Emily Probst is the associate editor for Modern Machine Shop. She joined the staff in the summer of 2006 as the editorial intern editing product releases for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Hired full-time in 2007 after graduating with a B.S.J. from Ohio University, she edited product releases and columns until 2012, when she moved to her current role of writing and editing case studies for both print and online media channels. In this role, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world as well as visit some interesting shops and trade shows in the United States. She also administers Modern’s blog as well as its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.
The cover story in our December issue states that the strength of U.S. manufacturing is driving machine tool sales to their highest levels in more than a decade. According to the 2014 Metalworking Capital Spending Survey by Gardner Research, U.S. metalworking facilities will spend $7.442 billion on new metalcutting equipment next year, an increase of almost 19% over 2013.
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Sandvik Coromant has announced its interactive Metal Cutting Technology (MCT) e-learning program, which features 75 courses about the metalcutting process. According to Sandvik Coromant Acadamy (developers of the program), the curriculum is ideal for engineers, programmers, operators and students.
The training and education program explains the fundamentals of metal cutting and specifically teaches about internal and external turning, parting and grooving, milling, drilling, threading, boring and toolholding. The MCT e-learning program can be accessed here.
The November digital edition of Modern Machine Shop is now available. The cover story highlights how a mold manufacturer that specializes in precision, thin-walled container molds chose an integrated approach to establishing an effective 3+2 machining process. Another story covers how a shop’s evolving approach to automation led it to streamline processes, challenge preconceived notions about robotics and embrace the notation that a manufacturing sequence is greater than the sum of its parts. Finally, in a story called “Collaborating for Competitiveness,” seven aerospace shops join forces to prove that blurring the line between competitor and collaborator can benefit all involved, if it’s done correctly.
Of course, the digital edition encompasses much more: from new products, to case studies, to industry news. Be sure to check out our November digital edition today.
On a recent visit to Mount Prospect, Illinois, I stopped by SNK America for the grand opening of its new Tech Center and open house event. Machines on display included a Niigata SPN-702 horizontal machining center, an SNK HPS-120A five-axis horizontal titanium profiler, a Niigata HN80D-Ti heavy-duty hard metal HMC, and an SNK RB-200F five-axis double-column machining center.
A presentation titled “What Happens after the Sale Matters” emphasized the company’s commitment to supporting its machines for the duration of their lifetime. In fact, the main theme of the presentation was promoting support “from the cradle to the grave.”
One way the company is providing this support is through increased parts inventory. In fact, SNK America stocks $8 million in parts available in the United States that can be shipped the day of order. The facility also features a dedicated in-house spindle and test facility as well as five applications engineers and trainers. They can provide customer test cutting, process studies for cycle-time reduction, and time studies for machine size and capacity.