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Anthony Machine Inc. is no stranger to Kennametal’s KM quick-change tooling. For many years, the shop has used the toolholding connection in its precision machining work for the oil and gas, mining, transportation and power generation industries. However, after the company purchased a pair of NLX 3000 | 1250 universal turning centers from DMG MORI — the shop’s first Y-axis, live-tool lathes — the shop’s manufacturing team was challenged with making the most of the new machine tool investment, since its tool turret was not friendly to the KM tooling system.

With his decade-long relationship with Anthony Machine, Kennametal senior sales engineer Mark Davis was there to help. He explained that the best way to reduce setup times and maximize the new machines’ potential would be to equip them with Turret Adapted Clamping Units (TACU), a kind of tool block adapter compatible with the KM quick-change toolholders. 

By: George Schuetz 7/1/2019

The Versatility of Snap Gages

The Versatility of Snap Gages

Insert a workpiece into a snap gage and you will understand how these extremely effective, fairly simple tools for checking precision ODs got their name. You have to push deliberately to get the part past the leading edges of the anvils, but once you have overcome the gaging force, the part slips back against the backstop, contacting it with a good, healthy “snap.”

Snap gages are handheld to measure workpiece ODs on the machine, or they can be mounted on stands for use with small parts. The heart of the tool is a simple C-frame casting, and measurements rely on a direct, in-line, 1:1 transfer of motion. These factors make snap gages simple, robust, reliable and inexpensive.

At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in 2012, I remember overhearing a comment about a 3D printer on display; One show attendee pointed to it and said, “That is going to take the place of CNC machining.” The comment seemed to crystalize the general attitude about 3D printing during that time. Manufacturers that were invested in traditional processes were fearful of additive manufacturing (AM) taking over.

The fear was largely groundless. CNC machining is both precise and productive in ways additive processes effectively are not. For the vast majority of parts made today through machining, machining will continue to be the process, and my sense is manufacturers in greater numbers today perceive the matter this way.

Over the past 15 years, Complete Machining Services (CMS) Inc. has tried to adapt its precision machining and fabricating services to market demands. Accomplishing that has typically involved acquiring increasingly advanced machining centers and other capital equipment, along with new tooling, controls and software upgrades. Recently, the shop recognized a new demand. 

“Last year we began receiving numerous requests for plastics injection mold repair services,” says Jeff Dainty, president and CEO. “Beyond our MIG and TIG welders, this was a capability we did not have. It was obvious there was a lack of contract precision laser welding services in the area for plastic injection molds, which was surprising because the largest concentration of moldmakers in North America resides in Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, close to where CMS is located.”

By: Harry C. Moser 6/27/2019

Reshoring News: June 2019

The Reshoring Initiative tracks news related to the return of manufacturing jobs to the United States. Here are recent news items the Reshoring Initiative has shared:

The 2018 Reshoring Initiative Data Report shows that the number of companies reporting new reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) was at the highest level in history, up 38% from 2017. The combined reshoring and related FDI announcements totaled more than 145,000 jobs, the second highest annual rate in history. Including upward revisions of 36,000 jobs in prior years, the total number of manufacturing jobs brought to the United States from offshore is more than 757,000 since the manufacturing employment low of 2010.

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