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Earlier this month, GF Machining Solutions (GFMS) provided some of its North American customers with tours of its facilities in Europe, including its EDM factory in Losone, Switzerland, and the brand new milling factory in Biel, Switzerland. Guests were present for the grand opening of the Biel facility, in addition to enjoying talks on the new technologies that are being explored at both facilities.

One of the major developments that the company displayed at its Losone facility was its new Spark Track monitoring system. By adjusting the the rate and intensity of sparks, the software is able to prevent heavy wear from concentrating at any one point along the wire, extending the life of the wire and preventing breaks. To accomplish this, the company designed Spark Track with the Intelligent Spark Protection System (ISPS) to more accurately identify the intensity and location of sparks along the wire. This enables it to adjust current and voltage to prevent the concentration of wear on the wire.

Learning about the surface finishing industry can help your machine shop deal with increasing customer demands and provide operations beyond your shop’s traditional comfort zone. One opportunity to learn more about the surface finishing industry is to attend the National Association for Surface Finishing’s SUR/FIN Manufacturing and Technology Trade Show and Conference, which will take place June 15-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Right now, SUR/FIN is actively accepting technical paper and presentation abstracts for the 2020 conference. The NASF’s Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) is seeking experts from around the world to give informative, non-commercial presentations about their latest experiences with surface engineering and finishing technologies impacting business today or trending for tomorrow.

There are certain signs that indicate you need to review your processes to make sure they are delivering the desired results. Such signs should be heeded because the sooner you can modify or replace a bad process, the sooner you will see improvement. Here are eight signs to look for:

Sudden changes in quality should raise two questions: Is the process being followed? And is the process no longer capable of meeting quality requirements? Simply reviewing the process should answer the first question and getting back on track may be all that is needed. The second question may take a little more effort to resolve as process capability studies related to material, equipment, tooling and more may be warranted. For sure, a change in quality is one of the most critical signs that a process is in need of review and one that must receive immediate attention.

Precision CNC Supercharger Rotor Machining Means More Power

Whipple Superchargers’ more advanced rotor machining process means its power adders have become more potent.

Founded by former race crew chief and car owner Art Whipple in 1987, this Fresno, California, company manufactures twin-screw superchargers for automotive and marine racers and anyone else looking to improve their engine’s performance. As one of a few different types of “power adders,” as they are commonly referred to (turbochargers and nitrous oxide are others), superchargers introduce additional air into an engine beyond what the engine can pull on its own. The more air that can be delivered into the engine, the more fuel that can be proportionally added. That means the engine’s displacement becomes “bigger” than it physically is, producing more horsepower.