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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 http://www.iqlinc.com/training/mtm101.htm

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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 www.mazakusa.com/r3chicago or call 847-885-8311.

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Gene Haas Foundation Donates $25,000 for Haitian Relief Efforts

To help the victims of the devastating earthquake that recently struck Haiti, Mr. Gene Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation have donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. The gift, in the form of a grant, is targeted specifically for the efforts in Haiti.

Since its inception in 1999, the privately held Gene Haas Foundation has contributed more than $8.5 million to more than 800 charitable organizations and programs – including organizations for medical research and care, community services, hospice, universities, technical colleges, and many others. In 2010, the Gene Haas Foundation will focus primarily on international humanitarian efforts, such as providing aid for the victims of the catastrophe in Haiti.

The American Red Cross has extensive experience responding to such disasters, both domestically and abroad. In addition to their numerous international relief endeavors – like their massive Haitian effort – they provide support and assistance to military families, run the nation’s blood donation program, help the poorest people, and operate educational programs to help keep everyone safe.

The American Red Cross does it all, and does it well. But the non-profit humanitarian organization can’t accomplish everything on its own; it needs help, too. The American Red Cross must have volunteers, supplies, equipment, and finances to continue offering relief in disaster-stricken areas. Mr. Gene Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation are proud to provide support.

The goal of the Gene Haas Foundation is to improve the world community by supporting humanitarian projects worldwide. That’s why groups like the American Red Cross that focus on providing assistance and disaster relief are so important.

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Delcam’s Sales Partner Meeting attracts record attendance

Delcam’s 2010 Sales Partner Meeting, which was held in Birmingham last week, attracted over 200 delegates, the highest attendance in the company’s history.  This record number of delegates reflected Delcam’s growth over recent years.  As well as being firmly established as the world’s largest specialist supplier of CAM software and services, Delcam is expanding into many new industries, especially in the healthcare sector.

The main highlights of the meeting were the 2010 versions of Delcam’s software and the range of new releases planned by the company over the coming year.  This constant stream of innovation shows that Delcam has not only the largest development team in the CAM industry but also one of the most productive.  Unlike many of its competitors, which have cut their expenditure on development during the current downturn, Delcam has maintained its high levels of investment in R&D.

While the enhancements to its core CADCAM range were acclaimed by the delegates, strong interest was also shown in the Healthcare Division established by Delcam during last year.  This new Division is helping companies across the medical, dental and associated industries by providing powerful engineering-based software solutions. These solutions are easy to learn and quick to use because they were created by healthcare professional for healthcare professionals with a dedicated interface that uses imagery and terminology that is familiar. For more information on the dedicated healthcare solutions from Delcam go to http://www.delcam-healthcare.com.

A record number of delegates attended Delcam’s recent Sales Partner Meeting in Birmingham

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Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Inc. and Hartwig, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership

Hartwig will become Authorized Distributor of Citizen in Mountain States Region

Allendale, NJ – February 02, 2010 – Hartwig, Inc. of St. Louis, MO, the largest distributor of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine tools and metal cutting solutions in the central and mountain United States, and Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Inc. of Allendale, NJ the largest U.S supplier of Swiss-type turning centers, signed an agreement to form a strategic partnership taking effect January 1, 2010.

The six states in the mountain region including Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho will become authorized distributors of Citizen’s Swiss product lineup and Miyano automatic lathe solutions for the Hartwig organization.  The Mountain Region will join Hartwig’s current territory representation for the Citizen and Miyano lines in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

“Hartwig is pleased to be representing the Citizen line in the mountain territory.  Our ability to support and service our customers with the best technology and products in all areas of manufacturing continues to support our customer strategy.” said Gary Hartwig, president of Hartwig, Inc. “Providing customers the range of solutions necessary to keep them competitive in a local and global setting is our goal and passion.”

“MCC is expecting great results from Hartwig as a result of the expanded territory for both the Cincom and Miyano product lines.” said John Antignani, Executive Vice President for Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Inc. “The synergy of the two product lines will enhance our capability to offer our customers better manufacturing solutions for 2mm to 64 mm bar applications. The service and support capability of the Hartwig group is a great fit for MCC’s policy of having the best local support for all of our products.

The partnership allows both companies to more effectively serve the increasingly sophisticated requirements of the Small Parts manufacturing industry in the Mountain States.

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BIG Kaiser Recognized as Official Mori Seiki Qualified Peripheral

Hoffman Estates, IL – BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling is excited to be recognized as an official North American Mori Seiki Qualified Peripherals (MSQP) supplier. BIG Kaiser was awarded with the honor in November at the grand opening of Mori Seiki’s new North American Headquarters and Technical Center in Hoffman Estates, IL.

The MSQP program was created by Mori Seiki as a means of standardizing peripheral equipment to complement their machines. All MSQP products have been strictly selected, tested and approved by Mori Seiki engineers, thus assuring they will work immediately when implemented in the field.

“Each of the products we utilize has a separate advantage. With BIG Kaiser, for every single machine that we provide with a patented BIG-PLUS® Spindle, their tools will mate up, giving us better rigidity and process, so the customer then gets out of a 40-taper machine the capability of a 50-taper machine,” explains Executive VP of Mori Seiki, Mark Mohr.

BIG Kaiser received MSQP designation for tooling (BIG-PLUS® and Capto tool holders, Kaiser boring tools and the Profit Maker Series), accessories (CCD Camera, Test Bars and ATC alignment tools), and Speroni tool presetters.

BIG Kaiser’s inclusion in the MSQP program signifies the company’s high standards in quality and performance. “BIG Kaiser is more than just a tooling and accessories supplier; we are a solutions provider,” says BIG Kaiser President and COO, Chris Kaiser. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Mori Seiki for the value that we add.”

Pictured in Image (from left to right): Jack Burley, VP, Sales & Engineering, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling; Chris Kaiser, President/COO, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling; Dr. Eng. Masahiko Mori, President, Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.; Shoji Takada, Director/General Manager, BIG Daishowa Seiki Co., Ltd.

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Delcam appoints FeatureCAM Sales Representative for Texas

CADCAM developer Delcam has expanded its North American sales team with the appointment of Jan Johnson as FeatureCAM Sales Representative for Texas.  In his new post, Jan will be managing pre- and post-sales activity for FeatureCAM, Delcam’s feature-based CAM system for milling, turning and wire EDM that combines cutting-edge technology with unsurpassed ease of use and programming speed.

“Jan has over 30 years of experience working with CNC manufacturers in Texas,” said Blaine Duke, Delcam’s Regional Manager for South Central USA.  “Jan has proved in his previous sales positions that his experience in providing machining solutions for CNC machine shops, plus his relationships with people, will make him very successful.  I’m excited to see the FeatureCAM growth that will take place following his appointment.”

Prior to joining Delcam, Jan was employed at AmTTech in Houston, Texas, as a Sales Engineer where he was responsible for selling Doosan Infracore Machine Tools in the city and surrounding areas.

Blaine Duke (right) welcomes Jan Johnson to the FeatureCAM sales team

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