Five – $1,000 scholarships for your students to Sinclair Community College’s STEP II Program, the premiere area program in skilled manufacturing. Dayton Progress and the school will jointly select the recipients against set criteria.

Additionally, Dayton Progress will offer four – well-paid after school internships at Dayton Progress for qualified Senior-year students from among the top three school districts participating in the contest. We expect to offer all interns jobs upon graduation.

For additional information on the Dayton Progress Manufacturing Challenge, contact Rosemary Domansky, VP, Human Resources at (937) 859-5111, or via e-mail to rdomansky@daytonprogress.com.
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About Dayton Progress:
Dayton Progress is the recognized leader for manufacturing and supplying tools and accessories to the Metal Stamping and Metal Forming industries globally. Dayton’s 1,000 employees ship millions of tools each year from its 10 factories in North America, Europe and Asia to 20,000 customers in 70 countries.

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CIMCOOL® Offers On-Line Fluid Advisor To Answer Metalworking Questions

Cincinnati, Ohio—April 2012— CIMCOOL, the longtime world leader in metalworking fluid technology, now offers Fluid Advisor, a step-by-step problem solving guide in an easy-to-use question and answer format available 24/7 at its website, www.cimcool.com. Fluid Advisor addresses category-specific issues for machining, grinding, forming, parts washing and more with basic trouble-shooting and problem-solving information.

If the online Fluid Advisor does not help solve the problem, CIMCOOL can arrange for a metalworking fluid expert to analyze the metalworking-related problem and offer a solution.

Every fluid in CIMCOOL’s extensive product family meets stringent quality, health and safety requirements and sets new standards for industry performance. CIMCOOL backs all fluids with exemplary customer service, including a no-hassle product performance guarantee, free trial assurance, and 24/7 internet assistance. For more information, please visit our website at www.CIMCOOL.com, and click on the MSDS and Product Information menu. CIMCOOL Fluid Technology is a global manufacturer of metalworking fluids. The company is certified ISO 14001, ISO 9001.

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Edge Technologies Appoints Steve Goron As New Regional Sales Manager

ST. LOUIS, MO – Edge Technologies has announced the hiring of Steve Goron as their new Regional Sales Manager for the North Territory, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Northern Illinois.

Goron has over 25 years experience in the machine tool and manufacturing industry, beginning his career as a Service Technician for Mitsubishi EDM. Soon after, he was promoted and spent 5 years as the client and staff Training Manager for New Jersey, California, and Chicago. Later he combined his mechanical abilities and superb product knowledge with his excellent interpersonal skills and became a Regional Sales Manager. There he demonstrated his leadership abilities by cultivating business development, successfully introducing new product, and maintaining account management of a $5 million region. He helped grow sales and retain up to 60% of the market share in the Midwest and achieved consistent sales volume increases over the period of 8 years, all the while being the youngest sales manager in the company.

Goron went on to spend the past 6 years as the Regional Manager at Schutte USA. He was responsible for managing accounts inside his territory, and some outside of his normal three state region, and through initiative and innovation, sold the first of Schutte’s latest technology in Illinois. In addition to developing relationships with Tool Grinder and Multi Spindle customers, he demonstrated his exceptional creative problem-solving and multi-tasking ability to grow Schutte’s Tool Grinder accounts by 60% in tool room applications through networking, referrals, and presentations, in addition to providing unparalleled customer service.

Edge Technologies is a leading productivity solutions provider to the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success and innovation demonstrated by over 23 years providing bar feeder and lathe automation solutions, including over 7000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace. For more information visit: www.edgetechnologies.com

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Hartwig and Okuma to Host a Productivity Event in Houston, May 8-9, 2012

Charlotte, NC (March 20, 2012) – CNC machine tool manufacturer Okuma America Corporation and distributor Hartwig, Inc. will host a productivity event at the Okuma Tech Center and Hartwig Houston showroom May 8-9, 2012. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore various ways to add efficiencies to their manufacturing processes through the use of multi-function machining, pipe threading and handling and other manufacturing methods.

