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CNC Indexing Feeding Technologies Introduces New TRACER 12′ Minibar Bar Feeder

[MASON, OH – July 2019] The new TRACER 1239 Minibar hydrodynamic magazine bar feeder from CNC Indexing Feeding Technologies is engineered to feed bar stock diameters from 0.8mm to 12mm and up to 12′ in length.

The economical and efficient TRACER 12' Minibar feeder provides a solution for manufacturers with fixed headstock and Swiss-type CNC lathes who need to feed large quantities of small-diameter bar stock efficiently. An operator can quickly adjust the bar feeder for different stock sizes without using tools. Fast changes of guide channel sets increase throughput and minimize
changeover and setup times. Torque force and speed are easily adjustable, permitting smaller stock to be fed consistently.

Workhandling products from CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies include a selection of productivity-boosting TRACER magazine bar feeders and short bar loaders, AUTOLOAD automatic gantry loading systems, and TJR rotary tables.

Jessica Presutto, National Sales Manager of CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies, said, “The TRACER 12' Minibar feeder is designed to give Swiss lathe users the ability to feed bar stock smaller than 13mm in diameter at an economical price. We’re excited to be able add a new product to our a wide variety of hydrodynamic magazine bar feeders for the production turning

For more information visit CNC Indexing’s website at,

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Stäubli Unveils New TS2 4-Axis Robots to the North American Market

Stäublia leading manufacturer of robotics systemsrecently unveiled its new TS2 four-axis robots to the North American market at Automate 2019 in Chicago.

The completely redesigned four-axis machines feature a more compact design as well as hollow shaft,  proprietary JCS drive technology, which allows all the cables to be routed internally to create a revolutionary hygienic design for use in sensitive environments. The TS2 facilitates ultra-short cycle times and high repeatability, and offers a smart connected tool that allows the option of either automatic or manual connection and disconnections of various tools, managed by Stäubli’s CS9 controller.

The new line consists of four models, the TS2-40, TS2-60, TS2-80 and TS2-100, to provide a solution for a wide range of manufacturing scenarios. With the four-axis TS2-100, Stäubli has extended the working radius of the TS series (400 to 800 millimeters) up to 1,000 millimeters.

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Universal Robots Launches Authorized Training Centers

North American distributors of Universal Robots are now opening Authorized Training Centers, offering classes spanning basic to advanced programming of UR cobots. The first four Training Centers have launched, with another nine to follow by end of 2019.

Ann Arbor, MI – JULY 11, 2019 –One of the many things customers love about Universal Robots(UR) is its commitment to making collaborative robots (cobots) in the workplace accessible to all. The collaborative robots pioneer is now building on the popularonline modules offered through the UR Academyby enabling its sales channel to open Authorized Training Centers (ATCs). Through hands-on classes hosted by UR trained teachers, the ATCs will broaden users’ understanding of the UR cobots’ endless range of use cases, while providing opportunities for hands-on practice in real-life applications.

Worldwide, UR is planning 50 fully authorized ATCs, 13 of which will be in North America. The first four ATCs in the U.S. were just authorized and are now offered by UR sales partners Advanced Control SolutionsHTE TechnologiesRalph W. Earl Company, and Applied Controls.

Vice President of Product Marketing at Advanced Control Solutions(ACS), Cale Harbour, stressed how the new Training Center enables ACS to move from simply being a vendor to becoming a trusted partner and product expert. “From a business perspective, being able to offer this type of training also improves our place in the market, ensuring that current and potential customers start to rely on us as automation experts,” he said. “As our customers build their knowledge, they can deploy the technology faster and see the benefits to their production – and their bottom line – quicker. It’s a win-win for everybody involved.”

Universal Robots Certified Trainers will conduct training modules that cover a range of core and advanced cobot programming skills, including cobot scripting, industrial communication, and interface usage. Small class sizes with student-centered objectives and hands-on practice with UR robots ensure that participants come away with valuable skills they can apply immediately in their workplace.

