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When you’ve been in business in a community for more than century, the place grows on you. Logansport Machine Company (LMC) is an example of being more than in a community, but a part of it.

Located in Logansport, Indiana, since 1916, this third-generation workholding manufacturer recently announced a significant contribution to the town’s Memorial Hospital Cancer Care and Obstetrics capital project. Jay Duerr, president and CEO of LMC, pledged $75,000 toward the renovation of the obstetrics unit.

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Parts Cleaning Expo 2017 got off to a great start on Tuesday morning. Production Machining's own Chris Koepfer took part in providing the conference opening statement, along with Products Finishing Editor Tim Pennington and Publisher Todd Luciano. The cooperation of these two brands, along with Modern Machine Shop, is a key ingredient in covering the wide spectrum of concerns related to parts cleaning in manufacturing. 

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For students who want to learn about machine tools and explore new technologies in the precision machining industry, the Student Day during PMTS 2017 is the perfect opportunity to do so. On Thursday, April 27, more than 200 students (mostly high school age) start their day at 9:30 a.m. with an overview of the many career opportunities, the pathways to training in the industry, as well as expectations of what technologies they will see on the PMTS show floor.

After the overview, students will have a brief orientation of the show floor, and then they can roam the floor in their groups. Student Day attendees include students from local and regional high schools, vocational schools, community colleges, technical schools and career centers, according to Sterling Gill, the coordinator of the event as well as the workforce development manager, Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA).

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It’s getting increasingly difficult to meet the stringent clean standards being demanded of metalworking shops without having current technology available to meet those standards. Chuck Sexton, global product line manager for Kyzen, will present a knowledge center to discuss options available for shops to meet customer’s cleaning demands.

The presentation is scheduled a 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the knowledge center area at the back of the main PMTS hall. Answering the needs of engineers in fields including military, automotive, telecommunication, aerospace and medical, Mr. Sexton will help bring attendees up to speed in the possibilities available to shops in the parts cleaning segment of the industry.

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To meet the aggressively growing demand for automation and robotics in manufacturing, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., is expanding its automation capabilities with a new, 10,000-square-foot Automation and Integration Center in its Charlotte, North Carolina, facility. The center, slated to open this spring and already ramping up, is staffed by systems integration engineers and will have a range of equipment and capabilities from customer consultation to building cells and performing run-offs.

With existing automation centers in the company's Sudbury, Massachusetts, headquarters and in Wixom, Michigan, Methods has been applying automation technology for years in a range of machine tool and robotic solutions from small automated centers to large, complex multi-function machining cells.

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