Posted by: Peter Zelinski 6. October 2015

Made in Elk Grove Expo is Next Week

Trade shows and conferences can be challenging to attend because the distance imposes travel time and cost. But here is an event that is very accessible to a significant concentration of manufacturers: the Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo, to be held October 12. The Chicagoland area’s Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is not just a major industrial suburb, but home to the largest consolidated industrial park in North America. The organizers of this unusual event (unusual in that it is hosted by a municipality) say it will showcase 100 manufacturing firms in the village and is expected to draw 1,000 attendees from the regional manufacturing sector.

Also at the event, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center will facilitate a Manufacturing Matchmaking opportunity aimed at introducing smaller local manufacturers to larger OEMs with whom they could become supply chain partners.

The Expo will be held at Elk Grove High School, which will showcase its STEM coursework during the event with demonstrations by students in the school’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Laboratory.

Admission to the Expo is free. Learn more and register here.

Posted by: Madeline Kline 5. October 2015

A View of Castle Precision

Editor’s note: Gardner Business Media’s Madeline Kline had the opportunity to intern this summer at the U.K.’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Ms. Kline is currently a sophomore at High Point University in the U.S. While in the U.K., Ms. Kline visited Castle Precision, a supplier of complex and high-value machined parts. Here is a young person’s look at an advanced job shop.

Castle Precision is a third-generation, family-owned, high-tech engineering company in Glasgow. Under Managing Director Yan Tiefenbrun’s guidance, the company is currently supplying a wide variety of markets, ranging from medical to automotive to aerospace and more.

The small company is doing big things in manufacturing and, after touring its factory, I believe that Castle’s approach to precision machining is truly common-sense engineering.

Castle is defining precision machining with its thorough, detailed approach to manufacturing. The factory uses in-house technology to coordinate and troubleshoot machining in the most efficient way possible.

Castle is not taking an easy or cheap way out, but the company’s investment in integrity and diligence pays off. Castle is constantly working to improve and manufacture the most precise and trustworthy products it can, and what it is creating can only be described as works of art.

Castle’s products are manufacturing marvels, but the productivity and efficiency of the factory is equally incredible. Any cutting tool in the factory can be located in minutes with a QR-code-scanning system, making it easy for engineers to spend more time producing and less time looking for parts.

The computers in the factory also aid productivity by keeping close track of both the machines and those who are using them. The engineers at Castle are focused on creating the finest parts they can, and they are always improving their products and practices to provide customers with the best. The engineering taking place inside Castle’s factory is logical, honest and effective.

Precision is key in everything that Castle Precision does, and by implementing this idea throughout all aspects of the company, Mr. Tiefenbrun has demonstrated that this small precision engineer can do great things.

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 2. October 2015

Changes for DMG MORI in the USA

DMG MORI has announced important changes in how it goes to market here by transitioning to a direct service and sales model for the United States. This change will occur in phases through the end of the year. Over the next 90 days, the company will work with existing distributor, Ellison Technologies, to transition customer support to DMG MORI’s 27 regional service and sales centers.

The goal of this sales and service model is to expedite machine service and create direct interaction between the company and its customers. The new model will connect DMG MORI USA employees directly to customers in order to more efficiently speed up critical processes, such as managing service support and sharing new product improvements for U.S. customers.

To enact and sustain this change, the company is evolving its leadership model in the United States. Specifically, Dr. Thorsten Schmidt, who has served for the past 9 years on the board of directors, will serve as the DMG MORI USA CEO. Current head of U.S. operations, Mark Mohr will be moving to lead DMG MORI manufacturing as President in the Davis, California, facility.

These personnel changes are part of an effort to identify and foster internal talent to execute the company’s change in focus for its U.S. sales and service vision. 

Posted by: Russ Willcutt 1. October 2015

SNK America Innovates, Educates

Crowds gathered for the world premiere of two machining centers, to watch cutting demos on titanium, aluminum and steel workpieces, and to attend a host of educational seminars. 

Those attending the SNK America Tech Center Open House September 16-17, 2015, in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, were introduced to two new machines, the RB-4M five-face machining center and the CMV-100 five-axis machining center, in a relaxed setting that mixed education with innovation and encouraged networking among the company’s staff, customers and corporate partners. In addition to live cutting demonstrations—see a variety of video demos here—educational sessions addressed topics including machining aerospace alloys (Kennametal), probing strategies (CNC Engineering), tool path optimization (Mastercam) and 3D process verification (CGTech/Vericut).

One guest was John Bruns, business unit director at the GMT Corp., a supplier to the agriculture, construction, energy and defense markets that is based in Waverly, Iowa. “When I attend an event such as this, I want to see what technological advances have been made over the past year,” he says. “SNK America never lets me down.”

View this slideshow for more photos from the event.

Posted by: Derek Korn 30. September 2015

Calculating Presetter Payback

Tool presetters come in a variety of models, range from low to high price points, and are available with a number of options. They traditionally have been used in tandem with CNC milling machines, and this article offers practical information about using presetters for that equipment. On the other hand, this article that ran in our sister publication Production Machining explains how offline presetters are becoming more popular for turning centers, some of which already have their own onboard presetters.

The trick is determining whether an offline presetter makes sense for your situation. As noted in this blog post, Big Kaiser has developed a cost payback calculator to determine how quickly (in number of days) a new presetter will pay for itself. Plug in the values and see what you get.

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