e-Bulletin, January 2005

Jan. 1, 2005
January 31, 2005Your newsletter for manufacturing news and technology. In this Issue... Sponsored by J&L Industrial Supply and Bishop-Wisecarver Corp.  Commentary ...
January 31, 2005
Your newsletter for manufacturing news and technology. In this Issue... Sponsored by J&L Industrial Supply and Bishop-Wisecarver Corp.
  • Commentary by Tom Grasson - let's show the humanitarian side of manufacturing
  • AMERICAN MACHINIST feature articles - how to thrive in 2005
  • Technology truths - an educational series brought to you by
    and Flow International Corp.
  • Machine of the month - multitasking turning center tackles oil-field work
  • Technology trends
  • Hot products
  • Latebreaking news
  • Mark your calendar - win a trip to Italy
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Commentary Let's show the humanitarian side of manufacturing

Tom Grasson, publisher and editorial director, says the tsunami that hit southwest of Indonesia should make us put aside our competitiveness and bring the humanitarian side of manufacturing to the forefront. Whether your operation produces canned goods, or you make equipment that rebuilds roads, Tom reminds us we all have something to offer. Read the article

Newsletter sponsorBishop-Wisecarver Corp. Offers a Compact Belt-Driven Unit Ideal for Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging

The HepcoMotion PDU2 Profile Driven Linear Transmission Unit is a robust, high performance system designed specifically for applications requiring a cost effective solution. Mechanically simple but highly innovative, PDU2 can satisfy the slow moving, light-load application. It's the product of a union between proven belt technology, advanced engineering materials and aluminum profile design. At a remarkable measurement of just 60mm x 51mm, the PDU2 is rated for speed operations up to 6m/s, offers a load capacity of 500N and a full range of options such as motors, limit switches and aluminum frame systems. Check it out

American Machinist feature articlesHow to thrive in 2005 What should small shops do to grow their businesses and beat back foreign competition? Check out industry expert outlooks for 2005, how automation can give you the upper hand, and how an on-line matchmaker can find you new work and new supplier partners.Read more Technology truthsAn educational series brought to you by AMERICAN MACHINIST and Flow International Corp. The myth that abrasive-waterjet cutting is limited in aerospace applications doesn't hold water. Find out how aerospace companies such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, GE, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce are successfully incorporating the process.Read more or check out the company website at

Machine of the month
Multitasking turning center tackles oil-field work
Mazak's Cybertech Turn 4500MT, a high-productivity, heavy-duty multitasking turning center, tackles long-shaft work for the oil-field and energy industries. The machine features a 12-position upper drum turret (equipped with turning and milling tools), an 8-position lower turret (with turning tools), and a slew of other productivity-enhancing features. Check it out

Technology trends
Smart grinder sets a standard for accuracy
Pushing Congress for a pro-manufacturing agenda
Italian machines ready to tackle U.S.-market challenges
New SLS process turns powder into prototypes

Hot products
Newsletter sponsor
Banner's revolutionary PICO-GUARD Fiber Optic Safety System achieves highest Category 4 safety rating with a single switch point. Check it out

Latebreaking news
Co-CEOS for Korber Schleifring unit
Heinz Poklekowski is now Co-CEO of Walter Mashcinenbau GmbH, which Korber Schleifring GmbH purchased last summer from Walter AG. Poklekowski shares company leadership responsibilities with Willi Motzer.

One-stop solution for metal processors
Industrial gas supplier Air Products, and Surface Combustion Inc., a thermal systems equipment manufacturer, entered into an agreement to jointly market products to the metals processing industry. These includes a variety of industrial gases, services, technology, and atmosphere-generating equipment. Read more

Collaboration simplifies process device needs

Endress & Hauser Group is collaborating with Rockwell Automation Inc. to offer convenient, standards-compliant methods of configuring hybrid process automation. Find out more at or

Heat treater celebrates anniversary
Alfe Heat Treating is celebrating its 25th anniversary. With nine facilities in five states, it serves automotive, industrial, and aerospace with ferrous and nonferrous heat treating and secondary services. Read more

Mark your calendar
Free "Increase Productivity Through Automation" seminars
GE Fanuc, Charlottesville, Va., has assembled a winning team of industry experts to help you optimize your factory and become more globally competitive through automation. Attend this or one of the company's other free half-day seminars and you are eligible to win a trip to the 2006 Olympic games in Italy. Seminar topics include: Advanced Manufacturing, Solutions in Action, Renishaw Inc.; How Robotic Automation Can Save Your Factory, FANUC Robotics; Real-Time Data From The Plant Floor, GE Fanuc; and more:
February 8: Cincinnati, Ohio
FANUC Robotics America Inc., Mason, Ohio. Register on-line

February 24: Milwaukee, Wis.
Moraine Park Technical College, West Bend, Wis. Register on-line

February 22-24
Expo Manufactura, Monterrey, Mexico, E.J. Krause & Associates, (301) 493-5500,
Check it out

February 24
Making Waves: Integrating RFID Into Your Supply Chain, Troy, Mich., Society of Manufacturing Engineers, (800) 733-4763, Check it out

March 1-3
Houstex, Houston, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Association for Manufacturing Technology, and American Machine Tools Distributors Assoc., (800) 733-4763,
Find out more

Coming in February's issue: AMERICAN MACHINIST will focus on factories of the future. Find out how smart shops can endure and even thrive in a global economy.

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