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Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. Combine

JUNE 1, 2010 – Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. announced today that they will combine to form Yaskawa America, Inc. The Motoman Inc. operations, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, will form the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America; the Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. operations, headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, will form the Drives & Motion Division. According to Yaskawa America, Inc. Chairman and CEO, Gen Kudo, the new name will allow us to fully exploit Yaskawa’s position as the world’s largest manufacturer of AC drives, motion control products and industrial robots.

“The global economy is recovering and we believe this is the perfect time to combine the brand name strength of Yaskawa and Motoman. Using the name Yaskawa on a global basis will strengthen our corporate identity and emphasize the strong global connection between drives, motion control products and robotics. Yaskawa Electric Corporation in Japan, which is globally recognized for innovative engineering and quality products, has always used the company name of Yaskawa. This brand recognition, plus Yaskawa’s powerful sales and manufacturing presence in Asia, Europe and the Americas will enable Yaskawa America to more effectively market our broad product lines,” Kudo said.

Steve Barhorst, President and COO of the Motoman Robotics Division, and Jody Kurzhalts, President and COO of the Drives & Motion Division, believe customers will realize measurable benefits from better alignment of their divisions. “Our customers will enjoy the synergies of closer collaboration with our sister division,” Kurzhalts said. Barhorst agreed and added, “Our combined capabilities will lead to more innovative products. We are particularly excited about the prospects for developing advanced controls technology utilizing the expertise and experience of both divisions.”

From an operational standpoint, both the Drives & Motion Division and the Motoman Robotics Division will continue to operate as independent divisions, retaining the same management structures, and operating in the same geographical regions that are currently in place.

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Ganesh Grows Again

Ganesh Machinery was founded in 1985 as a machine tool distributor selling manual lathes and milling machines from a 1200 sq. ft. facility in Chatsworth.  The following year Ganesh started doing CNC retrofits of knee mills and added Teach-Lathes to their product line-up.  By providing superior customer satisfaction and customized manufacturing solutions with their full line of manual and CNC lathes and milling machines, Ganesh has been able to grow their business into a countrywide provider of sophisticated machine tools. Business growth has necessitated adding an additional 7000 sq. ft. showroom just to house their extensive manual machine tool line. Ganesh now markets a full line of  machine tools from their expanded 22,000 sq. ft. facilities, with headquarters in Chatsworth.

Now celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Ganesh has introduced the new 8-axis Cyclone TTMY-52 CNC lathe for complex 2” diameter bar work that will be displayed at their open house on July 20th at 20869 Plummer. St, Chatsworth, CA.  Phone 888-542-6374.

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Delmar Cengage Learning Photography Contest

NIMS’ publishing partner, Delmar Cengage Learning, is looking for a visually exciting image to use as the centerpiece of the cover for Precision Machining Technology, our soon-to-be-published machining fundamentals text.

Here’s what they’re looking for:

  • A colorful digital photo showing a close-up of a machining operation
  • Ideally, the machining operation will fall within the scope of the text’s contents (see list of sections below)
  • The image provided should be high-resolution, at least 1800 x 1200 pixels (6″ x 4″ at 300 DPI)
  • The image must be accompanied by a short caption (5 – 15 words) identifying the operation and explaining its significance


  1. One image per entrant – pick your best shot!
  2. Images submitted must be the property of the entrant

Entries should be sent by email to not later than midnight, June 4, 2010. Include your mailing address and home telephone number.

The winning image will be licensed for use on the cover of the text, which will be unveiled at SkillsUSA’s national conference, starting on June 21, 2010. The winner will receive a check for $500 and a credit line in the text, along with the thanks of the authors, the publisher and NIMS.

