Mori Seiki USA has announced the winners of the 2008 Innovation of the Americas machining competition, which is designed to recognize talented machinists in the metalworking industry.
Four professionals from reputable industry organizations and universities, led by Professor Kazuo Yamazaki of the University of California, Davis, judged more than 130 entries in four categories. The entries represented a wide range of materials, sizes and shapes, and were of such high quality that selecting winners was challenging for the judges.
Winners include Marotta Controls (Montville, New Jersey) for the Automotive Parts category; McCauley Propeller Systems (Columbus, Georgia) for the Aerospace Parts category; Country Machine (Tabor, Iowa) for the Die/Mold/Artistic Parts category; and Crabil Manufacturing (St. Petersburg, Florida) for the General/Tool/Toy Group category.
Each winner received a check for $2,000 and a crystal recognition award. Runners-up received $1,000 and a framed certificate. All contest participants were invited to attend the announcement of winners during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), held September 8-13 in Chicago.
The Innovation of the Americas contest is open to any individual, company, school or research institution located in North, Central or South America that uses CNC machine tools. Individuals and companies desiring an opportunity to showcase their creativity and machining expertise are encouraged to participate. The company holds similar competitions every two years in Europe and Japan in conjunction with major industry exhibitions.