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3 Chip Management Tips for CNC Machine Operators

There’s one basic rule of shop floor economics that everyone should know: if the machines aren’t making chips, the business is losing money. But the shape of those chips and their removal from the work area is every bit as important as producing them in the first place.

For instance, the bird’s nest of long, stringy chips so common when machining aluminum, stainless steel, and superalloys is not only dangerous to the machine operator, but is a great way to break cutting tools and destroy workpieces when it inevitably becomes wedged in the wrong place at the wrong time. And few machining sounds are more cringe-worthy than the crunch…crunch…crunch of chips being recut, quite possibly signaling a chipped and soon-to-be-broken cutting tool.

Beckwood Engineers 75-Ton Hot Forming Press for Cutting Dynamics
Beckwood Press Company has partnered with aerospace parts supplier, Cutting Dynamics, to design and manufacture a 75-ton hydraulic press used to hot form titanium structural components.  (more)
Cylindrical Grinding’s Alive and Well

Cylindrical grinding is one of the oldest of all machining technologies. Though credit for its invention remains a bit fuzzy, most attribute development of the first production grinding machine to Charles Norton (ironically, not the same Norton of grinding wheel fame), who worked at Brown and Sharpe and was charged by company founder Joseph Brown with working the kinks out of the “universal grinding machine” he’d been struggling with for some time.

Since that time, cylindrical grinding has evolved into the go-to method for producing extremely precise round components such as shafts, mandrels, bearing journals, and core pins, as well as creating formed shapes and contours on a wide variety of turned parts.

With all the talk these days of hard turning, however, never mind the availability of ever more complex, capable, and above all highly accurate CNC lathes, it’s easy to wonder if cylindrical grinding is going the way of cam-actuated screw machines and high-speed steel tool bits.

Is a 2-Axis CNC Lathe Enough?
Whether they visited IMTS or not, anyone who turns parts for a living knows there’s an entire new breed of machine tool coming down the pipe, one that’s making shops everywhere take a hard look at their turning operations. They’re known as mill-turn lathes, and sometimes multitasking machines—whatever you call them, these ultra-complex, twin-spindle, dual-turret, automatic tool-changing, do-everything CNC lathes are surely the most-efficient way to produce a wide variety of complex machined parts. Kent-CNC-Sub-spindle-Horizontal-Turning-Centers 
Sometimes, however, a simpler solution is called for: the basic two-axis CNC lathe.  (more)
Beckwood to Showcase Three Aerospace Forming Press Technologies at FABTECH® 2018
Due to increasing demand within the aerospace industry for more efficient ways to produce stronger, lighter parts, Beckwood will showcase hot forming, superplastic forming, and sheet hydroforming press capabilities at FABTECH 2018.  
Master Fluid Solutions Announces TRIM® MicroSol® 455 to Energize Your Cast Iron Machining
TRIM®MicroSol®455 low-foam semisynthetic, microemulsion coolant is optimized for high-volume cast iron, ferrous, and some aluminum and nonferrous metalworking operations.  (more)
I’ll Take the Combo – Dual Spindle Machining Center

Have a few dozen hydraulic manifolds to make? The KHV-400 allows you to machine the ports on each side using the horizontal spindle, and without relocating the part, machine the top face and intersecting holes with the vertical spindle. The same approach can be used on a variety of everyday workpieces, including mounting brackets, electronics enclosures, engine components, and more.

The machine comes standard with 10,000-rpm cooled spindles, dual tool changers, loads of working space, and twice the productivity. And if you’re wondering about programming what is essentially two machine tools in one, Kent Machine Tool has made switching between vertical and horizontal programming easy with an innovative merge function. Check it out—for many shops, the KHV-400 will settle the vertical vs. horizontal argument once and for all.

