Ruminations and Ramblings, Web-Wise
It’s been a busy year for Hardinge. The venerable American machine tool and workholding supplier absorbed the stalwart Bridgeport line and delivered its first machine to the market, all while maintaining its Hardinge lines of machining, workholding and grinding solutions. This type of growth requires a level of multi-tasking that is impressive, to say the least. And in the midst of this change, Hardinge has managed to create some impressive online resources. We reported earlier this year about its ample, online Hard Turning resource (www.hardinge.com/hardturn). Add to that its newest online resource for collets (www.hardingeworkholding.com/w4faq.html), and the formidable Basic Workholding Techniques brochure at the same URL, and it seems that Hardinge is gradually becoming an excellent online information source by duplicating its expansion skills online.
The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) is a cooperative program among the states of Florida, New Mexico, New York and Texas. The SATOP is a free service designed to provide engineering assistance and speed the transfer of space technology to the private sector, but it is not limited to companies in those four states—businesses in all states may qualify. Translated, your business can receive up to 40 hours of free technical assistance through the SATOP. It is the program’s stated goal to provide resolutions in less than 90 days. The SATOP is said to have helped companies with machine design, process engineering, materials selection and many other technical issues. For details of the program, contact information and more, visit www.spacetechsolutions.com.
Job Shop Site Of The Month
Oberg Industries (www.oberg.com) is a Pennsylvania-based, multi-disciplined manufacturer that has grown over the years into several divisions, including those focused on stamping, tool & die, EDM, custom & precision machining, grinding and more. Oberg’s Web site presents these disciplines in categories well-suited for research. Selecting Precision Grinding & Machining or Automation from the home page connects the user with Oberg’s capabilities in those areas, along with data sheets for its specialty products. In the Markets Served area, you’ll find links to specific information relevant to some of those sectors, with room for growth and obvious consideration.
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