eBulletin, March 2006

eBulletin, March 2006

March 30, 2006

In This Issue
  • Featured Articles
  • American Machinist Partners with PracticalMachinist.com
  • Webcast
  • Tech Zone of the Month
  • Technology Trends
  • Product Spotlight
  • Events



Newsletter Sponsor


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.


Featured Articles

Do-it-yourself thermography - Thermographic surveys can help to identify trouble before a problem becomes catastrophic. For example: if bearings are overheating, they reveal a unique thermographic signature that can be caught on infrared film. Affordable and easy-to-use imagers now are available for shops to perform thermographic surveys on their own if they have some training... Read more.

Get more out of turning operations - Barfeeding equipment can help to increase the productivity of a lathe by 50 percent, and can help to run machines around-the-clock without human supervision. Barfeeders automatically feed lengths of bar stock into lathes, and they free machine operators for other operations... Read more.

On autopilot: machining in the dark - A shop in Florida that produces aerospace parts leaves lathes unattended for as many as three days, so it runs products on weekends and holidays, and the owner says the low overhead and great profit makes him feel that he has found a jackpot in the machines on his shop floor... Read more.

Precision care for high-speed spindles - High-speed spindles need conscientious care to remain precision tools. Their maintenance is not complicated but it must be thorough... Read more.



American Machinist Partners with PracticalMachinist.com

Partnership brings together magazine content and leading interactive community

On March 16, American Machinist and PracticalMachinist.com announced a partnership where PracticalMachinist.com will become the official online bulletin board and discussion forum for American Machinist. PracticalMachinist.com is the leading online discussion forum for the metalworking community, with more than 500,000 pages views per month. It was launched in 2000 by Don Thomas, principal of Procyon Machine, in Beaufort, S.C.

"American Machinist provides information that empowers metalworking manufacturers to thrive in very challenging times," said Bob Rosenbaum, publishing director of American Machinist. "Working this closely with a strong online community helps us identify important trends and issues as they develop. This partnership creates two-way interaction about the content in the magazine and on our own website. Our goal is to help our readers think and work at a higher level, and this is an important outlet for them to ask questions and suggest ideas."

"I'm pleased that PracticalMachinist is now affiliated with such a respected name in the manufacturing press," said PracticalMachinist's Thomas. "Members of this online community will have easy access to the kind of research-based content that American Machinist delivers. We're counting on American Machinist contributions to generate an even livelier discussion."

Integration between PracticalMachinist.com and AmericanMachinist.com will be completed by April 14th. But you can get in on the conversation now.




Here is a quick taste of what you will find...

From CNC Machining -- Endmill Feedrate Question

"I got a possible problem with a Feed rate and RPM on a project I run a Lot of and was wondering if I am overdoing or underdoing the cutting tool. I would like to get the most out of my machine but also like long tool life too. This is my problem..."

Join the discussion and read the answers... Click here.


From CAD/CAM -- "Affordable" 3D CAD package options?

"I'm looking for an affordable - which means not more than about $2000 - 3D CAD package with which I can do 3D models of simple knife blades. The models would then be exported into another CAM program for production...."

Join the discussion and read the answers... Click here.


From EDM Machining -- My Ram EDM Project

"I am currently involved in a "research project" to determine the cost to produce the tail cap of a 2AA Maglite using a Ram EDM process. I am hoping that the tail cap will be able to machined with greater accuracy than that of a CNC mill. I am a "starving college student" and I would greatly appreciate any possible help that anyone could provide me. I need to know about costs of machines, as well as cost for running time, and I have seen that there are many different types of EDM machines, what do I need for something like this? "

Join the discussion and read the answers... Click here.



Tech Zone of the Month

MANUFACTURING SOFTWARE AND CONTROLS



AmericanMachinist.com features category-specific sections called Tech Zones, that include articles, products, supplier information, and more organized by key topics.


Webcast

Tool Shop Optimization: Why Technology Is Not Enough

Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 2pm EST


Sponsored by:







Technology Trends

Solidworks unveils 64-bit version of software - Solidworks Corp. has released a 64-bit version of its Solidworks CAD and Cosmos design analysis software, adding hundreds of times more memory to the software packages... Read more.

From Linear to Lean - Lean manufacturing requires new thinking in product development. Development trees that were used in linear product development and design are being replaced by team-concept software programs that ripple changes through an entire design system so that everyone is ensured that they are using the latest version of the product design... Read more.

Laser delivers high green output - Coherent Inc. has developed a laser that delivers more than 30 watts of green output, making it the highest power industrial laser available at the 523 nm wavelength... Read more.

Press-on labels sense machinery heat - Temperature sensitive labels can be used to indicate that a machine is giving off excessive heat, according to a Fullerton, Calif., company that has developed and is marketing the labels... Read more.

Software tracks loading and jobs - JobPack Inc. has a new software option that is designed to give engineers and production managers data on machine loading, capacity availability and late jobs... Read more.


Events

Solving Your Press Brake & Shear Challenges
April 4-5, 2006
Tomball, TX
Click here for more information.

Strategic Procurement and Negotiation Skills Training
April 5, 2006
Cincinnati, OH
Click here for more information.

Practical Lean: Successful Lean Manufacturing for Smaller & Mid-Sized Manufacturers
April 10-11, 2006
Kentwood, MI
Click here for more information.


Product Spotlight

Makino announced its first quarter 2006 online seminar series. The company says it created the series to help shops of all types and sizes to compete in the global marketplace. The seminar series is designed for shops involved in production machining, metal cutting and micromachining, and in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries.

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, getting the most out of your machine tools, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metalcutting processes.Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations.

The events are free of charge to registered attendees. Upcoming seminars and registration information are listed at www.makino.com/events.

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