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Registration is now open for Sur/Fin 2019, the event for the finishing industry. This event, which runs June 3-5 in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, is also a good technical resource for machine shops that are being asked to perform jobs that are traditionally out of their wheelhouse. In many cases, these jobs include surface finishing operations. There are more than 80 technical conference sessions available to event attendees. They are broken into half-hour increments. The full listing is available here, but these sessions caught my eye:


Additive manufacturing (AM) is sometimes discussed in contrast to “subtractive manufacturing,” but that’s not entirely accurate. Thinking in terms of additive versus subtractive sets up an unhelpful equivalency between an additive manufacturing machine and a machine tool. A machine tool serves a specific purpose: removing metal from an existing workpiece. An AM machine, on the other hand, can represent a range of operations.

Metal 3D printing has the potential to displace casting, for example, while polymer 3D printing could help sidestep injection molding. Either form of printing offers the potential for part consolidation, reducing or avoiding assembly. The on-demand nature of AM can change how parts are stored and shipped, altering how a manufacturer thinks about inventory and transportation. 3D printing even opens up new approaches for marketing a product to buyers.

With 100 years of experience, Studer is a well-known brand in precision cylindrical grinding. The company has also carved a reputation for choosing the most distinctive locations to introduce the latest developments in cylindrical grinding technology. This year’s location was no exception—the Hagerbach Test Gallery, an R&D facility for underground mining tunnel construction located in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland, played host to the Studer Press Event 2019. This event was attended by more than 60 trade journalists from around the globe.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the S33 and S31 universal cylindrical grinding machines, which are available in the states from United Grinding. The machines feature an extended range of distances between centers, more than 20 wheelhead configurations, a new B-axis concept and much more. A dark atmosphere, loud music and participants in glowing yellow safety helmets underpinned the underground atmosphere during the unveiling ceremony, which was followed by presentations highlighting the machine series’ new features.

Ed Beaumont has returned as president of Beaumont Machine, a manufacturer of EDMs and EDM consumables, as the company relocates to a new facility in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. 

“We needed a fresh start, and we were committed to making it happen on every levelfrom our physical location to the machine offerings to the markets served and more,” Mr. Beaumont says. 

Machine monitoring is not enough to make a shop “smart.”

It can certainly make one smarter. However, even with the deepest utilization metrics and most comprehensive, real-time dashboard displays, the intelligence required to improve is mostly human.

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