Posted by: Chris Felix 28. September 2016

Sandvik Coromant Donates $50,000 to Manufacturing Institute


Sandvik Coromant donated $50,000 to The Manufacturing Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit-organization, to help enable hundreds of students to take advantage of STEM education opportunities, including a series of special summer camps, as part of their “Dream It. Do It.” program.

As part of the program, Sandvik Coromant helped two students, Samuel (16) and Erika Flickinger (12), a brother and sister from Decatur, Illinois, participate at IMTS in a way they never imagined when their artwork, depicting the future of digital manufacturing, helped light up the Chicago skyline as part of an education industry display. The students, who participated in STEM education “Dream It. Do It.” summer camps created by The Manufacturing Institute, literally helped flip the switch on the light show and also each received a $1,000 check from Sandvik Coromant to use toward their future education. The light show was designed to spread the word about the profound impact data and technology has on the manufacturing industry and raise awareness about the present and future opportunities of digital manufacturing, including the skilled and high paying career options for future generations.

Posted by: Russ Willcutt 26. September 2016

A Model for Machine Tool Training


Tom Peters is the director of workforce development at the Symbol Training Institute in Chicago.​

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Peters at IMTS 2016. He’s the director of workforce development at the Symbol Training Institute in Chicago. In Tom’s words, the institute is an educational organization that builds partnerships with manufacturers and students to improve lives through quality education, providing hands-on training in programming, setting up and operating CNC machines tools.

He explains that the Symbol Training Institute is dedicated to encouraging and assisting all students in achieving their maximum academic, career and personal development. The school provides a number of services that are geared toward helping students meet this objective. In addition to offering CNC and quality control training, it has a high job placement success rate. Symbol works directly with manufacturing companies to place students into high paying, high demand jobs. In addition, Symbol is approved by the Division of The Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Symbol’s roots lie in manufacturing, as it was once a CNC machine shop. It is now dedicated to helping close the skills gap that is so familiar to U.S. manufacturers. It deserves your attention, and your support as well. Learn more about training in this article from Production Machining. Also, view a brief interview with Tom straight from the IMTS show floor.

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 23. September 2016

Good Night IMTS. See you Again in 2018


The 31st edition of North America’s largest manufacturing exhibition has come to a close. According to the early numbers released by AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology, it was a show for the books. As the show packs up, McCormick Place will be relieved of 76 million pounds of equipment that represents the totality of what a record number of exhibitors (2,407) brought to show.

For me, the fact that more companies with new and innovative things to display speaks to the health of metalworking manufacturing. In addition, the themes of digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing and connectivity are early in their development and seem to be poised for long-haul integration across the spectrum of manufacturing.

There were 115,612 in attendance, which is the third highest attendance recorded for an IMTS. Attendees come to this for a variety of reasons, and over the years, the addition of technical sessions and conferences as well as the high attendance numbers for them has enhanced the experience for people looking for capital equipment and more technical information.

AMT is releasing additional post-show reports as the data is processed and analyzed. 

The dates for IMTS 2018 have been set for September 10-15, 2018. It’s never too soon to start planning. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 22. September 2016

A Different Look at the CNC Multi-Spindle


Today’s CNC multi-spindle machines can do incredibly complicated work, but shops pay a lot of money for this capability. So what if you want the benefit of CNC, but your parts don’t really need all that capability? That’s what ZPS America addressed with its five-spindle Penta 518 CNC turning machines, shown last week at IMTS.

According to president and CEO Olaf Tessarzyk, the market needed a machine that could produce medium-complexity parts from 1-1/4 to 1/4 inch in size, and do so on a platform that didn’t cost a million dollars. It needed to have a maximum diameter of 24 mm, and it had to be fast, matching the fastest multi already on the market, with similar indexing and change-over times. It also needed to be very precise, and to compete in the Swiss market, it needed a FANUC control.

ZPS’ solution is a five-spindle machine with standard quick-change VDI tooling in every position, a Y axis and three driven tools for backworking. Within 2-1/2 to 3 seconds, the Penta 518 can cut off the part, do the backworking and eject it from the back of the pickup spindle onto the parts conveyor. The machine also features automatic parts evacuation and a system to remove the bar remnant from the bar loader, keeping the remnant from damaging the chip conveyor. 

Unlike other multi-spindles, the entire system can be installed in a shop in one day, the company says. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 21. September 2016

Workshops for Warriors Graduates 43


Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a nonprofit school assisting veterans who are transitioning into civilian life through advanced manufacturing training and nationally recognized certification, held its summer graduation at its Barrio Logan-based educational facility in August.

The school honored its 43 graduates with a ceremony that included remarks by Workshops for Warriors’ Founder and CEO, Hernán Luis y Prado, two student speakers and comments by guest speaker, John Jones, Marine Corps Veteran and Development Officer for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

“The ceremony was exceptionally memorable for a few reasons. First, Alex Funk became the school’s first veteran to receive all 25 possible welding credentials. This is a significant accomplishment and really speaks to his drive and passion for the industry. These honors allow graduates to immediately integrate into large and small manufacturing organizations throughout the United States,” says Hernàn Luis y Prado. “In addition, my longtime friend, John Jones, who was my inspiration behind starting the school, provided an unforgettable speech. It was without a doubt a special day to recognize the graduates’ hard work as they transition into a thriving industry.”ach semester runs 16 weeks and offers students credentials from top industry organizations such as the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Mastercam University (computer-aided manufacturing), SolidWorks (computer-aided design) and the American Welding Society.

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