Section I – Introduction to Machining
Section II – Measurement, Materials and Safety
Section III – Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout
Section IV – Turning
Section V- Drill Press
Section VI – Milling
Section VII – Grinding
Section VIII – Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
phone: 703-352-4971

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Sandvik Coromant Hosts Advanced CAM Programming Training Course for Aerospace

Sandvik Coromant continues its dedication to its customers’ success by hosting an Advanced CAM Programming training course at its Aerospace Application Center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey from July 19 – 21 and November 1 – 3, 2010.

The three-day class is designed specifically for experienced CAM programmers in the aerospace industry who are looking for ways to improve machining processes and profitability. The course will focus on programming techniques in Unigraphics NX6 software and allow attendees to learn the secrets to efficient, cost-effective machining and programming of exotic materials from industry-leading specialists.

Methods covered include: milling of Inconel square block, Inconel scallop milling, titanium and Inconel turning, 2D pocket milling and casing. For each method, course instructors will discuss cutter path theories, compare metal removal and tool life, conduct hands-on machine demonstrations and implement programming paths.

Though class size is limited, Sandvik Coromant may elect to add more courses to the calendar if demand continues to be high. To register, please call 201.794.5108 or email

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Sandvik Coromant to Sponsor a Car at Meijer 300

Sandvik Coromant will sponsor a car at the upcoming Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway on June 12, 2010. The NASCAR® Nationwide® Series race is the 14th of the 2010 season.

Sandvik Coromant is also a technical partner of Joe Gibbs Racing. The world’s leading producer of cutting tools has supplied the storied NASCAR franchise with effective, high performance metal cutting solutions for more than eight years.

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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The Swiss Advantage: Sneak Preview: The New Tsugami SS26 Super Swiss Turn

The Swiss Advantage is the monthly electronic newsletter of Tsugami Rem Sales, LLC.
Rem Sales Eastec Preview - 2010

In this month’s issue of The Swiss Advantage:

  • Sneak Preview: The New Tsugami SS26 Super Swiss Turn
  • The Swiss Wizard:  400% Feedrate Increase Using TriboMAM
  • Rem Sales EASTEC 2010 Preview, Plus Tsugami Show Schedule
  • Tooling News:  Use MU / BU Tooling on BH Models
  • May, 2010 “What Is This?” Contest

In this month’s Swiss Wizard,  we show how REM Sales engineers are partnering with tooling & accessory manufacturers to maximize machine performance.

Tsugami SS26 Swiss TurnSneak Preview: New Tsugami SS26 Super Swiss Turn – Due in August 2010

Precision Tsugami Corporation and Rem Sales have just announced the release date of the newest model in the top-selling SS Swiss Turn Series, The Tsugami SS26.  Key features include:

  • 26 mm (1″)  Bar Capacity
  • Live Tools for the main and sub spindle
  • Convertible: May operate as either a Swiss or Chucker Lathe
  • Modular Tool Zone, Lightning Fast Spindle Speeds
  • Becomes the Largest Convertible Machine Tsugami offers…

What do these features mean for your business?

Scott Anthony, National Sales Manager, Rem SalesRem Sales’ Scott Anthony on the New SS26

The Swiss Advantage caught up with Rem Sales’ National Sales Manager, Scott Anthony, and asked for his opinions on the new SS26 Swiss Turn.

“Manufacturers cutting shorter parts will really appreciate the convertible feature.  It will substantially reduce bar remnants and allow more parts to be cut from each bar.  Plus, using the machine as a chucker means you can use traditional bar stock instead of pricier ground centerless stock.”

Scott also reports that the new SS26 models will arrive in August.
“Rem Sales is excited to offer our customers this very popular SS model machine in the new 1″ bar size.”

For more information on the new SS26, please contact us.

The Tribomam from M4ScienceThe Swiss Wizard: 400% Feedrate Increase Using TriboMAM

In a recent testing operation, the Swiss Wizards (REM Sales Engineers) were able to increase the cutting feedrate of a gun drill by 400%.

