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.
You will learn something. Three tracks comprise this year’s technical conference program: engineer, build, and maintain. Each takes a critical look at product, application and business management issues related to a primary part of the plastic injection mold lifecycle. There will also be two Knowledge Centers on the showfloor that feature technical presentations from applications experts at exhibiting companies.
You get a shirt. Perhaps one of best parts of this show is the “Top 10 Reasons to be a Moldmaker” Announcement and t-shirt giveaway. Join sister publication Moldmaking Technology for the unveiling of this year’s Top 10 list and make sure to grab your own t-shirt in Booth 147.
You can follow the leaders. Presented by MMT and sponsored by Progressive Components, the 2013 Lead Time Leaders will be honored Wednesday, June 12 at 5:15 p.m. in the Conference Center, level 2, lobby. Winning companies are outstanding North American mold manufacturers that best demonstrate overall innovation, efficiency, quality and commitment.
You’re invited to the party. As an annual Amerimold highlight, this year’s casino-themed networking reception will kick off immediately following the presentation of this year’s Lead Time Leader Awards. Join for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fun. You can purchase tickets for the reception at the registration booth.
You can go to three other shows while you are there. There are three co-located events: SUR/FIN – the annual gathering of the surface finishing industry; FastenerTech – the all-fasteners industry event; and OMTEC – The Orthopedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition & Conference. A separate registration is required for OMTEC.
Click on the photo above to watch a highlight video for the event.
DMG/Mori Seiki USA will host Innovation Days 2013 at its U.S. headquarters near Chicago, Illinois May 7-10. The company anticipates that the event will be its largest U.S. open house to date. The show will feature more machines and seminars than previous years, and will last for an additional day. Attendees will have access to more than 40 machining demonstrations and one-on-one application consultations. Showcased industries will include aerospace, automotive, die and mold, gear production, medical, dental, heavy industry, and general machining.
There’s more than one way to attract the next generation of skilled employees to the shop floor. Tooling component manufacturer Rego-Fix recently expanded its Tenniken, Switzerland headquarters with a new 75,000 square-foot, three-floor addition to its existing facility, and with it, expanded the company’s appeal to a younger workforce.
While Rego-Fix wasn’t actively vying to attract a younger talent pool—one of its many long-term employees has been with the company for 40 years—the expansion’s advanced energy and natural resource-conserving features could be part of what has piqued their interest. For example, the facility includes a heating system that burns wood pellets as opposed to fossil fuels and a “green” or planted roof, which is covered with soil and growing sod for better insulation.
The company has also focused its attention on automating many of its processes to provide increased capacity and greater quality control. Automation and software is a key aspect of attracting younger employees to a manufacturing career, says Richard Weber, President and CEO.
The facility expansion and added automation will enable Rego-Fix to improve the production processes for its tooling products, including the new SecuRgrip toolholder. This toolholder uses a special threaded insert, or key, that eliminates the need to alter cutters to prevent pullout. It builds on the capability of the company’s PowRgrip mechanical holding system.
Fives (Paris, France) has entered into an agreement to acquire MAG Americas, a global supplier of high-performance machining solutions and composite processing. As a subsidiary of the MAG Group, MAG Americas provides large and complex parts machining solutions and composite processing for aerospace, oil and gas, mining, agriculture and off-road-vehicle industries.
This acquisition encompasses several business units: Giddings & Lewis, Cincinnati and Forest-Liné, specializing in composite processing and large metal cutting machines, as well as a unit dedicated to aftermarket services.
Frédéric Sanchez, chairman of the executive board of Fives, says, “This acquisition marks another step forward in the development of our group, which will add to its portfolio the innovative know-how of more than 1,000 employees located in five different countries. As a global supplier of superior and innovative technologies and products, MAG Americas perfectly matches Fives’ strategy to focus on high-value-adding industries, such as aerospace. Through this combination, we are also reinforcing our exposure to a well-positioned North American industry and opening to new opportunities for development in emerging countries.”
Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Or so says Editor-in-Chief Chris Koepfer about the new PM Blog recently launched by MMS sister publication Production Machining. Instead of using social media to tweet about breakfast plans, this blog will get to the stuff you actually care about: the business of making precision machined parts. The blog will include reports on the PM staff's travels, updates on articles and shops they’ve visited and timely industry news.
Gardner Business Media (publisher of MMS) also has some other great blogs you should check out: