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In our February issue, I plan to take PM off the beaten path—a little. Increasingly, I am seeing “screw machine shops” incorporating non-traditional processes in their stable of machine tool operations.

In early November, I made a trip to Chicago and visited with DuPage Machine Products for a story about the shop’s use of EDM to cut form tool blanks to use on its multi-spindle and single-spindle lathes. The company has been doing this a while, and its EDM guy, Olin, is getting quite good at operating the machine.

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The new CB7105 and CB7115 grade inserts from Sandvik Coromant have been specially designed for hard part turning. Benefits of the CB7105 include lower cost per part through high speed machining or longer tool life at lower speed, while the CB7115 achieves that same goal when aiming for a one-cut strategy at high speed, the company says.

The CB7105 should be used for continuous cut, smaller depth of cut and smaller chip loads at high speed, and the CB7115 for continuous to light interrupted cut or large chip loads at medium to high speed. New generation cubic boron nitride materials enhance crater wear resistance and fracture resistance at high cutting speed in case-hardened and induction-hardened materials, and a TiN-PVD coating for excellent surface finish also helps identify used cutting edges.

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Workshops for Warriors (WFW) has announced that it has secured a patent for a solution that offers a quick and easy way of leveling large, industrial machines that are off level by anywhere from 1/8 inch to 12 inches. The organization—a nonprofit school providing Veterans free training and nationally recognized industry credentials in CAD/CAM programming, CNC machining and welding—worked with Fish & Richardson P.C., a global patent, intellectual property (IP) and commercial litigation law firm, to secure the patent.

“With Fish & Richardson’s involvement, we are able to take what we do really well and leverage our advanced manufacturing infrastructure to create a product that’s useful throughout the U.S. and potentially the world,” says Hernán Luis y Prado, founder of WFW. “There are numerous benefits to this patent. In addition to fostering creativity and innovation internally, it also offers a sustainable revenue stream for WFW while providing training and experience for the Veterans who are in our social enterprise. The firm not only helped us with our IP protection and patent work, but with the structure of the licensing program. Fish & Richardson played a crucial role in making this happen.”

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Joe Gentile, product manager for Hangsterfer’s Laboratories, was named first vice chair of the technical members board of Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA).

An active member of PMPA’s technical Listserve, Mr. Gentile has been supplying technical information regarding lubricants and all other forms of metalworking manufacturing for more than 10 years. “We appreciate that PMPA recognizes that suppliers can be a benefit to them by allowing companies like ours to become technical members. We’re there to offer members our expertise, not just our products. We consider PMPA a significant partner in providing our customers and their members an opportunity to share information.”

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If your company is considering a new equipment investment and can pull the trigger before the end of the year, it may result in savings on your 2016 taxes. Section 179 of the IRS tax code provides a deduction for “qualifying purchases.” This provision of the code allows a company to write off a purchase in the same calendar year rather than spreading the depreciation allowance over several years.

The catch (there is always one) is that the deduction can only be claimed for the year in which the purchase occurred. So if your business is in the market, making a buy decision before January 1 is best. Many machine tool suppliers and dealers stand ready to make a deal happen on time. Click here for a reliable site that you can access to learn more about Section 179. Then maybe give your dealer/distributor a call.

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