Featured seminars will be presented by Okuma product specialists and Hartwig application engineers. Live 2-axis vs. 4-axis demonstrations will provide side-by-side comparisons of the Okuma LB-3000EX and LU-300 horizontal lathes as well as the Okuma VTT-70 and 2SP-V80 vertical lathes. Other presentations will combine classroom seminars with a hands-on look at Okuma machines and peripheral equipment, including the AEC pipe handling system, tooling and workholding.

Additional Okuma machines on display will include an MA-600H horizontal machining center with turncut function. All machines will be cutting parts and members of Partners in THINC will be on hand representing tooling, workholding, gauging, software and other machine tool accessory equipment.

Additional equipment and technology on display will include a Brown & Sharpe Global Advantage gauging system, Romer Arm, and two Tsugami machines.

The event is free for manufacturers and lunch will be provided. To register, log onto http://go.hartwiginc.com/betterway.

About Okuma America Corporation:
Okuma America Corporation is the US based affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in the development of computer numeric controls (CNC) and machining technology, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Known for its technology leadership and world-class manufacturing, product quality and dedication to customer service, Okuma strives to be the machine tool solution provider to manufacturers worldwide. For more information, visit www.okuma.com

About Hartwig, Inc.:
For more than half a century, Hartwig has been focused on helping its customers control their manufacturing destiny and keeping manufacturing in the United States. One of the largest machine tool and metal cutting distributors in North America, Hartwig owns and operates eight office locations covering 14 states in the Mountain and Central U.S. With a dedicated staff and heavy focus on after sale support and engineering, Hartwig continues to be an organization its customers turn to for their success. Hartwig is not just a machine tool distributor, but a company that makes sense doing business with. For more information, visit www.hartwiginc.com.

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Makino’s ADVANTiGE™ Titanium Machining Technology Wins Aviation Week Innovation Challenge

Mason, OH – March 19, 2012 – Makino’s ADVANTiGE™ titanium machining technology wins Aviation Week’s 2012 Innovation Challenge for overcoming the traditional limitations of low metal-removal rates and rapid tool wear in titanium aerospace part manufacturing. As winner of the manufacturing processes category, ADVANTiGE was recognized as a game-changing innovation that provides four times the productivity and four times the tool life of conventional titanium machining technologies.

“ADVANTiGE is a revolutionary titanium machining solution that is set to change the economics of titanium aerospace part manufacturing with unmatched speed, accuracy and tool life,” said Tom Clark, vice president of Makino. “To be awarded Aviation Week’s distinguished Innovation Challenge is an honor and a testament to this cutting-edge technology and the dedication of our engineers.”

Makino’s ADVANTiGE technology has been introduced as part of Makino’s T-Series 5-axis horizontal machining centers for the aerospace industry, which currently includes the T4 and T2. With continued investments in titanium research and development, Makino is committed to supporting ADVANTiGE customers with advanced titanium machining process solutions for the highest levels of productivity and profitability.

Innovation Challenge winners were announced March 7 during the Innovation Challenge Showcase at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. The event, produced by Aviation Week with media support from Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International and Second Line of Defense, marked a full day of focus on aerospace innovation, including recommended industry actions, insights and observations.

ADVANTiGE Technologies
ADVANTiGE is composed of several key titanium machining technologies including a high-power, high-torque tilting spindle, Collision Safe Guard and Autonomic Spindle Technologies, high-pressure, high-flow coolant system, vibration damping system and a rigid machine construction.

The ADVANTiGE high-power, high-torque tilting spindle (HSK 125; 4,000 rpm) is integrated with 1,100 ft-lbs of duty-rated torque (740 continuous) to handle the high tensile strength of titanium. Its advanced A-axis twin servo-drive tilting head provides the speed, torque and accuracy necessary to reliably perform full 5-axis roughing and contouring in titanium.

Some of the greatest risks to the titanium machining process are excessive cutting forces that could result in costly material, tool or spindle damages. ADVANTiGE uses Collision Safe Guard and Autonomic Spindle Technologies to monitor the cutting conditions of upcoming tool paths and adjust cutting forces on the fly for improved productivity and tool life.

