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.
At Sodick’s recent Smart Technology Event in Schaumburg, Illinois, the company hosted more than 200 attendees, including Modern Machine Shop Editor Emily Probst, to showcase its new range of rigid linear-motor-driven wire EDMs and new electrode machining center.
The company launched an SL series wire EDM at the event. The series features four models in two specification levels: SL-Q and SL-G.
One enhancement that caught my eye was the SL series’ Sodick Control SPW (Smart Pulse Wire), which uses the Windows 7 operating system and functions similar to a tablet. Designed to keep the machine simple, yet help draw in the next generation of users, the operation screen enables operators to toggle between classic and tablet views, depending on preference.
Visitors could listen to vendor presentations, tour the facility and watch live machining demonstrations of the SL600G wire EDM, among others. The rigid linear-motor-driven EDM is coupled with glass scales on the X, Y, U and V axes to ensure precision and positioning accuracy. It features X-, Y- and Z-axis travel measuring 23.62" × 15.75" × 13.78", respectively. Wire diameter can range from 0.002" to 0.012", and the machine can accommodate workpieces ranging to 2,204 lbs.
The TT1-400A was also introduced at the event, although the concept was first shown at IMTS 2012. The latest version of the machine is designed for precision graphite and copper electrode machining using a 40,000-rpm, high-torque, high-speed HSK-E25 spindle.
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The digital edition of the 2013 – 2014 MTBuyers Guide features a comprehensive listing of major machine tool builders, distributors and equipment suppliers. AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology, Modern Machine Shop and Techspex have developed this directory as a tool for manufacturing professionals charged with researching and investing in manufacturing product and process technologies. This guide will help you find and select some of the best manufacturing technology on the market today.
The MT Buyers Guide includes:
Member Product and Services Directory: This is a complete listing of metalcutting equipment, metal forming and fabricating equipment, and other products and services organized by category.
Builder/Manufacturer Directory: This is a listing of more than 1,500 manufacturers and industry suppliers.
Manufacturing Technology Distributor Directory: Leading machine tool distributors from North America (including Canada and Mexico) are listed both alphabetically and by state.
Sponsor Videos: Flip through to watch video from Big Kaiser Precision Tooling, Ellison Technologies, Firetrace, Gibbs and Associates, SMW Autoblok, T2K and United Grinding.
As a visitor to Gosigerfest 2013, which was held in Dayton, Ohio, I had the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of vendors and have a little fun along the way. One of the main draws of the two-day event, aside from the German food and festivities, was the opportunity to meet with more than 50 vendors to discuss their expertise in bar feeders, CAD/CAM, coolant and high-pressure systems, inspection and tool monitoring, tooling, workholding, and finance. Entire exhibits halls were dedicated to Okuma and Hardinge demos.
As a machine tool and accessories distributor, Gosiger works to distinguish itself from its competition through three main problem-solving outlets.
- Engineered Systems: This division is responsible for providing shops with turnkey solutions—from machines to tools, including processes and documentation on how to run this process.
- Automation: According to the company, some shop owners assume that automation is complex and expensive. However, Gosiger says it works to create scalable automated systems that are very user friendly.
- High Volume: Gosiger’s high-volume team researches strategies used worldwide to bring speed, accuracy and reliability to a shop’s unique situation.
Gosiger's Dayton facility (top left and bottom right) was originally used by the Stoddard Motor Kit Company, which manufactured Maxwell automobiles (top right). A tribute to the facility's original use was demonstrated with a historic car show.
These personalized fencing hilts were produced by the University of Tsukuba
on a multi-material Objet350 Connex 3D printer from Stratasys.
This case study from Stratasys gives a brief glimpse into some of the technology that goes into improving performance for Olympic athletes. Researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Japan used an Objet350 Connex multi-material 3D printer to create customized hilt grips for Japan’s fencing team, which won the Silver in the London 2012 games.
The digital September issue of Modern Machine Shop is now available. The cover story highlights the unexpected benefits of robotic automation. Two other stories touch on the topic of automation—one in a mold shop, the other for lights-out production.
We also cover a variety of other topics including how average chip thickness dictates milling performance, how flexible fixturing can speed CMM inspection, and how CAM software was able to improve one shop’s turnaround times, just to name a few.