eBulletin, April 2006

eBulletin, April 2006

April 25, 2006

In This Issue
  • Commentary by Editor Bruce Vernyi
  • Online Product Demonstration
  • American Machinist for American Manufacturing
  • Featured Articles
  • Government Matters
  • Cutting Tool Digest
  • Practical Machinist
  • Events
  • Hot Product

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Commentary by Editor Bruce Vernyi

Buying into new technology-and partners - As the complexity of metalworking technology increases, machine tool manufacturers more and more are becoming partners with their customers, so that the machine tool users will be able to use all of the diverse functions available from new equipment.
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Online Product Demonstration

If you are considering a shop management and control solution, take a close look at the industry leader: JobBOSS.
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Featured Advertiser

— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series of online Webinars. Designed for shops of all types and sizes, the seminars are free to anyone who registers. The planned seminars are intended for shops in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries. In addition to metal cutting and die/mold, the seminars will cover new technologies, such as micromachining. Mark Rentschler, marketing manager, says, "Online seminars allow anyone with an Internet connection to attend without losing a day of work." The seminars concentrate on shop efficiency, lean manufacturing, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metal cutting processes. Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations. Click here for more info on upcoming seminars and registration information.

American Machinist for American Manufacturing

The 15 Commandments - There are 15 best practices that successful businesses - from multinational giants to two-person shops - observe, and the companies that adhere to those practices compete globally and regularly meet the challenges increased competition puts in front of them.
Read more.

Featured Articles

Drive On, But To Where? - The domestic U.S. automakers are in trouble, and the way machine shops can do business with them is changing dramatically. There are several strategies that shops can pursue to change the way they deal with the automakers, and survive.
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Getting The Fastest Tool Setups Possible - Every minute that a shop spends setting up tooling, costs money, and there are ways to reduce -tooling-setup time. On lathes, fast tooling setups start by grouping lathe work into part families based on certain criteria that do not rely on the parts being from the same jobs or that they have different run times. The idea is to establish set arrangements on the tool disk for each part family so that time is not wasted.
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Government Matters

The U.S. has a dubious record in trade, and the evidence is the current trade deficit that promises to break new records this year.
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Cutting Tool Digest

Big Kaiser has developed adjustable chamfering insert holders that accept ISO standard SC inserts and allow infinite insert-pocket adjustment between 15 degrees and 75 degrees for boring applications. The holders have 15 degree graduations for quick reference, and intermediate angles are set with tool presetters.
Read more.

Here is a quick taste of what you will find...

From CNC Machining -- Beginners Guide to CNC

"I have recently taken a new job in which I will be involved with a lot of production CNC equipment. I remember someone recommending a book for CNC basics. Anyone have any suggestions?"

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From CAD/CAM -- Versa Cad vs Auto CAD?

"Many years ago I started out in Versa CAD then Auto Cad came to the top. Been too many years not doing any kind of CAD. Which of the two is the best?"

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From EDM Machining -- Part location wire EDM

"When it comes to wire EDM, I am a total newb. I wanted to know how you guys locate the parts origin."

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Webcast: The How's and Why's of CNC Grinding
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May 3-5, 2006
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Robots & Vision PAK/PAL
May 4-5, 2006
St. Louis, MO
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Vision Show East
May 9-11, 2006
Boston, MA
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Hot Product

Fortune is continuously devoted to developing a new generation of machine tools. Besides the existing Vturn range of Horizontal CNC slanted bed Lathes (from 6" to 24" chucks) and Vcenter range of Vertical Machining Centers (from 11" to 57" for X-axis travel), Fortune has been focusing to develop high speed, high precision and more comprehensive machine tools. New lathe models Vturn-II series horizontal lathes and vertical lathes were launched since 2000 so as to offer high spindle speed and multi-function machines for competitive markets. Also more vertical and horizontal machine centers were introduced. The moving column machining center vertical and horzontal machining centers Vcenter-500/630/800/1000 were all launched within the past three years to offer high spindle speed, upgrading performance, multi-function and turnkey solution for competitive markets. Click here to learn more.

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