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Weekly Update 09/25/2008

Sept. 26, 2008
September 25, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR Direct-Drive High-Speed Rotary Indexer is ideal for drill & tap and laser processing. Hardinge's zero backlash technology offers speeds up to 4,500 ...
September 25, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR
Direct-Drive High-Speed Rotary Indexer is ideal for drill & tap and laser processing. Hardinge's zero backlash technology offers speeds up to 4,500 degrees/sec, accuracy of ±3 arc-sec and repeatability of ±2 arc-sec! Model DD100 has an A2-4, 5C spindle to accept collets, step chucks, expanding collets and jaw chucks for part gripping flexibility. Engineered to run 24/7 with consistent part quality over a long life. 800-843-8801 Details:
Design for Production
GibbsCAM is a single software product aimed at shops doing production work. The software is comprised of numerous modules that can be activated for a fee as a user needs them. Read the full story here

GibbsCAM Modules: A Quick Reference
All of the following modules are included in every copy of GibbsCAM, however users can access only those modules that they have paid for. Read the full story here

Company Profile: Gibbs & Associates
Gibbs and Associates was founded in 1982. The company is located in Moorpark, California and sells its products through a network of independent resellers in North America. Read the full story here

Think Outside the Box and You Get a New Box
When Carlo Miceli, president of Miceli Technologies Inc. and his engineering design team set out to create a new CNC machine tool controller six years ago, they set out to raise the performance bar and change the entire paradigm of what a machine tool controller should be. Read the full story here

Latest Analysis of the CAM Market
The most recent analysis of the CAM software market produced by CIMdata, Inc. shows that CNC Software’s Mastercam still remains the most widelyused CAM software. Mastercam software has been the leading package for 14 years . Read the full story here

Cut CMM Programming Time 90 Percent
Creating a program to have a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) inspect a complex part is a time-consuming activity that can take hours and sometimes days to complete.

However, a new software package has been developed to reduce that time by as much as 90 percent. The package is called PAS CMM, and is being distributed in North America by PAS Technology. Read the full story here

Hot Products
The 2008 ERP in Manufacturing Benchmark Report Pressures to reduce costs outweigh all other business drivers impacting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in 2008. While ERP is generally viewed as a necessary infrastructure, it is also a strategic weapon in streamlining and automating business processes – while providing visibility to those processes throughout the enterprise. This report explores the feedback by over 1200 manufacturers and aims to serve as a roadmap to those in the manufacturing community who desire to reduce costs, improve accuracy of inventory and schedules, and develop customer responsiveness through successful ERP implementations.
BIG-PLUS Tooling from BIG Kaiser Closes the Gap The BIG-PLUS Spindle System creates surface contact with both the flange and taper of the tool holder for dramatic improvements in performance. Take our NO RISK Trial Offer – with just a little information, we can determine if BIG-PLUS tooling is right for you. If it doesn't improve performance, we'll take it back - no charge. Go to or call 1-888-866-5776 to learn more.
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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
Benchmarking at IMTSAmerican Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year. American Machinist, reviews the results of this third annual survey, and talks about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS. Watch Now!Tool Shop Optimization: Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop 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.Watch Now!Sponsored by: Cimatron Group
AM Workshop
November 12-14, 2008
The Doubletree Hotel Chicago - Oak Brook

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. Hurry only 49 Days left to register! 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.

    November 12-14, 2008
    The Doubletree Hotel Chicago - Oak Brook
    Hotel Promotional Rate:$149/night+tax. Promo Rate Expires on 10/29/08.
    Promotional code: Machine Shop Workshop

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