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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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Quebec-Area Manufacturing is Taking Off

MONTREAL, Quebec, May 7, 2010 — Manufacturing in Quebec has done an about face. In the depths of the recent recession, pundits were claiming that recovery would be a long and slow road for the manufacturing sector in Quebec. But on the heels of one blockbuster announcement after another in the aerospace market, the momentum has shifted, just in time for the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show (MMTS), May 17-19, 2010 at Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec.

“We’ve been hearing a lot of optimism from both our attendees and exhibitors. In fact, we’ve been adding new exhibits and increasing booth sizes for others in these last weeks before the show,” said Nick Samain, MMTS event manager, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the event organizer. “The recent news from market leaders such as Bombardier, GE, CAE, Lockheed Martin, CAE and Bell Helicopter is spurring the need for capital equipment such as what will be demonstrated and shown at Quebec’s only manufacturing event of its kind.”

This renewed interest is confirmed by SME’s economic outlook survey of manufacturers in Quebec on their spending plans for the future and their views on the recovery of the industry. The top survey respondents represented aerospace, transportation, medical manufacturing, wind energy, mining, electronics/high tech, energy and consumer products industries.

The study revealed that, while the recent economic downturn had a significant negative impact on their operations, almost two thirds of respondents anticipate business activity to increase in the next 12 months.

“And MMTS is the place to get prepared for this resurgence,” said Samain. “Quebec manufacturers demand the very latest in manufacturing technology in order to lead in key industries and continue to grow their market share globally. And MMTS exhibitors have certainly responded in this regard. There are an unprecedented 70 new products to be introduced at the show.”

Additional highlights of the survey were encouraging:

  • Significant Equipment Budgets― 37.4% have an excess of $100,000 to spend on manufacturing equipment over the next 12 months. 22% are over $250,000. 7.5% over $1 million.
  • Expenditures Increasing― 48.9% see their manufacturing equipment expenditures increasing in the near future.
  • Stable Spending ― 39.2% see their expenditures remaining the same.
  • Top Technologies in Demand― Automation, assembly, cleaning, coolants, cutting tools, lasers, machining centers, material handling, measurement, metal forming, milling, robotics, turning and welding top the list of equipment in demand.
  • Respondents will be Evaluating Equipment for Purchase ―More than three quarters of respondents plan to review technologies for purchase at MMTS.
  • MMTS is Important in their Buying Decision― 91% say reviewing these technologies at MMTS plays an important role in their decision-making process.
  • Business Improving― Almost two-thirds of respondents see their business activity increasing over the next 12 months.
  • Exclusive Audience― 69% plan to attend MMTS this year, and more than two-thirds of respondents will not attend another tradeshow this year.
  • A New Audience ―19.4% of those surveyed have never attended MMTS.

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Partners in THINC Welcomes MP Systems High Pressure Coolant Systems as New Partner

Charlotte, NC (May 5, 2010) –Okuma America Corporation is pleased to announce that MP Systems, a supplier of high pressure coolant systems, has joined Partners in THINC.

MP Systems makes high pressure coolant systems suitable for routine operations and custom manufacturing processes. Model types include reservoir pumps for a broad range of CNC machine tools including machining centers, 3- and 4- axis lathes, multifunction machines and twin turret machines; and an economical pump for general use. MP Systems also makes a programmable nozzle that can be used in conjunction with its high pressure coolant systems for through the spindle coolant delivery and/or programmable nozzle high pressure cooling.

MP Systems’ products are engineered to minimize down time and simplify routine maintenance. Designed, manufactured, and installed by MP Systems, they are used widely in the firearms, medical, aerospace, energy and other industries where chip removal and tool life are critical to component quality and maximum cutting tool performance. MP Systems’ high pressure coolant systems are sold through distribution and direct sales channels throughout North America.

As a member of Partners in THINC, MP Systems seeks to help customers optimize CNC machine tool performance and maximize overall productivity. MP Systems uses high quality components and non-piston pumps to improve product reliability. Products are rigorously tested in diverse live cutting situations, using Okuma machine tools and other machine tool technology. Integration with the Okuma THINC control assures optimal performance. All pump components, including filters, are housed conveniently inside the durable cabinet assembly. Superior filtration is accomplished using easy replaceable 5 micron filters that remove suspended chips and grit, increasing tool life.

“We believe that collaborative efforts facilitated by Partners in THINC are integral to MP Systems’ continued contribution of relevant and sound products to advanced manufacturing,” states Mike Sayers, General Manager and founder of MP Systems. “Sharing open dialogue with leading machine tool OEMs like Okuma allows us to develop new products and modify or enhance existing products proactively.”

