Weekly Update 4/19/2007

Weekly Update 4/19/2007

April 19, 2007

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There Is Still Money To Be Made In The Automotive Market

Racin' Roddin' And Restorin' Pays Off
According to The Specialty Equipment Market Association, the automotive aftermarket is a $34 billion per year industry. Racing, hot rodding, customizing and restoring classic and vintage automobiles are strong revenue sources for thousands of machine shops all over the United States, but money is not the only payoff. For many, being able to work on some of the best autos and bikes ever created is more satisfying to them than their paychecks.

Mori Seiki Introduces Turret Shaft Lathe Aimed At Automotive Market
Mori Seiki's NZS1500 turret shaft lathe is less than half the size of previous models and designed primarily for the automotive market.

Switching Vises Shortens Cycle Times
Improving an existing machining center's productivity can involve nothing more than changing vises. One shop switched to a high-density manual-model vise that holds four parts and reduced its cycle times per part 25 percent.

Thread-Gaging System Keeps Pace With Production
Manually inspecting mounting holes on thousands of axle shafts proved slow, unreliable, and tedious for a major Detroit automotive supplier. The shop needed to 100% inspect each hole's location, depth, and thread at a rate of 200 parts/hr/gage so as not to compromise production. For such a demanding task, it relies on the Eagle Thread Verifier.

World Engine Plants Gain Global Automation Partner
is expected to help the group cost-effectively produce a reliable engine that meets stringent automotive... production thanks to the signing of a major automotive contract. Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.... to manufacture four-cylinder automotive engines. Engine production at the first plant... Mitsubishi compact C64 CNCs will also be used. Machinery comes from major automotive suppliers.

Stamping Plant Wins Work
Tower Automotive has selected ICE Industries (www.iceindustires.com) to manufacture parts for at least the next three years. The contract calls for ICE to produce stampings and welded assemblies. Tower Automotive designs and produces vehicle structural components and assemblies used by every major automotive manufacturer, including BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai/Kia, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen.

Robot Installations Set A Record In 2005
The automotive industry continues to pace robot installations for both motor vehicle and automotive part manufacturing. Robot installation set a record in 2005 primarily as a result of strong investment within the automotive industry.

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Upcoming Webcast Series

The CNC Best Kept Secrets Series of educational webcasts from GE Fanuc and American Machinist is designed to educate manufacturers on the often overlooked ways to prevent downtime, enhance the speed of machine tools, and improve part quality. Click here for more information.

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Makino— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series of online Webinars. Designed for shops of all types and sizes, the seminars are free to anyone who registers. The planned seminars are intended for shops in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries. In addition to metal cutting and die/mold, the seminars will cover new technologies, such as micromachining. Mark Rentschler, marketing manager, says, "Online seminars allow anyone with an Internet connection to attend without losing a day of work." The seminars concentrate on shop efficiency, lean manufacturing, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metal cutting processes. Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations. Click here for more info on upcoming seminars and registration information.

Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

My first trip to Beijing
"It′s my first trip to China. The excuse for coming here is the China International Machine Tool Show."

Chipping a casting with a cold chisel
"The way to remove very hard high spots off the surface of a steel casting might be to chip it with a cold chisel."

Surface grinder stripes in finish
"No matter what I do I still get these stripes."

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