News of Note: Machine Redesign, CAM Credentials and Solar Energy
Among the industry news of note in October 2019 is GF Machining Solutions’ rebranding of its machines, a cutting tool technology expo coming up in November and a huge solar panel installation on which Toyoda has broken ground.
Ahead of EMO Hannover 2019, GF Machining Solutions announced a new modular design for its machines. Nearly two years in the making, the redesign is expected to improve the appearance of machines and be more immediately recognizable.
The new design features, among other things, an orange band above and below the work area.
“This machine design update will bring a cohesive appearance to all of our many products across all of these technologies,” says Fabio Ferraro, machine design and standardization manager. “We want customers to see our machines and immediately know they are looking at a GF Machining Solutions product.”
Products with the new design fully applied will have the LED-lit logo and technology identifier as well as additional features. Read more.
Here is some other industry news to take note of:
- NIMS Announces CAM Credentials – The new credentials are based on standards developed in partnership with and sponsored by Autodesk. Read more.
- Emuge to Host Cutting Tech Expo in November – The event will offer tours of Emuge’s newly expanded facility, introductions to the company’s tapping and milling tool technology, as well as live machining demonstrations. Read more.
- JTEKT Toyoda Americas Breaks Ground on Seven-Acre Solar Panel Project – The company is using parts of its Arlington Heights, Illinois, property that has lied dormant for decades to build a large array of solar panels as part of a green initiative. Read more.
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