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Weekly Update 08/09/2007

Aug. 10, 2007
August 9, 2007 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR Makino Makino— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series ...
August 9, 2007
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.
In The News
Manual Machine Tools Manual machine tools still play a vital role in production for some shops, and they often find that manuals provide the most efficient way to tackle the jobs they have. Also, find out how all-manual shops stay competitive.
History-Free Part Modeling
Gain the freedom to easily explore new ideas without having to plan part-modeling steps in advance of designing. Also try out options and quickly change designs, add ideas and remove what does not work. It's all possible with history-free 3D dynamic modeling software.
Turn On Production with Live Tooling
Are you wasting valuable production time transferring parts from one machine to the next? Are you forced to farm work out to keep up when work loads increase? The solution could be as simple as a turning machine with live tooling.
Cut Out Poor Bandsaw Performance
The right bandsaw blade can increase your cuts per blade and enable you to handle a wide variety of materials with one blade type. Bi-metal bandsaw blades not only provide shops with such capabilities, they also improve cutting accuracy.
An Attractive Material-Handling Idea
Find out how one shop improved the safety of its materials-management workers whose jobs were to move large, heavy steel plates. These workers do not have to climb onto the plates or waste lots of time balancing loads, and they no longer suffer from back injuries. Thanks to a magnetic lifting system.
Tackle Today's Tough Programming Jobs
Aerospace blisks and impellers, 5-axis simultaneous and B-axis turn-mill machining, and Swiss-type lathes can be programming nightmares. However, a new family of CAM software packages can simplify and speed the process.
Grind On a Milling Machine
A new flexible grinding center not only provides an alternative to grinding aerospace blades and vanes on big, expensive grinding machines, it delivers the flexibility for handling different part families and for quick changeovers.
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American Machinist Sponsors Machine Shop Workshop 2007
Register before Sept, 7, 2007 and save 10% off the regular price. When: November 7 - 9, 2007 Where: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center Join hundreds of machine shop owners and top managers in exploring strategies and tactics that can help improve your business. AM's Machine Shop Workshop delivers content that is 100% relevant, in nearly 30 sessions. AM's Machine Shop Workshop empowers you to evaluate your shop performance and learn a systematic approach to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve operations. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your business. Register TODAY. Click here for more information.
Upcoming Webcast Series
The CNC Best Kept Secrets Series of educational webcasts from GE Fanuc and American Machinist is designed to educate manufacturers on the often overlooked ways to prevent downtime, enhance the speed of machine tools, and improve part quality. Click here for more information.
Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum
Information Economy... a contradiction in terms? Can information sustain itself without manufacturing? Ten years from now... Look at the pain points and the direction we need to go to avoid them. International Stationary Steam Engine Society For those who may be interested...
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