As you peruse this special issue of Modern Machine Shop it should be obvious that we are indeed high on high speed machining. Few other metalworking advancements cut as broad a swath across the entire chip-making process. It's about everything: the cutter, coolant, program, machine tool structure, spindle, acceleration/deceleration curves, axis actuation methods, and workholding to name a few. In this issue, we look at high speed machining from the perspective of shops that are using it to earn their living. High speed machining is not theory for these shops but a way to achieve real competitive advantage. I encourage you to "read all about it" in this special high speed machining issue.
But this August issue is by no means our last word on high speed machining. In September, Modern Machine Shop is sponsoring a high speed machining conference in Chicago. Now you're probably thinking: "Here we go sitting in a room while a parade of experts competes to see who can put the most people to sleep in the allotted time." Think again.
Like this MMS issue, our conference is different. On September 8 and 9 we plan to assemble an audience of 150 end users in order to learn more about high speed machining. Yes, we'll have four technical presentations on the morning of day one, but there is little chance you'll sleep through Red Heitkamp from Remmele Engineering, Ed Cange from Siemens, Mike Layne from American Hofmann or John Forrest from Niagara Cutters. Each of these presenters will discuss specific technical and process aspects of high speed machining that impact its successful application. These are things you need to know from people who know them well.
Here's the different part! After the technical presentations, attendees will visit three world class technical centers where Hitachi Seiki, Mori Seiki and Toyoda Machinery, respectively, will present high speed machining in the best way possible—they'll do it. In addition to cutting demonstrations and customer discussions of high-speed applications, each of these companies will share its vision of where high speed machining is today and where it is heading. These visits are about gaining practical, shop floor process information you can use. Like the articles in this issue of Modern Machine Shop, our conference is designed to be a useful information source for your shop. If you're interested, call (800) 950-8977 or visit www. mmsonline.com/hsmconf/ for details.