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Renishaw, Inc. is preparing to move into a new 133,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, Illinois, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-story facility will be the company’s new North American headquarters, but also includes space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution. It includes the new U.S. Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center—part of Renishaw’s network of global Solutions Centers, opening over the next year.

The centers are designed to provide venues where the additive manufacturing adoption process can be accelerated. “We can give companies cost-effective, hands-on experience of metal additive manufacturing, combined with application engineering support to optimize their design, and post-processing capabilities to ensure that it performs as it should,” says Sir David McMurtry, chairman and CEO of Renishaw.

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Precision machine shops are often working with small, intricate workpieces that require specialized clamping systems. In response, Röhm Products of America has introduced the lightweight, compact Agilis power-operated cartridge mandrel clamping system. The company says this new mandrel provides consistent workpiece ID clamping for small diameters for grinding, turning, milling, drilling and measuring applications.

The Agilis’ mandrels axially draw in workpieces against a workstop and can hold workpieces with diameters as small as 10 mm with concentricity tolerances within 0.01 mm. A manual quick-change system is available that cuts the time needed to switch out clamping devices, Röhm says. The quick-change system employs adapter plates to accommodate quick-clamping screws, so that operators can complete manual clamping changes in approximately 30 seconds while maintaining positioning accuracy within 0.005 mm. The manual quick-change technology enables the use of central lubrication and airflow measurement devices. Read e-Technology Energizes the Future of Gripping and Clamping to learn more about Röhm.

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The Columbus Convention Center will become the center of the precision machined products universe from April 25-27. Yes, the ninth edition of PMTS brings more than 250 exhibitors germane to precision parts manufacturing.

One the hallmarks of this biennial get together is the live showfloor demonstrations offered by a variety of exhibitors in the exhibit hall. These demos are designed to highlight products in action and to afford visitors the opportunity to question the presenters and technical personnel who will be part of the demonstration.

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Production Machining’s February Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of EDM and Medical. This month’s cover story takes a look at a shop that is using EDM internally with the hopes of taking the in-house skills commercial. Increasingly, traditional screw machine shops are investing in technologies that allow them to do more in different kinds of work.

For our other feature we visit a shop that has leveraged its expertise in aerospace to enter the medical machining market. The article explores the challenges they faced entering a new market (new materials and processes, how they identified the right tooling), how they overcame them, and their plans for growth based on the success of their efforts in medical so far.

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Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2017 will be held in conjunction with the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) April 25-27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the latest chemistries, technologies, and equipment designs, parts cleaning experts will be on hand to make presentations during the course of the event. There will be more than two dozen sessions available to attendees, with topics including “Non-Ferrous Surface Polishing Made Easy” and “Advances in Oil-Free Corrosion Protection.” Review the full session agenda here.

The event is a co-production of the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) and Production Machining, along with its sister publications, Modern Machine Shop and Products Finishing

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