What does the International Manufacturing Technology Show mean to you? If you can tell your story in 150 words or less, you will be rewarded with a green IMTS 2016 T-shirt, some stickers and other items.
The show sponsors would like to consider the submitted stories for use in the IMTS 2016 marketing campaign. Any IMTS visitor, exhibitor, student or first-time attendee is eligible. Contributors whose stories are used in the marketing campaign will receive complimentary admission to the IMTS 2016 trade show floor.
The contest is open until June 15, 2015. For details and an entry form, click here.
Machine tool builder Grob Systems is located in Bluffton, Ohio. While that location is centrally located among a number of the company’s automotive customers, it isn’t exactly a hotbed for shopfloor talent. That’s why, from the get-go, the company started an apprenticeship program based on its German parent company’s model. However, it recently modified the program to offer an associate degree instead of a journeyman’s card.
As the program’s training supervisor asks, “How many kids (or parents) know what a journeyman’s card is? On the other hand, they’re certainly familiar with an associate degree.”
Rekluse is the motorcycle clutch maker that spun off a new company, VersaBuilt, after its own challenges with fluctuating production demand led to the development of a system for robotically loading not just the machined part but the part and workholding together. We described the significance of this approach to machine loading in a recent feature article. Now, ABB Robotics has produced this video describing Rekluse and VersaBuilt’s story, and showing the robot in action. Note also in the video how the robot, shelving system and controller all are wheeled as a single unit up to the face of the machining center.
I recently spent an informative day in Saline, Michigan, meeting with Peter Wiedemann, president of Liebherr Automation Systems, Co./Liebherr Gear Technology Inc., along with Scott Yoders, vice president of gearing sales, and Kevin Heise, vice president of automation sales. Mr. Wiedemann provided an overview of the company’s global structure and a tour of its U.S. headquarters (pictured), which offers sales and support services for its aerospace and machine tool product divisions. U.S. manufacturing operations are located at its plant in Newport News, Virginia. Parent company Liebherr Verzahntechik GmbH is based in Kempten, Germany.
While in Michigan, I learned of the upcoming Liebherr 2015 Gear Seminar, which will take place June 23-24. It will be co-hosted by Ingersoll Cutting Tools at its technical center in Rockford, Illinois. An annual event for the past 20 years, the seminar offers technical presentations on the latest developments in gear cutting and inspection technology made by experts from Liebherr Gear Technology, Liebherr Automation Systems, Ingersoll Cutting Tools, the Saacke Group and the Wenzel Group. Qualified guests will have the opportunity to tour the Ingersoll shop floor and to witness a hobbing demonstration on Liebherr’s LC 500. Those interested in attending can contact Liebherr at 734-944-6369 or email@example.com. I hope to see you there!
The cover story in the May issue of Additive Manufacturing highlights International Additive Manufacturing Award winner Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, and also gives a snapshot of the development to date of the idea of hybrid manufacturing—or applying both additive and subtractive processes within the same machine. Also in this issue, a custom molder describes lessons learned in applying 3D printing for short-run production of plastic parts. Another article considers the value of CT scanning for additive-manufactured part inspection. Read these stories in the digital edition of the issue. To subscribe to Additive Manufacturing, go here.