Modern Machine Shop Industry News: Feb. 18, 2020

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New Trade Show to Target Latin America

The International Technology and Manufacturing Show (FITMA), aimed at the Latin American market, will have its first edition in Mexico City March 9-11, 2021.

Modern Machine Shop México and Gardner Business Media have announced plans to launch FITMA, an international technology and manufacturing trade show for the Latin American region. The biennial show will bring together manufacturers, OEMs and suppliers of machinery, equipment and services in the metalworking sector. The exhibition will also present a conference program. The event is currently scheduled for March 9-11, 2021, in Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex venue.

For many years, the global manufacturing sector has needed an international event in Latin America, says Gardner. The lack of show for Latin America in the style of IMTS in the United States, EMO in Germany and Italy, JIMTOF in Japan, IMTEX in India, CIMT in China, SIMTOS in South Korea or TIMTOS in Taiwan, represented the opportunity to bring an international event to the region. 

“Mexico and the region needed an exhibition of machine tools and manufacturing that met the expectations of the country and the whole of Latin America,” says Eduardo Tovar, editorial dictor of Modern Machine Shop México. “In the last 20 years, various events have been held in the sector, but they have been characterized by focusing on very specific regions. The industry needed an event dedicated to the metalworking and manufacturing sector that reflected the importance, size and real needs of Mexico and Latin America.”

Mexico has established itself in Latin America as a production leader in industries such as automotive. Mexico is the seventh global producer of light vehicles, the fifth world producer of heavy vehicles, the first producer of vehicles in Latin America, the fourth global light vehicle exporter and the second global heavy vehicle exporter. Additionally, 25 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers have manufacturing plants in Mexico.

The Mexican aerospace industry is also prominent. In 2018, Mexican exports from the aerospace industry reached a value of close to $8.5 billion, 12% more than in 2017 and representing a 20% surplus on the trade balance. Similarly, at the end of 2018, around 60,000 jobs were recorded. In this regard, the Mexican Aerospace Industry Federation’s forecast for 2020 is that Mexico will rank among the top 10 countries in the industry internationally, with exports of more than $12 billion, more than 110,000 jobs and 22% surplus on trade balance.

“The global launch of FITMA already has the interest of international brands to participate as exhibitors,” says Claude Mas, international group publisher for Gardner Business Media. “These brands include global manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machines, cutting tools, workholding systems, components for machine tools, additive manufacturing equipment, CNCs, CAD/CAM and manufacturing software, finishing equipment and coatings, and robots and automation equipment.”

FITMA already has the support of companies such as Mazak, DMG MORI, Hermle, Protecnic (distributor of Sodick and Tsugami in Mexico), OSG Royco, PH Horn, Okuma, Makino, Renishaw, Emag, Haas and Sumitomo. FITMA is also supported by recognized associations such as AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology, FEMIA (Mexican Aerospace Industry Federation), AFM (Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Machine Tools), AMMMT (Mexican Mold and Dies Manufacturing  Association), TAMI (Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry); TMBA (Taiwan Machine Tool and Accessory Builders’ Association); and JMTBA (Japan Machine Tool Builders' Association).

Master Magnetics Launches Redesigned Website

More than 300 Master Magnetics products are available for immediate purchase on the website.

Master Magnetics website

Master Magnetics Inc. has launched its new website, redesigned to better serve customers from all industries and customer segments. The website, magnetsource.com, is expected to position the company as an expert source of information and products in the magnetics field.

Major new features of the website include a clean, intuitive design providing a consistent experience across the site. Multiple search and filtering functions enable users to find, research and purchase products by name, part number, application, magnet type, material and strength. Additionally, users can perform quick, side-by-side product comparisons to aid research.

More than 300 Master Magnetics products are available for immediate purchase on the website, including a selection of neodymium magnets and popular products like Magnetic Floor and Road Sweepers, the Pop ‘n Catch magnetic bottle opener, and the Magnetic Cup Caddy cup holder.

“From providing the best information, service and products, to fulfilling orders quickly at a fair price, we want it to be easy to do business with us,” says Trisha Lycas, e-commerce manager.

Additive Manufacturing Media Announces Season 2 of The Cool Parts Show

“In season two, we’ll continue to explore how 3D printing is changing manufacturing through a brand new set of cool parts,” says one of the co-hosts. 

Cool Parts Show

Additive Manufacturing Media will be premiering season two of The Cool Parts Show February 17. The YouTube series is all about the advance of 3D printing into industrial production. The series will continue to be hosted by Senior Editor Stephanie Hendrixson and Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski. Each episode explores the design, manufacture and potential impact of a specific 3D printed part with host discussion and expert commentary. Season 2 highlights production and proof-of-concept parts from the automotive, consumer, UAV, dental and research industries.

“We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm surrounding the first season of the show,” Ms. Hendrixson says. “In season two, we’ll continue to explore how 3D printing is changing manufacturing through a brand new set of cool parts. Viewers can expect the same accessible show format, but with a few new twists.”

Season two is being produced in partnership with season sponsor Carpenter Additive. Episodes will include segments in which Ms. Hendrixson and Mr. Zelinski tour various parts of Carpenter’s new Emerging Technology Center in Athens, Alabama.

“The partnership with Carpenter Additive has given us the chance to take The Cool Parts Show inside a new, modern, advanced manufacturing facility purpose-built for additive production — a facility that lets us show viewers different stages in the process such as HIPping and inspecting additive parts, but also offer a glimpse at the future of manufacturing facilities and the way that an increasing number of production parts will be made,” Mr. Zelinski says.

Episodes will post weekly to additivemanufacturing.media and the Additive Manufacturing YouTube channel. Complete show information is available at: gbm.media/coolparts.

Exact Metrology Opening New Facility in Illinois

A product of increasing demand in the region, the Moline, Illinois, facility will serve Illinois and Iowa. 

Exact Metrology

Exact Metrology is adding a new facility in Moline, Illinois. The metrology service provider’s other facilities include Brookfield, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Ohio, and an upcoming one in Texas. The Moline location will serve as a training, support, contract measurement and sales center. Contract services on offer will include CMM measurement, custom programming, inspection and reverse engineering.

Commenting on the importance of this opening, Joe Wright of Exact Metrology says, “Exact Metrology can now add support and service to our customers in western Illinois and Iowa. We hope to keep growing the customer base in this area.”