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Gibbs Makes Second Grant of Software and Services to Purdue University

MOORPARK, CA – October 12, 2010 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that it has granted Purdue University’s College of Engineering sixty seats of its GibbsCAM software to run on the university’s Engineering College Network at the West Lafayette, Indiana, campus. The College of Engineering, where nearly 7,000 undergraduate and almost 2,500 graduate students are pursuing technical degrees, is comprised of twelve schools. With this grant, GibbsCAM software now supports computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) within the School of Engineering Education’s Artisan and Fabrication Laboratory (AFL). The AFL is part of the Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory which annually prepares nearly 2,000 first-year engineering students for professional programs and industry. The laboratory takes students through all the stages of the design cycle: identifying design criteria to solve a problem; finding potential alternatives; planning for the chosen solution; building and testing a prototype; evaluation; and refining the solution, all within a safe, supervised environment.

“We are grateful to Gibbs for their donation of GibbsCAM software,” said Eric Holloway, Director of Instructional Laboratories at the School of Engineering Education. “We encourage our engineering students to use the labs to do as much as possible, on their own, to create parts or assemblies they may require for engineering projects. The ease of learning and using GibbsCAM will help us teach students the machining aspects of manufacturing, while providing them an easy method to access CAD data from CATIA and our other CAD systems, and then generate and postprocess programs for all of our machine tools, from 2-axis lathes to 5-axis machining centers.”

The grant, excluding training services recently provided by Gibbs, is valued at $635,625, and includes modules for 3-axis milling, rotary milling, lathe turning, 5-axis milling and turning, and machine tool simulation; ACIS and STEP readers; CATIA and UG/NX (Siemens) translators; and software maintenance. It also includes postprocessors for the various machine tools within Purdue’s College of Engineering. The grant follows Gibbs’ $758,475 grant to Purdue’s College of Technology – announced in June of this year – which included sixty-five seats of GibbsCAM software for five networks at the Indiana campuses in West Lafayette, Kokomo, New Albany, Columbus and South Bend. The earlier grant also included GibbsCAM postprocessors for the various machine tools within Purdue’s College of Technology.

“The School of Engineering Education does an excellent job of preparing students for rigorous technical study and for teamwork innovation as part of the engineering workforce,” said Robb Weinstein, Gibbs’ Senior VP, Sales and Strategic Planning. “We are proud and happy to be able to assist it in achieving its goal of teaching and encouraging knowledge of the entire design-through-manufacturing cycle.”

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Lincoln Electric Honored with Market Share Leadership Award from Frost and Sullivan

Cleveland – Lincoln Electric was recently honored with the Market Share Leadership Award for best practices in the world pipeline industry related to welding equipment and consumables.

The award, based upon global research by analysts and consultants and outlined in Frost and Sullivan’s CEO 360 Degree Perspective report, recognized the company for exhibiting market share leadership through the implementation of market strategy. Lincoln Electric continues to display excellence in all areas of the market leadership process, including the identification of market challenges, drivers and restraints, as well as strategy development and methods of addressing these market dynamics. By utilizing these strategies for success, the company has established itself as the market share leader in its respective industry.

Lincoln Electric has been able to achieve this level of success due to its focus on customer service and technology development. The company provides products and solutions to satisfy the requirements of demanding applications, such as those in the pipeline industry. Lincoln Electric focuses on the needs of welders across different geographic regions and industries, identifies their needs and provides the best welding solution.

Its devotion to research and development of welding equipment and consumables for the various welding processes sets the company apart as an innovator in the industry. Other strengths that have earned Lincoln Electric this designation include continuous upgrades of its existing product portfolio, a wide distribution network, a unique growth strategy, strong customer support, and an increasing market share.

For more information on Frost and Sullivan’s 2010 Growth Excellence Awards, visit

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, weld fume control systems and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.

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Mazak Certifies LNS America for VIP Technology Partnership Program

Florence, Kentucky, October 11, 2010 – Mazak has announced the certification of LNS, a manufacturer of bar feeding equipment, as a new member of Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) program. The new program from Mazak was created to inspire and foster higher levels of cooperation among producers of complementary products to provide manufacturers with total solutions.

“LNS America welcomes the ongoing opportunities to provide product and service solutions as a member of the VIP initiative,” says Frank Sraj, CEO of LNS America.

Mazak launched its VIP program in August 2010. Inclusion in the VIP program requires a company to provide products and services that transcend traditional supplier relationships and meet the following criteria:

  • 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

“When selecting a company to participate in the VIP program, Mazak looks for those in the industry who have truly gone above and beyond what is expected,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “LNS is a highly innovative company with a history of providing manufacturers with products that help redefine their potential. We are glad to add them to the VIP program.”

