e-Bulletin, December 2004

e-Bulletin, December 2004

December 15, 2004
Welcome to the latest in manufacturing news, products, and technology.

In this Issue...
Sponsored by BSI Management Systems and Banner Engineering

  • Tom Grasson's commentary - we can't afford complacency
  • AMERICAN MACHINIST feature articles
  • Machine of the month - linear tool changer slashes nonproductive time
  • Technology trends - laser cutter does its own setups, and more...
  • Latebreaking news - BEI acquire Newall and other latebreaking news
  • Hot products - refurbish testing equipment, and more...
  • Mark your calendar - attend these seminars and events to learn the latest in business strategy and technology

Newsletter sponsor
BSI Management Training

Now that 2004 is coming to a close, we want to make sure you have the proper training to start the new year off with ease. BSI has a full suite of ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 training courses to help make your management systems registration journey a success. Check it out


We can't afford complacency says Tom Grasson, publisher and editorial director. Although people tend to get a bit nostalgic around the holidays, those of us in manufacturing shouldn't become too complacent. Check out Tom's remarks

American Machinist Features

Cornering the creepfeed market says creepfeed (CF) grinding can outperform milling and broaching in cranking out parts made from superalloys and fully hardened materials. But because of CF's high grinding forces, only shops dedicated to the process really know how to control its many variables. Read all about it

Building tomorrow's machinists claims that budding machinists often don't get the hands-on experience they need before hitting the shop floor. That's why one large CNC machine tool manufacturer has stepped in. Read how partnerships between it and learning institutions are shaping quality manufacturing education. Check it out

Sensors spawn spindle standard explains how technological advancements are changing the standard for spindle measuring. With the right sensors, shops and OEMs can differentiate between spindle accuracies at the micro-inch level. Read the article

Newsletter sponsor
Banner Engineering

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

Machine of the Month

Take a look at LiCON's Linear Tool Changer for high-volume applications. Its cluster of four or six driven, tooled spindles means no more conventional toolchanges. Instead, the machine takes just 0.8 sec to position another spindle on the workpiece.
Check out the machine

Technology Trends

Laser cutter does its own setups
New process yields strong saw blades
Roll form curved shapes
High-speed "data" pictures

Hot Products

Triple-mode laser
Inspect and sort small parts
Refurbishing testing equipment

Latebreaking News

Next generation ERP software
Epicor reports its next-generation ERP software helps enterprises optimize their performance in the global manufacturing economy. Learn how the challenges facing manufacturers make this technology necessary. Read all about it

New president for View Engineering
Vijay Patel has replaced Steven Rosso as president of View Engineering Inc. Rosso left the company to pursue other opportunities in the industry. Patel is a 20-yr employee who has been involved in technical and marketing management at the company and has direct customer experience. Check out the article

Machine Tool Hall of Fame induction

The American Precision Museum added four members to the Machine Tool Hall of Fame, which honors leaders in the development of the American machine tool industry. They include: Thomas Blanchard, inventor of the copy lathe; Ebenezer G. Lamson, founder of Jones & Lamson Machine Co, machine tool manufacturer; Robert M. Gaylord, head of Ingersoll Milling for more than 40 yr; and Leighton A. Wilkie, inventor of the metal bandsaw and founder of DoAll.

Mark Your Calendar

January 11
Environmental Compliance Collaborative, Cincinnati, (800) 345-4482 or (513) 948-2076 Get more information

January 18 - 20
Machine Safeguarding Seminar, Rockford, Ill., Rockford Systems Inc., (800) 922-7533 Check it out

January 25 - 27
Weldmex 2005, Mexico City, Mexico, Trade Show Consulting, (410) 252-1322
Find out the details

Coming in January's issue: AMERICAN MACHINIST will focus on small businesses.
Find out how small shops can wring out a profit in today's global economy.

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