At HTE Technologies, Marv Dixon, vice president of business development and sales, explained how opening an ATC has allowed the company to fulfill its overall mission of becoming a full-service training center. “Using this approach, we’ve expanded our role as supplier to assist with the application process as well. The Training Center has also provided us with the perfect scenario in which we can introduce other products that our customers might not have otherwise considered, such as grippers and conveyors,” he said. “With the Authorized Training Center distinction, we’ve become a resource that our customers can count on for up-to-date, accessible training and support.”


Regional sales director of Universal Robots’ Americas division, Stuart Shepherd, sees the ATC launch as an answer to sales partners’ request for more tangible ways in which to offer support and training in a setting that allows customers to come and experience the cobots. “Now, current and potential customers can get in-person training, customizing their specific applications and needs,” noted Shepherd. “Not only are our partners excited about this opportunity, they’re virtually lining up to be the next rollout.”


The modules of the Authorized Training Center program include:

  • Core: For any user of a UR cobot who has completed the online modules. Covers safety set-up, basic applications and flexible redeployment.
  • Advanced: For cobot users, technical sales people, and integrators with a practical need to optimize applications or find new ways of deploying UR cobots. Covers scripting, advanced uses of force control and TCP, conveyor tracking and performance review.
  • Industrial Communication: For users and developers who need to integrate cobots with third-party devices. Covers modbus TCP, FTP server, dashboard server, socket communication, Ethernet/IP and Profinet.
  • Interfaces: For users and developers who need in-depth knowledge on how to interface with UR cobots using script interfaces. Covers UR scripting, socket communication, client interfaces (port 30001-30003), real time data exchange and XML/RPC.
  • Service & Troubleshooting: For users, technicians, and engineers wanting/needing a better understanding of the mechanical hardware used by UR cobots, how to diagnose issues and resolve them. Covers the configuration of the cobot arm, controller, and safety system as well as preventative maintenance, system troubleshooting, and replacement of parts.

“Customers want to understand and take full advantage of the robots’ capabilities themselves, and that’s exactly what this training empowers them to do,” said Bill Gerbig, president, Ralph W. Earl Company. “Now, they can get up and running faster, make adjustments if necessary, and redeployment is a breeze.  Universal Robots did a great job constructing the entire program.  We’ve been impressed, and customer reaction has been extremely positive.”

Authorized Training Center locations:
Advanced Control Solutions: Marietta, Georgia
Applied Controls: Malvern, Pennsylvania
HTE Automation Technologies: St. Louis, Missouri, Lenexa, Kansas
Ralph W. Earl Company: Syracuse, New York

In addition to the ATCs hosted by UR partners, four training centers are also opening at Universal Robots’ offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Irving, TX, Garden City, NY, and Irvine, CA.

For class schedules and more information, visit:
– click “Start Training Now”, then “In-Class Training”

Download photos from the Authorized Training Centers here:

About Universal Robots
Universal Robots was founded in 2005 to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to work with. Since the first collaborative robot (cobot) was launched in 2008, the company has experienced considerable growth with the user-friendly cobot now sold worldwide. The company, which is a part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, and has subsidiaries and regional offices in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, China, India, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. In 2018, Universal Robots had a revenue of USD 234 million. For more information, please visit www.universal-robots.comor read our blog at

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Hillenbrand, Inc. to Acquire Milacron Holdings Corp.

Enhances Growth Opportunities with Leading Brands and New Technologies

Increases Scale and Diversification

Expected to Deliver Double-Digit Earnings Accretion in First Full Year and Annualized Cost Synergies of Approximately $50 Million Within Three Years Following Close

Combined Company Expected to Generate Annual Revenues of Approximately $3 Billion and Free Cash Flow of Greater Than $325 Million by 2021

BATESVILLE, Ind. & CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI) and Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hillenbrand will acquire Milacron in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, including net debt of approximately $686 million as of March 31, 2019.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, Milacron stockholders will receive $11.80 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.1612 shares of Hillenbrand common stock for each share of Milacron common stock they own. Based on Hillenbrand’s closing stock price on July 11, 2019, the last trading day prior to the announcement, the implied cash and stock consideration to be received by Milacron stockholders is $18.07 per share, representing a premium of approximately 34% to Milacron’s closing stock price on July 11, 2019, and a premium of approximately 38% to Milacron’s 30-day volume-weighted average price as of the close on July 11, 2019. Upon closing, Hillenbrand shareholders will own approximately 84% of the combined company, and Milacron stockholders will own approximately 16%.

