1/12/2012 - VTC Revitalized with New CNC, AC Servos

1/12/2012 - VTC Revitalized with New CNC, AC Servos

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January 12, 2012

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Offshoring vs. Reshoring – Which Is Less Costly?

In the past, it was easy to say that offshoring was the way to better margins through dramatically reduced costs – but is that true anymore? Check out this on-demand American Machinist webinar to get the real scoop on which route is less costly for you – offshoring or reshoring. Get details on hidden risks and costs associated with either so that no matter which direction you choose, your company will be best positioned for future growth. Get access now – free!
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VTC Revitalized with New CNC, AC Servos
Most U.S. shops take for granted the quality and reliability of their electric power, though invariably there are power fluctuations and outages, and in some regions of the world these are inescapable. Operating CNC machine tools in such an area will underscore how well a machine control can handle a power ‘hiccup’: Can the CNC recover quickly or does it forget what planet it's on? Read the full story here


Automated Machining Helps Lift Wheel Capacity 42%
Accuride Corp. credits a novel automated machining installation, among several strategic moves, for expanding its aluminum truck wheel production capacity over the past year. The Mega-Line at Erie, Pa., plant started up last November, and involves eight robots that handle forged and heat-treated wheels as they are turned, pre-stressed, milled, coined, and surface finished for the commercial vehicle market. Read the full story here


New Toolpath Strategy in Delcam 2012
A “dedicated strategy” for high-speed machining is reported to be the most important new capability in Delcam Plc’s PowerMill 2012 release, due to be demonstrated in the coming weeks by the CAD/CAM system developer. PowerMill is Delcam's primary CAM software for machining, specifically for three-, four-, and five-axis milling. It is a stand-alone CAM system that produces NC toolpaths from CAD models and can recieve data from any CAD system, via IGES, VDA, STL or a variety of direct interfaces. Read the full story here


New Vertical Milling Series Covers Multiple Apps
MC Machinery Systems Inc. is expanding its product line with a new series of CNC milling machines. The new Diamond Cut line includes five different styles of vertical machining centers and drilling and tapping machines. Read the full story here


Machine Tool Orders Fell in November
U.S. manufacturers and machine shops ordered $430.17 million worth of machine tools and related products in November, a result that fell 6.9% below the October tally of $463.32 million and marked the second consecutive month of declining totals. However, the November 2011 figure also represented a 26.6% increase over the $339.68 million in orders recorded for November 2011; and the 11-month total for 2011 improved to $4,956.51 million, a 73.9% increase over the January-November 2010 total. Read the full story here




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Wireless Sensing for CNC Machining Webinar: Control Your Operations
Join Electrochem for an in-depth look into Wireless Sensing for CNC Machining Operations via webcast on Wednesday, January 25th @ 12:00pm EST.

Hydraulic clamping pressure fluctuations throughout a machining process can result in severely damaged equipment – increasing maintenance costs, downtime, recalls, and more - all of which decrease overall productivity and profitability. Wireless sensing gives machine operators greater control by providing solutions to these problems. Join in the discussion on industry issues and innovative solutions. This webinar will provide knowledge on:
• Eliminating frequent challenges faced by CNC operators through the use of wireless sensing solutions
• Understanding wireless sensing system components that comply with CNC environments
• Accomplishing real-time diagnostic monitoring and automation via “lights out” manufacturing
• Analyzing ROI possibilities related to daily operational costs and labor expenses
• Comprehending system configuration, integration and deployment that meet CNC market needs.
REGISTER TODAY Read the full story here






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