Members of the VIP program will work with Mazak in product development and the creation of training events and seminars spanning a broad range of topics. 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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World Leading Manufacturer Announces Multi-Million Dollar Expansion of Materials Lab

World Leading Manufacturer Announces Multi-Million Dollar Expansion of Materials Lab

Watertown, Wis. (October 8, 2010) – The Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties, Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of an 1,800 square foot addition to the materials laboratory within its Fisher-Barton Specialty Products division located in Watertown, Wis. The new lab will serve as a group-wide resource for all five Fisher-Barton divisions to continue to drive ongoing materials and processing innovations. The expansion is expected to be completed by March 31, 2011.

The new multi-million dollar advanced materials lab will feature a state-of-the-art electron microscope and chemical analysis equipment. Additionally, a large part of the expansion will be dedicated to the mechanical and physical testing of new advanced materials. A major focus of the lab will be to further advance the group’s surface engineering technologies in a wide variety of markets.

Founded in 1973 by Metallurgist Richard Wilkey, the Fisher-Barton Group of Companies have used their materials expertise to become a world leader in the manufacture of high value components for mission critical applications in a variety of markets including solar power, outdoor power equipment, agricultural equipment, medical device, and power transmission.

“Our current materials lab has been the incubator for the advanced performance components that we have developed for our customers for the past 37 years. It has also directly led to the development of our 16 materials-related patents,” states Metallurgist and Fisher-Barton Group Vice President Jeff Russell. “We are excited that our past successes have allowed us to make this large investment and have no doubt that the new lab will lead to even greater advances in our materials and coating technologies.”

For more information on the new materials lab expansion or the Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties, Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., please contact Dawn Kearney at Fisher-Barton, Inc. corporate headquarters in Waukesha, Wis., or (262) 522-2257 . More information can also be found by visiting or by viewing our company video on YouTube.

(From left to right) Richard Wilkey, Founder and CEO, Fisher-Barton, Inc.; Darrel Turner, Vice President of Engineering, Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.; Gregory Wilkey, President, Fisher-Barton, Inc.; Jim Abbey, President, Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.; Kevin Schmidt, Maintenance Manager, Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.

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Manufacturers Meet with Administration’s Top Intellectual Property Official

CHICAGO, Ill., October 8, 2010 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hosted U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel in Illinois today. Manufacturers talked with Espinel about the challenges of and solutions for protecting intellectual property rights. Manufacturers continue to face a growing threat of product counterfeiting and piracy around the world, especially in China. Intellectual property theft overseas continues to harm U.S. exports and negatively impact manufacturers’ ability to create jobs.

“Each day manufacturers fall victim to counterfeiting and intellectual property theft that amounts to billions in losses and costs us jobs,” said NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo. “We commend Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel for her leadership on this issue and for visiting manufacturers and listening to their many concerns about intellectual property theft.”

Manufacturers hosted Espinel at Illinois Tool Works (ITW), CNH (Case New Holland) and Superior Graphite in Illinois where she toured the manufacturing facilities and participated in roundtable discussions with manufacturers from the area. Manufacturers raised the many growing challenges product counterfeiting and piracy pose to their companies and the potential measures that can be taken to stop intellectual property theft.

“Our government’s promotion and enforcement of strong intellectual property rights protections are critical to the continued growth, competitiveness and success of manufacturing in the United States,” said ITW Vice President of Intellectual Property and NAM Intellectual Property Task Force Chairman Mark Croll. “The loss of intellectual property in other markets poses a very serious risk to U.S. export growth. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and Congress on solutions to combat this very serious issue for manufacturers.”

The NAM has outlined measures to address intellectual property theft and piracy in its “Blueprint to Double Exports in Five Years”. To view the NAM blueprint, visit

The NAM has also created an International Intellectual Property Task Force, comprising large and small member companies working for a more effective and aggressive U.S. approach to fighting international counterfeiting and piracy.


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New CoroMill 325 ensures faster and more accurate thread whirling

The growing use of special thread forms for medical bone screws, implants and other micro components creates an increased need for techniques that produce threads fast and at high tolerances.

On October 1st Sandvik Coromant introduces the new CoroMill 325 thread whirling inserts and holders.

Thread whirling is a fast and accurate way to thread long, slender components in difficult to machine materials. By combining the speed of thread whirling with the rigidity of a sliding head machine, complete threads are produced accurately and in a single pass, without the need for special supports.

CoroMill 325 thread whirling inserts and holders can produce a wide range of high precision screws and implants from rough stock at high speeds and fit a large number of sliding head machine types. All without the need for a dedicated thread whirling machine.

