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New motor spindles save users second machine

SAUTER is presenting a new series of motor spindles with exceptionally high power density. The spindles are suitable for turning/milling centers and three- and five-axis milling machines and can be used in conjunction with a B-axis if required. The market innovation: Thanks to a new cartridge system, users can implement two different machine concepts in the same installation space, thus saving a second machine tool. In the Speed Drive variant, the motor spindles achieve very high speeds of up to 30,000 rpm, and in the Torque Drive variant, torques of up to 450 Nm are possible.

Sauter Feinmechanik GmbH
Carl-Zeiss-Straße 7
D-72555 Metzingen
Phone: +49 (0) 7123 926-0 <

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LED Lighting, Controls and Turnkey Energy Project Solutions Provider Orion Hosts Q2 Investor Call/Webcast Thurs. Nov. 5th at 10am ET

MANITOWOC, Wis., Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX) (Orion Lighting), a provider of LED lighting systems and turnkey lighting and energy project management will host a conference call/webcast to review its FY 2021 second quarter results and business outlook on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Orion plans to release its results premarket on the same morning.

Webcast/Call Details
Date / Time: Thursday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT)
Call Dial-In: Dial (877) 754-5294 or (678) 894-3013 for international
Webcast / Replay:
Audio Replay: (855) 859-2056, ID#1379339 (available shortly after call through 11/12/20)

About Orion Energy Systems
Orion is a provider of LED lighting systems and turnkey project implementation, including installation and commissioning of fixtures, controls and IoT solutions, as well as ongoing system maintenance and program management, helping customers to enhance the efficiency of their business while reducing their carbon footprint. Orion systems utilize patented design elements to deliver industry-leading energy efficiency, enhanced optical and thermal performance and ease of installation, providing long-term financial, environmental, and workspace benefits to a diverse customer base, including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500.

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Limited Time Offer: Choose BIG KAISER & Raise Funds for the NRL

Hoffman Estates, IL – Choose best-in-class cutting tools, tool holders, tool presetters and workholding products from BIG KAISER and support the National Robotics League (NRL) at the same time. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, BIG KAISER will donate 2 percent of every order from an NTMA member company directly to the NRL program.

“This will be our fifth annual promotion to support workforce development and STEM through the National Robotics League,” says Chris Kaiser, President/CEO of BIG KAISER. “We love to help our customers reduce set ups and cycle times, improve part finishes, and reduce costs through longer tool life. We also hope this year-end offer will incentivize NTMA members who haven’t tried us yet.”

There is no order minimum or maximum, and only two requirements:

  1. Place your order through your local BIG KAISER distributor and request “drop-ship” from
  2. Note “NRL2020” on your order so that NTMA benefits from every dollar you invest.

BIG Kaiser offers nine products lines of precision tooling, workholding, and tool management systems aimed at reducing both the overall process time and the cost per part. If your machine is equipped with a BIG-PLUS spindle, remember that BIG KAISER is the official licensed provider of BIG-PLUS tool holders in North America. Do not use any substitute dual contact products on your valuable machines.

Popular products include face mill holders, end mill holders, collet chucks, angle heads and tapping adaptors. The world-leading KAISER Boring System, high-performance Sphinx Drills, Speroni Tool Measurement Systems and UNILOCK Workholding are included, as are CAT, BT, HSK and Capto systems. Download the latest product guide or find your local distributor at

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U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes FANUC America, Rockwell Automation and Industry Partners for Apprenticeship Programs

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs has been named a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) by the Department of Labor (DOL). FANUC shares this achievement in collaboration with industry partners including Rockwell Automation, APT Manufacturing Solutions and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).

An official signing ceremony hosted by U.S. DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia named 18 SRE organizations. The FANUC America-Rockwell Automation coalition gained recognition for its focus on robotics and advanced automation, specifically the integration of these technologies into systems and the future workforce needed to support them.

Effective May 11, 2020, the U.S. DOL issued a Final Rule that establishes a system for advancing the development of high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). IRAPs provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. IRAPs include a paid-work and an educational component and result in industry-recognized certifications.