Milacron manufactures, distributes, and services engineered and customized systems in the approximately $30 billion plastics technology and processing industry, as well as fluid technologies and processing systems. Milacron operates in three segments: Melt Delivery & Control Systems, which designs and manufactures highly engineered, technically advanced hot runner and process control systems, mold bases, and components; Advanced Plastics Processing Technologies, which designs and manufactures plastics processing equipment and systems, including injection molding, extrusion, and auxiliary systems; and Fluid Technologies, which manufactures products that are used in a variety of metalworking processes.

This transaction represents a pivotal step in Hillenbrand’s vision to become a world-class global diversified industrial company by adding new strategic businesses in hot runner systems and injection molding to Hillenbrand’s portfolio through Milacron’s leading brands, including Mold-Masters and Milacron injection molding. Together, the combined company will have increased scale and meaningful product diversification, enhancing its ability to serve customers through complementary technologies across the plastics value chain, including plastic base resins production, compounding, processing both extruded and injection-molded products, and recycling.

Joe Raver, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hillenbrand, said, “This transaction meaningfully transforms our portfolio and product offering by adding Milacron’s leading technology solutions and sizable installed customer base to help us drive long-term growth. Milacron aligns with our profitable growth strategy and acquisition framework and we expect the additional capabilities from its high-performing segments to accelerate free cash flow generation and improve margins across the business. I have great respect for Milacron’s talented employees and look forward to welcoming them to Hillenbrand as we embark on this next step in our strategy and create enhanced value for our shareholders, customers, employees, and communities.”

Tom Goeke, Milacron Chief Executive Officer, said, “After careful review, our Board unanimously concluded that a combination with Hillenbrand represents a unique opportunity to provide Milacron stockholders with significant and immediate value and the ability to benefit from the upside potential of the combined company. Hillenbrand has a tremendous track record of growing and driving value across its portfolio of highly engineered products. Together, we will continue to provide customers with breakthrough products and customized systems. This combination is a result of the Milacron team’s tremendous progress in enhancing our position as a global leader in plastics technology and processing. I am confident we have found a strong partner in Hillenbrand and look forward to a seamless transition.”

Compelling Strategic and Financial Benefits

  • Enhances Growth Opportunities With Leading Brands and New Technologies: The combined company will be able to leverage its industry-leading technologies and broadened product offerings to reach additional customer segments. Milacron’s technologies will enable Hillenbrand to offer solutions across key conversion steps in plastics processing including injection molding, extrusion, and hot runner systems. Additionally, the combined company will have an expanded reach in attractive end markets, including construction, consumer packaging, automotive, electronics, medical, and recycling.
  • Adds Complementary Businesses; Increases Scale and Diversification: With Milacron, Hillenbrand will add new complementary businesses to its portfolio, including leading positions in plastics technology and processing. With broader global scale and a presence in more than 50 countries, the combined company will be well positioned to capitalize on emerging trends across the plastics value chain.
  • Creates and Drives Efficiencies With Significant Cost Synergies: Milacron will benefit from the Hillenbrand Operating Model (HOM), and Hillenbrand expects to leverage Milacron’s global shared services center to drive operational efficiency. The transaction is expected to generate annualized, run-rate cost synergies of approximately $50 million within three years following close, primarily through reducing public company costs, realizing operating efficiencies, and capturing direct and indirect spend opportunities. The transaction is also expected to generate revenue synergies, driven by opportunities to cross-sell extruder and material handling equipment, and to leverage the combined service footprint to further penetrate the product aftermarket. These efficiencies will be driven across the combined organization through utilizing the HOM, while maintaining a commitment to serving customers with excellence and innovation.
  • Delivers Strong Financial Benefits: The transaction is expected to deliver double-digit Adjusted EPS accretion in the first year following close and will immediately improve Adjusted EBITDA margin. Hillenbrand anticipates further margin improvement as the combined company leverages scale and realizes cost savings. Hillenbrand expects to generate free cash flow greater than $325 million by 2021, retain its investment-grade credit rating, and deploy cash flow aligned with its capital allocation strategy, including maintaining its quarterly dividend. Hillenbrand expects to refinance Milacron’s outstanding debt at close and reduce net leverage to below 2.75x within 12 months post-close.

