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Sponsored Content 14. August 2018

Putting Cutting Tool Vibration Control to the Test


For cutting tools, a passive approach to vibration control requires the use of short, rigid tools and replacement of steel toolholders with those made of stiff tungsten carbide.

Bourn & Koch is inviting the manufacturing community to a “Made in America” open house at its Rockford, Illinois, headquarters Wednesday, September 12, and Friday, September 14. Tours will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days, including a display of original prints from Blanchard, Fellows, Springfield, DeVlieg, Bullard, Barber Coleman and other classic machine tool companies. Factory tours also include the 130,000-square-foot shop floor where the company remanufactures machine tools and builds Springfield vertical grinders, Blanchard rotary grinders, Bourn & Koch gear hobbers, Fellows shapers and DeVlieg milling machines. A redesigned and reengineered Blanchard 22AD-42 rotary surface grinder will be highlighted. The company is located in Rockford’s industrial zone, which is approximately 90 miles from McCormick Place, the location of IMTS 2018. For those who cannot attend the open house during IMTS, other tour dates are available by appointment. Learn more.

Here is some more news to note: 

Disruptive. Transformative. Futuristic. Revolutionary. These are some words that are often used to describe the technology that is on display at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Ignore them for a moment. For job shops and contract manufacturers, a better word to have in mind is “renewal.” IMTS is about renewal: moving from the usual, the old or the familiar to the fresh, the improved and the exciting. Renewal is especially important for smaller manufacturing companies right now, because the opportunities for them are ripe (and some serious threats are closing in as well). Changing with the times is a necessary adventure.

Let’s explore some of the reasons why IMTS leads to renewal, with the idea that renewal is a positive, compelling and reassuring way to think about this important show.

“A lot of the motivation for me personally was that we were such a small operation,” James Pershken says. “Basically everyone is trying to do a lot of things, and it really helped me kind of offload some of this monotonous work from my plate and be able to help out in other areas.”

Mr. Pershken is not talking about robotics or sophisticated software here, but something a little less obvious: fixturing for coordinate measurement machine (CMM) inspection. As a mechanical quality engineer at Cincinnati Inc. (CI), he manages the CMM inspection of machined parts for the company’s 3D printers. The benefits outlined above came from actually using those very same 3D printers to make custom CMM fixtures that, in turn, support the manufacture of new printers.

Omax had more to celebrate at its recent open-house event than its 25 years of business. In addition to its original Omax line of waterjets and its customizable Maxiem solutions, the company showcased its newest product offerings, which include the GlobalMax JetMachining center for international markets as well as the Protomax personal abrasive waterjet designed for prototyping. The compact, self-installed Protomax is designed for prototyping and other forms of low-volume cutting. It can cut anything the company’s larger models can cut, including glass and 1-inch stainless steel, albeit a little slower. These two new product lines enable new groups of users to experience these benefits, including those in international markets, job shops, the maker movement and classrooms.

The anniversary event included tours of the company’s 225,000-square-foot facility in Kent, Washington, where it produces waterjet machines. According to Vice President of Marketing Stephen Bruner, Omax makes 70 to 80 percent of the parts for its machines in house. These parts are made on a combination of traditional machine tools and the company’s own waterjet machines, illustrating how shops can use waterjet technology as a complement to other methods of metalcutting.  

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