They used the new TriboMAM™, the latest sonic drilling CNC lathe attachment from M4Sciences. The TriboMAM is a  “drop in accessory” for Swiss-type lathes. This cool tool  works by energizing a ceramic component in the the specialized drill unit that causes it to expand and contract synchronous to the drill’s feedrate.  This “pulsing” action pulverizes the chip into a fine powder, making chip extraction much easier and eliminates the need for peck drilling.

During the testing, REM Sales engineers were able to dial up the feedrate from 0.0001″ to 0.0004″ per revolution at 9,000 RPM.  A REM Sales engineering spokesman stated that the product can be ideal for deep hole drilling in Inconnel, Hastelloy, and other difficult materials.

In addition to the increased feedrate, customers also reported longer tool life and the abilitiy to substitute less expensive drills for the specialized drills they had been using.  Customers using this product in the field have found the productivity increases to be substantial.

If you’d like to dramatically increase feedrate, decrease tool wear, and drill deep holes in difficult-to-machine materials – and all at an economic price – please contact us.

Eastec 2010 PreviewRem Sales EASTEC 2010 Preview: May 25 – 27

This year’s EASTEC Show will feature the North American introduction of the new Tsugami S205 / S206 machiines.

Like the SS series, the S series also features a modular and capable tool zone configuration.  Able to produce complex parts complete from bar stock, both models are also economically priced. Live Cutting Demos will be shown on the new machine!

You’ll find our Tsugami machines, live cutting demos, and Rem Sales staff in the The Robert E. Morris Company’s Booth (# 1305).

In addition to the S205, we will showcase a BH38 slide-turret swiss turn in live-cutting action.  This work horse machine can remove serious amounts of metal and produce finely sculpted shapes.  Whether you are looking for a new machine, or just want to see the newest technology available, you won’t want to miss Tsugami at EASTEC 2010.


Tsugami Show Schedule – May – July

Tsugami Machines on Display, 2010
Eastec May 25 – 27
Springfield, MA
Lance Company Advanced
Manufacturing Symposium

June 9th
Tampa, FL
Florida HFO Open House
June 10th Bensalem, PA
South Texas Machine Tool
& Fabrication Show

June 23, 24
Pasadena Convention Center
Houston, TX
Tsugami Technical Fair July 8, 9
Nagaoka City,
SS 20 – 32 Programming
& Operation Courses

July 12 – 14
Windsor, CT

REM Custom Tooling - MU / BU Breakthrough


That’s right – and you’ve heard it first from The Swiss AdvantageREM Custom Tooling is in the final stages of testing a conversion kit for MU / BU driven tooling.  Expected to be available soon, this new conversion kit will enable the use of MU / BU live tools on newer Tsugami BH models.  The kit will include a mounting plate for the turret and a conversion drive gear.

Want to know how it works?  Please contact us…

Super Deals on Overstocked Tsugami Tooling

Cross drills, double cross drills, face drills, polygon cutters, turning holders and adaptors, plus more.  Available at substantially reduced prices. First come, first served.  Click here to see the tools and special deals

2010 Programming / Operation Classes – Schedule NOW

2010 Programming and Operation Class Schedule S
SS 20/32 Programming and Operation July 12-14
BH 20/38 Programming and Operation October 18-20
General Tsugami Programming for All Models December 6-8

All classes will be held at our Windsor, Connecticut technical center. For more information, or to schedule a class, please email Fred Buckmann or call:  860-687-3400

What Is It - March, 2010 April Winners – Omaha Steaks Gift Package

Last month, for the early screw machine pictured here, we asked the questions ” Who Made It?  What Year?”

It is a Jones & Lamson 2 x 24 flat turret lathe, circa 1891, and made by the inventor James Hartness for J & L.

Congratulations to Rick Dubay of Midland Technologies and Michael Coito for supplying the correct answers. They will each receive an Omaha Steaks gift package.

Want another try?  See below

What Is This? March, 2010WHAT IS THIS?  May, 2010

This month, we’ll challenge your knowledge of geography and landmarks…

This Month’s Question(s): What Is This? Where Is It?

