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Emily Probst

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.

Posted by: Emily Probst 8. July 2014

Automotive Industry is Booming in Germany

This is the new multispindle assembly hall addition to Index's Deizisau facility. The addition has helped the company reduce the redundancy of manufacturing in three different locations.
 

No doubt about it: If Esslingen, Germany, had a sister city here in the United States, it would have to be Detroit, Michigan. Much like in the U.S. city, the Schwaben region’s ties to the automotive industry became more and more apparent with each shop and manufacturer I visited in late spring while I was in Germany for a press tour hosted by turning machine producer Index/Traub.

The highlight of the trip was going to the company’s anniversary celebration and open house. While in Esslingen, Deizisau and Reichenbach, I got a first-hand look at how the turning machines are manufactured, the facilities (including a new addition) and the technology behind various turning projects. Click here for a slideshow of some of the highlights from the Index/Traub open house.

During the eight-day trip, I also got to visit three other manufacturers of note:

  • Heller: The company’s WerkTag 2014 event, which gathered 800 guests from 20 different countries to its Nürtingen facility,  had seven machines on display showing the depth of the company’s five-axis machining with high-torque spindle capabilities for the automotive, aerospace and mold and die industries. At the event, I also got a glimpse of Heller’s CylinderBoreCoating for coating cylinder bore surfaces of internal combustion engines using a twin-wire arc spraying process that melts iron/carbon wires and sprays them into the cylinder surfaces of an aluminum crankcase. (We’ll report more on this in a future issue of MMS.)
     
  • Zoller: Our host to presetting and measuring machine company Zoller was Alexander Zoller, who, as the current president, is part of the third-generation of the family-owned company. He says the company is seeing growth in the U.S. market, especially in industries such as automotive and aerospace. While at the facility, we learned about the company's Bronze, Silver and Gold TMS Tool Management Solution, which is designed to help optimize tool and stock management as well as production-based manufacturing organization. During the facility tour, we also learned how certain people are certified to assemble different machines. In some instances, one employee will assemble an entire machine for more consistant quality and more dependable assembly time.
     
  • Hainbuch: With more than 700 employees worldwide, this third-generation family business makes clamping solutions, of which, its quick-change solutions are particularly well-known. For example, if it normally takes 30 minutes to change a chuck, Hainbuch’s quick-change solution can do it in 30 seconds (with accuracy of 2 to 3 microns and 2 microns repeatability). One product of note is the company’s CFK series carbon fiber chucks. These chucks are approximately 1/3 as heavy as the steel version, which enables them to get up to speed faster for mass production applications, such as those for the automotive industry.

 

Posted by: Emily Probst 18. June 2014

June Digital Edition Now Available

The digital edition of Modern Machine Shop's June 2014 issue is now available.

The digital June issue of Modern Machine Shop is now available. Feature stories emphasize CAD/CAM software and die/mold machining topics. The cover story details how quickly updating tool paths to remachine die surfaces enabled a shop to provide short runs of prototype-formed sheet metal parts. Other features cover how a retired engineer was inspired to learn machining, as well as a brief look at TRAM, the aerospace conference returning to IMTS this year.

Our Rapid Traverse Section discusses eliminating tool pullout in titanium milling, and how “nano-onions” help improve cutting performance. A third story covers how the Dynamic Motion option in CNC Software’s Mastercam has moved past old boundaries.

This month’s Better production section includes case studies about automated honing creating consistent parts, how a CNC grinder shortens lead time for specialty tooling and how a large Y-axis VMC enables complete machining in a single setup.

The Modern Equipment Review section highlights EDM equipment.

Posted by: Emily Probst 4. June 2014

See You at the Show

If you live within a day’s drive of Novi, Michigan, why not take the time to check out Amerimold next week? This two-day event (June 11-12) draws more than 2,500 owners, executives and engineers involved in the plastic injection mold manufacturing industry. Be sure to search the exhibitor list.

More than just a tradeshow, Amerimold emphasizes education in three distinct forms:

  1. Amerimold Engineer. Build. Maintain. conference. These three tracks are dedicated to examining tools, tehnologies and strategies impacting a critical stage in the mold manufacturing business.
  2. Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive (TCC auto). This new conference is co-presented by Plastics Technology and Automotive Design & Production. It consists of presentations exploring new innovations in composites molding and advanced composites technologies that offer manufacturers more opportunities to lightweight vehicles.
  3. Amerimold Knowledge Centers. These feature technical presentations from applications experts at exhibiting companies. The presentations will focus on process innovations and new product technologies on display at the show.
     
Posted by: Emily Probst 12. May 2014

May 2014 MMS Issue Now Available

Modern Machine Shop’s May digital edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of measurement and inspection as well as CNC and machine controls. This month’s cover story highlights a shop that implemented presetting and shrink-fit toolholding when it bought a five-axis machining center. The shop has since seen these resources deliver value to machining centers throughout the shop.

Our Rapid Traverse section features a story about CAM software that supports 3+2 machining and what you should look for in job shop ERP. A third story about a compact cylindrical grinder for high-production applications includes a link to a video showcasing a cam-actuated loading system that’s available with the machine.

This month’s Better Production section includes case studies about an automated HMC cell that powers rod production flexibility, how a custom hobbing tool enables 45-degree angles, and how software improved a shop’s communication and helped it gain ISO certification.

The Modern Equipment Review section spotlights micromachining products.

Read our May digital edition today.

Posted by: Emily Probst 23. April 2014

2014 Media Usage in Manufacturing Survey Results

Click on the photo above to read the digital version of the full survey report.
 

The results are in. The fourth annual “Media Usage in Manufacturing” survey of industry professionals was conducted by Gardner Research, a division of MMS publisher Gardner Business Media, from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, 2013. The full report, including complete survey results, insights on industrial marketing trends and buyer behavior is available here in digital, PDF and PowerPoint formats.

Pulling some key findings from the report, we found that more than 70 percent of manufacturing buyers look for products or services at least once a week, and the majority (68 percent) of manufacturing purchases are influenced by at least three people. We also found that search engines are an essential research component of the buyer, and brand recognition dominates search engine selection, as 86.3 percent reported first selecting results from companies/sources they recognize.

As far as media usage is concerned, manufacturing professionals use at least five types of media to find information. Websites and trade magazines are the two most accessed and most effective information resources for manufacturing professionals.

Social media adoption has increased for the third consecutive year (44 percent use social); however, the perception of its usefulness remains flat. LinkedIn and YouTube continue to be the most useful social media sites for manufacturing buyers.

Overall mobile adoption remained relatively flat (88 percent carry at least one device), but significant gains appear in laptop and tablet usage. Also, manufacturers prefer browsers to apps (72 percent versus 8 percent) when accessing Web content on mobile devices.

Speaking on key findings from the report, Rick Kline, Jr., group publisher and vice president, says: “Brand remains the most influential factor impacting the industrial buying cycle. Whether it’s reviewing search returns, evaluating vendors or considering information sources, manufacturing buyers rely on brand reputation to form and make decisions. As a result, a marketing mix integrating multiple media remains the most impactful means to reaching today’s active, evolving technology buyer as they progress from awareness to vendor selection.”

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