From Manual to CNC Knee Mills

Mistakes are less likely with a CNC. There’s no chance of cranking the handle one turn too far or forgetting to zero out the DRO after picking up an edge. There’s no need for a calculator or trigonometry tables when laying out a bolt hole pattern—just plug in a couple values and get drilling. That nerve-wracking pocket you worked on for two hours last week is child’s play on a CNC knee mill. Part quality’s better, tool life increases, and the pile of parts sitting on the bench at the end of each shift will be much higher when a knee mill has CNC capabilities.Kent-USA-3VKF-with-MillPwr-G2

One look at the computer screen mounted to the side of the thing, though, and you might be tempted to avoid all that programming stuff and stick with your trusty DRO. But CNC knee mills are surprisingly easy to operate—the Acu-Rite MillPwr G2 control available on all Kent USA CNC knee mills, for example, is both user friendly and powerful, with simplified navigation screens, offline programming functions, Ethernet and USB ports, and a 3D-graphics display that will never leaving you guessing about a part feature.

Beckwood to Manufacture 1,000-Ton Compression Molding Press for the U.S. Army
Beckwood Press Company will manufacture a 1,000 ton compression molding press for the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center. The 36"x36" forming area, heated platens, Active Leveling Control, and Quick Die Change System will be instrumental in the NSRDEC's R&D efforts.  (more)
Erica Denton is Master Fluid Solutions’ Director – Global Supply Chain
Master Fluid Solutions announces Erica A. Denton has joined as Director – Global Supply Chain. Denton will drive strategic initiatives through the complete Supply Chain from order to delivery.  (more)
Master Fluid Solutions Appoints Z. Ahmed Tahir as Global Vice President of Strategy and Marketing
Master Fluid Solutions, continues its drive towards sustainably serving customers in high technology industries with the appointment of Z. Ahmed Tahir as its Global VP of Strategy and Marketing.   (more)
Master Fluid Solutions Receives Three New Bombardier Manufacturing Facility Approvals
Master Fluid Solutions has received three new Bombardier Manufacturing facility approvals for Master Fluid Solutions in the United Kingdom, China, and India.  (more)
Triform to Manufacture Fluid Cell Sheet Hydroforming Press for Aerospace Supplier H&R Parts Company
Beckwood Press Company has been awarded a contract by H&R Parts Company to manufacture a Triform model 24-5BD fluid cell sheet hydroforming press. With a 24”-diameter forming area and 5,000 PSI, the new Triform will support H&R’s aluminum aerospace part production.
Concept Machine to Host SteakFest 2018
Concept Machine, a leading Wisconsin machine tool distributor will be hosting their biennial Open House & SteakFest on May 15 &16, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.  The open house will be held at 407 Austin Circle - Delafield, WI 53018.  (more)
20 Years in Business - Shop Floor Automations
Shop Floor Automations 20th Anniversary – New Website & Logo to Celebrate

Manufacturing Integrator Marks Two Decades in Business  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2016
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2018
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
Beckwood Engineers Two 13-ton Servo-Driven Electro-Mechanical Presses
Beckwood has been awarded a contract to manufacture two 13-ton servo-driven electro-mechanical presses for use by a leading footwear manufacturer in a trimming application.  The twin 40” x 50” x 158” presses feature a monolithic frame, quick die clamps, 13” of stroke, and a knockout cylinder mounted inside the ram weldment to strip the part after it is trimmed. Cycle times on these machines will average 2.5 seconds or less.  (more)
MachineMetrics Honored with 2018's "Smart Manufacturing Solution of the Year" Award by IoT Breakthrough Committee
MachineMetrics, a leading industrial IoT (IIoT) and smart manufacturing startup located in Western Massachusetts, today announced that it has been selected as winner of the 2018 “Smart Manufacturing Solution of the Year” award from IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet-of-Things (IoT) market today.   (more)
Beckwood Press Company Expands Engineering Department by 40 Percent
Beckwood Press Company has recently expanded their Engineering Department by 40 percent to meet the exceedingly sophisticated demands of their evolving customer base.  Since June 2017, they have added one structural/hydraulic engineer, four electrical/controls engineers, and one drafter.    (more)
Boeing Approves TRIM® MicroSol® 590XT for Aerospace Manufacturing

TRIM  MicroSol  590XT, an advanced-technology, aerospace, semisynthetic

microemulsion, has received Boeing process spec number BAC5008 approval for

areas 1 through 6.

