Russ Willcutt

Russ Willcutt joined Gardner Business Media as associate editor of Modern Machine Shop in January of 2014. He began his publishing career at his alma mater, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he produced magazines for the Schools of Engineering, Business, and Medicine, among others. After working as group managing editor for the HealthSouth Corp. he joined Media Solutions Inc., where he was founding editor of Gear Solutions, Wind Systems, and Venture magazines before heading up the Health Care Division for Cahaba Media Group.

Posted by: Russ Willcutt 24. March 2014

New Chicago Headquarters Improve Training, Customer Service

Dealers, end-users, and members of the trade press got their first glimpse of Hyundai Wia’s new headquarters and technical center in Itasca, Ill., Monday, March 17. Twenty active machines were on display and ready for demonstrations at the new facility.

The centralized location is designed to provide greater access for customers than the previous site in New Jersey, the company says, adding that the move has greatly enhanced training opportunities for both sales personnel and machine operators. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration enabled guests to mingle with Hyundai Wia executives and staff. Corporate representatives included Jun-Mo Yoon, president and CEO, and In-Sig Lee, senior vice president and CFO—both of the Hyundai Wia Corp.—and “Brad” Bok Sup Lim, CFO of the Hyundai Wia America Corp., among others.  

Confetti canons sent streamers soaring across the main hall as Hyundai Wia executives cut the ribbon introducing the new facility

Active machines representing the company’s complete line of equipment are on display at the Itasca, Ill., facility. They are available for training and process demonstrations. 




Posted by: Russ Willcutt 26. February 2014

New Machines Improve the Operator’s Experience

Trade press from around the world gather at the Deckel Maho manufacturing facility in Pfronten, Germany, which is currently undergoing expansion.

“Efficiency” and “optimization” are key words in the manufacturing world these days, and they were themes at DMG Mori Seiki’s Open House at the Deckel Maho facility in Pfronten, Germany, the week of February 17. Quite a few of the company’s 2014 world premieres were on display, and I was struck by the attention paid to simplify the user experience, allowing complex processes to be managed more easily.

For example, DMG Mori Seiki’s design seems to address far more than aesthetic concerns. With so much emphasis being placed on recruiting young students for careers in manufacturing, I couldn’t help but think about how much more appealing the streamlined appearance of the company’s new machines will be to the next generation of equipment operators.

According to the company, CELOS APPs provide the user with integrated, digitized management, documentation, and visualization of order, process, and machine data.

They will also find the CELOS operator interface familiar, having grown up with smartphones and tablet computers with similar graphics and functions. That’s certainly what I gathered from mingling with the groups of teenagers who were wandering the expo hall. The touchscreen monitor CELOS incorporates employs many of the same navigation techniques familiar to smartphone users. Eighteen machines currently offer CELOS as part of the company’s new common design, as will all future equipment.

In addition to CELOS—originally introduced at EMO 2013—new machines and/or designs were on display. The CTX beta 800 TC offers complete turn and mill machining with a new, ultra-compact spindle, and the fourth generation of duoBLOCK 80 machines provide increased precision during five-axis milling operations. The DMU 270 P is designed for large-envelope five-axis machining, and the DMU 70 ecoline opens the door to five-sided machining for entry-level operators. A concept study featuring Lasertec 65 additive manufacturing focused on the introduction of generative laser deposition welding into five-axis milling.

(Left) New machine designs, expansion plans, and growth markets were topics of discussion at DMG Mori Seiki’s Technical Press Conference. (Right) Some 6,000 members of the global trade press observed 66 machines in operation at the Deckel Maho manufacturing facility.  

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