Posted by: Chris Felix 25. November 2015

What are you Thankful For?


I love when a story comes together nicely, my sources are easy to work with, and I get positive feedback from readers about it. I’m thankful for rewarding opportunities such as these that make my job more enjoyable.

Such was the case with “Bar Feeder Basics,” a feature article that ran in our October issue. I worked closely with CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies, in Mason, Ohio, to review some of the primary factors that are often overlooked when considering how to justify the implementation of a bar feeder for turning operations. The article has received a fair amount of attention.

Production Machining would like to wish all of our readers a happy Thanksgiving, and we hope that you are able to take time to step back and remember the things that are good in your lives and celebrate with family.

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 24. November 2015

Expanding for the Future


On Nov. 19 and 20, Marubeni Citizen-Cincom (MCC) hosted an open house to celebrate the expansion of their North American headquarters in Allendale, New Jersey. The guest list of almost 300 was made up of customers, Japanese executives, distributors and current employees from as far west as California and as far south as Florida. This expansion comes on the heels of MCC’s new Mexican office that opened in Queretaro last month.

The 2-day event showcased the expansion of the New Jersey facility that went from 26,000 square feet to more than 42,000 square feet.  Not only does the expansion increase warehouse capacity, add office space, include an expansive machine tool showroom, quality/inspection area, beautiful 30-seat conference room, with accompanying 30-foot-long conference table, workout area and break room, it also makes room for a  large job shop that handles in-house repairs on spindles, ballscrews, motors and more. 

“One of the main reasons for the expansion is to serve our customers with parts from one central location,” says MCC’s executive V.P. and COO John Antignani. Mr Antignani has been an employee of the company from the beginning—for more than 30 years. Where he’s not only been witness to MCC’s growth, he’s had a lot to do with it. “The new service warehouse now holds more than $20 million in its parts inventory.” With the help of five massive Remstar shuttling units, the inventory is now more organized than ever.

During the open house there was a special celebratory presentation of the company’s 10,000th machine being delivered—an L20 type 10 machine—a milestone the organization is very proud of.

Chris Noble and Scott Rymer from the Norman Nobel company—the customer who purchased the L20 type 10 machine—were on hand for the special recognition. They were presented with a brass rhythm clock made by Citizen and a commemorative plaque. Mr. Nobel took the opportunity to thank presenters Kenji Yamashita, president and CEO, and Mr. Antignani for their partnership in business and went on to say, “The reason we own so many Citizens is because they are reliable, accurate and the service is fantastic.” Norman Nobel is a Cleveland-based company that serves the medical device, orthopedic and implant market.

Based on its track record, MCC is likely already looking for its next opportunity to expand.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 23. November 2015

Video Series Demonstrates Gun Part Manufacturing

Okuma’s new video series demonstrates CNC machines used in gun part manufacturing, spotlighting high-speed, precision cutting, live tooling, milling and drilling. Okuma’s gun part manufacturing video series includes:

  • Rifle Stock Mold: Okuma’s five-axis MU-500VII vertical machining center cuts a custom-designed rifle stock mold
  • AR15 Upper: An MB-4000H horizontal machining center machines an AR15 upper
  • Gun Barrel Extension: Cut on an Okuma LB3000-EXII horizontal lathe, the machining of this gun barrel extension uses a variety of cutting tools and operations
  • Commemorative Plaque: Using a GENOS M460-VE, this video shows the CNC milling of a gun shaped plaque for a firearms event
  • 1911 Trigger Housing: Machining of a 1911 trigger housing, using an Okuma MB-56V vertical machining center equipped with a Lyndex Nikken rotary table
  • Gun Cylinder: A .50 caliber revolver cylinder is cut on an Okuma LT3000 EX, 3 turret horizontal lathe 

(Special Note: Some videos are filmed without the use of coolant, to better show the cutting capabilities of the machine, without visual interference. CNC machine operation without coolant is not recommended.)

To see Okuma’s gun part manufacturing video series, click here.


Posted by: Chris Koepfer 20. November 2015

Grob Holds In-House Exhibition

Grob’s in-house exhibition was well attended and included tours of the company’s sprawling Mindelheim, Germany, manufacturing headquarters. 

Recently, I attended an open house in Mindelheim, Germany, the headquarters of machine tool builder Grob. In attendance were customers, representatives from the company’s global distribution network and suppliers from tooling, software and workholding companies. It was actually a mini trade show.

Grob is a family business that began in 1926 in Munich. It moved to its current location in Mindelheim in 1968, building a manufacturing campus that continues to grow. I was told they are the second largest builder in Europe and that the concentration of manufacturing facilities at the headquarters represents the largest concentration of machine tool building in Europe.

The company also manufactures in Bluffton, Ohio, Brazil, and China. Part of the company’s manufacturing strategy is to make these three satellite plants capable of making the same product lines as the German headquarters. They do this by pursuing vertical integration.

Highlighted at the open house was the line of universal machining centers built around the company’s G series of HMCs with multitasking capability. These machines are modular in design and can be customized with workholding, palletization, extended tool storage and myriad of other modules to customize the base model to a given application.

The other side of the company’s business involves machining systems that serve the automotive industry, in which Grob holds a significant market share.

Another highlight of the visit is called Grob-Net 4 Industry. According to Christian Grob, this connectivity package was implemented and tested in the Grob factories and is now being offered to its customers. We’re seeing this trend from other machine tool builders as Industry 4.0 and what we call the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) gains momentum.

It was an interesting and enlightening visit. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 18. November 2015

Core Powered Donates $37,000 to WFW


Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit organization assisting veterans who are transitioning into civilian life through training, certification and job placement, announced that it has received a $37,000 donation from tooling manufacturer, Core Powered Inc.

In addition, Core Powered contributed a vending machine for students that it will keep stocked, and it launched 70 Veterans at the Table, a fundraising challenge to provide students with a meal daily.

“Core Powered is passionate, caring and committed to supporting veterans in our program. Aside from their monetary donation, they’re helping us in unique ways with the vending machine and keeping it stocked,” says Hernàn Luis y Prado, Founder of Workshops for Warriors. “It costs $10,000 to train a student every semester. We’re extremely grateful for their donation and all they continue to do to support our students and our mission.”

Core Powered’s vice president, Deborah Doyle, launched the GoFundMe campaign “70 Veterans at the Table” with the goal of raising $55,000 by December 2015. The funds will go directly towards feeding veterans enrolled in Workshops for Warriors’ training program.

“Despite tough circumstances, these veterans have the courage and discipline to enroll in the program. We want them to know that they’re not forgotten and are supported as they work to achieve their goals,” says Ms. Doyle. “From our table to theirs, let's share a meal together!”

Founded in 2008, Workshops for Warriors provides veterans with training in CNC machining, CAD/CAM programming, and welding. Since 2011, 194 veterans and wounded warriors have been trained on-site and received third-party nationally recognized credentials, with 100 percent of graduates obtaining jobs in advanced manufacturing.

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