Metalworking Monthly, July 2004

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Metalworking Monthly
July 29, 2004 / Volume 4, No. 7
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Welcome to AMERICAN MACHINIST's Metalworking Monthly, an e-newsletter of
manufacturing news and technology.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS E-NEWSLETTER TO YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES

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Sponsors: BSI Management Systems
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IN THIS ISSUE:

FREE DAILY GIVEAWAYS AT THE AM CHECKER CLUB CHALLENGE

AMERICAN MACHINIST FEATURES:

COMMENTARY: Let's stop playing the blame game

AMERICAN MACHINIST MANUFACTURING CO.:
EDM: Shopping for reliability

MACHINE TOOLS: 30 years of success in the U.S.

SPINDLES: Work-horse spindles

SHOP MANAGEMENT: Pinpoint where to invest in technology

UPDATED 2004 CUTTING TOOL CHARTS ONLINE

2004 METALWORKING BUYERS GUIDE ONLINE

MACHINE OF THE MONTH: Small on footprint, big on results

TECHNOLOGY TRUTHS

TECH TRENDS

LATEBREAKING NEWS:
- Meritage breaking up
- Dapra's new CEO
- New president/CEO for Lincoln Electric
- Hardinge introducing new corporate identity

HOT PRODUCT:
- Is that hard-guard adequately protecting your machine operators?

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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FREE DAILY GIVEAWAYS AT THE AM CHECKER CLUB CHALLENGE

September is right around the corner, and at IMTS, AMERICAN MACHINIST
(Booth CL-1) will be holding free daily drawings, with prizes including
a DVD player, digital camera, and lots of American Express gift
certificates. Be sure to participate in the CHECKER CLUB CHALLENGE,
where attendees will have the opportunity to collect a one-of-a-kind,
limited-edition checker set, with exclusive checker pieces designed and
machined by industry forerunners like Hydromat, Mazak, Mori Seiki, and
Okuma. Stop by the American Machinist booth, and stay tuned to
this website for more details.

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AMERICAN MACHINIST FEATURES:

COMMENTARY: Let's stop playing the blame game

In this month's commentary, the recent Independence Day celebrations
prompt AMERICAN MACHINIST Editor Tom Grasson to ponder the current state
of the American mindset, and how it impacts upon the manufacturing
industry: ". . . the majority of U.S. citizens take our current standard
of living for granted. Perhaps this is why our nation is beginning to
accept the 'what's in it for me' mentality, and ignoring the spread of
special-interest groups, particularly in the government sector."

Read the rest of his editorial at
/full_story.php?WID=12116, and be sure
to read and respond via email to mailto:[email protected]

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Sponsor: BSI Management Systems

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Practical Guide to Implementing ISO 9001:2000

Successfully completing ISO 9001:2000 implementation can be
overwhelming. BSI Management Systems, the world's leading Registrar,
has developed the "Practical Guide to Implementing ISO 9001:2000" to
help. In this document, there are best practice suggestions and useful
resources to help with your ISO 9001 journey. To download your copy,
please visit
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AMERICAN MACHINIST MANUFACTURING CO.:
EDM: Shopping for reliability

American Machinist is publishing a series of articles to help
manufacturing management better evaluate their metalworking-equipment
needs. In this seventh installment, readers learn that an EDM system is
only as strong as its weakest component, and that shops looking to
purchase such an EDM must evaluate every individual component in the
system.

To read the rest of this article, click here:

/full_story.php?WID=12124

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MACHINE TOOLS: 30 years of success in the U.S.

In a banner year, Mazak Corp (U.S.A.) celebrates its 30th anniversary
accelerating sales, and a historic, unprecedented first - - the
exporting of its machines to Japan. AMERICAN MACHINIST Executive Editor,
Patricia L. Smith writes, "Mazak Corp. was set up to succeed from the
beginning. . . [embracing] the tenets of lean manufacturing, putting in
a modular assembly system, multitasking equipment, and new FMS
technology."

To read the rest of this article, click here:

/full_story.php?WID=12125

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SPINDLES: Work-horse spindles

High-speed spindles with synchronous motors meet many machining needs.
Many shops dealing with a variety of jobs require spindles that handle
an entire machining operation on a single-spindle system. High-speed
spindles driven by synchronous motors possess these desirable features.
To boot, they're generally durable, reliable, virtually maintenance
free, and low cost. To read more, click here:

/full_story.php?WID=12127

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SHOP MANAGEMENT: Pinpoint where to invest in technology

In this informative how-to article, GE Fanuc's Douglas Peterson explains
how shops can zero in on spending for equipment effectiveness.

/full_story.php?WID=12126

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NEW 2004 CUTTING TOOL CHARTS are ONLINE

AMERICAN MACHINIST has updated its milling and turning charts, which are
intended to help shops quickly find the right tools for their jobs.
These charts separate tools by workpiece material, and then organize
them by feeds, speeds, and depths of cut.

http://lists.newsforindustry.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ef3h0Jsr8V0CKV0BIkd0Ah

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The 2004 METALWORKING BUYERS GUIDE is ONLINE

Check out the suppliers and services used by the metalworking industry
in AMERICAN MACHINIST'S updated 2004 Buyers Guide. You can look them up
by company name, location, or product.

http://lists.newsforindustry.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ef3h0Jsr8V0CKV0BHln0Ar

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Sponsor: Banner Engineering

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Banner Engineering's EZ-SCREEN Guarding System guards areas and
perimeters without a controller, and starts at only $795. Check it out
at http://lists.newsforindustry.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/egsj0Jsr8V0CKV07lk0AY

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MACHINE OF THE MONTH

Small on footprint, big on results

Designed with built-in workholding capabilities, Datron's VelociRaptor
CNC high-speed machining center employs microtooling for cutting
intricate pieces.