Re-Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers - 2017
The CMTSE credential signifies a commitment to continuous professional development. To maintain their designation, Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers undergo a recertification process, which occurs every three years from the date of passing the exam.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - June 2017
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
Industry News - May 2017
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AMT recognizes and congratulates our renewed CMTSEs
More than 70 Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers have documented a combination of on-the-job and continuing education experiences (through at least 27 professional development points) in the recertification score card and have renewed their CMTSE credential for another three years.  (more)
Former AMT international marketing director Rick Kuba dies
Richard W. “Rick” Kuba, 84, of Easton, Md., passed away March 13, 2017. From 1986 to 1998, he worked at AMT as the international marketing director and was responsible for implementing AMT’s first office abroad in Zurich, Switzerland, to service emerging central and eastern European countries.  (more)
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Taking care of business by taking care of yourself
As we all know, working in the machine tool industry is very demanding. Many of us too often have the tendency to push ourselves to work longer and harder than we should. This is especially concerning for, how do I say it nicely, “seasoned” veterans like me. Similar to a machine tool, we need to make sure we are operating within our “well-being” parameters. Overloading creates opportunities for unplanned consequences.  (more)
Less dance, more marriage: The customer-salesperson bond
In today’s fast-paced business world, it is important to have a strong bond between the customer and the company. This can be best done by the salesperson. Everyone else in the company has many other responsibilities, but for the salesperson the customer is their main responsibility.  (more)
Change or die: The future belongs to the innovators
“You can’t escape death, taxes … and change,” said MFG Meeting 2017 Speaker Kirk Rogers, Technology Leader of GE's Center for Additive Technology Advancement. Change and innovation were two of the predominant messages presented over the three-day MFG meeting held in sunny Amelia Island, Fla.    (more)
Industry News - April 2017
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New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2017
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
Great opportunities in 2017 for AMT builders and distributors
Our standard of living is directly related to our ability to create durable goods. The talk of encouraging more manufacturing in the United States will support an increase in the U.S. standard of living. Lowering regulations and taxes as being proposed at the federal level will increase manufacturing’s financial (GDP) performance.  (more)
Competition: The lifeblood that makes us better
If the 2017 Super Bowl champions played the 1967 Super Bowl champions, what would be the outcome? Most likely, it would be a rout – a basketball score for the winner, possibly a triple digit score. The great Vince Lombardi Packers destroyed by the Patriots – how could that be? It would happen through 50 years of nonstop competitive evolution.   (more)
Industry News - March 2017
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The MFG Meeting: Why you have to be there
As a small distributor I had little clue what I was signing up for back in 2014 when I registered for my first MFG Meeting. I’m not going to lie, you start adding up the cost of flights, hotels, registration and time away from the grind and on the surface it could appear darn near impossible to justify. I couldn’t have been more wrong!  For the benefit of someone that hasn’t attended or someone that is considering attending in March 2017 but is looking for justification, let me share the method to my madness to help you decide if it’s worth it for your company.  (more)
Industry News - February 2017
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Prospects, productivity and passion
Throughout the conference, one clear and very practical motivation was emphasized over and over: productivity. “Productivity is the only thing that sells, and it’s the only thing that will be bought.”   (more)
Service is the differentiator
Service is the competitive differentiator when you look closely. Be sure to promote your service abilities to the customer. It is those SERVICES that will be the differentiator that will get you the order.  (more)
Industry News - January 2017
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Industry News - December 2016
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Successful debut for AMT’s first-ever Distribution Regional Summit
I am pleased to report that the recent AMT Distribution Regional Summit held at John Force Racing in Brownsburg, Ind., was a big success. Attended by more than 70 AMT members and guests, this first-time event focused on the unique challenges we all face in our manufacturing distribution businesses today.  (more)
Hiring for the future
Many leaders in our industry are finding it difficult to attract and retain qualified, hardworking employees in today’s business environment. When looking for entry-level people, we are often flooded with resumes of people looking for a job, but not necessarily looking for their next career.  Sometimes in a hurry to immediately fill the position, we hire the person who best fits the job right now, but that person may not be the best person long-term for the company.    (more)
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Automatic Feed Company Announces New Leadership Team
Automatic Feed Company, a world-class designer and manufacturer of coil handling and press feeding automation solutions, has announced a series of promotions and appointments. Each of the newly appointed executives are highly qualified, previous employees of Automatic Feed.  (more)