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Greg Champion Promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Goellner, Inc.

Goellner, Inc. in Rockford, IL, announces the promotion of Greg Champion to Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Goellner, Inc. is the holding company for Advanced Machine & Engineering and Hennig, Inc., two leading suppliers to the machine tool, power gen, primary metals and other industries.

Greg has many years of experience with Hennig, Inc, and over twenty years of experience in a variety of management positions in the machine tool and machine tool accessory industries.

In his new role, Greg will oversee all Sales and Marketing activities, which include the strategic direction and management of our worldwide Marketing and Sales initiatives.  He will also be developing new business opportunities, both domestically and globally.

Greg will direct the Sales and Marketing Departments of both Advanced Machine & Engineering and Hennig, Inc. and will work in conjunction with the staff at both locations.

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The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) announce the 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair: Re-Shoring to Bring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Back Home. With one stop, OEMs can find competitive U.S. job shops. The Re-Shoring Purchasing Fair will be held on May 12, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine Hotel, Irvine, CA.
The White House and Congress seem to announce each week a new plan to “Save U.S. jobs, especially manufacturing jobs.” Re-shoring, also called “back-shoring” and “on-shoring,” is a non-protectionist, private sector-driven way to reduce imports (and our trade deficit), increase our “net exports” and create jobs. Re-shoring means bringing lost manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. by uniting large manufacturers with competitive domestic suppliers. Going local can reduce a company’s total costs and offer a host of other benefits, while bringing U.S. manufacturing jobs back home. The NTMA and PMA re-shoring initiative will document to large manufacturers nationwide the benefits of sourcing in the United States. The highlight of the re-shoring campaign is the first-ever “Re-Shoring Fair” which builds on the 50 successful domestically focused Fairs held by NTMA over the last 25 years. It will provide a one-stop for larger U.S. manufacturers (OEMs) to find competitive U.S. job shops to manufacture parts and tooling. More than 50 representatives from large manufacturers are expected to attend and learn about competitive domestic sourcing opportunities from 200 top custom U.S. manufacturers. The Fair is intended to change the sourcing paradigm from “Off-shored is cheaper” to “Local reduces Total Cost of Ownership” and will focus on machined, stamped and fabricated parts, special tooling (dies, molds, jigs, fixtures and gauges) and special machines. Work now being produced domestically is also welcome. The government and media have focused almost exclusively on increasing exports. This initiative, instead, helps U.S. companies take the home field advantage, since they can be much more competitive in the U.S. vs. imports than trying to export to other countries. The move to re-shore production has grown increasingly popular in the U.S. in the face of higher transportation and fuel costs, higher wage rates and reject rates in developing countries. Today, large manufacturers re-shore to:

  • Reduce pipeline and surge inventory impacts on JIT operations;
  • Improve the quality and consistency of inputs;
  • Localize manufacturing operations near R&D facilities, strengthening innovation;
  • Reduce IP and regulatory compliance risk; and
  • Minimize carbon footprint

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Dayton, OH – Motoman Inc., a leading industrial robot manufacturer, and Dassault Systèmes, Inc., a worldwide leader in 3D and PLM solutions, have entered into a partnership to market the DELMIA Digital Manufacturing simulation software to colleges and universities in North America.  The DELMIA software suite includes Basic CATIA for 3D modeling, DELMIA V5 for robot simulation, plus three other components for human modeling, PLC validation and NC machining.

“The Dassault suite delivers the five most essential elements for educating today’s engineering students in virtual manufacturing and PLM.  Through this partnership we are pleased to offer DELMIA software preconfigured with Motoman’s family of robots for the academic market,” says Roy Smolky, DELMIA Academic Sales – Americas.

“As a global leader in industrial robotics, Motoman has a long history of providing schools with robots and software for use in their engineering or technology programs.  Adding the DELMIA software allows for a single development environment to be used for the entire CIM cell, not just for the robot.  Educators can now focus on imparting automation concepts rather than on the particulars of a given robot language,” according to Erik Nieves, Technology Director for Motoman Inc.

Nieves adds, “Motoman is especially pleased to have DELMIA V5 support programming and simulation of our seven axis robots.  The SIA family of highly dexterous robot arms is unique, and offers the academy an unprecedented hardware platform for research.  Combining the SIA with Dassault’s software will enable schools to explore new applications while preparing tomorrow’s engineers to be productive upon graduation.”

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Eriez® Announces 5-Star Service™ Lift Magnet Certification and Refurbishment Program

Erie, Pa. — Eriez® 5-Star Service™ now offers a Lift Magnet Certification and Refurbishment Program. “If you need new magnets, need to have your current magnets repaired, certified or completely rebuilt, Eriez has a solution for you,” says Dave Hansen, Eriez’ Customer Service Manager.