MP Systems high pressure coolant systems can be seen at the Partners in THINC facility in Charlotte, NC or at the Okuma Tech Centers in Chicago and Houston. For more information or to schedule a visit, go to

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DMG/Mori Seiki USA Designated Official Machine Tool Company of Andretti Autosport

Chicago,  Illinois, April 29, 2010 – DMG / Mori Seiki USA is pleased to announce the company has signed a multi‐year contract with Andretti Autosport to act as their exclusive machine tool sponsor.

Andretti Autosport is led by racing legend Michael Andretti. The  team  stands  as  the winningest in Indy Racing League history and fields a series‐high four entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series and two Firestone Indy Lights cars. Andretti Autosport boasts three IndyCar Series championships  (2004,  2005  and  2007), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007).

Visitors to Andretti Autosport headquarters in Indianapolis, IN will see the DuraTurn 2550MC, NV5000DCG and DMC635 V eco machines producing high‐quality, precision parts.  “I’m proud that DMG / Mori Seiki USA
is the official machine tool company for a leading IndyCar team,” said Thomas R Dillon, President of DMG /
Mori Seiki USA. “I trust that the precision and reliability of the DMG and Mori Seiki machines, paired with
the training from Mori Seiki University, will contribute to Andretti’s winning legacy.”

The company’s technical sponsorship will include improving the process and efficiency with which custom
Indy cart parts are created.

The first collaboration of the sponsorship will take place during the upcoming DMG / Mori Seiki USA
Innovation Days event, when guests will have the opportunity to meet an Andretti Autosport team driver
and attend a technical presentation about Indy Car design and manufacturing on May 25.

Andretti Autosport Grand Prix Winner

Andretti Autosport Grand Prix Winner

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Hardinge Announces the Acquisition of Jones & Shipman

ELMIRA, NY: Hardinge Inc. ( a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions announced recently that they acquired the assets of Jones & Shipman, a UK based manufacturer of grinding and super-abrasive machines and machining systems.

Jones & Shipman is located in Leicester, UK and distributes a range of high-quality grinding (surface, creep feed and cylindrical) machines used by a diverse range of industries including aerospace, medical, mould tool and die, power generation and high-end automotive. The Jones & Shipman business has operated continuously in the UK, under various owners, since 1899.

“This transaction is a solid strategic fit for Hardinge adding valuable product lines, as well as the strong Jones & Shipman brand name, to our grinding portfolio,” said Rick Simons, President and CEO. “Along with expanding our European-based grinding business, Jones & Shipman products will help us expand our US and Asian market presence.” continues Mr. Simons Jones & Shipman has become part of the company’s Kellenberger grinding organization and will continue operations at the current Leicester location.

The sales of the Jones & Shipman products in the US will be handled by the current Hardinge Inc. Technical Grinding Sales team along with the existing Jones & Shipman Technical Grinding Sales team.

“Hardinge is a strong company with strong brand names of Hardinge, Bridgeport, Kellenberger, Hauser, Tschudin and now adding the Jones & Shipman brand name. This addition continues to show our strength. ” said Mr. Simons.

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Makino Hosts Global Titanium Day May 20th

Mason, Ohio – May 2010 – Makino will be hosting the Global Titanium Day on Thursday, May 20th at its Mason, Ohio Global Titanium R&D Center. During the event, Makino will unveil their latest titanium machining technology, ADVANTiGE TM capable of four times the productivity and double the tool life of conventional titanium machining. By reducing manufacturers’ cost to produce titanium parts, Makino is set to change the way manufacturers think about titanium machining.

The event will feature several presentations from Makino’s designers and application engineers that will detail Makino’s new titanium machining technology, ADVANTiGE. This includes an in-depth review of a new advanced spindle technology that increases cutting stability, an advanced coolant delivery system, a vibration dampening system, and machine rigidity advancements.

Makino will demonstrate the ADVANTiGE on the Makino T4, a 5-axis horizontal machining center designed specifically for large titanium aerospace applications. Additional titanium machining demonstrations will be performed on a Makino a81M horizontal machining center, D500 5-axis vertical machining center, DUO43 wire EDM, and EDGE3 Ram EDM equipped with Makino’s patented Titanium Booster technology.

Additional guest presentations from Michael Metz, President of VSMPO, and Chris Perryman, General Manager of ATI Aerospace, will cover current Titanium industry forecasts and market trends.

The event will be held at 7680 Innovation Way, Mason, Ohio 45040. The building is 1.5 miles from I-71 off Western Row Rd., and near Kings Island, a major amusement park in the area. It is 38 miles from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport and 50 miles from the Dayton International Airport.

Register to attend Makino’s Global Titanium Day by visiting or calling Cindy Enger at 513-573-4584. Space is limited.





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