Manufacturing News of Note: January 2018
SST collaborates with SmalTec on micromachining EDMs, DMG MORI appoints a new president and other manufacturing news.
Single Source Technologies (SST; Auburn Hills, Michigan), a global distributor of machine tool and consumable brands, has announced its collaboration with SmalTec International to bring the EM203 and GM703 micro-precision EDMs to SST’s West, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Based in the Chicago area, SmalTec is a micromachine manufacturer known for high- and ultra-high-precision equipment and providing comprehensive, turnkey solutions.
“This complementary partnership signifies our commitment to offer a range of solutions specifically for extreme precision in micro-size components,” says Mark Logan, SST’s director of business development. “We recognize that many manufacturers consider micromachining to be difficult, if not impossible, to manufacture commercially. For that reason, we are pleased to bring technologies that deliver on accuracy and surface finish requirements to these customers through our partnership with SmalTec.” Read more.
Here is more news to note:
- DMG MORI USA Appoints New President – James V. Nudo has been with the company for more than 14 years and previously served as Executive Officer.
- Hexagon to Host Grand Opening for California Solution Center – The company’s second California site will have space for demonstrations and training along with a laser tracker calibration laboratory.
- Educational Podcast to Cover ERP, Business Process Transformation – The podcast, from Ultra Consultants, is designed to assist manufacturers and distributors with enterprise resource planning.
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