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Bi-Mu at a Glance

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See a slideshow of some of the technology viewed at the 2010 edition of Bi-Mu, the biennial Italian manufacturing technology trade show.

With approximately 3,000 machine tools displayed in an exhibition area measuring more than 90,000 square meters, the 27th edition of Bi-Mu was too big an event to cover in its entirety. While the slides that follow offer only a cursory glance at the huge array of technology on display, it’s worth highlighting some notable examples that illustrate a few broader trends apparent at the show: namely, flexibility and automation. This is evidenced by a prevalence of interchangeable spindle heads and other modular components; transfer machines that can take on smaller batches of more varied parts; and workholding solutions that reduce setup and fixturing time.