Weekly Update 07/10/2008

Weekly Update 07/10/2008

July 10, 2008

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3-Axis, Distortion-Free Laser Marking on Irregular Surfaces
The KEYENCE MD-V9900 YVO4 Laser Marker provides distortion-free marking of products with irregular shapes and sizes at production speeds, without requiring mechanical devices to move the marker or products. It features the first simultaneous 3-axis (X, Y, Z) beam control with a large 300x300mm marking area, a 42mm variable focal length, and a variable beam spot size. For more infomation, Click Here


Articles

Building A Solid Base For A Machine Tool
Polymer concrete machine bases have major roles in improving accuracy, part surface finishes and allowing for more-aggressive cuts to shorten cycle times. The material has been around for a long while, but there are new formulations shops should know about. Read Full Story

Automated Production
A shop uses an automated high-volume machining system that incorporates two gantry robots servicing eight machine portals to meet the challenges of producing high-quality components for diesel engine manufacturers. Read Full Story

Secondary Offsets Improve Part Accuracy
The conventional protocol of establishing work coordinates, or fixture offsets, for parts per their prints has one drawback: Datums such bolt-hole patterns and tightly toleranced part features that don't interact directly with fixtures are subject to several stack-up errors. Spindle probing and setting up secondary fixture offsets can solve the problem. Read Full Story

The Benefits Of Linear Motion Roller Guides
Linear motion roller guides offer numerous advantages for high-performance machine tools as compared with conventional plain guides. A machine tool builder spells out all those advantages. Read Full Story



Hot Products


Okuma is a world leader in the development of computer numeric controls (CNC) and machining technology. Okuma vertical and horizontal machining centers, lathes, double column machining centers, grinders, and wheel machines offer users high throughout, high accuracy, reliable solutions to production machining operations.Click Here


Earth-Chain-- Lifting Magnets

EZ-LIFT lifting magnets are available from Earth-Chain, Indianapolis, IN. They are rated to lift up to 6,600 lbs. They are made from powerful "rare earth" neodymium iron boron magnets, so they don't need electricity. They have a built in 3.5 X safety factor. Click Here



Techniks-- ER Holders For Tight Clearance
Clearance problems are "no problem" for ER mini-nut holders from Techniks. Nut diameters range from .63" to 1.02" (16mm - 28mm) ER11, ER16, and ER20 sizes are available for CAT40, CAT50, BT30, and BT40 spindles. Techniks is a manufacturer of tool holders and accessories, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Click Here


Earth-Chain-- Magnetic Workholding
EEPM magnetic chucks from Earth-Chain drastically reduce set-up time. They are used for drilling, milling, and boring operations on thin or thick workpieces. Holding power is over 100MT/Sqm. 26 sizes to choose from. Easily integrates with pallet changing and tombstone systems. Call (877)354-3837. Click Here




AM Webcasts

Sponsor: GE Fanuc

Best Kept Secrets of CNC Connectivity-July 23,2008 2:00 pm EST
How to get data into and out of a control


In our latest installment of the GE Fanuc Best Kept Secrets webcast series, we'll show you how the various communications technologies available with today's CNCs will give your production team a distinct competitive advantage. GE Fanuc Productivity Product Manager Mark Brownhill will answer many commonly asked questions end users ask when trying to connect to their CNC production data.

Join us July 23 at 2:00 pm EST and learn how you can improve data availability and maximize business performance by utilizing these Best Kept Secrets of CNC Connectivity.
Click Here To Register




Sponsor: Epicor

Striving to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive is no easy task. - July 30,2008 2:00 pm EST


Epicor Manufacturing talks about ways to plan, schedule, execute and monitor your manufacturing operations - from raw materials to final product - to develop your highest level of flexibility and agility, and to make your operations more competitive.

Join us July 30,2008 at 2:00 pm EST
Click Here To Register




AM Workshop

American Machinist Presents: Machine Shop Workshop - November 12-14,2008

The only event that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop. Join owners and top managers to explore strategies and improve your business. Register now and save at: Click Here



Announcements

American Machinist Announces Launch Of Machine Tool Theater


American Machinist is pleased to announce the beta launch of Machine Tool Theater at www.machinetooltheater.com. Visit Machine Tool Theater; watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity.Click Here





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