Timing, Approvals, and Financing

The transaction, which is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2020, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the approval of stockholders of Milacron.

Hillenbrand intends to fund the cash portion of the transaction through debt financing and has secured a committed bridge financing facility led by J.P. Morgan.


J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as the exclusive financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal advisor to Hillenbrand. Barclays is serving as the exclusive financial advisor and Ropes and Gray LLP is serving as legal advisor to Milacron.

Conference Call and Webcast

The companies will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the transaction.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 833-241-7251 within the United States and 647-689-4215 for all other locations. The confirmation code is 2976776. Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

A live webcast of the conference call and associated presentation materials will be available in the investor relations section of each company’s website at and

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after completion of the conference call for one year, and can be accessed by dialing 800-585-8367 from the United States or 416-621-4642 from outside the United States. The replay confirmation code is 2976776. The webcast will be archived in the investor relations section of each company’s website.

About Hillenbrand

Hillenbrand ( is a global diversified industrial company with multiple leading brands that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand’s portfolio is composed of two business segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture and service highly engineered industrial equipment around the world. Batesville is a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under “HI.”

About Milacron

Milacron is a global leader in the manufacture, distribution, and service of highly engineered and customized systems within the plastic technology and processing industry. Milacron is the only global company with a full-line product portfolio that includes hot runner systems, injection molding, mold components and extrusion equipment plus a wide market range of advanced fluid technologies. Visit Milacron at

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Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Inc. Announces New LFV– Low Frequency Vibration Technology

LFV – Low Frequency Vibration


Citizen LFV cutting technology prolongs tool life & reduces problems caused by chips. Benefits include increased cutting tool life, reduced heat generation and reduced power consumption.LFV technology can handle a broad range of machining shapes and materials and is ideal for cutting difficult-to-cut materials providing increased throughput and improved part accuracy.

What is Low Frequency Vibration Cutting?

The servo axes are vibrated in the axial direction using a unique control technology through which cutting is performed while synchronizing this vibration with the rotation of the spindle.

Because “air-cutting” times are provided during cutting, this technique is also characterized by intermittent expulsion of fine chips. This has made it possible to resolve problems such as spiraling of chips, chip entanglement and built-up edges.

Vibration cutting can handle a variety of types of machining in addition to linear machining on faces, including tapers, arcs, and drilling across a wide range of machining geometries and materials.

Vibration cutting can be turned ON and OFF just by inserting G codes in machining that has proved difficult up until now, such as the machining of deep holes and micro-machining.

Citizen’s Low Vibration Cutting (LFV) Technology

  • Ideal for difficult to machine materials – Chip control/Tool Life extension
  • Malleable materials such as copper and plastic, previously impossible to control chips – easily controlled with LFV
  • Break up of chips into very small pieces
  • Reduction of down-time/increase in productivity and profit
  • Efficiency Through a combination of vibration and Standard-cutting
  • Very fine work pieces are possible
  • Excellent for deep hole drilling
  • Programmable chip control
  • Chips are broken up and do not become entangled with the material or tool
  • Cutting resistance is lowered
  • Reduce or remove the need for high pressure coolant
  • No built-up edge is formed
  • The machining temperature doesn’t rise so there is little susceptibility to distortion
  • Tool life is extended
  • Very fine cuts are possible

Read more and watch the videos onthe Marubeni Citizen-Cincom website.

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Okuma’s third smart factory expands company’s capabilities and production efficiencies for machining centers and double-column machines

Okuma Corporation has completed the construction and started operation of the new Kani Dream Site 3 (DS3) factory, that continues the concept behind the headquarters’ factories, Dream Site 1 (DS1) and Dream Site 2 (DS2).

