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Mazak Expands Online Training Class Offerings

Florence, Kentucky, August 19, 2010 – Mazak Corporation today announced that it has further expanded the online portion of its comprehensive Progressive Learning program with the development of four new Mazak-specific programming classes offered in partnership with These new classes provide users with a web-based, self-paced introduction to Mazak machine controls, which allows shops to program in either a conversational mode with MAZATROL or EIA/ISO programming environment.

Two of the four new classes teach MAZATROL EIA/ISO (G-code) programming for mills and turning machines, as well as NEXUS turning and milling operations. The other two classes provide instruction on creating MAZATROL conversational programs for mills and lathes. These four new classes join the 16 other Mazak-specific classes offered at, the industry’s most popular online training source for manufacturing.

Mazak’s Progressive Learning program takes a unique approach to education and training to maximize student understanding and retention. Mazak’s Progressive Learning program offers a comprehensive range of classes, from basic to master elite in a variety of formats. Formats and structure for each class are determined based on the complexity and applicability of the course content, as well as the means by which the content is best imparted to the user. This tiered approach to learning is illustrated in the Mazak Pyramid of Learning.

In the Progressive Learning model, basic-level classes are most appropriate for a self-paced, online environment. By offering this level of class online, shops benefit from the convenience of web-based content, increased accessibility to training and reduced costs.

“At Mazak, we understand that people are a shop’s greatest asset,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Skilled, well-trained operators are able to better maximize new technology and improve manufacturing processes. Our Progressive Learning approach ensures that regardless of need, location or budget, shops have access to the comprehensive range of education and training they need. These programs offer customers the opportunity for training in their individual plants, or they can attend training sessions at Mazak Technology Centers and Distributor Technical Centers”

In addition to its online class offering, Mazak offers a complete range of hands-on, maintenance, programming and user group classes at the Learning Center in Florence, Kentucky, as well as its seven Regional Technology Centers in North America.

For more information on Progressive Learning and to register for upcoming classes, please visit,

About Mazak Corporation
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently initiated a $9 million manufacturing expansion. The facility’s “Production on Demand” manufacturing concept uses the latest in machine tool technologies as part of its lean strategy. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a “lean” culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers. For more information on Mazak’s products and solutions, visit

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Mazak Announces VIP Technology Partnership Program

Florence, Kentucky, August 17, 2010 – Mazak has announced the launch of Value Inspired Partners (VIP), a new technology partnership program, which is designed to further support customers and provide them with total manufacturing solutions. Stemming from a constant commitment to American manufacturers, this new program represents an increased level of partnership with companies that manufacture equipment, software and accessories. To be VIP certified, companies must provide products and services that transcend traditional supplier relationships and regularly meet a set of qualification criteria.

Criteria for VIP certification include the minimum of the following:

  • Be a recognized leader with unique, innovative and high quality products
  • Provide extensive pre- and post-sales support
  • Add value to customer processes and provide system solutions
  • Maintain a culture of ethical business standards and practices

“Over the last decade, the rate of technological innovation has increased substantially across all types of manufacturing equipment and software,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “To provide the best possible solutions to end users, manufacturers in any specific product category cannot operate in a vacuum. By establishing productive partnerships with producers of complementary technologies, we offer customers a more diverse array of technical expertise and achieve development of truly optimized solutions.”

Sandvik Coromant has been certified as the first member of the Mazak VIP program, and the selection process is ongoing for several other potential members.

“We are pleased to be the first member of the VIP initiative,” said John Israelsson, president of Sandvik Coromant USA. “We will work with this new program to bring our customers a complete machining solution to the shop floor.”

Companies that qualify for the VIP program will work closely with Mazak, both in product development and in creating value-added training events and seminars for American manufacturers. VIP Members will also benefit from cooperative marketing efforts when appropriate.

For more information on the new Mazak VIP program, please visit

About Mazak Corporation
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently initiated a $9 million manufacturing expansion. The facility’s “Production on Demand” manufacturing concept uses the latest in machine tool technologies as part of its lean strategy. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a “lean” culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers. For more information on Mazak’s products and solutions, visit

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IRWIN Tools 2010 UTC Winner to Serve as Grand Marshal for Inaugural IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, TENN. (Aug. 17, 2010) — Leave it to innovator IRWIN® Tools to toss an exciting twist into the mix for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ most exciting race – the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. In an unprecedented move, IRWIN Tools, a world-class manufacturer and marketer of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, won’t let the world know who the Grand Marshal is until just 24 hours prior to the race. The winner of Friday night’s North American Championship of the 2010 IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge will be the race’s Grand Marshal, and will give the famous command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”

The IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge, a skill-based competition that has travelled across the U.S. and Canada for more than 50 events, challenges professional tradesmen to perform a series of precise tasks—such as gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling—in a race against the clock. A total of 23 local competitors won an all-expenses-paid trip to Bristol, in addition to an IRWIN tool bag packed with IRWIN tools and genuine Cat® footwear, to compete in the North American Championship of the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge on Friday.

