Posted by: Tom Beard 9. September 2014

Gardner to Launch Modern Machine Shop Mexico

Jose Manuel Robles - Michelena, proMexico, spoke during the official launch
Modern Machine Shop Mexico.

Gardner Business Media formally launched the Mexican edition of Modern Machine Shop Monday in Booth W-10. Speakers at the ceremony included Gardner CEO Richard Kline, followed by Jose Manuel Robles - Michelena, proMexico, who spoke about the burgeoning opportunities in the Mexican market. The first edition of the magazine will be released in January 2015.

“Mexico is a natural area of interest to us,” Mr. Kline says. “It is our next-door neighbor, and a member of NAFTA. Mexico is a gateway to key markets to the south and a vital supplier to the north. Its strong manufacturing base is growing rapidly, and is a world top-10 consumer of machine tools.”

Mr. Kline emphasizes that, like Modern Machine ShopMMS Mexico will focus on the best examples of applied manufacturing technology, and particularly as applied within Mexico itself. “Our goal is to have about 50 percent of the content be on companies using advanced technology and products from all over the world. The other half will be Mexican content including best practices of leading Mexican companies as well as manufacturing-related news of interest to our readers.”

Mr. Kline then introduced the Modern Machine Shop Mexico editorial team. Editorial director is Eduardo Tovar, an 18-year veteran of the metalworking media, and formerly with Metalmecanica. He will be joined by regular contributors including Oscar Albin, president of the Mexican National Auto Parts Industry; Carlos Mortera, general manager of AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, Mexico; and Ciro Redriques Gonzalez, director of the Technology Center at ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico.

Mr. Tovar says that Mexico has already reached a high level of manufacturing that creates a great need of further resources to support it. Among them is the need for appropriate technical information through publications and the web that help manufacturers improve their levels of production.

“Only recently six automotive manufacturers have opened, or announced plans to open, new facilities in Mexico," says Mr. Tovar. “Last year VW opened an engine plant in Silao and Nissan opened one in Aguascalientes.

Meanwhile, this year Mazda opened its first plant in Mexico, which will produce 230,000 vehicles per year. Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia Motors also announced that they will build plants to produce vehicles in Mexico, along with German car makers BMW and Audi. This last announcement means that Mexico will produce luxury cars that need more suppliers, and that will in turn elevate the standards of manufacturing to new levels.” With the additions, Mexico will be home to 11 auto OEMs overall.

Meanwhile, the aerospace industry has more than 400 plants in Mexico, including recognizable names such as Bombardier, Snecma, Cessna, Gulfstream, Curtiss Wright and Hawker Beechcraft, among others.

While the list of multinational companies is impressive, Mr. Tovar says there is a substantial base of indigenous suppliers growing up in their midst. “Now, 89 out of the world’s top 100 auto parts manufacturers are present in Mexico. And around them there are a significant number of satellite companies producing components or processes that Tier 1 suppliers do not perform in their own plants. The same thing is happening with companies in other sectors.”

Mr. Tovar emphasizes that MMS Mexico will not just be a magazine. “Before our first issue in January we will launch a website,, and will be introducing other electronic products in the first year. Manufacturing engineers in Mexico need access to technical information to help them improve production processes, and we want to provide that information in whatever media they prefer.”

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 9. September 2014

New Additive Manufacturing Workshop Takes Place Today

Greg Morris of GE Aviation has been involved in the development of the LEAP engine fuel nozzle that will be produced through additive manufacturing in a GE plant in Auburn, Alabama. He will devote time to audience questions about additive manufacturing at the Tuesday workshop.

Additive manufacturing has added its name to one of the pavilions at IMTS. The North Hall now includes the Fabricating/Laser/Additive Pavilion. The expanded number of additive manufacturing exhibitors that has led to this development is just one sign of the growing interest in 3D-printing-style technologies as a part-making option. Another response to that growing interest is a new event at the show: The Additive Manufacturing Workshop to be held on Tuesday afternoon.

Organized by Gardner Business Media and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, this half-day event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, starting at 12 p.m. in the West Hall.

“This will be very different from other 3D printing conferences,” says Allison Kline Miller, Gardner Business Media director of events. “Our focus with this workshop is industrial applications—making functional components and end-use parts.” Attention to 3D printing often includes artistic applications, non-functional prototypes and “maker” or hobbyist interests. The Additive Manufacturing Workshop, by contrast, “addresses the interests of IMTS attendees with speakers who are involved with applying additive manufacturing in production,” Miller says.

Speakers include:

● Craig Blue of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, speaking on the latest developments in additive at an Oak Ridge facility aimed at helping U.S. businesses succeed with this technology.

● Jon Baklund of Baklund R&D, speaking on additive manufacturing in the job shop.

● Lou Young of Linear Mold, speaking on additive manufacturing for mold making.

