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The sliding headstock design, which has become known as Swiss-type, has been around for more than a century. The originators of this design in the watch industry would never recognize the current incarnation of their idea.

However, fundamentally the century-old machine and today’s version operate pretty much the same. Even in the beginning, accessories were designed and installed to allow the machine to perform specific kinds of operation and cuts. 

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For the past seven years, our sister publication, Modern Machine Shop, has conducted a metalworking benchmarking program called Top Shops. It been very successful and helpful to shops trying to measure how they measure up. Several PM readers have been among the Top Shops. As we have charted in PM for the past few years, many traditional screw machine shops are moving into machining operations that are less traditional in order to be of more value to their customers.

This year, Top Shops is moving from a “read about top shops” to a conference where attendees can meet, greet and learn from these examples of best practices. The conference is scheduled September 5-7 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference is where leading shops, of all sizes and specialties, can connect to celebrate their respective contributions to the manufacturing community and to learn about the tools and technologies that will help them continue to lead and succeed. That’s what Top Shops do.

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Mitutoyo America Corp. has announced the grand opening of its newest M3 Solution Center in Novi, Michigan. The 8,455-square-foot facility is set up for customers to schedule appointments for product demonstrations, assistance with application challenges and metrology solutions, as well as product and educational training seminars.

The center showcases Mitutoyo America’s automated measurement cell technology. Configured with a MACH Ko-ga-me coordinate measuring machine and a Quick Vision Active CNC vision measuring system equipped with a touch probe, the flexible cell displays the capabilities of Mitutoyo’s automated inspection equipment and the services offered by the Mitutoyo Sales Solutions Team. The parts are fed by a robot and held with Mitutoyo modular Eco-Fix fixture systems.

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From the looks of our research here at Gardner Business Media, our readers (that’s you) really like to watch the videos we post on our blog and our Facebook/Twitter pages. With that in mind, we add educational videos periodically to these outlets for you to enjoy. Most recently, we added PMTS 2017 machining demonstration videos to PM’s YouTube channel. You’ll find informative videos from manufacturers who presented on the PMTS show floor, including Hardinge Inc., Hanwha Machinery America, Davenport Machine, ZPS America/Wickman/Cucchi, Index Corp., and Hydromat Inc. Poke around the page and see what interests you.

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Exact Metrology recently held open house at both of its locations, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Brookfield, Wisconsin. The company claims Big 10 neutrality, although the employees are free to show their allegiance.

From both facilities, the company serves industrial and commercial concerns, including heavy equipment, automotive and appliance companies. They even deal with nuclear facilities and sometimes museums.  

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