Hint: The two flags shown in the picture are American Flags.

First two correct answers, submitted via email, will be grilling some free Omaha Steaks!

NOTE: Winners must be subscribers to our newsletter – if you receive the email as a forward – it’s perfectly OK to enter the contest – you just have to subscribe to the newsletter before hand (  Employees of REM Sales, Morris Group, Inc., or any of their subsidiaries are not eligible to win…

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Sandvik Coromant Sponsors Student Manufacturing Contest at Vincennes University

Sandvik Coromant recently sponsored a contest at Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN) where 21 students from the school’s Advanced Manufacturing Program used Mastercam software to design and machine a NASCAR style gearshift lever and knob. The inspiration for the local competition came from Mastercam’s Innovator of the Future event, a national student manufacturing contest that was judged by Stewart-Haas Racing’s Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Brad Harris and won by Vincennes student Justin Small.

“Though our students participate in the national event each year, we wanted to host a contest that would showcase their talent and ingenuity to the local Vincennes community,” said Doug Bowman, Associate Professor and Director of the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) at Vincennes University.

Judges from Sandvik Coromant, Mastercam and Haas evaluated the entries based on originality, practicality, style and quality of workmanship. The top three overall finishers – Seth Cook, Mike Weisman and Tom Nuckol – received Sandvik Coromant Tooling Certificates valued at $1,500, $750 and $500. Other winners were Justin Small (Most Original), Wes Eberhardt (Best Racecar Shifter), Branden Updike (Best Show Car Shifter) and Heath Berry (Best Presentation).

“Our relationship with Sandvik Coromant began when we established the HTEC in 2005,” said Bowman. “Their support over the last five years has been invaluable not only in terms of supplying reliable, effective cutting tools that meet our students needs but also providing strategies and techniques that will allow them to find success in the workforce.”

Vincennes University’s HTEC is housed in the school’s state-of-the-art Technology Center, and includes 13 Haas machining and turning centers that Advanced Manufacturing students use to program and machine complex 2, 3, 4 and 5-axis parts.

“The Sandvik Coromant, Haas, Mastercam and Vincennes University partnership is a powerful way to prepare the next generation of CNC programmers and operators,” added Bowman. “We are grateful that they are playing such strong roles in workforce development.”

Students from Vincennes University’s Advanced Manufacturing Program pose with their winning projects

Students from Vincennes University’s Advanced Manufacturing Program pose with their winning projects

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MAG Industrial Automation Systems to receive $5 million from Michigan Strategic Fund through Astraeus Wind Energy

May 17, 2010, Lansing, MI – Astraeus Wind Energy Inc., working with MAG Industrial Automation Systems, Dowding Machining LLC, and Dow Chemical, has received a $6 million matching funds grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). MAG will receive $5 million, with $1 million to be used by Dow Chemical in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), to fund development of automated manufacturing technology for wind turbine blade spars, using a MAG advanced composite lay-up system combined with a new lower-cost carbon fiber and resin from Dow Chemical.

“MAG’s collaboration with ORNL and Dow will marry a new carbon fiber and resin with an advanced manufacturing system that will change the economics of making wind blades,” said Joe Jones, Executive Vice President of MAG’s Renewable Energy Group. The new material layup system brings integrated manufacturing, with automation and repeatable process control, to wind blade fabrication, historically a manual process that results in blade imperfections and weight variations, leading to higher warranty and replacement costs. “MAG has adapted technology which is based on 30 years of development, experience and leadership in composites processing systems for manufacture of aircraft components,” said Jones. “It is a proven, high-tech manufacturing system that, coupled with the new materials from ORNL and Dow, will result in a longer-lasting, more consistently produced wind blade with a very attractive cost structure.”