The intent is to address America’s skills gap and rapidly increase the availability of high-quality apprenticeship programs in sectors where apprenticeship opportunities are not widespread. SRE’s have the authority to oversee the development of high-quality IRAPs.

Industry leaders FANUC and Rockwell have worked together over the past decade developing training, certifications and an education and training delivery network. This network of educational partners includes more than 1200 high school and post-secondary FANUC-certified training organizations, and over 150 university and career technical training partners associated with this industry team.

“FANUC is honored to be named an SRE,” said Paul Aiello, Director of Education, FANUC America. “Our team combines FANUC’s world-renowned robotics and CNC with Rockwell Automation’s advanced controls, APT’s expertise in system integration and NOCTI, the largest credentialing organization in the U.S.”

As an SRE, FANUC and its coalition will work with customers to align them with schools in FANUC’s Education Network that are local to their manufacturing facilities. The team will guide each company to develop an IRAP that helps them build a pipeline of skilled workers by upscaling current employees and filling open positions with high school and college students.

“We joined forces because we saw the extreme need for qualified, skilled workers,” added Aiello. “We worked with our industry and education partners to develop these programs to provide career pathways and upskilling options through high-school, training organizations, post-secondary colleges and universities – all aligned to employers’ needs.”

IRAPs incorporate industry-training curriculum and industry certifications that expand into relevant apprenticeships in order to develop the next-generation advanced manufacturing workforce. As a DOL-designated SRE, the FANUC-Rockwell Automation SRE coalition will assure that IRAPs are high quality, competency-based, modular, scalable and portable to secure the workforce for U.S. manufacturing.

“IRAPs provide an innovative approach to develop emerging occupational careers that are highly sought after. The bottom line is that manufacturing needs skilled workers with automation technology training. This framework is more agile and linked with employers, who provide insight into the talent requirements from an upcoming workforce,” says Aiello. “Meanwhile, the program candidates can be sure they are developing the skills needed to support their future employers’ advanced automation plans while also feeling confident they will be desirable job applicants.”

Workforce Outlook Panel Discussion

Join FANUC along with the US DOL and NOCTI for a panel discussion on “Workforce 2025 Outlook – Aligning Education with Industry.” The discussion will include what progressive companies are doing today to control and narrow the skills gap leading into 2025. This session is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, and is part of FANUC’s New Virtual Event, “Take Control”. Register Today!

Skills Gap

The manufacturing skills gap is widely seen as a threat to the future of US manufacturing. The trend of a tight labor market, due to a combination of economic variables, baby boomers retiring and lack of qualified workers, is expected to grow as manufacturers adopt more advanced automation into their operations. In addition to its IRAP, the FANUC-Rockwell SRE team has worked closely to promote exciting careers in robotics and automation as well-paying jobs with opportunities for growth. Find out more at

For employers to find out more about IRAPs, visit:

About FANUC America Corporation

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

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

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

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing The Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit

About APT Manufacturing

APT Manufacturing Solutions was founded in January of 1996. Since inception, APT has been on the cutting-edge of technology, utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing methods, software, and processes. After 20 years our reputation precedes us; established by building long-term relationships with our customers and providing them superior service. APT currently has customers throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Israel, Mexico, and Europe. In 2015 APT announced a state-of-the-art training center for high school students. There is a definitely identified skills gap in the manufacturing sector, and we believe that educating our young people is our part in aiding in a solution to the problem. For more information visit


NOCTI is the largest provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for career and technical education (CTE) programs across the nation. Whether using assessments to meet Perkins accountability requirements, to guide data-driven instructional improvement, or to assist with teacher evaluation systems, NOCTI provides a credible solution through its validated and reliable technical skill assessment. For more information visit

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Ready Robotics launches Ready Academy online platform to teach automation topics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Doosan Presents the Versatile 5-Axis DVF Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register Here

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Big Kaiser Celebrates 30 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information contact:

BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc.

2600 Huntington Blvd.

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

888-TOOL-PRO / 224-770-2999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About FANUC America Corporation

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

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

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

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