● Michael Hayes of Boeing, speaking on polymeric additive manufacturing in aerospace.

● Greg Morris, Additive Technologies Leader with GE, speaking on the promise and practicality of additive manufacturing.

The presentations are preceded by a lunch at 12 p.m. that features panel discussion sponsored by the Additive Working Group of AMT—the Association for Manufacturing Technology.

At the end of the workshop, after presentations conclude at 5 p.m., attendees are invited to a networking event with workshop speakers in the Advanced Manufacturing Center, Booth W-10. (Speakers for the TRAM aerospace manufacturing conference to be held on Wednesday and Thursday will be at this reception as well.)

Register here to attend the Additive Manufacturing Workshop.

Posted by: Edited by Jedd Cole 8. September 2014

Vidmar Seeks Signatures in Support of Wounded Warrior Project

Attendees sign the Wounded Warrior Signature Wall at the NADA Convention & Expo in January 2014. Vidmar pledges to donate $1 for each signature while hosting the wall at its IMTS booth. 

As part of Stanley Black & Decker’s (SBDs) involvement with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Vidmar has brought the Wounded Warrior Signature Wall to Booth W-2504. The three-section wall will enable booth visitors to support the non-profit charity organization by writing their signatures, for each of which Vidmar will donate $1. The company hopes to gather at least 550 signatures on the wall during IMTS, the funds from which will be added to the pool of donations from the efforts of other SBD businesses.

Having partnered with WWP for two years now, SBD brought the Warrior Wall to IMTS 2012 as well as to other events. Since it got involved, the company has donated a minimum of $250,000 to the charity annually.

The Wounded Warrior Project has been raising awareness of and enlisting public aid for injured U.S. service members and veterans since 2003. According to its website, the charity’s mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors.”

After the show, the three sections of the Signature Wall are planned to be split up and given to the parties involved in the IMTS fundraiser. 

Posted by: Russ Willcutt 8. September 2014

Sandvik Coromant Spotlights Economic Contribution Made by Manufacturing

The CoroMill Plura line of thread mills is on display at Sandvik Coromant’s Booth W-1500, along with other cutting tools and technologies such as the Adveon Digital Tool Library.

According to data compiled by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), in 2013, manufacturing contributed $65,956.37 to the U.S. economy—every second. To drive this point home, Sandvik Coromant is assembling a mosaic made of coins totaling more than that figure at IMTS. The mosaic will be the largest of its kind, and representatives with Guinness World Records will be on hand to make the record official once the piece is completed in the Soldier Field parking lot A-2 on the north side of the East Building. The official unveiling takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. Visitors are welcome to witness this unveiling or check out the record-setting mosaic from 7 a.m. Sept. 8 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10.

The economic contribution made by U.S. manufacturing is central to Sandvik Coromant’s message this year, followed by the country’s entry into the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” as IT shifts from information to intelligent technology. This has also been referred to as the “Internet of Things,” or IOT. Sandvik Coromant experts as well as partners from institutions such as CCAM (Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing) will address this issue at Booth W-1500. The company features a metal-cutting “e-learning” game where contestants compete against one another, with the top score being awarded a prize each day, leading to an unannounced grand prize at the show’s conclusion.

Three “virtual field trip” segments will be produced during the show under the theme “Technology Applied.” The episodes are hosted by Jeremy Bout of The Edge Factor and include visits to various booths to experience how the latest technology at IMTS meets manufacturing-related challenges. Focusing on topics such as 3D printing, high technology machining, medical, automotive and aerospace, the episodes will be available to schools around the country as a means of promoting science, engineering and manufacturing as exciting career choices.

With a host of products and technologies on display, Sandvik Coromant is emphasizing the Adveon Digital Tool Library (already being built into the software of several major CAD/CAM developers) improvements to the CoroCut QD system involving replacement blades and Quick Start shanks, the CoroCut Plura family of thread milling cutters and the stand-alone InvoMilling software for gear cutting on multi-axis machines.

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 8. September 2014

Makino Expands “Lunch & Learn”

Makino’s free Lunch & Learn returns to IMTS, this year with twice the available space.

Makino has expanded its IMTS “Lunch & Learn” program, the company says. It has doubled the space available for this successful program.

Monday through Friday in the South Hall’s room S104B, at 12 p.m. each day, the company offers a free lunch combined with a presentation from a manufacturer that applied machine-tool technology to overcome manufacturing challenges. As part of the one-hour program each day, the presenters will answer questions from the audience.

Presenters include:

● The Build-a-Mold division of A.P. Plasman (Monday), on how this group rethought its manufacturing approach to ensure future business success.

● Micro-Mechanics (Wednesday), on how the company meets evolving global production needs through what it calls “the science of machining.”

● CS Tool Engineering (Thursday), a company applying technology to advance its effectiveness in mold building.

Find the complete list of presentations for the week and register to attend any lunch here

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