The ADVANTiGE high-pressure, high-flow coolant system delivers large volumes of high-pressure coolant directly to the cutting zone for increased chip evacuation from multi-flute tools. The coolant system includes overhead shower, spindle nozzle and through-spindle coolant for improved cooling, lubrication and chip evacuation in titanium parts.

By adjusting frictional forces based on low-frequency vibration sensing, the ADVANTiGE vibration damping system avoids chatter and cutter damage resulting from structure resonance in real time. This vibration suppression enables deeper cuts, higher metal-removal rates and reduced tool wear.

The rigid construction of ADVANTiGE enhanced T-Series 5-axis horizontal machining centers provides a solid, reliable platform for all other technologies and further suppresses vibration for reduced tool chipping and improved metal-removal rates.

To find out more about Makino’s ADVANTiGE technology and T-Series 5-axis horizontal machining centers, visit www.TiMachining.com.

About Makino
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Our flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. With Makino engineering services, we offer industry-leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information, call 1-800-552-3288 or visit makino.com.

About Aviation Week
Aviation Week, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, and includes http://AviationWeek.com, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International, Business & Commercial Aviation, Overhaul & Maintenance, ShowNews, Aviation Daily, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, The Weekly of Business Aviation, Aviation Week Intelligence Network and MRO Links. The group also produces major events around the world.

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NEW PRODUCT: Premium Chip Vacuums Available

EXAIR’s new Premium Chip Vac™ System comes complete with a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum, ready to use for your specific application. The Chip Vac is used to clean chips or other dry materials from fixtures, floors and work surfaces of machining centers, lathes, saws, mills and other industrial equipment. It can easily be moved from drum to drum to keep different materials separate for recycling.

The Premium Chip Vac is compressed air powered and attaches to the included drum. It is extremely quiet at 77 dBA, making it suitable for a wide variety of applications. There are no motors or impellers to clog or wear out. It is covered by a five year warranty.

The Premium Chip Vac System comes complete with a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum, Chip Vac, lever lock drum lid, shutoff valve, filter bag, 10′ (3m) flexible vacuum hose (1-1/2″/3/8mm I.D.), heavy duty aluminum tools, 20′ (6.1m) air hose, drum dolly, tool holder and quick connects fittings. Prices start at $1325.50.

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Preventing a buildup of impurities in recycled aluminum

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Aluminum has long been the poster child of recycling. About half of all aluminum used in the United States is now recycled, and this recycling has clear and dramatic benefits: Pound for pound, it takes anywhere from nine to 18 times as much energy to produce aluminum from raw ore as from recycled material.

Because it works so well, aluminum recycling continues to expand. But this expansion could run into problems, a new MIT analysis shows, unless measures are put in place to reduce impurities that can build up as aluminum is recycled over and over again — everything from paint and labels on cans to other metals that are accidentally mixed in. Such impurities will continue to add up, the MIT researchers say, unless extra measures are taking during sorting of the recycled goods, or during their molten processing.

MIT researchers Randolph Kirchain and Elsa Olivetti, of the Materials Systems Lab, along with Gabrielle Gaustad of the Rochester Institute of Technology, published their findings in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

A major aluminum producer requested this analysis to help decide whether to install improved separation systems to prepare for impurities that could become more serious over time. “They couldn’t make the business case based on what’s happening today,” Kirchain says — but his team’s analysis showed that it would indeed make sense to install such systems in anticipation of future changes.

For now, the problem remains manageable, Kirchain says, because different uses require different grades of aluminum. For example, aluminum engine blocks, one major market for recycled material, can be made from metal with relatively high levels of impurities without suffering any loss of performance or durability. But more specialized applications, such as for electronic circuits or for aerospace materials, require much higher purity.

“There is a huge range of impurity tolerance,” Olivetti says. “The question is, how will the balance of such markets over time compare with the kinds of materials coming through the recycling stream?”

