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Weekly Update 08/14/2008

Aug. 15, 2008
August 14, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR SCHUNK Inc., a world leader in workholding, toolholding, and automation technology, is proud to announce their partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), ...
SCHUNK Inc., a world leader in workholding, toolholding, and automation technology, is proud to announce their partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), one of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Racing teams. SCHUNK will serve as the "Official Workholding Solutions Provider" of Joe Gibbs Racing, home of the #20 Home Depot Toyota driven by Tony Stewart, the #18 M&M's Toyota, driven by Kyle Busch, and the #11 FedEx Toyota, driven by Denny Hamlin. For information on SCHUNK'S toolholding components, rotating and stationary workholding systems, and automation components, visit
The Latest on Machining Aluminum
Advanced techniques have emerged for machining aluminum during the past five years.

These techniques are the result of shops looking to maximize metal removal rates, minimize cycle times and reduce machine power requirements. Read the full story here

Tools for Routing Stainless Steel
Onsrud Cutter said it has developed a line of tools that are capable of running at high spindle speeds while providing good tool life to solve the problem of cutting stainless steel on a high-speed CNC router. Read the full story here

Workholding/NASCAR Racing Partnership
Schunk Inc. has joined with Joe Gibbs Racing, one of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Racing teams, as its "official workholding solutions provider." Read the full story here

Supermarket for Titanium Machining
The Productivity Solutions business of MAG Maintenance Technologies has teamed up with sister company, MAG Cincinnati to supply comprehensive, singlesource titanium processing technology. Read the full story here

Turning Grade for Hard Materials
Sandvik Coromant has introduced the GC4205 insert grade that provides increased speeds, high metal removal rates and process stability in steel turning applications. Read the full story here

Hot Products
GSC Drill Bit Sharpeners and End Mill Sharpeners designed for machinists! No need to sorted, pack, and ship drill bits to outside sharpening services. This affordable Drill Sharpener produces results comparable to reconditioning vendors. Capacity: 5/64" to 1/2"; 9/32" to 55/64"; Angle set up Okay; Saves your time!
ATI Industrial Automation has released VersaFinish™, an Axially-Compliant Finishing Tool suitable for a multitude of robotic and automated material finishing operations. VersaFinish is a robust, low-speed, high-torque air tool with an axially-floating spindle that uses many types of media including, abrasive and wire brushes, sanding disks, polishing points, chamfering tools and more. Visit 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 to see the latest issue.
AM Webcasts
Benchmarking at IMTSAmerican 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
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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
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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
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.
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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 TheaterAmerican 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
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