Hansen explains, “Eriez’ lift magnets are built in compliance with ASME B30.20 standards. Through our Inspection Program, we check your magnets to ensure they remain in compliance.” Eriez’ procedure includes: inspection of lift magnet surface and resurfacing of poles (if needed), inspection of all other parts, replacement of any missing parts, repair/replacement of all damaged parts, replacement of warning labels and capacity markings and load testing and certification.

Every magnet repaired by Eriez is returned with a “Certificate of Compliance” guaranteeing the repairs and the load test of the serviced magnet comply with ASME B30.20. Eriez Certified repairs come with a one year “As New” Warranty. Plus, customers can receive 20 percent off their first certification. (Contact Eriez for details.)

Eriez’ Magnet Exchange Program is an ideal solution for customers who need to get a magnet back in place quickly when their lifting magnet needs repair. Customers may be able to get a pre-certified, refurbished SafeHold® Lift Magnet from Eriez’ stock shipped to them within 24 hours of Eriez receiving their magnet for repair.

To meet the criteria for the Exchange Program, the customer’s magnet must pass Eriez’ two point inspection. If the load test is within specifications and the rotor is intact and operational, it may qualify. Exchange magnets—which are the same make and model of the returned magnet–ship with a “Certificate of Compliance” and include a one year “As New” Warranty.

If a customer’s SafeHold Lift Magnet is not eligible for the Exchange Program, Eriez will refurbish it to “As New” condition and ship it back to the customer within three to five days. The refurbished magnet ships with a “Certificate of Compliance” and includes a one year “As New” Warranty.

In cases in which inspection of a magnet at Eriez indicates internal magnet damage, customers are contacted with a quote and lead time on internal magnet repairs or a new magnet. Most new magnets are available from stock.

Through the EriezXpress™ Program, Eriez offers a wide array of lift magnets for next day delivery. Upon credit approval, orders received for select lift magnets by 4:00 p.m. EST will be processed and shipped the next business day. “When you need it now, EriezXpress is the solution,” said Dave Heubel, Eriez’ National Sales Manager.

For more information on Eriez’ 5-Star Lift Magnet Certification and Refurbishment Program, call 1-888-999-ERIEZ, visit or email

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Abanaki Oil Grabber Oil Skimmer Provides Lowest-Cost Method for Removing Grease and Oil from Food Processing Wastewater

CLEVELAND, Ohio — February 23Abanaki Corporation offers the Oil Grabber® Model 8 oil skimmer for the food processing industry where plant maintenance engineers are looking for the lowest cost, most reliable method of removing food greases and oils from the wastewater stream. Abanaki skimmers use the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water, allowing the belt to attract frying oils, vegetable oils, greases, and animal fats as the belt passes through the surface of the water. The simple belt-and-motor approach is proven to operate unattended and reliably for decades with little maintenance.

To avoid fines from government and municipal sewer districts, food processing plants must limit the amount of oils discharged into the environment. Oils and greases entering a plant’s wastewater stream in the process line or during sanitary washdowns, must be removed continuously. The Model 8 oil skimmer provides a continuously operating belt and wiper that can remove up to 40 gallons per hour of oil and grease from water and water-based solutions. Depending on the characteristics of the liquid, the Model 8 oil skimmer is capable of reducing oil content to fewer than five parts-per-million in water. Another benefit of using an Abanaki oil skimmer comes from the recaptured greases and oils, which can be used to manufacture other products such as pet food.

Using an upper and lower pulley system, the oil skimmer belt runs through contaminated liquid to pick up oil from the surface. The belt travels over the head pulley and then passes through tandem wiper blades, from which oil is scraped off both sides and discharged. The tail pulley features flanges that allow the pulley to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged in turbulent applications. No bearings are needed; the unit does not need to be fastened to the tank. An optional tether and cage assembly is offered to prevent the tail pulley from being dislodged. The Oil Grabber Model 8 can be used in tanks with depths as shallow as one foot or as deep as 100 feet. More information is available at

Oil Grabber® Model 8 oil skimmer

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Eurotech Trofeo Announcement

When most manufacturers are trying to survive, Eurotech is thriving. In fact, we just introduced eleven models and we will be introducing an additional fifteen new models this year.

Eurotech is achieving this success by staying years ahead of the competition in technology; thus delivering the greatest ROI in the machine tool industry through superior speed, acuracy and capability. This literature is a perfect example of this. The brochure is on the Quattro 9-axis machine that we boldly guarantee today to be 20% faster than any Japanese competitor. It is now old technology for Eurotech.

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IQL offers Machine Tool Metrology Seminar at TechSolve

Cincinnati, OH – March 23-25, 2010 – This seminar will provide in-depth understanding of machine tool positioning accuracy (metrology) and its impact on manufacturing process capability and on-machine measurement. The three day session, March 23-25, 2010 in Cincinnati, OH, is presented in cooperation with TechSolve, a team of business experts, engineers and scientists working with a wide spectrum of organizations to help them achieve top-line growth, bottom-line savings and improved profitability. Through lecture and hands-on demonstrations, methods required to measure and evaluate machine tool performance are presented in simple, straightforward modules.

