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OEM News 08/12/2008

Aug. 12, 2008
August 12, 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), ...
August 12, 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), 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 www.schunk.com
Articles
Boeing Opens New Line For Satellite Assembly
Boeing said it is ready to use a new "pulse line" process for assembling satellites in El Segundo, Calif. The new process is expected to shorten the time needed to build a space vehicle. Read More

Harley-Davidson Completes Acquisition Of MV Agusta
Harley-Davidson, Inc. said it has completed its purchase of the privately-held Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta Group. The Company acquired 100 percent of MV Agusta Group shares for total consideration of approximately 70 million euros ($108 million), which includes the satisfaction of existing bank debt for approximately 45 million euros ($69 million). Read More

ITW Board Approves Plan To Divest Certain Businesses
Illinois Tool Works Inc. said its board of directors authorized a plan to divest several businesses: the Decorative Surfaces segment consisting of the Wilsonart and related laminate businesses and the Click Commerce industrial software business. ITW has retained Goldman Sachs to advise on the divestiture process for the Decorative Surfaces units Read More

PPG Opens Plant In China For Automotive Coatings
PPG Industries opened a its new automotive coatings plant in Wuhu, China. Read More

Boeing Gets $153 Million U.S. Navy Contract For Countermine System
The Boeing Company has been awarded a $153 million U.S. Navy contract to design and develop the Countermine System (CMS) for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Fla. The CMS, part of the Navy's effort to field a comprehensive Assault Breaching System, will help minimize mine-related combat losses during amphibious landings. Read More

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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
Events
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
Register now for this informative live webinarSponsored 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
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 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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