The study found many techniques available to reduce impurities in recycled aluminum. In some cases, these technologies are simply extensions of those already used in the initial separation of aluminum from raw ore; others are extensions of processes used to separate different materials in the recycling stream. Most of these systems are difficult to add as retrofits to existing plants, the study found, so it makes more economic sense to add them as new plants are built, even if they are not yet needed.

“We’re continuing to collect more and more scrap,” Kirchain says, which suggests that “we’re likely to have more and more problems” with accumulating impurities. So far, the operators of aluminum smelting plants have been able to accommodate variations in quality. “If material comes in that’s more contaminated, they’ll divert that toward more forgiving applications,” he says. The cleanest material is reserved for the most specialized applications, such as airplane parts.

Kirchain says his team’s analysis — although directed specifically at aluminum — is also an attempt to develop methods for analyzing the lifecycle of other materials that are becoming more significant parts of the recycling stream. And it includes analysis of the social factors governing people’s decisions on disposal of materials, which can affect how much contaminating material ends up in a given waste stream — or whether potentially useful material ends up in a landfill instead of being reused.

In order to maximize the utility of recycled aluminum, as well as other recycled materials, there is a need for more research on reducing accumulated contaminants, Kirchain says. “This is a technological area that has been underinvested in,” he says. “Technology for dealing with garbage is not an exciting, high-profile field,” he says, “but there is real value in investing in this.”

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Hardinge Announces New Product Release – New Member of the T Series Family!

Hardinge T-65

ELMIRA, NY: Hardinge Inc. (www.hardinge.com) a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions announces the release of their newest and most advanced CNC machines, the T-51 and T-65 SUPER-PRECISION® and High-Performance Turning Centers.

The release of this new model T-Series machines follows the very successful introduction of the T-42 turning center. Like the T-42 the new T-51 and T-65 machines are the culmination of many years of Hardinge expertise in SUPER-PRECISION® and High-Performance turning. The T-51 and T-65 are ideal for two axis high precision machining or complex multi-tasking operations that require a high level of precision, delicate part handling and parts made complete in a single setup. High-Performance and SUPER-PRECISION® machine packages are pre-configured with their most popular features allowing users to select the proper machine tool configuration and precision level to produce parts in the most effective, accurate, and profitable manner. Packages are available to choose from with features that include but are not limited to: Live Tooling with C-axis, Sub Spindle, Y-axis, Main Spindle Parts Catcher, and their unique Sub Spindle Parts Catcher designed for removing delicate high precision parts with critical surface finish requirements without damage to the part.

The Hardinge T-51 and T-65 machines feature:
– 5000 RPM, 2” bar capacity, A2-6”, 20 HP, collet-ready spindle.
– 12 turret stations (all live tooling capable)
– Hardinge exclusive HARCRETE® reinforced cast iron base for unmatched stability
– Custom macro B
– Linear glass scales on each axis (SUPER-PRECISION® models)
– Part surface finishes of 12 micro-inches on High Performance models and 8 micro-inches on
SUPER-PRECISION® models
– Wide range of options such as Sub Spindle, Live Tooling and Y-Axis
– Fanuc 31i Control

A company spokesperson noted “These two new products solidify our leadership in the field of SUPER-PRECISION® turning as well as our commitment to producing the highest quality machines for the global marketplace. We are proud to add these exceptional new machines to our product line”. Hardinge is a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of machine tools, specializing in

About Hardinge Inc.
SUPER- PRECISION(TM) and precision CNC Lathes, high performance Machining Centers, high-end cylindrical and jig Grinding Machines, and technologically advanced Workholding & Rotary Products. The Company’s products are distributed to most of the industrialized markets around the world with approximately 77% of the 2010 sales outside of North America. Hardinge has a very diverse international customer base and serves a wide variety of end-user markets. This customer base includes metalworking manufacturers which make parts for a variety of industries, as well as a wide range of end users in the aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others.. The Company has manufacturing operations in the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and China. Hardinge’s common stock trades on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol, “HDNG.” For more information, please visit http://www.hardinge.com

Hardinge T51

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EMCO Maier Changes Hands

The Kuhn Group, Salzburg, Austria-based heavy-equipment distributor, purchased the full-line supplier for turning and milling machines, the EMCO Maier Group (including EMCO MECOF, one of the leading manufacturers of high-speed milling and boring machine centers), Hallein, Austria, from A-TEC, Vienna, for 25 Mio. Euro in December. In addition, Kuhn will take over liabilities so that the total transaction was valued at 37.7 Mio. Euro.