The course is recommended for manufacturing managers, manufacturing engineers and technicians wishing to improve machine tool productivity, process diagnostics, and implementing on-machine measurement. Topics covered will provide the basis for determining machine performance requirements and purchase specifications.

Anyone interested in learning how machine tool accuracy impacts productivity will benefit from this comprehensive and demystifying course. Machine tool metrology is often overlooked in today’s manufacturing environment. However, state of the art manufacturers have learned that machine tool performance is often the root cause of many part quality issues and hidden costs. If you have issues involving part failure due to a few critical feature tolerances or part quality changes from day to day or machine to machine, frequently changing machine offsets, etc., then how machine performance impacts part tolerance is something you need to understand.

For seminar registration, contact Charlotte Gardiner 1-866-549-2920 or visit

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New Workholding Products Brochure from Advanced Machine & Engineering

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., (AME) Rockford, IL announces the new Workholding Solutions brochure.  The 12-page overview brochure describes modular components, Self-Aligning Fixture Elements (S.A.F.E.), grids, force cartridges, tombstones, locating systems, and high-density workholding systems.

AME’s wide variety of workholding solutions are tailored to your needs; dedicated or modular, manual or hydraulic, machining or inspection fixtures, incremental or turnkey services.  In addition to an extensive inventory of components, AME offers complete design and build as well as technical consulting services.  With one call to AME, you can solve all of your workholding problems.

Click to Download AME Fixturing Overview Brochure

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Makino Introduces the New MMC-R Automated Fixture Plate Distribution System

MMC-R provides increased machine and labor efficiencies for high product mix, low volume production runs.

Mason, Ohio (February 2010) Makino introduces the new MMC-R automation system for robotic fixture plate distribution in 4- and 5-axis horizontal and vertical machining centers. This new automation system is perfectly suited for high product mix, low volume production runs, enabling manufacturers to increase spindle utilization and reduce setup times through accurate and reliable machine loading, unloading, and part storage.

The MMC-R is designed for flexibility, accommodating a wide variety of customized configurations for simple shop floor integration and improved utilization of capital assets. These systems are typically composed of 4- and/or 5-axis horizontal and vertical machining centers, a 6-axis robot transport, work setting station(s), fixture plate storage rack(s), and fixture plates. An optional 7th axis floor track can be integrated into the MMC-R to support additional machining and storage capacities.

Fixture plates are designed with a steel construction and are available in a variety of sizes based on machine size, 4- or 5-axis machining, and robot specifications. Delphin interfaces provide secure fixture plate transfer between the robot gripper and the machine tombstone for accurate and repeatable part production. By transporting fixture plates in place of a complete machine pallet, manufacturers will benefit from reduced part fixture costs.

The MMC-R can incorporate Makino’s MAS-A5 Cell Controller for coordinated production schedules of fixture plate transfers, allowing increased manufacturing efficiency through reduced machine downtime. The MMC-R cell controller monitors the conditions of the robot transport and issue transfer tasks to the robot. A Human Machine Interface (HMI) is included for initial setup and alarm/event messaging to ensure in-progress production security.

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Mazak Announces Spring R3 Event at Midwest Technology Center

Florence, Kentucky, February 9, 2009 – Mazak has announced a two-day R3 event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Built around the theme “Refocus. Rediscover. Reinvent.”, the event will build upon the principles introduced by Mazak in late 2009. The R3 event will be held from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm on March 16 & 17 and will feature wide array of speakers, seminars and technology demonstrations.

Doug Woods, president of the AMT, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker on both days. Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation, and Ben Schawe, Mazak’s vice president of manufacturing, will both also be providing presentations at the event.

During the two-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from representatives from a wide variety of Mazak’s strategic partners. Kennametal, Sandvik Coromant, LNS, Mastercam, GibbsCAM, Renishaw and SMW will be holding presentations during the R3 event. Technical seminars will be offered on topics including automation systems, Multi-Tasking solutions, optimizing turning operations, Done-in-One machining and probing strategies.

Cutting demonstrations will be held on horizontal, vertical and multi-tasking machining centers. Machines being demonstrated will include the QUICK TURN SMART 250, HYPER QUADREX 200MSY, QUICK TURN NEXUS 250-II, HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 5000-II with PALLETECH SYSTEM, VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS 410B-II, INTEGREX 200-IV ST and many others.

Following the two-day R3 event, a Student Day will take place on March 18. Students from local high schools and colleges will be invited to attend and speakers will focus on topics relevant to those considering careers in manufacturing.

Lunch will be provided to attendees of the R3 event on both March 16 & 17. Mazak’s Midwest Regional Headquarters and Technology Center is located at 300 East Commerce Drive, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173. To attend, please register at or call 847-885-8311.

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