Posted by: Chris Koepfer 24. April 2015

Mazak and Penske Together Again

Mazak’s logo appears on the No. 1 Will Power Verizon IndyCar Series car for the 2015 season.

Building on a 20-year relationship, Mazak Corp. will once again partner with Penske Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Verizon IndyCar series as well as the NASCAR XFINITY series. In addition to advanced machine tool technology, Penske Racing relies on Mazak for training and application support. Penske’s machine shops use nine Mazak machines of various configurations in the team’s Mooresville and Concord locations.  

The Mazak logo appears on the B posts of cars No. 2 and No. 22 for the Sprint series and No. 22 for the XFINITY series. The logo will ride on the mirrors of No. 2, No. 3, No. 1 and No. 22 for the Penske cars in the IndyCar series.

The collaboration of high precision, flexible machine tool technology and the expertise to make the machines do the work needed with technical support makes partnerships such as Mazak and Penske move motorsports forward. It’s been a good ride for both organizations and looks to continue for some time forward. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 22. April 2015

Delcam Introduces PartMaker Mobile App

The PartMaker mobile app can be used on smartphones and tablets.

PartMaker Inc., a division of Autodesk’s Delcam unit, has launched a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets. The app is available free of cost from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app can be found by searching for the keyword “PartMaker” in the search area.

The app is designed as a resource for PartMaker users. It allows users to quickly see when the next training class in their local area or subject of interest is being held. Users can check when and where PartMaker will be on display at trade shows and machine tool open houses where they can directly interact with product specialists. The app also features a link to educational videos hosted on the division’s YouTube channel. Users can also see an up-to-date schedule of educational webinars being hosted. Additionally, users can correspond directly with the technical support team directly from the app, getting answers to technical questions on the go.

PartMaker is a knowledge-based machining system, designed ton increase programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It relieves the user from reentering the same feature information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 20. April 2015

A ‘Made in the U.S.A Renaissance’ Might be on the Horizon

Technological innovation has revolutionized manufacturing.

The newest technology in manufacturing is being recognized across the nation as a cause of what might be a “Made in the U.S.A. renaissance,” according to a recent online article from U.S News & World Report. The article says robots are performing many manual-labor type functions that eliminate the need for operators. “A fully automated production line eliminates other countries’ cheap labor appeal that originally drove many U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas.”

The technology making automation possible may be already implemented in your shop, but at the very least, you have read about it online or in Production Machining. The prospect of “renaissance” is exciting and is a result of the hard work we have put into these developments over the past several years. We now have the technology to make the same products we were not long ago sending overseas for the same price.

Click here to read more about what U.S. News & World Report says regarding the domestic manufacturing sector.


Posted by: Chris Koepfer 16. April 2015

Hardinge and Marubeni Showfloor Demos at PMTS 2015


Each day at PMTS 2015, several exhibitors have scheduled product demonstrations in their booths. On Wednesday, April 22, Harding Inc. and Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Inc. welcome visitors to see the machines they have on display go through their paces.

At 11:30, Marubeni Citizen-Cincom will fire up the six machines and five auto-loading bar feed systems on display in its Booth 315. All of the machines will be in full production mode to demonstrate lights-out, continuous production capability.

For fixed headstock turning, Miyano is also included in the machine mix. New for PMTS is the Citizen laser system, L2000, combining conventional Swiss-type turning and laser machining on a single platform.    

Hardinge plans to feature two if its latest products in Booth 501 at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The featured machines are the Conquest H51SP turning center and the Bridgeport Conquest V1000 CNC vertical machining center. Many shops are adding milling capability to their traditional precision turning operations, and these machines complement each other for that purpose. Additionally, the company’s workholding products will be on display and technical experts will be on hand for application discussions. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 15. April 2015

Methods Sponsors Wentworth Institute Capstone Project

Electromechanical engineering students from Wentworth Institute of Technology presented their infeed system project designs to Methods managers and engineers.

Methods Machine Tools Inc. sponsored a senior year capstone project for several fifth year electromechanical engineering students from Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, Massachusetts). The project involved researching and designing a new type of infeed system for potential use in future Methods’ automated cell projects. The students presented their designs to Methods, and a winner was chosen at Wentworth on December 15, 2014. The students are   currently working on building their project this semester and plan to have the prototype completed this month.

“Methods National Applications Manager Jim VanBuskirk and I sit on an Industrial Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC) for Wentworth’s interdisciplinary engineering program,” says Brittany Speroni, a mechanical engineer at Methods. “It was at one of these IPAC meetings that we learned about the students’ need to work on a ‘real’ industry application for their capstone project. We thought the infeed system would be an excellent project for the engineering students and were glad to sponsor the project.”

Ms. Speroni and Methods Electrical Engineer Guy Parenteau visited Wentworth to present students with the specifications for a new infeed system. Three groups of three to four students each decided to choose Methods for their senior capstone project. The students then visited Methods for a facility tour and an overview of Methods’ technology capabilities. They also received details on the type of infeed solution Methods was seeking.

The groups spent one semester working on their designs and then presented their ideas to Methods Automation Manager John Lucier, Mr. VanBuskirk, and other Methods automation and electrical engineers. After the presentations, Methods had the students write up evaluations of each group, deciding who they felt did the best job. Methods management then reviewed the projects and selected a winner. Both Methods and the students chose the same group.

“We are so pleased that our students at Wentworth have had the opportunity to work with Methods,” says Douglas Dow, Wentworth professor of electronics. “Through this capstone sponsorship, the students were able to work on real-world problems and solutions and gain valuable experience by having the opportunity to apply what they’ve been learning the past five years.”

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