e-Bulletin, April 2005

April 15, 2005
Your newsletter for manufacturing news and technology.

In this Issue...
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  • Commentary by Tom Grasson - Let's get happy
  • AMERICAN MACHINIST feature articles
  • Technology trends
  • Hot products
  • Latebreaking news
  • Mark your calendar - Become more globally competitive
Bob Rosenbaum extends his welcome to all. Bob was recently appointed Publisher for the American Machinist group publications, which includes American Machinist, Welding Design and Fabrication, Cutting Technology, Gases and Welding Distributor, and americanmachinist.com. He invites you to send your feedback and comments to us at [email protected].

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Commentary
Let's get happy

The British government is attempting to measure how happy its citizens are, says associate publisher and editorial director Tom Grasson. He finds the idea absurd and hopes our elected officials don't waste time creating such a "happiness index." What would make people happy, he writes, would be legislators who tackled corporate tax reform, tort litigation, and regulatory-compliance problems. And imagine our joy if the government fixed Social Security. Read the article

American Machinist feature articles
A toolpath like no other
Thanks to a new CAM-software engine, operators may never again have to adjust a machine's feed override. The engine lets shops machine part features as if every cut made is along a straight-edge wall at a constant depth-of-cut. Find out how it can help shops machine above recommended cutting parameters.

Fixture gaging quality
Combining go/no-go hard gaging with the power of microprocessors provides a middle ground between simple gages and those that are computer-based. Learn how combined systems not only give numerical values but also visual and audio cues that are familiar to operators accustomed to using column gages or dial indicators.

Technology trends
Learn about the new N-STEP standard
Read about demos that focused on lean manufacturing


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Hot products
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Banner's DUO-TOUCH ergonomic, diverse redundant two-hand control system protects machine operators, hands. Check it out

Sunnen Products Company is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of bore-sizing and finishing equipment. Find out more

Read how the JobPack scheduler provides graphical view of all work loaded on the shop floor, and the ability to reschedule and get delivery dates in real time.

For serial numbering, date coding, and part numbering, Numberall Stamp & Tool Co. Inc. offers a complete line of metal-marking equipment. Find out more

Latebreaking news
Hilliard celebrates 100 years in business
The Hilliard Corp., Elmira, N.Y., is celebrating 100 years in business. The company makes oil-filtration units, elevator brakes, and parts for companies including Polaris and Caterpillar. Hilliard has five plants locally, including a research and development division.
Check out the company

Cincinnati Lamb sold
Unova has sold the Cincinnati Lamb Group to a New York private investment group. Maxcor Inc., under the entity MAG Industrial Automation Systems LLC, completed the sale for about $60 million. Read more

Delcam acquires EGS

Find out more about how Delcam has acquired Engineering Geometry Systems, developer and marketer of FeatureCAM CAD/CAM software. Delcam Managing Director Hugh Humphreys says FeatureCAM will continue as an independent product line.

Mark your calendar
Free "Increase Productivity Through Automation" seminars
GE Fanuc, Charlottesville, Va., has assembled a winning team of industry experts to help you optimize your factory and become more globally competitive through automation. Attend this or one of the company's other free half-day seminars and you are eligible to win a trip to the 2006 Olympic games in Italy. Seminar topics include: Advanced Manufacturing, Solutions in Action, Renishaw Inc.; How Robotic Automation Can Save Your Factory, FANUC Robotics; Real-Time Data From The Plant Floor, GE Fanuc; and more. Register on-line
April 29
FANUC Robotics America Inc., Rochester Hills, Mich.

May 11
Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa.

May 1-3
2005 National Technical Conference, Columbus, Precision Machined Products Assoc., (440) 526-0300, Check it out

May 3-4
Rips, Tears, and Wrinkles: Understanding Draw Dies, Nashville, Fabricators & Manufacturers Assoc. International, (815) 399-8775, Check it out

May 4
Molecular Nanotechnology and Manufacturing: The Enabling Tools, Minneapolis, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, (800) 733-4763, Find out more

May 24-26
Eastec, West Springfield, Mass., Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Machine Tool Distributors Assoc., and AMT -- Association for Manufacturing Technology,
Get the details


Coming in May: AMERICAN MACHINIST provides cutting tool milling and turning charts that make your tool selection decisions fast and easy.

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