In addition to having the opportunity to say NASCAR’s most famous words prior to the start of the race, the 2010 North American Champion will win a year’s supply of Cat footwear and a custom IRWIN Tools Mustang GT Premium Pace Car – the official pace car of the IRWIN Tools Night Race. He will also advance to the World Finals in March of 2011, again at Bristol Motor Speedway, where six tradesmen from around the world will compete to become the Worldwide IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman. The tradesman with the top time will win the grand prize – a chance to win $1 MILLION!

“The Ultimate Tradesman Challenge is all about IRWIN’s passion for the professional tradesman,” said Curt Rahilly, VP of Marketing for IRWIN Tools. “IRWIN is serious about celebrating tradesmen who do their jobs each and every day, always reaching for greatness in all that they do. These are the men and women who build our dreams. They build life with their hands. And they keep the world running, when the things we depend on break down. For some people, it’s just a job… a means to an end. But for professional tradesmen, it’s often a calling. And it’s not just about doing their work. It’s about doing their life’s work,” Rahilly emphasized.

The IRWIN Tools Night Race weekend at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” kicks off Friday with two practice sessions: one at noon and another at 2:45 p.m. Qualifying to determine the starting lineup is set for 5:40 p.m. Ryan Newman holds the track record of 128.709 mph. The inaugural IRWIN Tools Night Race on the .533-mile high banked oval gets the green flag Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Kyle Busch won last year’s race under the lights.

About IRWIN Tools:
IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories including
VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of brands. For more information, call
1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit

About the IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge:
IRWIN’s Ultimate Tradesman Challenge is a global competition where skilled tradesmen perform a series of precise tasks in a race against the clock to “Grip It! Rip It! and Drive It!” Contestants first use IRWIN VISE-GRIP® GrooveLock pliers to remove two (2) pipe fittings from a qualifying channel (Grip It). He/she then uses an IRWIN square and pencil to mark three (3) lines on a standard 2” x 4” x 24” board, at pre-marked positions. Contestants then slide the board into a cutting position and securely clamp it to the work surface with an IRWIN QUICK-GRIP® XP600 one-handed bar clamp. Contestants then use an IRWIN Universal Hand Saw to cut the board on the line previously marked (Rip It). And finally, using an IRWIN SPEEDBOR® Max Speed drill bit, contestants drill two (2) holes in the board at the intersecting lines (Drive It), unclamp the board, place the clamp on the competition cart, and put the board in the qualifying channel. If the board fits accurately, the clock will automatically stop, and the challenge time will be noted. Speed; ability to remove pipe fittings; accurate marking; ability to clamp work securely; fast, straight cuts; and the ability to accurately drill holes are crucial to winning the challenge. The Ultimate Tradesman Challenge is a true test of on-the-job skills.

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DAYTON, OH (AUGUST 13, 2010) – Ground was broken today for Motoman Robotics’ new facility at the Austin Blvd/I-75 interchange (northwest corner; exit 41) in Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facility will serve as Motoman Robotics’ headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its North and South American operations.

The 1:00 p.m. ceremony was hosted by Mr. Steve Barhorst, President and COO of Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America, Inc. Additional speakers included Mr. Jay Tsuda, President of Yaskawa Electric (Kitakyushu, Japan); Mr. Gen Kudo, Chairman and CEO of Yaskawa America, Inc. (Chicago, IL), and Mayor Dick Church of Miamisburg.

Barhorst thanked the local governmental officials, Montgomery County, the City of Miamisburg, the Dayton and Montgomery County Port Authority, the Transportation Improvement District and RG Properties, among others, for all of their efforts and interests in maintaining Motoman Robotics’ operations in Ohio.

In addition, Barhorst recognized the cities of West Carrollton and Troy, Ohio for their extraordinary support of Motoman Robotics over the past 20 years.

