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e-Bulletin, March 2005

e-Bulletin, March 2005

March 14, 2005
Your newsletter of manufacturing news and technology.
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In this Issue...
Sponsored by Bishop-Wisecarver (BWC)
  • Commentary by Tom Grasson - Big Three automakers strike out
  • AMERICAN MACHINIST feature articles
  • Technology truths - it's a myth that waterjets lack versatility
  • Machine of the month - Configurable horizontal boring mill fits the bill
  • Technology trends
  • Hot products
  • Latebreaking news
  • Mark your calendar - how to increase your productivity through automation
Big Three automakers strike out
The demise of the Big Three may be around the corner according to associate publisher and editorial director Tom Grasson. Foreign automotive companies are building cars and trucks in America, with American workers, in some of the most advanced factories in the world. And lately they're having more success selling their products than their counterparts in Detroit.
Read Tom's comments

Newsletter sponsor
New Innovative Technology from Bishop-Wisecarver: DualVee Wheels with Integral Bushings and Studded Shafts

Bishop-Wisecarver announces Integral studs and bushings that eliminate tolerance stack-up and improve durability and stability. Wheels with Integral bushings and studded shafts provide higher load capabilities and reduce installation time. Offered in 52100 carbon bearing steel and 440C stainless steel, shielded or sealed; studded wheels available in sizes 0 - 4; bushed wheels available in sizes 2 - 4. Multiple components consolidated into one part number allows for simple procurement. Contact our expert Application Engineers for more information on how this new, innovative technology will improve performance and reduce inventory and costs. Check out BWC's website

American Machinist feature articles
20/20 machine vision
Seeking factory-floor automation for the first time? Consider vision-guided robots. These systems reduce costs is by introducing parts to machining cells via simple conveyors. This eliminates expensive fixturing for shops doing batch-type operations.
Learn how
such systems can help your shop cut costs.

Automating body-in-white
Robotic automation can simplify and standardize difficult processes, such as those used to manufacture cars. Read how a modular, automated robotic system boosts body-in-white process-efficiency and productivity.
Find out more

Why wait to automate?
Read how one machine tool OEM fully equips and automates its systems to quickly put automation in the hands of end users. Such systems readily accept automated packages that can include parts stackers, robot gantry loaders, and post-process gaging.

Technology Truths
It's a myth that waterjets lack versatility
Waterjet systems get their versatility from supersonic erosion, cutting both hard and soft materials regardless of thermal properties or electrical conductivity. The systems also require few secondary operations and produce net-shaped parts with no heat-affected zone, heat distortion, or mechanical stresses. Find out more

Machine of the month
Configurable horizontal boring mill fits the bill
According to Giddings & Lewis, the modular design of its new MC series horizontal boring mills lets end users get customizable machines at standard machine prices. Choose from two pallet sizes, various table styles and sizes, headstocks, controls, attachments, X, Y, and W-axis travel options. Automation features such as pallet shuttles and toolchangers complete each shop's package. Check it out

Technology trends
Self-navigating truck nears the starting line
The search for America's most skilled workers
GM adopts noncontact inspection technology
2004 all about the robots
Materials have magnetic appeal

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

The New Tsugami BA26L high-precision CNC automatic lathe is the ultimate small parts CNC turning machine for production rates that rival automatic cam type machines. An inexpensive optional kit can convert the BA26L to a traditional sliding headstock Swiss machine. This new age CNC Gang tooled turning machine fully answers the demands of today's manufacturing challenges. The BA26L is capable of metal removal in the X, Z, A & Y axis. Its tool complement consists of 14 tools; 6 OD tools, 4 ID tools, and 4 cross rotary tools. The BA26L comes standard with a Fanuc 32i-TA 2-path control. Check it out

Latebreaking news
NAC introduces N-STEP
The National Automotive Center (NAC) is sponsoring one-day demonstrations of its N-STEP technology at CAMP Inc., Cleveland, through June 30, 2005. N-STEP is a federal defense program implementing the Standard Exchange of Product Data (STEP) standard for data exchange. N-STEP provides IGES and ISO AP224-compliant model files and processing information including materials, tools, operation sequences, speeds and feeds, and machine times.
For more information, call (888)-801-CAMP or visit

Boeing sells commercial airplane operations
The Boeing Co. is selling its Wichita and Tulsa commercial aircraft plants to Canadian conglomerate Onex Corp. for $900 million cash, assumption of certain liabilities, and long-term supply agreements. It is part of the company's plan to concentrate on aircraft design and final assembly. Read more at or

Robotics orders rise for second year
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) reports that North American manufacturing companies purchased 20% more robots in 2004 than 2003. According to its statistics, this is the robotic industry's second-best unit total ever. Orders from outside North America were also impressive - an increase of 152%. Overall, new orders for 2004 gained 25%. Read more

Exclusive press distributor
The Minster Machine Co., Minster, Ohio, is now the exclusive provider of Amada gap frame stamping presses and service for North America. Amada America Inc. in La Mirada, Calif., continues to sell and service Amada's other metalforming products such as lasers, press brakes, and turret presses. 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:
March 24: Chicago
Renishaw Inc., Hoffman Estates, Ill. Register on-line

April 29: Detroit
FANUC Robotics America Inc., Rochester Hills, Mich. Register on-line

April 3-7
Corrosion/2005, Houston, NACE International -- The Corrosion Society , (281) 228-6200, Find out more

April 4-7
Westec, Los Angeles, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Association for Manufacturing Technology, and American Machine Tools Distributors Assoc., (800) 733-4763,
Check it out

April 7
Introduction to High-Performance/High-Speed Machining, Cincinnati, TechSolve , (800) 345-4482, Find out more

April 10-13
Annual Meeting, La Quinta, Calif., American Machine Tool Distributors Assoc., (800) 878-2683, Read more

April 11-17
CIMT 2005, 9th China International Machine Tool Show, Beijing, China, China Machine Tool & Tool Builders Assoc., Check it out

Coming in April's issue: AMERICAN MACHINIST will provide a buyers guide listing sources for the latest and greatest in manufacturing equipment and software.

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