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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.

For the past several months, I have focused on directed energy deposition (DED) processes for additive manufacturing (AM), lauding the speed with which it can additively manufacture parts layer by layer. The downside is dimensional accuracy. Whether powder- or wire-fed, DED processes provide a near-net-shape part that will require additional finishing and post processing to meet the specified tolerances. The same goes for many parts made with powder-bed fusion (PBF); however, AM parts made with PBF are closer to net shape and will likely need less finishing and post processing in comparison to DED. Nonetheless, rarely is an AM part “done” once the build is complete.

In most cases, finishing and post processing of an AM part will be accomplished in a separate machine. The AM part will be made on a DED (or PBF) system and then transferred and mounted in a CNC machine (mill or lathe) for subsequent machining and finishing. As you can imagine, it can be a challenge to establish datums and reference points for orienting and locating the part as well as defining tool paths for the CNC machine, especially once the part is separated from the build plate. Designers and engineers are being encouraged to include locating features and references on the part to help establish datums for part orientation and machining.

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Metalworking was unchanged from the prior month, sustaining a reading of 53.6 in March. The latest data extend the recent trend of slower growth readings first experienced in November. Readings above 50 indicate business activity expansion while readings below 50 indicate business activity contraction. The latest reading is 10.4 percent lower than it was in March 2018, when the Index was near its all-time high.

Gardner Intelligence’s review of the underlying data for the month observed that the Index, which is calculated as an average of its components, was supported by supplier deliveries, new orders, production and employment. Export and backlogs lowered the Index for the second consecutive month, with backlogs contracting faster than exports.

Select Machining Technologies, a division of Morris Group Inc. (Windsor, Connecticut), has signed an agreement with Soraluce (Bergara, Spain), part of the Danobat Group, for exclusive rights to distribute the company’s product line throughout the United States. The agreement was made public during the Soraluce Summit March 20-22 at Soraluce’s new portal factory.

Soraluce manufactures large milling, turning, boring and multitasking machine tools, with work envelopes ranging to 8 meters high and 90 meters long. Larger work envelopes are available on request, as the company specializes in custom and turnkey solutions. Its primary markets are Germany and Italy, but its machines are used around the world for large-part machining applications such as oil and gas equipment, industrial vehicle engine blocks, and tool, die and moldmaking equipment.

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