Using this technique, a number of advantages can be gained over traditional single-point threading including increased productivity , faster set up times , no extra costs for finishing treatment, superior chip control and increased tool life over conventional tools.

Sandvik Coromant
Sandvik Coromant is a world-leading supplier of cutting tools and tooling systems for the metalworking industry and is represented in 130 countries. 25 state-of-the art Productivity Centers located around the world provide customers and staff with continuous training in tooling solutions and methods to increase productivity. Sandvik Coromant is part of the Tooling business area of the Sandvik Group.

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Delcam’s integrated CAM for SolidWorks gains Gold Product status

Delcam today announced its 2011 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks®, has been awarded Certified Gold Product status by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. This award confirms both the integration of the system with SolidWorks software and the overall high performance when creating toolpaths from SolidWorks models.

“Delcam has done a great job integrating its CAM functionality into the SolidWorks environment,” commented Craig Therrien, SolidWorks Product Manager.

“The level of automation, particularly the automatic tool selection, is amazing. I’m also impressed by the software’s overall ease of use, as well as the number of post-processors that are available for all major machine tool manufacturers, particularly because they are provided with the software at no extra cost.”

Delcam for SolidWorks 2011 includes comprehensive options for the programming of turning and mill-turn equipment, alongside the company’s industry-leading technology for drilling and two- through five-axis milling. This expanded range of strategies will allow users to program everything from basic lathes and three-axis mills, up to complex mill-turn equipment and five-axis machining centres.

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 30,000 customers around the world. The software has the same focus on ease-of-use as FeatureCAM, including automatic feature recognition and knowledge-based automation that makes the system so consistent and reliable. At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks offers PowerMILL’s latest multi-threading technologies for exceptional toolpath calculation speed, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining that ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.

The complete range of options is fully integrated into the SolidWorks software environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. Full associativity is maintained so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the toolpaths. Furthermore, all toolpaths can be checked by the integrated simulation module on the computer before being passed to the machine tool.

The new release of Delcam for SolidWorks benefits from all of Delcam’s recent developments to take advantage of the latest hardware, including support for 64-bit computers. 64-bit technology removes the memory limitations of 32-bit computers so allowing more efficient toolpath generation, especially for companies machining large or complex parts. In addition, improved memory management within the software gives faster calculation times, with the greatest benefits again coming when programming larger or more complex components.

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Kennametal Interactive Catalog App Now Available on iTunes®

(LATROBE, PA) – While economic cycles may move slowly, the pace of social media access to valuable industrial and high-tech resources is quickening. Kennametal (NYSE: KMT), a world leader in tooling, engineered components, and advanced materials for the world’s manufacturing and mining industries, is among the pioneers in this effort.

As reported at the recent IMTS 2010, North America’s leading manufacturing trade show, Kennametal debuted an interactive catalog app for the iPad® platform. Users can conveniently download any and all of Kennametal’s numerous product catalogs and review products and specifications, request quotes, view engineering drawings or videos, or contact technical support for more information.

Now this app is available for download through iTunes® at no cost. “Whether it’s for accessing product information, seeking expert help, or just communing with fellow users and fans, we want to be sure people are accessing the Kennametal information they want in the way they want to get to it,” says Jennifer Altimore, site content manager at Kennametal. “Estimates of iTunes® users number in the hundreds of millions, and they’re downloading an ever-growing range of content. It’s game-changing when you realize Kennametal is among the first to recognize that engineers, machinists, and other experts who want the latest and most exact technical information also watch videos and listen to music .”

While social media efforts are still relatively recent at the company, Kennametal groups have already formed on Facebook® and LinkedIn® (search Kennametal Inc. on both), followers are following Twitter® feeds (@Kennametal_Inc), and a video library is growing on YouTube® (search Kennametal Solutions). “We’ll continue to experiment a lot, and as the audience grows, we’ll be measuring the response and engaging the audience with the resources they want,” Altimore adds.

iTunes® users can simply search Kennametal in the iTunes Store to download the app, or all may visit for more information.

Kennametal Inc.
Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our advanced materials sciences and application knowledge. Our commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Companies operating in everything from airframes to coal mining, from engines to oil wells and from turbochargers to construction recognize Kennametal for extraordinary contributions to their value chains. In fiscal year 2010, customers bought approximately $1.9 billion of Kennametal products and services – delivered by our approximately 11,000 talented employees doing business in more than 60 countries – with more than 50 percent of these revenues coming from outside North America. Visit us at

Product information, technical support, and access to Kennametal catalogs is now available on the iPad® via a new app downloadable from iTunes®.

