Posted by: Lori Beckman 29. June 2015

Women Honored for Excellence in Manufacturing



The Manufacturing Institute announced 130 women who are 2015 STEP Ahead Award Honorees and Emerging Leaders on March 26 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. These women have accomplished success within their companies and have proven to be leaders in the industry as a whole. This year, the Emerging Leaders category represents a select few young women who are the future of the industry and have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments at the beginning of their careers. 

Among these winners were three Sandvik Coromant employees, including Veronica Messersmith, vice president of sales; Tara Shamus, service engineer; and, in the new Emerging Leader category, Faina Sandler, global web specialist.

"These women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing," says Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. "We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole.”

The STEP Awards are part of a larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry that focuses on the attraction, development, advancement, and retention of high potential female talent.

STEP Ahead is designed to help improve the retention of existing female talent and highlight role models that can help raise awareness about careers for women in manufacturing. Currently, women represent 25 percent of all manufacturing employees but 51 percent of the potential workforce. 

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 25. June 2015

Learning by Seeing

Andreas Vollmer, sales manager and board member, briefs members of the trade press about the new things happening at Horn and outlining what we will see during this year’s visit. 

From June 17 to 19, German cutting tool maker Horn hosted the fifth edition of its biennial Technology Days event. This year, more than 3,000 customers, distributors and suppliers descended on the company’s Tübingen headquarters.

Having attended this event for four of the five editions, it has become one of my favorite dates on the calendar. For me, the attraction is seeing and learning about developments in the cutting tool industry.

One of the things that makes this event special is the combination of technical presentations, in English, and the depth of those presentations. This year did not disappoint.

Topics included grooving and parting-off stainless materials with discussion of the challenges and techniques to successfully accomplish this operation. Another presentation tackled longitudinal turning for making complex turned parts with an eye to the work area constraints of Swiss-type machines.

In total, there were eight such English language presentations. I’m summarizing here, but you can expect more in-depth coverage in future issues of Production Machining. It’s good stuff.

Horn is not standing still. Since my visit 2 years ago, construction has begun on doubling the manufacturing space on site and a six-story office building. The company is growing by investing in its future.

Click here for more information and watch for related articles in PM in the months to come. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 24. June 2015

Exploring New Metalworking Tools and Techniques


Mazak will host a Discover More with Mazak technology and education event at its Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas, July 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Intended for all manufacturing industry segments, the event will showcase the company’s latest metalworking tools, technologies and techniques designed for enhancing productivity and versatility on the shop floor.

More than 10 real-world machining demonstrations will take place throughout the 2-day event, spotlighting the company’s latest advancements in multi-tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning and CNC technologies. Mazak applications personnel will also be available during the demonstrations to discuss new ways to streamline part-processing operations and sell metalworking capabilities.

Among the many event highlights will be the introduction of the Mazak Quick Turn Universal (QTU) series to the Southwest region. These CNC turning centers are designed to bring high productivity, precision and value to job shops focused on small part production. The series consists of 2-axis models as well as upgraded machine configurations that include rotary tool milling, second spindles and Y-axis capability. The 2-axis QTU 350, which processes parts as large as 16.25" in diameter, will be representing the series at the event.

During the event, attendees will be able to hear Mazak applications experts and industry partners discuss the latest advancements in manufacturing technology through a variety of presentations. Seating for the presentations is limited, so advanced registration is recommended.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 22. June 2015

Mastercam Becomes WorldSkills CAM Partner


The CAM software that competitors in the upcoming WorldSkills 2015 competition have been practicing on for months, honing their programming skills, has become the official software for the machining competitions there. Mastercam will be used in the four machining competitions, including CNC Turning, CNC Milling, Plastic Die Engineering, and the Manufacturing Team Challenge. The Manufacturing Challenge requires the teams to use Mastercam to produce parts on lathe and milling machines that may be assembled together to produce a workable product.

CNC Software Inc. provides Mastercam free of charge to WorldSkills competitors for the year leading up to the competition. 

WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 is the year’s largest international skills competition with young people from across the globe competing to be the best of the best in their chosen skill. The competition takes place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil, from August 11-16. Billed as the “Olympics of the skilled trades,” competitors will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals to take back to their respective countries.

CNC Software is active in this competition at a grassroots level, helping the contestants around the world with software to prepare for the event. This is done in conjunction with the local Mastercam resellers to get them involved with future engineers and machinists. 


Posted by: Chris Koepfer 19. June 2015

Unique CT Scanner for Metrology Unveiled in Cincinnati

Demonstrations of a new GE CT scanner were a highlight of the Exact Open House at the company’s new technical center in Cincinnati. 

At a recent open house and ribbon cutting ceremony, Exact Metrology opened its new facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the company’s second field technology center with the other located in Milwaukee.

These centers offer 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. A highlight of the Cincinnati opening was the company’s new GE CT scanner. It’s the first such industrial scanner applied in North America to metrology.

Like its medical counterpart, the scanner is able to “see” inside workpieces to determine if any flaws from the manufacturing process exist. Co-president, Steve Young, believes this technology will be applied to reverse engineering and will be especially useful in measurement of additive manufactured parts. “AM can and does create interior features that can only be verified and measured with a scanning system like this,” he says.

Click here to learn more about the metrology services and equipment available from Exact. 

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