Weekly Update 08/07/2008

Weekly Update 08/07/2008

August 7, 2008

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Robotmaster is a CAD/CAM off-line programming software tool for 6-8axis robots. Some benefits of Robotmaster are: creation of simple or complex robot trajectories accurately without teaching points; single solution compatible with multiple robot manufacturers. Robotmaster is ideal for all applications including Trimming, De-burring, De-flashing, Dispensing, Mold Machining, Spray Coating etc. ... www.robotmaster.com

Articles

Barfeeder Bonanza
All the specs on the most popular barfeeders now are in one place, so you can determine what features to look for when shopping for a barfeeder. Read the full story here


Invest In Castings
Near-net shape investment castings can save material, eliminate secondary machining operations and provide better part surface finishes. They can be an investment that provide an immediate return. Read the full story here


Single Part Clamping To Increase Value-Added Time
Machines that combine multiple operations make for complete part machining using single part clampings. The results are eliminating nonvalue-added time from your manufacturing processes and reducing the risk of stack-up errors in workpieces. Read the full story here


The Must-Have Tool For Machine Shops
The installation of a webcam can give shops added levels of confidence running machines unattended, streamlining their workflow and, even, winning new customers. Webcam systems allow users to be virtually at their shops any time day or night. Read the full story here




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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


Still squaring your bridgeport the old way? Isn't it time you got a SpindleSquare? Only $125.
  • Self-calibrating Unit – no need for any additional measuring tools!.
  • Comes fully assembled with two indicators mounted.
  • Can be used to square angles with a sine bar.
  • Packaged in custom wood or aluminum case.
  • Machinist designed and tested for accuracy and ease of use. www.spindlesquare.com



    Used Equipment Directory
    UED is the most comprehensive and best-known directory of available used equipment including manufacturing, material handling, electrical and chemical process. Sign up today to receive UED monthly by mail or email. Can't wait? Visit www.ued-ed.com to see the latest issue.





  • AM Webcasts

    Benchmarking at IMTS
    American Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year.

    American Machinist, will review the results of this third annual survey, and talk about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS.

    Vernyi also will talk about the program for the Job Shop Day at the IMTS and the speakers that will be featured there.

    August 20,2008 at 2:00 pm EST
    Sign up to hear more!



    Tool Shop Optimization:
    Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop


    Live Webinar: August 27, 2008 @ 2:00 pm ET

    Applying concurrent engineering processes to design and manufacturing can help toolmakers increase productivity and shorten product delivery times—improving responsiveness to customers and your company's bottom-line results.

    How can you make concurrent engineering a success at your machine shop?

    Attend this free on-line seminar and learn:
    • What is Concurrent Engineering?
    • What is it NOT?
    • How to make Concurrent Engineering the KEY to improving your delivery times
    Register now for this informative live webinar
    Sponsored by: Cimatron Group



    Now Available On Demand

    5 Key Strategies For Reduced Cost and Increased Profitability
    Striving to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive is no easy task.

    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.

    Watch Now!
    Sponsored by: EPICOR



    AM Workshop


    The only workshop that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop.

    The 2008 Machine Shop Workshop is an intensive 2-day event featuring peer presentations, best-practices and an emphasis on solving your real-world problems.

    Your registration includes:
    • Tickets to the "Best Machine Shops" award banquet
    • A free copy of the new "Benchmarks for Machine Shops" handbook
    • Plus breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets.
    By registering now, you'll also save $100!

    Sign Me Up!



    Announcements

    American Machinist Launches New Internet Forum
    The American Machinist Forum is a place to share thoughts, ideas and best practices for machine shops.

    The focus is on making machine shops competitive, efficient and flexible enough to compete in a global environment. You'll find discussion about manpower, use of automation and technology, creative uses of machine tools and a whole lot more. So sign up now and jump in. Click Here



    AM Machine Tool Theater


    New Machine Tool Theater
    American Machinist announces launch of 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. Watch Videos Now



    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.

    Sign Up Today!





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