Dream Sites are parts factories for machining and  assembly at Okuma’s corporate headquarters in Japan. DS factories are equipped with many of our own smart machines,an they are the reality of what an Okuma Smart Factory*2 can do. By utilizing IIoT, we can maintain levels of mass production even in small quantities,  and thus achieve mass customization. By combining the latest IT and automation systems with “artistic” skills cultivated over a long history, our products are made with high added value.

Evolutionary automation

In the Okuma DS factories, the production schedules of cutting-edge machines and robots, served by automatic guided vehicle systems (AGVS), are all smoothly interweaved. As a result, it became possible to complete material input to final machining, without human intervention. In addition, logistical automation of each process assured continuous operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Front loading

To keep our Dream Sites operating at peak utilization rates, we front load as much as possible. Part programming, as well as machine and robot simulations, can be left to a PC in advance to minimize setups in the machine shop.

Factory-wide optimization

We do take full advantage of IIoT to centrally manage various types of information. By accurately grasping complex process and system operating status, tool information, the location of blanks and finished parts, efficient overall factory control became possible. What’s more, accumulating information and repeating the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle allows us to shorten lead times.

With the DS2 Smart Factory, a second model of a next-generation factory has been built as part of the ongoing “collaborative creation” between Okuma and Hitachi, to achieve factory-wide optimization at highly efficient production levels to deliver mass customization.

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Meet your Newest Machine Tending Employee – the SNAPMate – Demos in July

SNAP Resources is inviting any manufacturer or distributor involved with CNC or Injection Mold machines to participate in a SNAPMate Demonstration.

Fremont, OH – SNAP Resources (SNAP), a Motion Controls Robotics’ affiliated company, recently introduced an innovative automation solution called the SNAPMate Station featuring a FANUC Cobot.

Join SNAP to see a machine tending load/unload operation and participate in some hands-on programming with our two portable SNAPMate Stations. The FANUC CR-15iA has the reach capabilities for machine tending and the FANUC CR-7LiA is perfect for assembly or inspection operations.

There will be three demonstration days to select from:

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 11am to 1pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 11am to 1pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 11am to 1pm

The SNAPMate can be programmed to load and unload every CNC in a facility. Then just roll the station up to the CNC, and it becomes a new Machine Tending Employee. This eliminates any bottlenecks caused by inconsistent workforce needs and provides the option to have a 2nd and 3rd shift to make the most of existing machining equipment.

These stations answer the common issues of having employees leave or call-in sick unexpectedly. Many companies are needing to spend a lot of money hiring temporary agencies and still falling short in meeting production demands.

The SNAPMate 15 machine tending demo will show how it is possible to quickly program a collaborative robot and increase productivity in less than a week.

RSVP today at then come by 1500 Walter Ave Fremont, OH during one of the demonstrations times listed above to:

  • Get an introduction to the SNAPMate and see it load/unload a CNC onsite.
  • Discuss grippers and accessories that are available.
  • Sit down for a lunch with colleagues and ask questions.
  • Try programming the SNAPMate using the drag and drop touchscreen interface
  • Get pricing information and brochures to share

Contact SNAP Resources for more information ( or visit our site ( to RSVP. There will also be the opportunity to view the demonstration and ask questions on Facebook Live on Wednesday, July 24 from 11 am – 1pm. Follow @motioncontrols for more information and updates on the event.

About SNAP Resources, SNAP Resources, a Motion Controls Robotics’ affiliated company, combines the experience of a FANUC Level 4, Certified Servicing Integrator with the flexibility and ease of use of a Forge workstation making it a snap for manufactures to quickly increase productivity through collaborative automation.

About Motion Controls Robotics – Founded in 1995, Motion Controls Robotics is a leading provider of automation solutions to manufacturing industries. The company provides full service robotic solutions from concept to installation and service/support that keep manufacturers competitive. Motion Controls Robotics provides automation solutions to manufacturers for a variety of applications including material handling (case packing, palletizing and machine tending), and vision-guided systems. Motion Controls Robotics is an exclusive Level 4 Certified Servicing Integrator for FANUC Robotics.

