Posted by: Russ Willcutt 9. October 2015

Gleason Gear Solutions Forum: 2015

Gleason’s 2015 Gear Solutions Forum attracted approximately 300 guests to the company’s global headquarters in Rochester, New York. View a short slideshow of the event by clicking on the photo above.

It was standing room only in the Gleason’s spacious auditorium during President and CEO John Perrotti’s remarks opening the 2015 Gear Solutions Forum September 23-24 at the company’s headquarters in Rochester, New York. More than 300 attendees toured Gleason’s manufacturing facility, mingling in areas such as the Bevel Gear Village—blade sharpening, testing, grinding, etc.—and the Cylindrical Gear Village, with displays devoted to power skiving, cutting tools, rack milling and plastic gears. Visitors glimpsed the future at the Research & Development Technology Exhibit, with exhibits on bevel gear software, soft and hard machining processes, and ultra-high bevel gear reducers.

Education was the emphasis during two days of lectures, addressing subjects such as Industry 4.0, the Internet of Manufacturing Things, and the potential of virtualization in gear production by Gleason experts along with representatives of RWTH Aachen University (WZL), The Ohio State University, Ilmenau University of Technology, System Insights, Smart Manufacturing Technology, Penn State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. See a short video about the company’s capabilities here. 

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 8. October 2015

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: Steve Murray

Steve Murray shows a sand mold component that would have required a complex pattern involving inserts to produce the various slots. 3D printing made this component much easier to produce.

Steve Murray, additive manufacturing consultant at Hoosier Pattern, will be one of the speakers at this month's Additive Manufacturing Conference. His company is advancing a means of making foundry molds through 3D printing that is bringing new design freedom to cast parts—read more here. The conference—October 20-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee—focuses on industrial applications of additive manufacturing. Learn more and register to attend at

And speaking of additive … have you seen the new Additive Manufacturing website? We have been posting new content here daily. The increased attention to AM extends to social media, too—join us as one of the earliest followers of Additive Manufacturing on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn. Also this month, AM subscribers will receive the first issue of the new, full-size Additive Manufacturing magazine. Begin a subscription here.

Posted by: Russ Willcutt 7. October 2015

Toyoda Hosts ToyoTech 2015

Toyoda experts were on hand to greet attendees and to answer their questions about the company’s latest machines and technologies.

Billed as an “open house and education forum,” Toyoda Machinery USA welcomed guests to its Arlington Heights, Illinois, headquarters Sept. 17-18, 2015, for ToyoTech: Tools and Techniques to Elevate Efficiency. The newly redesigned FH630SX-i horizontal machining center was on display, offering a standard 8,000-rpm, high-torque spindle and dual ballscrews on the Y and Z axes, along with the VTC1616 vertical turning center, featuring a hydrostatic table with C-axis indexing and a “live function” on the spindle that enables turning and milling operations to be performed in a single setup.

The company also introduced a prototype of its new TOYOPUC-TouchF2 control, which drew a great deal of attention. Scheduled for market availability in 2016, the accessible and user-friendly HMI features a 19-inch, high-resolution screen display with a variety of innovative technical assistance features.

Educational presentations on topics such as multi-axis and 3D dynamic machining and Manufacturing 4.0 were made by Forcam, Kennametal, Mastercam, Sandvik and Walter Tools. 

View this slideshow for more photos from the event.

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 6. October 2015

Made in Elk Grove Expo is Next Week

Trade shows and conferences can be challenging to attend because the distance imposes travel time and cost. But here is an event that is very accessible to a significant concentration of manufacturers: the Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo, to be held October 12. The Chicagoland area’s Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is not just a major industrial suburb, but home to the largest consolidated industrial park in North America. The organizers of this unusual event (unusual in that it is hosted by a municipality) say it will showcase 100 manufacturing firms in the village and is expected to draw 1,000 attendees from the regional manufacturing sector.

Also at the event, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center will facilitate a Manufacturing Matchmaking opportunity aimed at introducing smaller local manufacturers to larger OEMs with whom they could become supply chain partners.

The Expo will be held at Elk Grove High School, which will showcase its STEM coursework during the event with demonstrations by students in the school’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Laboratory.

Admission to the Expo is free. Learn more and register here.

Posted by: Madeline Kline 5. October 2015

A View of Castle Precision

Editor’s note: Gardner Business Media’s Madeline Kline had the opportunity to intern this summer at the U.K.’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Ms. Kline is currently a sophomore at High Point University in the U.S. While in the U.K., Ms. Kline visited Castle Precision, a supplier of complex and high-value machined parts. Here is a young person’s look at an advanced job shop.

Castle Precision is a third-generation, family-owned, high-tech engineering company in Glasgow. Under Managing Director Yan Tiefenbrun’s guidance, the company is currently supplying a wide variety of markets, ranging from medical to automotive to aerospace and more.

The small company is doing big things in manufacturing and, after touring its factory, I believe that Castle’s approach to precision machining is truly common-sense engineering.

Castle is defining precision machining with its thorough, detailed approach to manufacturing. The factory uses in-house technology to coordinate and troubleshoot machining in the most efficient way possible.

Castle is not taking an easy or cheap way out, but the company’s investment in integrity and diligence pays off. Castle is constantly working to improve and manufacture the most precise and trustworthy products it can, and what it is creating can only be described as works of art.

Castle’s products are manufacturing marvels, but the productivity and efficiency of the factory is equally incredible. Any cutting tool in the factory can be located in minutes with a QR-code-scanning system, making it easy for engineers to spend more time producing and less time looking for parts.

The computers in the factory also aid productivity by keeping close track of both the machines and those who are using them. The engineers at Castle are focused on creating the finest parts they can, and they are always improving their products and practices to provide customers with the best. The engineering taking place inside Castle’s factory is logical, honest and effective.

Precision is key in everything that Castle Precision does, and by implementing this idea throughout all aspects of the company, Mr. Tiefenbrun has demonstrated that this small precision engineer can do great things.

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