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SteelDay 2010 at Lincoln Electric Automation Featured Equipment, Demonstrations, Presentations and a Facility Tour

Cleveland– Steel industry professionals, educators, students and friends gathered at Lincoln Electric Automation on September 24, 2010, for a Lincoln Electric SteelDay event. SteelDay is a day sponsored and supported by the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC). This is the structural steel industry’s largest educational and networking event dedicated to providing accessibility to the latest happenings in the structural steel industry. Lincoln Electric joined more than 190 other event locations across the country that attracted more than 8,000 people total.

Chris Bailey, general manager, Lincoln Electric Automation Center, started the day off by introducing the event, Lincoln’s long history of serving the steel industry and then special guest, Diane Downing, Ohio Senator Voinovich’s District Director, and discussing the state of the U.S. manufacturing industry with a positive outlook for the future. Lincoln Electric’s Dave Mazak, national accounts manager, continued the day by discussing cost reduction through welded steel, what he views as an important message for steel industry professionals.

Following the morning presentations, all attendees were shown various stations of the Lincoln Automation Center’s build floor and application development lab to view product presentations and learn more about solutions for the structural steel industry. Erin Spier, floor production and integration manager, led the tour and provided facts about the Automation Center’s business and offerings, as well as growth since being established in 1991.

Jack Melvin, application engineer, introduced the new Vernon Tool MasterPipe™ Profiler (MPP) and provided a demonstration of the unit’s extensive cutting capabilities. Brian Simons, applications engineer, explained the Robotic Vision® capabilities of the System 35, and Bob Bandy, application engineer, provided a look at a customized robotic plasma cutting system. Dave Mate, application engineer, showed guests the Tandem MIG™ process, designed to increase customer’s production by using a dual wire process. Tandem MIG is also available as a robotic application.

And finally, Mike Whan, application engineer, provided a demonstration of Lincoln Electric Automation’s newest addition, the robotic beam cutting and scribing system. This system includes state-of-the-art technology with a laser vision system, as well as the innovative StruCIM 3D software that automatically generates programs for the robot to produce cut lengths, copes, holes, slots, notches, cutouts and layout submaterial markings for assembly.

After the build floor tour and product demonstrations, Vern Mesler of VJM Metal Construction Craftsman LLC introduced the longtime process of restoring bridges using everything from iron ore to steel. Lincoln’s own Omer Blodgett, known as “The Dean of Welding,” signed copies of his books during lunch while demonstrations of the VRTEX™ 360 virtual reality welding training solution were offered. Attendees were even able to try out the virtual reality welder for themselves.

Following lunch, Bruce Chantry, equipment portfolio manager, discussed Lincoln Electric’s welding equipment portfolio and Lisa Byall, welding consumables portfolio manager, introduced the company’s consumables portfolio. Lon Yost, global application engineer, expanded upon Mesler’s overview of bridge welding applications. Additional demonstrations using the FlexTec™ 450, several engine-driven welders and fume control products rounded out the show.

Editor’s Note: For a look at equipment featured at SteelDay and interviews with Deanna Postlethwaite, marketing manager, Lincoln Electric Automation and Omer Blodgett, visit

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 38 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 18 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.

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Lincoln Electric’s Duane Miller and Deanna Murlin to Speak at AWS Conference During FABTECH 2010

Cleveland – Lincoln Electric’s Duane Miller and Deanna Murlin will present at sub conferences taking place during this year’s American Welding Society (AWS) Conference at the FABTECH 2010 trade show. The AWS conference will be held November 2 – 4 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Weld Repair and the Strengthening of Welded Structures Sub Conference
November 3, 2010

Duane Miller, Manager of Engineering Services

* Miller will serve as the keynote speaker, presenting on the topic, “A New Guide for Old Structures.” He will discuss the AWS D1.1 and D1.7 Structural Welding Codes, world-recognized codes governing the design, fabrication, erection and inspection of welded steel structures, during the Weld Repair and the Strengthening of Welded Structures Conference.

What’s New In Weld Consumables? Sub Conference
November 2, 2010

Deanna Murlin, Product Manager, SAW and GMAW Welding Consumables

* Murlin will address the topic “New Consumable Developments for the Manufacture of Wind Towers” at the welding consumables conference. She will provide a detailed look into what fabricators are doing to increase productivity and remain competitive in the changing U.S. wind tower industry.

AWS, Fabricators and Metalworkers Association (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) members can register for $345 and nonmembers for $480 by visiting Each nonmember attendee will receive a two-year complimentary membership in AWS. The conference registration fee includes all conference sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

AWS Conference attendees are awarded one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for each hour of conference attendance. These PDHs can be applied toward AWS recertifications and renewals.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, weld fume control systems and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. For more information, visit

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