Motion Controls Robotics’ northwest Ohio headquarters is located at 1500 Walter Avenue, Fremont, Ohio.

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Join Universal Robots’ Joe Campbell for a Free Webinar June 27th: Resolving the Labor Crisis in Manufacturing

Resolving the Labor Crisis in Manufacturing

Webinar hosted June 27, 2019

12PM – 1PM ET


In this webinar, Universal Robots’ Senior Manager for the Americas, Joe Campbell will present a critical topic for all companies – the labor crisis in manufacturing.  Joe will deliver detailed background and industry statistics to define the problem, and present automation strategies and case studies that will help companies fill key gaps on the shop floor, increase production and ROI, and attract new talent to manufacturing.

This webinar will be valuable to:

  1. Managers, owners, executives struggling to fill open positions in manufacturing.
  2. Production and manufacturing managers struggling to meet customer requirements.
  3. HR representatives battling the labor shortage and hiring challenges in manufacturing.
  4. Engineers and managers trying to justify investments in automation in a demanding financial environment.

Click here to register for the webinar on the Universal Robots website. 

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TRACER 65V/80V Large-Capacity Hydrodynamic Magazine Bar Feeder From CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies Accurately Feeds Bars From 10mm – 80mm Diameter in Lengths Up to 12′

[MASON, OH – JUNE 2019] The large-capacity TRACER 65V/80V Hydrodynamic Magazine Bar Feeder from CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies can accommodate bars up to 12′ long in diameters from 10mm – 65mm and, following a simple channel change, up to 80mm in diameter. The feeder holds multiple bars, depending on the diameter size. For example, it can hold 36 bars that are 10mm in diameter.

Large-diameter bar stock typically requires the use of loaders that can handle only 4′ and 5′ lengths, limiting productivity in long-term or lights-out operations. The TRACER hydrodynamic system, however, balances clamping action and oil pressure to hold and feed larger-diameter bars up to 12′ long securely and precisely, providing an economical solution for long production runs.

The new 65V/80V bar feeder is engineered for users of fixed- and sliding-headstock CNC lathes who need to feed production-run quantities of long, large-diameter bar stock. An operator can adjust the machine quickly for different bar sizes without any tools, and fast changes of guide channels increase throughput while minimizing changeover and setup times. Torque force and speed are easily adjustable to assure consistent feeding. In addition, all TRACER bar feeders feature the patented TRACER external blue light display that provides visual monitoring of bar status and alarms.

Jessica Presutto, National Sales Manager of CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies said, “The TRACER 65V/80V Hydrodynamic Magazine Bar Feeder enables manufacturers to economically feed larger-diameter bar in extended production runs on both fixed headstock and sliding headstock lathes. CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies continually improves its hydrodynamic magazine bar feeder technology to increase its usefulness for the production turning industry.”

For more information visit CNC Indexing’s website at, or email

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MANN+HUMMEL Recognized by General Motors as a 2018 Supplier of the Year

Detroit/Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 07 2019 – MANN+HUMMEL was named a Supplier of the Year by General Motors during their 27th annual ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards ceremony held in Detroit in May. It is the 24th time MANN+HUMMEL has received the award.

“We hold our suppliers to a high bar,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life.”

Kurk Wilks, President and General Manager OEM at MANN+HUMMEL, accepted the award together with Bill Peers, Director Global Sales for GM. “General Motors is a very important longstanding customer for MANN+HUMMEL. We believe in their direction and remain deeply committed to aligning to their business priorities,” said Wilks. “To be recognized for our 24th Supplier of the Year is an honor and demonstrates the deep commitment each of us at MANN+HUMMEL have towards our longstanding partnership.”

More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2017. The Supplier of the Year award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

GM recognized 133 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or introduced innovations to the company.

The pictures shows from left to right:

James Danahy, GM Executive Director, Global Functional Leader Chassis Engineering

Jerry Beemer, GM Director, Global Transmission Hardware Engineering

Kurk Wilks, President Original Equipment, MANN+HUMMEL

William Peers, Global Director Sales, MANN+HUMMEL

David Drouillard, GM Executive Director, Engine, Transmission and Thermal Purchasing

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