Stealing the show was the Motoman® SDA10D robot. The innovative, dual-arm robot ─ otherwise known as Dexter Bot ─ donned a hard hat and turned the first shovel of dirt. Motoman executives and local officials also took turns breaking ground.

The new 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art office and production facility will combine the current West Carrollton, Ohio headquarters, along with a manufacturing plant and a warehouse located in Troy, Ohio.

“The new facility has been designed and will be built with a customer and employee focus,” stated Barhorst. “Our desire is to further enhance our customers’ experience while driving improved efficiencies to help us help our customers be more competitive. Our customers are why we are here today and are the key to our future. We owe it to our customers to serve them more efficiently and effectively.”

The new facility will house approximately 250-275 employees, with the plan to expand the employee base and facility as the company expands its operations. The 25-acre site allows for the building to be expanded by an additional 200,000 square feet to support this growth.

“We look forward to utilizing this expansion as soon as possible and being a catalyst for economic growth in the region,” added Barhorst. “We want to continue to give back to a region that has supported us throughout our existence.”

Construction will take approximately 10 months with an expected move-in date of June 2011.

About Motoman Robotics Division and Yaskawa
Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America, Inc., was founded in 1989 and has grown to become the second largest robotics company in the Americas with an installed based of approximately 30,000 units. Its products include robotic automation solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application, including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal and spot welding operations. Motoman Robotics’ parent, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, is the world’s leading robot manufacturer with an installed base of more than 200,000 robots and is the world’s largest manufacturer of AC drives and motion control products, including adjustable frequency drives, servo amplifiers, servomotors, machine controllers and motion controllers. For more information, visit

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PartMaker IMTS 2010 News – Booth E-3922

IMTS 2010 will be an exciting show for PartMaker. We will be introducing a lot of new technology at the show and we would like to invite you to our booth to learn more about how PartMaker can make you more productive. PartMaker will be demonstrated in the booth of our parent company, Delcam, booth E-3922, the largest CAD/CAM booth at IMTS. At IMTS we’ll be previewing PartMaker Version 2011, introducing a new 3D design system to accompany the PartMaker CAM suite as well as enhanced support for bar fed milling machines, among other innovations. Also, as a recipient of this email, you are entitled to a commemorative T-Shirt we will be giving away at the booth.


  • A Preview of PartMaker Version 2011
  • New 3D Solid Modeling Design Package
  • Enhanced Support of Bar Fed Mills
  • Top Shops Run Delcam’s PartMaker
  • VIP Giveaway

A Preview of PartMaker Version 2011
PartMaker Version 2011 will be previewed at IMTS 2010. PartMaker developers and applications engineers will be on hand to hear your feedback first hand and demonstrate the exciting new functionality in PartMaker Version 2011.

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New Braille Insertion Tool from Techno CNC Automates Braille Sign-Making Easy

New Hyde Park, NY; August 2010) – Techno CNC Routers is proud to introduce the New Braille Insertion Tool, the easiest way to automate any Braille Sign-Making business instantly. This new tool can be used on any CNC Router, (Techno CNC or other brands) and will be made available through the Techno CNC Cutting Tools e-Store.

“The process is very simple and straight forward,” says CNC Router Sales Manager, Roy Valentine, “Users can program their sign and using a simple drill routine, drill the holes, then repeat the same routine to insert the Braille balls (acrylic or stainless), without reconfiguring the machine.”

Techno’s new tool will now eliminate the time-consuming, tedious manual process of inserting the Braille balls by hand. In seconds, the holes can be drilled and the balls inserted, completing the entire sign / job right on the machine without manual intervention. Additionally, customers can nest multiple signs together increasing materials yields. Combining jobs will free up operators to handle other tasks, increasing production and profits, while decreasing overhead.

The New Braille Insertion Tool complete set retails for only $1,495. The set includes a high-quality drill bit with acrylic and stainless balls. Receive more information online at: or call our knowledgeable application engineering staff at: 1-800-819-3366.

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Joining Technologies, Inc., an innovator in industrial laser applications, now introduces its latest innovation – Infinite Web™ 355 – a laser cutting and welding system for splicing iron and nickel-based strip alloys. The unique all-in-one design incorporates laser welding and cutting with a single head. “It’s a quantum leap from the splicing equipment currently seen in the metal converting plants” according to company president Dave Hudson. The system offers a user friendly, streamlined design with optimal safety features. As implied by its name, the Infinite Web™ joins leading and trailing edges of metal coils in strip processing lines to create a continuous feed with no downtime associated with rethreading and realignment.