Kuhn won the bidding process over five other groups.

According to EMCO, for its 630 employees it is assurance for the future of the company and that the company remains Austrian-owned.

Regarding the reasons for the purchase of EMCO, Guenther Kuhn, Kuhn Group CEO, said: “EMCO was really the jewel of the A-TEC Group and we are pleased that we were able to take it over and to continue its success and its history as a family company. EMCO is a division which we have researched carefully and deliberately chosen. It will be our third strong pillar, and a diversification into a very promising market. We are a family owned company and not an investor. We want to safeguard jobs and know-how in Hallein“.

Guenther Kuhn started the company in 1973 in Salzburg and grew it into one of the biggest construction equipment dealer in Europe. Since 2000, his twin sons Stefan and Andreas have been part of the company. There will be no intervention into the operational side of EMCO, the company said.

With its extensive product portfolio, the EMCO Group is a respected and proven partner within the field of turning and milling. The group of companies consists of an association of top European suppliers (EMCO, EMCO MECOF, EMCO FAMUP, EMCO INTOS and EMCO MAGDEBURG) all of which come from the machine-tool industry. United under the common commitment of “Made in the Heart of Europe” they work on intelligent production solutions for machining industry and training. This means that all machines are designed consistent with the Design to Cost principle and that development and production of the machines is carried out entirely in Central Europe, making exclusive use of European brand-name products. All selected manufacturers fulfill the highest standards regarding quality, productivity and economy.

The takeover news was well received by the employees of EMCO. “This was the best possible outcome for the employees. The anticipation is that the new owner will strengthen and support the expansion of the headquarters in Hallein. EMCO has always been profitable and the employees are motivated to capture new markets”, said Baldur Eibl, head of the EMCO work council.

EMCO’s CEO Dr. Stefan Hansch expressed confidence that the support of Kuhn will enable EMCO to grow globally in markets including Brazil, Russia and China. “For the market expansion into Eastern Europe, the help of the new owner will be very helpful,” he said. “Kuhn’s sales expertise in Eastern Europe is very strong, and we want to follow what the Kuhn Group has already achieved in those markets.”

EMCO relocates in USA
EMCO Maier USA relocated from Columbus, OH to Novi, MI, in January 2012. According to Dr. Hansch, “This is a new beginning and opportunity for EMCO USA to contribute to our global growth strategy.” Most of the staff moved with the company.

The new contact information is: EMCO Maier Corporation 46850 Magellan Drive, Unit 160 Novi, MI 48377-2448 Phone: 248-313-2700 Fax: 248-313-2701. www.emco-world.com. -30-

Background:
The Kuhn Group has 14 subsidiaries across 10 European countries. The largest dealer for Komatsu in Europe, Kuhn in Austria also sells and services Palfinger cranes. With its 700 employees the company achieved more than 440 Mio. Euro in sales last year.

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EXAIR’s New Catalog 25 Is Packed With New Features, New Products, And New Solutions

EXAIR’s new Catalog 25 is our best offering yet; a full color technical guide offering solutions to common industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, coating, and static electricity problems. This 164 page catalog features many new products that can help companies conserve compressed air and reduce dangerous noise levels. Featured products include new Atomizing Nozzles for cleaning, coating, and cooling plus an expanded selection of Chip Trappers, Chip Vacs, Reversible Drum Vacs, and Air Nozzles. A detailed technical explanation, performance data, application photos, and dimensional drawings are provided for each product. A price list is also included.

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