In addition to receiving the funds, Astraeus has been designated a Center of Energy Excellence by the MSF. This follows a $7 million grant Astraeus received in December ’09, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to have MAG and Dowding develop a new high-efficiency machining technology for wind turbine hubs. The hub machining cell, set to be in production later this year, will dramatically reduce costs by increasing production rates from the current standard of one per day to as many as five per day.

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Join DMG / Mori Seiki USA to celebrate the biggest news of the year – showcasing over 29 machining demonstrations live under one roof!

As of April 1, Mori Seiki USA and DMG America have joined forces to provide the most comprehensive product range for any application. Don’t Miss this Exclusive Event – REGISTER TODAY!
This 3-day event will include:

  • A special guest appearance by Marco Andretti!
  • Over 25+ milling, turning and multi-axis machines with live cutting demonstrations
  • A full line up of technical presentations and manufacturing industry expert seminars

Guest Speakers:

  • Mr. Douglas Woods, President of The Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT) will talk about their efforts in urging Congress and the Adminstration to help rebuild and strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector by developing policies that create incentives for innovation and R&D, assure capital availability and minimize cost burden and more on Monday, May 24th.
  • William A. Strauss, Senior Economist and Advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will provide his outlook on the current perfomance of the manufacturing sector, auto sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar and business cycles on Tuesday, May 25th.

Additional seminar topics:

  • Art to Part: Design and Manufacturing at Andretti Autosport, Tom Anderson, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, Andretti Autosports
  • Cutting Edge Technologies for Medical Components, Dr. Uli Sutor, Account Manager, DMG
  • Automotive Trends Call for Transformative Technology, Mr. Gary Vasilash, Editorial Director, Automotive Design & Production and Time Compression Magazines
  • Save Your Factory with Automation, Rick Schneider, CEO, Fanuc Robotics Americas & John Berg, President, Ellison Technologies Automation
  • Plus More >>

Demonstrations & tours:

  • Tour Mori Seiki University and their new state-of-the-art learning lab
  • Dozens of partner companies demonstrating the latest tooling, software and accessories
  • The latest machining technologies and concepts for the future that you won’t see anywhere else!

Show Hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
    (Appetizers & cocktails: 4:00pm – 6:00pm)
  • Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

For details on the agenda, hotel, directions and much more, visit


DMG / Mori Seiki USA
2400 Huntington Blvd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

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New High-Speed Machining Talk Show Set to Debut Online

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. – A new blog radio program called “High-Speed Machining and Milling Talk” will make its debut at 4 p.m. (EDT) and 1 p.m. (PDT) at This first program and each ensuing show also will be available at the site at any time for the convenience of listeners.

The monthly “let’s talk shop” program will cover a variety of topics surrounding the rough milling of metal. Listeners will hear from experts representing all facets of the manufacturing industry as they address the many components of shop productivity; including high feed and speed machining and the efficient and effective use of machines and cutting tools.

“High-Speed Machining and Milling Talk” is sponsored by Celeritive Technologies, Inc. and Helical Solutions. Celeritive was founded in 2007 to develop and market advanced productivity-improving CAD / CAM technologies like the ultra-high-performance toolpath engine VoluMill™, which simplifies programming and significantly increases machining productivity and tool life. Helical Solutions is a Maine-based manufacturer of high-quality, high-performance cutting tools for all segments of the manufacturing industry, specializing in quick delivery of custom tools and tools for hard-to-cut materials.

The program is hosted by Tim Keenan, president of Phoenix Communications Partners, a marketing communications company that specializes in the industrial sector.

Guests on the first edition of “High-Speed Machining and Milling Talk” will be Glenn Coleman, C-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Celeritive Technologies, and Scott Tiehen, National Sales Manager for Helical Solutions. Coleman is regarded as an industry expert in tool path science, and Tiehen is a 15-year cutting tool industry veteran.

Coleman and Tiehen will be discussing the role of two of the most crucial elements of high-speed machining – tool paths and cutting tools.

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