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.
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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.
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.
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.
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