Weekly Update 05/01/2008

Weekly Update 05/01/2008

May 1, 2008

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Articles

Support the Smart Machine Platform Initiative
The fourth year of funding for the Smart Machine Platform Initiative will be under consideration in Congress this summer, and American Machinist is joining the National Tooling and Machining Association in calling for support for that program. Read Full Story

The Era of Expanding International Trade Agreements is Closing
If you listen to the debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, you would think that the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA") was one of the worst trade deals that the United States Government ever negotiated and that the American people have suffered grievously from its provisions. Read Full Story

CMMs Designed for the Shop Floor
Wenzel GmbH, Wilcox Associates Inc. and Micron-X-Corp. are bringing coordinate measuring machine capabilities to the sides of machine tools with machines and gauges that are engineered to withstand the rougher environment of the shop floor. Read Full Story

Process Deposits Part Strength and Longevity
The Technogenia Lasercarb Technology Center in Conroe, Tex., houses a machine that deposits anti-abrasion material onto industrial parts. Located in the heart of the oil and gas industry, the facility is the first in the United States to use the latest in diode laser technology to offer shops a process to protect parts for optimal performance and longer lifespan. Read Full Story

Ideas for Jaw Chuck
This is the fastest way to dial-in a 4-jaw chuck. Read Full Story



Hot Products

LUXXOR® VIDEO SYSTEM CONNECTS TO ANY HAWKEYE ® BORESCOPE

Gradient Lens Corporation has introduced a complete video system that operates with any Hawkeye Precision Borescope, rigid or flexible. The Luxxor Video System includes a Sony XC-555 Video Camera, a Luxxor 24 Light Source, Luxxor Light Guide, Luxxor Video Coupler Lens, USB Image Capture Interface, and the Hawkeye SuperKit storage case.
The complete system sells for under $4000. www.gradientlens.com



Announcement

Welding Magazine and Welding Web Announce Launch Of Welding Theater


Welding Magazine and Welding Web are pleased to announce the beta launch of Welding Theater at www.weldingtheater.com. Think of it as YouTube for welders. It provides videos about welding process and equipment. In the not-too-distant future, it will also be open to the posting of amateur videos by anyone involved in the welding industry. Click Here For More Information



Upcoming Webcasts

FREE Web Seminar: The Right Way to Retrofit
What you need to know when retrofitting, rebuilding or remanufacturing machine tools. In this webcast presentation, GE Fanuc product manager Mark Brownhill and American Machinist editor Bruce Vernyi will discuss many opportunities for retrofitters and end users to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings that are possible with this valuable approach. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn how a retrofit solution might be right for your shop. Click Here



Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

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Is Glass A Liquid At Room Temperature?
"Not to stick my head in the proverbial lion's mouth..." Read Full Story

The Japanese Miracle-Automobiles
"I'm confused by the numbers." Read Full Story

Vintage Machinery Group Photos
"Isn't this a cool couple of photos?" Read Full Story



Digital Edition

Now you can get the latest edition of American Machinist delivered directly to your PC. Digital editions allow you to page through articles, click through hotlinks for direct advertiser websites, send emails to authors and other contacts, zoom, print or send to a friend. www.americanmachinist.com





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