With the ability to service multiple converting lines, the Infinite Web™ 355 is a truly mobile, standalone system requiring only one electrical input and minimal operator involvement. The industrial PC-based control system features a touch screen interface, canned programs for selected alloys and proprietary self diagnostics to ensure optimal uptime.

The Infinite Web™ is designed to handle a large range of material thicknesses and widths. It uses coaxial optics to verify proper positioning and provide precise and accurate splices. When asked to describe the significance of the machine Dave Hudson states “The Infinite Web™ is poised to change the metal converting industry forever”.

About Joining Technologies

Headquartered in East Granby, CT, Joining Technologies is an innovator in precision fusion processes, including laser and electron beam welding, laser additive manufacturing, and weld system design and integration. The company’s extraordinary engineering talent continues to develop economical solutions for joining metal components primarily in the medical device, sensors, aerospace, military, energy, and firearms industries. Joining Technologies has created a corporate culture that rewards innovation and teamwork, and continues to invest in infrastructure, making it the most highly evolved and reliable operation of its kind. For more information, call 1.800.266.1966, email or visit

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NIMS Credentialing Workshops in Kentucky and Tennessee

Metalworking instructors from across the state of Kentucky and Tennessee have recently welcomed NIMS staff to undergo one day workshops for the purpose of familiarizing instructors with the NIMS Credentialing Process. The first meeting, held in Louisville, KY on Monday, July 19, was led by NIMS Deputy Director James Wall, and the second meeting was led by Accreditation Director Catherine Ross at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday, July 22.

A special congratulations go to each of the instructors who attended the Tennessee Workshop, as each attendee earned the NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety credential by day’s end.

Interested in hosting an instructor workshop for instructors in your state? Simply contact NIMS for more information!

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Collect Resumes and Post Job Opportunities in IMTS

This year thousands of students and graduates of manufacturing training programs will descend on IMTS, via the NIMS Student Summit. Now you can collect resumes and post job opportunities – without lifting a finger and without spending a dime!

This year the NIMS Student Summit will welcome daily busloads of students armed with their resumes and ready to seek a position in their industry of choice. While many of these students are currently enrolled in manufacturing education training programs, many have just graduated and are ready to prove their skills to an employer like you!

To post job opportunities: Simply email your job listing to Catherine Ross (see email on right). Following IMTS, Catherine will forward all resumes that are left for your particular listing.

To collect resumes: Simply alert NIMS of your intent to participate by contacting Catherine Ross (see email on right). Following IMTS, Catherine will forward you a copy of every resume collected.

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RBC Bearings Wins Komatsu America 2009 Delivery/Availability Award

Oxford, CT – July 27, 2010 – RBC Bearings Incorporated (Nasdaq: ROLL), a leading international manufacturer of highly-engineered precision, plain, roller and ball bearings for the industrial, defense and aerospace industries, today announced that the Company has received a top supplier award from Midori Kai, Komatsu America’s association of select supplier companies that have been chosen for membership based on high measurable standards.

“We are honored to accept this prestigious award, which stands as a testament to the strength of our customer relationships,” said Dr. Michael J Hartnett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RBC Bearings. “Strong customer relationships have long been central to our market strategy, and our operating flexibility enables us to meet our customer demands efficiently. We are deeply appreciative of the recognition by such a valued customer, and we look forward to continuing the timely delivery of precision products to all of our customers.”

RBC Bearings was named the top supplier out of the select group of 36 at last month’s Midori Kai supplier meeting. The Company has been a member of the Midori Kai supplier association since 2007.

About Midori Kai
Midori Kai is an association of select Komatsu supplier companies that have been chosen for membership based on measurable high standards. The group’s objective is to forge a mutually beneficial business relationship for both suppliers and Komatsu during economic upturns and downturns by sharing information, technical support and business opportunities.

Midori Kai began in Japan in 1952, and has been a very successful long-term partnership for both Komatsu and its Midori Kai suppliers. Many members have been part of Midori Kai for over 50 years. Komatsu initiated Midori Kai in North America in 2006 and is committed to replicating the long-term business relationships it has had with its Japanese suppliers.

Members of Midori Kai range from small companies to global enterprises and membership offers suppliers access to Komatsu production plans and figures, global opportunities to meet with Komatsu executives as well as investment, technical, engineering and tooling support. Among benefits to Midori Kai members are potential business opportunities with other Komatsu affiliates, worldwide.

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