/full_story.php?WID=12123

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TECHNOLOGY TRUTHS

Brought to you by AMERICAN MACHINIST and Waterjet OEM Flow
International, Kent, Wash.

This month's installment dispels the myth that waterjets are high-tech
and difficult to operate. Read about the Windows-based control software
that can easily manage waterjet systems, and how this software has
helped one Birmingham, Ala. company to grow its profits while increasing
time efficiency.

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TECH TRENDS:

- IMTS spotlights what's coming in manufacturing

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- Giant spinner of pressure vessels

/full_story.php?WID=12118

- Huge savings expected from next-generation materials

/full_story.php?WID=12119

- Energy-saving stamping system

/full_story.php?WID=12120

- New composite might be the strongest yet

/full_story.php?WID=12121

- Ferrari rides on TI springs

/full_story.php?WID=12122

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Sponsor: Banner Engineering

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Banner's revolutionary PICO-GUARD Fiber Optic Safety System achieves
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INDUSTRY NEWS

- Meritage breaking up
Machine tool distributor Meritage has decided to break up. Formed in
1999, Meritage is returning to the three founding companies -- The
Robert E. Morris Co., handling the U.S. South and East, Ellison
Manufacturing Technology in the West and North, and Hartwig Inc. in the
central U.S. The former partners plan to continue collaborating on some
projects and use many of the services they developed as one company.
Visit http://www.meritageinc.com for more information.

- Dapra's new CEO
Linda Pilvelis is now CEO of cutting tool supplier Dapra Corp. She
replaces Tom Watson, who will continue as a member of the company's
board of directors. Pilvelis has been with Dapra for 29 years and
involved in its management since 1997. She became CFO in 1991. Visit
http://www.dapra.com for information.

- New president/CEO for Lincoln Electric
John M. Stropki Jr. is now president and CEO of Lincoln Electric Co. He
succeeds Anthony A. Massaro, who is retiring after eight years in the
position. Stropki was most recently the company's COO. He has also been
executive vice president and president of North American operations. Go
to http://www.lincolnelectric.com for more information.

- Hardinge introducing new corporate identity
Hardinge Inc. will unveil a new corporate identity at IMTS to better
reflect its growth. This includes a new logo, tagline, and graphic
images. The company is also implementing lean initiatives with improved
distribution networks, upgraded planning and purchasing departments, and
a strengthened supplier base. For more information, go to
http://www.hardinge.com.

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HOT PRODUCT

Is that hard-guard adequately protecting your machine operators? Based
on revised anthropometric data, the "Gotcha Stick" from STI is a
three-segment safe-distance scale used to verify that openings in
machine hard-guards will not allow the point-of-operation to be accessed
by the operator. Register to receive a free "Gotcha Stick" at
http://lists.newsforindustry.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/egsj0Jsr8V0CKV0BFCM0Ai

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

August 2-4, 2004:
International Surface Engineering Congress Exhibition, Orlando
ASM Thermal Spray Society and AESF, (800) 336-5152, ext.
5900,[email protected], http://www.asminternational.org

August 2-6, 2004:
Mechanical Testing of Metals, Materials Park, Ohio
ASM International, (440) 338-5151, [email protected],
http://www.asminternational.org

August 2-6, 2004:
Principles of Failure Analysis, Materials Park, Ohio
ASM International, (440) 338-5151, [email protected],
http://www.asminternational.org

August 9-13, 2004:
Practical Fracture Analysis, Grand Rapids, Michigan
ASM International, (440) 338-5151, [email protected],
http://www.asminternational.org

August 10-11, 2004:
Friction Stir Welding Conference, Orlando
American Welding Society, (305) 443-9353, ext. 449, [email protected],
http://www.aws.org

August 10-11, 2004:
Manufacturing Technology Summit, Dearborn, Michigan
Society of Manufacturing Engineers and University of Michigan Dearborn,
(800) 733-4763, http://www.sme.org/techsummit

August 17-19, 2004:
Machine Safeguarding Seminar, Rockford, Ill., Rockford Systems, (800)
922-7533, http://www.rockfordsystems.com

August 23-27, 2004:
Laser Safety Officer, Toronto, Ontario
Laser Institute of America, (800) 345-2737,
http://www.laserinstitute.org

August 24-26, 2004:
Quick Response Quoting and Manufacturing Certificate Program, Dearborn,
Michigan Society of Manufacturing Engineers, (800) 733-4763,
http://www.sme.org

August 25-27, 2004:
ASM Materials Processes for Medical Devices Conference, St. Paul
ASM International, CRS, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; (800)
336-5152, ext. 5900; [email protected];
http://www.asminternational.org

August 25-27, 2004:
Coil Slitting Certificate Program, Chicago
Society of Manufacturing Engineers, (800) 733-4763, http://www.sme.org

August 31-September 2, 2004:
Progressive Dies Certificate Program, Dearborn, Michigan
Society of Manufacturing Engineers, (800) 733-4763, http://www.sme.org

September 8-15, 2004:
IMTS 2004, International Manufacturing Technology Show, Chicago
AMT -- The Association for Manufacturing Technology, (800) 828-SHOW
(7469), http://www.imtsnet.org

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